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Nerds Without Pants Episode 158: Conspiracy Nerds

Hey, we're just asking questions.

Break out the tin-foil hats and buckle up, kids, because Nerds Without Pants is taking you on the conspiracy theory train! That’s right, we delve into all manner of rumors, speculations, and outright lies regarding video games. We hope you’ll join us for this jam-packed Stage Select topic, and then stick around to see who comes out on top in the steel cage when Half-Life 2 goes toe to toe with Halo 2!

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Stranger Things 3: The Game Review

Dungeon-crawling through Hawkins.

Like so many other children of the ‘80s, I love Stranger Things. Booting it up is like taking a time machine back to my childhood. The pervasive synth music, the wardrobes and the cultural references instantly transport me, making it easier to get sucked into the day-to-day of Hawkins and the ever-creepy world of the Upside-Down. And just like a true ‘80s property, there’s also a tie-in video game to go along with the latest season of the show. Thankfully this tie-in isn’t quite as low budget as as the Atari 2600 and NES tie-ins of yesteryear, but the dungeon crawling brawler pales in comparison to the electrifying viewing experience offered by the show, especially this latest season.

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Nerds Without Pants Episode 157: Tech Jacket

Fighting crime...in a future time!

Welcome back to Nerds Without Pants! Julian and Justin look to the future in this episode, as we list our favorite bits of tech in video games. Also, Okami takes on Shadow of the Colossus in the steel cage. Join us, will you?

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Nerds Without Pants Episode 156: Driving With the Top Down

We're Cruis'n USA!

Welcome back to Nerds Without Pants! It’s just Julian and Justin this week, and we THOUGHT it was a short episode. But then Julian realized that Justin picked a music topic for Stage Select, which tacked on 45 minutes of music into this bad boy. But hey, at least it’s GOOD music, right? Right?!

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Nerds Without Pants Episode 155: And now, magic rats.

Hey, it's time to get good.

Welcome to a jam-packed edition of Nerds Without Pants! Things go off the rails…well, almost immediately, because we are joined once again by Mike Fallek of the Hackthought Podcast. Since last episode was full of E3 Hype™ we decided to just get together and catch up in an entirely Consumption Junction-focused show. Enjoy!

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EarthBound Review Rewind

The RPG that wasn’t afraid to get weird.

Remember that silly old trope in teen movies where the nerdy “plain Jane” character magically becomes super attractive just by removing her glasses? It was a bit like that with EarthBound- an RPG that was largely ignored when released on the Super NES in its twilight years. Nintendo’s ill-conceived ad campaign telling the player that “this game stinks” didn’t do it any favors either. The game’s overtly humorous kid-friendly facade was unusual for its time and quickly written off as ugly and boring by all but the most accepting of RPG fans. But thanks to the positive praise in gaming forums years later, it picked up steam and eventually became lauded as one of the best on the Super NES. Much like the bespectacled character in every 90s teen comedy, it was as if EarthBound removed its glasses. Nothing was different about it- just our perception of what was already there.

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Nerds Without Pants Episode 154: Imagine Dinosaurs

It's NWP AMA Round 2!

Welcome to one of the beefiest episodes of Nerds Without Pants this year, and there were only two of us on this episode! Must be all the E3 hype. Or maybe it was your AWESOME questions for our second AMA edition of Stage Select. It might have even been a hellacious Video Game Cage Match! Regardless of the reasoning, please enjoy this super-sized edition of NWP!

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Nerds Without Pants Special: Wherein We Vamp For About 45 Minutes Before the Show

Or: Waiting for Kijek

Welcome to a shadow drop! Yes, friends, this is a special edition of Nerds Without Pants hitting a few days before episode 154 releases. Because we love you. And Julian is an editing masochist. Anyway, enjoy this meandering talk between Julian and Justin before the show as they wait for Patrick to show up.

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Tetris Review Rewind

A game that needs no introduction; this review does, however.

As it so happened, the Game Boy was the perfect present, as my older brother found out when he graduated from middle school. After the party was over and everyone had gone home, mom and dad came downstairs with a just one more wrapped present. I still remember the brother opening the box and joyfully exclaiming “It’s a Game Boy”! Since Tetris came packaged with it, we wasted no time playing that Russian puzzle game for years to come. It was the perfect game to complement the perfect present.

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Nerds Without Pants Episode 153: Squinting Through Rose-Colored Glasses

Seriously, Justin needs that eye procedure...

Welcome to another stellar edition of Nerds Without Pants! Gonna be some abridged show notes this week, as typing this is literally causing Julian physical pain, so let’s hop right in!

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