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Nerds Without Pants Episode 260: The Man From East Texas

It's doesn't count when you're a druid in bear form.

 Hey, welcome back to Nerds Without Pants! Not a lot of time for show notes this time, so please enjoy the show! We, uh, talk about some video games and such.


00:00 – 16:14 AITA?

16:26 – 1:37:17 STAGE SELECT: Tell us something you’re excited about. Now tell us how it will be ruined.

1:37:27 – 2:42:40 CONSUMPTION JUNCTION: Street Fighter 6 for kids, Ghost Trick, Final Fantasy XVI, Danganronpa V3, Baldur’s Gate III

2:43:17 – 2:59:20 VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Blades of Steel vs Eggs of Steel: Charlie’s Eggcellent Adventure

2:59:20 – 3:08:30 Outro



STAGE SELECT: What are the three games you’re most excited for between now and the end of the year?

VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Star Ocean: Second Story vs Grandia







07/19/2023 at 02:32 PM

My antipathy towards Microsoft goes back to over half a decade prior to the launch of the original Xbox. I always viewed them as an out-of-control, rapacious company that ruined whatever it touched. It's colored my perception of both the Xbox line and PC gaming. 

I actually owned a 360 in its early years, when Microsoft was paying Japanese developers to make games exclusive to 360. Almost all of the companies who took them up on it, ended up regretting it. It's why you saw enhanced versions of games like Eternal Sonata and Tales of Vesperia on PS3, because the companies were trying to make their money back. That plus the E74 error that fried my Xbox (that MS was still trying to deny at the time and wanted to charge me $150 to remediate) soured me on Xbox for good.

And if that weren't enough, Microsoft locked my Microsoft account, which had Xbox 360 content tied to it. They won't release my account until I can remember the number of the credit card I used to buy this content, 15 years ago. I pretty much stopped using my Microsoft account after my email became a spam-ridden hellscape. I've been having to switch a lot of stuff that was tied to my Microsoft email to iCloud while my passwords still work because it's clear that nothing I do will satisfy them, even though their shoddy security is why I stopped using Microsoft email.

So yeah, I'm done with Microsoft.

And even in everyday computing, my last Windows computer was bought in 2011. I switched to Mac and have no interest in going back.

Rant over.


07/19/2023 at 02:46 PM

Stage Select:

1. Super Mario RPG. Looks like an already awesome game is going to get even better. This shot up to the top of my list the second it was announced.

2. Mortal Kombat 1. Looks amazing, with all my favorite fighters, and a Jean-Claude Van Damme skin for Johnny Cage.

3. Super Mario Wonder. This game reignited my excitement for 2-D Mario in a way that I haven't seen in a long time. 

I actually have quite a few anticipated games coming up, like Star Ocean: The Second Story Remake, Metroid Prime 4, and the next Zelda. Also strongly considering Baldur's Gate 3.

Cage Match:

Speaking of Star Ocean 2....

Tough call. Grandia is a successor to the Lunar series, which is near and dear to my heart, and also held cult status as the Saturn's queen-bee RPG (at least other than Panzer Dragoon Saga). Honestly, though, given that both games were trying to accomplish similar things with their battle systems, I have to give the edge to Star Ocean: TSS, which has a much smoother battle system reminiscent of Tales (no surprise since the Star Ocean series was made by many of the same people.) Motoi Sakuraba's banging soundtrack only sweetens the deal.

Super Step Contributing Writer

07/19/2023 at 09:48 PM

I seriously thought I was the man from East Texas when I saw that title and knew I had sent you a message about meeting up in Austin now that I live here. 

I was like, "I gave him an out ..." lol Anyway, if anyone lives in East Texas and gets tired of what Julian was talking about, there's a bar called Cowboy Jacks where it seems pretty ok to be yourself. Actually, anywhere around Stephen F. Austin State University is probably pretty safe, it's ... outside of that radius where shit starts getting weird. 


Spider Man 2

Alan Wake 2

Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name

Honorable Mention: I finally get to play Metal Gear Solid 3


Star Ocean; name sounds cooler. Less grandiose. More grandiose? Anyway, it's like seafaring but IN SPACE. I like that. 


Cary Woodham

07/22/2023 at 08:26 AM

You said, "Sent Us Emails" in the description up there.  Does that mean you'd rather us email you our responses instead of posting them here?  If so, could you please post the email here again?  I know you say it in the podcast, but I tend to forget what it is by the time I have something to say.  I can then repost this reply as an email and send it to you if you'd like.  Thanks.


Here are my top three games I'm looking forward to:

3. WarioWare: Move It!

It's just one of my favorite Nintendo series.  That's all.

2. Detective Pikachu Returns

I loved the first game and it's nice to play a Pokemon game where you can enjoy the characters and not have to battle all the time.  Gameplay is like Phoenix Wright for kids.

1. Super Mario RPG remake

I have a lot of speical memories with the first game.  My younger brother Jeff was very little when the first one came out, and he'd always ask for me to play "Mario PG" and "Chwono Twigger."  He couldn't read so I always had to read the text to him aloud, so my throat would get pretty tired after a while!

Other games I'm looking forward to include Illusion Island, Samba de Amigo: Party Central, and Super Mario Wonder.

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