Weekend Confirmed Episode 42

By Garnett Lee, Jan 07, 2011 12:00pm PST Everyone is excited to get back in the studio for this first show of 2011. Though new releases cooled over the holidays, Garnett, Brian, and Jeff have plenty of stories for Whatcha Been Playin? Catch up time includes classics like Uncharted 2 and more recent titles such as Vanquish and Bad Company 2 "Vietnam". Jeff got in some time with a new game too; he has mixed feelings about Lost in Shadow, though. Your responses to how much a review score determines whether a game is worth playing get the conversation started in the Warning. There's even a little homework for next week too on a couple of subjects we'd like to get your thoughts on. And in the news, we've got a look at the video game stories coming out of CES from Microsoft's press conference to handheld gaming PC concept by Razer, indie games nominated for IGF awards, and more.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 42 - 01/07/2011

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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: 00:28:56

Whatcha' Been Playin? and Cannata-ford: 00:30:00 End: 01:03:52

The Warning: 01:04:40 End: 01:37:52

Featured Music "Baba Yetu" by Christopher Tin: 01:37:52 End: 01:41:22

The Front Page: Start: 01:41:22 End: 02:08:20

Tailgate Playoffs Wild Card Special: Start: 02:09:21 End: 02:19:07

The Featured Music segment presents the Grammy nominated track "Baba Yetu" by Christopher Tin. This theme song for Civilization IV has become something of a hit in the video game community. After the game came out in 2005, Tin re-recorded the song as the first track of his debut album Calling All Dawns, which came out last year. This new recording is recorded by the Soweto Gospel Choir and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Tin went to London's famous Abbey Road Studios to record the orchestra, and then down to Johannesburg, South Africa to record the choir; and, it was mixed at Eargasm Studios. It has won awards in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, International Songwriting Competition, USA Songwriting Competition, and now it's gunning for the biggest award of all... the Grammy.

Billboard picked "Baba Yetu" as one of their nominations to watch. It's up for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists and Tin's Calling All Dawns is up for Best Classical Crossover Album.

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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  • Review Scores No Longer Influence My Purchases

    I remember back in the NES and SNES days reviews were really important to me as a kid and in that period of video game history. Back in those days a game either sat behind a glass window in the store or in my console at home after the expensive purchase. The only information about the game was preened from a printed video game magazine.

    But these days it's a whole different world. We have a complete saturation of media and information. Aside from rentals, instantly downloadable demos, developer diaries, game developers forums, the pedigree/back catalogue of the developer and youtube gameplay footage there's the internet community and buzz that surrounds each title from forums to podcasters that paint a more accurate picture of a game that any single 5 paragraph review + score ever could.

    I really can't remember the last time I read a review to make a purchase decision. Last year I bought Red Dead Redemption, Halo Reach and Dragon Age Origins. I got these games on release day via a pre-order. A PRE-ORDER! I had made the decision to purchase the game before it was even finished development or released. I never once bothered reading a review of these games before or after I bought them. A few of the other games I bought post release were Fallout New Vegas and Assassin's Creed 2 and although I never read a single review I new exactly what to expect from these games from forums I visit and the podcasts I listen to.

    I would rather read the kind of review that doesn't end in a score but rather the writers overall experience with the game. They should talk about the flaws and strengths and the reader can make a decision about the game based on the critique rather than a single uninspiring score.

    I think reviews are perhaps on the verge of extinction. They probably won't ever die out completely but their relevance is waning greatly.

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