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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  • Hey guys, first time posting, I think. SUPERMEGAWORM!

    While the NGP may very well be the definition of portable awesomeness, there are a few things that are keeping me on the fence aside from the highly likely $400 price point.

    1) I ABSOLUTELY need an HD VIDEO OUT. This would allow me to play the games on my HDTV or HD monitor, giving me the flexibility to enjoy the game on a bigger screen at home (which is crucial if I'm going to be playing an FPS like Call of Duty or Killzone). I'm not expecting the actual game to be in true HD, as games made for the the NGP's smaller screen are likely going to be somewhere between HD and SD (which is why the NGP is being touted as being capable of PS3-level graphics -- on a smaller screen). But as long as the images fill my TV screen and I can make out what is happening, I'd be okay with good-looking, upconverted SD. This would also provide that "marriage solution" that Garnett was talking about. I share the HDTV with my wife and this would allow me to play the NGP on the monitor in my "game-station" when she needs the TV, which is the majority of the time. Case in point, a big reason why my PS3 gets played far less than my Xbox 360 is that the PS3, being the Blu-Ray player of the household, is relegated to the HDTV in the living room, while the Xbox is hooked up to my monitor most of the time, so it's easier for me to play on the 360 than having to drag the PS3 back and forth.

    2) I want inter-connectivity between games. I don't necessarily need to have the exact same game (i.e. port) on both systems, because what would be the point of buying the same game twice (Garnett, I think you're crazy with that whole COD subscription-based MMORPG, and while it would be cool to be able to play COD on the NGP against console owners, I see far too many roadblocks and technical constraints in the way for that to become reality, at least within the next 18 months)? That said, I would be happy with let's say, a NGP version of Killzone, Uncharted or COD with its own new and substantial campaign (this is a must) and a multiplayer component that is IDENTICAL to that of the console version, and that your progression in the multiplayer component feeds back into the multiplayer component of the PS3 version (in otherwords, you can earn experience, perks, unlockables etc. on the go, all while getting the same kind of experience as you would at home without having to relearn the entire control scheme.

    This I think is far more realistic to expect of the NGP, and I will likely buy one if these two conditions are met (once the price drops to $299 or less.

    Oh, and Garnett, regarding your frustration with Reach, it happens to me at one point with every Halo game on Legendary. Just put the controller down, come back to it later. Usually the solution will come to you (it often comes down to just changing your strategy, such as, resorting to old-school tactics such as using the pistol and plasma pistol to remove enemy shields and take out powerful enemies with headshots, or something like that). In the heat of the moment, we often forget the simpler, tried-and-true Halo solutions to difficult problems.

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