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Nerds Without Pants Episode 253: Shaq Owns Some Weird S---!

If Giant Bomb won't deliberate, we sure as hell will!

Welcome to a wacky episode of Nerds Without Pants! In this episode, we decide the 1998 GotY list because, well…why not? Then we talk a whole mess of games before pitting Shaq vs Kobe in the steel cage!

00:00 – 15:20 Fast food

15:32 – 2:49:17 STAGE SELECT: 1998 Game of the Year Deliberations

2:49:28 – 4:02:58 CONSUMPTION JUNCTION: Tears of the Kingdom, Diablo IV Server Slam, Age of Wonders IV, Binary Domain, SF 6 beta

4:03:37 – 4:18:50 VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Shaq Fu vs Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside

4:18:58 – 4:28:06 Outro and outtakes

NEXT EPISODE: Headlines!


STAGE SELECT: Give us your idea for a sequel or a spinoff to an existing game series




Giant Bomb GotY 2013 Theme by Andrew Allen

Twitter: @NWPcast


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




Cary Woodham

05/25/2023 at 07:26 AM

I have two ideas for game sequels, so I hope you can make the time to read both please.  

My first idea actually came to me in a dream.  I dreamed I was playing a sequel to Ristar.  Ristar was a 2-D platformer SEGA Genesis game, and I actually liked it better than Sonic.  Anyway, in my dream, I was playing a sequel to it that was also a 16-bit 2-D platformer.  It was called Ristar and Comette.  It played a lot like the first game, except now two people could play at the same time.  Player 2 was Comette, Ristar's sister who had a pink heart face instead of a star face like Ristar.  She also had a ponytail that would trail behind her like a comet's tail.  Both characters played the same, though.  When I woke up, I thought it was cool that my brain came up with that idea while I was sleeping, but as I thought about it, since you bounce around a lot in that game, it probably wouldn't make for a very good two player experience.  

I really wish Capcom would make my idea for another sequel I thought of.  I was really upset when Capcom cancelled Mega Man Legends 3 on the 3DS.  But what I really want is a sequel to The Misadventures of Tron Bonne.  I really liked that one.  It was a 3-D action game that also mixed puzzles, exploration, and even crew management.  But most people just liked the action stages so I'd just focus on those for the sequel.  In the new game, you could play as either Tron Bonne or her rival from the first game, Denise the policewoman.  In the story, they'd have to reluctantly team up to stop a bigger threat, and two could play at the same time.  I know Capcom would never do this, instead all they want to do is make games that make them lots of money, like Resident Evil and Monster Hunter.  Well I have needs too, you know. :)

By the way, I just posted a podcast episode of my own where my brother Jeff and I review the Mario movie and I talk about my trip to Super Nintendo World.  Please give it a listen if you have a chance.


05/26/2023 at 11:49 AM

I could dig a Shining Force SRPG sequel, especially if it's done with 3-D graphics. Fire Emblem has been a staple of my game library for the past few years and provides a template of how it could be done, and I'd like to see Sega step back into the fantasy SRPG ring.

Virtua Fighter 6. Damn, do I want VF6. That's my favorite fighting game series, I like VF a lot more than Tekken, and it has so much potential for e-sports.  It just sucks that Sega is letting it lay dormant, especially when they have plenty of talent that could make it a great game. VF5 Ultimate Showdown was nice, but I want to see Virtua Fighter have its chance to shine, damn it. 

My brain: Don't say Mother 4, don't say Mother 4.

Me: Mother 4?

My brain: That's it, I'm outta here. (footsteps)

Cage Match:

I had to look up Winter Heat. I'm not a big sports fan, but I did enjoy early 80s multisport games like Track & Field, Activision Decathlon, and Olympic Decathlon from "Micro Soft" (yep, it's the same company).  So I'm going with Winter Heat, because the winter sports look more fun than turning left. 

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