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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  • As much as I've loved playing video games in the past, I completely understand why they aren't more socially acceptable, because when you get right down to it most video games are inherently silly. I'm not even thinking of the obvious examples like Bayonetta or the DOA games, I'm thinking of the entire gambit, but in the interest in time I'll stick to discussing shooters.

    In most shooters you play as one dude, running around killing hundreds, (HUNDREDS!), of enemies per game usually all on your own. You're like a one man genocide. You play as the good guy, yet by the end of the game you've killed more people than Pol Pot. Meanwhile the enemy has killed, what, two or three of your teammates? The bastards! The ridiculousness of that should be plain to see.

    Add to that the fact that your character often has muscles bigger than the couch you're sitting on, and the dialogue is mostly comprised of enough macho soundbites, and bromides to make a lethal drinking game out of them.

    What's more, it's not uncommon for your character to know how to operate every single pistol, SMG, machine gun, light machine gun, sniper rifle, rocket launcher, jeep, snowmoblie, tank, helicopter, hang glider, jet pack, and airplane known to man! And we have the audacity to laugh at MacGyver? (Okay, we can laugh at MacGyver).

    Oh also your characters health is more resilient than Tony Randall's sex drive, (god rest his fertile soul).

    Now obviously I know that we need many of those above mentioned abilities in order to create a fun enjoyable experience but that doesn't make them any less silly. The point I'm trying to make is that I don't think games enthusiasts should be surprised that their hobby isn't more accepted.

    Now is any of this more silly than say Jersey Shore? It doesn't matter if it is or not because Jersey Shore, as ridiculous as it is, is part of the world of television, a medium that has been socially acceptable for decades. Video games on the other hand, despite how sophisticated they've become are still attached to 20 plus years of geek stigma. That perception is changing, but the medium has a while to go before it's completely shaken its dorky image.

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