No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 46

The latest Humble Indie Bundle takes over our lives while one editor struggles with the alluring pull of Skyrim.

Erik, Joey, Mike, Alex & Paulby Erik, Joey, Mike, Alex & Paul


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 keep looking on my shelf for something new and there’s just nothing there. It’s a very strange time of year because there were a whole bunch of new, big releases that launched recently and I can’t seem to get into any of them. Instead, I’m just playing little XBLA games like Joe Danger or Super Meat Boy.

I expect Joe Danger will get the most of my time this weekend as I’ve hit some of the harder levels. This game is a blast and has provided hours of puzzling entertainment in my household. I can’t wait for Joey to dig in a bit deeper so I can compare high scores on the tougher boards.

I also picked up the Humble Bundle and plan on playing those games as much as I can. I tried out Jamestown last night and enjoyed it more than I normally would for a shmup. Shank was the big seller in this bundle, but maybe some of the lesser known games will surprise me!

mikeMike White: I can’t hold it in any more. I’m addicted to Bit.Trip Runner. I purchased and downloaded the Humble Indie Bundle 4 the day it went on sale, but I haven’t played anything else since. The music just keeps you smiling and running head first into pixelated rocks over and over again.

It’s nice to have a simple distraction like this while I wait for our review copy of Star Wars: The Old Republic. A quick rant: if anyone out there knows someone who thinks SWTOR will go free to play in 3 months, get them help. Seriously, they need therapy. And yes, I’ve actually seen people saying this stuff. It blows my mind. They’re right up there with the people who use the words “broken” and “dead” when talking about currently successful MMOs.

My games on deck this weekend include every other game on the Humble Bundle list and Hi-Rez studio’s new Tribes: Ascend beta. There may also be some gratuitous drinking over the weekend for a combination welcome home and birthday bar crawl. Can anyone say, “Big Containter!”

paulPaul Tamburro: Imagine, if you can, a gamer who not only disliked Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, but a gamer who hated it. A gamer who had bought into the hype, purchased the game upon its release and found himself underwhelmed by the combat system, thrown off by the NPC’s shiny potato heads and frankly bored by the thought of joining the rest of the gaming world in dedicating hours upon hours of his time slogging his way through Cyrodiil.

Well imagine no more loyal readers, as I can confirm that said gamer was in fact (cue audible gasp) ME.

That’s right, I hate Oblivion and I’ll continue to say so no matter how many people chase me through the aisles of GameStop with pitchforks and flaming torches. Actually, while we’re at it here are a couple more home truths; I think Mario Kart Double Dash is the best in the series, Shenmue is hideously overrated, Sonic looks cooler skinny and Ross was on a break. Yep. How’d you like them apples?

But I digress. My reasoning behind explaining my disdain for Oblivion is that, despite all of the faults I found with the game that I previously explained, I’m still really curious about Skyrim. I’m not sure whether it’s the Fallout-esque interface or the fact that men worldwide are disappearing into their bedrooms for months on end with their only social interaction being awkwardly passing their roommate in the hallway whilst on their way to a toilet break, but I’m seriously considering dropping my social life, dumping my girlfriend and spending the months of December to March going one-on-one with some dragons. What d’you reckon?

erikErik Norris: I’m growing kind of tired of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. Every time I put the game in to play my heart-rate slows and my eyes shut as body settles in for a prolonged coma. The first few hours feel like the exact same motions I went through with AC: Brotherhood, only in a new, more orangish-brown location. It’s a tutorial without end, something that might be nice for newcomers, but for veterans of the series it’s completely off-putting.

So with Assassin’s Creed: Revelations being sidelined this weekend, I’m shifting my attention to either more Skyrim or Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker on Xbox 360. Skyrim, as most of us have expressed at one time or another, is magical. Every time I boot it up I slip away into its world for hours. I rarely experience the same thing twice and the story has been great thus far. As for MGS: Peace Walker, it’s finally time to play that masterpiece on a system other than my cumbersome PSP Go. My old, feeble hands just can’t take that kind of punishment any more.

If I find more time to game this weekend, I’ll be booting up Bastion to continue the Kid’s epic adventure. If you haven’t dabbled in Bastion yet, let me remind you that it just took home top honors in our best downloadable games of 2011 list. The point I’m trying to get across: play Bastion.

joeyJoey Davidson: I purchased the most recent Humble Indie Bundle during this last week, as if I needed even more games to play. So, in addition to Skyrim, Saints Row: The Third and Rayman: Origins, I have a shit load of titles to dig into.

Chief among them are Bit.Trip Runner and Jamestown. Bit.Trip Runner is a beat-based, timing centric platformer with incredible voxel style graphics. Jamestown, as Alex already described, is an excellent SCHMUP with crazy creative leanings.

And, who can forget about the free games Nintendo released to their 3DS Ambassadors? I’ve already started my quest in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. I honestly forgot how amazing this little game is. It packs some of the best items and moments the Zelda franchise has ever seen.

Like I said up top, I’m still playing Skyrim. While my play sessions are lengthy, I love the fact that I can put the game down for a few days, venture into other worlds and be ready to fire it up and get questing. I may not be as awesome at it as a result, but I effing love what it’s bringing to my world of gaming.