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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  • With regards to playing a game just to get through it:

    Apologies to anyone whose already heard me retell my N+ story, one of the million other times.

    N+, for those who haven't been, is one of those masochistic platform games, in the vein of Super Meat Boy. I purchased the DS version of this game and played it to completion... no, I'm not lying, I actually did it, and it was pure hell and I hated it, nearly flung my DS across the room so very many times.

    Credit where it's due, the first 1/3 of the game was possibly one of the best platformers I'd ever played up to that point, and maybe that was part of the problem, but the point is, by the halfway point in the game, I just wasn't having fun anymore, but I persevered anyway, probably just out of sheer stubbornness. Over and over again, I'd think I was at the end and then more stages would unlock, each batch more sadistic than the last.

    And then, finally, the game was over, I put it back in the box and just looked at the cover, heaved a sigh of relief and though "I beat you, and now, thank christ, I never have to play you, ever again."

    The moral of the story, kids, is this: what do I really have to show for my toil and torment?

    I'm not proud of myself for beating this game. I'm not exactly proud of this achievement, and moreover, I wasn't even having fun playing it, in the end, all I felt was relief that it was over and done with.

    Now, my personal policy is to remove myself from any game at any time, down to the drop of a hat, should I feel the need to do so, and sit out for a while before deciding whether or not to try again. Some people might try to play the high horse card on this one, and preach about how you'll never get a sense of accomplishment if you never put in the effort, to which I say that just because beating a hard or frustrating game feels like an accomplishment doesn't mean it is one.

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