Weekend Confirmed Episode 48

By Garnett Lee, Feb 18, 2011 12:00pm PST

Billy and Christian join Jeff and Garnett in the studio for this week's show. A look back at the Halo: Reach campaign as played solo as opposed to cooperatively gets things started in Whatcha Been Playin? GoldenEye also gets a brief reassessment before yielding to Marvel vs. Capcom 3. There's time to catch up on your comments during the Warning and the open question of how intimidating the competitive nature of some games can be to players who just want to have fun. The Front Page closes this week's show with a full slate of new game and DLC announcements from Double Fine's Sesame Street kinect game to a da Vinci-themed add-on for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 48 - 02/18/2011

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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: 00:30:21

Whatcha' Been Playin? and Cannata-ford: 00:31:10 End: 01:01:36

The Warning: 01:02:39 End: 01:34:24

Featured Music "Hangman" by Room 16 : 01:34:24 End: 01:38:03

The Front Page: Start: 01:38:03 End: 02:12:54

In the Featured Music break this week it's "Hangman" from Room 16. They are a straightforward rock band from Scotland who like playing music with guitars in it. Room 16 has been making music for better or worse for about 3 years now and has had the pleasure of gigging across the country. Their line up consists of singer Ewan McCall, guitarists Andrew Gordon and Adam Gatherer, bass player Kyle McLellan and drummer Ronan McLellan. Hangman was written by Andrew Gordon with additional lyrics from Ewan McCall.

If you're fortunate enough to be around Glasgow on Saturday, March 12 you can check them out at Barrowlands 2. They've also graciously offered to send a free track to Weekend Confirmed listeners just for the asking. Connect with Room 16 via Twitter, Facebook, the official Room 16 site, and their 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!

Remember to join the Official Facebook Weekend Confirmed Page and add us to your Facebook routine. We'll be keeping you up with the latest on the show there as well.

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  • Special Guest Suggestion:

    How about this?

    I'd love for you feature a member of the community as a special guest on the podcast to fill a fifth chair so that you are getting some varied input from people outside of gaming journalism.

    For example, have a middle-guy, a gamer dad, a female gamer, or other interesting gamer types who can add some flavor. Maybe they'd only sit in for a segment such as What Have You Been Playing? or a dedicated feature to examine their gaming life.

    While it's cool to have industry guests, I'd love to see a common man or woman sit at the table to chime in on the day's topics.

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      • Plus one : BastardOfDoom
        • Just clear up on potential misunderstanding. I'm not holding the community at all in low esteem at all. In fact this is possibly one of my favorite places to post on since I feel I can express myself coherently without getting flamed for taking a different opinion, as well as discuss things intelligently.

          However what I was trying to express is the case of community "one upsmanship" where in the event that a community guest comes on and joins in. What's to stop resentment from building when you have listeners that respond with slight vitriol and start boasting about their own "cred" and how they deserve to be on the show more so than another community member? It just has potential for escalation. You may very well be well adjusted, but what's to stop another member who is less so, and takes the opportunity to fanboy/girl out and throw out obscure references that go nowhere, or be stuck in the ways of "console wars"? Don't forget there are NeoGAF listeners. I shudder to think how discussions would go for some of them, should they make it to the recording.

          I also don't understand why you feel the need to defend yourself by listing your gaming cred. I mean we're all gamers here. Apologies in advance, but the listing of the cred just makes me feel like you just want to get on and talk about your unique gaming background. I often like what Redswirl does (and has been doing for awhile) where he fosters some interesting discussion that is often picked up in the recordings, that foster even more discussion about it. I think that's where the community power lies, not in coming on the recording and talk about ones gaming background and then the other segments.

          Plus in these threads, we are often discussing all sorts of stuff that you would be thinking about in the recording anyway, so I don't know what more could be added besides a personified voice that would've probably said the same thing on the threads. I think the community is already being serviced by having our comments read out and discussed in the recording anyway.

          The difference with the guests that have appeared on the show is that Garnett knows them and I believe would have these sorts of discussions in their own time anyway. So to have someone who on paper "seems" to have the credentials, yet is still a mystery when actually speaking about games in the way its done here, is a big risk. At first I felt that Christian was a risk, until I realized that the guy's routine has basis in videogames, and to me, standups are possibly one of the best observers for whatever interests them, and thus are able to put some interesting points out. Shout out to Mr. Spicer!

          I do actually give a lot of credit to Garnett and how he hosts. Not only does he transition very smoothly between segment to segment, but when discussions happen, he knows when to not say anything and just let the guest say their piece and when to stop them when the discussion isn't going anywhere. I think this is an absolutely underrated skill, and that is something that gets better through experience. I still remember the early years of Garnett hosting 1UP Yours where he would have an opinion on certain topics, but would proceed to dominate, pretty much saying everything that other guests where thinking, thus nothing more the guests could add. Since then though, Garnett has mastered not just the segues, but pacing and control.

          Again, not trying to discredit you at all, and apologies if it comes across that way. But as soon as egos get involved, it becomes a very big mess. Not so much yours, but other people's afterwards (especially if we include "the GAF").