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Nerds Without Pants Episode 181: Memories are the Greatest Gift

To the listeners: thank you.

This episode of Nerds Without Pants is coming in late, and I don’t have the energy to do a clever show post or time stamps. I’m sorry; I’ll do better next time. In this episode we talk about some of our favorite memories of game related gifts. We go heavy on Ghost of Tsushima, and we squash the PixlBit beef over Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze.

My mom had great taste in music.





STAGE SELECT: What are your favorite (or least favorite?) generic video game characters?

VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild vs The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt




The Seekers- Georgy Girl

Doris Day- Que Sera, Sera

The Crystals- He’s a Rebel

Gary Lewis & The Playboys- Everybody Loves a Clown

The Royal Guardsmen- Snoopy vs The Red Baron




07/30/2020 at 03:58 AM

Donkey Kong 3 is an interesting game. It seems to be Nintendo's take on Galaga, and the main character looks like an illustrated version of Mr. Game & Watch. And he's spraying Donkey Kong's balls with bug spray. I guess that's why Donkey Kong Junior never had any brothers or sisters.

Stage Select:

1. Octoroks, Leevers, Peahats, Moblins, and Lynels from the Zelda series. Zelda has an awful lot of memorable mooks, actually. The first four have remained mainstays that give Hyrule its unique look, and Nintendo figured out how to make Lynels as brutal in 2017 as they were in 1987. 

2. Slimes. Can't really say much more about those. I even have a Slime plushie I got as a pre-order bonus for the DS release of Dragon Quest VI. 

3. Malboros, the giant plant monsters with big gaping mouths that stick you with multiple status effects in Final Fantasy games.  My first FF game was VI, and when I played VII, they were the first recurring monster in the series I remember seeing. I hate those a-holes. 

Cage Match:

Gals Panic: Breath of the Wild wins here, so much for someone assuming I was talking about Zelda.

Just kidding. That said, Zelda: BotW does win. I've pontificated on it enough that everybody knows where I stand on it by now, so I will actually talk more about The Witcher 3. That game is loaded with detail in terms of the characters and the world, and it's definitely one of the titans of the RPG genre. Geralt is definitely one of the more interesting video game heroes out there. I've been familiar with the series since the first game. CD Projekt's success with Witcher 3 was well-earned. Breath of the Wild is my favorite game of this generation, and The Witcher 3 is my fourth-favorite game of the generation, so this was a monster matchup, unlike my Cage Match pitting that poor bastard Quest 64 against Final Fantasy VII. I will say that Witcher 3 is stronger in narrative while Breath of the Wild has much better game mechanics.

Super Step Contributing Writer

08/07/2020 at 06:56 PM


Shy Guys really stand out. I like their design. Don't really have much else to say about them. 

The beetles from Metroid Prime are super annoying. I hate enemies who capture you for a few seconds where you can't really do anything to them while losing health. Yeah, the morph ball bomb hits them eventually, but I hate how much time they can waste if you get around too many of them. 

My third and final entry: any generic military character that has a speaking role only to die in the next five seconds. Stop it. Stop it with that trope. I don't care about that guy. I don't know him. He doesn't even go here!


Well, I've played the Witcher III so I guess that one. 

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