Weekend Confirmed Episode 58

By Garnett Lee, Apr 29, 2011 11:00am PDT

This week Christian Spicer joins Jeff and Garnett on the show and they waste no time getting into the games. Well, okay, there might be a little NBA and NHL playoffs talk but then it's right on to Rage, Portal 2, Dragon Age 2 (Jeff finished it with 65 hours on the clock), and more. Of course, the big news of user data getting stolen from the PlayStation Network gets plenty of discussion as does the confirmation from Nintendo that a new console will indeed debut at E3. When Finishing Moves wraps it all up, the time has flown by.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 58: 04/29/2011

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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: 00:32:40

  • Whatcha' Been Playin Part 2: Start: 00:33:14 End: 01:03:48

  • The Warning: Start: 01:04:56 End: 01:38:16

  • Featured Music "2.2 Cherry Blossom [The Fire]" by the Velvet Chameleon: 01:38:16 End: 01:41:30

  • Front Page news: Start: 01:41:30 End: 02:22:22

Vancouver, BC rockers The Velvet Chameleon contributed this week's featured track "2.2 Cherry Blossom [The Fire]." They describe themselves as, "a little out-of-the box like Radiohead, mixed in with the classic rock virility of Led Zep". Their self-produced EP at can be had on the band's Facebook or twitter.

Please help support Weekend Confirmed engineer extraordinaire Brooklyn Fraser in her charity ride as part of the AIDS/Lifecycle. She'll be biking from San Francisco to Los Angeles, riding some 545 miles over seven days in support of the cause. To make the ride, she needs to hit a donation goal of $3000. If you can, please help her make that goal and be able to ride by making a donation on her AIDS/Lifecycle page and, of course, your charitable donation will be tax deductible as well.

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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  • Garnett, despite the alcohol fueled rant, it's quite obvious that you and many other people are upset about the situation concerning the breach into PSN, however the hack has been done and their only step now is to rebuild. It's very apparent that Sony will have to work very hard in the long term to regain people's trust. Now that they've outlined some plans for when PSN does come back, what do you believe should or needs to happen over the next few months (or maybe even a year) for them to regain consumer's trust (or specifically YOUR trust) because I kinda doubt a free 30 day subscription to PSN and a downloadable game will cut it for now...





  • I think that immaturity, when referencing gender roles in video games, stems way deeper than comedic stimulation. In the U.S, implied gender roles are everywhere. The masculine man is glorified at every turn. We see that perpetuated in games more than in any other medium (Marcus Phoenix, Master Chief, and Kratos, just to name a sparse few). Of course, we'd like to be mature adults and be able to look deeper and challenge ourselves with ideas of homosexual main characters, but the idea of homosexuality conflicts our very ideas of what it means to be masculine, given it's place in American culture to date. We associate with the immature aspects of the idea primarily because we are ignorant to information that informs us of the contrary.

    I think we fix this is by just making the main character identify or hint to his different orientation, but relinquishing the stereotype by making him masculine (or just an antithesis to the stereotypes we see on television and movies). This dissasociates the impled stereotype, yet if done correctly, can have little to no affect on the general storyline. Yes, some people will be grossed out by the idea, but it will challenge them to understand why they think the way they do on the matter, and for the rest of us, we will just say "Oh, ok." and move on.

    That said, sales are what matters, and I hate to say it, but a gay main character potentially could hurt the sales figures of a title. I think that in the meantime, Bioware is doing a good job of pushing boundaries on the matter, and is challenging us just enough to ask ourselves these types of questions.

    (P.S. - Long time fan of the podcast(s) dating back to 06. Keep up the great work.)










  • I think Sony is just lousy these days. Sony is bad with software. Sony's hardware is still more or less up to par with the competition but their software is a liability. I remember when Sony meant best in class innovation, quality and design and even command a premium for their products. But as software got integrated into everything and become more and more important to the user (UI, features, connectivity, security...), Sony products have become also-rans and are now proving to be liabilities to those customers who get victimized by Sony's poor safeguards.