Weekend Confirmed Episode 47

By Garnett Lee, Feb 11, 2011 2:40pm PST

Garnett jetted in early Friday morning from Las Vegas where he attended D.I.C.E., saw the Interactive Achievement Awards, and played Duke Nukem Forever. He joins Jeff, Jeff, and special guest Andrea Rene host of This Week in Video Games and Mahalo Video Games Today. Up first in Whatcha' Been Playin? the conversation includes Killzone 3, Mass Effect 2 on PS3, Stacking, and Hazard: the Journey of Life. A special edition of the Warning delves into some of the creative discussion points raised at D.I.C.E. sessions. And news on Battlefield 3, the Darkness 2, and major upheaval at Activision pack the Front Page to wrap it all up.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 47 - 02/11/2011

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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: 00:31:58

Whatcha' Been Playin? and Cannata-ford: 00:33:00 End: 01:05:33

The Warning: 01:06:40 End: 01:42:34

Featured Music Del Rio featuring Panama Redd with "Oxygen": 01:42:34 End: 01:45:40

The Front Page: Start: 01:45:40 End: 02:28:05

Featured music this week comes from our very own Del Rio. His first album, The Wait is Over, released this past Tuesday. On the show today is the track Oxygen featuring Panama Redd. And we've got a special deal to help celebrate the release. Buy the five tracks listed below on iTunes and Del Rio will send you the other six for free!

Buy:

  • The Next Phase (Produced by Anon)

  • Move feat. M. Terrel, Mista Perkins, and Natalia

  • Wandering feat. Brian Mauleon

  • Can't Stop My Shine feat. X2

  • Pigeonholed (Produced by Gabe Dulek

Get for FREE:

  • Now I Understand

  • Love Silly Me (Produced by RNS)

  • Oxygen feat. Panama Redd

  • Dreaming feat. Charissa

  • Wait (Produced by RC)

  • Small Town Hero (Produced by RNS

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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  • Whoa, Weekend Confirmed the semantics edition. Lots of discussion of what constitutes this and what qualifies for that.
    Personally, I dislike the social network games because they wall-off content as part of their business scheme, content which you can only access either through payment, being part of a pyramid scheme, or selling your information on the internet - which is kind of iffy. Although bringing up WoW was an interesting point by Jeff - perhaps Facebook games disturb us because they blatantly use those same psychological hooks games have been using for years?. WoW already has an established audience, of course, but it bears the question - had Farmville been released earlier, would it have been the WoW killer?
    I found the discussion of what constitutes a "game" oddly reminiscent of the discussion of "What is an RPG" that cropped up a number of years back, as more and more games adopted "RPG elements". As I recall, that discussion was never really settled, either, although I've found my own answer I'm happy with. As other commenters have noted, most anything can be couched in terms of a game, but we can make a distinction between "gameified" activities and games. We can generally identify in these compounds what is the base material and what is the additive. Which brings up the question - if, as many game developers have noted, a lot of these Facebook actively devolve certain games, making them worse in order to fit in the mold, isn't this an indication that Facebook games might be a "gamification" of, for lack of a better term, "social networking"?