The Nitpixels Podcast Episode 31: It’s morphin’ time


The Nitpixels Podcast returns after a brief post-BlizzCon vacation with your hosts Alex Ziebart, Matthew Rossi, and Mat McCurley. This week’s discussion topics include:

  • Arkham City
  • Lord of the Rings: War in the North and Snowblind Studios
  • Power Rangers Online
  • … and more!
  • Oh, and we’re giving away a copy of Bastion on Steam. If you want a chance to win, leave a comment on this post and we’ll randomly choose our winner on next week’s podcast.

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  • http://twitter.com/figgityfigs Kary Bowen

    Funny podcast :) I liked the story about the $500 boy and the pokemon cards. ^^

  • http://twitter.com/TaylorHHall Taylor Hall

    So glad to see the new episode is out, now I have something to listen to while I clean up my apartment!

  • http://twitter.com/musicchan Rachelle J.

    I’ve been meaning to pick up Bastion someday.

  • http://twitter.com/peterchristy Peter Christy

    I asked in the comments last week but never heard back: Do you have any recommendations for where to watch SCII games with good commentary? I wanted to give it a listen. 

    • http://www.nitpixels.com Alex Ziebart

      IMO there are two good intro shoutcasters: Husky and Day9. Husky casts game on his YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/huskystarcraft

      Day9 comes in much larger chunks here: http://blip.tv/day9tv

      Day9 is the best of ‘em but his shows tend to run long, so it’s not the most exciting introduction ever. I personally started with Husky for superficial, surface-level entertainment to ease myself into the franchise. Then I moved onto Day9 when I was ready to learn more about the game and how it all works.

      • http://twitter.com/peterchristy Peter Christy

        Thanks Alex, I’ll check those out. 

    • http://taufmonster.blogspot.com Henry Phillips

      Alex is definitely right here. I’d start with Husky for pure entertainment, and if you’re interested, Day[9] is more informative while still being incredibly entertaining.

  • http://taufmonster.blogspot.com Henry Phillips

    I was really into LoTR games in my teenage years. LoTR: The Two Towers was a decent game, but really set the stage for the amazing LoTR: The Return of the King. Both games were hack and slash games. Return of the King had really great co-op fighting. I loved the crap out of that game.

    Then there was LoTR: The Third Age. This was a turn-based RPG that had absolutely fantastic gameplay, and the shittiest story. The game had a turn-order listing like in Final Fantasy X. Most of the player and enemy special moves were based around debuffs/buffs. Quick strike, stuns, initiative delays, poisons, and powerful heals. Poisons were also particularly strong. If you didn’t use these buff/debuff abilities during combat you’d lose. I’d sum it up as WoW PVP, the Lord of the Rings RPG. It was absolutely amazing.

    You played as another fellowship (without hobbits) that is actively trying to catch up to the main fellowship (if I remember correctly/they also never do catch up). Your band of characters eventually fights on the fields of Pelennor against orcs and mumaks and eventually fights against the Eye of Sauron itself, killing him (or at least his eye/avatar) yourself. I think EA had the rights to the scenario but not the rights to use the likenesses of the major characters. That’s the only justification I have for this terrible story.

    But I love that game so much.

    Then there were the RTS’s. There was LoTR: The War of the Ring made by Sierra which was a pretty Warcraft III’esque RPG with hero units and was bad. Then there was LoTR: The Battle for Middle Earth by EA, which was really neat.

    I haven’t played Aragorn’s Quest. War in the North looks good to me, but I have so many other things to play and Uncharted 3 comes out this week too.

    Anyway, that’s my spiel about Lord of the Rings games. 

  • nathan eisenmenger

    Well golly guys, a copy of Bastion would just be Swell.

  • http://twitter.com/TheDreadfulBore Bore

    People should say golly more often.

  • http://twitter.com/tokenbg1009 Jeffery Tingle

    Picked up Bioshock 2 (finally), Borderlands and Dr. Ned (which by the way for the same price I could’ve got the game of the year but it wasn’t advertised in the list), S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Overlord from the steam sale. Hoping that come Black Friday Deus Ex and Arkham City will be discounted so I can pick those up. Already had Vampire from a while back when it was a Midweek Madness sale awhile back and I AM a huge fan of White Wolf games and can’t wait for CCP’s VtM MMO (holy acronyms Batman)

  • Anonymous

    Pokemon was awesome when I was a kid. But I agree with Mat I tried to go back and watch it and it’s not as entertaining as it was when I was younger lol. 

  • http://twitter.com/MattCare Matt Care

    I LOVED the Bastion soundtrack, but I’m a poor(like McCurley), and I haven’t been able to buy it. I’d love a copy! :)

  • http://twitter.com/ksarge49 Kyle Sargent

    “Rossi’s several incompatible mindchildren aren’t fighting. they’re
    violently screwing, and out of this brain-intercourse is going to arise
    an unpredictable hybrid of startling portent.”

    Incredible.

    Great show as always!

  • Hunter Meiser

    nice beard

  • Anonymous

    Do you have a Charizard?

  • http://twitter.com/tedluck Theodore J. Luckman

    “Has it ever occured to you that I might have other things on my mind? News flash, Kimberly: You are not the center of everyone’s universe.”

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the great show you put on every week guys. The random conversations are much more interesting than the video game talk in my opinion, but I usually end up falling to Rossi’s campaign of insanity and buy most of the games he recommends. (Fallout 3 and New Vegas, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and ME 2) I had owned Fallout for a long time before I decided to play it on your recommendations. I look forward to listening to your show every week. Love the show, keep up the good work.

    Sincerely,

    Encaledus

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VGXYQKCJRT3PFZ4HP5L4S6ZIBE Gordon

    Well, I knew a guy who once dug out his grandfather’s hidden cashbox that was buried in the backyard and proceeded to buy $1000 bucks worth of Star Wars Trading Card game cards in $200 buck chunks once a week.  What a crappy way to blow a K.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.spivey Joseph Spivey

    I like the random conversations too, you guys should do another podcasts that has nothing but an hour of random topics :P

    I do need to check out Rossi’s book though, it sounds interesting.

  • Justyna Kolniak

    Great show as always.
    I’d love to get Rossi’s book, but I’d love to get it as an ebook.
    Paying 19$ for book and 20$ for shipping is a bit to much for me.

  • http://twitter.com/mahgo92 Aaron Sturmfels

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about Bastion!