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The Nerd Alternative

The Nerd Alternative

By The Nerd Alternative
A Black British podcast taking a weird and wonderful look into the vast expanse of nerdom, from anime, books, movies, games and TV we cover it all!
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Episode 73 - Does Social Media Ruin Everything? Ft. Brendon of BlerdUp
This week we had the pleasure of Brendon of BlerdUp joining us to talk about the way in which social media has impacted our nerdom. From leaked trailers, to toxic fans we discussed our personal relationship with the interwebs as well as how it has been shaping nerd culture in recent years. If you want to hear more from Brendon you can catch him on twitch at BlerdyB and listen to episodes of the brilliant BlerdUp podcast on Spotify, Anchor and other podcast platforms. https://twitter.com/BlerdU https://www.twitch.tv/blerdyb  https://www.tiktok.com/@blerdyb You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative Tiktok: @thenerdalternative
01:17:23
September 29, 2022
Episode 72 - The Sandman Review
Join us this week as we breakdown the Netflix Adaptation of Neil Gaiman's seminal graphic novel, The Sandman You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative Tiktok: @thenerdalternative
01:07:46
September 15, 2022
Episode 71 - Beast Review
Join us this week as we breakdown Universal's latest action packed blockbuster BEAST starring Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley & Leah Jeffries! You can find our interview of Iyana Halley & Leah Jeffries here: https://youtu.be/eO4i7KaJeao  Please leave us a comment and subscribe! You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
51:33
September 01, 2022
Episode 70 - Nope Review
Jordan Peele's done it again with his latest directorial outing Nope, starring Daniel Kaluuya & Keke Palmer! Join us as we break down this tense and engrossing cinema spectacle! You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:13:56
August 18, 2022
Episode 69 - Does the Games Industry Hate Single Player Games?
With the current gaming landscape dominated by battle royales, live services and microtransactions we thought what better time to ask, does the industry hate single player experiences? Join us as we break down the current trends, and dubious tweets from the triple A! You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:24:37
July 28, 2022
Episode 68 - The Boys Season 3 review
Butcher and the boys are back! Join us as we break down the highs, lows and down right insane moments of season 3 of Amazon Primes The Boys You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:34:19
July 14, 2022
Episode 67 - Not E3 (AKA Keigh3) With Streamcast!
This week we were joined by Andy & Isaac from Streamcast to discuss the recent gaming showcases replaced the gap left by E3. From our favourite previews to the ones we were missing, we touched on the Xbox & Bethesda showcase, Summer Games Fest and Wholesome direct. You can hear more from Streamcast by following them on their platforms. Twitter: @streamcast_ Instagram: @streamcast_ Twitch: streamcastTV Podcast: streamcast You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:13:23
June 30, 2022
Episode 66 - Maurice on Mars With Tim Barnes
This week we were joined by Tim Barnes a Comedian, Writer and all round multi-talented human being. We discussed his brand new show 'Maurice on Mars' which dropped on the Comedy Central Animated YouTube channel last Friday. Tim also shared his journey as a Black Comedian and TV Writer and his thoughts on the state of comedy today. Make sure you check out the 'Maurice on Mars'  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative Podcast available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts You can find out more about Tim and his work below:  Twitter: @timbarnes451 Instagram: @timbarnescomedy Facebook: @timbarnescomedy Maurice on Mars Ep. 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju1jaIzmEZw
01:05:34
June 16, 2022
Episode 65 - Love Death & Robots Vol. 3 With 4EyesAcademia
It was so much fun breaking down Volume 2 With the 4eyes crew that we couldn't tackle volume 3 without them! Join us this week for our review of the third instalment of Netflix hit anthology animated series, rate each episode and stack this season against it's predecessors! You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative Make sure you check out 4eyesAcademia here: Twitter: @4EyesAcademia Instagram: @4EyesAcademia Youtube: 4 Eyes Academia Twitch: 4 Eyes Academia Podcast available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts And https://medium.com/@ignorantedema for all of Manny's writing!
01:13:57
June 02, 2022
Episode 64 - Wanda and the Multiverse of Madness!
This week we're joined by Josh to discuss the latest Phase four MCU film, Dr Strange and the Multiverse Madness. Listen to us to talk highlights, lows and a few possibly controversial takes. Have you watched the film yet? You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:20:57
May 19, 2022
Episode 63 - The Streaming Wars (Not the Netflix one)
This week we dove into the streaming wars *record scratch* the video game one. With the future of gaming starting to become more apparent we discussed where the next generation of console might lead us, Sony's answer to Microsoft's Game pass as well as failed systems like Stadia. You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:18:31
April 07, 2022
Episode 62 - Room 101 2021 Edition
This week we are catching up on all of the good bad and ugly content we missed on our hiatus in our very own Room 101 style gauntlet! Join us as we put a season of anime, TV, video games and movies to the vote to see who is greatest winners and reigns over our landfill! You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:06:48
March 25, 2022
Episode 61 Black Rain, An Interview With Muniyra Douglas
WE ARE BACK!!! Hope you haven't missed us too much. And he we are returning to you with a great episode. Hassan and Ram sat down with Muniyra Douglas from Vortex Corp, a creative company that explores arfrican culture through comics animations and much more, as well as their latest project Black rain.  Kickstarter: http://kck.st/33NkjM9  Social media: @vxanimation @vortexcentral @vxcomics    Website: www.vxanimation www.vxanimations.com www.vortex247.com You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
50:52
March 11, 2022
Episode 60 - Spring Anime Highlights
This week we discussed our three anime standouts from this year's Spring season. We expressed our thoughts on To Your Eternity, Tokyo Revengers and the eclectic Odd Taxi. With the summer season well underway this was a great time to reflect and recommend some of our Spring highlights. Have you watched any of these? Let us know your thoughts on our socials. You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:34:22
July 30, 2021
Episode 59 - Black Widow, Too Little Too Late?
This week we got into the MCU's first phase four film, Black Widow. As well as what we thought of the film, we talked about its place in the wider universe as well as it what it may or may not have set up for the future. Have you watched the film? You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:25:10
July 22, 2021
Episode 58 - Glorious Purpose! A Loki Review
This week we dove into the MCU's third show Loki! With the last episode having dropped this Wednesday we discussed what we thought of the series, characters and the stories' impact on the wider MCU.  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:19:51
July 15, 2021
Episode 57 - Accessibility in Gaming
In this week's episode we discussed all things accessibility in the gaming industry. From the barriers you might face as a new gamer, gatekeeping and more importantly the lack of inclusivity when it comes to disabled gamers.  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:22:09
July 08, 2021
Episode 56 - Fast and Furious Was Never Good
This week we discussed the box office smash hit franchise Fast & Furious. With the release of the 9th film F9, we review the latest instalment as well as discussing the franchise as a whole. Fast & Furious the franchise that never died.. You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:17:01
July 01, 2021
Episode 55 - Is Animation for Kids ft. Luca Review
This week we decided to talk all things animation as well as review Disney Pixar's newest film Luca. Whilst Animation has been commonly associated with kids there has been a steady stream of adult-oriented animated shows since the 90s. In this episode we explore what that means for the future of animation, as well as where the line blurs... You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:25:09
June 24, 2021
Episode 54 E3 2021 extravaganza
After being cancelled in 2020, E3 is back with a bang! from Halo infinite multiplayer to Elden ring, Metroid dread to Starfield, recurring guest Josh joins us as we unpick all of the E3 goodness and discuss whats in store for us gamers You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:26:08
June 17, 2021
Episode 53 - 9th Generation so far
With E3 on the horizon, We decided to talk alot about games! Joins us as we speculate a little bit about what we expect over the next week, and reflect on the 9th generation with some honest thoughts. We also talk about spiderverse castings, the 3080ti release and some other playstation news. You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:18:12
June 10, 2021
Episode 52 - Love, Death & a review ft 4EyesAcademia
We enjoyed the 4Eyes crew so much on our 50th ep quiz episode that we decided to invite them backfor a proper chat! Tudz and Manny rejoin us and speak about their origin and journey so far. Also volume 2 of Love, Death & Robots which recently dropped on netflix, so we decided to review it and see if it stands up to volume 1. You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Youtube: The Nerd Alternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative Please also follow and listen to our guests' podcasts if you aren't already! 4 Eyes Academia: Twitter: @4EyesAcademia Instagram: @4EyesAcademia Youtube: 4 Eyes Academia Twitch: 4 Eyes Academia Podcast available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts
01:29:18
June 03, 2021
Episode 51 - Do all games need a remake?
The long awaited mass effect legendary edition has released, so we thought we would talk about all of our favourite, as well as some of our least favourite remakes and remasters! We also reach into the corners of the nerdom and talk about  NFTs, Warnermedia and hot tub streams. You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:14:53
May 27, 2021
Episode 50 - A Celebratory Quiz ft Streamcast, 4 Eyes Academia & Black Anime Pods
Unfair questions? Dodgy scorekeeping? All the things that make a great quiz if you ask us!     To celebrate our 50th episode we decided to host a quiz show and invite some friends to join in on the fun, but who will emerge victor? Tune in to find out!You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative Please also follow and listen to our guests' podcasts if you aren't already! 4 Eyes Academia:  Twitter: @4EyesAcademia  Instagram: @4EyesAcademia  Youtube: 4 Eyes Academia  Twitch: 4 Eyes Academia  Podcast available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts  Black Anime Podcast: Twitter: @BuildCasters & @Blackanimepods Instagram: @BuildCasters & @Blackanimepods Podcast: Buildcasters (available on Anchor, Spotify, Applepodcasts etc) Streamcast: Twitter: Streamcast_ Instagram: Streamcast_ Twitch: Streamcast  Youtube: Streamcast  Podcast available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts 
01:09:02
May 20, 2021
49 - Invincible & The New Age of Superheroes
In 8 short episodes, Invincible was well...Invincible. In this episode we review the Robert Kirkman created series, discussing the epic finale as well as where it fits in the cinematic age of superheroes  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear!    Twitter: @NerdAlternative  Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative    Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:13:43
May 06, 2021
Episode 48 - Falcon & The Winter Soldier + Mortal Kombat
Since the MCU's second TV series 'Falcon & The Winter Soldier' has now come to end we decided to review the show in its entirety. Touching on some heavy themes such a race, patriotism and PTSD we focused on some the character building in the show. We also did a mini review of the recently released Mortal Kombat. Did you enjoy Falcon & The Winter Soldier?  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative   Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative   Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:28:30
April 29, 2021
Episode 47 - The Problem with Franchises...
With sequels and franchises slowly taking over mainstream cinema we discussed the way they've instilled themselves into our visual methods of storytelling. We also debated the best and worst of the two, and our preferred structure of films.  Do you prefer standalone stories or sequels/franchises? You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:18:37
April 22, 2021
Episode 46 - Monsterverse Ranked: Godzilla vs Kong
In this episode we ranked Warner Bros. Monsterverse films, which featured pop culture monster icons Godzilla and King Kong. As well as their respective solo films we also reviewed the recently released Godzilla vs Kong in which the two come to a head... Are you repping Godzilla or are you team King Kong? You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:25:26
April 15, 2021
Episode 45 - Marvel for Social Justice
Inspired by some of the social commentary happening in Falcon and The Winter Soldier, we decided to look back at some of the social issues that have been explored in the MCU so far. We discussed the successful or unsuccessful portrayals of world issues, as well as diving into some news beforehand.  What's your favourite MCU film? You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:20:24
April 09, 2021
Episode 44 - Black Excellence.... & Coming 2 America
This week we discussed two much discussed "black films"; Coming 2 America and the critically acclaimed Judas and The Black Messiah. We reviewed the two, contemplating the stories they told and the impact they might have on black history and representation today. Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:33:27
April 01, 2021
Episode 43 - The Snyder Cut: A DCEU Reboot?
It's finally here! All four hours and 1 minute of the Snyder Cut dropped so we sat down with DC fan Josh to discuss what we thought of the hyped, Snyder Cut of Justice League. Have you watched it? You can hear more of Josh on his podcast Sick of the Pundits, which you can find on Youtube and Twitter @sickofthepundit You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:31:23
March 26, 2021
Episode 42 - Alternative Voices: Buildcasters/Black Anime Podcasters
This week we sat down with Ash co-founder of Buildcasters: A Gundam Podcast and Black Anime Podcasters a directory for black anime content creator. We interviewed Ash, discussing his love for Mecha Anime as well as exciting new projects he's working on. In light of the Mecha theme we also reviewed Netflix anime Pacific Rim: The Black. To learn more about Ash and his content follow:  Twitter: @BuildCasters & @Blackanimepods Instagram: @BuildCasters & @Blackanimepods  Podcast: Buildcasters (available on anchor, spotify, applepodcasts etc) You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:31:21
March 19, 2021
Episode 41 - WandaVision Review (Pt.2)
Now that WandaVision has come to an end, we came back to discuss the final episodes as well as how the series held up in general. We were joined once more by honorary member Josh. What did you make of the show?  Also take a listen to Josh's podcast Sick of the Pundits, which you can find on Youtube and Twitter @sickofthepundit You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:21:07
March 12, 2021
Episode 40 - Women in Pop Culture
This week we discussed women in pop culture, analysing some of the most tiresome tropes that female characters are subject to as well what makes a good female character. Happy Women's history month everyone.  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:21:24
March 05, 2021
Episode 39 - Gatekeepers & Gems
In this episode we dove into the topic of gatekeeping, unpacking the motivations and mindset behind it all. We also discussed some ‘hidden gems’ anime for you to watch, and placed our bets on who will be the ‘Luke Skywalker’ size cameo in WandaVision. Who do you think the big cameo will be?   You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: r/TheNrdAlternative
01:11:56
February 26, 2021
Episode 38 - Malcolm & Marie Review + More...
This episode we reviewed the polarising film Malcolm & Marie, starring Zendaya and John David Washington, which dropped on Netflix earlier this month. We delve into our thoughts and whether or not it deserved some of the criticism it received. We also discussed ideas of ownership when it comes to 'black stories' and who gets to write them. What did you think of the film? You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:22:17
February 19, 2021
Episode 37 - WandaVision Review (Pt.1) ft. Josh
This episode we discussed some news in relation to the nerd world, from new film trailers to the latest update in Ray Fisher's fight against Joss Whedon's toxic work culture on the set of Justice League. Joined by our honorary member Josh, we also delved into our reaction to the first five episodes of the MCU's debut television series 'WandaVision'. Let us know what your thoughts are! Also take a listen to Josh's podcast Sick of the Pundits, which you can find on Youtube and Twitter @sickofthepundit #Blerd #Nerd #Starwars #Black #Blackbritish You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:14:11
February 12, 2021
Episode 36 - Best Anime Protagonists? Ft. Anime While Black
We're at it again! In a room 101 style debate we pitch our best and worst anime protagonists, as well as discussing what makes them good and oh so bad. This episode features Regina from Anime While Black Podcast who you can find on Youtube, Itunes and Spotify for anime topics from the perspective of a black womxn's perspective. Follow Regina at @Animewhileblack on instagram and listen to her podcast for more anime topics.  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:10:05
February 05, 2021
Episode 35 - We Fixed Star Wars: An Episode 9 Review...
Anyone who has listened to the podcast knows how much the recent Star Wars trilogy has both grated on and disappointed us. This week joined by honorary podcast member Josh, we decided to finally close out the trilogy by lightly reviewing Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker as well as ranking its place amongst the rest of the trilogy. Let us know if you agree or disagree with our thoughts!  Also take a listen to Josh's podcast Sick of the Pundits, which you can find on Youtube and Twitter @sickofthepundit #Blerd #Nerd #Starwars #Black #Blackbritish You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:17:39
January 29, 2021
Episode 34 - One Night In Miami: A Glowing Review
This week we reviewed the amazing One Night in Miami, written by rising star Kemp Powers and directed by the Queen Regina King (It's in the name). Listen in as we talked about the film's important takeaway messages as well as it's fantastic acting, direction and writing.#Blerd #Black #Blackbritish You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:17:02
January 22, 2021
Episode 33 - Star Trek vs Star Wars: Discovery & The Mandalorian
In this episode we debate the age old question... Star Wars or Star Trek? With two flagship shows, we took a dive away from the films and explored some of our favourite things and gripes about The Mandalorian and Star Trek: Discovery. Do you have a favourite Space franchise? #Starwars #Startrek #Nerd #Blerd #Black #Blackbritish  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:20:10
January 15, 2021
Episode 32 - Disney Pixar's 'Soul' Review
This week we reviewed Disney Pixar's latest animation venture. Notably Pixar's first black lead and also first black Co-director and writer, the film is an important step in the right direction. It also features a diverse star studded cast including Jamie Foxx, Angela Bassett, Phylicia Rashad and even our favourite talk show host Graham Norton! Have you watched the film? You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:15:03
January 08, 2021
Episode 31 - A 2020 Retrospect
We made it to the end of the craziest year in the a while! Though there was a lot of uncertainty, there were also some small wins to cushion the losses. In this episode we discuss some of our favourite and least favourite things within the nerdom, from animes that had us fangirling to downright terrible films we couldn't help but watch.  Let us know some of things you would include in your 2020 nerd wrap! You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:00:14
January 01, 2021
Episode 30 - Christmas & Things: A Jingle Jangle Review
Merry Christmas All! In this episode three Grinches try our best to give you some Christmas cheer. We discuss some industry news at length before reviewing Jingle Jangle, a black Netflix Christmas film which released this year!  Enjoy your turkey kids!  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:34:50
December 25, 2020
Episode 29 - Support Black Creators: A Games Developer Showcase
This week we welcome back our guest Xanohano to discuss some Black games developers. As games are starting to get more representative we decided to show some support to up and coming black games creators and developers. Featured are the following games:  Before I forget by 3fold Games (available on Steam)  Swimsanity! by Decoy Games (available on Xbox, PS4, Steam and Switch)  Aurion: Legacy of Kori-Odan by Kiro'o Games (available on Steam) She dreams elsewhere  by Studio Zevere (Will be available on all platforms at the end of 2020) We give you mini pitch and review as well as exploring why their work is so important to changing the face of gaming.  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
59:21
December 18, 2020
Episode 28 - Alternative Voices: Xanohana
In this episode we sat down with twitch streamer, graphic designer and all round cool guy Xanohana. We discussed the challenges and joys of streaming, as well as the state of the streaming sphere. Check him out on twitch (xanohana), twitter and instagram (xanohanattv)! You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:26:11
December 11, 2020
Episode 27 - Lockdown Recommendations
With the UK back in lockdown we thought we'd do an episode on some underrated gems to keep you busy over lockdown. From games and books to anime we give you a mini pitch for a bunch of nerdy things to add to your watch/game/read list!  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:05:08
November 20, 2020
Episode 26 - PS4, XBox One & Nintendo Switch: The Best & Worse of Generation 8
To celebrate the release of latest generation of consoles -namely the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5- we thought we revisit some of the best and worse parts of the last generation of gaming. We discuss everything from the games themselves to industry practices, as well as our hopes for the latest/future generation. You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
53:10
November 13, 2020
Episode 25 - The Big Three Debate
This week we discuss Shonen Jump's much debated 'Big Three'.  As well as talking about the influence anime such as Naruto, One Piece and Bleach had on the scene, we define what exactly makes an anime worthy of 'Big Three' status as well as whether or not this new generation of anime has any worthy contenders.  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:35:53
November 06, 2020
Episode 24 - Blorror?! Black Horror in the Making...
Celebrating both Black History Month and Halloween in this episode we discuss the tumultuous relationship between horror and black people. From some of the shameless tropes that have boxed us into certain roles to more insidious stereotypes, we discuss the history of the genre as well as the renaissance of black horror in the form of Jordan Peele's films and Misha Green's 'Lovecraft Country'  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:00:06
October 30, 2020
Episode 23 - The Boys Season 2 Review
In this episode we discuss season 2 of The Boys, an Amazon production based on a graphic novel of the same name by Garth Ennis. You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:19:17
October 22, 2020
Episode 22 - A Blerd Story
As part of black history month we wanted to dedicate an episode to blerd stories, from our own personal journeys to the not so well known black innovators who paved the way for games, films and books we discuss what it means to be a blerd today and what we'd like to see in the future!  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:10:17
October 15, 2020
Episode 21 - Tropes We Hate 101
In this episode we vent about the tropes that get under our skin, some of them we've talked about before and some will probably be a little controversial... spanning films, books, games and anime we present our personal top three most hated tropes and argue amongst ourselves Room 101 style. Who comes out on top? You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:09:29
October 08, 2020
Episode 20 - Support Black Creators: A Nerd Alternative Comics Showcase
It's October in the UK and that means Black History Month has arrived! As a podcast made up of three black people, we wanted to dedicate some real space to discuss some of our favourite black comic/manga creators.  In this episode we go through five pieces of work made by talented black people! They gave us story, art and personality the whole shebang. If you're interested in the titles we covered look them up or find them on our social media. 'Stranger Days' by Iman Lake  'Bitter Root' by David F. Walker, Chuck Brown and Sanford Greene 'Monarchs' by Joshua Bullock  'Heru' by Jason Barrett 'Adorned by Chi' by Jacque Aye!, (Art) Magus Ato & Tiana Mone'e You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:07:33
October 01, 2020
Episode 19 - The Dark Side of the Gaming Industry: Crunch
We all love the feel of a new game, loading it up to see flawless graphics and a story that just sweeps you off your feet, but have you ever thought about the blood, sweat and tears that go into it all? In this episode we get into one of not so great behind the scenes elements of the gaming industry... CRUNCH.  Crunch describes the time before the launch window of a game in which developers rush to finish products often racking up 100 hour weeks (without extra pay)to ensure they meet their deadlines. This is often a gruelling time that leads to mental stress, fatigue and a work culture rife with fear. We talk about some examples of games studios guilty about perpetuating crunch and also what we as consumers can do to discourage it from happening.  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:31:29
September 24, 2020
Episode 18 - East vs West: The Battle of the RPGs
This week we bring you another East VS West discussion. In this segment we explore the way in which Western RPGs namely American and Japanese RPGs are both similar and different. Whilst both role playing games originated in some form from table top games such as Dungeons & Dragons, they've taken a unique approach to how they tell their stories, what tropes they display and what they expect from the player.  Do you have a preference when it comes to RPGS? We'd love to hear from you on our socials. You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:04:27
September 18, 2020
Episode 17 - Is Shonen Overrated? Ft. A Mini Tenet Review
This week we bring you a jam packed episode! For our main topic we discuss whether or not the Shonen genre is overrated as well as some of our favourite Shonen G.O.A.Ts as well as our least favourite tropes. We also discuss what 2/3 of the group thought of Christopher Nolan's new film Tenet and also our first impressions on season 2 of The Boys. Have you watched any of these? You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:29:13
September 11, 2020
Episode 16 - The Dark Side of the Sci-Fi & Fantasy Genre
Join us this week as we discuss some of the downfalls of the Sci-fi and Fantasy book community, including this year's Hugo Awards controversy with George RR Martin. We get into the racist, sexist and exclusionary aspects of the genre and where they began, as well as taking a deep dive into how they affect todays's readers and writers alike.  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
54:34
September 04, 2020
Episode 15.5 - A DC Fandome Discussion
Following the well organised DC Fandome event last week we couldn't help but hop on a zoom and hash out our thoughts with DC super fan and honorary member Josh! Join us on this bonus episode as we talk everything from the Snyder Cut to Suicide Squad, let us know what your favourite part of the event was! You can find us on the following social media platforms for more. Please leave us a review and rating if you like what you hear! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
57:57
August 27, 2020
Episode 15 - The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Review
Whether you started off reading the graphic novel or were drawn in watching season 1 of The Umbrella Academy, it 's safe to say that the series and its unique characters take you on a ride. This week we discuss our thoughts on the latest season of the show, beware the spoilers!  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:23:35
August 20, 2020
Episode 14 - Toxic Fandoms
Fandoms can be warm spaces filled with knowledge, passion and friendship until they're not... In this episode we discuss some of the characteristics of toxic fandoms, and why fans turn toxic in the first place. We also consider the concept of 'Death of the author' which can sometimes feed into ideas of possession and ownership that often form in various fandoms.  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:13:15
August 06, 2020
Episode 13 - The Great Console War Debate: Xbox Series x VS PS5
Over the course of this year, Microsoft and Sony have both been slowly revealing their next generation consoles, from design to new gameplay and more. In this episode we discuss their most recent showcases and debate amongst ourselves on which one wins this generation for us. We're also joined by @sickofthepundits Josh once again, who takes the corner for Xbox! Let us know which console you'll be buying... You can find us on the following social media platforms for more! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:19:57
July 30, 2020
Episode 12 - Race, Gender, & (Air) Bending
The casting of actors has always caused controversy but none more so than those that are race bent or gender swapped. In this episode we take a look at some examples, exploring the terms racebending, gender bending in all their complexities.  You can find us on the following social media platforms for more! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
50:42
July 23, 2020
Episode 11 - The House of Ghibli
Forget the House of Mouse, this episode is about the House of Ghibli! Join us as we discuss and rank ALL 22 of Studio Ghibli's films, from our favourite classics, newly discovered gems and the more than slightly disappointing we cover them all. You can find us on the following social media platforms for more! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:26:03
July 16, 2020
Episode 10 - Battle of the Sims
This episode we discuss some of our favourite simulation games including; Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley and The Sims. Join us as we take a trip down memory lane with these franchises. Let us know if you've played any of them and if so what did you enjoy about them? You can find us on the following social media platforms for more! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
56:46
July 09, 2020
Episode 9 - #Stronggirlfriend
Join us this episode as we discuss some our thoughts on the recently released and slightly controversial The Last of Us Part II. We talk about some of the outrage surrounding the story and also Naughty Dog's recent scandals in the run up to the game's release. Have you played the game? Let us know what you think on our following social channels:  Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:27:38
July 02, 2020
Episode 8 - Would Batman Back It Though?
In this episode we catch up on some of the latest news from the nerdom, as well as delve into the hypothetical question of whether Batman would be an advocate or adversary of the Black Lives Matter movement/protests. We are joined once more by special guest Josh who battles it out with Ram for the win! Let us know who you think won the debate. Also take a listen to Josh's podcast Sick of the Pundits, which you can find on Youtube and Twitter @sickofthepundit You can find us on the following social media platforms for more! Twitter: @NrdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:13:45
June 26, 2020
Episode 7 - A Quarantine Catch Up
We're back! In our first episode since the beginning of lockdown we welcome special guest Josh to catch up on life during and after lockdown. We discuss some of the nerdy things that have kept us sane during the quarantine as well as some thoughts about what nerd life will look like as we move into a 'new normal'. Let us know what you guys have been up to! Don't forget to like, share and subscribe if you like what you hear. You can find us on the following social media platforms for more!  Twitter: @NrdAlternative  Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative  Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
26:14
June 24, 2020
Episode 6 - A Noughts & Crosses Review
In this episode we cover some of the latest news including the unavoidable hot topic Covid-19, as well as exploring our thoughts about BBC's adaption of Malorie Blackman's much loved book series Noughts & Crosses. Have you watched the show? Let us know if you agree what you think of our review!  Don't forget to like, share and subscribe if you like what you hear. You find us on the following social media platforms for more! Twitter: @TheNerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:39:12
March 20, 2020
Episode 5 - The Thing About B Movies
In this episode we take a deep dive into the history of b movies, whether you love to trash watch them or enjoy the way they subvert and innovate 'a-movies' we talk about it all! From their humble beginnings to their rise and decline we cover it all, including some of our own personal favourites. Don't forget to like, share and subscribe if you like what you hear. You find us on the following social media platforms for more! Twitter: @TheNerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:31:34
March 13, 2020
Episode 4 - The Great Manga versus Comics Debate of 2020
In the first of a new series looking at the east versus the west in popular culture, we explore our own experiences engaging with comic books, graphic novels and manga. . . .  Don't forget to like, share and subscribe if you like what you hear. You find us on the following social media platforms for more! Twitter: @TheNerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
59:47
March 06, 2020
Episode 3 - Afrofuturism ft. The opening of Pundora's box...
Join us as we discuss Afrofuturism. In this episode we define the term, discussing some recent examples of Afrofuturistic work as well as some of the nuances that comes with the ever evolving term. We also get punny... you've been warned! Don't forget to like, share and subscribe if you like what you hear. You find us on the following social media platforms for more! Twitter: @TheNerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:28:48
February 29, 2020
Episode 2 - Queen & Slim
In this episode we delve into Queen & Slim which was recently released in the UK, in our review we delve into our thoughts on the film drawing on the political landscape of telling black stories on screen.  We also touch on some current news from the geekdom and our recommendations of what to geek this week!  Don't forget to like, share and subscribe if you like what you hear. You find us on the following social media platforms for more!  Twitter: @TheNerdAlternative  Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative  Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:36:53
February 21, 2020
Episode 1 - A 2019 recap...kind of
 In  our first Actual episode  we give you a LATE recap of the weird and wonderful year that was 2019. We share some of our great and not so great moments, and talk about what we are looking forward to in 2020 . . . Don't forget to like, share and subscribe if you like what you hear. You find us on the following social media platforms for more! Twitter: @TheNerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:33:45
February 07, 2020
Episode 0.5 - Origin story
Our very first episode!!!!...kind of. Join us as we tell you a little bit about ourselves, and what to expect from our podcast.  Don't forget to like, share and subscribe if you like what you hear. You find us on the following social media platforms for more! Twitter: @TheNerdAlternative Instagram: @TheNerdAlternative Reddit: The Nerd Alternative
01:40:46
January 31, 2020