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A Nerd Like Me Podcast
63 minutes | Mar 1, 2019
Episode 036 – Aaron McGahee, Blacksh33p Cosplay, Twitch streaming, New A Nerd Like Me Partners and Programs, A Nerd Like Me Jr., Disney Plus Streaming, and more
Welcome nerds! This week Aaron McGahee joins the conversation. We talk about what he’s been up to including the growth of his cosplay personality, Blacksh33p Cosplay, and his Twitch channel. We discuss his cosplay plans, his cosplay workshop, his convention plans, and much more. If you don’t follow his stuff already, you should, links are below! Afterwards we talk about some of the cool things that we’ve been developing for A Nerd Like Me: new partnerships, a gift bag program, and raffles at our events. We also discuss the new A Nerd Like Me Jr, where we will start having nerdy events for the young nerds out there! We go through our events for March and let you know all the cool stuff we have planned. Finally we end on a small discussion on Disney’s new streaming service and what we’re looking forward to. We hope you enjoyed, thanks for listening!
57 minutes | Feb 22, 2019
Episode 035 – Competitive lightsaber fighting, best fight in Star Wars, new Star Wars trilogy, Punisher, Jessica Jones, and other canceled, He-Man movie, TMNT vs Batman
Welcome back nerds! Lightsaber fighting is now a sport! We tell you about it. Then we debate which fight in the Star Wars movies is the best. We talk Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Anakin vs Obi Wan, and more. After, we discuss the new Star Wars trilogy that will be directed by David Benioff and DB Weiss of Game of Thrones. We tell you what we’re looking forward to and what we hope comes out of it. News has broke that the Punisher and Jessica Jones have been canceled and we tell you our thoughts. A date for production of a He Man movie has been set! What kind of movie will it be? We tell you what we think. Then we talk about a Batman and TMNT crossover animated movie and reminisce a bit about the TMNT movies of the 90s. Lots of good discussion this week, we hope you guys enjoy!
83 minutes | Feb 21, 2019
Episode 034 - Comic books and where to start, manga and anime hiatuses, shonen and other types of anime, some of our favorite things about anime, realism in games and movies
Welcome back nerds! This week we talk a little about comic books. Where do you start if you want to get into reading them? What are some of the different types? We cover a lot of the basics. We move onto talking about why some popular manga and anime seem to release content slowly and are always on hiatus. Then we move onto talking types of anime, we discuss the big groups: shonen, seinen, shojo, and josei. Of course we talk about some of our favorites: Hunter X Hunter, Berserk, My Hero Academia, Vampire Hunter D, Dragon Ball Z, and more. We tell you about the things we look for in an anime and the things that stand out to us. Afterwards we talk about realism in games and movies and how important it is or isn’t. We talk about movies and games that both do a good and a bad job in this department. Some notable names we throw around in the discussion include Mass Effect, Fury, John Wick, Saving Private Ryan, PUBG, Call of Duty, and more. We hope you enjoy!
117 minutes | Feb 8, 2019
Episode 033 - Through the Decades Cards (TTD), Casual vs Competitive Magic, Disney and Video Games, MMOs galore: Star Wars Galaxies, Final Fantasy XI, WoW, City of Heroes, and more
Welcome back nerds, we have some exciting news! ANLM has parntered with Through the Decades Cards (TTD). TTD is the biggest and best shop in Louisville for all things Magic, Pokemon, Yu Gi Oh, and sports cards and we tell you all about some of the thing we'll be doing with them. Afterwards we touch on the differences between casual and competitive Magic and how we see our weekly Magic events. We also give you some thoughts on how to get into playing Magic. Then we discuss how Disney plans to continue licensing their IPs to gaming studios instead of making them themselves. That spawns a discussion on some of our favorite MMOs and what we loved so much about them. We talk Star Wars: Galaxies, Final Fantasy XI, City of Heroes, WoW, and more. We talk the mechanics and aspects of the games that we enjoyed so much and what is missing from the games on the market today.
108 minutes | Feb 1, 2019
Episode 032 - Resident Evil 2 Remake, Bugs in Video Games,Metal Gear Solid, Mass Effect, John Wick, KOTOR, and more
Tons of video game talk this week! With the release of the remake of Resident Evil 2, we talk about that franchise a little bit and give our thoughts on what we think Capcom is doing right. On the topic of remakes, we explore what we'd like to see in remakes and what we don't like to see. Should you redo the fundamental mechanics of a game in a remake or leave it exactly the same as the original? We go on to talk about some of our favorite franchises including Mass Effect, KOTOR, Metal Gear Solid, and more. In addition, we discuss bugs in video games and why they are so hard to avoid these days and what is and isn't acceptable from our perspectives. The hype is building for a lot of the killer movies coming out this year, so we talk about some of those, too, including: John Wick 3, Detective Pikachu, Avengers: End Game, and more.
103 minutes | Jan 25, 2019
Episode 031 - Dragon Ball Super: Broly review, Where to start watching Dragon Ball? Balance in games: is it possible? Magic, Starcraft, Dota, League of Legends, Final Fantasy, Counter Strike, Call of Duty, and more
We saw Dragon Ball Super: Broly last week and we tell you all about it! Spoiler warning if you haven't seen it. We talk about the bad and the really, really good. We go on to talk about Dragon Ball in general and some of our favorite characters and stories. Plus, we tackle an interesting question: where do you recommend someone start watching the series? All of the entries in the series are different, so we go back and forth with what we think. We also spend some time reminiscing about anime and how it was in the 90s... the good ole days! After, we talk about balance in games. Video games, card games, miniature games, you name it. How are games balanced? What's tough about it? We give plenty of examples and discuss our experiences in Magic, StarCraft, DOTA, League of Legends, Final Fantasy, Counter Strike, Call of Duty, Battlefield, and more.
112 minutes | Jan 18, 2019
Episode 030 - The Cosplay Couple, Ryan Gastinger and Kim Taylor! ORCs, Conventions this year, cosplay plans, our views of cosplay,and more
This week sit down with The Cosplay Couple, Ryan Gastinger and Kim Taylor. We've talked to Ryan about Ohio River Valley Cosplayers (ORCs) before, but this time we're also joined by his better half Kim to talk some nerd. We get the run down of their busy 2019 convention schedule and we get a peak into some of the cool projects they are working on. We discuss the kinds of costumes we all like, what's exciting about cosplay for us, and why we love the cosplay community. We talk about feeling comfortable in your costume and the power of positivity towards others in the community. We also discuss some of the cosplay plans Chris and Cory have for this year: Final Fantasy, Zelda, Star Wars, and more. Check it out!
127 minutes | Jan 11, 2019
Episode 029 - Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Best DBZ Villain, Is the NIntendo Switch the best console?, PC vs Console Gaming, Becoming Better at Games, What makes a good strategy in a game? And more
It's Friday, time for your weekly dose of nerd! Dragon Ball Super: Broly comes out next week, we discuss what we're looking forward to. We discuss the DBZ movies and who our favorite DBZ villains are. Then we 'switch' gears and talk about the Nintendo Switch! Is it the best console out? FInd out what we think. We talk about Smash Bros and more. We touch on PC vs console gaming again and give some tips on building a budget PC. After the gaming talk, we go into how to improve at games and how our approaches to certain games have changed over time. Lots of video game and Magic talk! We hope you guys enjoy!
97 minutes | Jan 4, 2019
Episode 028 - AQUAMAN! BIRDBOX! Reviews galore! Magic the Gathering - exploring new formats and competitive play
Welcome to the first episode of 2019! We hope everyone had a good new year. Social media has been blowing up recently with some big movies and we talk about them both. Did DC finally hit their mark with Aquaman? Is it everything people are making it out to be? We talk plot, special effects, acting, and more. Then we move onto the next big craze... Birdbox. A Netflix original that is making some waves. We discuss the details and let you know what we think. After we talk movies, we move on to Magic the Gathering. In recent months we've been playing the Commander format which is very social, relatively casual, and fun. We've decided to jump headfirst into legacy, which is very different format and we tell you about it. Let's start the new year off right with some good old fashion nerd talk!
87 minutes | Dec 21, 2018
Episode 027 - Trailers galore: Avengers, Godzilla, and Hellboy! Nostalgia, new franchises, reboots, spoilers in trailers, nerdy Christmas memories, Christmas movies, and more
Trailers, trailers, and more trailers! We got a peak into Avengers 4, Godizlla, and Hellboy. We give you the run down and what we think! It spawns a discussion on nostalgia, reboots and remakes, how hard it is to make a new franchise, and how much we hate spoilers in trailers. After that we discuss some of the things we're looking forward to this Christmas and we delve into some of our favorite nerdy gifts from our younger days. Also, we talk about some of our favorite Christmas movies like Elf, Jingle All the Way, Nightmare Before Christmas, and more.
47 minutes | Dec 14, 2018
Episode 026 - Supercon Interviews: Kaybear Cosplay, Alex Cosplays, Daberry Best Cosplays, Bindi Smalls, Morgan Le Foy, Kiki Kannon, David Wong, John Marks, 501st Legion
This week: cosplayers, artists, and more! We share all of the interviews we got a few weeks ago at Louisville Supercon. We talked to Kaybear Cosplay, Alex Cosplays, Daberry Best Cosplays, Bindi Smalls, Morgan Le Foy, David Wong, John Marks, and the 501st Legion. It was awesome to get to talk to all these great cosplayers, artists, and prop builders and learn a little about their passion. If you didn't get the chance to meet them or didn't make it to Supercon, here's your chance to check it out!
87 minutes | Dec 7, 2018
Episode 025 - Supercon Weekend review! Cosplay, Artists, and more! Fallout 76 bag controversy, indie games vs AAA games, and more
What a blast last weekend at the first Louisville Supercon! We tell you all about it and how it exceeded our expecatations. We talk about what went on, who was there, what we liked most and what we didn't like. Afterwards we touch on the latest video game controversy that is the Fallout 76 special edition bag. That spurs a massive discussion about indie games versus AAA titles... and Chris and Cory are quite divided on the issue. We talk Shovelnight, PUBG, Fortnite, Mario, and much more. We hope you guys enjoy!
64 minutes | Nov 30, 2018
Episode 024 - Supercon Weekend, Fantastic Beasts Review, Hearthstone, RNG In Games, Speed and Challenge Runs, and more
Welcome back guys! The new Fantastic Beasts movie is out and we went to see it. What did we think of the Crimes of Grindalwald? Chris has finally jumped shipped to team Android and his main reason... Hearthstone! We discuss what he likes so much about the game and we compare it to Magic: The Gathering, which we also play. Plus, should we support companies like Blizzard and EA by playing their games? On the topic of games, almost all of them these days use random number generation and we talk a bit about it. Hearthstone, Diablo, FPS, MMOs... all use RNG! Why is it so popular of a system? Do we like it? How does it impact the games? And if RNG doesn't add enough flavor to the game, then just add some flavor yourself and do some speed or challenge runs! Have we done any? Why or why not? If you glitch through a game, should it count as a speed run? Find out what we think. And we can't forget, Louisville Supercon is this weekend. We'll be there all weekend and we hope to see you all there! Plus we give you some details on the toy drive we are helping host next weekend at Recbar. We hope to see you there, too! Thanks for listening.
107 minutes | Nov 16, 2018
Episode 023 - Ryan Gastinger of Ohio River Valley Cosplayers (ORCs) joins us! Stan Lee's legacy, Disney's streaming service, Louisville Supercon, Cosplay galore, Making a Costume, Wardrobe Malfunctions, Star Wars, and tons more
This week we are joined by Ryan Gastinger, founder of Ohio River Valley Cosplayers (ORCs)! Terrible news struck the nerd community this week with the passing of Stan Lee. We take some time and discuss Stan's legacy and all the great things he did. Thank you Stan, we'll surely miss you. Then we touch on Disney's new streaming service and some of the content coming to it. We get to know Ryan a bit and discuss his favorite fandoms and nerd interests: Star Wars, Final Fantasy, Warcraft, Mortal Kombat, and more. We talk about his multiple cosplays, how he learned, and about the origins and purpose of ORCs. Supercon is coming up fast and we talked with Ryan about the awesome thing that ORCs will be doing at the convention including 7 different panels as well as a cosplay ER booth to help any cosplayers get fixed up in the case of a costume emergency. We had a blast talking with Ryan, learning about ORCs and cosplay, and getting hyped for Supercon. Don't miss it!
110 minutes | Nov 9, 2018
Episode 022 - Mason Berry of Card N All Gaming joins us, Blizzcon disaster, Video and Card Games Galore, Supercon events and tournaments, and more
This week we are joined by Mason Berry of Card N All Gaming! First off, we had to talk about the disaster that was Blizzcon. What in the hell was Blizzard thinking with the announcement of Diablo: Immortal? We talk a bit about mobile games, grinding in MMOs, and Chris' love for Final Fantasy. We talk about Mason's part in founding Card N All and his interests in Pokemon cards. We touch on video games, N64, Wii, Playstation 2 more. Of course we delve into the giant role that Card N All will have at Louisville Supercon! It's pretty exciting and there's a lot to look forward to: a retro gaming area where you can play your favorite classics for free, tons of video game tournaments and contests, demoing Warhammer and board games, and more. This episode is packed full of nerdy goodness, don't miss it!
112 minutes | Nov 2, 2018
Episode 021 - Aaron McGahee joins us! A Nerd Like Me and Supercon, Conventions, Cosplay, Mandalorians, How Much Twitch Streamers and Cosplayers Make, and more
A Nerd Like Me founder Aaron McGahee joins us this episode! We talk about what he's been up to and some of the things he's been working on for the group. Mainly: Louisville Supercon. We talk about what A Nerd Like Me's role will be at the convention, including our volunteer force. We also talk about other conventions, seeing celebrities, and why we're excited to have a big con in our hometown. In the wake of Halloween and because we're gearing up for Supercon, we touch on cosplay. How can we not? Should you buy or make your cosplay? What's better? Why does Aaron enjoy his cosplaying? What is he working on? We discuss all of that! We then switch into a talk about how much the stars of the nerd world, professional streamers and cosplayers, make doing their thing. And, to say the least, it's pretty mind blowing! We wrap up with what we have coming up and what you can look forward to from the podcast and the group. Thanks for listening guys!
84 minutes | Oct 26, 2018
Episode 020 - Halloween special! Costumes, movies, carving pumpkins, haunted houses, candy, and much more
In honor of Halloween this coming week, we decided to dedicate an entire episode to it. We start out by talking about one of the cornerstones of the holiday: costumes. We talk about some of the best ones we've seen and Chris gives some more details on how his Kylo Ren costume is coming together. We end up on a tangent about Sideshow Toys and their quality and customer service. Then, we discuss our favorite Halloween movies and talk about some of the classics and some popular genres like horror movies and zombie movies. Nightmare Before Christmas, IT, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and more. We touch on carving pumpkins and some of the things we've carved. And... what's our favorite Halloween candy? Candy corn, Reeses, and many more. Can't talk Halloween without talking haunted houses, so we discuss those too. This episode was a little different than our normal ones, but it was a lot of fun!
113 minutes | Oct 19, 2018
Episode 019 - Dungeons and Dragons and tabletop RPGs, Diablo games, Negativity and Toxicity in Nerd-dom, MtG talk, and more
We talk some serious nerd stuff this week! We had some interesting and fun games of Magic the Gathering and we tell you about it. Dungeons and Dragons and nerds go hand in hand and we open that can of worms. What are our experiences? How do we like to play? What is the good and bad of a D&D campaign? What other tabletop RPGs have we played? We talk about how we have so much more fun playing games with other people and how D&D and roleplaying games are a great way to do that. Then, with Blizzcon coming up, there has been some buzz about a potential new Diablo game. We talk about the franchise and why we love it. We give our opinons on what we'd like to see in a new game. After, we touch on how rampant toxicity and negativity is in so many fandoms and how we hope that changes. We offer our perspectives and some ways we think it could be improved. Enjoy!
98 minutes | Oct 12, 2018
Episode 018 - VENOM review, Chris' Kylo Ren Cosplay, Antiheroes, World War II movies, Battlefield 4, Attack on Titan
Welcome back! Chris has finally recieved his Kylo Ren cosplay and we discuss all the details. How's he likes it? Does it fit? What else does he need? Then we discuss the newest Marvel movie: Venom! How'd we like it? What'd they do right... or wrong? Then on that topic, we transition to talk about anti-heroes and how that archetype has become popular. We talk Deadpool, Batman, Spawn, and more. After, we discuss World War II movies a bit and even go into some discussion on tanks and other cool war vehicles. With war on the mind, we go into a talk about Battlefield 4 and what made it such a fun game. Lastly, we talk Attack on Titan, which Cory has just started watching.
116 minutes | Oct 5, 2018
Episode 017 - What's so special about conventions? Louisville Supercon, Gen Con, Star Wars Celebration, and cosplay galore! What makes a good (or bad) hero? One Punch Man, Gundam models, and more
This week we discuss a cornerstone of nerd culture: CONVENTIONS! What is it that make conventions so cool? Why are nerds all about it? We give you our thoughts and experiences. We discuss the upcoming Louisville Supercon and the list of people that will be there. Then we go into some of the conventions we've been to including Gen Con and Star Wars Celebrations. Plus we give you some of our best memories. Of course, you can't talk conventions without talking cosplay, so we touch on that too. Then we discuss some more hero stuff, namely: What makes a good (or bad) hero? We break it down and give you some examples. We talk about One Punch Man, My Hero Academia, Superman, Berserk, and more. Then we give a little hobby update. Chris has built his first Gundam model! What's he think? What's next? Then we touch on the Necromunda campaign we are playing in.
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