Weekend Confirmed Episode 43

By Garnett Lee, Jan 14, 2011 12:00pm PST Whatcha' Been Playin? gets off to a big start this week with a lively discussion on the windup to the end and boss fight in Uncharted 2, first impressions of LittleBIGPlanet 2 and Ghost Trick, and, of course, an update from Cataclysm. Garnett, Jeff, and Billy then move on to your continuing comments on the topic of reviews before considering whether you can be addicted to buying games and what happens when a pay-to-play MMO goes free-to-play. Top stories like the brewing storm over Splosion Man developer Twisted Pixel calling out Capcom mobile for ripping off their game, anticipation of the Battlefield 3 unveiling due to come at GDC, and rumors of a Final Fantasy XIII sequel finish the show on a strong note in the Front Page.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 43 - 01/14/2011

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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: 00:34:10

Whatcha' Been Playin? and Cannata-ford: 00:35:15 End: 01:08:00

The Warning: 01:09:00 End: 01:41:40

Featured Music "Chemistry" by Tyrannosaurus Grace: 01:41:40 End: 01:44:56

The Front Page: Start: 01:44:56 End: 02:15:04

Tailgate Playoffs Wild Card Special: Start: 02:16:05 End: 02:28:37

The Featured Music segment presents Tyrannosaurus Grace, a 5 piece Pop Rock band from Ellensburg, WA. founded in late 2009 by childhood friends Tim Held and Justin Foss. They released their first self titled album in October of 2010 and currently play shows all over the Pacific Northwest as they continue to write and record new material all the time. The members are: Tim Held-Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Justin Foss-Guitar, keyboard, audio production, Jeff Gerrer- Bass, David Hoffman- Drums, Lakyn Bury-Vocals, guitar, keyboard. Their album is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and CDBaby.com. Their website is tgraceband.

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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  • Guys I gotta disagree with your assertion that reviews were all "just someones opinion. That in may ways is true. However certain things are not opinions. Such as plot holes, characters behaving in ways human beings don't actual behave, glitches, bugs, long load times, crashing your system when you run it, screen tearing, low polygons, and the controls literally being awkward enough to cause discomfort. Things like these are inherent truths of the game. You may say in your review that despite these flaws "this this and this" make its still good. Which would be a matter of opinion. However there are certain criticisms that are technical so neglecting these is not a matter of opinion. If you wrote a review of New Vegas and gave it a good score and ignored all these issues it would be dishonest. If you said it was still great despite technical difficulties then that would be honest and your opinion. I think most of reviews is a matter of opinion but I think you should be careful to not get carried away with making everything subjective.

    Secondly. For niche games I personally don't bother reading mainstream sites. I usually see no point at these reviews as the reviewers all ready go into ti disliking it. So its unlikely they will overcome their personal bias and give it a fair shake. You can say if a game is good it should be able to make people overcome their bias against said genre. However, that is of course ridiculous because it ignores human nature. People are defined by their biases and no matter how hard they try they can never be completely objective.

    Love the show. As a big Planet Gamecube & NWR fan glad Billy is on.

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    • There is a (huge?) difference between criticism and opinions. You could argue that criticism is professional opinions, and that is some aspects fair enough. But if we just wanted opinions, we would be reading random blogs, forums and watch fan made reviews on Youtube. The reason we are following such excellent shows such as Weekend Confirmed and read magazines such as Edge is because we value professional criticism. We want opinions and comments we can trust.

      That's my opinion at least. And that is why I agree that it can be roughly equivalent for a game to receive a six from Edge and an eight from PC Gamer (criticism vs opnion (a bit harsh I know, but that's my opinion)).