Nerd OutCast Podcast

Nerds gather to discuss Nerd Topics

NOP Stories Presents 80s Cartoons

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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......

Stephan Scalabrino and DJ Fink join me on the mic to wax about the cartoons of the 80s: GI Joe, Transformers, and ThunderCats. We chat about which show had the best toys, which had the best heroes and villains, and which show holds up the best. Conveniently, we each LOVE one of these shows...so each cartoon gets time to shine! We also discuss how the shows rank to one another, and some of our favorite episodes. Needless to say...its a long but fun trip through the best animation of the 80s!

Music Selection from the GI Joe the Movie, Transformers the Movie, and ThunderCats owned by Marvel Productions, Scotti Bros. Records, and Warner Bros Productions respectively, and are included under fair use protection.

 

NOP Stories Presents Westworld

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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......

Mark Soloff, host of Blastropodcast, joins me on the mic to chat about the TV series Westworld. Though we primarily focus on the show, we do chat about Michael Crichton as an author, his other works, and how he potentially copies himself. We discuss what themes run through the show, some of our favorite characters, and why the show is so important. Please note we mainly keep to Season 1, but DO dip a bit into Season 2. Mark has been a guest since the first episode of NOP, and as always, provides a great discussion! 

Music Selection from the Westworld Main Theme composed by Ramin Djawadi owned by WaterTower Music and is included under fair use protection.

 

NOP Stories Presents Motion Capture

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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......

Sean Okerberg joins Chris on the mic to talk about the craft and evolution of motion capture. Both of us have performed in the video games industry for years as motion capture artists, and we decided it was time to talk about the technology that gives some of our favorite games and movies life. We chat about Andy Serkis, the evolution of motion capture in film vs gaming, and touch on where we think this is all going! And we even cite what we think is the best performance using mo-cap...so give us a listen!

Music Selections from Lord of the Rings, composed by Howard Shore owned by Reprise and New Line Cinema and is included under fair use protection.

 

NOP Stories Presents Batman

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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......

DJ Fink joins me on mic to chat about his favorite hero...Batman! We've done a TON of Batman episodes and honestly, never get bored talking about the Caped Crusader. We chat about the comics, the different on-screen portrayals of The Dark Knight, along with Adam West, the Animated series and which villains are the best. There's much to discuss on this great episode so give it a listen, and more to come soon!

Music Selections from Batman and Batman Begins, composed by Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer respectively, owned by Warner Bros. Records and are included under fair use protection.

NOP Stories Presents Gaming Culture

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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......

Dan Schiffmacher joins me on mic to chat about a pretty huge topic....gaming culture. We talk about what it was like as kids to grow up with gaming, versus what kids have access to now, and where we think it is going. We explore the culture of our youths, which leads us to discuss DOS games, Intellivision, and Nintendo Power. We chat about how gaming has opened up to the masses, and how you can even get a scholarship now for playing Fortnite. We also chat Fortnite, by the way.... Its a fun, ponderous look at the state of gaming in this thoughtful episode!

Music Selection from Super Mario World and Super Mario Galaxy composed by Koji Kondo, owned by Nintendo and are included under fair use protection.

 

NOP Stories Presents Star Fox

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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......

Today Christian Missonak joins me as we both do a barrel roll discussing the Star Fox series! We start with the SNES original, and move up all the way to the most recent, Star Fox Zero. Did Nintendo make the right decision withholding Star Fox 2? Is anything better than the 64 version? And was Star Fox Adventures really that bad? 

We chat all this and more!

Music Selection from Star Fox composed by Hajime Hirasawa, owned by Nintendo and is included under fair use protection.

NOP Stories Presents Predator

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NOP Host Chris Bashen recently moved from Chicago to Los Angeles, but before leaving, recorded a series of episodes with some of his closest nerd experts and friends. These are their stories...

Mark Rosenthal joins me on the mic to chat all things Predator! We discuss the entire franchise, and how the first one still remains a brilliant cinema classic...and how Predators kind of sucks. After discuss the deadly sci-fi monster, we drift into a discussion about the band Queen...because why not!

Music Selection from Predator (1987) composed by Alan Silvestri, owned by Varese Sarabande and is included under fair use protection.

 

NOP Presents the Villains of Final Fantasy

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Hello Fantasy Friends, we are back! We previously discussed the heroes of Final Fantasy...so today we chat about the villains. My guests this time include Gavin Donnellan, John Tyberghein, and T Scott Ross. Much like last time, we start with the villain of Final Fantasy I (Garland) and work our way up to Final Fantasy XV. How does each generation of games treat their villains (NES vs SNES vs PS2...) Which villains are the true standouts, and which need some serious work? We also chat about some of the more notable sub bosses and henchmen...and how Final Fantasy has evolved the art of storytelling in gaming. Its a truly insightful episode...so give it a listen!

Music Selections from Final Fantasy VI, VIII, X, and XII OSTs, all composed by Nobuo Uematsu, owned by Square Enix and included under fair use protection.

NOP Presents The Lord of the Rings

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We're back from a vacation, and we are discussing the heaviest fantasy series out there...The Lord of the Rings. My experts this round include Mark Rosenthal, Stephan Scalabrino, Sean Okerberg, and Pete Navis. We chat about the history of Tolkien as a writer, and the calling cards of his works. We then discuss the differences between the books and the films. Which characters were our favorite? Would we recommend the books vs the movies? And if The Lord of the Rings existed as a show...what form would it take? We chat all this, and even the evolution of motion capture, on this fantastical episode.

Music Selections from The Lord of the Rings Score, composed by Howard Shore, owned by New Line Cinema and included under fair use protection.

 

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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