Weekend Confirmed Episode 46

By Garnett Lee, Feb 04, 2011 12:00pm PST Good friend of the show Christian Spicer joins Garnett, Jeff, and Jeff this week. They've been playing a number of games, filling Whatcha' Been Playin? with Magicka, the Witcher, a new run through Halo: Reach and Red Dead Redemption, a report from Namco's 2011 preview event, and more. Your conversations about last week's announcement of the Sony NGP get things started in the Warning, which continues through to some of our "happiness" games. And in the news, more on the post-launch features planned for the 3DS and cloud computing for PS3 and Steam headline the Front Page.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 46 - 02/04/2011

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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: 00:30:35

Whatcha' Been Playin? and Cannata-ford: 00:31:41 End: 01:03:40

The Warning: 01:04:45 End: 01:35:10

Featured Music "I Think of Me Too" by Hello Ninja: 01:35:10 End: 01:38:32

The Front Page: Start: 01:38:32 End: 02:12:40

Tailgate-Super Bowl Edition: Start: 02:13:41 End: 02:23:33

Hello Ninja is a Boston-based rock revival band. The band features the talents of Cat Basile on vocals, Will Deeks on lead guitar, and Tim Thompson & Anthony Geehan providing the band's rhythm section. Hello Ninja will be touring the Northeast from February 5-12, making stops in Worcester, MA, Providence, RI, New London, CT, Brooklyn, New York, Albany, New York, and finishing in Somerville, MA. You can find out more info on their upcoming tour & hear their new EP on the Hello Ninja official site, MySpace, or The Hello Ninja bandcamp page.

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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  • Never thought I'd agree with Jeff about anything Sony related since he tends to discount anything that they have a hand in, but he's completely right about the NGP.

    You have to look at history, particularly how Sony approaches things. Sony ALWAYS over promises and under delivers, at least when it comes to their video game division.

    All of this talk about games that connect to each other, where you can continue playing your game on the go, constant connectivity...pipe dreams, at least if you look at their history. Let's think about the PS3. PSN has poor social networking aspects. No cross game chat, poor UI etc. Their connectivity issues are horrible, 4 years post launch, and it still takes you HOURS to download a movie. Then there's PS Home (nuff said), or the fact that it can take upwards of 5 minutes to sync up trophies to compare with friends. For crying out loud, even your personal avatar quote has a ridiculously small character limit.

    Point being, if they can't get their online network on their flagship platform online services to be up to our expectations (which are currently being executed just fine on competing platforms), then why are we holding out hope that they'll be able to get all of this together for this new platform which is BASED on their current tech???

    Then, think about their approach to sales. They launch items without software, hope that it catches on, then make a mad dash to create software to support the platform, which results in a year of dead air, which turns people off from buying the hardware in the first place.

    I'd love to be as enthusiastic as Garnett about the NGP, but I truly believe its another case of the boy who cried wolf. How many times will Sony be able to claim that they "get it" and have people believe them, only to be disappointed (before launch) with the actuality of the device.

    I'm excited about the NGP...of late 2012 or early 2013, which will probably be when the games start coming out, the system drops to under $250 and they add half of the features that people expected it to have in the first place. As it stands though, come launch, the NGP will simply be a $349 - $399 PSP, with better graphics, a second analog stick and a monthly subscription rate for poor online service.

    Sad that the techy in me will be picking it up day one regardless.

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