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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  • Great episode guys!
    I have to get some stuff off my chest though:

    I 100% agree about Limbo being a great display of the media. The subtle storytelling is captivating from the start and I was taken by the visual style right away. I have ,however, heard the price argument too often about this game. If the EXPERIENCE is worth money the money it is worth the money. You can't break a game down into $/per minute formulas. As with any other artistic and or entertainment medium, the quality of the overall experience is what matter to each individual.

    As an example, if you look at what is one of the oldest entertainment mediums, literature. When was the last time you heard someone say "Well I would never buy that book for that price, it's 20 cent a page", answer, you haven't. Because we don't think of that type of narative in that way. It is only because literature has been around as long as it has that these arguments have been thrown by the wayside.

    The real problem with any argument of this time is, as it has been said so many times on this podcast, value is and always will be subjective. I recently had a family member at my home watching me play Limbo. His reaction was not "Wow" as mine had been but was instead "doesn't this get boring?' Is he wrong? I don't think so. He simply does not see the value that I do in the game.

    Amazingly enough it can all be wrapped up in a sying we have heard since childhood:
    "One mans trash, is another mans Limbo"

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