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Nerds Without Pants Episode 95: Life is Overwatch

Someone, please hand Julian some Kleenex.

Welcome to another fantastic episode of Nerds Without Pants! This week, we are joined by Casey as we contemplate our dream video game company acquisitions, Pokemon stat balancing, even more Overwatch, and Chrono Cross back to 2008. Do join us, won’t you?

00:00- 05:13- Introduction

05:37-46:54- Stage Select: What video game company would you take control of?


47:22-1:53:13- Consumption Junction: Pokemon, Mass Effect Trilogy, Life is Strange, Titanfall 2, Overwatch, Angelo’s birthday haul


1:53:37-2:15:20- Chrono Crossing: 2008


2:15:36-2:22:18- Outtro and ending music

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Next episode will be a different format, as we spend the entire show talking about the PlayStation in honor of its 21st birthday. So, no Stage Select or Chrono Crossing segments next time, but feel free to give us your favorite PSX memories and we'll read them on the show!


Ducktales Remastered- The Moon

Fable 2- Bowerstone Market

Metal Gear Solid- The Best is Yet to Come



Nick DiMola Director

08/28/2016 at 06:34 PM

2008 had some hidden gems, I'll have to tune in to see what you guys picked!

Exrian Contributing Writer

08/29/2016 at 11:55 AM

Another great podcast guys. Also thanks for the shout out on Comics Conspiracy Julian. I am really enjoying NWP and hope it can reach the ranks of CC and Giant bombcast one day. I don't know what I'd do for 8 hours at work if I didn't have podcasts. Music is nice but it needs to rest after awhile. 

I should clarify what I meant when I talked about how far Nintendo had fallen. It wasn't necessarily in quality but in the mainstream. Nintendo is now a niche where before they were kings. I want to see them return to being a staple instead of a second thought when compared to Sony and Microsoft.

I am one of those who do enjoy the board game talk. That's something I don't get from any other podcasts I listen to. I wouldn't go seek a 2 hour board game podcast, not yet anyway, but the infusion here is nice to have. It has gotten me to start seeking some actually. Unfortunately, I am like Julian where I have no one to really play with. My wife may try them but I don't see her really enjoying them. I wish I had heard this podcast sooner because I just bought Sushi Go! last week and then heard there's a better version. So looks like I'll have to buy that one also. It's a great game that my wife actually enjoys but it'll be much better when we play with more people.  

I had to go to youtube and watch that opening cutscene from Lost Odyssey. I remember loving it. Unfortunately it's one of those that got lost in the backlog. I do plan on going back to it once it gets backwards compatible as was planned months ago. 

Also Julian you should totally check out Overwatch. It's really easy to get into. There are many characters for people who aren't hardcore FPS gamers. You already know the basics of FPS games so you would have no trouble contributing to your team. Winston and Symmetra have auto aim weapons for taking out small, quick characters. Reinhardt is a massive tank that soaks up damage and has a giant hammer as his main weapon. Mercy is a healer/buffer that doesn't really use weapons (though the best Mercy players do). All characters fill in some role and I can't imagine you being unable to hop in and have fun. If you can beat Doom, you can make a good Overwatch player. Then Blizzard are experts at pacing. So you can hop on for a few games, get your Loot Box, and feel good for the day. You never feel like an hours been wasted when it comes to progressing. I don't see myself done with this game anytime soon. It will surely be my Chrono Crossing 2016 pick despite how badly I want to say it's Dark Souls 3. Unlike Hearthstone which is another Blizzard game that had its hooks deep into me, I don't feel the need to play for dozens of hours a week to stay relative. You can stop for a month and hop back in without missing a beat. 

Catherine Hauser Staff Alumnus

08/29/2016 at 04:30 PM

One of my fondest PSX memories was playing Bust a Groove with my friend Dave in our dorm when I was in college. To anyone who had played video games before, we looked slightly impressive in that nerdy way some people enjoy. To anyone who had never touched a video game, we looked crazy. But we were the kids minoring in Japanese, so we looked crazy anyway! Ah, memories... <3 PSX.


08/29/2016 at 08:08 PM

Badlands is in South Dakota, FYI.

I remember when we got a PSOne, or at least have the important details down.  I want to say that it was the year of the PS2 launch, or maybe it was the Dreamcast.  Either way, my oldest brother got a PSOne for cheap from a friend and gifted it to us, the younger siblings with some NBA game, A Bug's Life and a demo disc...  I cannot beleive how much time I spent with A Bug's Life or that demo disc.  The only demo disc I spent more time with in my life was the one that had Ratchet and Clank:  Going Commando on it. 

Also, know that I remember that Bioshock and Mass Effect came out in 2007, I may have to reevaluate my inital Chrono Crossing choice.  It looks like that extra time will be well utilized.

Casey Curran Staff Writer

08/31/2016 at 09:10 PM

To me, the PS1 was all about Crash Bandicoot. I didn't have my own PS1, but I went to a family friend's house every day before school while my mom went to work and the Naughty Dog trilogy were by far my favorite games there. I loved those games and when I got my own PSP, I was pleasantly surprised by how well 2 and Warped held up.

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