No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 48

Surprise, surprise! The first weekend of the year is full of video game action.

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

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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…

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


paulPaul Tamburro (@PaulTamburro): This weekend I’ll be doing exactly the same as I have been for the past two weeks: attempting to become a Pokemon master. Pokemon Black is a miraculous game that has trumped even Super Mario 3D Land and Ocarina of Time as my most played game on my new 3DS. Having not been a handheld gamer since being massively disappointed by the original PSP (who wasn’t?), thus far I am impressed by this little black rectangle of joy, even if I’m worried that it’s going to go the way of the Virtual Boy and finding good games for it will eventually become something of an archaeological dig.

It seems that the reasoning behind the 3DS’ poor reception thus far is due to its frankly awful launch line-up, something which hinders the release of many a new console. This is something I’ve never understood. If you want a console to succeed, good launch games are a must; regular Joe’s aren’t going to rush to the shops to buy a console on account of its “future potential”.

Aside from gaming on the move I’ll also be playing me some Saints Row: The Third. In a world where even a game that revolves around a group of identikit walking pectoral muscles chainsawing aliens tries to permeate its plot with emotional resonance, it’s nice to know that there’s a game out there that allows you to hit people in the face with purple dildos; y’know, a game out there for those of us who have been known to laugh at a fart every now and again.

mikeMike White (@TheWhitestMike): This weekend is looking fairly open for me. It’s nice to finally have large blocks of time that I can dedicate to pushing through class quests in The Old Republic that I set aside. I followed some friends to a new server, which meant starting from scratch. I went in a completely different direction in terms of class and story this time. So far, I’m enjoying the darker side of the Imperial Agent, but the story was hyped up to me and I’m not quite feeling the overall excitement yet.

The play-style of this class is a combination of types I’m familiar with, but never expected to work as well as it does. I’m some sort of Warcraft Rogue combined with medium and long ranged damaging abilities, allowing me to step in and hit hard up close, then kite away to avoid damage while still firing. The Guild Wars 2 Thief is supposed to work similarly, which is one of the professions I was most intrigued by.

The Old Republic has me completely wrapped up in the PvP and class quests. I’m finding it hard to break away to play other games. League of Legends lies dormant on my PC now that I’m on a server without long queue times. The Tribes beta is still perfect for short, non-consecutive periods of gaming, but those have rarely popped up recently. Joey and I purchased Risk: Factions on XBLA today for 400 points, so, at the very least, we’ll need to download and give that game a run. I know he’s never played the board game before, but I fondly remember games that lasted for days when I’d play with my brother, my dad, and my uncle at our beach house during childhood summers. There may be a few pictures still floating around the internet of a few drunken nights playing Risk with college roommates, where losing a country meant taking a shot. It’s not alcoholism if it happens in college, right?

alexAlex Keen (@dlbdn): Being sick sucks. It zaps away all of my energy and the medications screw with my ability to concentrate.  Still, it does allow for more time for gaming. Even if that gaming happens at 4:00am because of a screwy sleep schedule. Despite being late to the party, I am almost done Mass Effect 2. I’ve made sure to make all of my party loyal and have a Shepard that can truly wreck house. I look forward to wrapping this mother up.

If I finish Mass Effect 2 this weekend I am seriously considering buying the Arrival DLC. I haven’t heard good or bad on the content, but more time in space is always good, right? I got the vibe that this content features Jack (my least favorite character) which keeps me on the fence.

Finally, I have a stack of other games I need to finish that are next in line. Probably highest on my list is all of the Borderlands DLC that I haven’t played. I am getting psyched for Borderlands 2 and this will keep me engaged in the series.  

erikErik Norris (@Regular_Erik): I just started playing Rayman Origins cooperatively with my roommate and, my god, it’s amazing. I intend to keep that train rolling well into the weekend as long as my roommate feels up to the challenge; we have a lot of treasure chests to chase down, dammit!

When I’m not slapping my teammate around to some of the best art and music of 2011 in Rayman Origins, I’ll probably be firing up Uncharted 3 for a second playthrough. Lately, I’ve been reliving the experience through a friend who just recently completed the game for the first time and now I have an urge to pick up and play Nathan Drake’s most-recent adventure again. Maybe this time I’ll even play through the game in 3D. But then again, I value my eyesight more than the illusion of a few bullets whizzing past my head.

Finally, I might download the new NFL Blitz revival on Xbox Live Arcade. The game just came out this week, and being the hardcore Blitz fan that I am, I feel obligated to give it a whirl. Granted, I am genuinely excited to play it, hoping desperately that it captures the magic that made me fall in love with the franchise to begin with. Fingers are officially crossed.

joeyJoey Davidson (@JoeyDavidson): I’ll be spreading my limited weekend time across, hopefully, three games. I’ve been diving back into FIFA 12 after playing a bit of it over the New Year’s weekend with a few friends. I’m not sure what it is about the game, but I’ve been sucked back into just playing exhibition matches over and over.

I’ll also be convincing Mike to settle down for a few rounds of RISK in Risk: Factions. I picked the virtual board game up on XBLA for 400 points. It’s part of EA’s new XBLA content sale. I figured, shit, why the hell not? I know Mike’s a Risk fan and I convinced him to take the plunge as well. He won’t regret it…probably.

The weird part? I’ve never, ever played Risk. Ever.