Weekend Confirmed Episode 37

By Garnett Lee, Dec 03, 2010 12:00pm PST Fix yourself one last leftover turkey and stuffing sandwich and get ready for a great show. Epic Mickey and Gran Turismo 5 both arrived and headline this week's Whatcha' Been Playin? In the Warning Jeff's return to World of Warcraft gets things started and then it's on to your thoughts on having fun versus being competitive. Sales for Move and Kinect, a new squad-based shooter from Yakuza's creator, and the rest of the week's videogame news bring the show home in the Front Page.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 37 - 12/03/2010

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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: 00:30:08

Whatcha' Been Playin and Cannata-ford a New Game: Start: 00:31:12 End: 01:02:04

The Warning: Start: 01:02:56 End: 01:34:40

Music Break featuring "Let Me Put You at Ease": 01:34:40 End: 01:37:50

The Front Page: Start: 01:37:50 End: 02:08:37

NFL 'Tailgate': Start: 02:09:39 End: 02:18:23

Music Break this week features "Let Me Put You at Ease" by Jonathan Carter aka graphicnapkin. For more, check out his official site and follow him on Twitter.

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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  • Maybe a bit of a pick me up after the downer about University students not playing games.

    I'm from Vancouver, Canada and I opted to go to University in Illinois. Great psych program, good scholarship and it was far away from my parents. Anyway, contrary to what you may have heard Canada and the US really aren't that different, so there wasn't a lot of culture shock. That said, I didn't know anybody and didn't have the same popular culture cues to start up conversations or what not (like American politics, or Illinois sports teams...although I'm now something of a Blackhawks fan).

    Hitting up parties was good for meeting people (of both sexes), but didn't really result in any meaningful friendships. Makes sense, everybody is drunk and looking for tail. I did make solid friendships with a few of the people on my dorm floor though, and the reason for that: videogames. I brought all my consoles to college and bought a TV. I wasn't always playing, cause I had work and other shit to do, but I can do work with other people in the room, so people would always come in and ask if they could try out various games.

    A few months in I realized that this interest in videogames probably wasn't an isolated issue. So I started an on-campus club for videogames. We would basically take over one of the building every two weeks, hook up a bunch of games to the overhead projectors and the LAN set-ups, and have multiplayer sessions with tons of big games. Halo, Madden (I tried to get NHL in, but no go), Mario Kart, Smash Brothers, Twisted Metal, SOCOM, we had up to 10 full games going at any given time.

    It grew to be the biggest club on campus by membership. My advisor, who helped me get the club off the ground brought professors to some of the events whenever he overheard them making disparging remarks about videogames, and pointed out the fact that of all the clubs on campus, the gaming club attracted the widest variety of social niches. Athletes, Engineers, Art students, Science majors, Caucasions, African Americans, International students. No other club had as much diversity. The only notable omission was women, and we tried to get them interested, but its hard to get any women into a building packed to the rafters with guys yelling 'Oh, I just raped you BITCH!' and laughing.

    Anyway, there's an uplifting story about how students and professors a like can come together through a shared interest in videogames. :)

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