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Nerds Without Pants Episode 163: Halloween Havoc: Rob's Revenge

Or: Attack of the YouTube People

Welcome to a very special edition of Nerds Without Pants! Not only is it our annual Halloween Havoc episode, but we are joined by NWP co-founder and former co-host Rob Ottone, on his first full show since 2013! Aaaaah, I’m so excited, just press play!

00:00-5:31 Introduction

5:53-1:38:07 STAGE SELECT: Justin Hamm’s horror intervention

1:39:15-2:25:45 CONSUMPTION JUNCTION: What Rob has been up to since episode 75, Rob’s book and writing process, Friday the 13th: The Game, One Cut of the Dead, Knife + Heart, The Last Door, Battleship (no, really), social awkwardness, Rob’s next book, Indivisible, Neo Cab, One Night Stand, Disco Elysium

2:26:21-2:43:29 VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver vs MediEvil

2:44:21-2:47:21 Outro and outtakes


You can purchase Rob’s book here:


STAGE SELECT: What are your favorite created characters in video games you’ve played?

VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Resident Evil 2 (1998) vs Resident Evil 2 (2019)

GREAT GAME GIVEAWAY: We reveal the winner of The Outer Worlds and Luigi’s Mansion 3 contest!



Silent Hill- Silent Hill 1

Theme of Laura- Silent Hill 2

You’re Not Here- Silent Hill 3

Room of Angel- Silent Hill 4

Waiting For You- Silent Hill 3

Hometown- Silent Hill 4





10/24/2019 at 12:08 AM

The idea for Luigi being more timid and cowardly than Mario seems to have originated, of all places, with an American commercial for the Atari versions of Mario Bros. I tried to post it but I don't seem to be able to link YouTube videos.

Stage select:

I actually created a pretty good Terra Branford in SoulCalibur IV for Xbox 360. Namco seems to have a knack for skirting copyright laws in its character creators for Soulcalibur. She honestly looked about the way she does in Dissidia.

Cage match:

Gonna go with the RE2make. The original was the best game on PS1 that wasn't made by Squaresoft, but there have been an awful lot of QOL improvements to the series from the Gamecube onward.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

10/24/2019 at 10:22 PM

I remember the character bios in the Nintendo Power Mario Mania guide and it definitely informed my view on the Bros. 

I still wish the Mario games would put some dialogue and personality into them.


10/25/2019 at 09:39 PM

That's actually antithetical with Miyamoto's depiction of Mario. He never intended for Mario to become anything more than a plug-in character for whatever scenario he wanted to create. Even his name came from Minoru Arakawa after Mario Segale's infamous barging in on a NoA board meeting asking "Where's my money? You gonna give me my money? Where's my money man?!" Miyamoto just called him "Mr. Video."

Julian Titus Senior Editor

10/26/2019 at 06:31 PM

Yeah, that perfectly sums up my problem with Nintendo’s characters that don’t have character policy. Mario, Link, and Samus should talk, and that is a hill I will die on.


10/24/2019 at 08:34 AM

I am an idiot.  I would not recommend The Evil Within.  How did I forget the 2?

I got into a lot of giallo back in college...  I watched so many of those films and other random foreign horror films from the 70s and 80s.  Dario Argento's Tenebre always come to mind.  The other film that I really enjoyed from that era of my life, Let Sleeping Corpse's Lie from Jorge Grau.

Cage Match:  Remake is great, but fuck Mr. X.  I didn't know he was even in the game because apparently I never played the second scenario in RE2...   I like those memories of not almost pissing myself at the sound of footsteps.  RE2(98) is my pick.

Super Step Contributing Writer

11/03/2019 at 12:02 AM

Too late to matter, but RE2 2019 just cause and my favorite created character ever is the winged afro man with purple beard, no shirt and white disco pants namedJamborino in Soul Calibur V. I lovingly refer to my campaign with him as The Ballad of Jamborino.

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