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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  • I have a question I'd like to pose to you all here, and maybe even have discussed on a future podcast, as it relates to gaming quite well. This question has plagued my mind for some years now: can a piece of entertainment indeed be "bad"? As in, factually "bad"? Even if countless groups enjoy it? Or can it only be considered technically unsound? Everyone's first thought is of course "Well, yeah! For sure content can be terrible."

    To frame my argument to the contrary, I'll be relating to another entertainment medium we all undoubtedly enjoy, and is even featured regularly on the podcast: music. Now in my mid-twenties, I've been a musician for near 15 years. I've dabbled in almost any genre that can come to mind, and my likes are far-reaching, as is my choice of instrument. I consider myself to be as music-savvy as someone like Jeff is movie-savvy, having spent hours with it a day for many years, which is why I've chosen it as the point of comparison here.

    My greatest affinities, in broad genre terms, lie with classical and more modern progressive metal (some rock). The reasons? Great emotional resonance infused with technicality that would make any wielder of the instruments involved sweat a bit. To liken it to other forms of entertainment, classical and prog are "The King's Speech" to, say, the following list of genres being "Pirates of the Caribbean 4".

    The majority of people I know, and surely many of you guys as well (as well as I, so don't think I'm biased), are fans of rock, rap, hip-hop, techno, country, indie, grunge, and metal, just to name a few. (There are other genres that straddle a middle ground, such as jazz and blues, and of course all of these have their own countless sub genres, but broad terms still get the point across here, since we usually classify games and film by broad genre as well.)

    Having dabbled in all these genres at some point over the years, I feel that I can draw some comparisons with these genres here to other mediums to further my point:

    1. As where a film may have bad acting and dialogue or a game have terrible voice-over work and story (no proficiency or skill in performances or writing), these music genres with rare exception in some sub-genres do not display hardly any skill with the instrumental performance. A few weeks worth of beginner lessons can render you more than capable of performing classics as well as creating your own.

    2. As where a film may have bad structuring or shooting or a game bad pacing, a huge percentage of music genres have absolutely bland structure. Almost everything is in standard 4/4 timing with no deviance, and the overall structure is the tiniest of variance on verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus-chorus.

    Given that the aforementioned issues with films would cause someone movie-knowledgeable like Jeff to state that the film was bad, it seems that I can sit here and tell you all (and myself) that the music we're listening to is terrible, and that we shouldn't enjoy it. Is that even possible? I wouldn't think so. After all, were that a fact it would mean that everyone agreed upon it, and I doubt any of us have ever found ourselves listening to our favorite songs or watching our favorite movies and thinking to ourselves how terrible it truly is. Given that some of you are fans to those genres of music I listed, doesn't it seem insulting and silly to hear such a thing, simply based on the technical proficiency of the medium in question? Doesn't sheer enjoyability equal quality, in that case?

    This question has been gnawing at me, born out of frustration hearing for years now how this or that movie, game, book, or song is "good" or "bad", without room for opinon, and also realizing that even professional critics are only given credence if they have specific opinions. If someone were to say "Hey, Green Lantern was a great movie!" or "Duke Nukem Forever is an excellent game!" they would lose all credibility, which makes little sense, unless something can in fact be factually "good" or "bad". You can tear apart a movie and find its faults, calling out bad filmmaking (on a technical level), yet a huge percentage of music which many would call "good" has terrible songwriting (on a technical level). Almost every song you'll ever hear, when broken down, is the equivalent of a generic summer action movie or romantic comedy, yet many still find quality in it, and I'm curious as to why the same isn't true for movies or games.

    My argument here is bound to have holes or missing comparisons, but the community here is a very intelligent one, so I'm sure someone will point those out to me, and I eagerly await any response, especially any the guys on WC might have. If you've read all this, I thank you.

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