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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  • Continuing with the gaming in the workplace discussion, I’m surprised that hobbies and interests even come up in interviews. I was always told that putting hobbies/interests on your resume was simply seen as filler by potential employees. I struggle to think of a single time I was asked about that kind of stuff during an interview.

    As for my experience with gaming in the workplace, I just recently had something interesting happen. Right now, I’m temping in the financial department of a city run ambulance service\emergency response team. In the middle of our entire office is a cubicle with a magna-doodle on it. Since everyone has to pass it at some point in the day, people feel compelled to write little messages to the office. On my way to lunch a few weeks ago, I noticed someone wrote “SC2-WOL. 7 days,” on the magna-doodle. So, naturally, I erased and replaced it with something along the lines of “Zerg Rush. 7 days.” Starcraft coded messages were passed for several days until I decided to propose a lunch meetup with my fellow gamer-in-hiding. It turned out to be an intern in the office. We ended up having quite a loud and spirited conversation about gaming in the office lunch room. A few days after the game was launched, the intern and I had another lunch meet up to discuss the campaign and multiplayer. In the middle of our discussion, one of the EMT deputies (all of whom look/sound like 30 to 40 y.o. blue collar stereotypes) came into the lunch room. We took it as a cue to quiet down, so we paused our discussion. The EMT quietly made himself a cup of coffee and then turned to us and said “So, how awesome was that level with the rising lava?” Several other staff members in various levels of the companies hierarchy joined us in our campaign discussion. We now frequently use game references to secretly talk to each other about things going wrong in the office. It’s great. We’ve even planned monthly game nights. I’m pretty sure my gaming relationship (and hard work!) with these people will lead to getting on a full time position, should one come available.