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Nerds Without Pants Episode 185: Epic Lute

Be excellent to each other!

Welcome to Nerds Without Pants! Well, we asked for epic video game music, and y’all did NOT disappoint. Let’s get right to it!

00:00-02:13 Introduction

02:29-3:03:40 STAGE SELECT: We listen to video game music that is MOST EPIC

3:03:40-4:07:07 CONSUMPTION JUNCTION: FINAL FANTASY XVI, MAN! PS5 preordering adventures, real talk, Persona 5, Justin’s Tony Hawk skate park levels, Tell Me Why, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning         

4:07:43-4:27:08 VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: The Avengers vs Cyberpunk 2077                  


STAGE SELECT: What are the video game characters you most identify with?

VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Fallout 4 vs The Outer Worlds


Our theme song “Relax” and interstitial tracks “To the Maxx” and “Moody Grooves” are written and performed by Megan McDuffee.


BlazBlue Central Fiction- Bloodline

Suikoden II- Opening

Halo 2 Anniversary- Follow in Flight

Metal Gear Solid 3- Main Theme

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers- The Puppet’s Bunker Final Boss

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood- Triumph

Octopath Traveler- Galdera Boss (full version)

Final Fantasy VII- Those Who Fight Further

Metal Gear Solid 2- Yell Dead Cell

Super Metroid- Theme of Samus Aran, Galactic Warrior

Final Fantasy XII- Fight to the Death

Halo 3- Finish the Fight

Pokemon XD Gale of Darkness- Mirror B Theme

Deus EX- Theme Song (orchestral version)

Gimmick!- Strange Memories of Death

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition- You Will Know Our Names

Lords of Thunder- Dezant stage music

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim- Song of the Dragonborn

Borderlands- Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked

F-Zero- Big Blue

Final Fantasy IX- Final Battle

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker- Molgera

Ace Combat 4- Megalith (Agnus Dei)

Mega Man X- Spark Mandrill (Stone McKnuckle remix)

Final Fantasy VI-Dancing Mad (GaMetal remix)





Julian Titus Senior Editor

09/24/2020 at 09:43 AM

Heh heh heh..."Epic Lute". 

I kill me sometimes. 


10/02/2020 at 02:50 AM

It was quite the riff.

Exrian Contributing Writer

10/01/2020 at 02:39 AM

Alright awesome episode guys. I forget how you all actually sound when I have to play a podcast at normal speed lol. That NWP intro is way better when played at normal speed.

Stage Select:

3. The Tetris Square: I'm probably one of the last ones you want to show up when it's game time but too bad I'm already there. 

2. Riku from Kingdom Hearts: Definitely more of a loner but will always be there when you need me most. 

1. Cave Johnson from Portal 2: I don't have the reckless destructive ambition of Cave Johnson but I'm definitely someone who will say something completely off the wall and make you think three times about wtf I just said. I never mind being the clown of a group and will gladly make myself seem totally insane just so those around me can get some good laughs.

Stage Select: I'm going Fallout 4, because someone has to stop Parvati. She seems all innocent and makes you want to protect her but she's one of those cats that make you infected to where you feel obligated to take care of them. Screw that. Atom bomb that woman ASAP!


10/02/2020 at 02:55 AM

Oh, yes, I should probably mention what happened to me and why I was gone so long in case it might apply to someone else!  I had devastating computer issues (PSU, hard drive although thankfully no data loss just a long time for repair) and unfortunately I stupidly only kept a backup of my passwords for the more sensitive websites.  And for whatever reason no part of the Pixlbit support worked: I never got an email for password resets despite doing it multiple times through the months, I never got a response from using the contact form, and I even sent a manual email to an address I found scouring old posts through the internet (nothing, not even a bounce).  I *do* have an unusual email provider ( so maybe that's part of it?  Anybody check the password/support system recently?

STAGE SELECT: Me, Booky?  I'm like a cross between the Wall Street Kid and that guy in Zelda that takes all your money as soon as you step into *my* house.  Boom.

I took the risk and came up with a little less than 5:3 odds that Fallout 4 has a longer half-life than The Outer Worlds.  Now excuse me a moment, I need to take my next dose of RadAway.

Personally though, I say give it to The Outer Worlds.  I've only seen a handful of hours of each but I heard Fallout 4 was a staggering step back as far as role-playing and character building.  And I can't believe how bad that quote-unquote twist is.

The Outer Worlds had big problems but... here, I'll put it this way: Give Bethesda Game Studios more money than is good for them and we get Fallout 76.  During Obsidian's recent post-big successes if I remember correctly they tried the interesting Tyranny (an isometric CRPG where you are tasked with instituting the law of an evil overlord) and while I won't argue Avowed looks unique yet as so little is known I do have a soft spot for fantasy first-person RPGs especially if they are a bit "sandboxy".  I'm of the opinion that the later Fallouts get worse but it's untested how well a The Outer Worlds sequel would be, Pillars of Eternity II fixed a lot of problems so maybe The Outer Worlds 2 would be similar.  And best case imo eventually we get Alpha Protocol 2 so I want to keep them around.  Rough edges aside I still haven't met a game that has nearly as much narrative branching and subtle complexity as that one.  The first run is great but you'll still find new stuff and better understand character motivations even on your third and fourth playthroughs!

Julian Titus Senior Editor

10/02/2020 at 09:20 PM

I asked Nick the site director to look into that. Thanks for letting us know!

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