Weekend Confirmed Episode 33

By Garnett Lee, Nov 05, 2010 12:00pm PDT Microsoft unleashed the Kinect sensor add-on that brings controller-less play to the Xbox 360 and we've been playing with it and the first batch of games. But Dance Central, Kinect Adventures, and Kinect Sports aren't the only thing in Whatcha' Been Playin? The GoldenEye remake for Wii, Z.H.P., Fable 3, and more get in on the act as well. Your thoughts on videogame length, achievement systems, and the concepts of universal design spur the conversation in the Warning. We break down both sides in the challenge to California's law to prohibit the sales of violent games to minors heard by the US Supreme Court as well as rumors of a poker game headed to Xbox Live, the cancellation of NBA Elite, and more.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 33 - 11/05/2010

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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: 00:31:02

Whatcha' Been Playin and Cannata-ford a New Game: Start: 00:32:05 End: 01:06:02

The Warning: Start: 01:07:08 End: 01:42:08

Music Break featuring "Fireworks": 01:42:08 End: 01:45:36

The Front Page: Start: 01:45:36 End: 02:18:38

NFL 'Tailgate': Start: 02:19:40 End: 02:26:37

Music Break this week features "Fireworks" by yOya. This track is from their "Nothing to Die" album available on iTunes. For more from them check out the official yOya site and follow them on Facebook. And if you live in the LA area, they're playing a free show tonight, Friday, Nov 5 at 7:30 at Ground Zero with Moving Picture Show.

Original music in the show by Del Rio. Get his latest single, Small Town Hero on iTunes. Check out more, including the Super Mega Worm mix and other mash-ups on his ReverbNation page or Facebook page.

Jeff can also be seen on The Totally Rad Show. They've gone daily so there's a new segment to watch every day of the week!

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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  • I had to comment on the part where the guy said games should be 2-3 hours long with the ability to go back and play it again only it being a different experience each time you play it. I would have to completely disagree with this idea. I have a limited income on games, I buy maybe 5-10 games a year, sometimes less, depending on what's coming out or what's delayed. But I don't purchase new games every month. I am a full time working adult who has to work 7 days a week, so not only is my money limited but my time is as well. So I typically play a game for at most 2 hours a day, sometimes more on the weekends cause I get off work in the afternoon. And of course there are nights when I don't play at all, so on a weekly timeframe I say I play about 10 hours a week. Now in that time frame I have plenty of time to beat a game that is only 2-3 hours long, in fact I could beat it twice, maybe even three times if the game experience actually could change that much. But after 1 week I have beaten this game 3 times, why would I want to keep playing it? And now I have this beaten game that I don't want to go through again, and it cost me 60 dollars so I don't have enough money to go buy a new game, so my systems just sit around collecting dust and I have to find something else to do with my free time? Right now I am playing Fable 3 on my Xbox and F1 on my PS3 (while I wait for NFS HP to release) and I've been playing Fable since it showed up on my doorstep, and I've not beaten it yet. Which is the point, it typically takes me at least a month or so to beat a game, sometimes longer if it has a lot of interesting side quests to do, or if I feel like getting all the trophies or achievements. So 1 game can take me a couple of months to beat like Star Ocean did, for the cost of just 60 dollars. I don't have to worry about trying to find a game to play and I don't get bored with it cause I don't play it for 8 hours or something like that in one sitting. I typically get a bit irritated at games that only last about 5-6 hours cause once I beat a game I usually can't go back and play it again unless it has a really engaging story or something. I like my games to be long, like 80 hours long like original Final Fantasy games and even more recent ones. I like long epic games, I don't want developers to give those up and go to a 2-3 hour game. Those games would not be bought by someone like myself and if that was all that was being produced that I would only go back and play my old epic games and stop buying new games all together. I think trying to compare Video games to Movies is impossible to do. A movie is just something you sit and watch with no interaction, a video game is designed to keep you the player engaged for a longer period of time to tell you their story. And it can be longer because you are engaged in the story, you are interacting with the narrative. Yeah if you were just sitting there then there is no way a person could sit through a 60+ story line like FF VII. Well my thoughts are a bit jumbled as you can tell, but I think you get my points. I think a 2-3 hour game would be destructive to the video game industry and I for one hope developers get back to more epic length games. Just because some people don't like them doesn't mean everyone won't like them. There are still plenty of people who want long games, and I applaud studios who make long story line games.

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