Nerd OutCast Podcast

Nerds gather to discuss Nerd Topics

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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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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