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Nerds Without Pants Episode 212: The Coolest Buttons to Button

That's a good button.

Welcome to another banger of an episode of Nerds Without Pants! We hope this episode pushes all of your buttons, because that’s the topic of the day: BUTTONS! It will make sense when you listen to it, we promise. We also cover a handful of recent releases, and Serious Sam steps into the cage with Turok Evolution!

00:00 - 07:06 Introduction

07:16 – 01:25:13 STAGE SELECT: What are some of your favorite buttons in gaming?

01:25:22 - 03:08:32 CONSUMPTION JUNCTION: Tales of Arise, Inscryption, Wilder Myth, Alan Wake Remastered, Corpse Party (PS4), Guardians of the Galaxy, Julian’s Persona 5 Royal check-in

03:09:08 – 03:26:08 VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Serious Sam vs Turok Evolution

03:26:17 – 03:37:59 Outro


STAGE SELECT: What are the video game worlds you would like to live in the most, and where would your home be?

VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Final Fantasy XV vs Dragon Quest XI


Twitter: @NWPcast


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






11/11/2021 at 11:19 PM

Stage select:

I'd probably choose to live in Hyrule. C'mon, you probably knew in your hearts I would pick Hyrule. Anyway, Hyrule has plenty of nice areas to live, and plenty of dangerous areas if you really want to go swinging a sword about. It's not a sucking pit of despair like Temeria or most of the Fallout world, which would be fun to adventure in until you wanted to take a rest or eat. I'd probably build a cottage in the mountains or the forest near Lake Hylia, or maybe I'd go hang out in the desert. I'd have a horse on hand to ride to Castle Town.

Cage Match: My PixlBit avvy as of this post is from Dragon Quest XI, so that should tell you which game I'm voting for.

 Final Fantasy has gone somewhat off the rails with its experimentation. FFXV was an improvement from XIII, but was still somewhat of a mess from its tumultuous development as FFVsXIII.  The story was a mess, and I gotta tell you, it was kind of weird seeing Final Fantasy characters camping out with Coleman tents and gas stoves and stores taking American Express. One of the diners in the game looks suspiciously like a Whataburger. I enjoyed the game, but it didn't quite grab me in the way that 7 or 12 did.

Dragon Quest XI, especially the "S" version, is pretty much a distillation of everything I like about Japanese RPGs. It's a beautifully rendered world, with all of the familiar monsters in their glory. There's a lot to do. The characters were a lot more charming than Noctis, Gladio, Ignus, and Prompto. It's also incredibly loaded with content, many will probably say too much. It still has the turn-based battle system, though they've marched it forward in increments rather than trying wholesale to reinvent the wheel. It's incredibly polished on all fronts, in comparison to the unfinished feel of FFXV. 

If you'd told me at 22 that I'd be picking a Dragon Quest game over a Final Fantasy game in a match up, I would have laughed. But here we are. Final Fantasy is still trying to find its way back; Dragon Quest, meanwhile, is better than ever.

(And you thought I was going to point out that GTA does, in fact, have six wanted levels. HA!)


11/19/2021 at 06:27 AM

Argh, I got a good Stage Select but as we all know bookies don't make bets, we just take bets.  Doing so would be gross negligence of booky law.  Even video game booky law which is, oh boy, really scraping the bottom of the ethics barrel here.  I mean, I saw a baby Pichu get hit with an elbow once and just drop.  Didn't move.  Nobody cared.  Hell, a couple people cheered.  Oh well!  What can you do?

I asked my sibling this Stage Select question to spitball some ideas and without a pause they said, "Zelda, because if you need money you just whack a bush or something," and I just don't think I'm going to be able to top that.

Dragon Quest XI.  Sylvando.  Next question.

Casey Curran Staff Writer

11/19/2021 at 07:54 PM

Stage Select:

3. Illium (Mass Effect)- I choose this one because it's the only planet that doesnt get completely screwed over in Mass Effect 3. Sure, corporate corruption is out of control but I do a good job of keeping my head low. I'm willing to accept that risk if it means I can live in that universe.

2. Pokémon- This universe has a lot of horrifying implications, from criminal organizations only stopped by a random twelve year old to a random animal draining my soul. But I've had a dog before. He was a little shit even though I loved him. So that I could capture a dog, he would immediately obey all my commands, AND can shoot fire, electricity, etc at my enemies makes me instantly want to live in this universe.

1. Persona 5- Look, we're all aware of the problems of our reality. NOTHING in all of fiction is more liberating than the idea that I can force all the people screwing over the universe to see the horrible things they're doing for what they are and understand the weight and guilt associated with them. 

Cage Match

Veronica would just slap the entire FFXV party until they did everything she says. DQXI wins.

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