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Nerds Without Pants Episode 165: Video Game Trash Pandas

These games aren't very good, but we love 'em!

It’s the last standard episode of Nerds Without Pants for 2019, and boy do we have a hum dinger for you? Wait, “hum dinger”? Why am I typing like a kid growing up in 1947? Gee, willikers, this show sure is swell! Golly, it’s just the bee’s knees! Yeah, ok boomer.

00:00-7:08 Introduction

7:31-1:56:38 STAGE SELECT: Games you love that most people hate

1:57:31-2:58:53 CONSUMPTION JUNCTION: What Angelo did to his hand, the return of Angelo’s board game corner, Ring Fit Adventure, Red Dead Redemption 2, The Outer Worlds, Horrified, Death Stranding

2:59:30-3:20:17 VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Silent Hill 3 vs Fatal Frame 2

3:20:17-3:24:25 Outro and outtakes


BE SURE TO GET YOUR ENTRIES IN FOR THE LAST GREAT GAME GIVEAWAY OF THE YEAR BY 8:30 CENTRAL ON 11/26! We’re picking two winners, and EVERYONE is eligible, even if you won a contest in the past 3 months! 


Valfaris- Torture March

Haddaway- What is Love

Mass Effect Andromeda- A Better Beginning

Fable 3- Brightwall

Kill Bill Vol. 2- Urami Bushi

Styx- Mr. Robato



Exrian Contributing Writer

11/21/2019 at 08:57 AM

Great show guys. So glad to have Angelo jump back for a show but everyone did great. I recall the few who actually did play Hob really enjoying it. One of the podcasts I listen to raved about it but I just never went out to buy it. Should definitely check it out. 

Thanks for the heads up on Horrified John. I've been really trying to get my daughter into more advanced boardgames and she LOVES coop games. Definitely checking it out.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

11/21/2019 at 05:15 PM

Sorry it sounded so awful. :(


11/25/2019 at 09:50 PM

Honestly, outside of some throat clearing it wasn't bad at all.  That must've taken some work!


11/22/2019 at 07:04 AM

I love when there are wonderfully quotable bits...  like Julian saying, "I need to, like, unclench"


11/25/2019 at 10:13 PM

Let's see... oh, I can talk about StarTropics!  Yeah, I'd say they're generally well liked, up until say the DS era it was common for people to clammor about a sequel (there were a couple games influenced by it but none any good).  The first one feels stiff but, I'll be honest, that's part of the charm of it and makes it feel a bit less like an action game and more of a puzzle/rhythm game (think like Punch Out, but not in the fighting genre, and generally more predictable).  And the tile-based facing system also works well so you don't blunder and mess up a crucial execution.  If you want to see a similar styled game where none of that works, check out the Famicom game Meikyuu Jiin Dababa.  StarTropic's sequel alleviates a lot of stiffness, battle limitations, and even adds more directions but honestly I think not only does it lose its charm but the changes makes it feel much more generic.

I also like Kid Icarus but it's definately shown its age.  It's more fun after you learn a ton about it but unfortunately it's very much styled as an arcadey game where it just throws you into everything right from the beginning.  Kinda neat as a weird proto-shooter that also feels a tad like the older Wonder Boy games.  The GB game is pretty decent (good pedigree) and much kinder so I'd say start from there.


11/25/2019 at 10:17 PM

Next (and always) booked match: Julian vs podcast editing troubles.... who will win!?

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