No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 14

Fitting in line with our Friday theme, it's a Gears type of weekend.

Erik, Mike & Alexby Erik, Mike & Alex


We never stop playing video games. That’s a fact. Even after we call it quits for the week we still look forward to getting home and continuing our digital conquests. It’s our life blood. So we thought it would be fun to share with everyone what our gaming intentions are for the weekend so you guys can get a sense of what we're playing and enjoying on a weekly, non-formal basis. Yes, this concept isn't new to the internet. But hey, we kind of want to join in on the fun. Can you blame us for that? So without further ado, here’s what we’re playing this weekend that will forfeit any semblance of rest…

Also, since we've caught up with the rest of the internet and now feature a comment section, sound off below to let us know what your gaming plans are this weekend.

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erik_blurbErik Norris: This weekend it’s all about the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta. While my write-up of the experience in now live, as well as a new Watch Us Play with Joey, I still hunger for more Lancer-impaling goodness. Like I said in my hands-on, it feels good playing a Gears game where I can actually get online and enjoy the experience. The beta is running silky smooth and feels incredibly polished. I can’t wait to see what Epic rolls out over the course of the nearly month long beta period. Exciting stuff.

Outside of that, my weekend is going to be spent doing things outside the realm of gaming. I know, I know, the purpose of this column is for us to detail what we’re playing this weekend. However, I need a break (but just a tiny one). Next week is actually a shit show of releases (Portal 2, Mortal Kombat and SOCOM 4), so I’m taking some much needed R & R to rest up for that (potential)perfect storm of gaming launches.

alex_blurbAlex Keen: I’m not in the early review beta for Gears of War 3 but I plan on jumping in whole hog next Monday.  In the meantime, I’ll be playing a review copy of Section 8: Prejudice.  It’s currently under embargo, but at least I can tell you that’s what I’ll be playing.

In addition, I plan on playing a bit of NASCAR: The Game 2011 just to kill some brain cells.  So far, I’m one race in and it looks pretty.  Just not sure if there truly is enough there to justify playing it for a couple more hours.  This game truly feels targeted towards their niche and no one else.

In casual gaming time, I’ve spent a ton of time with the extra modes in Plants vs. Zombies.  When I saw the initial price of $15 I balked.  Considering I bought the iPod version for .99¢, why would I spend 15 times more for the same game? Fortunately, the XBLA version seems to have an endless array of extra modes that are challenging, fun, and worth the extra money.  If you’re considering spending some hard earned cash on it – do so.

mike_blurbMike White: I’m so close to the max level in Rift that I can almost taste the dungeon grinding. Mmmm, musky. I should have some time today for busting out one or two more levels before heading down to the beach. The prospect of seeing what Trion’s end game content looks like is pretty exciting. Having watched a few videos of boss kills and listening in on my guild while they raid via Ventrillo only makes it worse. At heart I’ll always have the competitive nature that draws me to raiding. It’s been too long since I’ve participated in some good old fashioned e-dragon slaying.

On a side note, thank god for Minecraft. No matter where I am, as long as I have access to someone’s PC and the internet, I can play this sweet game. Sure, the in-browser version doesn’t run quite as well as the downloaded one, but who cares. It’s not like high latency will ruin my day whilst constructing the Great Wall of Herp Derp (it’s happening Joey).

I have to admit that the tired formula for MMORPGs has started to wear on me. This is where games like Minecraft can make all the difference. When I need a break from the infinite stream of leveling quests I can log into Minecraft and just… play. Not the type of playing that is half button mashing, half mindless chore but actual “holy crap this is fun” playtime.