Weekend Confirmed Episode 4

By Brian Leahy, Apr 16, 2010 12:44pm PDT Garnett Lee is away on business, but Brian and Jeff are back to hold down the fort. Joining them, once again, is Billy Berghammer as the group discusses Splinter Cell: Conviction in Whatcha Been Playin? After that, the gang plays catch-up on some games from earlier in 2010 including Darksiders and Final Fantasy XIII. Halo 2 gets its time in the spotlight in "Forgotten Favorites" or "Cannata-ford a New Game". The Front Page is busy this week with a pair of game reveals from Epic, an X-COM "re-imagining" from 2K, and the latest on the Infinity Ward vs. Activision drama.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 04 - 04/16/2010

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Weekend Confirmed comes in four segments to make it easy to listen to in segments or all at once. Here's the timing for this week's episode:

Whatcha' Been Playin: Start: 00:00:00 End: 00:23:33

Music Sample: "Waste my Time": Start: 00:23:33 End: 00:24:31

Whatcha' Been Playin Part 2: Start: 00:24:31 End: 00:48:58

The Front Page: Start: 00:49:23 End: 01:15:20

Music Sample: "Small Town Hero": Start: 01:15:20 End: 01:15:51

All music in this show by Del Rio. Get his latest single, Small Town Hero on iTunes and check out more at his Facebook page.

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  • In the vein of the Infinity Ward/Activision fiasco: http://kotaku.com/5519049/the-studio-behind-modern-warfare-is-dead-insider-says

    I hope Activision gets burned into the ground for this. It's a shame they have Blizzard to fall back on. I'd prefer to have both their legs cut out from underneath them.

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    • Heh, "[Activision] never saw this coming." They should've seen this coming. If they thought that everything was going to be rosy at their renegade studio after they fire the top two guys and replace them with "company men" (Pearce and Ackrich), then they really don't understand their employees there, and are merely manipulating them like pure resources. I don't think the board of directors will care, since they're all the exact same kind of personality as Kotick: they care only about the numbers, and apparently "the biggest launch in history across all forms of entertainment" still wasn't big enough. The Activision Blizzard executives wanted more, and they wanted control so they could keep pumping out annual sequels.

      "At first they gave us some bullshit about moving up payments of all the money they owe us to sooner increments. That was when Todd and Frank left."

      So perhaps Alderman and Gigliotti called their bluff? I'd definitely doubt Activision moving up the royalty payment schedule, considering the rumor that they had rescheduled the payments to tiny increments starting April, and larger increments years out.

      Infinity Ward was the goose that laid the golden egg, and Activision basically slaughtered that goose when they interfered by firing West and Zampella, instead of trying to work with them. I don't think Kotick, Tippl, or the Activision Blizzard board will learn anything from this experience; in fact, I expect them to stoke their legal team and blindly go full steam ahead with the lawsuits, just as they did against Double Fine after EA picked up Brutal Legend. I don't think that Kotick is going to have a Riccitiello-esque epiphany anytime soon, because as a pure businessman, he could not possibly care less about game development.