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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  • My Cannataford for this week: Parsec47

    Another free PC shooter from my favourite one-man-dev-team, Kenta Cho.

    This was a game that I'd sort of overlooked until recently because, on the surface, it's the most generic looking shooter in Cho's catalogue (or should I say, the closest thing to a generic shooter). It looks rather chunky in contrast to his usually clean aesthetic, and your ship seems a little hard to control, at first glance anyway.

    Gameplay wise, it's pretty standard, dodge the bullets, shoot the geometric bad guys, collect the little points widgets. Arrow Keys move, Z shoots primary guns, holding X charges your secondary weapon, letting go of X shoots it. Your ship zips around the screen really, really fast, almost uncontrollably so, but charging your secondary weapon slows you down to a more manageable pace, so the trick is to hold down both action buttons and then quickly release and re-press the X key whenever you need to take out a bigger target or quickly move out of the way of something, there's an easy rhythm to it when you hit your stride.

    You have a choice of two different secondary weapons.

    The difficulty starts off pretty friendly but ramps up, but it plays more like a Treasure game than, say, a Cave or Touhou one. That's to say, it's not bullet hell territory, per se, so much as it's just really, really fast and frantic.

    It's Open GL (I think), so it should run smoothly on just about any PC (a mac version is out there, google it) and can be downloaded here: