Potential ambient alternatives to Skyrim’s soundtrack

One of my hobbies is matching up different albums and songs with different games. This mix and match effort has often been a resounding success, with certain combinations being granted  a very prominent place in my memory. Skyrim, like the previous Elder Scrolls games before it, is poised to have an incredible soundtrack that will make crypts seem darker, mountains seem taller, and the winds seem colder. Even though I plan on playing through the majority of the game while listening to the music included with Skyrim, I thought it would be fun to find some external music that works well with the game.

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Why we won’t be reviewing Skyrim

Skyrim reviews are going to be a dime a dozen once the game launches, so rather than do the same thing as everyone else, we here at Living With a Nerd are going to take a different approach: we’re going to be keeping extensive notes while playing, and will be putting together short stories based on our experiences in-game. The stories will be written from the perspective of our character, and will range from epic battles to hiking through mountains at dusk.

Since Elder Scrolls games tend to affect people on a deep level that a normal review can’t describe, we feel this would be a great way to show what Skyrim is capable of doing, and what it’s like to actually play it. In an effort to keep spoilers to an absolute minimum, we will be restricting these stories to things that we do on our own; we will omit any and all reference to the main plot, and we’ll also do our best to avoid describing any of the major sidequests.

Because Living With a Nerd is just a blog run by a couple of married nerds, we don’t have any early access to games. We buy them just like you do, and don’t get to play them until you do. We’ll do our best to get the first of the stories cranked out and put up on the site within a day or two of Skyrim’s release, but it may be up to a few days until after release before you see anything on here. After all, we’ll have to try to pry ourselves away from it long enough to actually write!

11/11/11 is almost upon us, fellow gamers. Get any outstanding work completed, finish off any other games you may be playing, and prepare to kiss your free time goodbye.

Reasons we’re excited for Skyrim

Skyrim is now about 10 days away, and like many of you, we’re starting to get extremely excited. Let’s look at the things that make Skyrim such a big deal.

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Five best movies on MST3K during the Joel years

Join us as we look at the five best movies riffed on by MST3K during the Joel years.

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Bloodrayne: Betrayal

Don’t let your opinion of the subpar third-person games and bad movies fool you: Bloodrayne: Betrayal is an old-school platformer that will kick your ass while putting a smile on your face.

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The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu

You don’t have to be an H.P. Lovecraft fan to enjoy this horror/comedy, but there’s plenty of tidbits for aficionados.

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Co-op retro project will be soon be a go

Brittnie and I have decided to embark on a co-op retro game project, where we’ll be playing old games together, then writing about the experience. With the help of some of our friends, we’ve got a preliminary list of the games that we’ll be tackling. Even though we’ll be kicking off the project by going through Dead Space Extraction, we decided to keep the list limited to games that were released on the SNES/Genesis or earlier. Here’s what we have together so far…got any suggestions to add? Let us know in the comments. Thank you!


  • River City Ransom
  • Snake Rattle and Roll
  • Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers


  • Secret of Mana
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Uniracers
  • The Legend of the Mystical Ninja


  • World of Illusion
  • Toe Jam and Earl


Bringing Skeksis back

On a recent episode of the Nerdist Podcast, a discussion was had about The Dark Crystal and the lack of parody videos/songs based on it. One of their listeners took it upon themselves to put together this simple yet hilarious video as a response. Check it out below:

Here’s a link to the original post that appeared on the Nerdist website. In case you’re a Nerdist novice, don’t miss our favorite episodes article.

Good Lord, Hard Reset can be beautiful sometimes

After plinking away at it for the past month, I finally finished Hard Reset tonight. The storyline is creative (if presented a bit hamfistedly), and the voice acting is atrocious…but the gameplay? Intense, fun, and challenging.

Click the picture to embiggen.

I heard you like to bulldozer and thuban

Earlier today, someone on the [H]ard|Forum was talking about how AMD’s Bulldozer architecture is forward-thinking. Their reasoning is that because AMD can fit more Bulldozer cores than Thuban cores on a single wafer, they can theoretically have really high-yield, high-quality runs once the manufacturing kinks get straightened out. Given Bulldozer’s lukewarm reception and the poster’s…unique…sentence structure, I couldn’t resist making this picture in response. FSM forgive me.