Weekend Confirmed Episode 51

By Garnett Lee, Mar 11, 2011 12:00pm PST

Though they're missing PAX East, the Weekend Confirmed crew can't complain about the amazing SoCal weather, and Shacknews's Xav de Matos is up in Boston to cover the show. EGM's Sterling McGarvey joins Jeff and Garnett in the studio for this week's show. There's still plenty of leftovers from last week's GDC along with new releases to fill Whatcha Been Playin? The highlights include Fight Night Champions, Dragon Age 2, Lord of the Rings: War in the North, and Alice: Madness Returns. GDC panels and your comments on apologizing for Bulletstorm get the Warning going strong. And news in the Front Page includes several game announcements, sales records for Kinect and Pokemon, and cloud save game backups for the PS3.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 51: 03/11/2011

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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 Part 1: Start: 00:00:00 End: 00:30:43

  • Whatcha' Been Playin Part 2: Start: 00:31:28 End: 00:58:20

  • The Warning: Start: 00:59:27 End: 01:33:28

  • Featured Music "Spirit" by Tabernacle MCz: 01:33:28 End: 01:36:46

  • Front Page news: Start: 01:36:46 End: 02:13:57

This week's featured music is the track "Spirit" by Tabernacle MCz. The Genesis for this new Aquarian Gospel comes in the name of Tabernacle MCz Featuring Panama Redd a.k.a Deacon Dwindle Ducketz, Shaheid known as Father "BreakYoSelf" Tithes, and the Apostle Born Allah alias Sweet Daddy Grace. These ministers of the Aquarian Gospel are backed by “The Get Dat Money Boyz Choir”, also called the Choir Boyz. You can keep up with them at Facebook, ReverbNation, BandCamp, and Twitter

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 I'm new here and I thought this place was great to have a real discussion about video games in a grown up matter and bigger issues other than this game is great or not. So then,

    In the past year or so I've tried avoid using gamer lingo such as AAA, Hardcore, or Casual gamers. I'm doing this because I feel really silly when I do use those words. It does not best describe what I want to talk about.

    Anyway, when someone usually explains what a AAA game is you usually get the description of High Budget, Looks Amazing, Controls are tight (FPS), Lots of great dialog or branching stories (RPG), detailed world with lots of things to do (Open world/sandbox). To me AAA is just a promise from the developer/publisher that this game will be awesome and have lots of money behind it.

    For Hardcore/Casual I feel silly calling myself hardcore for anything. I would consider myself straight edge (Don't drink/smoke/etc...) but just saying that just feels awkward and I would not say that about myself if I was talking to someone.

    (I played this game on Very Hard) As for Bulletstorm I really liked all of it, not a popular opinion on here, I know. I liked how dumb it was. I have not played a game in a while that is just dumb low brow fun. I'm not gonna say that the writing was brilliant but it was self aware once or twice.

    I feel like there was much hyperbole from the press about the vulgar level in Bulletstorm. Maybe it was because I died a lot but there was a long time where the characters did not say anything. If you are someone that does not enjoy low brow humor than I can understand why you would not want to be near this game. The only thing I didn't like was that it got ridiculously hard from Act 5 onward so I had to turn down from Very Hard to just Hard.

    Also I'm looking forward to Duke Nukem Forever, maybe it is just because I'm in college so that is the audience these games are geared towards.

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    • Welcome aboard!

      I have to say that in the midst of discussions about games, it is always tempting to apply some sort of label to something, whether you mean to or not; just makes the listener understand a bit better what you mean in a shorter space of time without being verbose. Like in music when you refer to some music as 'rock', but you really mentioned it to differentiate between pop. You do have situations where you get way too far into semantics. Like when you say rock, but really its "hard rock" or whatever. Doesn't matter about those specifics; they just know its different from pop; the point you were trying to get at in the first place.

      I personally am more about the game titles and what type of game they are, and not whether they are "indie" or "AAA". All I know is that regardless of what they are, I know what experience I will be expecting from them, and if I am having any fun with them.

      Though it is interesting to dissect what one defines as a "AAA" title though (as you will see the numerous discussions on the threads here).

      The notion of hardcore/casual is also something else that falls into the semantics debate. Are you hardcore for playing lots of games, or hardcore for playing one type of game exceptionally well? EGM has an interesting editorial regarding this topic this month (coincidentally enough).

      Also on a side note; glad to know of another "straight edge" around here :-D