Weekend Confirmed Episode 65

By Garnett Lee, Jun 17, 2011 11:00am PDT

The dust has settled on E3 2011 and we sweep up with a full slate of games we saw on this week's show. But before getting to that, Xav, Jeff, Garnett, and our good friend Andrea Rene of Clevver TV tackle Duke Nukem Forever. From there it's on to Forza 4, F1, Hitman, Torchlight 2, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Ace Combat, and many more. Duke resurfaces in the news when the group discusses the fervor over the reviews and PR responses. There's the rest of the videogame news as well and we wrap it all up with Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 65: 06/17/2011

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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: 00:30:14

  • Whatcha' Been Playin Part 2: Start: 00:30:45 End: 01:00:52

  • Whatcha' Been Playin Part 3: Start: 01:02:00 End: 01:28:21

  • Featured music "Doin" by YUG feat. SoJay: Start: 01:28:21 End: 01:31:47

  • The Front Page news: Start: 01:31:47 End: 02:06:53

With over 10 years of crafting sound under his belt, Toronto native YUG is emerging as one of the most in demand producers. With international and commercial credentials, YUG has created house hits for labels such as Ministry of Sound, Spinnin Records, Jamayka Recordings, as well as his own independent label YUG Music and has remixed top selling artists such as Canadian RnB superstar Jully Black [Universal] and global recording sensation Justin Timberlake [SonyBMG].You can pick up Yug's latest single 'Doin' featuring SoJay on iTunes and Beatport.

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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.

Andrea Rene hosts and writes for Clevver Games where she can be seen daily.

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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  • For anyone who didn't catch onto the "Gerstmann" reference, it was when GameSpot fired Jeff Gerstmann shortly after he reviewed Kane & Lynch and gave it a 6 (which was in line with reviews from other outlets). There were allegations of advertiser pressure, since GameSpot had landed a huge ad deal with Eidos, and wallpapered the entire front page of GameSpot with Kane & Lynch "page takeover" ads. Some classic Shack coverage:

    "Report: GameSpot's Gerstmann Fired Due to Negative Kane & Lynch Review" http://www.shacknews.com/article/50134/report-gamespots-gerstmann-fired-due
    "ShackCast 21: Gerstmann Edition" http://www.shacknews.com/article/50164/shackcast-21-gerstmann-edition (this was a really good "breaking news" and discussion of the incident

    Now that whole incident is different from the DNF PR thing, since it seemed to flare up from ad money. However, I just happened to be listening to the November 2 2010 Bombcast, where a game review / PR situation was brought up with Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2:

    (segment starts at 1:02:10)
    Brad: They didn't really send this game out to press so much before it came out... and then we bought it... and I played it... and I kinda figured out why... cause it... I don't wanna say it feels 'unfinished'...

    Jeff: [interrupting] It wasn't that they didn't send it out to everybody, it's that they were... it seemed... so I was around a lot of people who write about video games last week! [smiles]

    (everyone): uh huh

    Jeff: ...and it was a good time for everyone to sit down and compare notes about who's got Kinect and who doesn't, and who's got Star Wars and who doesn't. So it was very easy to figure out... basically it seems like they were trying to min-max early review scores for Star Wars, if I had to guess, after talkin' to people about who got it and who didn't...

    Brad: And having played it now, I understand why, cause it's just SUPER-basic...
    (continues to game review)

    I guess that is PR's job, to decide which gaming news outlet reviewers receive a free copy and who doesn't, and there's probably only so many green discs and/or final discs that can be sent to reviewers, but when it starts getting to a stage of "picking favorites", that gets alarming. There does also seem to be a significant shift in opinion between before a release, and after. For some titles, the shift is huge, and that seems kinda crazy.