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Nerds Without Pants Episode 139: Missing in Action

Half of this episode is missing, too!

Gah! What the hell happened? Well, Julian will explain, but basically, this edition of Nerds Without Pants is problematic. Wait, that’s not the right phrase. It’s plagued with problems. Lots of problems! To quote The Doctor: “I’m sorry. I’m so, so sorry.” Hopefully you power through the audio issues, because we have former PixlBit Features Editor Jesse Miller to talk about missing in action games. Please be gentle in the comments; Julian agonized over this one.

00:00-06:59: Intro

06:56-1:16:52: STAGE SELECT: Top 3 “Missing in Action” games

1:18:03-1:57:56: CONSUMPTION JUNCTION: Hollow Knight, board games, Splatoon 2, Nintendo’s DLC approach, The Witcher 3, Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle, MORE Witcher 3

1:57:56-2:00:56: Outtro and outtakes


STAGE SELECT: Tell us your top 3 scariest moments when you had control of your character. NO CUTSCENES OR CINEMATICS!



Gunship- When You Grow Up, Your Heart Dies

Powerwolf- Fire and Forgive

Exit Eden- Total Eclipse of the Heart

Blake Turner- Existentialism




10/12/2018 at 03:43 PM

Glad you released this one. I was working midnight's and was very happy to have NWP pass the time. Though all the Chrono Cross bashing almost killed me on the inside. I think cutting more than half of Cross' character cast is pretty reasonable. There were 40+ in that game. I would love 20 amazing flashed out characters. 

I was surprised this episode was so long considering it was cut short but I'm glad it was. I'll be back later with Stage Select.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

10/13/2018 at 03:53 PM

Hey, I like Chrono Cross. I can't help Patrick's feelings. 

The funny thing is that my favorite Final Fantasy games are the ones with the largest casts: IV has around 16 characters and VI has 14. But something about the cast of Chrono Cross felt...rushed to me. Like, everyone could be boiled down to a gimmick, and few of them felt very developed. So I think 10-12 characters would be the sweet spot for me in another game.

Glad we were able to keep you company on your night shift, even if we probably made your ears bleed a little.

Super Step

10/14/2018 at 05:36 PM

What ... in the hell ... is that box art? The screens look like an actual game, the text makes it sound like some kind of economic program, and the imagery looks like the natural progression from one of those inappropriate Atari games. 
What am I looking at?


10/15/2018 at 08:19 AM

Stage Select: As a coward, this is super hard for me since I do not play horror games, but here goes nothin...

3. The Salem Museum of Witchcraft in Fallout 4. Yea I probably should have known to just avoid this place, but I figured, "Hell everything else in this game is a little creepy, what could they possibly do here?" Turns out they can do some things. You're walking through and there's a lot of... not great stuff happening, because there's a deathclaw living there, and it's pretty nonplused about anything that gets close to it's nest. It's all dragging corpses around and it's just not a life I was about nor will I ever be about.

2. Creepy dentist man in Bioshock. So I once decided it would be a cool idea to show a girl I was dating how videogames could tell interesting stories, and I picked Bioshock having never played it. So... There's a part in the game where you go into this dentistry place, and this fog fills the room. Then once the fog clears, a corpse appears in the chair... Alright, that's odd, but whatever, might as well check around and get some stuff in here... And then at some point... You turn around and this dude... He's right in your face. He doesn't attack you... He just watches you... It was not okay, nor will it ever be okay to do that and so I shot him many times. I'm not sure if Bioshock's story really impressed that girl I was dating, but she definitely witnessed me being a huge coward in that moment, so... Yay?

1. Batman Arkham Knight. The part where you're all being the Batman, and you're grappling onto rooftops and looking all cool and suddenly the Joker appears in front of you and does his whole creepy laugh thing... Yea fuck this part. This was the EXACT moment in the game where I turned it off and never played it again. Youtube was good enough for me. Needless to say, if there is ever a situation where the world needs me to be Batman, we're all fucked because I'm not dealing with it. I don't ever forsee this happening, but just in case it ever does, don't say I didn't warn you.

My episode comment: Quick reply to a previous thing, I actually did buy a Blue Yeti mic. My sister and I both have them. I bought hers for christmas, because Amazon had a sale on them during a black friday thing and I just said, why not? They work great for pretty much everything I need. Still working on getting levels right and what not, but I'm gettin there. It's a whole trial and error thing.

I forgot about how great some of the old Bushido Blade levels were! It's been so long since I've played those games, glad Jesse mentioned that! Also as a person who went back and listened to all the old episodes, audio didn't bother me. Shit happens. Glad you put this out there though. Wish I would have gotten to hear the Suikoden talk, because it's one of my favorite RPG series of all time. I remember actively avoiding using Konami games because... Well it's Konami. Anyways, good episode all things considered, keep up the good work!

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