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Nerds Without Pants Episode 61: The Music of a Generation

I really hope you all appreciate this gift...

By now you have probably opened all of your presents and are wondering what else to do with your day. Since you can’t go to the theater to watch The Interview (topical!), why not kick back with some eggnog and listen to the Nerds Without Pants have an exhaustive discussion about some of our favorite music from the seventh console generation? And yes, I realize that I blundered when I brought up BioShock Infinite. We were almost 4 hours into recording, so cut me some slack! Happy Festivus! EDIT: You can thank Angelo for pushing to get this episode out early for you Christmas Eve travelers. Enjoy!


The Who: My Generation

Super Mario Galaxy—Gusty Garden Galaxy

Mass Effect 2—Suicide Mission

Mass Effect—The Normandy

Final Fantasy XIII—Blinded by Light

Heavy Rain— Ethan Mars theme

Ace Combat 6—Liberation of Gracemaria

Spec Ops—The 33rd

Batman: Arkham City—Wham, Gotcha!

Skyrim—Streets of Whiterun

Fable 2—Bowerstone Market

Scott Pilgrim—Another Winter

Double Dragon Neon –Final Palace

Shatter—Neon Mines

Emil Chronicle Online—Under the Pressure

Little Big Planet 2—Batteroo

Diablo 3—New Tristram

Shadow Warrior—Risen From the Ashes

Corpse Party—Chapter 5 Main Theme

Portal—Still Alive

Metal Gear Rising—It Has to Be This Way

Nier—Song of the Ancients

Alan Wake—The Poet and the Muse

FIFA ’14—Hit It (American Authors)

BioShock Infinite—God only Knows (Barbershop Quartet)

Fallout 3—I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire (The Ink Spots)

Gran Turismo 5—Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor (Ludwig van Beethoven)

Saints Row 3—What I Got (female voice 2)

Cave Story—On to Grass Town

Red Dead Redemption—Far Away (Jose Gonzales)






Super Step Contributing Writer

12/25/2014 at 03:33 AM

I'd like to point out that there are a number of theaters I could travel to in under thirty minutes to see The Interview. Yay Dallas, TX!

Julian Titus Senior Editor

01/11/2015 at 12:25 PM

I rented it on PSN. It was about as good as I was expecting. Which is to say that the movie itself was decent, but the chemistry of Rogan and Franco is still damn entertaining. Also: Lizzie Caplan.

Super Step Contributing Writer

01/11/2015 at 02:19 PM

We rented it via Google Play. I thought the first part was a lot better than the second. That Eminem interview had me rolling. Overall ok movie, but not great.


12/27/2014 at 05:24 PM

Great work guys, maybe the best episode of the year. Definitely best outtake of the year.

Far and away my favorite soundtrack of the generation was Fallout 3, and it's not even a close race. Well, Mass Effect is in the ballpark at least. Despite a long list of problems I have with the game it still ended up being one of my favorite games of the whole generation, like top five even. And the biggest single reason is the atmosphere and feelings I get once I'm immersed into the game. No other game soundtrack of the generation pulled me into its game more than the Fallout 3 soundtrack.

You pretty much covered all the big ones I wanted to mention, so now I'll shotgun you a list of links I wanted to add to your mentions. I think you'll all appreciate these as well.

Two Worlds Theme Song - An epic female fronted gothic metal song at the title screen of game? Yes please.

Halo 3 ODST title screen - Mostly Halo still, but more melancholy, and with a dash of smoky jazzy noir thrown in.

Spelunky (Temple theme #1) - One of the more upbeat Spelunky tunes. When you arrive at the Temple and this song plays it lets you know things are getting awfully real at a fast pace.

Minecraft "Sweden" - I love the whole soundtrack and I think this may have been the first song I heard when I sat down to play the game for the first time. I fell in love with Minecraft within 30 seconds of playing, and the soundtrack was one of the reasons.

Electronic Superjoy "OCP" - Michael Todd not only designed the game but did the whole soundtrack himself as well. Fun bubble gum house music to go along with a bright flashy super difficult platformer.

Star Ocean The Last Hope "Blood on the keys" - rockin song to go along with a battle system I really enjoyed.

Silent Hill Homecoming "Homecoming" - I didn't love this game that much, but the soundtrack is outstanding and I always enjoyed it when I sat down to play.

Silent Hill Homecoming "One More Soul To The Call" - The Homecoming ost is so damn good it gets two songs mentioned here.

Deadly Premonition " The Woods & The Goddess" -  Such a ridiculous and silly game has never had such a beautiful title screen.

Lastly I wanted to mention two licensed songs to add to your mentions. I loved how the game Risen had Nightwish on the ost with the song "Poet & the Pendulum". And I loved how Prey used BOC's song "Don't Fear The Reaper" at the very beginning as you get abducted by aliens at the bar. Great atmosphere. I'll never forget the beginning of Prey because of that.  

Julian Titus Senior Editor

01/11/2015 at 12:27 PM

I actually enjoyed Homecoming, but I don't remember much of the soundtrack. Of course, that tends to be the thing with Yamaoka for me. I ADORE listening to his music, but in the midst of the Silent Hill games it can get lost sometimes.

I only played the demo for Prey, but when you mentioned that scene it was like I was seeing it again live, because it is so pitch perfect and memorable. I also love that you can pick up a broadcast of Coast to Coast AM with George Norry once you first get on the ship.

Any song that uses Nightwish is a game of the year contender for me, even if it didn't come out in the correct year.

Jamie Alston Staff Writer

12/29/2014 at 10:43 AM

I think Bionic Commando: Rearmed had one of the most memorable soundtracks of the previous generation.  Check out Heat Wave, the remake of the music to Area 5 in the original Bionic Commando on the NES.

That remixed tune has constantly played in my head throught the previous gaming generation-- and this is long after I stopped playing Rearmed.  Left a grand impression on me.


12/29/2014 at 04:09 PM

That's the kind of music that's been missing for a couple of generations now, by and large. We've gone from the icon-making sounds of rock, pop, and classical to more ambient, low key, nondescript film score-esque sounds.   Maybe it's just me.

Jamie Alston Staff Writer

12/30/2014 at 11:36 AM

I agree about music being more minimal these days, especially in indie games.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

01/11/2015 at 12:28 PM

Yeah, that Rearmed soundtrack was pretty fantastic. I should go back and try to finish that one.


12/29/2014 at 04:01 PM

Hotline Miami owned in the music department this gen. That an indie developer was able to marshall this level of musical talent and create a soundscape unlike anything else that came out last gen is a positive sign of things to come for independent development.

Project Zomboid was a surprise to me in the soundtrack department.  I did not expect something so atmospheric and, dare I say, emotional out of an isometic zombie survival game.

Dungeons of Dredmor took me back to he 16-bit era. Shades of Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Shadow of the Beast and other Genesis games. Sometimes spooky, sometimes jazz, often memorable.

Casey Curran Staff Writer

12/29/2014 at 05:18 PM

I gotta go with Phoenix Wright. Half of what makes those games so fun is how the music comes on at the perfect time to make things so exciting.


12/31/2014 at 02:17 PM

I didn't find the music from this last generation as memorable either, though there are exceptions, of course. You guys hit on my big one with Super Mario Galaxy. Looooove that music. Another one that comes to mind right away is Time and Eternity. Subpar RPG but a great soundtrack by Yuzo Koshiro.

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

01/01/2015 at 10:30 PM

Good call. I forgot about that one. Yuzo Koshiro ALWAYS delivers!

Super Step Contributing Writer

01/08/2015 at 11:06 PM

I'm here from the future to tell you Nike is actually going to release those self-lacing shoes this year.

Why all the surprise over Ace Combat? I guess your surprise caught me by surprise, since my brother plays those.

Streets of Whiterum is an amazing song.

Another Winter is a great rock song in video game form. Nice break from the classical stuff here. And damn that Final Palace theme is funky. Somehow though, Neon Mines sounds way more 80s to me. Heck, I hear a little bit of Inspector Gadget SFX in there.

Digging the double bass in the MGR track. 

Julian Titus Senior Editor

01/11/2015 at 12:29 PM

I think my surprise for Ace Combat was that I've never known Angelo to play those types of games. Also, I am always surprised when a new Ace Combat game comes out. We sold a gajillion of the PSX games, but it always seemed like a series that should have stayed back there. I have the same feelings about the Armored Core series, and those are games that I actually played and loved.

Super Step Contributing Writer

01/11/2015 at 02:22 PM

Yeah, it is a niche game for sure. 

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

01/14/2015 at 10:44 AM

Dude, it's such a Japanese game though. One mission in 6 has you taking out a fleet of 5 massive, single wing planes, the largest of which is so huge it's actually a carrier for smaller aircraft. It's just good, ridiculous fun.

Super Step Contributing Writer

01/14/2015 at 11:24 AM

Lol I wasn't bashing it. Like I said, my older brother plays those, partly cause he is big on airplanes. I enjoy some niche games (for the American market anyway) myself.

Jamie Alston Staff Writer

01/15/2015 at 07:38 AM

Like Angelo, I'm all about that Ace Combat series from the PS1 to the Xbox 360 era. Loved the music in AC 6. It just a shame that the series has been boiled down to the "free to play" module With Ace Combat Online. I spent $20 on it, but it hasn't been worth the price so far.

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