Weekend Confirmed Episode 38

By Garnett Lee, Dec 10, 2010 12:00pm PST Two hallmarks of the season come together this episode of Weekend Confirmed. Brian got hit full force with the flu this week and is out recouperating (get well soon buddy). But this time of year always brings people together and in that spirit, joining Garnett and Jeff this week are David Ellis and Billy Berghammer. A massive show ensues. All four have been playing Cataclysm and share their different experiences both with the early and high-level content. But this isn't Warcraft Confirmed and there's more Gran Turismo 5 talk and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood to round out Whatcha' Been Playin? Your insights on the future for Modern Warfare 3 lead the Warning, where the topic of whether our expectations have risen too high for games in general. Big time game announcements in advance of the VGAs anchor the news in the Front Page.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 38 - 12/10/2010

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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: 00:29:57

Whatcha' Been Playin and Cannata-ford a New Game: Start: 00:30:54 End: 01:06:03

The Warning: Start: 01:07:05 End: 01:41:47

Music Break featuring "Shake the Heartbreak" YUG: 01:41:47 End: 01:45:07

The Front Page: Start: 01:45:07 End: 02:24:42

NFL 'Tailgate': Start: 02:25:42 End: 02:34:02

Music Break this week features 44th and Filth artist YUG with "Shake the Heartbreak". It's a massive track with a serious beat, fantastic vocals, and a great drop. "Shake the Heartbreak" is available now in both the iTunes Store and from Beatport (please support the artists who generously let us feature their music each week if you like what you hear). Connect with more from YUG at his artist page and from all their artists at the 44th and Filth Facebook page.

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!

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  • My submission for the warning.

    With the transition of NBA Jam from downloadable to disc it got me thinking about the dynamic between the two mediums. It's amazing how greatly price and method of distribution can affect the success of a game both commercially and critically. For example, I recently bought Deadliest Warrior when my brother in law, a fellow gamer, came over with a few beers. Now, it's obviously a fairly bad game in normal circumstances but the price point and the ease of access led to us having a great time with it. The fact that it was purely ridiculous and unbalanced didn't matter cause it was just an impulse buy for a quick, few hour session of gaming and we ended up having just as much fun with it as we would with Halo Reach. And it's not one of those situations where you enjoy a game because of how bad it is, it was genuinely fun, $10, a bunch of beers and hilarious dismemberment really hit the spot gaming wise. Had this game been a disc product, even half price I'd guess it would have amplified it's flaws and shortcoming. On the same hand, Kingdom for Keflings was would have been terrible as a triple A disc-based game cause it really had no point or challenge but because of the price point and accessibility I ended up spending more time with it, wandering around with my friends and our avatars kicking sheep then I did with Assassin's Creed 2.

    So I was thinking about how much baggage, good and bad, goes with a game being retail or downloadable and how much the method of distribution can alter ones perception of a game. So, do you think there are any downloadable games that would have had an extremely different impact critically or commercially had they been delivered on a disc? And same question, roles reversed.