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An Afternoon with Obsidian Entertainment

A road show from Irvine California! I traveled to the sacred ground that gave us Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and the awesome new Pillars of Eternity series. Hear about my tour, lunch with the team, and also how my USB microphone scared the TSA and got me briefly detained.

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Next-Gen Nerds: Episode 2 – Unofficial Show Notes

After a brief trial period and confirmation that I won’t be too easily fired, I’m happy to share my new podcast, Next-Gen Nerds! This show is the product of me and two close friends having kids, being nerds, and spending an hour a week together, under the tutelage of our friends at Lineup Media. The early feedback has been (too) positive.

Since the studio (perhaps rightly) hasn’t yet given me unrestricted access to the show’s website, I thought I could use this space to do some unofficial show notes for our latest episode: United Airlines and Video Games.

Games

GoldenEye – It needs no introduction, but if you’re interested in the specific mentions from the show, here’s Kotaku’s post about the deserted turret outpost. You can see my feature article profiling some of the legends of retro game development, including GoldenEye X lead Donald J. “Wreck” York at Zam.com. It was my first paid article!

MLB The Show Goes Full RPG – We talked about sports fans getting…surprisingly nerdy, and MLB The Show’s RPG mode serves as a prime example. Personally I don’t know how you could sit through this, but if it’s your thing, enjoy.

Xbox Live Games with Gold – You still have time to grab the month’s first set of games before they switch over around the 16th. These are great games, free with the subscription you may already be paying for!

Finally, if we could only manage to share one game each with our children, the three of us somehow managed to share all of the following:

  • Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Dragon Warrior
  • Sweet Home
  • Mega Man II
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Star Trek
  • M.U.L.E.
  • Gyromite

Music

A Dark Orbit – It’s John’s band. Go listen.

Ben Folds – Ben Folds doesn’t need my help, but you need Ben Folds’ music in your life.

The Impossibles – Jamie talks about The Impossibles like I talk about Ben Folds.

MC Frontalot – MC Frontalot’s career isn’t an easy one. He could use your support.

MC Lars – Jamie and I both enjoy MC Lars a lot. Give him a listen.

Mega Ran – Jamie’s a fan. Here’s the album he mentions, Black Materia.

RaRa’s album From One will change your life.

Shai Hulud – I listened to Dune on Audible, so I didn’t appreciate having to try to sound this out for Googling purposes. Jamie gave this kind of a half-hearted plug; he might loan you the disc.

They Might Be Giants – If you’ve never checked out TMBG, do so.

Weezer – Who doesn’t love Weezer? These guys have nerd credit for days, and Jamie/Producer Brian just did a great podcast profile of “the blue album” that may just take you on an emotional stroll down memory lane.

Other Things

You’ve either seen the United Airlines videos by now or you’ve gone out of your way to avoid them. Let’s agree to skip them in this post. We appreciate everyone’s spirited discussion about this topic, and the opportunity we’ve been given to discuss it as well. Any concerns about our viewpoints on this matter can be directed to New Jersey Pigeon (NJP).

Speaking of which, that is indeed the famed pigeon John discussed with us at length in the image at the top of this post.

Please do hit us up at NGNerds.com, check out the latest show and subscribe with your favorite button, connect with us on Twitter @NGNerds and on Facebook. Here’s to surviving to see Episode 3!

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Pokemon Go: WTF Roundup

Since its release in the middle of last week, Pokemon Go has pretty well set the world on fire. A crappy launch in the summer heat plagued by server issues hasn’t kept players from taking to the streets and…tapping on pictures of Pokemon and whatever the hell. The game has been so unexpectedly popular, Nintendo shares were up 10% by the end of launch week.

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This Guy Left a Competitive Overwatch Match with Good Reason

Overwatch’s competitive play has been live for a few days now, and most players are familiar with the ups and downs of getting ranked and battling your way to the top. Matches are longer, the endgame rules have changed, and you can occasionally expect to be punished for the poor performance of the strangers on your team if you don’t play in a group. Perhaps the most frustrating difference, though, is the one that can shut down a match before it ever truly begins.