Nerd OutCast Podcast

Nerds gather to discuss Nerd Topics

NOP Chats Fallout

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Nerd Outcast is back, and we are chatting about the video game series Fallout! Joining me for the post-apocalyptic discussion are Sean Okerberg, Zach Muhn, Peter Foos, and Andrew Babcock. Since I've never played this series, I happily step in as outcast. We discuss the history of the series, and what sets it apart from other major RPGs. We dive into the specific games, and try to glean which one is the best (its either Fallout 3 or New Vegas...we can't decide.) Then we chat about the missteps of Fallout 76, and where the games should go from here. It's a great discussion about a series certainly worth it. Give it a listen!

 

Music Selections from Fallout 3 and 4, composed by Inon Zur, owned by Betheseda Softworks and is included under fair use protection.

 

 

NOP Chats with The MEGAS

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Welcome back! Its been a few months since our host moved across the country, and we return with a fun episode. We previously had a discussion on our show about the Mega Man rock group, The Megas. After our episode, the band reached out and now we have them on mic with us! Sitting down with myself and Jeremy Kanne are Josh and Eric from the Megas! We chat about how they create their music, which songs are their favorite, and which were the hardest to create. We discuss the challenges they faced adapting chip tune music, and whether the original compositions hold up on their own. And of course, we get their opinions about the games themselves....hardest boss, coolest boss, worst stages, and much more. 

Music Selections from Get Equipped, History Repeating Parts 1 and 2, and Mega Man 3, owned by The Megas and Capcom respectively and included under fair use protection. 

NOP Chats Smash Bros Ultimate

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Its the final podcast of 2018! Christmas is just around the corner, and a new Smash Bros game has been released! We bring Nintendo Nerds together across the biggest cities in the US...Los Angeles and Chicago and New York...to discuss the game. This all star panel includes Scott Ross, Thom Brown, Jeremy Kanne, Gavin Donnellan, Christian Missonak, and Dan Schiffmacher. From East Coast to West Coast, we chat about the history of the Smash Bros franchise and how its changed along the way. We chat about our first experiences with Smash 64, to the Melee competitive scene, and the disappointment of Brawl. Then we talk about Ultimate...and where it stands in the grand pantheon. We discuss our favorite characters, stages, music, features, and so much more! So on your trip home for the holidays, stay safe, stay warm, and if you have time...give us a listen!

Music Selections from Super Smash Bros Ultimate, owned by Nintendo and is included under fair use protection.

 

NOP 100th Episode

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A while back, we surpassed our 100th episode and totally FORGOT TO CELEBRATE.  So now, host Chris Bashen finally reconciles that problem. What happens when you get 17 nerds on 9 different mics across 3 stations with a TON of alcohol? A menagerie of ponderous nerd thoughts. We chat about so much: which Ninja turtle can die, which Bond is the best Bond, and who is the better leader...Adama or Picard? We discuss our favorite video game heroes, the best Miyazaki films, and finally figure out if the Star Wars prequels did anything right. There's a lot to unpack in this special episode, so enjoy and thank you for many great years, dear listeners!

Music Selection from Super Mario Bros 3, composed by Koji Kondo, owned by Nintendo and is included under fair use protection.

NOP Stories Presents The Megas

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NOP Host Chris Bashen recently relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles...but before leaving, he recorded a series of nerdy topics with some of his best guests and friends......

Jeremy Kanne joins me on the mic to chat about the video game rock group, The Megas! The Megas create rock albums based on the Capcom series Mega Man. We chat about the history of the band, and how their sound has changed over the years. We compare them to other game music artists, like The Black Mages and The Protomen.  Does the music hold up outside of the games it originates?  If they put out another album, what would we want them to tackle? And how does the music honor Mega Man? We chat all this and more! If you are a fan of Mega Man 2 or 3, then you'll want to check this episode out. And if you are a fan of Adele...then probably not so much.

Music Selection from Get Equipped, History Repeating Blue and Red, are owned by The Megas and is included under fair use protection.

NOP Stories Presents Being a Nerd Parent

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NOP Host Chris Bashen recently relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles...but before leaving, he recorded a series of nerdy topics with some of his best guests and friends......

Ryan Bond joins me on mic to talk about being a nerd...and a parent. I've recently become a father myself, and the two of us chat about the trials and tribulations of raising children in this new digital, social media age. How do we hope to pass on our favorite nerdy properties to our children? Are some of our favorite geeky properties too stuck in the past to be enjoyed today? How did our own parents influence our taste growing up? Can we expect to have the same influence, and if so, what nerdy things do we cherish most that we hope our chidlren will love? We chat all this, and being a woke parent in this increasingly digital age on this fantastic episode!

Music Selection from Star Trek The Next Generation composed by Jerry Goldsmith, owned by Paramount Pictures and is included under fair use protection.

Sound Selection from the GameCube Start Up Logo, owned by Nintendo and is included under fair use protection.

NOP Stories Presents Phoenix Wright

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NOP Host Chris Bashen recently relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles...but before leaving, he recorded a series of nerdy topics with some of his best guests and friends......

Bill Nielsen (of So Many Bits) joins me on the mic to chat about Capcom's visual novel adventure...Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. I've never played this series, so its a chance for me to learn about dramatic Japanese laws, investigations, and prosecutions all carried out by defense attorney Phoenix Wright. Bill guides me on our discussion, as we talk about which game in the series is the best, where newcomers should start, and if the games are worth more than one play though. By the end of it, I certainly have...no objections. Give us a listen!

Music Selections from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney OST composed by Masakazu Sugimori, owned by Capcom and is included under fair use protection.

NOP Stories Presents 80s Cartoons

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NOP Host Chris Bashen recently relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles...but before leaving, he recorded a series of nerdy topics with some of his best guests and friends......

Stephan Scalabrino and DJ Fink join me on the mic to wax about the cartoons of the 80s: GI Joe, Transformers, and ThunderCats. We chat about which show had the best toys, which had the best heroes and villains, and which show holds up the best. Conveniently, we each LOVE one of these shows...so each cartoon gets time to shine! We also discuss how the shows rank to one another, and some of our favorite episodes. Needless to say...its a long but fun trip through the best animation of the 80s!

Music Selection from the GI Joe the Movie, Transformers the Movie, and ThunderCats owned by Marvel Productions, Scotti Bros. Records, and Warner Bros Productions respectively, and are included under fair use protection.

 

NOP Stories Presents Westworld

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NOP Host Chris Bashen recently relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles...but before leaving, he recorded a series of nerdy topics with some of his best guests and friends......

Mark Soloff, host of Blastropodcast, joins me on the mic to chat about the TV series Westworld. Though we primarily focus on the show, we do chat about Michael Crichton as an author, his other works, and how he potentially copies himself. We discuss what themes run through the show, some of our favorite characters, and why the show is so important. Please note we mainly keep to Season 1, but DO dip a bit into Season 2. Mark has been a guest since the first episode of NOP, and as always, provides a great discussion! 

Music Selection from the Westworld Main Theme composed by Ramin Djawadi owned by WaterTower Music and is included under fair use protection.

 

NOP Stories Presents Motion Capture

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NOP Host Chris Bashen recently relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles...but before leaving, he recorded a series of nerdy topics with some of his best guests and friends......

Sean Okerberg joins Chris on the mic to talk about the craft and evolution of motion capture. Both of us have performed in the video games industry for years as motion capture artists, and we decided it was time to talk about the technology that gives some of our favorite games and movies life. We chat about Andy Serkis, the evolution of motion capture in film vs gaming, and touch on where we think this is all going! And we even cite what we think is the best performance using mo-cap...so give us a listen!

Music Selections from Lord of the Rings, composed by Howard Shore owned by Reprise and New Line Cinema and is included under fair use protection.

 

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