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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  • Oh, Garnet. I love you bro. But you really confuse me sometimes. Have you even sat down and played Dragon Age 2? It really sounded like you were trying to find reasons to dislike it and nit pick at it, when going to equal lengths during the warning and news section to seemingly defend THQ and Homefront, when it is very obvious that the game is a steaming pile.

    Don't get me wrong, I found the shift between preview coverage and release coverage to be quite surprising. Enough so that I canceled my preorder and rented it instead. I'm glad that I made that decision! The game is just subpar.

    Now, I will admit that DA:2 has some issues, but you're talking a game that has great story, great characters and dialogue, and between 40-50 hours of gameplay (I clocked in at 47 with almost all sidequests and actually missing two optional bosses!). Compare that to Homefront which is what... ? 4 hours? Obviously multiplayer extends that but one has to be willing to forgive Bioware SOMEWHAT for the repeated dungeon content, because it was a better choice than losing those additional sidequests.

    Additionally, I've never been able to reconcile this distaste for Metacritic. Why? It serves a logical purpose; I know myself that I would often go to several review sites to get my own personal average for a game. Metacritic just does that for me. How often is it REALLY wrong about a game, your personal tastes aside? I'd wager pretty rarely.

    Finally, I'd like to wish you a happy anniversary! Been following you since your 1UP days and I've enjoyed each of your shows. Keep up the great work and content. Also a shoutout of appreciation to all the other hosts, both current and departed. None of you have disappointed.

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