Weekend Confirmed Episode 27

By Garnett Lee, Sep 24, 2010 12:00pm PDT After a couple of far-flung weeks with shows from PAX and the International special, Garnett, Brian, and Jeff reunite in the studio, and just in time too because they've got a whole lot to cover. Whatcha' Been Playin? gets things started with some mopping up from TGS including The Third Birthday, Ni no Kuni, and a couple others. Valkyria Chronicles 2 and the upcoming 3 which was also at TGS get some love. And all three of the guys have tales of global conquest from late night Civ 5 sessions. The Warning poses the question of whether the quest to westernize has become a distraction to Japanese game development and, of course, your Gran Turismo 5 responses get their due. Lara's continuing co-op struggles, the apparent cancellation of Milo, and naturally some Halo:Reach news highlight the Front Page to wrap it all up.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 27 - 09/24/2010

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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: 00:34:27

Whatcha' Been Playin and Cannata-ford a New Game: Start: 00:35:53 End: 01:04:20

The Warning: Start: 01:05:30 End: 01:45:06

Music Break featuring Ongaku's "Good Times" Start: 01:45:06 End: 01:47:30

The Front Page: Start: 01:47:30 End: 02:23:31

Music Break this week features Ongaku ("music" in Japanese) from Lisbon, Portugal, with the track "Good Times". Influenced by Yellow Magic Orchestra, disco, heavy funk, and synths, he's currently focused on making some tracks and finishing a degree in animation. For more check out Ongaku on MySpace or Soundcloud.

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.

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  • Yeah, Garnett, you're just not an adequate representative of Japanese game fandom. I appreciate your effort, but a passionate player's going to do better than someone whose attention is split. I'd say the same for a podcast that ignored the great Western games except for Valve and Blizzard output.

    1. Brian can knock JRPG mechanics at will when Level-5 itself created the incredibly innovative Inazuma 11 series, the best new property of this generation (in my opinion). Brian's blind flailing happens often enough that it's irritating.
    2. You came back from Tokyo without any original thoughts or hidden gems. If you're spending the money, you should have at least 1 cool thing that wasn't presented elsewhere. On things you know about (say, Tomb Raider), you're brilliant. What happened?
    3. You guys spoke in cliches on the Japan-on-Westernization, didn't say anything that hadn't been said before, and, again, underplayed 1 of the biggest stories of this generation: portable games. It sounded like only Garnett had comprehension of the matter equal to that of any forum poster.

    At this point, the podcast's more specialized (a la Giant Bomb's) than comprehensive, which isn't your goal, I think. That's not a problem for Shacknews' "PC games and console action and shooter ones" demographic, but I think a lot of people want at least 1 show that tries to cover trends within the whole industry. I apologize if it's purposely not trying to be that. Think about inviting a Kohler, Nutt, Bettenhausen, or 1 of the Siliconera guys, perhaps?

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