Weekend Confirmed Episode 34

By Garnett Lee, Nov 12, 2010 12:00pm PST Call of Duty: Black Ops dropped this week and we've been playing it along with, oh, a few million other folks around the Net. It hoards the spotlight in Whatcha Been Playin? and fair warning, there are some spoilers in the discussion but with a clear disclaimer beforehand. Battlefield Play4Free and the Vietnam DLC for Bad Company 2 also come up as shooters rule this week's show. In the Warning your counter-points to the idea floated last week of 2-3 hour games get us started and we also open the question of how susceptible to fatigue Call of Duty looks to be? News of Rock Band developer Harmonix hitting the sales block, a handful of new game announcements, and more wrap it all up in the Front Page.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 34 - 11/12/2010

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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: 00:30:10

Whatcha' Been Playin and Cannata-ford a New Game: Start: 00:31:14 End: 01:04:29

The Warning: Start: 01:05:34 End: 01:37:29

Music Break featuring "Line 'em Up": 01:37:29 End: 01:40:40

The Front Page: Start: 01:40:40 End: 02:05:20

NFL 'Tailgate': Start: 02:06:20 End: 02:16:10

Music Break this week features "Line 'em Up" by Final Gravity. This track is from their "4 Pack" EP available on iTunes and CDBaby. For more from them check out the official Final Gravity site. And if you're in the LA area, Final Gravity will be opening for rock guitarist Gary Hoey (who, if you don't know the name, shreds) at the Brixton on the Redondo Beach Pier, Thursday, December 16 at 9pm.

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 will totally agree with Jeff in how Call of Duty's singleplayer has moved away from the "You are part of a team in a war" type of setting.

    The games since COD2 have convinced me that the COD teams aren't very good at writing stories or scenarios but are skilled with plot, pacing, and flow. COD2 felt like an intense experience not just because you were one cog within a unit within a huge war, but because all the storytelling was focused on you and some buddies just surviving.

    Story-wise I think the Modern Warfare games were at their best when you were playing as the Americans just trying to survive, not worrying about the conspiracy or plot twists or whatever. My favorite COD campaign is still Modern Warfare 1. Even though the overarching story was crap, I cared about what was happening moment-to-moment with Price, Gaz, Griggs, Velasquez, etc. Even COD2 Big Red One (probably an underrated game) did a good job just focusing on the squad chemistry. MW2 and Black Ops put too much focus on the overarching 24-esque plot, which is not Infinity Wards nor Treyarch's strong suit.

    After playing MOH, I actually wish Modern Warfare HAD been about the current Afghanistan war - if for no other reason than to put the narrative focus back on where it probably matters most - the soldiers themselves.

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