Weekend Confirmed Episode 53

By Garnett Lee, Mar 25, 2011 11:00am PDT

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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  • Regarding the multi-platform tie-ins...it's fine so long as it doesn't cause someone to feel like they didn't get the full experience form the product they purchased. Basically, a Facebook game related to a console/PC game is fine...having the Facebook game able to get the info from the console/PC game and play around with it is fine...but the moment you start getting extras and perks in the console/PC game because of the Facebook game or iPhone app, the console/PC game feels less than. At least to me, it now feels that I didn't get the full game I paid for because I don't own or have an account on wherever the tie-in is. Granted, the perks and items aren't always something that's that big of a deal, but if you don't have a device or account that lets you participate in the auxiliary game, there can be a slight bit of let down/left out even though you paid the same for the original game. (Dragon Age 2 did this with it's facebook game that you could unluck multiple items for playing...Dragon Age did it, but it was just a web app on a Bioware site.)

    Similar to this is the marketing (most noticeably with EA products) practice of item codes from bottle caps. This doesn't seem as egregious at first glance, since the cost is minor and possibly something you'd buy anyway...but not everyone wants that other product. It's basically just DLC that you have to go to a convenience store and buy some other crap to get.

    I think the recent Tron games may have the best idea on how to deal with multiplatform without it being just the same game ported over. Different games were durign different points in a timeline...but, as far as I know since I haven't played them all, didn't add items or perks to each other, just rounded out the story and history.

    Even various series titles did similar with their Wii games by keeping things related but different...though I do'nt know if the sharing between Wii games and other console/PC games was an option, admittedly.