Rand(Nerds); Episode 85

Welcome to Episode 85

We’re a bumper podcast this week with both Middlemeister and long missing nerd Bard makes a return, along with his unique sense of humor.

Skazz kick us off with by talking about playing Phantasy Star Universe, He tells stories of dodgy AI that perfectly replicates online players, racist robots and horrible gameplay and prince Charlies robot form.

Bard has joined the dark side and switched to playing Overwatch. The team based multiplayer FPS from Blizzard, he talk us through the classes and his love of tracer.

When then move onto Middlemeister, who has been placing Wolfenstein 2: The new colossus. We discuss the story line and characters and the good and bad sides of Bethesda games.

Ram has been arming teachers and beating up depressed people in Rimworld, hears the story of his colony including people being kidnapped, the possibility of cannibalism and fires in food stores.

We then move onto an Anime that Skazz has been watching called and anime called Bakoun!! which bring back memory’s of his early days in biking.

Ram has also been watching a subtitle TV series with Le casa De Papel (know as “money heist” in other countries), a Spanish series about robbing the Spanish Mint

We also discuss the recent death of Stephen Hawking and his various TV appearance, and also the physics he did on the side

Notes:

Stupid AI and raciest Robots in Phantasy star universe

See what tempted Bard to dark side with Overwatch

Fight Nazi in an alternative 1960 america with Wolfenstein 2: the new Colossus

Arm teachers and run out of food in Rimworld

Ever wounded about the joys of motorcycle ownership, get an idea with Bakoun!!

A series about robbing the Spanish mint with Le Casa De Papel (Money Heist)

The sad recent death of Stephen Hawking

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Rand(Nerds); Episode 83

Welcome to Episode 83

Middlemeister returns for a guest appearance in his cardigan! TheSuffolkRam kicks us off talking about Delta Force Land Warrior, a game from the ancient year of 2000 that is not very good and makes us feel old. but does help us have nostalgia over old game mechanics. We also find out Ram’s early mission creation days.

Middlemeister has been playing recently released switch version of an indie game called Owlboy. A Metroidvania style game with great story, art and music. Following the life of useless owlboy Otis and his fight against pirates.

Skazz has been technical issues with his PS4 preventing from him playing the game he would like, he talks about his steps to fix his PlayStation. But his problems lead him to using an old laptop and installing SteamOS. We talk about the good and bad of the OS and some ways around a few of its issues.

Ram has also been playing through Abzu, a game mainly about swimming that very pretty and ideal when you’re either drunk or tired. He talks about swimming with whales and problematic controls.

We then move onto a TV series with TheSuffolkRam shocking Skazz by watching the subtitled anime Attack On Titan.  Set in a world where humans are have been driving to living behind giant walls to avoid being eaten by Titans.

Middlemeister has been watching a better Star Trek show the Star Trek: Discovery with The Orville. Seemingly a comedy it soon moves into more Drama territory with later episodes.

We also have a user submitted topic with discussing Red Dwarf turning 30 years old recently. We talk about the up and downs of the various series and some of our favourite moments.

We then move onto the news with the revamped wishlist on Steam, we also talk about other game services such as the dreaded Games for Windows Live

We also discuss the big news of sugar reduction in Irn Bru.

Notes:

An ancient tactical shooter that had vast maps: Delta Force Land Warrior

Help redeem a useless in Owlboy in…. Owlboy

Steam on a box with SteamOS

Swim with the fishes in Abzu

A neat and strange Anime series with Attack On Titan

An alternative to Star Trek Discover with The Orville

30 year old but still good with Red Dwarf

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Rand(Nerds); Episode 82

Welcome to Episode 82

Skazz kicks us off by talking about Monster Hunter: World, He talks about the simplified mechanics and his dislike of them, but also how the map system has improved. And also team combat.

TheSuffolkRam has been fighting to not be eaten in Tooth and Tail, An RTS game designed to be played with a controller. He talks about the unique mechanics and method of playing the game, plus the dark backstory of the world.

Skazz and TheSuffolkRam have both been getting back into Pen and Paper RPGs, They have a look through what in the Dungeons and Dragons Starter Set as well as the Player Handbook, and Skazz talks about other systems with White Box and Basic Fantasy. We talk about the advantages and disadvantages of pen and paper over computer games.

We also spend some time discussing Morrowind

 

Notes:

The beautiful music of dear leader with the North Korea Satellite! 

Want to try a Monster Hunter game, Monster Hunter: World might be the place to start

Fight for your life and food in Tooth and Tail

Get back into D&D with the Starter Set, or for a more old fashion version try White Box and Basic Fantasy

Just to compare the different editions, here is the D&D 3rd Edition Character Sheet vs the 5th Edition

Want your Postman to think weird things about you? Purchase Senran Kergra this and it arrive in clear cellophane

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Rand(Nerds); Episode 81

Welcome to Episode 81

Apologies in advance for the quality of the Audio, something was making an annoying background hum that we could not figure out.

We kick off with TheSuffolkRam discussing his experiences with the Steam Link and Steam Controller, setting it up and trying games with it. He also talks about problems with different resolutions and firewalls.

Ram has also been playing Life is Strange: Before the Storm, the prequel to the first game (there will be SPOILER for the first game). he discusses the development of the main character Chloe Price and the “Backchat” system replacing the previous games time manipulation powers.

We look at the recent announcement of the Nintendo Labo cardboard accessories for the switch. We talk about the target market and our thoughts on its value for money.

We discuss Skazz streaming trials and his “problem” with PC’s. We talk about problems with threat progression in tv/game series and how tv series deal with it using Dragon BallZ, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Breaking Bad as examples

Notes:

Playing PC games on your TV with the steam link and controller

Explore Chloe Prices backstory from Life is Strange, with the prequel Before the Storm

combine the magical combination of cardboard with a Nintendo switch! introducing Labo

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Rand(Nerds); Episode 80

Welcome to Episode 80 and a Happy new year!

TheSufoflkRam kicks off with some spoilers for the previous dishonoured game by talking about Dishonoured: Death of the Outsider, We talk about the special power of the main character including stealing peoples faces and talking to rats. as well the joyful loss of the chaos system.

Skazz has been playing previously discussed game The Long Dark, he’s not found it quite as challenging as when Ram played it but is looking forward to trying it at a hard difficulty.

We compare our hauls from the recent steam sale, Skazz has been reserved this time by only buying 80 games compared to Ram’s pathetic haul of 24.

We then talk about the big news of the recent Intel hardware hack that been found with Spector and Meltdown. We badly describe how the attack works and what this means for the average user. Plus how people should be concerned about the Internet of Things.

We then look at our game of the year, we have a couple choices each. one from this 2017, and one we played for the first time in 2017. Skazz picks Splatoon 2, Dragonball Xenoverse 2 and Spec Ops The Line. Ram goes for Orwell and Prey.

We finish off with Skazz giving us the low down on his new rig

Notes:

Speak to chatty rats in Dishonoured: Death of the Outsider

Scared of wolves? Skazz isn’t in The Long Dark

Ram takes a look at the recent Steam Awards

Want to know how about the hack for Intel CPU’s. here are the papers for Spector and Meltdown

Out games of the year:
Skazz: Spaltoon 2Dragonball Xenoverse 2 and Spec Ops: The Line
TheSuffolkRam: Orwell and Prey

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Rand(Nerds); Episode 79 – Christmas Special 2017

Welcome to a festive episode 79

Ram kicks us off talking about Her Story, trying to find out the story of a murdered man by watching interview tapes and searching databases.

Skazz talk about his latest toy, the Sen-Pi. a retro gaming emulation box based on Lakka Linux. He tell us about how he broke it in just a few minutes and problems he has setting up hardware.

Ram then talk about another communist dystopian world with Beholder, like paper please it involves deciding people fates and enforcing Draconian government rules and regulations. Plus you can send your children to a gulag.

Ram then talks about the return of The Grand Tour, how the series has improved and the changes from the last series. We then move into a talk about streaming services and weird editing in iTunes.

Plus we find out the ‘result’ of Skazz’s Splatfest! And we get Ram’s Rant on sports on TV.

Notes:

Find the truth about a missing man in Her Story

Want a retro console, but scared of the Raspberry Pi? Try the Sen Pi

Spy on your neighbours, send them to gulag’s in Beholder

The boys are back in The Grand Tour season 2

 

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Rand(Nerds); Episode 78

Welcome to episode 78

We start with Skazz talking about the latest (i.e. ongoing during the broadcast) talking about the latest splatfest, this time with the question of Book or Movies. This leads onto a discussion of the merits of books over films and into a big discussion of the hobbit and Lord of Rings adaptions of Terry Pratchett book.

Ram has been feeling the pressure with underwater java based survival sim with Farsky. He tell story of drilling for iron, fighting sharks, looting his own corpse, magic food, losing submarines and turning into Andrew Ryan.

Skazz returns back to Phantom Breaker: Battlegrounds Overdrive which has just been released on the Switch. A side scrolling beat the up game where you can drop time machines on people. This leads into a discussion on the bad design of the Nintendo Pro Pad

We then move onto the news that Valve are going to be dropping Bitcoin as a form of payment on Steam. We talk about the future of the online currency and if we think it will last.

 

Notes:

The frequently mentioned Splatoon

Create your own Rapture with Farsky

A cheap good Switch game with Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive

 

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Rand(Nerds); Episode 77

Welcome to episode 77

Straight from the streets of Lowestoft, Middlemeiseter has returned!

Skazz kicks us off talking about Skyrim on the Nintendo switch, and we can revel it is still broken! We talk about the ports and improvements in the quality since the technical problems of the original release, We discuss archers and our tactics in Oblivion/Skyrim, scaling cliffs, creepy child adoption practises,  determined NPC’s  and dealing with vampirisim.

He then moves onto Mario Odyssey and its problematic motion controls, hes talks about the game design issues and the new hat mechanic. We also talk about the Splatfests and how we deal with the decisions of which side to take via science

TheSuffolkRam has been make good use of his hand by playing Hacknet, another hacking simulation game. He talk about how the game nicely simulates using a terminal and creating the feel of being an actual hacker and why consistency in simulations are important.

Middlemeister has been burner rubber and petrol in Mad Max, an open world dystopian game featuring lots of killing and smashing cars up. RAC and AA cover not confirmed.

Middlemeister then talks about the recent released Marvel/Netflix TV series ‘The Punisher’. He talks about how it links to other series and how they transfer the violence from the comics to the series

Finally we move onto news, We do a brief followup to the ongoing Battlefront 2 lootbox saga. We then move onto the current fight over net neutrality in the US and what it is and what it could me for uk users

 We also talk about Sean Bean and his many various deaths in good film/tv series/games.

Notes:

Experience the bugs of Skyrim, now on switch

Play with Hats in Mario Odyssey

Explore the world of terminal systems with Hacknet

Hope your insurance is up to date with Mad Max (warning, badly designed website)

Netflix mange to make another excellent superhero series with The Puinisher

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Rand(Nerds); Episode 76

Welcome to episode 76

Ram kicks off with playing city skylines, he tell us about his various city hes fromed, and how they ended in variouse form of diasters. once again hes hit by power abd rubbish issues

Skazz has been playing Doom on the switch, we taslk aboiut comparing game versions between dioffrent systems, and the incrdiable power now aviable in small systems we also discuss it lack of goats

Ram been watching Stranger Things, a Sci-Fi/Supernatural series set in the eighty’s. We discuss child actors, and some of the… disturbing responses from the media.

We also talk about fallout games, and spending time getting into  games

Notes:

 

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Rand(Nerds); Episode 75

Welcome to episode 75

We kick off with our plans for next year for a 24 hour livestream hopefully for charity.

We then get onto the main  game talk with Skazz kicking us off by talking about command block in Minecraft, leads to his child destroying the world. We also talk about various story from the servers we’ve playing, including Skazz bad neighbours and Ram wish for destroying the world.

TheSuffolkRam has been playing a couple of games, first a previously mention VR sickness inducing game Emily Wants to Play. IT’s a first person free roaming Five Night at Freddie’s inspired game, very cheap but very basic. Hes also been playing a text based game based round hacking with Code 7. We also talk more Hacking games and game with limited interfaces.

Ram has also been watching season 2 of The Expanse, a hard sci-fi series about a possible alien incursion into our galaxy and the politics between the three main factions.

Finally we talk about the fact that AI has now beating Captcha potentially spelling the end for this annoying feature. And our hatred of modern website designs and security.

We also talk about Agricultural Degrees and Computer courses and our own development. Also the Alien films and computer games.

Notes:

Destroy the world with Minecraft

A cheap slightly scary game with Emily Wants to Play

A game about hacking computers with Code7

A very enjoyable hard Sci-fi with The Expanse

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