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!

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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  • The price of games and the price drop of Homefront

    It seems over the last year, more and more games are getting a $10/$20 gift card when you pre-order. Then, after the game is released it seems it’s taking less and less time for games to be discounted to $50 and less. Take Bulletstorm and Dead Space 2. Both were on sale on Amazon for $40 within a week of it’s release.

    It doesn't make much sense to release games at less than $60 since gamers are willing to pay it day one. Once sales start to slump, they drop the price $10-$20 for a week. Then after about two months $40 is the retail price, then drop another $10 after another month or two. The only exception to this seems to be big “AAA” releases like Call of Duty, and first party exclusives.

    Just this week we saw Homefront discounted to $42 on Amazon and Walmart the day after release. I saw a lot of people claiming this was because of low review scores. Even the stock of THQ dropped. However, if you pre-ordered the game from Amazon you probably paid $57 and got a $15 credit to use at Amazon.com. That works out to paying... wait for it... $42. The price on Wednesday was virtually the same price everyone was pre-ordering it at. I buy a lot on Amazon and it's quite common for the price to drop to after launch to match the pre-order price with the store credit.

    I don’t think the quick price drop on Homefront directly had anything to do with the bad review scores. If anything, both retailers had an abundance of stock that wasn’t selling to their expectations. The other thought is that maybe THQ wanted to get Homefront to a quick million unit seller and was subsidising the $40 price tag of the game somehow if retailers sell a certain number of copies.