No Rest For The Nerdy – Vol. 1

We kick off a new feature where our gaming staff shares what they plan to play over the weekend.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

No Rest For The Nerdy - Vol. 1

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…


erik_blurbErik Norris: There aren’t many titles for review this first month of the year. That’s why I’m taking the opportunity to catch up on a considerable backlog. First up: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

I have to admit, I thought I was done with Assassin’s Creed after number two. I know, I know, blasphemy. But hear me out: outside of a new setting, I thought I’d seen everything the franchise had to offer. Brotherhood proves me wrong. Very, very wrong. We might still be in Rome with Ezio as he tries to assassinate the Pope (yup, awesome), but even still, I’m absolutely loving this game.

I’ve been wasting so many hours burning down Borgias and recruiting the most badass assassin army possible. And while I’m on the subject, this assassin micro-managing recruitment drive is an awesome new game mechanic introduced to the AC series. It’s like what you get in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, only you don’t have to play it on a system that will give you carpal tunnel. Sign me up for that!

So long story short, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood will take up the majority of my gaming over the weekend.

But Brotherhood isn’t the only thing I’m planning to play. Or should I say groove to. There will be some Dance Central action going on in here! Let me tell you why: I’m currently in the process of developing and perfecting my own signature dance move for when freestyle mode kicks in. It’s called the “yeehaw seesaw,” and yes, it’s as cool as it sounds.

joey_blurbJoey Davidson: It’s time to play catch up and repeat, for me. The snow storm that rocked the East over the holiday break marooned an in-law and kept me from Fable III. God damn nature. So I’ll be spending some time in Albion as I try to usurp the throne from my d-bag brother and hook up with the hottest virtual women possible… or anyone who will have me, for that matter.

When it isn’t Fable, I’ll be splitting my time between NHL 11 and, hopefully, Uncharted 2. With the reveal for the next title at the VGAs and the glory that shall be 2011 upon us, I feel like taking Drake back into the frozen tundra with that silent villager is my best course of action.

I also plan on raiding the home of our new PC contributor, Mike White, for my copy of Mass Effect 2. That bastard isn’t even playing it. SHEPARD DEMANDS ALIEN SEX AND I MUST GIVE IT TO HIM.

alex_blurbAlex Keen:  I was thinking this would be the weekend that I finally take down Yar’s Revenge.  It’s been on my must play shelf since it launched on the Atari 2600 in 1983.  This is my time.  I’ll just curl up in my Dukes of Hazzard sleeping bag, drink some Quik, and tackle this sumfabitch.  You read that right – I’m taking it old school.

Just kidding of course, I don’t plan on playing anything very new; however, there are definitely some leftovers from last year that I want to wrap up.  I’ve been playing a ton of FIFA World Cup 2010 and I still have a season to finish up in that game.  When I’m not trying to return Germany to World Cup dominance, I’ll be playing some arcade games and perhaps some older games.

Tops on my arcade list this weekend are the HD re-release of Perfect Dark, some more Raskulls, and perhaps some of the new Dead Rising game.  I also might try to sneak into Joey’s game of Fable III.  That’s always a challenge because he only plays video games at 3am in the morning… and usually wakes up at 6am.  Nevertheless, I do look forward to dragging out some of my new dog breeds to poop and piss all over her version of Albion.