No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 19

This weekend we're living out our "Murder, She Wrote" fantasies...

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: L.A. Noire. L.A. Noire. L.A. Noire. That’s my weekend in a nutshell. I’m absolutely loving Rockstar and Team Bondi’s latest title. It truly pushes the boundaries of what to expect from adventure, open-world games. It’s blowing my mind that I’m enjoying the investigation and interrogation aspects far more than the standard fair car chases and shootouts of typical Rockstar efforts. To really make the experience authentic to classic noir, I’ve turned the visual filter to black and white, which doesn’t just drop the color, but instead gives L.A. Noire a proper grayscale aesthetic. It’s magical.

If I do find time to break away from L.A. Noire, I’m going to hit the dirt racing circuit with Dirt 3. Our review copy got dropped off the other day and I need to get cracking on the game this weekend to hopefully have a review for next week, launch week. The last few Dirt games have been pretty spectacular from a presentation perspective, but I’ve never been too keen on how the cars control. Let’s hope Codemasters nails down that peg with this third iteration of the series.

mikeMike White: Go ahead and call me Chad Muska, because I grind all day. I’m wrapped up in two different MMOs at the moment, which means too many hours playing for peanuts. I’ve just started playing Rift again and dedicated all of my time to PvPing in warfronts. I’m only Prestige Rank 2 with four more ranks to go. The Marksman soul is crazy for PvP right now even without a decent amount of gear. Though it lacks the ability to out-damage another class outright, the level of harassment I can inflict with offensive dispels and attacking from stealth keeps me from getting bored.

I’ve resurrected my resto druid in World of Warcraft for the express purpose of dungeon grinding. Luckily for me, I find the play-style easy going and enjoyable. Pair that up with low queue times and Blizzard’s new Call to Arms feature, and the rewards just keep piling up.

I had high hopes for Rift’s dungeon finder tool but it turns out that Blizzard takes the cake on this feature. I understand why Trion wants to keep Rift players grouping up with other people from their own shard, but the wait time for dps is unbearable on a low population server like mine. It’s certainly an awkward tug of war between the two games, but I needed a little variety to keep me invested in the genre.

alexAlex Keen: I am not embarrassed to say that I will be playing Dance Dance Revolution this weekend.  I stopped by Erik’s office the other day and saw the sealed game sitting there begging to be played.  What better way to spend the end of the world?  The new tracks are amazing!

What’s weird is that I really don’t have a whole lot that I want to play these days.  I don’t find L. A. Noire to be that appealing and I can’t seem to jump back into Mass Effect 2 or Borderlands.  Instead, most of my gaming has been spent playing Dead Rising: Case West and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.  Both are great games, but act more as time filler rather than games that I have to play.  Maybe, if the stars align, I’ll finally give Portal 2 co-op a crack. No promises, though.

joeyJoey Davidson: L.A. Noire and Minecraft, that’s it for me this weekend. I’m halfway through the Vice desk currently, and I’m really starting to look forward to arson. I love meeting my new partners, and the prospect of really getting into investigations on the arson unit with a strong partner sounds incredible.

Where Minecraft is concerned? I’ve got construction on the brain. What am I building? I have absolutely no idea. But I’m building something, and it’s going to be epic. 1.6 is due out next week, so whatever I build in multiplayer will have a portal to the Nether.

That should be terrifying.