Weekend Confirmed Episode 11

By Garnett Lee, Jun 04, 2010 12:00pm PDT E3 looms less than two weeks away but games already out get this week's show off to a big start. Jeff is away on vacation but EGM EIC Billy Berghammer returns to talk Metal Gear, Backbreaker, Red Dead Redemption, Alpha Protocol, and more in Whatcha Been Playin? with Garnett and Brian. Before getting into the Warning episodic gaming and immersion versus mechanics lead listener comments, along with the very first Weekend Confirmed one-act audio theater. Then the timer starts and attention turns to E3 speculations on whether 3D or motion controls will be the star of the show. And in the Front Page the news runs from rumors of multiplayer coming to the Mass Effect world to Activision launching an indie games competition.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 11 - 06/04/2010

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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: 00:30:43

Whatcha' Been Playin Part 2: Start: 00:32:14 End: 01:04:23

The Warning: Start: 01:05:40 End: 01:43:22

Music Break featuring Featherface with "Keep It For Yourself": Start: 01:43:22 End: 01:47:00

The Front Page: Start: 01:47:00 End: 02:16:59

Music Break features Featherface, an experimental rock band from Houston, TX. composed of Kenny Hopkins, Steve Wells, and Jake Harris. You can catch them and download their free EP at their officialFeatherface Site, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube. They're currently back hard at work on full-length release and available for booking in Houston, College Station, and Austin.

Shacknews has teamed up with Razer to give away a Naga, the ultimate MMO gaming mouse, to one lucky Weekend Confirmed listener this week. Simply post a comment (Shacknews.com account required) in the comments section of this news story. A winner will be selected at random from the comments. Only your first comment will count as an entry. Multiple comments do nothing to increase your chances of winning.

Entries will be accepted until 6/8/2010 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be selected and notified on 6/9/2010 by Shackmessage.

This giveaway is open only to residents of the United States (not including Puerto Rico).

Special thanks to our guest, Billy Berghammer. Catch up with him at EGM.

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

Watch Jeff on The Totally Rad Show. New episodes come out weekly on Tuesday.

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  • I have a question for when Adam Sessler is on the show. Lately I've seen an escalation of political commentary in my gaming news and views. This is especially true from the web side of a lot of outlets that have felt it their duty to call people like myself (a fiscal libertarian who believes in smaller less intrusive gov't) everything from simply wrong to a racist. Do you think it's your "duty to enlighten us" or do you feel that social media has merged fact with opinion? Is there no way to objectively talk about video game news and reviews anymore?

    On a side note, I personally have stopped subscribing and using many outlets (including G4) because they have been so blatantly belligerent, stereotyping both my faith and politics.

  • Don't know where questions/topics for future shows should be posted, so here it goes.

    I originally thought that the second Natal press conference that Microsoft is having was because Natal had SO much content to show that it needed its own presser.

    HOWEVER, after seeing the recently "leaked" Natal videos on the net, any and all of my hopes that this thing will be more than a "shake like an epileptic crackhead" device have been destroyed.

    Keeping this in mind, do you think that this second press conference is less about giving more time to a great product and instead, more about trying to create separation so as not possibly overshadow other announcements made at the "main" Xbox press conference? I'm not saying that MS has zero confidence in Natal, far from it, but they must know that a bad Natal showing could definitely throw water on any other positive announcements that might be made. Thoughts?