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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  • I loved the show this week, but especially the brutally honest opinions of Epic Mickey.

    I shouldn't comment on this game specifically because I haven't played it, but it was refreshing to hear your discussion on it. I read some reviews elsewhere, and other video game reviewers seemed to love the game despite its flaws.

    This brings me to a point: what is that secret sauce that a game has (or doesn't have) that makes you guys look past its flaws?

    If I were answering this question, the off-the-top-of-my-head response is "it's the gameplay, stupid". However, Earlier in the year, I played through Mafia II despite the fact that its gameplay was poor compared to other games. I was hooked by the story, environments, characters, etc - so I guess it isn't all about the gameplay - at least not for me. (Though the lack of checkpoints almost got me to quit Mafia II before I was done, but that's another topic....)

    Anyway, this is a great podcast, and this seems to be a very good community to be a part of. Keep it up!

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    • The thing about saying "it's the gameplay" is that it doesn't really answer the question. It's kind of like saying "because I like reading it" when someone asks you why you like a particular book. True, to a point, but not very informative. But if there's one thing I've learned from flipping through my CD collection, it's that we like to think we've got a pretty good handle on what we like and why we like it, we really are pretty much beholden to the whims of our own taste, sometimes incomprehensibly so.

      I've lost count of how many times I've prefaced a game discussion by saying "I *should* hate this game, but instead..."

      But of course, none of this really answers your question :P. I guess all I can really say is that trying to deconstruction the games I like in order to figure out why I like them is a fun - albeit neurotic - hobby, but in the end, I don't think there's a straight answer, at least not for me.

      Lastly, I have to say, at no point did I board the Epic Mickey hype train. I just sort of chalked it up to the fact that I never really liked Mickey Mouse (now, Epic Daffy, on the other hand... or Epic Pinky and the Brain, or Dwarf Fortress...) but it just didn't look all that great, despite a lot of people whose opinions I respect being in love with it. It's sad, of course, that the game isn't as good as it could have been, but it's a relief in a weird way to hear WC, and Giant Bomb, and P1P all coming out and saying that the game really underwhelms.