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Nerds Without Pants Episode 234: That's the Way of Things

Mission failed: John was annoyed.

Hey folks! This episode of Nerds Without Pants was recorded while Julian was on vacation, so this is a very mediocre endeavor. Anyway, on to the show!

No time for timestamps this week, but we talked about our least favorite areas and levels in games, Read Dead Redemption 2, some more Elden Ring, and a little bit of Trails From Zero. Then, Grand Theft Auto V takes on Read Dead Redemption 2 in the cage!


STAGE SELECT: What are some levels or areas in video games that scare you the most?

VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Rule of Rose vs Rumble Roses





10/12/2022 at 07:59 PM

I actually think a small-town GTA would be a good idea, which is why I suggested Texas, as it has a lot of small towns that lie between DFW, Houston, and San Antonio/Austin. In the 2000s on 1UP, I wrote a blog about a GTA set in Texas, where I proposed that the main character be a home meth cook. This was written right before Breaking Bad premiered on TV, too. That would be a period piece, since nowadays home meth labs have been replaced with meth superlabs run by the Sinaloa and Jalisco cartels that regularly produce meth of the same purity as Walt was able to produce, and if they're cut with anything, it's fentanyl.

Stage Select:

1. Vault 87 in Fallout 3. It's connected to the children's settlement by tunnels full of hissing ghouls leading up to one of the most fucked up areas in the entire game, where Super Mutants are kidnapping humans to turn them into more Super Mutants. The holotapes of the last colonists to live there add to the atmosphere.

2. The opening village areas of Resident Evil 4, where you're being chased by zombified villagers who honestly probably weren't much changed from their basic personalities by the Los Plagas virus. And then the chainsaw dudes start coming after you.

3. When I was a kid, I had a Donkey Kong-esque platformer game called Miner 2049er, which is going to be released next month as part of the Atari 50th Anniversary Collection for Switch, PS, and Xbox. In this game, you had to "mine" ores from the floors while avoiding radioactive monsters and hazards. In one level, right above the starting point, I jumped up to get a power-up and died the radiation death because I failed to notice that the power-up had glowing parts, which in that game meant radioactive, and it made me distrustful of power-ups from that point forward in the game. What made it scary is that when you touch a radioactive creature, the game makes a lot of loud digital screeching noises and your character rapidly expands and shrinks before collapsing into a puddle of goo, and it's often rather unexpected. I know that's probably not what you were looking for, but I was 9 years old and that scared the crap out of me. My fears as an adult are of a more existential nature, so if we were going with that, my scariest game would be Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life when you're dying of old age, and years of doing hospice work have kind of taken the edge off of that fear. Zombies, vampires, and the like just aren't as scary as they were when I was watching them with my dad.

Cage Match:

Much as nubile CG ladies wrestling in lingerie is entertaining, I'm going with Rule of Rose. The scariest thing about it is the price you'll have to pay to buy it off of eBay. That's why I've never actually played it. Hopefully Sega will consider remastering it for current consoles.

Cary Woodham

10/17/2022 at 07:23 AM

Stage Select:

I don't really play that many scary video games, so I don't have much to put here.  Levels that take place inside a living thing can be kind of gross and scary, what with all the eyeballs and tissue and such.  

Sometimes a game can successfully make a level unsettling by using less, like not having any music or little of it.  The best example I can think of that would be when you first enter Magus' castle in Chrono Trigger.

When I was a kid, SiniStar scared the crap out of me in arcades.  I would purposely avoid it.  Also, one weird thing that always scared me was the medusa statues in Adventures of Lolo.  They would always take me by surprise when you accidentally passed them and they'd make that SHOOM! sound when they'd turn you to stone!

Cage Match:

Rumble Roses wins simply because I've never played Rule of Rose.  Plus you'd think a wrestling game would win in a cage match.  I wasn't very good at Rumble Roses when I played it.  I'm not really into wrestling games, although some of the characters in this one seemed kind of cool.  One time at E3 a long time ago, Konami had a booth set up with a wrestling ring with ladies dressed up as Rumble Roses characters.  I talked with couple of them while I was waiting for a press meeting.  They were really nice.  And that's all I have to say about Rumble Roses.

Hey I know you said once before that it's hard to listen to my podcast because it's not on iTunes.  I haven't gotten there yet, but I would like to encourage you to listen to my latest one because it's about RPGs and I know you like to talk about those.  All you have to do is simply click on this link and it should take you right to the podcast, so that shouldn't be too hard, right?  Thanks.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

10/27/2022 at 03:37 PM

That was a good show, keep it up!

Cary Woodham

10/28/2022 at 07:46 AM

Thanks for listening.  We just recorded an episode on our favorite 2-D platformers, so that should be up soon!

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