Nerd OutCast Podcast

Nerds gather to discuss Nerd Topics

NOP Presents Heroes of Final Fantasy

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Welcome to a special episode of NOP! Today we examine the heroes of one of the best JRPG series out there...Final Fantasy. Working chronologically, we start with the original NES trilogy and work our way to the PS3. We chat Light Warriors, Onion Knights, Paladins, confused super soldiers, and angsty teenagers. Joining me for the discussion are die hard fans Gavin Donnellan, Scott Ross, and John Loos. Did the early games even have protagonists? Is Terra the best hero of the series? And was Tidus all that bad? We chat all this and so much more on this lengthy, epic episode!

Music Selections from Final Fantasy IV, VI, VII, VIII, X, and XII, composed by Koji Kondo, owned by Square Enix and included under fair use protection. 

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NOP Presents the SEGA Genesis

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After far too many episodes on Nintendo, we finally spend some time loving on the SEGA Genesis. Joining me for this blast processed episode are Bill Nielson, Christian Missonak, and Ryan Bond. We spend some time on our own expereinces with SEGA's console, then we dive into specifics. What did the Genesis do right, and what did it do wrong, in the war with Nintendo? What games were the console's killer apps? Would we want to see a Genesis Classic Collection someday? And was the Genesis the best of SEGA's consoles? We chat all this and more on the supersonic episode!

Music Selection from Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Rocket Knight Adventures, and Streets of Rage, owned by SEGA and Konami and included under fair use protection. 

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NOP Presents Batman The Animated Series

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On this dark and foreboding episode of NOP, we chat about THE Best Batman show...Batman The Animated Series. My Dark Knight Nerds this time around include Mark Soloff, Nick Toussaint, and Patrick Sweetman. We discuss Mark Hamill's Joker portrayal. We chat about whether Kevin Conroy is the best Batman. And we talk about the evolution and spin-offs for the show...(and of course, we throw a lot of love at Batman's Rogues Gallery). So give it a listen as we chat about DC's first and most successful venture into animation!

Music Selection from Batman The Animated Series, owned by WB and included under fair use protection. 

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NOP Presents The Last Jedi

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It is a doozy of an episode as we start 2018 off with The Last Jedi! My packed guests this time are Mark Rosenthal, Dominic Cianciolo, Chris "Chrispy" Lloyd, T Scott Ross, Orion Couling, and Robert Shumate. We are Star Wars nerds, and much like the Internet, we are all over the place with our feelings about the latest film. Did we agree with Luke's portrayal? Is Kylo Ren a well written villain? Is the comedy over the top? Was that the best lightsaber battle of them all? And is this movie the best in the franchise? We chat all this (and way more...seriously, its 2 hours long) on this deeply passionate episode.

 Music Selection from The Last Jedi and Return of the Jedi by John Williams, owned by 20th Century Fox and Disney and included under fair use protection. 

 

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NOP Presents Christmas 2017

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We return with our annual Christmas episode! We chat about the best nerd gifts given, received, and nerd gifts we wish were real. My guests for the holiday cheer are DJ Fink, Alex Goodman, and John Loos. We chat Pokemon, Ready Player One, Star Trek, and the extreme joy of getting a console for Christmas (and so much more!) Have a great holiday, and we'll see you all in 2018!

Music Selections from The Ultimate Christmas Collection and is included under fair use protection. 

 

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NOP Presents Twilight Princess

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Everyone is keen on Breath of the Wild this year...so we chat about The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess! During our discussion, however, we learn these two games actually have many similar circumstances. My guests this time are John Tyberghein, Nik Eisenbarth, and Dan Schiffmacher. My outcast is returner Christian Missonak...whom has on many occasions expressed his disinterest for this Zelda game on the show. Do we prefer Twilight Princess with or without motion controls? Is Midna the best sidekick character? And is the game shackled by its darker tone, or is it a great creative choice? We chat all this (and our favorite dungeons) on this lengthy episode!

Music Selection from The Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary Concert by Koji Kondo, owned by Nintendo and included under fair use protection. 

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NOP Presents Toad House #1

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On this special episode of NOP, we bring you into Toad's House! My players this adventure are Peter Foos, Thom Brown, and Scott Ross, and within this house are question blocks full of nerdy "what-ifs?", "what abouts?", and "who's better?" from all over the geek spectrum. Who would you rather have as your leader, Picard or Adama? What's the best vehicle in Science Fiction? How would you fix the Star Wars prequels? These are just a few of the 20 questions we tackle in this rendition of Toad's House! 

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

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NOP Spotlight on the SNES Classic Edition

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On this spotlight episode of NOP, we chat about the SNES Classic! My guests (and very enthusiastic Nintendo nerds) include Bill Nielsen, Jeremy Kanne, Christian Missonak, and John Loos. We start the conversation with a big question...is the Super Nintendo the most important console of all time? We discuss its library of games, and whether the SNES Classic is the best representation of the system. Then we analyze the games! Which one are we looking forward to playing the most? Are there any titles we missed that we hope to catch up on? What games would we recommend others try first? Then we delve into what is missing...if we could add 3 titles to the system, what would they be? And we cap it all off with a glimpse at what may be the Nintendo 64 Classic Edition....so give us a listen and enjoy!

Music Selections from Star Fox, Super Mario World, Super Mario RPG, and Super Castlevania, owned by Nintendo and Konami and are included under fair use protection. 

 

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NOP Presents Star Trek Voyager

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Star Trek Discovery launched this week, so we decided to chat about Star Trek Voyager! I've got a great crew assembled this time for the show, including Aaron Pagel, Peter Foos, Clint Worthington (Alcohollywood podcast), and Smyra Yawn (Spiel Chicago). Also joining us as a special guest for this episode is Lisa Klink, whom served as writer and executive story editor on Voyager for several seasons! Needless to say...we have much to chat about! How does Janeway rank as a captain? How does Voyager compare to what came before? Who is our favorite charater? (probably the doctor...) And who is our least favorite character? (this is a toss up...) We chat all this and more on this fatastic episode!

Music Selection from Star Trek Voyager OST by Jerry Goldsmith, owned by Crescendo Records and is included under fair use protection. 

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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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