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Nerds Without Pants Episode 238: 2006 Was a Dark Time

This title is a reference that none of you will understand.

Welcome to the penultimate episode of Nerds Without Pants! It’s a shorter show this time around, as we take your super hero video game pitches, talk about a small handful of games, and find out who comes out on top between Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man (2018).

00:00 – 01:53 Intro

01:53 – 51:03 STAGE SELECT: We hear your pitches for a super hero game!

51:35 – 2:00:36 CONSUMPTION JUNCTION: Pentiment, Tactics Ogre Reborn, Final Fantasy Tactics, Spy x Family

2:01:14 – 2:11:32 VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Spider-Man 2 (2004) vs Spider-Man (2018)

2:11:41 – 2:29:36 Outro and outtakes


It’s our annual state of the generation episode! Give us some of your thoughts on the current generation of gaming, or talking points around the year in gaming news you’d like us to talk about.

VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: END OF THE YEAR TITLE BOUT: Super Mario Odyssey (challenger) vs Chrono Cross (champion) for the NWPWF World Heavyweight Title


Twitter: @NWPcast


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





12/07/2022 at 06:59 PM

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Honestly? I'm still on the Switch, and more interested in Switch 2 than the PS5 or the XSX|S. Those systems seem to be almost stillborn. Part of this is due to chronic supply chain shortages driving up prices and causing product shortages. To be honest, the PS5 and XSX really haven't justified their existence yet, other than the fact that nobody is buying the PS4 or Xbox One.  The law of diminishing returns continues to apply with graphics, while none of the games really screams "I need a $500 console to play this." Hopefully FFXVI will change that. And to be honest, it seems like game companies are less focused on gameplay and graphics and more on how to get consumers to allow game companies to scoop money out of your bank accounts on an automated basis. Somewhere out there, Don Mattrick and Adam Orth are laughing their asses off, saying "we told you so."

Cage Match:

Giving this to Super Mario Odyssey. One of the best Mario games versus a lesser sequel is a no-brainer. 


12/16/2022 at 01:01 AM

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I saw a random headline yesterday: "Gfuel has announced a Conker's Bad Fur Day 'Might Poo' Flavor.  My question is this: What other crimes against humanity would you like to see vis-a-vis gaming?  Thank you.

Giving this to Chrono Cross. One of the best Mario games versus a lesser sequel is a no-brainer.

Cary Woodham

12/16/2022 at 08:58 AM

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A lot of my thoughts on the current state of games will make me sound like a hypocrite.  But I'm a human being and I'm not perfect, so there you go.  

While I do like classic game collections and remakes, I feel like game companies have been relying on too much of those lately.  And I know this has been a problem for a while, but I'm getting tired of companies nickel and diming you with DLC.  I guess I just miss the SNES, PS1, and PS2 days where I could just pop in the whole game and play it.  Also, from what I've been reviewing lately, indie games are overrated.  That's not going to be a popular opinion I'm sure.

Cage Match

Even though I should give it to Mario Odyssey, Mario just gets too much recognition nowadays so I'm going with Chrono Cross this time.  Plus "Odyssey" is too hard to spell.  Now, if it was Mario Galaxy vs. Chrono Cross, the results would be different!

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