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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  • Everyone seems to lose when it comes to the Kotick/EA/Tim Schafer war of words, but I do feel like one major point has been hit upon that could be Kotick's Achilles Heel. Activision seems to mostly be coasting on the success of CoD and Blizzard, but their other cash cows truly are suffering from a major slump, and they are not getting much traction when trying to extend their grasp on the music game genre.

    I know that Activision's Bobby Kotick is pretty much universally reviled by gamers, but in the end he answers to the Activision board and investors. This makes me wonder; How low will Activision's stock and reputation have to sink for Kotick to get ousted?

    I think Kotick will be golden through this year. Black Ops looks like it is not just riding what MW2 offered and while it isn't a revolution, it is distinctly its own beast. Does everything depend on what happens with CoD next year, or is Kotick the video game industry's version of herpes?

    What do you guys think? Is Kotick and evil genius, just a genius, or a leech? Will he keep his job no matter how bad he makes the company look, or is he on borrowed time as head honcho of Activision? Lemme hear what you think!

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