Weekend Confirmed Episode 44

By Garnett Lee, Jan 21, 2011 12:00pm PST Garnett took a quick trip earlier this week to New York for Nintendo's big press event unveiling the 3DS. Along with the pricing and launch info, he returns with detailed impressions of the upcoming hardware and hands-on impressions of several of the games. Jeff, Billy, and special guest Ryan Payton also get in plenty of questions, but there's more to the show than just the 3DS. Fluidity, LittleBIGPlanet 2, and 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors round out Whatcha' Been Playin? The Warning starts with what may become a regular feature of talking about favorite game endings before moving on to some excellent questions Ryan brought. And in the Front Page, December and Year-end sales figures for 2010 lead a full slate of news that concludes with a few thoughts on EA's ill-conceived "Your mom hates this game" marketing campaign for Dead Space 2.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 44 - 01/21/2011

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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: 00:31:44

Whatcha' Been Playin? and Cannata-ford: 00:32:48 End: 01:05:05

The Warning: 01:06:12 End: 01:37:32

Featured Music "1 Way Ticket" by Beat Bullys: 01:37:32 End: 01:41:00

The Front Page: Start: 01:41:00 End: 02:16:42

Tailgate Playoffs Wild Card Special: Start: 02:17:42 End: 02:30:09

The Featured Music segment presents "1 Way Ticket" by The Beat Bullys. They are a hip hop rap group based in Southern Califorina. Members BNews, Kree & Osama Bin Rappin were brought together creatively by Long Beach Native & Member of LBC Crew, Bad Azz! Their Debut Album, "Bully Music" is set to be released this year on up and coming Indie Label, Provocative Ent. "1way Ticket" is their newest single Produced by Prophit. Check out their Introduction Video on Youtube "Dedication" and follow on Twitter: BNews83 and itsjustkree

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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  • The Dead Space 2 marketing campaign seems very 90's to me. Remember game ads in the 90's? I remember constantly seeing an ad in gaming magazines that featured some creepy guy chained up while a dominatrix held some random game in his face. Let's not forget the infamous "You will shit with fear and puke with pleasure" Illbleed trailer. That's how many games were marketed back then. Game ads played into the whole "People who play video games are creepy, perverted, morally depraved, loner, sociopaths."

    When I flip through my old issues of EGM from the 90's, and see some of the ads, I feel proud over how far we've grown as an industry. Mature no longer means gratuitous.

    Something to consider is that there will always be parental groups who blame video games for tragedies, looking for any reason to slap a government controlled rating system on them. We've taken many steps forward and have gotten to a place where we can respectably say, "No. Games are an art form. They are a legitimate forum for intelligent story telling." But things like this Dead Space 2 commercial just put us several steps back. The next time a columbine happens, it is this commercial they will show on the 24-hour news networks. EA has just given them ammo to fire at us, at the ESRB, and at the industry as a whole.

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    • I disagree. The Dead Space 2 ads shows really how far gaming has come with respect to the mainstream and how they can make an ad like with without too much hooha. Gaming has expanded so much that we can this type of game can still be exist and not be vilified. It's no longer your Mom will hate games but certain ones. To me, it is almost a post-modern take on those 90's ad.

      Let's be real -not all games are Art, not all movies are art. Some are just for fun or even shock.

      It also not that out of bounds to market something as "this is not for your parents". Hell, non game companies do it all the time.