Nerd OutCast Podcast

Nerds gather to discuss Nerd Topics

NOP Presents Shadowrun

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On this episode of NOP, we chat about the cyberpunk fantasy RPG, Shadowrun. Joining me for the discussion all things FASA are experts Brad Rady, Robert Shumate, and Patrick Sweetman. I double as host and outcast due to my severe lack of shadowrunning experience. We chat about the development of the game, and figure out what the actual definition of a "shadowrun" involves. Which version of the game is the best? What influence has it had on other RPGs and media? And what about those video games? So please listen to Mr Johnson as we inform you all about this awesome RPG!

Music Selection "Clubbed to Death" by Rob D included from the The Matrix OST, owned by Warner Bros and included under fair use protection. 

 

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NOP Presents Final Fantasy 8

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On this episode of NOP, we chat about Squaresoft's divisive Final Fantasy 8. I like to call this the reverse podcast, as for once I bring on several Final Fantasy Fans who all dislike this game...and only a few who enjoy it! My experts this time around are Gavin Donnellan, John Loos, Bill Nielsen, Nik Eisenbarth, John Tyberghein, Jeremy Kanne and myself. With so many fans on...we easily have a 2 hour discussion on sorcerecesses, gunblades, and time compression. Does the junction system ruin the game, or is it a brilliant innovation? Are the dungeons too repetitive? And how does Final Fantasy 8 hold up to its massively successful predecessor? We chat all this and more (Laguna) on this insightful episode.

Music Selections included from the Final Fantasy 8 OST by Nobuo Uematsu, owned by Square Enix and included under fair use protection. 

 

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NOP Presents Spider-Man

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On this amazing episode of NOP, we chat about everyone's favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! My experts this time around are Mark Rosenthal, DJ Fink, Chad Pickett, and Alex Goodman. I serve double duty as host and outcast because...well...I'm kind of tired of Spider-Man (seriously...we have 3 film franchises!) We chat about the origins of the wall-crawler, some of his best villains, and touch on his best comic runs. Then we switch gears as we focus on the three film franchises, starring Toby McGuire, Andrew Garfield, and the up and coming Tom Holland. Where did they go right, and where did they go wrong? We chat for close to 2 hours, and its all pretty amazing. Give us a listen!

Music Selections included from Spider-Man OST by Danny Elfman, owned by Columbia Records and included under fair use protection. 

 

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NOP Presents Quantum Leap

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The smooth jazz of the 80's takes us on a journey as we chat about Quantum Leap. Joining me for this discussion are Pete Navis and Kitten McCreary-Navis in Los Angeles, along with Smyra Yawn (of Spiel Chicago podcast.) I serve as outcast because, for some reason, I missed the leaping adventures of Scott Bakula. So how does Quantum Leap set itself apart from other science-fiction shows of the time? How is Bakula as Sam Beckett? What about his partner, Al (played by Dean Stockwell.) Can the show be remade for today's audience? And what about that abrupt ending!? We chat all this and more on this great episode.

Music Selections included from The Quantum Leap Soundtrack by Mike Post, owned by GNP Crescendo and included under fair use protection. 

 

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NOP Presents Storytelling in Videogames

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In this exploratory episode, we chat about the execution and effectiveness of storytelling in video games! Joining me for this fantastic discussion are videogame nerds Pete Foos, Gavin Donnellan, and Orion Couling. Given the depth of the topic, and all of our individual angles, there is not an outcast. We chat about the stories that really moved us, along with what makes a good story. Do games have an inherint advantage over films? Does it all come down to voice acting and cinematics? Do role playing games lay the groundwork for the most enthralling stories? We chat all this and more on this indepth episode!

Music Selections included from Mass Effect by Jack Wall, Diablo by Matt Uelmen, Chrono Trigger by Yasanori Mitsuda , Mortal Kombat Main Theme by Dan Forden, and Final Fantasy VIII by Nobua Uematsu. All are selections are included under fair use protection. 

 

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NOP Spotlight: Nintendo in Chicago

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We were invited to a sneak peak at the newest console entering the market...the Nintendo Switch! On this super short spotlight episode, listen to me ramble excitedly about the hands on event here in Chicago, the games present, and of course...the hardware itself. We chat Sonic Mania, Arms, Splatoon 2...and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Normal episodes will resume next week!

Music Selections included from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword by Koji Kondo, owned by Nintendo and included under fair use protection. 

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NOP Spotlight Talks Nintendo Switch

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On this spotlight episode, we chat about all the information released in the Nintendo Switch Presentation. Its been just over a week, and I have Nintendo Nerds itching to talk about what we know. Joining me for this discussion are returners John Loos, Jeremy Kanne, Christian Missonak, and T Scott Ross. Is the system priced too high? Are we excited for the launch line-up? Is Nintendo launching the system correctly, or do they need to course correct? We tackle all this (and talk a bit about the new Zelda) on this Spotlight episode!

Music Selections included from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by Koji Kondo, owned by Nintendo and included under fair use protection. 

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NOP Presents Indiana Jones

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We start 2017 off with a bang by discussing everyone's favorite adventurer...Indiana Jones! Please note we do talk about ALL the movies...even that last one... My guests include Nick Toussaint, Matt Young, Ricky Glore, and newcomer Neal Arsenty. We all have our favorites and least favorites as far as the series goes, so no one participant is outcast this round. Does Indiana Jones only work with Nazis? Are there other franchises that are similar or better? Is Harrison Ford better as Indiana Jones rather than Han Solo? And could someone else play him? We discuss all this and more on this epic adventure of an episode!

Music Selections included from The Indiana Jones Trilogy OST composed by John Williams, owned by Columbia Records and included under fair use protection. 

 

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NOP Presents Christmas 2016

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It's Christmas time in the city! In what is an annual NOP tradition, guests join me in discussing the best nerd gifts given and received, along with nerd gifts we wished were real. My Christmas companions this time around are Matt Young, Ricky Glore, and Mark Rosenthal. We touch on the Super Nintendo, Adam West Batman, Pools of Radiance, Nerd Conventions, our favorite lightsabers, and one of our guests even talks about the time they got stabbed! None of this is surpising given the pedigree of the panel in the room. This is the last episode of 2016, so from all of us at Nerd Outcast Podcast....Merry Christmas! May this podcast fill your ears with tidings of joy as you travel for the holidays, and we'll see you in 2017.

Music Selections included from Absolute Christmas the 100 Best Songs, owned by EVA Records and included under fair use protection. 

 

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NOP Presents Castlevania

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Just in time for Halloween! NOP chats all things Castlevania..a video game series that recently turned 30. My experts include Gavin Donnellan, Jared Latore, and John Loos. My outcast is Jeremy Kanne...a major Mega Man and Zelda fan, but a novice when it comes to vampire killers. We take an in-depth look at the series, starting in the 80s, and chart its progression over the years from gaming system to gaming system. Which game in the series best captures the idea of Castlevania? Is Symphony of the Night overrated? Which Belmont is best? We chat all this and more on this frighteningly fun episode.

Music Selections included from Dracula Best 1 & 2 Soundtracks, Symphony of the Night, and Lords of Shadow, owned by Konami and included under fair use protection. 
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