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Nerds Without Pants Episode 69: Subcon

What is "real"? How do you define "real"?

Hello, friends! Grab some warm milk, position your sleep mask, and allow the Nerds Without Pants to escort you into the world of dreams. Video game dreams, that is! After a lengthy Consumption Junction section, the Pantsless Ones talk all about the use of dreams in gaming. We may deviate from the plan a couple of times, as is our way.

CONSUMPTION JUNCTION

2:40 Angelo’s PS4 impressions; Final Fantasy XV

30:40 Final Fantasy Record Keepers; free to play games; NWP shill for Blizzard

44:50 Patrick’s love/hate/love relationship with Bloodborne; Lewis Black is awesome; boss battles are an art

58:30 The Order 1886; Axiom Verge; Valiant Hearts

TOPIC: VIDEO GAME DREAMSCAPES

1:24:08 Super Mario Bros. 2 is the third best Mario Game; pizza dreams

1:30:45 The dreamy backstory of Shadow; Link’s Awakening is amazing and depressing

1:48:00 Chopin’s deathbed; Donkey Kong is tripping balls; Patrick’s comic book death rant

1:58:00 Angelo has permission to talk about Nier; Dreamfall returns; our video game related dreams

FEATURED MUSIC

The Ataris- San Dimas High School Football Rules

Gary Wright- The Dream Weaver

P!nk- Catch Me While I’m Sleeping

Cranberries- Dreams

Axiom Verge- Inexorable

Robbi Rob- In Time


 

Comments

Super Step Contributing Writer

04/19/2015 at 03:38 PM

I need to start using that Sixasis. I thought I needed an EyeToy to do that. 

Julian Titus Senior Editor

04/21/2015 at 10:55 PM

Actually, now I dimly remember that I turned this feature off on my second day with my PS4. I'm sure it works fine, but I'm used to using that cross thingy. Er, I mean D-pad.

Michael117

04/19/2015 at 08:18 PM

I starting gaming around 7 and I think I started having game dreams ever since, and they only started to get more intense during highschool and the adolesence/puberty what have you during that period. As a child I had  countless dreams where I was like Mario but I was platforming in 1st person. In hindsight it might be one of the early indicators that years later I would end up loving Mirror's Edge so much; my brain had already been doing similar things in dreams long before. When I was doing the platforming I could jump super high whenever I wanted to, but the dreams always felt so real that once I started falling back down to the ground after a long jump my brain evoked the feeling of your stomach lurching up because of the negative gravity and it always caused me to wake up. So without fail that's always how my 1st person Mario dreams eventually ended.

As a really young kid I remember having dreams about Metal Gear Solid after I played the demo on some demo disc I happened across. The grittiness and maturity of the game really struck me at that age. I specifically dreampt about the section where you get into the hangar I think, and you're crawling in the vents and you see a woman being held captive and I think you release her. I don't remember, but it was a really memorable demo stylistically and substantively, especially seeing it so young.

Once I was in high school I started having dreams about imaginary areas, basically level designs and art styles, and many of them I dreamed about repeatidly over the years. There were at least a few dozen different places I kept coming back to, some of them I started forgetting the important details of in the years since. Most of the time there was no action in the dreams, it was just a place with an atmosphere and I was wandering around. Once I was out of high school and into college up until now I actually started having more dreams about actual designs and action.

The most recent one was some kind of stealth game where the player was in third person with an Uncharted/Tomb Raider reboot feel to the movement and camera dynamics. In the dream I was in a dark dilapidated three story house which was hanging on the edge of a cliff and some malevolent force was searching the house for you, and the whole place was destructible so the entity was ripping entire sections of the house down to see if you're there. And as the player you could hide in between walls and creep into all the nooks and crannies of an old house that you could imagine. At the end of the dream the spirit tore off one whole side of the house, the side looking out over the cliff that the house is hanging onto. There was some kind of vast grey melanhcholy vista and the sound of rain and then I can't remember anything else about it.

These days since I went back to college I haven't been dreaming about games as much but because I'm doing assignments and projects almost all week and even through the weekends I dream about math and coding all the time, at least once a week. I have dreams where I'm doing trigonometry assignments, and working on projects and games from my C++ class.  I have Tetris dreams all the time too because I play a lot of that while I have downtime at school. I play it before bed a lot as well so that's probably the biggest factor.

Any game I'm really into will make me dream about it at some point. When Fable 2 came out and I binge-played it for a couple weeks I dreampt about it almost every night vividly with the music, art, voice acting and everything. I had dreams about whole matches of Civilization Revolution one time.

To wrap it up, the scariest nightmares I've ever had were because of video games. I had the worst dreams of my life while I was playing the F.E.A.R. story expansion packs for the first time. Alma genuinely terrifies me in that game and they ramp it up significantly for the expansions. And being in first person makes it feel like I'm right there with her and I can't escape.

I also had a pretty intense and visually robust dream about Dead Space 2 where I was one of the helpless civilians running around during the intial outbreak of necromorphs on the Sprawl space-city. I didn't actually die or get attacked, I was just in a triage center hiding with other people and some of the wounded patients started turning into necromorphs and we all ran for it.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

04/21/2015 at 10:56 PM

I am jealous of your video game dreams. I had a coworker back in my Gamefellas days who had this super vivid Metal Gear Solid dream where he was Snake and infiltrating a camp in Iraq. He told me all about it and it sounded awesome.

Way more awesome than a Cacodemon in the closet.

transmet2033

04/20/2015 at 05:56 PM

All I can think of at the moment is the Nightmare sequence in Wolfenstein:  The New Order.  Where you get to play the first level in the original Wolfenstein 3D.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

04/21/2015 at 10:56 PM

I need to play this game.

transmet2033

04/22/2015 at 01:09 PM

Especially with The Old Blood coming in May.

KnightDriver

04/27/2015 at 12:16 AM

That was super cool, especially since they didn't just port the original game, but tweaked it a bit to make it feel more like New Order. Super great!

avidacridjam

04/24/2015 at 09:28 AM

The last time I dreamed about video games was during the three year period (fall '09 to fall '11) that I played World of Warcraft. I had dreams in which I was still playing the game. I could see the screen, the hub and everything except for the keyboard or my hands. At times it felt like I had no control over my toon. I was usually fighting enemies. Never farming for items, thank goodness. I haven't played that game since I stopped in '11 but that's how good it was.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

04/24/2015 at 10:31 PM

When I was playing GTA 3 really hardcore I used to drive by police in real life and would end up slumping down in my seat to try and not be noticed. I did so unconsciously, and only later would I remember that they didn't know any of the terrible things I had been doing in Liberty City.

avidacridjam

04/25/2015 at 12:00 PM

Good thing that no one has jurisdiction in Liberty City.

KnightDriver

04/27/2015 at 12:19 AM

Nier is really cheap at Gamestop right now. I saw it twice complete in the box and didn't get it. This week, I looked for it and didn't see it. DARN!

I dream about gaming stuff frequently now. The last one was: I was living in a house that was burning down and I had to choose quickly what games to grab (apparently there weren't any people to save). I didn't actually get to choose in the dream, but later I thought it might be a good blog topic. What games would you save?

Julian Titus Senior Editor

04/28/2015 at 11:25 AM

Probably the ones I couldn't replace, like my signed copy of Silent Hill 3 and Panic Restaurant on NES. 

The easy answer would be my Final Fantasy collection, but those are easily replaced.

KnightDriver

04/28/2015 at 03:57 PM

I was wondering what I would grab without thinking about it. In a situation like that you go for your first thought. That's what I would want in for an answer to such a question. No thinking, what would you grab right away. I had a list in my head when I woke up, but now I forget, and to think about it too much would change the list. I'll have to write it down next time.

Those are good choices. I want to play Silent Hill 3. The first one was fantastic! Loved that game.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

04/28/2015 at 09:20 PM

Yeah, if we're talking hurried and without thinking, Panic Restaurant would probably be it, because I can get to it easily. My PS2 games are currently sitting in three huge plastic bins and I'd have to did for it.

Another easy to grab no-brainer is my Lunar 2 complete. I know exactly where that is, and it's one of my crown jewels.

KnightDriver

04/30/2015 at 02:31 AM

Panic Restaurant. Sounds like my job every darn day.

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