Weekend Confirmed Episode 20

By Garnett Lee, Aug 06, 2010 12:00pm PDT It's anything but a lazy midsummer's show as a Whatcha' Been Playin? packed with heavy-hitters including Civilization 5, Starcraft 2, and Madden 11 gets Garnett, Brian, and Jeff off to rocking start. There's so much in there that Cannata-ford a New Game spills over to the third segment before giving way to the Warning. Your thoughts on why developers try and compete with the likes of Halo and Modern Warfare for multiplayer shooters starts the conversation which also includes choosing the right place to sit when gaming, and a brief look at the issues raised this week on Gamasutra concerning whether focus testing resulted in Activision abandoning female action heroes. News from EA's investor reports hits the Front Page along with one of our favorite games, Torchlight, getting the sequel we all hoped for announced.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 20 - 08/06/2010

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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: 00:31:37

Whatcha' Been Playin and Cannata-ford a New Game: Start: 00:32:50 End: 01:01:40

The Warning: Start: 01:02:48 End: 01:38:25

Music Break "Weather the Storm" by Verbal: Start: 01:38:25 End: 01:41:26

The Front Page: Start: 01:41:26 End: 02:13:39

Music Break this week comes from Montreal-based hip hop artist Verbal. The featured track "Weather the Storm" is available on iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster, and Limewire stores. For more from verbal and the Northern Lights (NL5) hip hop collective check out the NL5 MySpace page.

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.

Jeff can also be seen on The Totally Rad Show. New episodes come out weekly on Tuesday.

Our Official Facebook Weekend Confirmed Page is coming along now so add us to your Facebook routine. We'll be keeping you up with the latest on the show there as well.

Weekend Confirmed will be taping live at PAX! Hope you can join us Saturday, Sep 4 at 2pm in the Serpent Theatre.

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  • As sort of a spin-off question, is anyone here of the mindset that "I will not play a character of the opposite gender"?

    I have guy friends that won't try games I recommend like Bayonetta and Tomb Raider, simply because they refuse to play as a female character. As a former World of Warcraft player, I remember seeing at least one or two threads a week on their message boards asking why some guys play female characters, as if they should be ridiculed for what amounts to nothing more than a character model preference.

    I have to assume that at least some sales are lost by the presence of a female lead for this reason alone, which is sad.

    From this side of the coin, I really don't care what gender the lead is. Granted, most games feature a male lead, so it's something female players are used to, but it never ruins the fun for me in the way it seems to with the type of people I mentioned. I enjoyed playing Kratos because I felt he was the right fit for that story. He is absolutely nothing like me in any way, shape, or form...but who cares?

    That said, I always enjoy games that present an option, even if they may not be of the highest quality overall. For example, I had much, much more fun with Saint's Row 2 than I did with GTA4, because I got to personalize that character and it helped me connect to her more.

    So, how do you feel when playing as the opposite gender? And if presented a choice, do you ever pick the opposite gender?

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