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Episode 18: The Indoor Kids
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The Indoor Kids #18: The Video Game Coma Episode (with Steve Heisler)

Steve Heisler (AV Club Writer and Game Reviewer) stopped playing video games around Super Nintendo. A year ago, for The AV Club, he started playing the blockbuster games of today and reviewing them with fresh, childlike eyes. What’s it like to make the jump from Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past straight to Bioshock? How do The Indoor Kids feel about Steve getting to avoid the exciting, hit-or-miss years of PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2 and XBox? What’s it like to review games for a living, and how do you stay objective in such a subjective field? Find out!

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  1. Luke says:

    NBA Jam rules! Still! The only arcade game that I could beat people at still holds a special place for me.

  2. URNotRyan says:

    I felt compelled to comment on the hypocrisy that shortly after Steve criticized metacritic scores he states that he looked on metacritic and played only games that scored over 90.

    Pulling the ads was way out of line, but considering Steve isn’t the only person who makes buying decisions based on metacritic- and that bonuses can even be tied to the score- Hopefully everyone can have some empathy for the poor guys who have to endure everyone judging something they’ve spent months of their lives on. Even if the product does turn out mediocre to shitty.

    I’m just an engineer so if fail someone just gets crushed or something. That’s gotta be less nerve-wracking.

  3. Pal-18 says:

    I haven’t listened to this one yet, but I’ve been a listener since the first episode, and I wanted to make a suggestion. When I listen to the podcast and I hear you guys talk about cool games I haven’t heard of I say to myself, “I gotta check that one out!” but by the time the show is over I’ve forgotten all the titles. It might be too much of a hassle, but what if in the synopsis of each episode you listed all the games that are given a positive mention in that episode? Anyway, I love the podcast! Keep up the good work!

  4. Matt says:

    Just wanted to point out that at least Ratchet (not sure about Clank) was in that video add (only in there as for like a second though)

  5. Erik says:

    On the topic of 7 year olds not being able to enjoying arkham asylum, I have an adopted cousin in first grade that loves that game. One time, I let him play it when I was babysitting him and he obviously wasn’t very good. The next time I watch him at his house I find out my uncle has bought him the game on ps3, and my cousin can actually play through most of the game on his own. Everytime he punches someone he and he absolutely loses his shit when he knocks someone out with a batterang. I once watched him sit on a gargoyle and knock out the same guy over and over again for at least 15 min and every time he did it he thought it was as funny as the first time.

  6. John says:

    @Ben Z

    Jordan was pulled up for a game against the Cubs at Wrigley for a publicity stunt. So I guess very, very, technically speaking, he did play with the big league club super-briefly.

  7. Grant Williams says:

    Great episode, as they all are. Something strange happened while listening to this one though. Normally, throughout all podcasts you hear about how someone on the Internet disagrees with the views of the people on the show and sends out a nasty comment. Typically I laugh and think, “what a bunch of crazy bastards.”. When I listened to the show today and you took a crap on Shenmue I found myself thinking “What the hell are they talking about? Don’t they know it was the greatest game ever made?”. Then I realized I was turning into one of those crazy bastards. Thanks a lot. Keep it up. If you never got a reaction out of people you wouldn’t be doing a good job.

  8. Emily says:

    Alex, it’s so nice to hear from someone who just got out of high school about this whole “popularity of nerd culture” thing. We see Jay-Z wearing nerd glasses and think the world has embraced it, but what you’re saying makes sense- on the ground it’s another story altogether. I’m glad the Internet is there to help you feel less alone, and for sure, things get better. Thanks for writing!

  9. Alex says:

    There’s an idea that was brought up on this episode that has come up frequently on Nerdist and other podcasts, the idea that being a nerd is now “cool”. I remember one podcast where Chris Hardwick said in essence that nerds have it so easy in high school now, whereas he took all this shit for being a nerd in the 80s when it wasn’t cool.

    I just want to say, as someone who has been through high school recently, this idea is complete bullshit. It is in no way “cool” to be a nerd in high school. Just because jocks play Call of Duty, that doesn’t mean they are hanging out with nerds because they have so much in common. That’d be like saying a film buff would enjoy a nice chat about movies with a guy who’s favorite movie is Transformers 3. No, nerds in high school still have weird interests outside the mainstream. They still think and act different than most of their peers, and they are still ostracized and given shit for it. The rules of high school are still the same, it’s still a primitive tribal society where conformity is the law of the land. Bullying is still alive and well, and it is no cooler to be a nerd in 2011 than it was in 1981.

    Nerds now are basically kids who spend a lot of time on the internet, for things other than Facebook. For me, the internet allowed me to explore my interests so thoroughly that “real life” seemed boring; the more time I spent on the internet, the more boring everything else seemed. This feedback loop kept repeating, and as it repeated I related to my fellow classmate less and less, and gradually the internet basically replaced my social life. I get the point that nerds are lucky to gave the internet as it connects them to others like them from all over the world, but it’s a double-edged sword: the more you connect with people online, the less you connect with your peers in real life. And while it’s easy to substitute the internet for a social life outside of school, it sure as hell doesn’t make getting through the school day any easier.

  10. Mr. V says:

    ^^ please watch Adam’s comment if you want to see the subtleties of megaman!! egoraptor is such a polarizing figure in the gaming community, along with the angry video game nerd.

  11. Adam says:

    This seems relevant to the discussion:

  12. sam says:

    @myself, never mind. Play button works beautifully, I apparently don’t know how to click things yet. I’m getting better at this.
    Great podcast. I’m a huge AV Club fan and it’s good to hear a former purist confirm that games are indeed still awesome.
    And @Steve, I’m so sorry for your shitty Secret of Evermore experience. This was my first SNES title back in the day, and I played it again a couple years ago to confirm my nostalgia wasn’t just nostalgia. It held up pretty well.
    Some really clever dialogue, fun alchemy (magic) system, and really cool boss battles.

  13. jake rutkowski says:

    Batman is definitely full blown commando underneath the suit cause he was trained my ninja’s and that’s something a ninja would do. He also has outside underwear as part of the suit… so why would he wear a second pair over his outside underwear.

  14. sam says:

    Anyone else having trouble playing this sucker? I hit the play button and nothing happens.

  15. Ben Z says:

    Jordan never actually played for the White Sox. The closest he came was playing for the Birmingham Barons which is the AA farm team (so, he never even made it to AAA Nashville Sounds).

  16. odin42 says:

    Hey guys, another great episode. I just started playing akhum asylum, and batmans suit gets ripped right over the bat symbol showing his bare chest, so i would assume that he usually does not wear other clothes beneath it. As far as a happy mascot nowadays, i would say sac boy from little big planet.

  17. Josh says:

    Speaking of happy protagonists, Sackboy from Little Big Planet .

  18. Brad W says:

    Thank you for mentioning “The Worst Witch” and “Aero the AcroBat” in the same podcast. It made the child in me smile. (Even though I’ve re-watched “The Worst Witch” and the child in me died a little.)

  19. Ben Z says:

    Firsties! (I hope, because I’ve never gotten to do that)

    Interesting to hear about someone that played SNES, then jumped to 360/PS3 to start reviewing.