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  • Episode 227 :: The Great Doctor Who Debate

    ep227There’s no denying that Doctor Who has completely regenerated itself. What was once a quirky, low budget British sci-fi has become a big budget global phenomena. 50 years after its humble beginnings, the time traveling Doctor and his cadre of companions have captured the hearts of nerd and mainstream audiences alike. But it’s not all love for the gallant Gallifreyan; The Doctor’s got his share of detractors – some of them in Nerdy Show!

    In this listener-requested episode, resident Nerdy Show Whovians Nina, Tony, and Flame On!‘s Bryan go head-to-head with Cap, Doug, and Briggs who’ve got beef with the beloved show. Whether you’re a longtime fan or have kept a safe distance – this episode should get you riled up. This Doctor Who debate gives you a ringside seat for fight that pulls no punches, and even hosts on the same side aren’t safe from each other. We not only deconstruct Who, but fandom at large: When does it go too far? What makes fans come back for more?

    Never before has Nerdy Show had an episode like this, so power up your sonic screwdrivers or get ready to push up your glasses – this is a nerd debate for the ages. (more…)

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  • Friday Night Fanfiction :: Nerds and a BJ

    FNF 1400The drunken fanfiction podcast you’ve been waiting for! Friday Night Fanfiction combines dramatic readings of the worst-of-the-worst NSFW fanfic with drinking games.

    We’re deep into our season finale longfic “Mahou Shoujo Kaleido Amethyst” by kijin666 – a crossfic of Harry Potter and Japanese visual novel Fate/stay night. And, not unlike a JRPG journey, we’ve encountered some new party members to help us on our quest. We’re joined by Bryan, Adam, Jeff, and BJ from Nerdy Show‘s all-gay, all-geek podcast, Flame ON! to help us make this rousing rendition of kijin666’s bastard fanfic more A-rousing. (more…)

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  • EPIC PIEcast :: Episode 33 :: Summer Fun Mail Bag

    piecast_new_1400It’s EPIC PIEcast! Party with Nelson Lugo, Schaffer the Darklord, and Rachel Schenk as they dust off every corner of pop culture for discussion, debate, and deconstruction with all the snark and witty banter that they can muster.

    They’re back EpicPiekerteers! After talking about summer movies, the Snarkcasters take a dip into the deep end of the mail bag to answer longstanding emails. They tackle all of your questions, comments, and neurotic ramblings with all the seriousness they give any topic – which is to say – not much at all. Is Nelson a bad feminist? Is Rachel the hardest working artist in show business? Will Schaffer rain pain and terror on to horrible bosses everywhere? All of these questions may or may not be answered. Brimp on brimpers! (more…)

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  • Wicked Anime Podcast :: Episode 067 :: Ban It!

    wickedanime067(Small)What’s that? You weren’t expecting the same topic two weeks in a row? Well, too bad! This episode, we’re giving you part 2 of our exploration of character design. Maybe we just can’t get enough of it, or maybe we just didn’t talk enough last week – There’s just so much more to explore! From the most basic forms of character shapes to deeper psychological elements that trick your brain into liking stuff… we’re really just getting the ball rolling on what there is to know!

    Join Jonathan, Andrew, and Dillon as they talk about what’s happening in anime and more o’ dat outline, yo! PLUS – A hairy personality test, what your eyes are saying to everyone, and how that just might get you sued!


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  • Rock Band 4 Hands-On: The Ultimate Music Game Experience

    Rockband for perkThe act of performing music is a very profound thing. Whether it’s creating something new, or communing with your favorite songs by finding the notes or singing at the top of your lungs. Of course it’s not easy; it’s a true skill. For some, the transition from loving music to learning to play music is an easy one. For others, the gift of making music is unrequited. There’s not often a middle ground where music lovers of all skills can share the experience of performance, of musical collaboration. That’s what makes Rock Band so special. That’s why the series’ return with Rock Band 4 should have you ready to get the band back together. (more…)

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  • Guitar Hero Live Hands-On: A Rhythm Game’s Rebirth

    guitar hero live thumbThe Guitar Hero you knew is dead and gone – and that’s a good thing. After a five year hiatus, the former rhythm game giant has emerged from its Odinsleep, completely reimagined. Guitar Hero Live slips the shackles of the series’ sordid past and much to our surprise has discovered new ways to rock the genre. (more…)

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  • Rainbow Six Siege Multiplayer Hands-On

    rainbow 6 siegeRainbow Six Siege is the Tom Clancy game you’ve waited your whole life for. In a classic return to the original games you know and love, this installment features one-shot, one-kills and fast-paced deaths. As a result, Siege can only be played as a strategic game that requires a lot of cooperation between team members. If running and gunning is what you want, maybe you should try your hand at something less realistic, like Call of Duty, but this – this is for me. (more…)

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  • Medieval Kombat: For Honor Hands-On

    for honor thumbThe gladiatorial medieval combat game For Honor left quite an impression on me after the Ubisoft conference. So much so that on the last day of E3 I sacrificed two hours in line just to get into the walled-off For Honor theater on the show floor. I’m really glad I stuck it out.

    What I assumed was going to be an in-depth video was actually a hands-on demo! We were given 8 minutes of training and then dove into a 4 vs. 4 game. Initially I thought the combat looked simple, but it’s way more interactive than I could have imagined. (more…)

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  • Ghostbusters: Puzzle Fighter Takes On the Entire Ghostbusters Canon and Gets “Carried Away” Sexism


    We were surprised to see a new Ghostbusters game on display at E3 this year – Ghostbusters: Puzzle Fighter. It’s a mobile title from Capcom-owned developer Beeline that combines match three puzzle games (like the Capcom classic Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo) with collectible card games and RPG elements. A super-strange combo for sure, but what caught my eye was the game’s use of Ghostbusters characters from all across the series’ transmedia canon. There’s ghosts from The Real Ghostbusters, characters such as Tiamat and Ron Alexander from Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening’s Ghostbusters series from IDW (widely considered to be official canon to the films), as well as characters from Ghostbusters comics pre-dating the Burnham/Schoening run.

    Earlier this year, a similar cross-canonical project manifested in the form of Ghostbusters: The Board Gamea massively successful Kickstarter from Cryptozoic Entertainment, which Burnham and Shoening were directly involved with. Puzzle Fighter on the other hand was completely under my radar. (more…)

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  • Disney Infinity 3.0 to Include The Force Awakens, Tron, an Inside Out Sequel, and Possibly Captain EO

    star_wars_disney_inifnity_3_0-1Disney Infinity is evolving once again. Each successive year the virtual toy chest of cross-property adventure expands into something bold and new. Last year, they took on the whole Marvel Universe, this year it’s the Star Wars galaxy – and that’s just the beginning!

    The Star Wars line debuts in two sets: the Clone Wars/ Prequel-era with a set called Twilight of the Republic and the original trilogy era with Rise Against the EmpireDisney Infinity figurines have always been fun and stylized, but their Star Wars figures are truly incredible in both detail and exciting sculpts. We’re not just evaluating the prototypes on display – we’ve unboxed our own preview figures and they’re worth getting whether you’re invested in the game or not. (more…)

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  • Nerdy Show 226 :: E3 Report 2015

    ep226 600Nerdy Show returns to E3! The console’s battle for living room dominance rages on, and this year everyone’s a winner! It’s truly the best E3 ever with more amazing and truly unique games than we can handle!

    We’ve been publishing articles all week long, but there’s plenty more we haven’t had a chance to share. Join Cap and Brandon for a manic distillation of their E3 experience – from the press conferences to the show floor, from the biggest games to the indies, from the day-long lines to closed door meetings. We’ve got it all.

    Horizon Zero DawnUncharted 4Mad MaxDrawn to DeathDeus Ex: Mankind Divided… And many, many more! (more…)

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  • Hands-On with King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember (See What They Did There?)

    kings questKing’s Quest is where the modern incarnation of adventure/ puzzle games began. The series was created by Sierra in the golden age of adventure games back in 1984 for PC and became and instant legend. This led to many sequels, some even more impressive than previous titles. Then in 1998, with the 8th installment in the series, things got ugly behind the scenes. 17 years later, after many failed attempts to resurrect the series, the wait is over.

    The last developer to hold the keys to the King’s Quest kingdom was the adventure game revivalists, Telltale, but their rendition was cancelled in 2013. Rights holders Activision proclaimed, “screw it! We’re doing this ourselves and bringing back Sierra!” With the invaluable advice and blessings of the original designer and creator for the series, Roberta Williams, and with the team of The Odd Gentlemen Company, they’ve designed an episodic adventure of Kingly proportions. (more…)

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  • EarthNight Hands-On: It Got More Awesome!

    Dragons have taken over Earth and it’s up to a 14-year-old girl and an old freelance photographer to stop them! This is EarthNight, a completely hand-drawn runner about the dragon apocalypse that consequently forced mankind to flee into space.earthnight-1

    Last year we met with Rich Siegel of Cleaversoft, the indie developer behind EarthNight. Even then, after only a couple of weeks of creating it on the PS4, the game was impressive and ranked as one of my favorite things from E3 2014. The core of the game hasn’t changed since then, it’s only gotten better and even prettier. Let me reiterate: EarthNight features COMPLETELY hand drawn environments and characters with procedurally generated levels. It sounds awesome too with a kickass chiptune soundtrack by Chipocrite. (more…)

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  • Mad Max Hands-On: What a Game, What a Lovely Game

    Since we saw a pre-alpha demo of Mad Max back in 2013 we’ve been longing to return to the wasteland. This E3 we got our chance. The following are the events that transpired.

    The demo presenter had his agenda to show me the ropes, but I was like, “screw it!” I slapped a new chassis on my car and I hit the dust. Got a hot tip that there was a convoy not too far away and locked inside the lead car was a glorious new V8 – the mightiest of engines. It would soon be mine.

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    Wasn’t long before I could smell the sweet stink of petrol in the air. Shorter still that I caught sight of the dust cloud they left in their wake. As I approached from the rear, I punched up the nitros and rammed into the rear car of the convoy. I then shot his tank with my double-barreled shotgun and watched him explode into a glorious mist of fire and death. Then, being a novice with my harpoon, tried to ‘poon the car to my right but instead pierced the driver’s chest. I ripped him out of his car and dragged the bastard’s corpse through the rocks and dust.

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  • Hands-On: Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance Brings the Crazy

    Disgaea plots are notoriously similar: a big, evil, scary demon comes to power with a million-man army and devastates multiple Netherworlds. The overlords of these worlds subsequently rise up to take their revenge. Been there, done that; if you’ve played one Disgaea game you’ve played them all.


    What sets the series apart is it’s fully self-aware of its cheesiness. The characters flaunt their ridiculousness to the Nth degree, like the demon king of the Rabbit Underworld and the daughter of the Gorgeous Underworld. And let us not forget the main character, Killian, pronounce “kill ya” (or is it “killa’)? Regardless, the game knows what it is and doesn’t try to be anything else.

    So while Disgaea 5 might be more of the same in terms of level grinding for characters and items, customizable options, and hidden secrets that will take hundreds of hours to unlock – the gameplay is where the real crazy shit happens.


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  • Dark Souls III: New Ways to Die With Creator Hidetaka Miyazaki

    Dark Souls 3Dark Souls III was heavily promoted at this year’s E3, but its showing got the closed door treatment. Lucky us, because these special screenings were presided over by the game’s mastermind Hidetaka Miyazaki himself. With the help of his translator, he carefully guided us through some of the grand new world he’s created.

    This is the first Dark Souls game to be created specifically for next gen systems and you can tell the difference straight away. In Dark Souls III, the end times have arrived and the series’ primary antagonist, the Lord of Cinders presides over a realm of even greater ruin and grim beauty.  (more…)

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  • EXCLUSIVE: Hands-On with Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations

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    You’ve never seen the Land of Ooo like this! Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations brings the beloved cartoon series into full 3D for the first time and does it in a truly unique visual style. But the firsts don’t stop there – this is the series’ first mystery adventure game and the first time the entire voice cast has been assembled for a game. Publisher Little Orbit invited us to dive into the mystery in an exclusive hands-on. This is what we discovered. (more…)

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  • Star Fox Zero Hands-On and In-Depth at E3

    star fox zeroThe return of Star Fox has been a long time coming. Now Fox, Slippy, Falco, and Peppy are back in action and their Arwing fighters have even more awesome abilities to fight back Andross’ forces. The WiiU title, Star Fox Zero, comes out holiday this year and brings with it both classic Star Fox gameplay as well as a complex spin on playstyle that challenges and rewards. But does this old crew of anthro aces have what it takes to stand alongside modern games? (more…)

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  • Mighty No. 9 Hands-On at E3

    mighty no 9In case you’ve been cryogenically frozen for a few years, Mighty No. 9 is the fan-funded Kickstarter brainchild of Keiji Inafune. You know, the guy responsible for all the greatest classic Mega Man games. After kicking Capcom to the curb, he decided to make his own Mega Man-style game the way he wanted it. The game’s funding was a record-breaking success and now, two years later, it’s a reality. We’ve played it, fellow Beckers, and it’s awesome.  (more…)

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