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Nerds Without Pants Episode 144: State of the Generation 2018

Holy crap, it's Ryan Scott!

Welcome to the last episode of Nerds Without Pants for 2018! It’s been a heck of a year, and we’re closing things out with our biggest guest to date: none other than Ryan Scott of The Geekbox and The Comedy Button! So strap in, because it’s time for our annual breakdown of the video game industry that we like to call the State of the Generation podcast.

We kick things off by talking broadly about this generation as we take full advantage of Ryan’s vast knowledge and experience covering the games industry. Then we tackle Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony and discuss what they have done right and wrong this year.

In the back half of the show, Ryan hits us with some awesome talking points that revolve around various news stories and trends from the year. We cover everything from Diablo Immortal’s poor reception to the opening of real competition for Steam, and much, much more!

We’ll be taking our yearly break to play tons of games in preparation for our top games of 2018 episode, but in the meantime, look forward to our music special, and perhaps something else in the feed…

Be safe this holiday, folks! See you in 2019!



Super Step Contributing Writer

12/21/2018 at 12:39 PM

I was going to change my comment on this episode to talk about Microsoft as I experience them: via PC. But oh well. I think the ones you've read so far have more interesting points to make than I did. 

I just can't bring myself to pull the trigger on a Switch, but I will say I vastly prefer having unlockable characters in fighting games to not. If the criticism is HOW you unlock them, fine, but Ryan's scoffing at the concept was a bit weird to me, since I see that as one of the best reasons to replay a fighter's arcade mode. Unlocking by paying is also bad practice, but unlocking by playing the game is just what I need to enjoy the single player most times, and I'm super bummed it's not really a thing any more. 

Can confirm: The stupid search function of one-letter-at-a-time is gone from the PS Store. It now uses the same virtual keyboard Netflix and EVERY OTHER PS4 APP ALREADY HAD. Why the hell did that take so long?! 

I didn't have quite the level of Julian's download issues on my PS4, and I do use Wi-Fi, but it used to be a lot worse before I sent everything to my external storage (2TB HDD). Now, I can look forward to several big games being uploaded the next morning if I so want. 

I'm digging the Castlevania music about an hour in and will come back for part 2. 

Super Step Contributing Writer

12/21/2018 at 02:08 PM

Wait, if you beat the dragon, you're more than halfway through God of War? Are we thinking of the same dragon? That felt like the first real boss to me. 

I just don't think Diablo and mobile gamers have much crossover, so I didn't understand the announcement. But I've never been a huge fan of the outrage culture that seems so prominent in the gaming community (this is a big reason I find Twitter annoying as well), so ... I don't know where I was going with this, but fuck Twitter. I'll never miss an opportunity to say that. 

I'm not sure how we got on Batman TellTale, but I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought they take a few too many liberties with the characters. I didn't mind it TOO much, cause in my mind comic book characters change so much over time and in different versions anyway, but I would continuously feel like "I chose what Batman would do, so why ... ?"

I was looking at random Washington Post headlines and drifted out there for a minute, but now I remember I want to buy Bloodstained. 

I hate that Steam and Netflix have competitors. All hail whichever app I happen to already use. 

Wait, I had no idea Discord was used during gaming. 

I drifted away again, but now I also want to get DuckTales on Steam. 

Too many good games. Boo. BOOOOOOOOOO! Why so many good choices?! Shame on you, games. 

Looking forward to video game cage match. Will we also vote on who is in the cage match or will the competitors be pre-selected? If the voting is on Twitter, then FINE. I'll make a new account. Even though I really do not want to. 

Julian Titus Senior Editor

12/30/2018 at 09:40 PM

Don't worry, Video Game Cage Match (VGCM) will be in a format that will allow for input from all our usual places. And the best part is...YOU decide who steps into the ring! (Well, eventually.)


01/20/2019 at 11:34 AM

This was a very interesting episode for me.  I had to put down a bunch of podcasts for a few months and have been catching up.  Right before I listened to this episode, I had binged a half dozen episodes of Comedy Button.  I am now very confused.  Is Ryan playing a bit on the Comedy Button?  He didn't sound like the Ryan Scott I was used to...

Julian Titus Senior Editor

01/20/2019 at 12:46 PM

When he does the outtro for The Geekbox he always says “you can listen to The Comedy Button, where I play a cartoon version of myself.”

He really is that nerdy, and his stories are true. But he plays it up for The Comedy Button and let’s the rest of them run with it.


01/21/2019 at 07:51 AM

I think I am going ot have to check out the geekbox then.  It was awesome hearing him not be a cartoon of himself.  I could use a different voice in my podcast feed anyways.

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