Ready to Break Fallout 76?

We finally received some sort of news about when we will be able to get our hands on Bethesda’s highly anticipated Fallout 76. They announced in an update to their forum post that gamers who pre-ordered will slowly, over time, be let into the beta in… October? Yes sadly it will not be until October for Xbox exclusively getting first dibs on trying it out.

Many people on social media are showing concern about how late the beta is compared to the launch of the game and rightfully so. Giving yourself a couple weeks (the game launches November 14th) to straighten out server issues and bugs is a tall task to take on. I do, however, feel like if there was a company that’ll work to figure it out in that short of time, Bethesda would be one that could handle it.

Once the beta does finally go live, don’t be surprised if it takes an extra day or two to get in. Bethesda further explained that they will be letting in a small group to start then bringing more and more people over time. Don’t worry though, despite some people’s misinterpretation of the post, if you pre-ordered the game you will get in no matter what.

We are just a couple months away from getting to play Fallout with our friends for the first time. How do you guys feel about it? What concerns do you have? Let us know in the comments below!

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No Man’s Sky’s “NEXT” Trailer Drops

For those of you that have kept up with us for a while now, you know that since Day 1 I have been a big supporter of No Man’s Sky. Despite being one of the most controversial and scrutinized releases in recent memory, Hello Games has continued putting in a tremendous amount of work into the game to get it to the place they want. All of their previous updates (Foundation, Pathfinder, and Atlas Rises) seemed like stepping stones to something bigger, and it seems like the ‘Next’ update is exactly that.

As you will see in the trailer, multiplayer has finally arrived. You will be able to team up with your friends and explore the galaxy together which alone has me stoked to play this game again. What came as a surprise in the trailer was the graphic overhaul that the game has received with the update.

Along with the trailer, Hello Games released a list of all the big changes on their website. This is a massive update for No Man’s Sky and will surely bring in a large audience especially with the Xbox community getting to experience the game for the first time. Is the NEXT update enough to bring you back to NMS or is it too little too late? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

No Man’s Sky Trailer

Country Roads, Take Me Home

Since it’s announcement on May 30th, Fallout 76 has been the talk of the town and there are several reasons why. It all started with the games lengthy announcement: a 24 hour live-stream filled with a whole lot of nothing, topped off with an appearance by industry icon Todd Howard. Throw in an online only announcement and the implementation of player controlled nukes and you have a game full of both excitement and controversy, but Bethesda wouldn’t have it any other way.

After their E3 Showcase last month, many people were worried that Fallout 76 was going to be filled with PvP griefers among other issues. For me personally, I even had my own reservations about the different direction they were taking the game… but then I remembered, this is Bethesda we are talking about. The game studio that has made two of my favorite games of all-time (Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3) and haven’t put out a bad title… ever? So I put my own reservations aside and decided to wait until I knew more details about the game.

Now after details continue to emerge about a lot of the controversial aspects of the game, I am all in for Fallout 76. The biggest concern I had from the start was that with the game being online only and having PvP that it would take away from the core focus of the game which is rebuilding America. Thanks to clarification from Pete Hines, it seems as though the PvP will not be something that’s a constant issue for players that want to focus on the PvE and building aspects of the game. My concerns with the nukes – which would allow players to bomb a part of the map potentially destroying other players C.A.M.Ps – were also squashed with the explanation that they would not be so easy to obtain and use. Players will have to find multiple keys spread across the map, fight their way into heavily guarded bunker, and blindly launch the nuke. They will not be able to purposely attack other players, and those in the blast radius will be notified.

So hopefully this little article helps put your minds at ease as well. Bethesda seems to be putting mechanics in the game to assure that the game’s focus stays rebuilding the country and not a free for all. While we eagerly await the BETA, which is set to launch this October, let us know what you guys are excited about most with Fallout 76!

Don’t Let Your Dreams Be Dreams with Dreams

So in the past couple episodes of the podcast you guys have heard me going crazy about Media Molecules current project Dreams, but I wanted to take some time here to sort of expand on why I am so excited to get my hands on this game. Since the game was announced back in 2013 everyone has been curious as to what this project entails. Now with E3 in the rear view mirror we finally have a pretty good grasp of what we will be getting from Dreams and that is literally whatever we want.

This is the first reason I am so excited about this game. It gives you the tools to do whatever you want. If you want to play a unique story, it has three different stories to play through. Have you always dreamed of making your own game? Have you ever felt you could make a good narrative with a phenomenal story idea? You can actually make a game from scratch. You design the levels, the characters, the items/weapons, the animations, create the voices, and even make the music all yourself.

The music creation tool is another thing that has me all sorts of excited. One of our news stories on the podcast was about the show that the Molecules put on to wrap up E3 and it was incredible. It did a tremendous job of showing off the extent of detail in the music creation tool reflecting well on the entire game. Just thinking about being able to perform a concert with friends on a PS4 is mind blowing. Whether you want to be the next Skrillex or Metallica, the video game allows you to create any style of music. Music is just a small piece of the puzzle within Dreams.

The beauty of it all is that the puzzle can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. If you just want to make a fun platforming single level you have all the tools to do that. If you want to make the next Witcher game with a full score and set of voiced characters you can do that too. Dreams truly gives you the freedom to innovate and create how you would want. To top it all off, it streamlines all of these features for ease of use. In their E3 showcase, the presenter of the demo explained how quick and easy it is to animate an object you create in the game. He completes the whole process in less than a minute which would take an actual game animator a full thirty minutes. The fact that they have managed to make this game creation tool so user friendly is astounding.

I know many people who have watched how the game creation tool works and have said “that looks cool and all but I don’t have interest in making a game so it’s just not for me.” Well, for those people consider this; even if someone doesn’t want to make games in Dreams, they still have the opportunity to play other people’s creations. So you can have a shooter, platformer, and RPG all in one experience with Dreams.

Just from the demos shown on it this far, I can tell that Dreams is going to be an incredible experience not only for creative types, but for everyone. I for one, cannot wait to see what things I can dream up with this ambitious project. There is no word on a release date for Dreams sadly, but Media Molecule has already stated that they are going to be releasing a beta for the game before the year’s end. Be on the lookout for that, and be sure to share your awesome creations with us when Dreams does come around!

State of the Union 3.0

Hey everyone! It’s been way too long since Brandon or I got a chance to write on here and we are very disappointed in ourselves. The Nerd Chambers website is our baby and we have been neglecting it for far too long so I’m here to tell you guys that we are going to be writing more… again. This time we promise to maintain our writing through a revamped website to grow our Nerd Chambers community.

We have a lot of exciting things that we are currently working on that will hopefully be set in place within the next few months. Just to give you guys an idea of our direction, Brandon and I are planning on making the podcast a live show. I will not give too much detail because we want it to be a surprise for you guys, but some big things are in the pipeline for sure.

We recognize that we have been very quiet with Twitch streaming lately, therefore Twitch is another platform we hope to be more consistent with going forward. In the short term we may not be as consistent as we like but we do want to start streaming again as soon as possible, so be on the lookout for that. If you guys haven’t already be sure to follow us so you know every time we go live in the Twitch Stream tab.

Lastly, since we relaunched the podcast, this has been a two man operation between Brandon and myself; however, we are going to have a third member joining the team. We are going to have him introduce himself in the near future but we are very excited to have him on the team! He brings a great level of excitement and energy towards what we are building

We are excited for the future of the Nerd Chambers and cannot wait to share this with you all as more things come to fruition. In the meantime… keep nerding out!

TNCP is Back Again!

Hey all, we know it’s been a while since we posted on here but we wanted to let you guys know we have still been working on the podcast and it’s finally back! This time around we are on a podcast hosting site called AudioBoom in hopes that we can get the podcast submitted to Apple Podcast and Spotify! The link to Episode 1 is here. Feel free to leave us any sort of feedback and let us know what you want to see from us in future episodes!

P.S. We have also been streaming a lot on Twitch so check out our channel and follow so you know when we go live!

P.S.S. We also started up our YouTube channel to highlight some of our favorite moments! Check us out and subscribe!

Nintendo Shares E3 Plans

Nintendo has had it’s fair share of the limelight through the first four months of the year with the official reveal of the Nintendo Switch, the launch of the Switch, and the latest installment of The Legend of Zelda being one of the greatest reviewed games of all-time. Nintendo has been enjoying a big year, and they have continued the momentum into E3 this year which is just a few weeks away. At the event, all those Switch owners eager to know what the future holds for their new console will get a chance to see some upcoming games and more during Nintendo’s E3 festivities. Nintendo laid out the major events that they will be holding on their website, which is sure to entice thousands to tune in on June 13th.

To kick off the event, Nintendo will be hosting it’s version of a press conference, Nintendo Spotlight, where they plan to show off more of Super Mario Odyssey as well as games to be announced. Following Nintendo Spotlight is Nintendo Treehouse Live, where viewers of the livestream will get insight from developers on upcoming games for both the Switch and 3DS family of systems, and to tease fans even more Nintendo states on their website they may, “share some surprises.” Two other major events set to take during their three day event is a Splatoon 2 tournament and the first ARMS tournament.

What do you guys think about Nintendo’s strong start to 2017? Do you think they will deliver on the promise that the Switch holds? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @TheNerdChambers. Also, don’t forget to like us on Facebook while you are at it!