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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  • Just to add a few examples to the whole $40 new release retail game idea, some games have found great success following that business model, but most fall short of the mark.

    3D Dot Game Heroes had sales expectations of 25,000 units and thanks to it's $40 release price and good word of mouth, it sold over 250,000 units and Atlus was extremely happy with the result. Something similar could be said for Deadly Premonition.

    The God of War: Collection and the Sly Cooper: Collection have also met with success, with one selling around 2 million units and the other selling around 200,000 units. They were both very successful and it was partly thanks to their prices, but without the name or the media gushing, then I doubt either of them would have sold as much.

    Other games have not been so lucky though. Activision has tried that business model a few times and it hasn't worked out that well for them. Blood Drive, Jurassic: The Hunted and Secret Service were all released for $40 to $50 and they were all universally ignored by the media and the consumer base.

    Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is another example of a game being released at a lower price, but was ignored by the media and the consumer base. Majin is a pretty good game, it's a budget game, but it's still really fun and interesting. At it's release the forum goers who wanted lower priced games ignored Majin and instead called out 'bomba' or 'Namco knows its crap, so they're getting desperate'. Homefront went through something similar when Amazon and Walmart had a sale, gamers tend to contradict themselves way to often. Front Mission Evolved suffered from a similar situation (though it wasn't as good).

    I think businesses are willing to release budget games at budget prices, but it's the gamers and the games media who need to break out of the 'AAA' or nothing mind set. Some sites are getting better by talking about Iphone games and Indie games more often, but it's still not good enough when the budget retail game is nearly always ignored.