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Nerds Without Pants Episode 110: It Takes a Village (Theme)

Plenty of tunes to accompany you on your journey.

Welcome to a musical masterpiece edition of Nerds Without Pants! We are joined by John Brandon of the Square Roots Podcast, and this episode is so epic we had to split it into two parts. Let’s jump into this one, shall we?

This first part of the episode is devoted to Angelo’s Stage Select topic. We pick our top three town themes, complete with musical tracks and discussion. We have time to reminisce, tell funny anecdotes, and generally bask in the glory of video game soundtracks. It’s a wonderful Stage Select segment that became an entire episode once the music was added, so check back for episode 110.5, where we handle Consumption Junction and Chrono Crossing for 1997.


Delain featuring Marco Hietala- Sing to Me

Duncan Sheik- Mr. Chess


Phantasy Star- Town Theme

Fable 2- Bowerstone Market

Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl- Dirge for the Planet

Suikoden 3- Farm Village

Actraiser- Birth of the People

Wild Arms- Town

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time- Kokiri Forest

Lufia: The Legend Returns- Town of Albano

Sword of Vermilion- Statts

Final Fantasy IV- Mystic Mysidia

The Witcher 3- Fields of Ard Skellig

Nora to Toki no Koubou- Everyday Lifestyle

Dark Souls 2- Majula Theme

Mass Effect- The Normandy

Chrono Cross- Guldove (Another World)

Chrono Cross- Marbule (Another World)

Okami- Wep’Keer Village

Pokemon Leaf Green/Fire Red- Lavender Town

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker- Dragon Roost Island

Jade Empire- Metropolis I and II

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time- Gerudo Valley

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask- Clock Town

Final Fantasy V- Home Sweet Home (vocal version)

Final Fantasy VI- Kids Run Through the City (piano version)

Kingdom Hearts- Traverse Town



Super Step Contributing Writer

04/12/2017 at 03:17 PM

If I may echo Xtrian's sentiments, fuck iTunes. That's honestly the only reason I haven't rated you guys yet. Every time I try to log in, I can't even remember what email I used and some dumb security question pops up that doesn't feel like one I'd set. I understand why they've upped security after FapGate or whatever that was called, but ugh. 

Actually, Patrick, I'll get back to you. I forgot. I teach 6 classes and a lot of shit happened with student video projects (3/6 of my classes are project-based), but there might be a couple classes I could still have you Skype to. Right now, I'm having to write some scholarship recommendation letters before day's end and I have some grading I'd like to get done before our Easter Break begins tomorrow (at a public university! Easter Bunny bless Texas!).  

I'm just starting Julian's Fable II song, and I'll be back to comment on the rest later. Think I told someone to come by my office later.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

04/15/2017 at 11:22 PM

I appreciate you even trying! The goal is to get us onto other platforms like Stitcher and stuff, but iTunes still seems to be the gold standard for podcast rankings (even though Apple doesn't give you the metrics for how many people are listening). 

Super Step Contributing Writer

04/12/2017 at 11:45 PM

The lufia song angelo picked sounded like mega man on vacation. I dig it. I listened to the MUSHA OST though and wasn't feeling the lead synth. Guess Angelo and I will have to have a Fighters Destiny tournament to settle this. :)

This episode reminded me that I so wish i could tolerate turn based combat enough to enjoy the excellent presentation in RPGs for myself. Think I'll get that Final Fantasy rythm action game Cary always talks up on DS.

Actually, any plans to give us the playlist for this episode? 

As for my picks, if I'd have included fighting game stages in the town/village scenario, I'd have a much different list. And I agree Clock Town on its own doesn't work; I made my choices on their context in the games. Truthfully, Gerudo Valley is the only pick I made I'd listen to in my free time. If I used that metric, I'd likely have picked Dragon Roost as well, or something else.

I wasn't expecting you to put so much of these songs in. I was thinking you'd find the highlights/hooks and have them quickly fade in/out during discussion. That's almost what I did when I was thinking about providing audio feedback for this one.

Cool podcast half, y'all!

Julian Titus Senior Editor

04/15/2017 at 11:23 PM

Working on a track list now. If I was a sane editor, I would have used less music. This ended up being far more work than the music special we did in 2014. 

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

04/14/2017 at 01:42 PM

I posted the lost FF IV town theme I talked about in the episode 110.5 post. If anybody is looking for it, that's where it is :D

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