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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  • I'm so tired of the $60 price tag argument. If you're an enthusiast who's paying $60 for your games--even on launch day--then here's a heads-up: YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG.

    Signing up for an account at CheapAssGamer.com is free, and you are guaranteed to be rewarded with saving galore.

    "How so?" you ask. Well, here's an example using Amazon.com pre-orders and some simple math:

    1) Portal 2: $54.99 + $20 Gift Card + free S&H + no tax (most US residents)

    2) Mortal Kombat: $59.99 - $20 Gift Card (see above) = $39.99 + another $10 Amazon Gift Card

    3) InFamous 2: $57.99 - $10 Gift Card (see above) = $47.99

    ...so, as you can see, by just rolling some Amazon Gift Cards over and factoring in free S&H and no sales tax (again, for most US residents), you just got 3 BRAND NEW GAMES for $47.66; or, for arguments sake: 25% off on launch day.

    The best part of this is, pre-ordering nearly all the big-budget 3rd party releases gets you some type Gift Card bonus, free "Release Day Guarantee" shipping, and terrific customer service, all without ever leaving your house.

    Also, Amazon doesn't charge for purchases until the item actually ships, so no need to have the funds available at time of pre-order. Finally, Amazon's trade-in program tends to give you exceptional amounts of store credit when compared to other retail outlets, so you can always, say, finish Crysis 2 within a week or so and net $37 towards your next purchase.

    So, in summary, to those who say "Death to the $60 price point", my response is this: "For the slightly informed, it's already dead."

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