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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  • I think the point of the 'Your Mom will hate it' ads were just supposed to be funny. Subjective whether or not it actually achieved that goal.

    As a marketer, I think that was a terrible television commercial. Poor judgement of the audience, bad message...there's nothing there that makes anybody want to actually buy the game/

    However, that kind of ad COULD have worked as a complementary online campaign. That video probably wasn't good enough to go viral, but it would have got a few hits. Plus, it would have spawned the kind of casual interest that would get somebody already in front of a computer to click a link for more info.

    Although, if they had framed it as 'leaked, confidential focus test footage' then it might have gone viral...hmmmmmmmm

  • Speaking to the whole idea of combat in games, I've often wondered what it would be like to play a game paced more like a movie.

    Take Uncharted 2, for example. What if the majority of the game had been exploring, chases (running away, essentially), and problem solving - punctuated only by 3 to five major action or shooting set-pieces.

    I know that you can't directly compare movies to games for a variety of reasons, but there's no reason that not shooting has to equate to boredom. Mass Effect makes the simple act of conversing fun and interesting. Heavy Rain makes simple, mundane actions interactive and sometimes even engaging.

    There's no rule that says I have to be gunning targets down to be having fun, or be engaged in an experience.