No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 15

Sorry, we can't hear you over all the Portal 2 we'll be playing this weekend.

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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joeyJoey Davidson: This weekend is straight up Portal 2. Yes, Minecraft 1.5 has rolled out. And, yes, the snow and rain is probably awesome. But Portal 2 has already completely captured my attention and imagination. It’s one of those games that you think about playing while at work or in the car. Pretty awesome stuff.

Mike and I sat down and played about two hours or so of co-op last night. ‘Twas a glorious thing. GLaDOS insults players, pits otherwise cooperative partners against one another and makes the entire experience even more worth playing than it already is. Plus, the puzzles themselves are out and out brilliant.

Between that, the stunning campaign, the voice acting and the polish, Portal 2 is already a game of the year contender as far as I’m concerned. And, based on his review, I know our own Alex Keen feels the exact same way.

alexAlex Keen: I lent my copy of Portal 2 to a certain bearded birthday boy; so, I’ll be passing on co-op play for a bit.  That’s okay, because playing it two days before everyone else was such and amazing high that I’m willing to let someone else bask in the glorious glow that is Portal 2.  Despite some of the naysayers trashing the game’s length and microtransactions, it’s still got a head start as my Game of the Year.

While everyone else is playing Portal 2, I’ll be logging in some hours in the Gears of War 3 Beta.  I missed out on the first couple days of the beta but I plan on diving in head first this weekend.  I played a round yesterday and the gameplay fit like a glove.  I recognize that Gears is an acquired taste… one that I have always enjoyed thoroughly.  I’m stoked to get to play with the new weapons in the new maps.

I’ve also been playing quite a bit of Plants vs. Zombies on XBLA.  It’s on sale for those of you fence-sitters out there.  Sure, $10 for the Xbox version for a $1 iPod game sounds a bit steep.  Still, the amount of extra gameplay added on makes the investment well worth your hard earned duccats.  I’m still slogging through my Zen garden, survival mode, and growing my tree of wisdom.  To the sky it grows!

erikErik Norris: There are two games on my agenda this weekend: Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat. The former has barely been touched thus far. It’s obviously not because I think it’s going to be crap. Instead, I don’t want to get too deep into Portal 2 and wind up finishing it too quickly. The thought of not having Portal 2 to look forward to saddens me.

Then there’s Mortal Kombat. I said it in my review, but I’ll say it again here: this game is absolutely fantastic. If you’re a MK fanatic, or a fighting game fan in general, I urge you to pick this game up. You won’t regret it. Talk about a game with a lot of replay value. While I’ve finished the 8+ hour Story mode (yes, a fighting game with an 8-hour cinematic story… awesome!), I still have plenty of challenges to complete in the Challenge Tower, as well as more online multiplayer to tackle. On top of that, I’ve only unlocked like 30% of the items in the Krypt. Things to do, things to do.

While Tuesday was unofficially considered national Portal day, I wound up spending more time with MK that day. I know, shocking, right? I guess it all comes down to the fact that I knew Portal 2 would be great (it seems that’s very much the case), but Mortal Kombat was a shocker. It’s good to have this series so close to my childhood heart back in full force.

mikeMike White: I could not have asked for a better early birthday gift than a night of sweet, passionate Portal 2 co-op. Joey and I worked diligently to complete the numerous puzzles laid out before us. Then I crushed him with a door. I’m not sure which is more satisfying. The gameplay and writing are captivating enough that my girlfriend was content to sit and watch for the duration. She even got a few laughs out of it.

After some obligatory birthday bourbon, I plan on jumping back into Portal 2 tonight for some single player action. Nothing loosens up the problem solving brain cells like a nice glass of the brown stuff.

My sick, sad addiction to alt characters keeps forcing me to log into Rift but I don’t seem to be getting anywhere. My rogue has been steadily creeping towards max level for a while now. I haven’t heard good things about PvP at level 50 with the class but it won’t stop me from trying.

Hopefully my new smart phone and fancy mobile games will keep me occupied while I’m at the beach this weekend. Angry Birds is entertaining but I think the hype was a little much. Luckily, Words With Friends never disappoints. Triple Word!