Weekend Confirmed Episode 61

By Garnett Lee, May 20, 2011 11:00am PDT

A special show this week as Weekend Confirmed welcomes the winner of our playforjapan.org charity auction, Tod Curtis, sits in with Jeff, Jeff, and Garnett. Along with his generosity, Tod represents the listeners well on the show, highlighted by sharing a few rarities from his massive game collection that includes in excess of 700 NES titles. In Whatcha Been Playin? the mix of games runs from this week's big release L.A. Noire to the sleeper of '09, Demon's Souls, with a few others thrown in. All that, the news, and Finishing Moves in this week's show.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 61: 05/20/2011

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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: 00:30:25

  • Whatcha' Been Playin Part 2: Start: 00:31:00 End: 01:00:50

  • The Warning: Start: 01:02:00 End: 01:33:48

  • Featured Music "Don't Hold Back" by Absentstar: 01:33:48 End: 01:37:12

  • Front Page news: Start: 01:37:12 End: 02:15:37

This week’s featured music was from Absentstar, hailing from Chicago, with their song "Don't Hold Back” from the album "Where We Begin," available on iTunes and Amazon among other places.

They are out of Chicago, but 3 of the 5 members are from Tod's hometown of Bedford, Indiana. They are currently on hiatus, possibly forever, unless something major occurs. They recorded an album, "Sea Trials", which was released nationally by Columbia Records. They toured with 3rd Eye Blind (Tod Curtis saw them play here in Indiana) for several months, and have opened for Lifehouse among others. You can find more info at www.absentstar.com or by looking them up on facebook.

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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  • Between Two Worlds...

    I thought that Todd was AMAZING on the show and really inspired me to post a comment and a question for the first time. He stated that he's an orthodontist and still has gaming as a serious hobby. I'm in a similar situation in that I'm a practicing Anesthesiologist (which leaves very little time for fun of any kind) but I still love gaming.

    I seem to be trapped between two worlds. I know that gaming is becoming more and more mainstream, but let's face it, it's still sort of a niche hobby. Almost all my professional colleagues have no idea about modern gaming and still tend to look at me weird when I tell them that I'm excited about a new game coming out or that I just enjoyed a really good game online with some people. On the other hand, I also sometimes get "shunned" by the gaming community because I'm not a "regular" on the forums or in multi player games or simply don't have the time to play very many games. Sort of like I'm not "hard core" enough of a gamer to garnish their respect.

    Has anyone else felt this way? That mainstream America looks down at you because of your "silly hobby" and at the same time the gaming community rolls their eyes at you because you're "too mainstream"? Of course, the crowd in this forum seems like a very respectful and accepting "hard core" group, but I feel this venue is the exception in the gaming world. I just want to have some fun with games and not be chastised by either side. Ideally gaming will become a mainstream means of entertainment and these worlds will merge, but what should I do in the meantime?

    Thanks guys!

    Love the show!

    TheGr8Sleeper on XBL, PSN, Steam and Onlive if anyone feels similar and would like a mature, semi-serious gamer to play with sometime (I still haven't started portal 2 multiplayer! Help!)

  • I asked this question last week and it led to some good discussion. I figured it might be worth asking again, now that we've all had more time to play and discuss LA Noire. So here we go:


    Grand Theft Auto IV (including two HUGE DLC stories that have totally different tone and mood).

    Red Dead Redemption

    LA Noire

    It has to be asked. Is Rockstar Games the most daring, sophisticated, and downright TALENTED group of developers on the planet?

    The worlds they create across all manner of settings, the stories and characters they write to fill them, and the sheer technical realization of both make it harder and harder to argue with every game.


  • Is gaming as a storytelling medium even capable of handling serious and historically relevant narrative? This wasn't a point of the latest podcast, but has been discussed frequently. I'd argue that the medium can unquestionably "handle" the task, probably in very visceral and thought-provoking ways. However, an interactive medium must, almost by necessity for survival right now, keep its examination of life at a surface level.

    I'm reading "The Rape of Nanking" at the moment and have read some pretty important, but brutal historical texts on other atrocities. Books, Plays, and even movies have been able to portray such events due to the passivity of the audience. The author, actors, or playwright is judged on their handling of the events portrayed; the respect for the subject lies in a small group of hands. But one youtube video by a gamer where they "break" the game in fun and wacky ways will birth a thousand imitators and harm the industry.

    I'm sure there are indy efforts, as I remember Jeff mentioning "The Cat and the Coup", but can entertainment give way to education in gaming -- more than Shane finding religion on the evil of PMCs due to MGS4?

  • Great show! I had a question for you guys about brand loyalty:

    Someone recently asked me what my favorite games of the last couple of years were and as I spouted off the list I realized they all had something in common: they gave me free avatar stuff. Super Meat Boy, Limbo, Red Dead Redemption, and Portal 2 all gave me cool avatar swag.

    I also noted that I didn't mention Call of Duty, which has occupied the most amount of my time and money (the game + 2 expansions) and gave me no avatar swag.

    It got me thinking. I love all of these games, but things like avatar gifts and free DLC (like Assassin's Creed maps or upcoming Portal 2 challenges) make me feel like a part of the team. Call of Duty, which I love and play the shit out of, gives me the feeling of "We're the best right now, so you'll pay bitch!"

    The question is: Who wins?

    I've put more hours and money (with DLC, $120) into CoD: Black Ops (and other CoD's). However, I know I'll try anything in the future from the Limbo or Super Meat Boy teams (and of course Valve), while I could be easily abandon Call of Duty for Battlefield if it became the hot new shooter shit.