Weekend Confirmed Episode 52

By Garnett Lee, Mar 18, 2011 11:00am PDT

Weekend Confirmed celebrates our one year anniversary in style with your help, great games, and special guest James Stevenson, senior community manager for Insomniac Games. He joins the two Jeffs and Garnett for a massive show that wastes no time getting started in Whatcha' Been Playin? with games like Dragon Age 2, Homefront, Ghost of Sparta, and Tera to name a few. The Warning this week comes entirely from listener submitted questions and topics and it fuels some spirited discussions. And the news in the Front Page covers info on the impact of the Tohoku earthquake on the video game industry, February NPD sales figures, a couple of game announcements, and more.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 52: 03/18/2011

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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 Part 1: Start: 00:00:00 End: 00:32:55

  • Whatcha' Been Playin Part 2: Start: 00:33:40 End: 01:04:54

  • The Warning: Start: 01:06:00 End: 01:41:58

  • Featured Music "Disconnected" by Living Illusion: 01:41:58 End: 01:45:10

  • Front Page news: Start: 01:45:10 End: 02:25:18

Living Illusion is an independent rock band hailing from Edmonton Alberta Canada (also the home of BioWare). The song "Disconnected - (Kenton Thomas Splice)" is a remixed track off their new album "Suffering". Both versions of the song and the full album are now available on iTunes. For more from Living Illusion check out their official site, myspace, youtube, 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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  • When it comes to metacritic and stock price:

    Shareholders are idiots.

    If you asked the average THQ investor to name a game that THQ was publishing on the RELEASE DAY for Homefront, they couldn't tell you.

    That's a huge, sweeping generalization, but I'm ok with that. The fact is, a lot of the people and organizations putting their money into companies like EA, THQ and Activision don't know the first thing about videogames, making videogames, or selling videogames.

    Hell, a multi-billion dollar corporation like Disney found out the hard that even THEY had no idea how the industry works, and they're completely changing course after losing a ton of money for their mistake.

    So what are the chances that the average schlub who has never played a game in his life, let alone researched the ins and outs of the industry, can make an informed decision about the potential revenue a game can bring in.

    I'd be shocked if Homefront doesn't chart in the NPDs next month and doesn't eventually turn a respectable profit for THQ. It's a [popular genre, a marketable concept, with a solid advertising campaign behind it.

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    • I think your characterization lacks charity. While it paints an accurate picture up to a point if the game does sell well and THQ makes a profit, then the stock price will rise again.

      Good (and honest) investors will protect their (or their clients) investments. That's to be expected. The market reacted to a lot of unexpected negativity about the game. So did I.

      I'm primarily a campaign player and when I heard how short that was I didn't pick the game up. Maybe later. When I do, perhaps I'll love it and wish I had played it earlier. But I'm not willing to risk the investment of my money (and my time) at this point based on what I know.

      Investors did the same. They made choices based on the information available to them. It may not be first hand knowledge but it was knowledge all the same.