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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  • Hope you guys read this. But I gotta say something. I've noticed this obsession with games journalists with having "gaming" being taken seriously. Let me just say what I think you all need to hear. Who cares! Some things are not for everyone. It doesn't belittle that form of human expression it just means some people don't appreciate it. That's bound to happen and its childish and immature to get upset about it. I know we all like games and that makes us nerds but why should we let what other people think change how we feel about something we like. This is a sophomoric behavior and those of that are adults and game should beyond this in our mental development to get so upset about what other people think. You enjoy it and you have friends you can share it with and that's all that matters. For example I like the extremely heavy side of metal I know its not for everyone and it doesn't bother me that some of my friends don't like it or even make fun of it. Furthermore a hobby can be become mainstream for two reasons. One it catches on and remains the same or two it becomes something else that is loosely based on the original form and has changed into something that is inherently different.. IE changing video games to "interactive entertainment." Then they aren't video games anymore. Personally I like video games and what they are in fact i think the newer generations have lost some of the charm because they have attempted to be more mainstream. Granted things change but do we really want our hobby to be fundamental altered so a few overly sensitive men in their 30s and 40s feel less insecure talking about their favorite hobby? Or do we want it to remain how we enjoy other people's hang ups on it be damned. Love you guys but man you need to get over the "video games are art/ should be mainstream" and just enjoy and discuss it as is.

    Really hope you read this. Thanks.

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    • The thing is that gaming journalism is still in its relative infancy. Its no surprise that there will be a lot of work put into it. The more criticism about the medium in relation to the amount of work put in, the more you're going to defend it. Rightly so.

      Your comparison with heavy metal would be like comparing against a hardcore game like Demon Souls. Its got a niche audience, and that audience really loves it. But having someone criticize gaming would be like someone criticizing music. Its one thing about niche interest, but to attack a genre as a whole is something different.

      I personally enjoy knowing more about the business behind the games, and actually I think on some level its important to be more informed. Especially if you care about your wallet and the creativity in games. Like industry machinations that have led to price increases to games, micro-transactions, publisher limitations on developer creativity due to milking of successful franchises, etc.

      Its one thing to discuss about games on its own. But as COD:BLOPS and GT5 has demonstrated, if looking at the games without considering the business end, you're going to be left a lot of unanswered questions as to why things feel either unfinished, the same, unbalanced, etc.

      Plus we'll have a much shorter podcast, which won't have as much points of discussions.

      There's also the issue of publishers treating the media as marketing tools through the notion of 'exclusives'. At least something that is always a threat anyway. Something like this I feel is worth fighting to protect from.