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Weekend Confirmed Episode 53

by Garnett Lee, Mar 25, 2011 11:00am PDT
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The Nintendo 3DS arrives in Europe and North America over the weekend but Jeff and Garnett have already been playing with the new handheld for a week. Their impressions of the hardware and some of the launch games fill most of the opening Whatcha Been Playin? section but there's much more to come includine Crysis 2, Shogun 2, Mortal Kombat, and Patapon 3. Shacknews's own Jeff Mattas and good friend of the show Christian Spicer round out the cast this week and brought their A game for the Warning where the group covers game criticism, behaviorism as applied to discovery in games, and more. All that, plus this week's videogame news in the Front Page and Finishing Moves make this a can't miss show.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 53: 03/25/2011

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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: 00:29:52

  • Whatcha' Been Playin Part 2: Start: 00:30:40 End: 01:01:34

  • The Warning: Start: 01:02:40 End: 01:34:46

  • Featured Music "All My Life" by David RuffinJr.: 01:34:36 End: 01:38:02

  • Front Page news: Start: 01:38:02 End: 02:13:11

This week's Featured Music comes from the supremely talented David Ruffin Jr. In the past years, highly touted music publications such as Rolling Stone, The Source, and Rap Pages have labeled David Jr. as "talented and is up-and-coming". However, perhaps his most thrilling moment in music came when he heard a world wide, multi-platinum song, called...Gin & Juice. A Hip-Hop Classic now! A song that Dr. Dre, T-Green, Snoop, and he collaborated on and recorded together. David Jr. recently relocated to Los Angeles in an attempt to get some recognition for his latest creations. David credits his father, along with current soloist, Joe and 80s crooners, Alexander ONeal, James D-Train Williams, and the great Marvin Gaye as the major influences on his style of singing.

Pick up a copy of his new CD "All My Life" at CD Baby. You will not be disappointed. And keep up with the latest and greatest from David Ruffin Jr. on ReverbNation, facebook, and twitter.

Original music in the show by Del Rio. Get his latest Album, The Wait is Over on iTunes. Check out more, including the Super Mega Worm mix and other mash-ups on his ReverbNation page or Facebook page, and follow him on twitter delriomusic.

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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Comments

  • Throw enough money at a development team and a game's production value and technical competence will increase accordingly.

    The reason why reviews for blockbuster games often come across as rah-rah cheer leading is that current game criticism is aesthetics/tech first and design second. Most games simply have to meet that base competence to be competitive, and they do indeed hence the 7 - 10 review scale phenomenon. The conversation needs to shift towards what money can't buy: design/complexity.

    I like the podcast but some of you guys, Jeff especially, fall prey to waxing poetic about how a game looks and feels rather than how it functions: "Crysis 2 is like Battle: New York" instantly brings to mind lavish Hollywood budgets and gorgeous visuals that ooze money while saying next to nothing about what it going on beneath that surface.

    How does it function? How does it handle its concept compared to other shooters of a similar nature? How much free reign do you have and how well does it handle player agency? Is this open design inherently better than that of a more rigid/scripted nature? Indeed, some of these questions were answered, but it wasn't the main thrust of the conversation. It should be.

    After all, if it really is Battle: New York then why don't I just buy a movie ticket instead?