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Nerds Without Pants Episode 17: The All-Japan Pro Podcast

Sayonara, Rob-san!

Welcome to another edition of Nerds Without Pants! No, this show isn't about an epic wrestling match between Antonio Inoki and Great Baba.This time, we revisit a topic that we talked about when we were still the Tri-Force crew on PixlTalk: Japanese games. Instead of rehashing material we take advantage of the fact that we’re nearing the end of the console cycle and grade major Japanese developers on their performance. Before that, we talk about what games we’ve been playing.

Rob tried his best to like Aliens: Colonial Marines, but the game failed him, and he had to break up with it. As a result, he’s done with Gearbox as well, and we talk a little about that entire debacle. Rob’s also been playing The Sims 3 (I know, right?), and has a special announcement on a new project. Patrick and Julian tag team the Platinum craziness that is Metal Gear Rising. Julian played the indie game Depression Quest, a text-based narrative that has him wondering if he needs professional help.

After that, the Pantsless Ones crack open the grade books and give report cards to Capcom, Konami, Sega, Square Enix, Sony, Nintendo, and Platinum Games. If you’ve been following the show at all you’ll probably be surprised at some of the scores.

We wrap things up by putting on our designer hats. It’s East meets West, and we select a favorite Japanese game property and pair it with a Western developer.

We’re sad to say that this is Rob’s final episode as a regular member of NWP. It’s been a hell of a run, but he’s had a lot of life changes that prevent him from continuing, which he talks about. It’s kind of like when Son Goku was killed by Cell and didn’t want to be resurrected by the Dragon Balls. Actually yeah, it’s exactly like that. Stay tuned after the show for a very special set of outtakes.

Featured Music:

Jungle and Hangar (Contra)

Ryu’s Theme (Super Street Fighter 2-MS DOS remix)

Little Mac’s Lament (Punch Out!! OC remix)

Theme of Laura (Silent Hill 2)

Sarah McLachlan (I Will Remember You)




03/01/2013 at 02:27 PM

Noooo! Now who's going to make aggressive sexual advances to Patrick on air?

It's sad to see Rob go, but I'll always remember the amazing episodes that he was on. The outtakes were perfect, they killed me. Some of those outtakes were from some of my favorite discussions. Dildos in my balls lol. Getting taken to the Hamptons and getting your ass carved and slow fucked like Lee Marvin in the Great Escape lol. Over the past year or more of Pixltalk and now NWP, Rob was always able to bring a strong and diverse mix of great laughs, game ideas, critique, serious stories, experiences, and perspectives. I got to hear about countless walks of shame. I got to learn things from Rob about films, writers, comics, games, and what life in New York is like that I never knew before. As a listener, it was a pleasure, a lot of fun to listen to.

I wish the best for Rob in the new film project as he goes down to Austin. Rob is everywhere writing like crazy, all the internets are belong to Rob these days. Now you've got this new gig with a group of people that sound great and have the right attitude and share some of your philosphies. Just keep doing what you love doing, learn what you love learning, and don't worry you'll always be the sexiest big man around. Hope to see you come back from time to time and chime in on NWP in the future when the opportunity arises.

Keep it pantsless Rob!

Jesse Miller Staff Writer

03/01/2013 at 04:30 PM

Infinite Space - that's the Platinum developed DS game you guys were thinking about.  

Pretty much agree with all your grades - great show guys!

Julian Titus Senior Editor

03/01/2013 at 04:44 PM

We had a lot of brain farts and bad info this episode. I think we were worried about getting to everything in such a short amount of time.

I thought for sure that Rob was going to score Sony and Nintedo way lower. And poor, poor Sega.

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

03/02/2013 at 03:14 PM

If my gesture for Silicon Knights would be a sigh, Sega's would be a facepalm.

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