Weekend Confirmed Episode 13

By Garnett Lee, Jun 18, 2010 3:00pm PDT E3 2010 goes into the books with a deluge of games and we dive right into the deep end of them. Shacknews's own Chris Faylor joins Garnett, Brian, and Jeff to share their experiences with XCOM, Portal 2, Bulletstorm, Child of Eden, Journey, PixelJunk Shooter 2, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, DJ Hero 2, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, LittleBIGPlanet 2, the Witcher 2, and more. N'Gai Croal also takes a turn on the microphone to examine the big trends of 3D gaming and motion control seen at the show. With far more than fits in one show this show ends with a "to be continued" next week. Along with more games we'll also share your responses to E3 and the games so come by Shacknews for the official show thread to join the conversation.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 13 - 06/18/2010

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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 at E3: Start: 00:00:00 End: 00:34:31

Whatcha' Been Playin at E3 Part 2: Start: 00:36:03 End: 01:10:36

Whatcha' Been Playin at E3 Part 3: Start: 01:11:42 End: 01:39:56

Music Break featuring X2 with "Ready Set Go": Start: 01:39:56 End: 01:42:44

The Front Page: Start: 01:42:44 End: 02:24:30

Music Break features X Two, an upcoming rapper from North Carolina, Crowned the King of High Point after winning an extensive 2 month battle hosted by 102 Jamz in North Carolina. That won him a chance to fly out to California and record where he meet Victor Newman, Owner/CEO of Win Win Global, who saw he had great talent and made him the first artist of his label. Follow them on twitter, Facebook, and MySpace. Check out the video for "Ready Set Go" on YouTube

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 6/22/2010 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be selected and notified on 6/23/2010 by Shackmessage.

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

Special thanks to our guests Chris Faylor and N'Gai Croal.

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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  • On the 3ds and 3d discussion, I think that the only way that 3d can affect gameplay is to improve depth perception and allow for slightly easier jumping and maybe aiming. This is a very minor but very real advantage to 3d. The only other use it has is as a cool effect but gamers rarely object to having more cool effects in games even if they have no affect gameplay.

    The flipside to this is that most implimentations of 3d require tradeoffs. We wouldnt want 1080p if it made a game 15fps and we dont want 3d if it needs glasses and reduces image quality. I was and still am excited about the 3ds because it looks like it could provide 3d without tradeoffs. I would like to know if you see any major tradeoffs in the 3ds screen. If not, then I think there is no need for it to affect gameplay and it can just be a cool effect like hd resolutiions.

    oh and from impressions online face ace and target shoot were good demonstrations of the gyro sensor. (augmented reality)

    Great show and thanks

  • I just got to the segment of 3D. Hope you guys know about Sharp's Parallax Barrier technology showcased at CES10. I'm pretty sure it's what they are using because Sharp's tech has shown the same limitations of a small viewing angle.

    Sony and friends, who use shutter glasses technology, are using glasses because it can accompany a wide range of viewing angles. The glasses work in the movies, so it needs to be like that for TVs. Portables only has one person looking at it for the most part, so Nintendo is clever to use it for the 3DS and not a 3D Wii.

    Anyone expecting a TV that doesn't need glasses will be forking out $25,000 for an autostereoscopic TV.

  • I am downloading as we speak.

    E3 was good this year. A lot of solid looking games, a lot solid announcements from the major publishers and console companies, and just a lot good things to come from the show. However, I don't feel like there is that one major announcement that stole the show. I also really disliked Microsoft's Oprah moment, I thought it was an expensive ploy to demean both Sony's and Nintendo's conference. I am happy to see the Wii have many new games coming, that feels like a first. I am also glad Sony is going to take Move serious with major ad campaigns and software support. I think the 3D things is cool, have to start somewhere, but no everyone has a movie theater sized screen in their home to enjoy the fullness of Killzone 3. I want to see the 3DS, I am extremely curious how the effect looks, I didn't get to see it in person running.

    Overall, a solid showing for E3. A lot of great games in the pipeline. However, I dislike being told that motion control and 3D is the future of gaming. For instance., when Children of Eden was being played with connect, I couldn't help but think "I hope I can use a controller for that." Also, Kinect failed to to give me an obvious reason to by it. It didn't prove to me that it was that much quicker in navigating the 360 or that playing games like that is fun. The Move is an expensive package, 79.99 for a standard controller plus the navigation controller, and thats if you already have a PlayStation Eye. But, Sony does seem to be aiming for both the casual and hardcore audiences, a lot more than Microsoft or Nintendo are, so I'll wait and see. 3D tvs arent good enough for me to care about 3D yet. Not at all.

    Anyway, I am excited to hear your thoughts Garnett, wondering if you gave Sony a C+ again ;-)
    Btw, I don't know if you went to their press event, but I thought I saw u, wanted to say high, but wasn't sure...probably missed my opportunity, eh?