Weekend Confirmed Episode 41: New Year's Eve Special

By Garnett Lee, Dec 31, 2010 9:00am PST For this New Year's Eve 2010 show--the second of our two holiday specials--Shane Bettenhausen joins Garnett, Brian, and Jeff for one final 2010 recap and then a lengthy gaze into the crystal ball to see what may lie ahead in 2011. We catch up some with what Shane's been playing with friends back home from music games like Dance Central and Rock Band to developing thumb blisters at Super Street Fighter IV ... oh, and, uh, Sonic IV. Your responses from our SModcastle live show seed the conversations in the second segment with topics like why we really want to get our hands on the Nintendo 3DS. In the second half of the show all attention turns to 2011--the games, the trends, and, of course, predictions!

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 41 - 12/31/2010

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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: 00:30:24

Whatcha' Been Playin (cont) and the Warning: 00:31:28 End: 01:01:43

2010 Wrap-up and 2011 predictions: 01:02:45 End: 01:32:02

Featured Music "Shake Shake Boom Boom" by Those Crosstown Rivals: 01:32:02 End: 01:35:08

2011 predictions (cont): Start: 01:35:08 End: 02:13:08

In the Featured Music segment this week it's Lexington, KY based Those Crosstown Rivals with "Shake Shake Boom Boom" from their album The Day After Yesterday available now on iTunes, Amazon, and cdbaby. Show them some love if you like what you hear! Keep up with Those Crosstown Rivals on their Reverb Nation page, Facebook page, and 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!

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  • I found the point made about gamers caring so much about review score because caring about numbers is an inherently a nerdy thing to be fairly thought-provoking. After thinking about it, I have to disagree though. As gamers, we need the granularity of a 5/10/100 point review score because there just isn't anyway that most of us could possibly play every game every year. Whether it's time or money or both, we have to be selective about what parts of the medium we experience in a way that movie goers or book lovers don't have to be. It's conceivable that someone could watch every major movie that comes out in a year and it wouldn't be much of a hardship in time or money. Because of that, review granularity of 'thumbs up/thumbs down" is good enough. But as gamers, at least for myself, i MIGHT have the time to play 12 games a year. If we only used a 'thumbs up/down' metric I'd have no way of distinguishing which 12 games out of the probably 80 'thumbs up' games I'd want to play. The granularity of a 5/10/100 pt review score allows me to parse that list of 80 down to a more manageable group of games. Then I can read the reviews and see if the content appeals to me. I like numbers as much as the next nerd, but I couldn't care less about a 100pt Roger Ebert movie review. Can you imagine? "True Grit gets an 85!" It seems ridiculous.

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