No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 30

The summer drought is finally coming to an end. Thank the gods above!

Erik, Joey, Alex & Mikeby Erik, Joey, Alex & Mike


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.

erikErik Norris: Thank God, the summer drought is finally starting to come to an end. Good games are thankfully starting to trickle in. How do I know this? Well, the God of War: Origins Collection and the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection both came in the mail the other day. So you can probably guess where my gaming time is going to be spent this weekend.

I’ve worked my way through half of the God of War: Origins Collection, completing Chains of Olympus the other night. While I can’t give my official stamp on the title until our review is posted on August 29th, I can say that I’m honestly satisfied thus far. I never got a chance to play either of the Ready at Dawn-developed God of War titles when they released on the PSP. So now that I’m getting to play them in high definition and on a television from the comfort of my couch is a blessing.

As for the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus compilation, I’m insanely stoked to crack into both of these games. Shadow of the Colossus ranks as one of my favorite games of all time, so I’ll gladly take the opportunity to revisit it in high definition. Thank you, Sony. As for Ico, I never got a chance to play it the first go around on the PS2, but I plan to remedy that mistake real quick.

joeyJoey Davidson: I’m playing Catherine, Minecraft and something random this weekend. Minecraft is Minecraft and my addiction yearns to be satiated. I haven’t built something epic in a while, so this weekend will be dedicated to that conquest.

Catherine has been a blast so far. I’ve been playing the game in hour long chunks, almost as if it were a TV show. Which, coincidentally, is the premise of the game itself. You forget that point about two hours into the title, but it’s initially set up as a movie running on the Golden Palace TV Network. I know, I know, “what!?”

Finally, I’m going to hit my local gaming shop and pick up something random. I’m in the mood for an old, cheap, crappy game. Why? I have no idea. But I want to grab a title that I’ll find myself laughing at within the first few minutes. I’ve been playing so many good games recently that I find I need to play something shitty in order to keep my frame of reference in check. That’s some seriously masochistic shit.

mikeMike White: What do you do when you can’t raid in World of Warcraft and run out of other means of acquiring loot? I purchased all the valor gear I need and decked out my druid to the point that the rewards from the new daily quest hub are meaningless. Without a substantial amount of gold it looks like I won’t be putting another shiny new purple on my character any time soon. Does this mean I should I put down the game? Of course not! A time like this calls for creating a 5v5 Arena team with a highly offensive name, grabbing four other PvE geared players and severely ruining a few PvP players’ day.

Our team consists of a Protection Paladin, Holy Paladin, Enhancement Shaman, Marksmanship Hunter, Resto Druid and little to no coordination. Seems crazy, right? We went 6 and 4 in our first 10 matches before most of the team had to leave.

If I can’t get the band together again this weekend, you better believe I’ll be playing a few of the games from the Humble Indie Bundle 3. No matter what I’m doing on my computer, I need to have Cogs running in a window on the side. I keep telling myself I’ll stop after just one more puzzle… Hammerfight is the last game in the package I have yet to put some time into, while And Yet it Moves gave me the creeps and I stopped playing after about 10 minutes.

I’ll be right back, more Cogs

alexAlex Keen:  I swooped up a review copy of Toy Soldiers: Cold War and plan on playing it quite a bit this weekend.  It’s a blast so far but I have only scratched the surface.  Microsoft has done a great job this year with their Summer of Arcade titles and I’m pretty stoked about the amount of effort and support that they’ve put into indie and small games.  Hopefully, this will keep small game companies on the edge of innovation for years to come.

I didn’t get to play much of anything last weekend beyond DJ Hero.  However, this week I’ve been playing some Wii classics like Mario Kart and Wii Fit.  Mario Kart is still a cheatin’ game designed to enrage anyone who’s enjoyed the series as it has grown. Goodbye skill and hello luck!  Nevertheless, it is pretty cool to play some of the DS and GBA tracks in 480p instead of 12i.

Besides that, I’m still facing the doldrums of summer gaming.  There’s not a lot out there and the weather makes it far too easy to leave the house.  Hurry up, September!