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Nerds Without Pants Episode 189: EMERGENCY FEELGOOD DOGS

Pull the pupper lever!

Ohai! This werk on the Nerds Without Pants Borkcast we have a heckin’ gud tym giving treats to the goodest bois, the bestest puppers, and the frendist doggos. Then we get sum chikem nuggs.

00:00-08:01 Introduction

08:14-1:48:47 STAGE SELECT: We pick the best video game doggos!

1:48:53-3:43:36 CONSUMPTION JUNCTION: Mike Fallek is really good at video games, speed run culture, Cuphead, all things Steamworld, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Firewatch (SPOILERS UNTIL 2:30:02), Genshin Impact, Justin Hamm is a Time Lord, Watch Dogs: Legion, Yakuza: Like a Dragon

3:44:12-4:08:55 VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Final Fantasy X vs Persona 5

4:08:55-4:17:32 Outro and outtakes

NEXT EPISODE: Take a break! We’re doing an early all Consumption Junction episode for turkey day.

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



Super Step Contributing Writer

11/22/2020 at 11:58 AM

I'll be honest, I often skip a decent bit of Consumption Junction (cause what's listed is often games I have not played or have not heard of) but this was one of the more interesting ones for me. A lot of it has to do with themes outside of video games (what skills to focus on in your life, the nuances of boycotting diverse teams of people and/or their nations, whether the Firewatch guy ever settled down and had a family with a good doggo). Very interesting stuff. 

I'm also mixed on Y7's combat for many of the same reasons as Justin, but I hate how hard it's been to make money. I haven't paid that much attention to leveling, cause it seems to happen pretty often, but I always miss Yakuza 0's deep character pockets. I know Japan does too and that's kinda the point, but still. 

Also, I really hope the current combat system doesn't stick with Asura ... I don't think I dislike it enough to skip Asura, but ... I might not be as excited for it. 

I find Letterkenny funny but almost never understand it completely ... at times, it confuses me as much as Cage Match votes confuse Mike. 

Julian Titus Senior Editor

11/24/2020 at 08:07 PM

Hmm, interesting. I always like hearing about games I'm not interested on the game podcasts I like, just because I like hearing them talk about video games. We tend to get into stuff like that pretty often, but also the show is pretty long so I understand if people don't want to listen to the whole thing.

Letterkenny is all about wordplay, which is why a pun fan like me loves it.

Super Step Contributing Writer

11/24/2020 at 09:48 PM

I get that, but it's usually that a) the games are in a genre I just don't find appealing and I don't feel like skipping around to find the one or two out of eight that do interest me (obviously it depends on where they get talked about in the podcast) or b) they really interest me and I'm paranoid about spoilers. I'd probably skip fewer Consumption Junctions if there were time stamps for each little section of it, but that's a tall order. 

I definitely don't always skip CJ though. If y'all are talking about a game I've already played, listening to people talk about media I've already consumed is like half of what I use the Internet for. It's nothing you're doing wrong, I just realized a while ago that I do tend to let reviews color my engagement with media I consume after reading/listening/watching reviews, so I try to stay away until after I've had time to form my own thoughts. 


11/22/2020 at 09:50 PM

Angelo might not be me... but is my computer???? ???

Also, this was one for the "best of" lists.  I'm always weary about going too long and oddball unless I notice that responses are low and feel I have a hook but I'm so happy when things come together like this!

Julian Titus Senior Editor

11/24/2020 at 08:08 PM

Thanks, man! I was worried that the length of the show would drag, but people seem to really dig it. 

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