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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  • My Cannataford suggestion for this week:

    Wind and Water: Puzzle Battles

    As of very recently, the PC version has been made available for free.

    It's basically a cross between Tetris Attack and Hexic, but with TONS of quirky pixel art. In fact, you can, for a limited time - and about ten bucks, send in a picture of yourself and have a custom made sprite caricature of yourself added to the game.

    Anyway, before I end up sounding like a sales pitch, let me just say that the core game is really fun, the controls take a little getting used to, but it can't be helped. It's really the whole package that sets this one a step above your typical indie puzzle game.

  • Definitely. I think I've recently started to move away from that pattern though. More and more I'm looking at games that do get attention and just saying "don't care."

    I think it's at least worth it to INVESTIGATE a game that's getting a lot of word-of-mouth IF it seems like the kind of thing that might interest you. The main reason I have a GameFly account is because games cost too much these days for me to buy them without really knowing if I really want to play them.

    In the beginning I'd play a rental to completion just for the sake of criticism (Metroid Other M) but now I'm not afraid to just send it back when I realize I have better games to play (Lost in Shadow). It's because of this that I haven't gotten burned on a bad $60 purchase yet.

    That said, I've also collected a lot of games on sales and Steam deals because of word-of-mouth.

  • A quick comment on the the console online marketplaces:

    A service such as XBox live or PSN faces a far more difficult challenge than an online cart like Amazon.

    When you're sitting on your couch with a controller in your hands, any amount of time you spend NOT playing games feels a little bit like wasted time. Even when you are actively searching for something to download, their is a little voice in the back of your head saying "c'mon, hurry up, I could be finishing Red Dead right now!"

    This is a challenge in both the games marketplaces, as well as the messaging and friends list interfaces.

    Also, Jeff was bang on in his drunken realization that screen resolution requirements play a huge factor in designing online consol interfaces.

    If you took the amazon home page and displayed it on a 480p television screen, it would look like crap.