Dragon Quest XI Review: Part II

Dragon Quest XI (PC) didn't finish off quite as hot as (I thought) it started, but in short, it's still an very good JRPG and a great entry in the Dragon Quest franchise. Deviating slightly from the format of my first article, I've split my light review into five easy categories:
  • -Aesthetic (look & sound)
  • -Interaction (control & gameplay)
  • -Story Elements (plot, characters, setting, etc.)
  • -Then V. Now (innovation & lasting appeal)
  • -Fun Factor (just a catch-all for everything else)

The Objective Geek, and Avatar: The Last Podcasters

Chris Ford, a.k.a. the Objective Geek of YouTube and Twitter, is a comic book geek and cinema enthusiast with a growing amount of digital content. He does a lot of concise, honest movie reviews, specializing in new releases and films based on comic books. He also makes a lot of content related to his favorite TV shows including Batman: The Animated Series, Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, Doom Patrol, Young Justice, and more. And, when he has a minute to spare, he makes a podcast with yours truly that we call Avatar: The Last Podcasters.

The Nerdstalgia Facebook Page

The Nerdstalgia Facebook page is live! It's a source for a smattering of recommended videos, podcasts, creators, and general digital content for all geeks (casual, serious, former, aspiring, and everything in between). Retro gaming is the main focus and adults are the intended audience, but anything fun and anyone interested are welcome!

Everything You Need To Know About Nerdstalgia

Image may contain: screen and indoorIn February I hosted the first of what I hope are many monthly retro gaming forums at the Olathe Public Library (downtown branch) as part of the library's expanding adult activities program. The weather was bad and the publicity minimal (I didn't even have a name for it at the time); a grand total of four people showed up, including my wife and myself. But something very important happened; we had fun! There was good discussion, games I'd never played before, and an opportunity to meet new people - in real life (something I don't often do these days) - who share my favorite pastime. Other than the unsurprisingly small headcount, the group achieved exactly what I hoped it would.

My Dream Game Room: The Best 2nd-Generation Consoles

State-side we consider the 2nd generation of video game consoles as those released1976-83, remembered for its glut of weird and unsuccessful products that caused the video game crash of 1983. It was a lawless wild west of new ideas and everyone wanted a shot.


While the internet portrays Nintendo and Sega as beloved lifelong friends, 2nd-gen consoles feel more like grandparents who grew up during great depression. I tend to agree; my appreciation for them is often framed with phrases like "for the time" and "compared to the competition." Today I'm giving the 2nd gen more love as I set out to design (virtually, textually) my dream game room. It may not be the origin of video games, but its historical significance and breadth make it the most interesting starting line to me. Here are the 2nd-gen consoles I want in my dream game room. (I'll get to games later).

Inaugural Nerdstalgia Monthly Gaming Forum: February 2019

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The Olathe Public Library (downtown branch) will host a Retro Gaming Forum on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6:30-8:30 pm, led by yours truly! This month's topic will be the SNES, and will include an original SNES console and a few games to enjoy, and several discussion topics. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite games to show off, and/or a sealed snack to share. The subject matter and conversation will be catered to adults, but all are welcome.

Ford Product Design for Great Christmas Gifts



I just wanted to show off some of the Christmas presents my friend Tracy made for people this year. There's an acrylic LED sign and Christmas tree, a custom remote boat and cutting board, and plenty more! Tracy does a lot of 3D printing and CNC work and if you don't like shopping for presents - like me - he's got a lot of creative ideas that might work for you. Click through the album and check out his Facebook page while you're at it, and let him or me know what creative ideas you might have; he's always interested in trying new things!

Prospero's Books (Kansas City, MO) Review


My wife and I recently visited Prospero's Books in Kansas City, MO, and really enjoyed the store and West 39th St neighborhood! The prices were nothing special by any means, but the guy working the counter was very pleasant, the whole store was both comfy and filled to the brim, and just generally offered an interesting experience. If you can forgive my poor narration and editing skills, I even have a little video.

LG Aristo 2 Plus - 2018's Best New Phone For Broke Nerds

The LG Aristo 2 Plus isn't the best new phone in 2018; it would've been up there in 2008, maybe. (Just look at these badboys.) However, if you want a solid GSM/HSPA/LTE phone (sorry, Sprint) without buying used or spending a lot of money (maybe it's just me), this is the phone for you.

There are better, more qualified places to go for specs and reviews; I'll point you to some I found helpful. The bottom line is that I love my LG Aristo 2 Plus, 2018's best brand new phone for broke nerds.