Nerd OutCast Podcast

Nerds gather to discuss Nerd Topics

NOP Spotlight: Nintendo Switch

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On this spotlight episode, we chat about the announcement of the new Nintendo console, the Nintendo Switch. Joining me for this unusual discussion are John Loos, Gavin Donnellan, and Christian Missonak. How does the Switch reveal stack to what came before? Is this a good move for Nintendo, or a possible flop? And what will this do to some of our favorite gaming franchises? We mull over SO many possibilities on this spotlight episode! Enjoy!


Music Selections included from Koji Kondo's Super Mario Galaxy 2 OST and Super Mario 3D World, owned by Nintendo and included under fair use protection. 
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NOP Presents The X-Men

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On this enormous episode of NOP, we tackle the legendary comic book franchise...The X-Men. My experts this time include Patrick Sweetman and Sean Okerberg, while Ryan Bond and myself serve as outcasts to all things mutants. We delve into the history of the comics for the first part, then drift over to other media, and focus on the movies. How many different versions of The X-Men have there been? What sets this series apart from others? Did the TV show do the comics justice? And how are the films? We spend a great deal of time discussing all of these and more on this genetically enhanced episode.

Music Selections included from Michael Kamen's X-men Soundtrack and X-Men The TV Series, owned by 20th Century Fox and included under fair use protection. 
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NOP Presents Final Fantasy VII

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A new day, a new NOP as we discuss the legendary Final Fantasy VII...a game that single handedly changed the course of JRPG's in the west for years to come. But is Final Fantasy VII truly a masterpiece, or did it introduce a lot of bad things for the series? We attempt to get to the truth! Joining me for the discussion are T Scott Ross, John Loos, Jeremy Kanne, and Gavin Donnellan...all Final Fantasy nerds! Is Cloud a good lead character? Is the story actually well written, or sci-fi anime fluff? How does Sephiroth compare to Kefka? And are we excited or fearful of the incoming remake? We chat all this and more on the mako-infused episode!

Music Selections included from Nobuo Uematsu's Final Fantasy VII Soundtrack, owned by Square Enix and included under fair use protection. 
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NOP Presents StarCraft

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En Taro Adun, listener! This episode we chat about the sci-fi strategy war series, StarCraft! My experts this time around include Robert Shumate and Aaron Pagel. Our love and hate for various aspects of the series forces us to reluctantly work together as we seek the truth about this very popular video game franchise. Is StarCraft just a WarCraft clone? Which race is superior? What unit is our favorite? And what about that story...epic space opera, or melodramatic fan fiction? We chat all this and more as we zerg rush your ears on this fun episode!

Music Selections included from Glenn Stafford's and Derek Duke's StarCraft and StarCraft 2 scores, owned by Azeroth Music and included under fair use protection. 
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NOP Presents The MCU

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After a long hiatus, NOP is back...and we decided to tackle a massive topic: the Marvel Cinematic Universe! With all the news out of Comic Con, including a new Doctor Strange Trailer, we chat about all things Marvel movies. My guests this time around include Ricky Glore, Stephan Scalabrino, Matt Young, and duo Orion and Angela Couling. Given the number of movies we chat about, we all serve as outcast at one point or another. How important was that first Iron Man film? Could anyone else have played Tony Stark? Which films are the weakest in the MCU? Did the Avengers films live up to the hype, or buckle under the weight? We chat so much about the state of the MCU, and what the future holds, on this massive episode!

Music Selections included from Iron Man, Avengers, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, owned by Marvel Studios and included under fair use protection. 
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NOP Presents Pokemon

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This year is the 20th anniversary of Pokemon, so of course we try to catch them all!  My experts this week in all things Gengar and Pikachu are Jared Latore and Alex Goodman.  Matthew Amador returns as outcast, as we try to figure out the difference between a Charmander and a Charizard.  What's the development history of Pokemon?  Is each game merely a cash grab, or is there more to it than that? And which pokemon is truly the best?  We discuss this and more on this fantastic episode! 

Music Selections provided by Junichi Masuda's Pokemon Theme from Super Smash Bros, owned by Nintendo and included under fair use protection.  
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NOP Presents The Wind Waker

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We discuss sailing for some Triforce shards as we talk about The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.  Joining me for the discussion all things Toon Link are experts Jeremy Kanne and Christian Missonak.  My outcast is Gavin Donnellan...Zelda fan, but not a fan of THIS Zelda.  How does The Wind Waker hold up compared to what came before and what follows?  Is this our favorite version of Link?  Do these dungeons do the formula justice?  And is this the Zelda we'd recommend people play first?  We discuss all this and so much more on this legendary episode.  

Music Selections provided by Koji Kondo's The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker soundtrack, owned by Nintendo and included under fair use protection.
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NOP Presents The Flash

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Lots of DC chatter in the media right now, so we decided it was the perfect time to chat about The Flash.  My experts this week include Roman Reyes, DJ Fink, and Rob Shumate.  My pseudo-outcast for the show is Chad Pickett...he knows the TV show, but not the comics so well.  My experts take it upon themselves to teach us all things Speed Force.  How many Flashes are there?  Who is who's favorite?  And just exactly how good is the TV show?  We chat all this (and a little Batman Vs Superman) on this speedy episode!

Music Selections provided by Blake Neely's The Flash Score, owned by WB and provided under fair use protection.
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NOP Presents Bioshock

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On this massive episode of NOP, we tackle the sci-fi shooter series Bioshock.  My experts include Ryan Bond, Orion Couling, Christian Missonak, Zach Muhn, and newcomer Iris Kohler.  My outcasts for this episode are myself and friend Alex Goodman.  We spend a good hour and a half debating the merits of all three Bioshock games!  What's the history and connection to System Shock?  How is Andrew Ryan as a antagonist?  Where did Bioshock 2 falter?  And is Bioshock Infinite the best in the series?  We discuss all this and more!  (We also apologize in advance.  We had some technical issues recording, so the sound quality is limited.)


Music Selections provided by Gary Schyman's Bioshock 1, 2, & Infinite scores, owned by Take-Two Interactive and provided under fair use protection.
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NOP Presents The Force Awakens

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NOP starts 2016 off with a bang as we discuss the latest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens.  Many passionate nerds join us for the discussion, including Ricky Glore, Ryan Bond, Robert Shumate, DJ Fink, Dominic Cianciolo, Orion Couling, and newcomer Chris Lloyd.  Due to our various feelings on the film, there is no specific outcast for this episode.  What did we all think of Episode VII?  Is Kylo Ren redeemable?  Are there too many familiar plot devices, or does the film find its own voice?  And what do we hope Episode VIII and IX bring to the table?  We chat all this and more on the fantastic episode!

Music Selections provided by John Williams's Star Wars: The Force Awakens score, owned by Disney and Lucasfilm and provided under fair use protection.
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