No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 21

Catching up on sleep and games like InFamous 2, Alice: Madness Returns, Minecraft and The Witcher 2.

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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erikErik Norris: Whew. I’m surprised I survived E3. It was a week full of hustle and bustle as I checked out the latest and greatest games with my partner in crime, Joey Davidson, but I need a break now that it’s over. I know, who am I to complain about playing video games? Well, I’m sorry, it’s happening. This weekend I plan to take the title of this column and slap it in its face — I’m getting some well-deserved rest.

If there are two words to sum up my plans for this weekend, they would be “catch up.” This applies not only to sleep, but also to gaming. I have my review copy of InFamous 2 to play through, as well Alice: Madness Returns, which I plan to have done and reviewed for Tuesday. So even with sleep being a top priority this weekend, I still have a plenty of games to play.

Finally, I’m going to attempt to fit some L.A. Noire in there somewhere. I got roughly five missions left to the main story. Things are heating up and I need to see how this all plays out. Damn you Rockstar for pulling together such an enthralling yarn.

mikeMike White: We finally hired a second manager at my restaurant which means my schedule might see a return to normalcy. When that will happen is as good a guess as anyone’s, but I’m excited to have more time for gaming. As of right now, I have one night off a week which I use to play League of Legends with some friends. It’s one of those games you can instantly fall in love with. A few matches and you have the hang of it, but getting really good takes a ton of practice.

Throughout the rest of the week I’ve been squeezing in a couple hours of The Witcher 2. As far as RPGs go, this one is really impressing me. There are a small handful of gameplay issues that bug me but it’s the kind of stuff developers tend to throw into a game to make it seem like they aren’t just following the standard formula. The story, graphics and challenging (sometimes frustratingly so) combat had me hooked a few minutes into the prologue.

I still log onto Rift every once in a while to do a Warfront or two, but without a consistent group of people to play along with, the game gets old. The same goes for World of Warcraft. I just don’t have the time to invest in one game anymore… until Star Wars: The Old Republic comes out. Erik doesn’t know it yet but he’s getting sucked into that with me.

alexAlex Keen: I’m now hooked on a new iOS game, Hanging With Friends.  It's from the same people that made Words with Friends, except with Hangman.  They put a lot of great work into this game without making it more complicated than necessary. And since there are no apps designed to help people cheat at this game, it has a very even playing field.

I was invited to participate in the beta for Ms. Splosion Man and I am psyched!  I had a blast with the original Splosion Man and this already plays like a major upgrade.  Within the first level there was a giant boss battle bigger than anything I experienced in the first game. I haven’t touched the multiplayer, which should be the bulk of my play this weekend.

Finally, I have early access to Duke Nukem Forever thanks to the Game of the Year Edition of Borderlands.  The humor is sophomoric and dated… but I still want to give this fossil a chance.  If I get bored, I will probably just pick up Borderlands again…

joeyJoey Davidson: Minecraft! Back from the week long extravaganza at E3 and all I can think about playing is Minecraft. Well, that and Excitebike. Nintendo re-released that NES classic for the 3DS Store last week, and it’s free. Picking it up was an absolute no-brainer.

The show was sweet, for sure. Seeing all of the upcoming games left me wanting a time machine. Especially titles like Journey, BioShock Infinite and XCOM. While I still haven’t given much thought to ranking my favorite titles from the show, those three will almost definitely be in the mix. The crazy part? I didn’t play any of them. I just watched.

Now that the show’s done, I’m looking to play something that doesn’t require a full investment. That means Minecraft. I may pick up L.A. Noire and dive into some of the cases the Rockstar Pass unlocked me, but I’ll be doing that when my brain is no longer a steaming pile of goop. Man, I love Los Angeles… Have I ever told you that?