Weekend Confirmed 66 - FEAR 3, Shadows of the Damned

By Garnett Lee, Jun 24, 2011 11:00am PDT

Settling in to summer, the Weekend Confirmed crew finds a stack of great games waiting to be played. Christian Spicer sits in with Xav, Jeff, and Garnett to talk F.E.A.R. 3, Shadows of the Damned, inFamous 2, Trenched, and more in Whatcha' Been Playin? The Warning gets started with a continuation of a discussion that started on twitter about whether names like Mizuguchi, Suda, Mikami, and Yamaoka generate big buzz. The group also looks at all the other big games hitting their 10th anniversary along with Halo and realizes 2001 was a pretty special year. The news and Finishing Moves bring it all home.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 66: 06/24/2011

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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: 00:29:54

  • Whatcha' Been Playin Part 2: Start: 00:30:28 End: 01:01:20

  • Whatcha' Been Playin Part 3: Start: 01:02:26 End: 01:32:04

  • Featured music "The Constant" by The Felix Culpa: Start: 01:32:04 End: 01:35:30

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

The Felix Culpa is a four-piece band consisting of vocalist/guitarist Marky Hladish, bassist/vocalist Tristan Hammond, guitarist/vocalist Dustin Currier and drummer Joel Coan. From the Illinois/Wisconsin border, the band is best described as progressive indie with post-hardcore elements. They have released two full-length albums ("Commitment" and "Sever Your Roots"), an EP/DVD combo ("Thought Control"), a digital EP ("SoSo Remission") and are currently signed to No Sleep Records. They can be found online at Facebook, twitter, and on their official site.

The Felix Culpa are headed out on a short supporting tour w/ The Dear Hunter.

Tour Dates:

July 22nd - Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock

July 23rd - DeKalb, IL House Cafe

July 24th - Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall

July 26th - St. Louis, MO The Firebird

July 27th - Covington, KY Mad Hatter

July 28th - Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid SchemeKay

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.

Christian Spicer performs his stand-up comedy show around the country. For more info, including dates for upcoming shows, check out Christian Spicer's site.

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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  • There are two reasons why videogame producers/directors aren't treated with same kind of brand value as movie directors.

    1) Many of the people in the position to demand such treatment feel it's disrespectful. Videogames are a huge collaborative effort, and even if there is one visionary guiding the entire experience, there are still hundreds of people with expertise in art, coding, and game design that had a significant hand in the process. So saying, 'one guy is responsible for this' comes off as crass.

    2) Publishers don't want to give developers that much individual power.

    By keeping individual names or teams out of the limelight and off the box, publishers can keep their talent in check. Their games gain brand power and appeal, while the talent behind that brand becomes replacable and interchangable. The faceless drones behind the game can be let go when they get too expensive, or start demanding better working conditions, or whatever.

    Imagine if, over the course of Call of Duty, the brand HAD been called 'Infinity Ward's Call of Duty' right there on the box. That gives the Infinity Ward guys even MORE power and leverage against Activision, and likely WOULD have caused some impact on sales, because it would have been clear that the people behind the game were gone.