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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  • E3 2011 is coming up in a couple of weeks (June 7 - 9). I'm thinking back to last year, where we had that avalanche of game announcements and embargos lifting on reports of prior press events.

    The music rhythm game genre's flameout: Rock Band 3, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, Def Jam Rapstar, PowerGig, Rise of the SixString (which got completely upstaged by Rock Band 3's pro guitar). Other announced games included Infamous 2, Dungeon Siege 3 (under development by Obsidian, and not Gas Powered Games), Red Faction: Armageddon, MotorStorm Apocalypse, Trine 2, and so on.

    And then E3 itself hits. The three platform holders dominated the stage with all of the "NOT FOR YOOOU!!!" items. Project Natal gets renamed to Kinect. 3DS gets unveiled. More PlayStation Move stuff, and everyone's game is in stereoscopic 3D. With all of that, 3DS ends up being the "thing of the show", which seems disappointing after the actual 3DS' lukewarm release this spring. As for games revealed, not much. XCOM got skewered by fans of X-COM: UFO Defense. A bunch of games previously rumored in trademark and domain filings were officially announced (GoldenEye, Driver: San Francisco). I'm having a hard time remembering what games were actually outed the week of E3, since the period of the show itself was more boring than the "burn-offs" in the week leading up to E3.

    Hopefully this E3 will be the reverse, with far less Kinect and 3DS to distract. It is funny to see a bunch of "what wild thing would you like to see at E3" from Weekend Confirmed 12. We're already slated to see the Wii HD "Project Cafe" and PSP2 NGP.

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