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No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 45

With the holidays fast approaching, we're still working through our backlogs. 

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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…

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



alexAlex Keen: I have a ton going on this weekend and won't have much time to delve into console gaming. I'll probably fire up Mario & Sonic 2012 for some mindless entertainment. So far Soccer and Volleyball are the two big hits in our household BUT I haven't explored Synchronized Swimming yet. Seriously. I think the major drawback for this game is that it lacks depth. After I've played a couple matches of soccer there isn't much difference from match to match. It is a game definitely best played in a group setting.

I'll definitely fire up Tiny Tower and a newly updated Jetpack Joyride on iOS.  Tiny Tower is an absolute time suck of the highest order despite being simple at its core. Jetpack Joyride has added a new jungle background that doesn't change the gameplay but gives me something else to look at when playing.

If I find a chunk of empty time on a console, I'd like to get back to playing Goldeneye: Reloaded or Bulletstorm. Realistically, I'll probably just explore the shitty movie on ePix.

mikeMike White: I feel like this weekend and possibly the next (hopefully not) are just killing time before I can start playing The Old Republic. My excitement over that game may confuse some naysayers. Luckily, it’s mostly a subjective topic and I’m a grown man. If I want to spend the better part of my day trolling through the galaxy as a Twi’lek Jedi single mother, just trying to raise enough credits to put her kid through the academy, I’ll do it.

Until then, I’m enjoying a second playthrough of the Witcher 2. For better or worse, I’m starting from scratch. I can’t seem to recall all of the previous choices I made, so I’m certain to repeat some of the same mistakes. However, this is a great opportunity to see how a different side of the story would play out. Getting used to a USB controller takes time. I’m still on the fence concerning controller vs. mouse and keyboard. The soundtrack and graphics continue to shine over most other games that were released this year.

I still find myself going back to League of Legends from time to time. The format just suits itself to so many situations. If I feel the need to PvP and don’t have the time to wait in long queues and don’t feel like paying a subscription to do so, LoL is always there. Thank you, LoL. Thank you for always being there to let me feel good about myself by soloing the middle lane as Ryze on co-op vs. the training wheels AI.

erikErik Norris: Now that I’ve wrapped up Zelda: Skyward Sword (finally!), it’s time to move on to Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. We didn’t give AC:R a very glowing review, but I still feel the urge to play through the title to experience the story for myself and have some solid footing going into our year-end awards debate.

When I’m not stabbin’ bitches in the face in AC: Revelations, I’ll probably be revisiting Tamriel in Skyrim. It’s been a few weeks since I last played (Thanksgiving vacation and Zelda got in the way), so I’m itching to revisit the game. Dragons don’t slay themselves, ya know?

Finally, a friend of mine just picked up Battlefield 3 and I plan to help ease him into the warzone. We’re totally going to hold hands and frolic right into the capture points. There’s also about a 99% chance we’ll being driving a jeep off a cliff, Thelma and Louise style.

joeyJoey Davidson: Mike doesn’t know it yet, but he’s going to be getting an important phone call this weekend that should pull him away from The Old Republic.

I want to beat Rayman Origins. We’re close, damnit, I can taste it. This is honestly one of the best platformers released all year. The shame of it is that most gamers will likely never give it a go. It’s been almost lost in a sea of incredible releases, and that means it’s getting passed up.

Listen: play the game. Rent it, buy it on sale, whatever. It’s a blast.

Oh, yeah, and Skyrim. I’m only 11 hours in, but I effing love this game. It’s exactly what I want out of an RPG, and I can pick it up and put it down as much or as little as I please. So far, nothing compares to stumbling onto a dragon mid-resurrection and taking that bitch down and stealing his crap.

It’s awesome.

paulPaul Tamburro: This Saturday I will be trapped within the sweaty confines of a limousine with friends and sham-pag-un (that’s a Futurama reference for oblivious readers) in order to celebrate my coming birthday, so gaming is understandably off the agenda. However, as has now become tradition, when I eventually return back to my humble abode on Sunday I shall power my way through my debilitating hangover and turn on my PS3 for a few merry rounds of Buzz! Music Quiz.

I borrowed (stole) it from my girlfriend’s brother and it is now a certified staple of my collection, and the first game I whip out when I have company visiting. Apart from Naked Twister, of course.

Its beauty lies in the fact that you can use the PlayStation Eye to take photographs of you and your buddies and put them on the face of the game show host, which basically devolves into you forcing your most ridiculous looking friend (let’s call him Rory, as that is his name) to pull a funny face in front of the television, while spending the next hour or so drunkenly laughing at his unattractiveness. Ah, friendship.

Aside from Buzz! I shall also attempt to ingratiate my comrades with the burly homo-eroticism of WWE '12 which, if you’re a regular reader of No Rest For The Nerdy, you will already know that my love for the game holds no bounds. I’m sure Rory will waste no time in putting my created superstar, Pauly T, through a table or seven, and to be honest, I don’t blame him.

He’s still goddamn ugly though.