Weekend Confirmed Episode 55

By Garnett Lee, Apr 08, 2011 11:00am PDT

Scheduling challenges make it a three-chair show this week. On the upside, that means there's plenty of room to spread out for Jeff, Garnett, and this week's guest Andrea Rene, host of Mahalo Video Games Today. They get right in to Whatcha Been Playin? with The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, Ratchet and Clank All 4 One, and more. An unexpected debate on whether survival horror games must be scary spills into the Warning before taking up the question of "narrative dissonance" raised by the Sword and Sorcery developers Superbrothers, who also drop a tune from the game's soundtrack on us for this week's featured music. We wrap it all up with videogame news in the Front Page and Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 55: 04/08/2011

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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: 00:27:15

  • Whatcha' Been Playin Part 2: Start: 00:28:061 End: 00:58:40

  • The Warning: Start: 00:59:50 End: 01:31:40

  • Featured Music "COM-64" by Jim Guthrie: 01:31:40 End: 01:32:58

  • Front Page news: Start: 01:32:58 End: 02:14:44

This week's featured music is the track "COM-64" by Jim Guthrie from the iPad (and soon iPhone) game, Sword and Sworcery. Guthrie (jampants on Twitter) is a composer/singer/songwriter in Toronto with a legendary solo discography, he's a veteran of bands like Royal City & Islands and an acknowledged influence on other Canadian success stories like Broken Social Scene, Feist, Arcade Fire, and Owen Pallett (formerly Final Fantasy).

The Sword and Sworcery EP is available in digital form through iTunes and Bandcamp or as a 12" vinyl. Get all the details from the game's music page. And of course, the game is also out now on iPad and should be soon for iPhone/iPod Touch.

Big thanks go out to Craig (the1console on Twitter), artist, animator, and writer on Sword and Sworcery, for connecting with us.

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!

Remember to join the Official Facebook Weekend Confirmed Page and add us to your Facebook routine. We'll be keeping you up with the latest on the show there as well.

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  • Garnett has talked about the pricing of games on the 3DS and how that gamers expect mobile games to match the price of games on the iPhone, but where does that put the NGP? The NGP is exactly the handheld device I have been waiting for, a mobile full console experience. As entertaining as Angry Birds or Bejeweled is, it doesn't compare to a GTA, a Mass Effect, or a Call of Duty game. Why not spend your mobile gaming time playing a great game rather than a good game? Would I rather play on my 100" projector at home rather on 5" OLED, sure, but I have a limited amount of gaming time and a mobile system fits into those moments of free time during the day. In fact I would prefer to play Fallout 3 or Skyrim on a mobile device given the amount of time these games demand from you. Or maybe play it on both the PS3 and the NGP at the same time. And why should we expect it to cost less than $60 like its home console brethren? If GTA 5 comes out and is available simultaneously on the PS3, Xbox 360 and the NGP and is identical to others with the exception of the screen size, why should there be a price difference? If I finally get a mobile device with the control scheme I want and I end up getting 99 cent iPhone ports because you lot don't want to spend allot on mobile games, I will be mightily put out. However given that the bestselling games on the PSP were "real" games (GTA, Socom, God of War) I don't think that I am alone.