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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  • Ok, just one more comment on topic brought last week.

    I think that Jeff was spot on during the story in games discussion. Really all games have to be built first around the "thirty seconds of fun" mechanic and then have a story fleshed out around that otherwise it starts to become tough to call it a game. For instance, I loved Heavy Rain for what it was. But ii would be tough to call it a game instead of an experience.

    So that got me thinking. We all know that games and comic books are often link in our minds for no apparent reason. However, more and more comic seem to stand as a blueprint for video games as an industry. Comics are a relatively new for of art and have already gone through alot of the growing pains that we see games going through now and I think we can draw a parallel to storytelling as well.

    When comics were first written the story arcs were not extraordinary by any means by the "fun" was there in the form of the origins, the supervillian arch nemesis, the superpowers. These things laid the groundwork for the amazing stories we see in comics todays which are often very deep and rewarding for the reader. In the same vain it would make since that many of the games we see today are trying to nail the "fun" in form of gameplay and once that is cemented into our culture the focus will shift as it did in comics to story. To me it seems like is the road that makes since for games. We are alerady ssing it working. I use Bioshock as an example. At this point the FPS has perfected its "thirty seconds of fun" as long as it is in the hands of a competent design studio. Therefor the essential framework was already in place. It allowed for the story to written without the need for reinventing the wheel for the gameplay. I believe that in many cases developers have to start getting out of thier own way and stop trying to reinvent the wheel, instead take something you already know works and wrap an amazing story and world around it.

    What do you guys think?