No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 18

It's the final weekend of Gears 3 Beta, so you can bet your butts we'll be playing it.

Erik, Joey, Mike & Alexby Erik, Joey, 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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alexAlex Keen: I have been down and out for the past 5 days so I am ecstatic to get back to the world of video gaming.  I’ve been playing Words with Friends and other iPod games but I don’t truly consider that to be serious gaming.  I’m looking to taking a chainsaw to some craniums if you know what I mean.

On the docket this weekend is some Gears of War 3 Beta, where I hope to catch up with some new friends that haven’t played much.  This sample of the game has brought me back to the Gears universe and has me amped for the final chapter of the trilogy.  I don’t know what the boys have planned, but I’m always up for playing some of this beast with them.

I’d also like to play some more Dead Rising: Case West and maybe even Borderlands.  I wrapped up Case West last weekend but there are multiple achievements just outside of my reach that I need to get.  Borderlands seems like it will always be there… mostly, because it will be.  

mikeMike White: I may be about 6 months behind the console gamers out there, but I finally have a chance to play Fable 3 on the PC. I received my review copy this week and will be putting in some serious hours on this game. The last two games I’ve played from Lionshead studios were Black & White and Black & White 2. Both of which had me hooked for more hours than I’d care to admit.

Rift launched patch 4.2 this past Tuesday. The new dungeon finder system is a massive quality of life improvement for me. The time spent waiting in a queue to get into said dungeon is long unless you sign up as a tank or healer. However, anything beats spamming “Rogue dps/support looking for group” for two hours then giving up.

I’m still waiting on the decision I made to start playing World of Warcraft again to kick me in the pants. For now it’s nice catching up with the people I left behind and playing on my Druid again. Healing the new 5-man heroic instances has been challenging since I cheated my way into the gear requirements, but overall the experience has been successful. With the loot from the new dungeons and all the valor points they give, I should have my freshly 85 character better geared than my former Hunter main character.

erikErik Norris: I’ve got three games to log hours into this weekend — Brink, MX vs. ATV Alive and Thor: God of Thunder. One of them I’m excited to play more of post launch-day patch, another I have to push a review out the womb for next week, and the third is one I’m going to try and stomach. Can you guess which is which?

It’s been interesting to see the reviews for Brink as they hit the ‘net. They’ve been divisive, to say the least. But I stand by the assessment made in my Brink review: this game is a class-A team-based FPS. Now that the game has been patched to fix the latency and graphical issues that plagued it during my review period, I can’t wait to play more of the game with loads of actual people online.

As for MX vs. ATV Alive, I’m reserving judgment for the time being. I’ve only logged a few hours with the title thus far, but I’m already noticing quite a few cracks. The core gameplay is entertaining, but the game is definitely lacking when it comes to options.

Finally, Thor: God of Thunder. I’ve read horror stories about this game. One of the things I loathe most about this industry are sub-par movie tie-in games. From what I hear, Thor is very much that, but much lower on the “sub” scale. But before I throw down the stamp of disapproval with my own mighty hammer, I need to test out the waters for myself. This could get interesting…

joeyJoey Davidson: I’m expecting L.A. Noire this weekend. The game is supposedly super long, and we’ve not seen our review copy just yet. So, hey, if you’re reading this and looking for our review on launch day, don’t count on it. I’ll be playing the pants off of this game before I give it my thoughts. So, right, if that comes today then I’ll be doing nothing but solving crime this weekend. Like Scruff McGruff.

If not? I’ve been missing out on a ton of Minecraft since our return from Japan. There are things to be built and nerdiness to be nerded. I can’t be expected to simply go on living without more Minecraftin’, can I!? NO!

Beyond that, I’ve found myself wishing that there were more good games for the 3DS. I went to Japan and played the crap out of the Mii titles and Pilotwings. Here in the States with no reason to boot up the system for Mii collection, I find myself wishing there was more to do. The good games can’t come soon enough. Nintendo really botched this launch line-up.