Nerd OutCast Podcast

Nerds gather to discuss Nerd Topics

NOP Presents Skyward Sword

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It's always a lengthy discussion when chatting about The Legend of Zelda, and on today's episode we discuss Skyward Sword. My guests this time around include Dan Schiffmacher, Christian Missonak, and Jeremy Kanne. Seen as the game that both proved the use of the Wiimote, and also served as the Wii's swan song, we take a deep dive into this most divisive of Zelda games. Does Skyward Sword hold up in a post Breath of the Wild world? Where does the game succeed, and where does it fall short? Was the exploration of old cast aside in exchange for storytelling? And where does this game fall in the grander designs of the Zelda franchise? We chat all this, plus dive a bit into Link's Awakening and Metroid, in this sky bound episode.

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

 

 

NOP Presents Game of Thrones

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Winter has come and gone, and the war for the Iron Throne has ended...so it's time to discuss the massive show that captured TV for a generation...Game of Thrones. My experts (and outcasts) for this one are Kitten McCreery, Thom Brown, John Loos, Danielle Lebens, and Andrew Babcock. We discuss the final season of the show, and where everything landed. We discuss character turns, character deaths, dragon deaths, and production schedules. Then we take a step back, and look at both the show and the books and how George RR Martin potentially changed the game (pun intended.) Ultimately, it's a discussion with love for a series that certainly left a mark in both television and novels. 

Music Selections from Game of Thrones, composed by Ramin Djawadi, owned by Varese Sarabande and is included under fair use protection.

NOP Presents The MCU

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It's a massive discussion today on NOP as we chat about the state of the recently finished Infinity Saga and where the MCU goes from here. Joining me for this huge discussion are Chris Lloyd, DJ Fink, Ricky Galore, Rob Shumate, and Briggs Hatton. We look back at the original Iron Man, and try to determine what critical decision led to the success of this shared multi-verse. We look at the highs and the lows of the 22 movie Infinity Saga. We chat about problematic casting choices, and which films soared and which films sunk. And then we talk about Avengers: Endgame....and whether they stuck the landing or not. We finish out our discussion with "Where does the MCU go from here?" And we also examine what effect these films have had on cinema as a whole. Needless to say, there's a lot to unpack. So stick around and enjoy this lengthy, truly epic discussion on Nerd Outcast Podcast.

Music Selections from Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, composed by Alan Silvestri, owned by Hollywood Records and is included under fair use protection.

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.

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