No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 50

Finding time for video games this weekend amidst babies growing teeth and romantic getaways.

Erik, Joey, Mike, Alex & Paulby Erik, Joey, Mike, Alex & Paul


We never stop playing video games. That’s a fact. Even after we call it quits for the week we still look forward to getting home and continuing our digital conquests. It’s our life blood. So we thought it would be fun to share with everyone what our gaming intentions are for the weekend so you guys can get a sense of what we're playing and enjoying on a weekly, non-formal basis. Yes, this concept isn't new to the internet. But hey, we kind of want to join in on the fun. Can you blame us for that? So without further ado, here’s what we’re playing this weekend that will forfeit any semblance of rest…

Feel free to sound off below to let us know what your gaming plans are this weekend.

paulPaul Tamburro (@PaulTamburro): This weekend I'll be attending an obligatory romantic weekend away with the girlfriend, so video games are being left on hold while I'm busy being the Romeo to her Juliet, the Jack to her Rose, the Pride to her Prejudice (I'm assuming that's what the characters are called anyway, I've never watched it). This should allow my wallet some breathing room (when I'm not hand-feeding the girlfriend caviare and buying red rose petals to line the bed with, of course) before the release of Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Soul Caliber V, Resident Evil: Revelations and Twisted Metal, and also draw me away from playing Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee.

I was with a couple of mates a few days ago and the original PlayStation got brought up; before we knew it we were reliving stories of Team Buddies, Hogs of War and Rageball (don't ask), before going on the PlayStation Store and seeing whether any of our old favourites were on there. The first two were unfortunately not, Rageball unfortunately was (it has aged like a decade old bottle of milk) and in the end we plumped for the original Oddworld adventure. Wow. Considering I thought the controls were clunky way back in the 90's when games that used analog sticks were considered revolutionary, it's held up surprisingly well. It's still incredibly frustrating though. Frustrating enough that, after three hours of playing it, I became so overwhelmed with venomous gamer rage that I turned off my PS3 – WITHOUT SAVING.

Damn you 1997 and your lack of autosave!

mikeMike White (@TheWhitestMike): Moving into a new place is stressful enough. Add on to the normal pains, the fact that I have little to no control over the internet hook up at our new place, and I’m one sad panda. Attempting to play any one of my normal online love affairs was essentially a useless gesture this past week. The wireless adapter I found in a shoe box is barely compatible with my PC and caused me endless connection issues with the unfamiliar router. Thanks to Newegg, an updated piece of equipment is on its way to save me from my offline woes.

My netbook (thank god) is loaded up with Steam and a slew of Indie Bundle games. I’m sure to rekindle my relationship with games like World of Goo, Jamestown and Bastion. The latter I still need to finish. I was pretty late getting to it, so I have some excuse. On par with my New Year’s resolution, I think I’ll push through that game before I let The Old Republic take over again.

I never got around to hooking up the Xbox 360, so an epic night of world domination via Risk is still a possibility. Joey has been talking about a certain western game all week and it’s giving me the itch. The only problem with that, is he’s already accosted me for not playing through the Red Dead single player campaign, but won’t stop talking about teaming up for some online play. Well, which is it, Joey, Shane or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?

alexAlex Keen (@dbldn): Last weekend I made some serious progress in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.  While playing I was reminded at how innovative of an enemy the Flood were. Before and after this game I’ve never faced an enemy as creepy or as sneaky as the little Flood infection forms. Sure, the enemies in Dead Space are pretty innovative, yet I still think the Flood bring something new to the enemy type that is still unrivaled. I’m really psyched to get sucked back into one of the best games of our life time.

Other games I have been playing include Burnout Crash! and Kinect Sports: Season Two.  After Burnout went on sale I’ve delved deeper and deeper into the game. I was surprised to realize that the negatives I had been hearing just didn’t affect me. This game is an amazingly simple but fun top-down adaptation of the amazing Crash mode I’ve loved for multiple iterations.

Finally, I grabbed the new night levels for Kinect Sports: Season Two. Basically they’ve added some darkness, achievements, and new level layouts to the skiing mode. I’d only recommend them to players who play a lot of the game and are looking for something new to experience. Everyone else should be happy enough with the core game.

joeyJoey Davidson (@JoeyDavidson): As a dad of not too many months (just over six), I’m finding out what it means to go through a child’s first winter. In short: it’s a real bitch. The kid has been a constant stream of sick for weeks now. Chest colds, head colds and ear infections have paraded through the doctor’s office all month. He’s also getting teeth. Joy.

Today, I had to get him from daycare early. Even better, the wife is on a trip for work until 1am. So, this dad is flying solo for the next, as of writing this paragraph, 12 hours. That means my gaming will come in quick stints on portable devices.

I recently grabbed Pushmo for the 3DS. It’s available in the eShop as a downloadable title for six bucks. It’s a puzzle game that tasks players with getting to a goal by sliding blocks along a two axes (axies? axiseses?). It’s tough, it’s fun and it’s already a hidden gem.

When Saturday and Sunday roll around to give me a break from kid care, I’ll be firing up my consoles to play either FIFA 12 (newly addicted), Risk or Yakuza 4. I’ve been in each title for quite a bit recently, and I’m looking to continue that journey… if these damn ear infections ever stop.

Parenting is like grinding in Pokémon…it never ends.

erikErik Norris (@Regular_Erik): With the announcement of Resident Evil 6, I have a hankering to replay Resident Evil 4 via the Xbox Live Arcade HD remastering. I haven’t played the game since it first launched on the Nintendo GameCube way back in 2005, so in a way it will be like playing it for the first time again. I just really feel the need to spin-kick some zombies’ heads off.

If I do manage to break away from my recently acquired fixation with Resident Evil, then I’ll be revisiting Rayman Origins to complete more of the time trials and chase down that final elusive treasure chest. I hear what comes after nabbing all the Grim Reaper’s teeth is absolutely brutal, but I can’t deny that I’m excited to find out for myself. Even during its toughest moments, Rayman Origins remains an absolute delight to play.

Lastly, Skyrim. Yup, I’m still working my way through the game, and I hear I’ve only scratched the surface. Typically, that would be soul crushing, so much so that I would probably cut my loses and move on. But with Skyrim, the fact that I’ve only dipped my toes into the shallow end of the pool is exciting. When does this game cease to surprise its players? I don’t think anyone’s found that point yet. And when someone does, it’s probably going to play out like the ending to The Truman Show where Truman crashes his ship into a fake horizon. Here’s hopefully that day never comes.