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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  • It strikes me as odd every time the hosts joke about the lack of women listening to the podcast / participating in games.

    I'm a lifelong gamer girl (since NES days), and my circle of friends has always included other gamer chicks. For my part, I can't imagine dating a man who DIDN'T play video games, and it blows me away every time I hear about women of any age who put down guys who enjoy the hobby.

    While I understand that there really are women (and men) who see the hobby as juvenile, I'm certain that none of my friends feel that way, even those who don't play many games themselves. It shocks me to think that folks active in the game industry wouldn't know a lot of folks of both genders who enjoy video games.

    Is there really still such a lack of women in the hobby that even folks in the industry know more anti-gamers than gamer chicks?

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    • "Is there really still such a lack of women in the hobby that even folks in the industry know more anti-gamers than gamer chicks?"

      --The argument on the topic of women gamers in American culture is exhaustive. There are so many issues to cover that it floors me.

      Statistically speaking: NOPE

      We'll need to narrow down the scope a bit, using the usual pedantic "hardcore" and "casual" markets. Putting things into labels and categories is always uncomfortable and pretentious, so bear with me.

      In the hardcore market, the stereotype is that women do not participate. Those that do are guurl gamers that can't get attention from men in the normal lives and seek gratification from desperate, women-deprived men that will shower them with attention. This is false and is an internet meme, but don't get me wrong; there are women that actually do it. Stereotypes exist for a reason.

      The reality is that there's no data. As long as we keep our anonymity and restrictions are placed on gathering demographics on your users, companies will guess the best they can as to who's playing their games. The meme says that women are stuck in either two places: lurking as men, or guurl gamer. In reality, I've heard fist hand experiences with "bro girls", where the person's experience was no different had it been with a man. For the record, I've not experienced this guurl gamer phenomenon, yet I'm always reading about it. Smells suspicious.

      Anecdotal evidence tells me that there apparently less women playing "hardcore" games, but I call bullshit. At the same time, videos like this:
      and this:
      They serve to parody the stereotypes and of course it's LOL THE TABLES ARE TURNED NOW, but really they don't help solve the issue.

      Time to get to opinions now. I think there are plenty of women that game, and not just videogames. Stereotypes aside, some women I know know what they like and want what they like and do what they want. Haters gonna hate. They've met guys that don't like gaming, but like sports (which is absurd since that is exactly what sports are, in most cases, more hardcore than any RPG; spreadsheets everywhere) but don't care since there isn't a shortage of men with similar hobbies to theirs. Almost everyone I know plays games, period. Some kind of game. Often. Daily. So it's less of generalizing into "gamer chicks" and "anti-games". It's very case-by-case and should be treated as such.

      The same would easily apply to the games industry since it's perceived as a predominately masculine industry. The sociological reasons are vast and you could get a degree in it. Let's settle with a good 'ol fashioned shrug.

      In a nutshell? Stereotypes fuel misconceptions, but who cares; let's play.