Nerd Confessions Podcast: We immerse ourselves in the zombie apocalypse this week as we cover the premiere episode for Season 8 of the Walking Dead on AMC and then bring ourselves to discuss all the pros and cons for the kickstarted indie game, 7 Days to Die. Is the hype for the Walking Dead decaying over time? Is 7 Days to Die too ambitious for The Fun Pimps developer? Listen or follow along with us as we discuss! Listener confession this week from NADS IQ via Youtube.

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Nerd News

The Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere:

The Walking Dead was renewed by AMC for a 16-episode eighth season on October 16, 2016. Production began on April 25, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. On July 12, 2017, production was shut down after stuntman John Bernecker was killed, after falling more than 20 feet onto a concrete floor. Production resumed on July 17. In October 2016, it was reported that Maria Bello would have a role on the show.

The season premiere, which also serves as the series’ milestone 100th episode, was directed by executive producer Greg Nicotero.

Episode 1 Recap: Rick, Maggie and Ezekiel rally their communities together to take down Negan and the Saviors. Gregory attempts to have the Hilltop residents side with Negan, but they all firmly stand behind Maggie. Using a large herd of walkers led by Carol, Daryl, Morgan and Tara, the group attacks the Sanctuary, taking down their fences and flooding the compound with walkers. With the Sanctuary up in flames and the Saviors left to die, Rick, Maggie, and Ezekiel’s groups leave; Gabriel reluctantly saves Gregory, but is left behind after Gregory abandons him. Surrounded by walkers, Gabriel hides in a trailer, where he is trapped inside with Negan.

IS THE HYPE FOR THE WALKING DEAD DYING?

7 Days to Die:

7 Days to Die is a kickstarter funded game that takes place after a third nuclear Third World War that destroyed an extremely large part of the world, except for some areas such as the fictional county of Navezgane, Arizona. The player is a survivor of the war who must survive by finding shelter, food and water, as well as scavenging supplies to fend off the numerous zombies (hinted to be the consequence of nuclear fallout) that populate Navezgane.

The kickstarter for the game took place in August of 2013 and had 13,876 backers that pledged $507,612 to help bring this project to life.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/7daystodie/7-days-to-die-zombie-survival-game

The game was developed by The Fun Pimps.The Fun Pimps were founded in 2013 by Joel Huenink and Christian Lang. Their goal is to create a lasting gaming experience you can’t get anywhere else that we’ll all be playing, upgrading and supporting for years to come. It’s more than a game it’s a labor of love! The average 7 Days to Die Team member has over 14 years of experience in Game and Software Development working with or for many AAA Video Game Companies.

The engine for the game was Unity the free and commonly used engine for indy games.

The Windows alpha version of the game was released on August 16, 2013, for people who pre-ordered the game on either Kickstarter or PayPal. As of August 11, 2013, development of the game is ongoing with a Kickstarter campaign ending on August 15. The game has also been greenlit on Steam after 23 days getting over 75,000 yes votes, 8,340 followers, and 8,700 favorites. It was number one on Steam Greenlight, after only 16 days with over 56,000 votes.The Mac version was released on September 13, 2013.

7 Days to Die can be compared to games such as Ark and Mincraft where the game was released to the public in alpha form as a preview on steam and even had a console released published by TellTale Publishing in December 2015.

The gameplay for 7 Days to Die can also be compared to games such as Ark and Minecraft with their gameplay. Everything in the environment is destructible, even the ground. You can build huge shelters with a block construction method very similar to minecraft. Unlike Minecraft there are resources and theming like you would find in a zombie survival horror game such as Resident Evil.

In 7 Days to Die, the player spawns into a randomly generated world or the present world of Navezgane, Arizona, with the objective of surviving for as long as possible. As the days go by, the zombies get tougher and more aggressive.

Multiplayer is available through player-hosted servers and enables multiple players to interact and communicate with each other on a single world. Interactions can be cooperative or hostile depending on the used server options. Players can run their own servers or use a hosting provider. There are two supported game modes for multiplayer: Survival (both randomly generated and standard) and Creative.

What do we think of the actual gameplay?

The graphics?

Fun factor?

Immersion?

We rate the game a 5 out of 5.

 

 

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