Nintendo Lab-Noooo: The OrNERDnary Podcast #33

So Nintendo shocked the world this week by launching a new series of peripherals made from cardboard of all things.

While a lot of the games media folk out there are falling over themselves praising this “mind blowing” development from Nintendo I find myself sitting here trying to make sense of why so many people are fine paying so much for cardboard.

I also discuss:
Youtube’s latest questionable decisions.
Destiny makes more mistakes.
Scarlett Johansson making millions for Black Widow solo film.
Will Tom Holland show up in Venom?
Assassin’s Creed Origins gets new DLC in a few days.
Super Troopers 2 gets a new red band trailer.
and more.

-Shad (@PolyNerdic)

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Feels Like a Great Time to Drop a Reminder

So I’m currently working on this week’s episode of The OrNERDnary Podcast and I was struck with the feeling that while it’s too late for this week’s episode now is a great time to remind you all of the “Ask PolyNerdic” tab here on PolyNerdic.com that streamlines the process of you contacting me and being heard on the podcast.

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Right there at the top of the screen, 3rd option from the left, is the “Ask PolyNerdic” button.

Click that and it will take you to a page with a handy email form set-up for you to easily reach out to me.

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Couldn’t be easier to reach out and start a conversation.

Just fill out the windows, let me know if you want to be anonymous if I read your email on air and submit.

It just that easy to join the conversation, to ask a question, play “would you rather?”, tell me how great the show is (hopefully) or be a part of the show.

I sincerely hope I’ll be hearing from you soon, I’ve got to get back to making this week’s show happen.

-Shad (@PolyNerdic)

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Release Date Shake-Ups & Stuff: The OrNERDnary Podcast #32

This week saw some serious shake-ups in the nerdy side of Hollywood.

A handful of movies had their release dates changed and a few new intriguing and/or long awaited projects were announced.

Directors and actors left projects while rumors began circulating this week about various performers departing projects due to expiring/fulfilled contracts or the simple desire to move on.

I also briefly discuss some video game news that interested me before babbling about what I’ve been up to this past week, including what I’ve been reading and playing as well as a brief discussion about what I think video games can do that other art forms/forms of entertainment can not.

-Shad (@PolyNerdic)
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Coming Soon in 2018: The OrNERDnary Podcast #31

2018 has started off with a truly obnoxious bout with a cold that just refuses to release me from it’s grasp.

Never one to let a cold keep me down for long, I pulled myself out of the comfort of my bed to record the first OrNERDnary Podcast of 2018 and give you a relatively brief rundown of the video games and movies due out in 2018 that have me excited.

Enjoy.

And sorry about the sick voice.

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PolyNerdic Play Test: Everybody’s Golf

Little known fact, I happen to quite enjoy the occasional round of video game golf.

I spent more time than is healthy on the golf course in GTA V and way back in the day I spent tons of time playing golf on the Wii.

Everybody’s Golf is way more like the latter than the former and I’m fine with that.

It’s definitely a light hearted and fun take on the game and not a serious sim but that is exactly what I am looking for from a golf game.

The game is likely not for everyone, especially those looking for a heavy sim style experience but I have had a whole lot of fun coming down from games that are more tense with this light hearted golf game.

-Shad (@PolyNerdic)

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The Ones that Got Away: 2017 Edition

Every year I do my best to at least try as many games as absolutely possible so I can make my end of the year article as well informed as possible.  As this is a labor of love that is self financed with whatever money I can scrape together after paying my bills and taking care of various responsibilities inevitably a large number of excellent games slip through my fingers and go unplayed.

Sometimes this is because I don’t own the platform the game is on, such as the Switch or PC, other times its just because the game was never at a price that fit in my budget or I never came across it at a Redbox Kiosk.  And other times I played the game but only had very little with the game and didn’t get a full taste of what it has to offer.

These are the games that came out this year that I either missed out on completely or barely played despite my desire to do so.  Some of these I actually own while most are still out there waiting to be purchased.  I am also leaving off the Switch games that I am dying to play but haven’t simply because I don’t yet own the console and don’t want to list things I missed but have no realistic time frame to get my hands on them.  That of course means no Mario or Zelda but rest easy, there are plenty of other games I need to get my nerdy hands on.

Pyre

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Pyre is a bit of a curiosity to me.  From the minds of the folks who created Bastion and Transistor, it combines fantasy and sport in an interesting way.  While I love fantasy I have been hesitant to pick it up due to the 3 on 3 magic basketball/hockey the game plays out in.  Having heard a ton of praise for the game the last week I finally decided it would be worth a look as soon as it was on sale and as luck would have it as of this writing the game is on sale for $9.99 on PSN right now.

Observer

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Observer is a cyberpunk horror game with a visual aesthetic akin to Blade Runner and stars Rutger Hauer as the detective tasked with hacking the memories and fears of individuals in order to solve crimes.  The game was made by the same studio that made Layers of Fear, the laughably bad horror/walking sim which gives me pause when considering picking it up but after hearing a lot of praise for it during various GOTY conversations I will likely pick it up as soon as a good sale comes up.

Everybody’s Golf

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It’s a well kept secret that despite having no love for the sport of golf in real life I have always quite liked golf video games or even golfing mini-games in other games.  I secretly spent a lot of time on the fairways of GTA5 and have rented and enjoyed a number of golf games over the years.  Everybody’s Golf is the latest in the Hot Shots Golf series and by all accounts is quite good.  As of this writing it is also onside for $19.99 on PSN if you’re into such things.

The Mummy: Demastered

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Rarely do licensed games based on movies even look remotely interesting and rarer still are the licensed movie based game that are worth playing.  The Mummy: Demastered is apparently that rare unicorn of a game that is allegedly a lot of fun to play.  Taking the form of a “Metroid-vania” style exploration/action game that serves as a prequel of sorts to the allegedly awful Tom Cruise film from last Summer,  the game appears to be way more enjoyable than it has any right to be.

Persona 5

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I’ve gone back and forth all year on this one.  I keep hearing so much praise for the fifth Persona game and want to check it out since the same sort of praise was heaped upon NieR: Automata and it ended up being my 2nd favorite game of 2017 in spite of looking like something I’d never enjoy.  But every time I look at the game or come close to picking it up I end up chickening out and hesitating to pull the trigger.  The game looks weird and has a number of mechanics I am worried I wouldn’t enjoy but I still keep coming back to consider trying it out.

Tekken 7 and Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite

 

I put these two together because I don’t have much love for the fighting game genre but am very interested in these two games in spite of the fact that I haven’t played a Tekken game since the 2nd one and hear a lot of bad stuff about the MvC story (but I sort of enjoyed the demo and want to see it myself).

Uncharted: Lost Legacy

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I’ve had a bit of a love hate thing with the Uncharted franchise (and Naughty Dog games in general) but the 4th entry was one of the best games I’ve ever played and as such the standalone expansion/sequel is one I really need to get my hands on.

Divinity: Original Sin 2

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I’ve always loved a good RPG with a rich world and deep systems and by all accounts the Divinity series is just that sort of thing.  The one thing that has kept me from checking this one out though is that I hear it is a crazy deep and long game that will suck away literal days worth of my life and well frankly I’m not interested in that kind of commitment when I already have other big games I need to finish such as…

Yakuza 0

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I picked up Yakuza 0 back in the summer and have just been waiting for the right time to dive into it.  I took a look at it way back then and loved its quirky take on 1980s Japan and organized crime but I haven’t been in the mood to play a game that has a story centered on real estate wheeling and dealing and gang violence.  Someday soon I’ll dive back in though but first…

Assassin’s Creed: Origins

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I need to get back into Assassin’s Creed: Origins.  I played something like 16 hours of it a few months back which was enough to land it high on my GOTY list.  I picked it up on the cheap during a Black Friday sale and have decided it will be one of the first things I play after the turn of the year.  I’m anxious to get back into Bayek’s world, only wondering if I should start over fresh and live stream the game on twitch.tv/polynerdic or continue playing it off stream from where I already am.

-Shad (@PolyNerdic)

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Final OrNERDnary Podcast of 2017

2017 is rapidly coming to a close and this episode serves as my way of putting a fitting end to it.

Discussed within this episode:
-My hopes and plans for 2018.
-My love of the extremely unfinished PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox.
-Comparing PUBG to Fortnite: Battle Royale
-Some new information pertaining to Star Wars: The Last Jedi that clears up some confusion I had

Enjoy.

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