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Nerds Without Pants Episode 50: Holofoil Covers

This episode is a super rare limited edition that will be worth big bucks some day. Trust us!

They said we’d never make it! They said we’d fail after a couple episodes! They said we wouldn’t survive, and yet here we stand, defiant! Okay, maybe nobody ever said that, but I sure as shootin’ didn’t expect to be posting the 50th episode of Nerds Without Pants! We do things in style with the biggest assembly of pantsless nerds yet. Fan favorites Erika Szabo and John Gholson join us to celebrate this huge milestone.



1:34 Quarter bins and John’s insanely huge comic collection

 5:30 Erika talks her new day job; John and Julian wax nostalgic about indie video game retail

 18:80 Erika updates us on the amazing things she’s been up to since her last appearance

 25:00 Convention virgin Julian consults Erika, John, and Patrick about what to expect at PAX South

 40:45 Patrick actually hasn’t played FIFA this time, and talks about “books”

 46:30 Julian has hope that his crazy Final Fight movie could actually be made. Statham Sighting™!

 48: 50 Angelo finally saw The Lego Movie and is getting some surprising swag from his wife

 1:05:00 Julian’s retro dive into the PS One; Angelo watches bad games on YouTube; that MK remake; Johns N64 wrestling habit

 1:18:00  That Destiny beta, tho

 1:39:00 The myth of the 17th Colossus; John’s comic book-style movie reviews


Stan Bush- Dare

Mega Man 2- Dr. Wily’s Castle (melancholy mix)

Tenacious D- Tribute

The Blast Processors f/Erika Szabo- The Cool Spot





Jamie Alston Staff Writer

07/25/2014 at 12:59 PM

Darn it!....I left my headphones at home this one time!  Man...really wanted to listen to the show during work today.  Oh well, I'll catch it later.

By the way, is that Spawn on the cover of a Sonic comic? Wow.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

07/25/2014 at 08:39 PM

It is, and you will learn all about it in this episode!


07/25/2014 at 08:53 PM

This had all the goods.Smile

*michael rubs his belly and savors the yummy episode 50 in his tummy*

I know Julian, Angelo, and Patrick will see the comments but I doubt John and Erika will, so I went and left them thank you's on twitter. On a side note, I just was on Erika's twitter and it says she's followed by Harvey Smith. I don't mean to get all dancing queen here, making a big deal out of twitter follows, but Harvey f-ing Smith follows Erika. I've never been more proud of Erika, and jealous. Harvey of Deus Ex and Dishonored fame, he's one of the designers whom I stalk from the most.

I'd get NWP/Pixlbit merch if I could. I've always been excited to see how the site and podcast could branch out and get more eyes/earholes on it. I'm the undisputed welterweight superfan, but there's room for way more fans and the podcast deserves more. When 1UP shut down and we managed to get a number of the users to migrate over here that was a really awesome milestone, and now I'm wondering how and when the next cool milestone will come surprise us. From what he says on twitter every now and then it seems like Nick is redesigning the site, that sounds like it could be really neat. You guys are doing a reboot of your own again on the podcast. This kind of stuff is pretty exciting.

I remember when all of this was organized into two crews and Patrick was the new guy that I was hearing him for the first time. Then it split into NWP with the triforce crew and all the shenanigans really began. It's been a long time since I've heard somebody make unwanted sexual advances on Patrick like Rob always did, that was always a crowd pleaser.

I followed Julian here back in 2011 when he started writing for the site, and started listening to podcasts when he became a recurring guest on Pixltalk, and I'm glad I followed the whole journey from then till now because I've been able to listen to Patrick, Rob, Angelo and then all the guests by extension. Everyone has been fantastic. The production and flow have improved a lot over time and it seems like you guys are more comfortable now than ever. I never get tired of hearing about Gamefellas, or about Patrick's poetry, or Angelo's pinball obsessions. Since there's been 50 episodes with most being at least 1 hour, the lowest being around 45 minutes, and the longest being around 3 hours, I've probably heard a hundred hours of NWP.

It hasn't been a long time in raw hours, but in years it's been a long time filled with lots of good content, funny outtakes, and cool stories. There's many old episodes I'm nostalgic for that I haven't listened to since they aired. I really liked that one time Patrick went on vacation in either 2012 or 2013 (he went somewhere in Europe right? Paris?) and came back with a story of how beautiful the buildings were and how he had to hike a long ways back to a hotel. I wish I knew which episode that was because I want to hear it again. Another favorite of mine was the valentines episode 2013 where there was a blizzard and Rob couldn't make it, and Patrick talked about the Romantic movement in literature and game design in other countries. Patrick unleashed is the best kind of Patrick.

As a little bit of praise to Julian's hosting, nowadays I can hear a bit of my favorite Giant Bomb people in him when he does this show. Jule's persona has a little dash of Ryan Davis and some Jeff Gerstmann, both which do/did great jobs running a show and being entertaining to listen to.

The format of the show is still pretty good. I like hearing consumption junction first and seeing what everyone has been playing, reading, and watching. Then the middle/end of the show being either a main topic or a free form roller coaster, I've seen episodes that have it either way and end up great. As far as the format goes I'm not sure there's anything I'd personally want cut out or added. Sometimes you guys talk about news at the very end like they do on the Bombcast and I like that because it's nice seeing different perspectives, but keeping up with every piece of hard news doesn't have to be a permanent segment, just whenever you find things in the news that are interesting to you guys.

I don't comment as aggressively as I use to, but that doesn't indicate a loss of enjoyment of the show, just personal changes. About 99% of all the things I can remember saying in my walls of text to you guys are poorly written, unfocused, and either overly sensational or uninformed in ways that I can sharpen up now or cut. I'm as idealistic and excited about game design as I ever was, and I'm also closer than ever to making games, but I've mellowed a bit over the years as this whole thing has become more tangible and less the pipe dream I thought it was when I started blogging here. I'm doing a run of math, C programming, and science electives at our community college right now for summer, fall, and spring, and when I'm ready I'm hoping Digipen in Seattle will accept me for 2015 or perhaps 2016 at the latest and I can transfer there. It's early but it's going really well so far and everything is on the right track finally, and I'm out of that rut. Dat rut tho.

Even through the changes I'm still listening to the show though, still the welterweight superfan champ, and still carrying the podcast with me wherever I go in life. I don't know what the NWP reboot will bring but I'm sure it'll be fun. I'm sure I'll look back on this episode a year from now, see this comment I left, and think everything I wrote is garbage. Could've been shorter, could've been better written, could've been less awful and more funny.

Haven't missed an episode yet. After all this time I'm still actually caught up, on all of the things. Even episode 48.

...even episode 48 *shivers*

Julian Titus Senior Editor

07/28/2014 at 12:03 AM

You do us proud with your kind words, sir. And We're always happy to see the Michael117 Wall Of Text (tm).

I tried looking through the show notes, but I think we were still doing PixlTalk when Patrick went to Europe, and those episodes got lost in the Great Server Wipe of 2012. Sorry about that. I think I might still have those around somewhere, so perhaps I can find it and get it to you somehow.

Thank you so much for what you said about my hosting style. I think when the show started I was definitely influenced by Davis and Gerstmann on a subconscious level, but when Ryan died last year I really tried to bring a little bit of his fire and fervor to NWP as an homage. And maybe my negativity lately has had more of a Jeff Gerstmann flavor to it, too...

Our Take

Patrick Kijek Contributing Writer

07/25/2014 at 09:26 PM

Dat rut in ep 48 dough.

You're really good at complimenting, 117. I'm so glad that you like listening to our ideas. It makes me want to keep going and know that it's worthwhile.  I will unleash. We are still just learning to fly, so it's great to see that we are doing something. 

Your writing has truly improved. Not that it was bad before: I always enjoy a stream-of-consciousness. Gets us to the truths under all of a person's faces. You have refined your sentence structrue quite a bit tho. If you do that kind of work on game development, you may use our (my) ideas. You may also give us credit. 

Never missed an episode? Impressive. Even I think that I've missed one or two.

You're always welcome in the NWP.


07/27/2014 at 08:59 PM

Ha! HHaven't read the Archie/Image special in years! Oh the 90s Tongue Out

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