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Weekend Confirmed Episode 21

by Garnett Lee, Aug 13, 2010 12:00pm PDT

Before Garnett and Brian head to Texas for QuakeCon, they sit down with Jeff to record this week's show. It's a broad swath of gaming in Whatcha' Been Playin? ranging from more Madden and Starcraft 2 to Arc Rise Fantasia and even Minecraft. Your thoughts from our conversation last week about the viability of female characters leads the Warning before the subject turns to the line between fun, engaging game design and frustrating compulsion to beat a game. And in the front page there's news of new Borderlands DLC and the celebrity voice cast in Fallout New Vegas. Due to travel we recorded early this week but we'll have Jeff's reaction to Bioshock Infinite and look at July's sales figures next week.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 21 - 08/13/2010

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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: 00:30:37

Whatcha' Been Playin and Cannata-ford a New Game: Start: 00:31:40 End: 01:03:29

The Warning: Start: 01:04:38 End: 01:36:58

Music Break featuring "Quid Pro Quo" by Civicminded Start: 01:36:58 End: 01:40:14

The Front Page: Start: 01:40:14 End: 02:12:19

Music Break this week comes from Civicminded, winners of the Best New Artist honors in the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards. The track "Quid Pro Quo" comes from the band's debut effort, Sequence. You can download the full song for free on the Civicminded Facebook page. You can also catch up with them on MySpace. Civicminded’s own Phil Reno also composed the soundtrack for the Giant Bombcast.

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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  • I've listened to part of it so I thought I'd comment on what I've heard thus far.

    I've noticed that the difference in Easy difficulty and Normal seems to be fairly big. It seems like there needs to be a nice in between difficulty level. My brother (who's not a big RTS guy) has found that he can stomp all over the AI on Easy without hardly trying, but Normal rapes him. I need to try the various difficulties (I've mostly played with him agains the AI to help him get the hang of it) but I have noticed that it seems gimped on Easy and far far more competent on Normal and perhaps there needs to be a Sorta Easy option for people like my brother (though I'm helping him with our CO-OP sessions, but he's said that he'd likely give up on the MP side of the game if I wasn't assisting him...not that I'm even remotely good (I'm hilariously rusty...and even back in the day I wasn't able to compete online with really good players who could rape me)).

    As to Dragon Quest...I agree with Jeff that this game heavily benefits from being on the DS...I'm not a J-RPG guy...in fact I almost actively hate them (not really...but they aren't my kind of game). I actually did like DQ8...but I think that was largely nostalgia. That having been said I've found J-RPGs to actually be enjoyable on the portable...I can't stomach any of the more modern FF games and most other J-RPGs on consoles are just off-putting to me (I hate them), but on the DS they're nicely bite-sized and enjoyable when done correctly.

    I'll also say that I like the battles in DQ9...I'm not a big fan of overly complicated and drawn out turn-based JRPG battles...and I hate watching elaborate bullshit when I do some sort of special attack. I generally love that DQ9 is nice and simple...I pick what I want to do, my characters quickly do that shit, and I move on...it never becomes irritating (perhaps part of the problem is that I hate battles in JRPGs...so the fact that I can just get them over with in DQ9 is maybe why I don't mind them so much).

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      • I'm not saying JRPGs suck, just that they generally aren't my cup of tea anymore. I think DQ9's appeal to me personally is a combination of nostalgia (it reminds me of DW3/DQ3 which was my favorite in the series back when I did like these kinds of games in the NES and SNES era), along with portability and the fact that its designed around that and I can just play it in bits and pieces. It also isn't too fucking heavy handed with the story.

        I think part of what may turn me off to JRPGs is really a combination of the length and the emphasis on non-interactive story and cut-scenes. I was watching my brother play FF13 a while back and as someone who has trouble getting through a Metal Gear Solid game due to the fucking cinematics...it just isn't for me.

        In addition the length is an issue as well...I think in the late 90s there was a mistake made in touting games as having "X Hours of Gameplay" on the back...and generally a lot of that time was spent grinding and doing the same shit over and over and over...I think FF8 and DQ7 were when I really soured me on the whole genre (and it was a trend with me anyway...those two just cemented it) and I realized that it was more work than fun for me personally.

        I have really fond memories of FF4 and FF6 (2 and 3 here in the states)...I loved Chrono Trigger and I adored the first 3 Dragon Quest games (Dragon Warrior over here)...I just stopped enjoying a lot of games in the same genre over time and I think it may have to do with me just as much as with what changed in those games (hence the fact that I can tolerate them and even enjoy them on a portable...its less of a commitment and for some reason it doesn't bother me if I don't finish them).

        TLDR: DQ9 is helped by nostalgia for me and the fact that its convenient on the DS where I can play between commercial breaks, at the doctor's office, on my lunch break at work, off and on whenever. And big AAA JRPGs on the consoles aren't my thing anymore because I just don't have time for them and they for some reason don't appeal to me like they used to.