Weekend Confirmed Episode 22

By Garnett Lee, Aug 20, 2010 12:00pm PDT This weekend gets confirmed with a powerful show that rocks from start to finish. Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, Lara Croft: Guardian of Light, Monday Night Combat, and a QuakeCon report get the party started on the right foot in Whatcha' Been Playin? Your thoughts on maturity in games and balancing difficulty with reward lead off the Warning before the question of whether it's okay to leave games unfinished finally gets discussed. Gamecom announcements alone could fill the Front Page but there's also a quick review of the July NPD sales figures and, of course, Jeff tops it off with a little excitement for Bioshock Infinite.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 22 - 08/20/2010

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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: 00:31:21

Whatcha' Been Playin and Cannata-ford a New Game: Start: 00:32:47 End: 01:04:33

The Warning: Start: 01:05:36 End: 01:37:20

Music Break featuring "Yaa I Get It" by Shad K Start: 01:37:20 End: 01:40:10

The Front Page: Start: 01:40:10 End: 02:16:21

Music Break this week comes from Shad K with his single "Yaa I Get It" on Black Box Recordings, which is available now on iTunes and Shad's worldwide store. Shad can also be found on MySpace and Facebook. Don't miss his The Old Prince Still Lives at Home video

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 honestly have not been able to relate to the "game stigma" conversation we have been having over the past few weeks because I have never personally seen that at all. The age-gap probably plays into it quite a bit, but I'm 25, and when I was in highschool, the jocks all played Madden, the kids who were always in trouble played GTA, and even the preppy kids played Mario or at least Tetris on their phones. It was never like, "Oh....you play video games? You are weird!" (The kids sitting on the floor outside of the library playing Magic: The Gathering, using sound effects, "Fire ball! BOOOM HEHEHEHEH!" Those kids were weird. People don't make fun of video gamers so much these days because they have LARPers to make fun of.) It was just sort of a given that everybody was playing games in one form or another.

    In the work-place, if an older co-worker over-hears me talking about games with someone, they usually say, "Oh, my kids really like those a lot. I used to play pac-man. That was fun." Any stigma that might come in an interview would probably be positive. "This person plays games? They are a nerd? They must be really smart. I want smart people working here. They could probably help me with all of my computer issues."

    I'm sorry, but I have to wonder how much of this issue comes from our own over-defensiveness. Someone might say, "I'm embarrassed to play games around my girlfriend," but I'd be willing to bet that if you actually asked the girlfriend, she probably would not care. It seems like it's more the embarrassed gamer's issue than it is the girlfriend's issue. I feel this whole issue may be this way. It's more about our own insecurity than it is about anyone's actual reaction, because I honestly don't think too many people really care if you play games or not. That being said, if this is something you really are experiencing, and your friends or girlfriend make you feel ashamed for something you feel passionately about (games or otherwise), maybe you should consider finding new friends or a different relationship.

    The other side is that this may be the attraction of games for some core gamers (Not all core gamers. I'm not saying this about you, so, please hear me out). "Mainstream America does not like video games. That means it's rebellious to play them. I'm so alienated. Cool!" Once games become completely mainstream and accepted, they lose their appeal for these particular gamers. It's like when a fan turns against a lesser-known underground band when they start to gain some popularity. I think some gamers really do not want games to become main-stream, but they'll still bitch about it because they want to sound and feel like they are being held down by the man.

    It's a complicated issue with many different ways of looking at it. I can only share my own perspective based on the experiences I have had. If you disagree with anything I have said, I'm not going to say you are wrong, because it's one of those issues where there really is no right or wrong answer. This is just my take on it.