No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 33

Star Fox 64 3D, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and, wait for it, Minecraft make up our weekend gaming plans.

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…

Please feel free to sound off below to let us know what your gaming plans are this weekend.

alexAlex Keen: I picked up a copy of Body Count this weekend and my plan is to log in some hours of that game.  From Erik I heard some not-so-good things, but I’m always willing to give a new game a chance. Even if it sucks.

I also grabbed a copy of the new Ms. Splosion Man pinball table for Pinball FX 2.  So far the table plays well with the same sounds and voices I’d expect from the game.  It provided nice high scores that will make my Wizard Score that much higher.

I hope to pick up Bulletstorm some more so that I can get that much closer to the end of the game.  When I go to sleep at night this has consistently been the game that I wish I was still awake playing.  Such a guilty pleasure…

mikeMike White: Labor Day weekend is another work-filled tourist extravaganza for me. I’ll be at the restaurant from open to close until Monday when everyone agrees the Summer season has finally come to an end. I’ve learned to bring my Droid’s wall charger to work on weekends such as this since playing games between the lunch and dinner rush tends to kill the battery fairly quickly.

Winding down after I’m clocked out generally means logging into World of Warcraft for some mindless dungeon runs or trade chat trolling. I just can’t bring myself to do it anymore though. The two 5-man heroic dungeons I’ve been slugging through the past few months to grind up my Valor points are like stepping into Hell now. There’s aways Rift, right?

Even though I’m well aware that the two games share the exact same problems at max level (rep grinds, daily quests, gear bought through dungeon tokens), Rift is still shiny and new and packs more variety.

Moving away from my normal love of MMOs, I was forced (with bad timing and alcohol) to join my first fantasy football league. I like football. I like to watch football, especially at a bar with fried food and beers. But I have never paid enough attention to it to invest $100.00 in a form of prolonged gambling. So a new game this weekend will be “Don’t mispronounce that guy’s name as you pick him or grab more than one team defense.” Wish me luck.

joeyJoey Davidson: All Star Fox 64 3D and Deus Ex: Human Revolution for me, in terms of the fun department. I am reviewing Star Fox, of course, but I know for a fact that I’m going to have a blast with it. Worth a remake? We’ll see. But so far, it’s as fun as the original was.

I’m also covering DeathSpank’s newest quest, The Baconing. More DeathSpank, pretty much. My full review will go live next week, but it does feel like it’s a lot of the same non-innovation, unfortunately. This type of hack ‘n slash experience was crazy fun at first, now it might be floating towards the realm of crazy tired and crazy needs to change crazily.


Oh, and Minecraft. We’re currently working on a giant pig statue. Look, I’m gonna put this out there: if you fancy yourself creative and a former fan of LEGOs, give Minecraft a try. I talk about it every single week in this weekly column because I play it that much. It’s officially become my most played game. It’s a great, fun, easy, distracting time sink that every capable gamer should get into at least once.

There, I said it.

erikErik Norris: This prolonged Labor Day weekend is all about Ico and Shadow of the Colossus for me. I’m the man helming the review of the Ico/SotC Collection for PS3 so I have to log a lot of hours into both games this weekend before I can publish my review late next week. Revisiting Shadow of the Colossus will be a fantastic trip down memory lane back to my college years, but Ico is a completely new experience to dive into. I unfortunately never got a chance to play the game when it released on PS2. I’ve regretted it ever since.

If I find time to break away from Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, I might pick back up Deus Ex: Human Revolution. But I’m going to need to set aside quite a few hours if I want to crack that one open. Deus Ex is not the type of game where you can play for 30 minutes then step away to revisit it another day. You need to tackle that game in 2-3 hour long chunks, minimum. So if that kind of time magically reveals itself to me, then I’ll be playing some Deus Ex. Fingers crossed that happens.