Nerd Bacon is now on Flickr! Here's our chance to share awesome pictures with you guys: rare consoles, huge collections, and maybe a few other things you've never seen are in store. Visit Nerd Bacon @ Flickr now! And check back often as we continue to add new pics from our members!

Nerd Bacon is endeavoring to bring you more news than ever before! Visit our NEWS SECTION to stay up-to-date with the gaming world!

Bacon Bits

No updates in past 7 days!

Ever wanted to know what our senior members are up to in their spare time? Want to get to know our writers a little better? Then take a look at our brand new Bacon Bits: The Baconeer Blogs and see what they have to say!

MEMBERS AREA Updated August 1st.

Navigation by WebRing.

Random Articles


Twitch Schedule

The Watchman's Retro Weekend
Current Game: Earthbound
Saturdays @ Noon EST

Join The Watchman every Saturday for the best retro arcade and console games.

Special Events

The Midnight Snack
Mass Effect: Andromeda
March 20 @ ~10:00PM EST

Grab your favorite Turian or Arasi body pillow and join Variand just after the midnight release of Mass Effect: Andromeda as we explore a whole new galaxy Captain Kirk style.

Be sure to subscribe and keep watch for emails about special streams.


What's Shakin' at the Bacon

Doc CrocDoc Croc Editor-in-Chief
ME Andromeda may be the first video game with an all-blind cast.

elder grapeVariand Owner

MASS EFFECT ANDROMEDA STREAM STARTING AT 10PM EST TONIGHT! Also, everyone should have gotten an email from the "Members" email. If you did not, let me know!

The WatchmanThe Watchman Owner

You can do it Mike!

StrikeAlexGundamMike Watson 
This is certainly harder than I thought it would be. I dunno if I'll get this boss walkthrough completed. >_<

Sign in to update your status

Recent Comments

  • Nips
    Nips: Thanks for the props!…
  • Nips
    Nips: Awesome read. I wholeheartedly agree with the de-emphasis on story and exposition; when the player is……
  • Poseidon
    Poseidon: Wow, DK. This is awesome. I've not played or even heard of Inside until now. But now I have to……
  • Poseidon
    Poseidon: I'm with nerdberry on this. If I wanted to play a strategic card game, I'd stick to M:tG. But this……
  • BLAST IMMINENT: Oops I ment Forces. Sonic Forces looks like a mobile game…
  • BLAST IMMINENT: When I saw Sonic Mania I thought it looked like a mobile game. I hate being so pessimistic. I love……
  • nerdberry
    nerdberry: Maybe I came off more negative on Sonic Forces than I meant to. I agree that it looks promising! And……
  • The Watchman
    The Watchman: I've been excited for Sonic Mania for a while now, but I still think the little taste of Sonic Forces……
Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty – PC

Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty – PC

with Heart of the Swarm Expansion

Platform: PC

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

Release Date: July 27, 2010

Genre: Real-Time Strategy

Nerd Rating: 9/10

Reviewed by PzIkHo

My life for Aiur!

Starcraft 2 builds on the immense popularity of the first installment, continuing the story of a forlorn Jim Raynor and his struggles against the insidious Arcturus Mengsk, ruler of the Terran Dominion. As he rallies troops for the sake of revolution, Raynor perpetually longs for his lost love, Sarah Kerrigan. Transformed into the wretched Queen of Blades by the infections and brutal Zerg, Kerrigan continues her conquest as last seen at the end of the Brood War expansion set; while the mysterious and powerful Protoss lurk in the background.queenofblades

Building on the overarching story of these three races and their confrontation in the remote Koprulu Sector of space, the game continues developing the backstory of each race individually. The politically dominated Terrans continue their infighting as the newly established Dominion proves to be as corrupt as the predecessor it fragmented: The Terran Confederacy. The Queen of Blades is quite-possibly the most complex anti-hero since Solid Snake. Establishing herself as the ruler of the Zerg Swarm, she continues to do battle with the enigmatic Protoss for domination of space. The Protoss, who previously existed as two religious factions (the Khalai and Nezarim) have been reunited after the destruction of their homeworld at the hands of the Zerg.

The gameplay features an intense overhaul in the graphics department, turning familiar scenery into novel eye candy. The core of the gameplay mechanics have changed very little, with the goal remaining the same as always; mine resources to maintain an economy, build an army, and outwit your opponent.  New units such as the Shredder, Oracle and the Viper add new dimensions to the familiar tech trees and strategies.  The primary controls involve the mouse (in fact, whole games can be played using nothing else); against better opponents, however, players will find good use of available shortcuts on the keyboard (known as hotkeys).


Starcraft attracts professional gamers who make a living with their world-class skills in the game. The rumors of South Koreans wiping out entire armies with one or two menial ground units are true (the game is all but a national sport in South Korea)…and then there’s this:

Fear not, however! Blizzard Entertainment and their top-of-the-line servers, which undergo regular maintenance (much to the dismay of avid gamers between the hours of 3-11 am) have mechanisms in place which constantly monitor each player’s abilities, ensuring you’re always matched with a player who is of equal skill.  You will never meet a challenge that is beyond your ability. Players also have the option of saving and reviewing replays of each game so they can review specific moments/events and further develop their strategies.

The single player campaign mode is a heavily-modified version compared to multiplayer games, and each mission or level focuses on advancing the storyline while giving the character a diverse range of scenarios in which to utilize most if not all available structures and units. Different units have different abilities and statistics, can perform different functions, and are only created through specific structures. Structures may also contain upgrades, and certain structures can only be built after another structure has been completed (much like an add-on).starcraftship_review

One key feature of the first StarCraft was the perfect balance between the three races. Each had particular strengths and weaknesses which combined to give no particular advantage on the battlefield. Wings of Liberty, with all the additional units/structures, and slight tweaks to unit damage/speed, has skewed this balance slightly. Zerg players will find their immensely fast units significantly less powerful than in the first installment. Thankfully this problem was addressed and corrected in Heart of the Swarm, and the perfect balance has been restored.

The release of Wings of Liberty brought with it a black stain on the track record of Blizzard Entertainment: the unscrupulous melting of graphics cards. Users reported their computers had become so hot they could “probably fry eggs on it.” Ultimately Blizzard was able to cite the problem as uncapped framerates which, when utilized on a game with little movement happening at times on screen, caused the software to constantly re-draw the screen thereby overworking users’ GPUs. While providing a fix for the problem (“Tassadar be praised!”), they were reluctant to replace any graphics cards destroyed by the game (as the problem may very well have been caused by a malfunction in hardware). If you install Starcraft 2 be sure to add me (PzIkHo) and we can kill each other!

**USERS BEWARE!!** Hot GPU Fix: Once installed and updated to the latest patch: edit your Documents/Starcraft2/variables text file and add the following lines:


 See you in the Void!



Written by Nerd Bacon

Nerd Bacon


Share This Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *