No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 51

It might still be the off-season, but we have plenty of games to play this weekend.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


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.

erikErik Norris (@Regular_Erik): I still haven’t gotten over my obsession with Resident Evil in light of Resident Evil 6’s announcement last week. I purchased and downloaded Resident Evil 4 over Xbox Live Arcade and have been enjoying it immensely. Surprisingly, the moments where you become overwhelmed by zombie hordes in a quasi-open area and must survive using your smarts and nimble moves — or at least as nimble as Resident Evil gets — are still suspenseful even after all these years since the game originally released. And hot damn, Leon’s hair still looks good.

When I’m not trying to save the President’s daughter in RE4, I’ll be firing up Portal 2 to play through the cooperative campaign with my roommate. Sadly, I never got around to playing the co-op portion of Portal 2 when the game launched early last year; no one was around to play with me (enter sad face). Thankfully, my roommate has been bitten by the Portal bug and is now hooked on the game — this is his first Portal experience ever, mind you. Therefore, it’s back to more testing this weekend, you monsters.

mikeMike White (@theWhitestMike): For the past few days, I’ve been the luckiest guy in the world. That will continue into this weekend. My lovely girlfriend (who, by the way, is not a ‘c’ word if you listened to this week's podcast) likes to play video games on occasion and has started playing Batman: Arkham City. It’s a lot of fun showing her some of the best games being released, even when she gets farther into the story than I have (sorry, Joey). It definitely inspires me to get back into the 360 games I’ve left on the shelf.

Joey and I continue our epic journey as two overweight, charismatic and stunningly good looking smugglers in Star Wars: The Old Republic. I just want my ship back and a few credits along the way. Playing an MMO with a friend is really the only way to do it. Having leveled almost exclusively solo on another character, I’m now wishing I’d done it differently. I’m still not quite max level with my Imperial Agent, but I’m hoping it will happen within the next week or so. The problem is, it’s just not quite as fulfilling when played forever alone.

alexAlex Keen (@dbldn): I plan on digging back into Super Mario Galaxy 2. I’m stuck around level 5 and I forgot how hard it is to get stars on some of these levels. I just don’t enjoy playing timed levels or race levels in a platformer. I’d much rather fall into a pit because I jumped poorly rather than miss a finish line by a second. If I don’t progress into level 6 this weekend, I will probably abandon this game forever. Such a sad statement to write, but my patience with tough games isn’t what it used to be.

Playing with the family, I’ve spent a ton of time with Gunstringer.  I was shocked to find that the mix of skeletons and gunfire would be a big hit with the 2-year-old set — but, it is. I’ve had a blast with the game; especially, I enjoy the narration that convincingly tells the story of the all-mighty Gunstringer.  

The other huge hit in my household is Burnout Crash! My wife and I have been trading high scores back and forth. This competition won’t end pretty, that’s for sure!

paulPaul Tamburro (@PaulTamburro): After a search that spanned 4 different cities I finally tracked down Portal 2 in the great English town of York. Seeing as how we’re in the middle of the annual gaming drought I thought I would revisit some of last year's titles that I never got around to playing. At the top of my list was the sequel to The Orange Box’s hidden gem, but for some baffling reason nowhere from London to Birmingham seemed to stock it.

I’m sure there are a few among you who will question why I didn’t come to the realisation that we’re in the 21st century and video games can be easily purchased from the dear old Internet, but as my house appears to have the same effect on delivery vans as the Bermuda Triangle has on aircraft, I thought I’d give it a miss.

But let’s cut to the chase: Portal 2 is as good as you’ve heard and, if you were as stupid as I was to have missed it first time round, then you must buy it. I can’t understand what I was doing last April that caused me to not pick it up on its release date. Probably complaining about the impending royal wedding.

Other than gleefully making my way through Portal 2’s single-player (which I have already somewhat ruined by watching its conclusion on a YouTube playthrough commentated by a monosyllabic dork) I shall also be continuing my adventure through Pokemon Black. My cactus-type Pokemon ‘Prick’ (tee hee) is a level 42 now.

joeyJoey Davidson (@JoeyDavidson): Daddy’s got the house to himself, girrrrrllllls!

I talked about being a parent with last week’s article. Well, I’m still a dad. However, my wife has a bachelorette party to attend this weekend, and my folks offered to take their grandson for a few days of spoiling. That leaves me in the house, hanging the hell out.

You’d think it would be a weekend of booze and loose ladies. That’s not the case. Instead, it’ll be a weekend filled with indoor time the likes of which the world has never seen. I intend to strap in and play three, count them, three games this weekend.

We just received our copy of Resident Evil Revelaitons (that’s how it’s spelled on the box, friends) from Capcom. I’m already an hour in and not scared yet. Soon enough, I’m sure.

I’m also replaying Red Dead Redemption. The game is as gorgeous as I remember, and I’ve not been bothered by the “I’ve done this before” factor yet. It plays fresh, fun and charming. The music in the game is actually affecting me more this time around, and I really appreciate it for that fact.

Finally, Mike and I will continue to challenge the galaxy one Flashpoint at a time in Star Wars: The Old Republic. The game has started to open up a bit for my first character, and that means there’s more and more for me to do and accomplish. The sparkle powder and shirtless dancing hasn’t stopped yet, so that’s been nice.