No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 20

Red Faction: Armageddon, L.A. Noire and Minecraft dominate our weekend gaming plans.

Erik, Joey, Mike & Alexby Erik, Joey, Mike & Alex


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…

Also, since we've caught up with the rest of the internet and now feature a comment section, sound off below to let us know what your gaming plans are this weekend.

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erik_blurbErik Norris: I’m still working through L.A. Noire, actually. I checked my statistics in the game last night and discovered I’m only done with 10 of the game’s 21 main missions and have already surpassed six hours of play. That’s awesome. I’m loving this game so much that it makes me ecstatic that I still have so much left to play. I want to drag it out for as long as possible.

Dirt 3 will also get some spin time in my Xbox 360 this weekend. Our Dirt 3 review is live; we did a Watch a Play; yet, I’m not done with the game by a long shot. I’ve played a lot of fantastic car racers lately, but Dirt 3 currently ranks as my favorite. By no means am I saying Dirt 3 is better than Hot Pursuit or Shift 2 (they honestly aren’t comparable), but Dirt 3 definitely ranks as my flavor of the month.  

Finally, the game of sleep is going to be played. I’m going to need to rest up because in roughly a week Joey and I will be balls deep in E3 coverage and we won’t be able to close our eyes for an entire week.

alex_blurbAlex Keen: With some new found free time I have made a list of games that I have promised myself that I will finish… this summer.  First on that list is de Blob 2.  I have been playing it off and on for months and I am finally in the home stretch.  Its a bit repetitive and frustrating, but I still dig the style and the challenge of it all.  With just two levels left I should be able to wrap it up this weekend.

Also, on my list is to play Borderlands.  I’ve been saying it for months but I truly plan on jumping back in.  The short mission structure makes it easy to progress through.  I just have to get off the couch and put the disc in the drive.

I’ve been playing Words with Friends a bit on my iPod.  That game never gets old… unless the people I play with start cheating.  If you cannot define the word that you are playing then you are cheating.  Plain and simple.

joey_blurbJoey Davidson: Erik will be handing me Red Faction: Armageddon this afternoon as I take my lunch break. I’ll be carrying that home, popping it in and playing it for the majority of the weekend as I try to crank my review out before E3. I loved Red Faction: Underground, and what I’ve seen of the weapons in Armageddon makes me think it’s even more badass.

Aside from that, I’ll be hanging out and avoiding games. Erik and I will be on a plane next weekend for E3, and I’ll be prepping for more games than my brain can handle. For now, that means I need to take it easy and keep the gaming light. Once E3 hits, there’s no slowing down and I’m sure we’ll be covering a few dozen titles.

Of course, that will all be thrown out the window if a friend calls looking to play Minecraft. God dammit.

mike_blurbMike White: What are you trying to say, Joey? You know there is a certain iconic smuggler ship that we’ve yet to build. I’ve been away from Minecraft for a little while but my new work and living situation could put the game back on top of my most-played list. We’ve got a lot of work to do. The “ride a pig off a cliff” achievement doesn’t earn itself.

I’m stuck with using an old Macbook Pro for a while which means two things. First, I can’t play Rift. I’m really enjoying that game and had just gotten motivated to start working towards a couple new items and a new mount. Sadly, that will all have to wait.

The second issue is a curse as well as a blessing. Going from a larger screen that I use with my PC to a laptop means I need to revamp my user interface in World of Warcraft. I’m a huge fan of playing with add-ons to create a personal UIs, which I tinker with and change constantly. There’s always a struggle between aesthetics and functionality. Playing on a smaller screen forces me to focus more on the latter.