No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 27

This is the perfect weekend to dip into the backlog. 

Erik Norris, Joey Davidson & Alex Keenby Erik Norris, Joey Davidson & Alex Keen


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.

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alexAlex Keen: I won’t lie, it has been very quiet on the video game homefront for me.  Despite the scorching weather I really haven’t been playing anything that isn’t on my iPod.  I think I might be a bit burnt out from gaming and not a whole lot of good new games seem to be coming out.  Nevertheless, I do have a back catalog that I should start exploring.

If I put anything in my console this weekend, it will likely be Bulletstorm.  I bought it dirt cheap a few months back for the Gears of War 3 Beta and played just about 2 minutes of the game.  It was fun and got great reviews, but Borderlands stole my heart.  If I don’t play Bulletstorm, playing Mass Effect 2 or Left 4 Dead 2 are my back-up plans. Oh shit, I should probably play some more LittleBigPlanet. Oh well.  I’ll have to play something, right?

joeyJoey Davidson: The summer lull has kicked in full blast for me. That means I’m revisiting old games that I either want to play through once more, or ones that I just plain haven’t finished. Before that, though, I have one title left on my recent release docket that remains unbeaten. Ms. ‘Splosion Man is getting tough. I mean that as a compliment, of course, but it’s the kind of tough that’s left me all kinds of cranky and frustrated.

I must beat it. Simple as that. Ms. ‘Splosion Man must be beaten. Twisted Pixel did the world of the sequel justice with this title, and hopefully they’ll be setting the standard for arcade game visitations. If every downloadable sequel on the XBLA or PSN is this good, we’ll be in great shape from here on out.

Finally, of course, Minecraft. Hopefully I’ll be able to boot up the game while I’m in between shifts of taking care of the newborn. Sitting with the baby isn’t exactly tough, it’s just time consuming. And it consumes the time that I’d otherwise normally spend in front of a gaming console.

erikErik Norris: With Comic-Con in full swing, I suddenly have the urge to replay Batman: Arkham Asylum. It’s probably because of all the sweet Arkham City news that has been pouring out of San Diego. But since I can’t play Arkham City yet (only in my dreams do I do that, and it is glorious), I’ll have to settle for Joker’s ultimate homecoming party in Arkham Asylum.

If I do find some time to break away from my collection of batarangs, I’ll probably fire up something from my backlog. I got plenty of options there. The one on top of that list is probably Dragon Age 2, it’s just a matter of finding the time to play that behemoth. And lastly, if I get really feisty I might start the recently released XBLA title Bastion. I’m hearing amazing things about the game, so I might have to give it a whirl to see what all the buzz is about.

Oh, and in non-gaming-related news, I’m seeing Captain America: The First Avenger this weekend for sure. It’s time to celebrate ‘Merica.