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.

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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.

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  • Had some thoughts about Garnett's comments on Anders in DAII and sexuality.

    I'm gay, so obviously I have an particular interest in this topic. I understand and admire Garnett's desire to see gay characters that are not defined by their sexuality and not portrayed in a sensational manner.

    But, as someone who wants to see greater acceptance of gay characters (And gay gamers of course, speaking as someone who'd never have the nerve to be open about my sexuality on XBox Live) I don't see that happening without writers tackling the issue of sexuality in a much more head on fashion. What I want to see is stories written for gay characters that are unambiguously about their sexualities and are not afraid to be confrontational about it. Put the issue out in the open where it can't be ignored, force the debate.

    Which is not to say that I don't see a place for the more subtle characters, if writers see that an aspect of their characters, that's fine. But, in general, writers don't break down fictional barriers by being subtle.

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      • You'r right. Although I can't in fact think of any actors who regularly play lead roles that are openly gay, off the top of my head.

        I think straight actors taking gay roles is commendable, but still wish there were more room or acceptance for gay actors to play gay leads as well. For example, I absolutely loved Colin Firth in A Single Man but still it would have been nice if there were an opportunity for a gay actor to get a role that. Ultimately though, I tend to come down on the side of the right actor for a part being the right actor, regardless of sexuality.

        Regarding the Marcus Fenix stuff, that would certainly be bold on the part of the writers! And your right, a declaration about his sexuality in that manner wouldn't have to radically change his character or reduce him to a stereotype , while at the same time making a statement about gay acceptance in videogame fiction.

        At the same time though - and this is what I was trying to advocate earlier - I want to see videogames that aren't afraid to actually engage with the gay experience on a meaningful and intellectual level that goes beyond characters who are either stereotypes or "gay, btw". You could argue that this means characters that are defined by their sexuality rather than their personality (At least in terms of their relevance to the theme of that narrative), but characterisations like that can be a valid part of fiction when the purpose of the fiction is to explore the experiences of a group in society. I mentioned A Single Man earlier, which was based on a novel from 1964 by Christopher Isherwood, that was controversial in it's time because it's main character was unambiguously gay and so much of it's narrative was an exploration of the gay and closeted experience at a time when homosexuality was meant to remain strictly behind closed doors. That it stirred this controversy in the literary community meant it contributed to the growing debate about the persecution of gay men and women and today it's seen as one of the most important novels of the gay emancipation movement.

        That's the kind of thing I was talking about when I suggested the being subtle isn't always enough to break down barriers in fiction.

        BTW, I don't read comic books so I had to look up Rawhide Kid, and I see what you mean!