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Nerds Without Pants Episode 52: Not So New

Last comic book reference for a long time. Promise!

It’s a random episode of Nerds Without Pants! Command? (Hopefully you selected “listen”). Angelo isn’t here this time, what with him going on Space Mountains and Splash Mountains and all sorts of Disney Mountains, so Patrick and Julian hold down the fort with some fun Consumption Junction topics. Enjoy!


3:00 Fez, Road Not Taken, childhood PC games

10:51 PT (that Silent Hill sorta-but-not-really-a-demo),

23:35 Patrick’s roundabout assessment of Tomb Raider, the “wisdom” of exclusivity, Julian loves norse mythology more than Patrick

35:10 Julian’s new Hearthstone addiction, Blizzard is genius/evil

43:25 The lack of community in recent MMORPGs

48:30 Julian is sucked back in to Diablo 3

58:00 Some new PS4 games announced at Gamescom

1:05:30 Movie roundup: Expendables 3, Lucy, Ninja Turtles

1:22:05 Comic roundup: Deadpool, Batman: Zero Year, the problem with repeated relaunches


The Blast Processors- Genesis Does

Akira Yamaoka- Rain of Brass Petals

Nobuo Uematsu- Recollection

Poe- Wild

Partners in Kryme- Turtle Power




08/22/2014 at 10:32 PM

I watched Homefront over the past weekend, it was pretty good. I still need to see Expendables 3. I'm slowly but surely catching up on the Stathams I haven't seen.

I also watched Silent Hill: Revelation after Homefront, but that was just a thing that happened. I love the first Silent Hill movie, I can still watch that and get a lot out of it. It's not a perfect film but it's oozing with atmosphere and has the music and decent enough acting, and a decent enough script that it doesn't make the decent actors look bad. I love the 1st film, the second one is about as bad as it could be. I can't imagine a Silent Hill film making any less sense or have a more lame script and dialogue than what came across in SH: Revelation. It does everything wrong. I played tetris on my phone most of the time. I couldn't bring myself to turn off Revelation and just move on, I had to more or less see what it was about. It was terrible. Tetris is great though, it kept me busy while I waited for the movie to end.

I'm excited to see what the new Silent Hill Kojima/Del Toro reboot will actually be. At this point, why not? I watched Patrick Klepek's quick look of PT over at Giant Bomb and I thought that what I saw was fantastic. Del Toro juices are oozing all throughout PT. Plus, the whole vibe and setting of PT showed a lot of similarities to SH4: The Room. SH4 had 1st person segments when you're inside the apartment, which were my favorite parts of the game.

It was a simple, intimate, relateable setting. But you were trapped inside it, and over time it became more twisted and hostile and the false sense of security began to be stripped away. I loved those aspects of Silent Hill 4, and PT evoked some of that.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

08/23/2014 at 04:04 PM

I, too am a fan of the first Silent Hill movie. I think that Sean Bean should have been the star, since one of the unique things about that first game was that it was a father looking for his child, which you don't see often in genre work. I saw the second movie opening day in the theater and I honestly don't remember a thing about it. I know I didn't care for it, but have a dim recollection that the special effects were pretty good.

I'm still excited any time a new Silent Hill is announced. Maybe it's because for my part the series hasn't had a lot of let downs. I genuinely love the first 3 games. I didn't finish The Room because I got to a perpetual fail state that couldn't be corrected. I skipped Origins and I actually liked Homefront a fair bit. So really in my view Downpour has been the only Downside to the franchise (heh). I don't think any of what PT is will factor into Silent Hills, but from what I hear, Yamaoka is doing music and the Team Silent monster designer is on board. Combine that with the Fox Engine and whatever Kojima and Del Toro add to the mix and I remain cautiously optimistic.

That game probably isn't hitting until 2016 though.


08/23/2014 at 09:50 AM

I keep hearing people comment on the wisdom of the Tomb Raider exclusivity deal.  The thing that I find most interesting is that everybody seems to have a different answer as to why it was a good idea.

I fell in love with Torchlight on the 360.  When I went back and tried it on the PC I really hated it.  So, if Diablo 3 plays anything like Torchlight on the 360 then I should probably stay away from it for my wife's sake.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

08/23/2014 at 04:08 PM

I'm at a point where I wonder if the timed exclusive does more harm to the developer than good. I think back to BioShock. That was an Xbox 360 exclusive that had PS3 owners frothing at the mouth for, and with good reason. But when the game hit the PS3 a year later, I got a real sense that nobody cared. Xbox owners were of the "been there, played that" mindset, and PS3 owners seemed to be of the "oh, this game is good, but it's a year old now" mentality.

Hopefully, the people at Square Enix did the math and felt that the payout from Microsoft was enough to warrant limiting the audience for that game, even if it's just for  8 months or whatever. They really can't afford to make any wrong moves right now, and I'd like to continue to play new Final Fantasy games, which I can't do if they go belly up.


08/23/2014 at 04:39 PM

People seem to compare the new Tomb Raider to Uncharted.  This means that Uncharted would most likely take a bite out of Tomb Raider's sales if they were to be released around the same time on the PS4.  The exclusivity deal means that Tomb Raider should come out months after Uncharted and would be able to capitalize on people's desire for another Uncharted-like experience.  

I have not played Uncharted recently, and have not played Tomb Raider, so I am unsure if the comparisons are actually acurate.  

Super Step Contributing Writer

08/23/2014 at 02:13 PM

I wonder how Expendables III's last 30 minutes compares to most of the actions scenes in the Raid movies, cause I immediately thought of wanting a video game based on those after finishing those movies. 

As for the 10% myth, you may not use 100% of your brain at any one time, just like I don't exercise every body part at once, but you definitely use more than 10% of your brain:

Julian Titus Senior Editor

08/23/2014 at 04:12 PM

The Raid is definitely on my "need to watch" list.

Mr. Step, are you trying to claim that Science-y Morgan Freeman in Lucy was wrong? His soothing voice is so convincing!

Super Step Contributing Writer

08/23/2014 at 05:26 PM

I was honestly surprised they were still using the 10% line so prominently in a trailer. I seriously became less interested in the movie because of it, cause I doubted how well I'd be able to suspend my disbelief with that premise. Yet I enjoyed Limitless with Bradley Cooper on Netflix quite a bit, and I recall there being a similar concept. Go figure.

Lucy seems like it could be a fun rental though. I just shook my head every time Freeman used that line. I was like "Come on! I've seen you talk science with Stewart and Colbert before. You should know better!"

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

08/25/2014 at 11:00 AM

I also heard that a lot of the 'unused' part of the brain is actually there as insulation to help regulate temperature. Makes sense really since I'm sure your brain needs pretty serious climate controll :p

Super Step Contributing Writer

08/25/2014 at 11:23 AM

Barry Gordon and Barry Beyerstein would tend to disagree that there's an 'unused' part of the brain. I trust people named Barry. 

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