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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  • Courtesy of the THEN obscure N'Gai Carole, Hideo Kojima became I think the first game developer to be monikered on a level outside the video game industry. In a 2001 issue of Newsweek published just before Metal Gear Solid 2 came out I believe, Carole wrote an article accrediting him as one of the 10 people most likely to SHAPE the FUTURE. That's pretty high praise coming from a magazine that is read mostly by mainstream Americans who know nothing about video games.
    An excerpt from the issue reads:
    "If Hideo Kojima were a novelist, he would be Jonathan Franzen. If he were a television producer, he'd be David Chase. And if he were a filmmaker, he would be Peter Jackson. Kojima once dreamed of doing all those things, but he became a videogame designer instead."
    This was the first mainstream praise I saw for a game developer in my lifetime at least---including before anyone cared, or knew (outside of the gaming community) about Shigeru Miyamoto.

    That said, I find Patrick Klepek comments about Japanese game creators being a relic from a "smaller industry" condescending and vaguely racist. And I'm not really sure why Ryan Payton, who worked at Konami, would leave out one of the industry's most famous names---except I guess to say that "has my whole life of esoteric idol worship, raising unknown "artists" to a platform beyond what they've actually done could ever taken them---been contrary to the mainstream zeitgeist?" Well yes Ryan, I think it obviously has.

    I don't think as an industry we should shy away from giving respect and admiration to our most creative contributors. I think Kojima already has proven that name recognition bears some resonance to our community, and apparently that's how he pierced the mainstream with that Newsweek article.

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