Weekend Confirmed 74 - NHL 12, Toy Soldiers: Cold War, El Shaddai

By Garnett Lee, Aug 19, 2011 11:00am PDT

The power trio of Xav, Jeff, and Garnett come together for a midsummer's night podcast. Picking up on the excitement Shane left last week, El Shaddai gets a closer look after having played it--and fares well for the most part. Other games in Whatcha Been Playin? include NHL 12, Madden, Portal 2 co-op, and Toy Soldiers: Cold War. For the Warning, we talk about whether MMO design needs to better emphasize group play, and the recent assertion that few people finish games. Some of that discussion spills over to the news segment, which starts off with Mark Cerny's prediction that isolated single-player games will be gone in three years. Finishing Moves tops it all off.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 74: 08/19/2011

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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: 00:29:01

  • Whatcha' Been Playin Part 2: Start: 00:29:35 End: 00:58:32

  • The Warning: Start: 00:59:32 End: 01:31:15

  • Featured music Mista Perkins "Pop Life" feat. Aaron G. West: 01:31:15 End: 01:34:50

  • The Front Page news: Start: 01:34:50 End: 02:09:51

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  • I think part of the issue of people not finishing games, at least for me, is simply poor game design. The most recent example on my part is L.A. Noire. I found the game to be amazing and a lot of fun, until I realized that the cases really weren't changing that much. I had no motivation to move on to Arson cases since I knew I wouldn't get anything new out of them. Mostly me not finishing games is down to time constraints, but certain games, like L.A. Noire, don't offer enough incentive. To give an example of a game that I think did an excellent job at getting me to want to play it to the end is Red Dead Redemption. Despite being long and time-consuming I simply wanted to see what happens next, where I can go and what I can do. I'm not saying that games like L.A. Noire are bad, but that at times I feel like despite a game being really good, there simply isn't enough to keep me wanting more and continuing until the end...

  • I've been making an attempt to work through my backlog, and similar to Garnett, set up some rules:

    1) I keep a large Google doc that has a backlog of all games I own that haven't played. Staying organized is a good way to stay on track.

    2) I'm only playing three games at a time: one on my consoles, one on my PC, and one on my handhelds. This gives me some variety in what I'm playing, as well as some flexibility as to where I can play (sometimes my fiance wants to watch TV, or wants the computer to work), but doesn't overwhelm me with trying to juggle too many games at once.

    3) I'm not buying any more games until I sufficiently clear out my backlog (at the very least, games that have critical acclaim). There's no point in buying a game at full price (or even with a $10 credit like Amazon often does) if it's just going to sit on my shelf for half a year. Exceptions could be made for special deals/sales.

    4) If I'm playing a game just to experience it for it's story/design, I'm not ashamed with playing it on Easy if I need to. Even with frequent checkpoints, dying continuously on a section of a level can really break the flow of the game, not to mention be frustrating and eat up time I could have been playing other games.

    5) Similar to Garnett's two-strike rule, if I'm just not digging a game, I don't feel an obligation to beat it. I have plenty of other games to play, so I just stop playing it and scratch it off the list.

    6) I had a number of games I never finished and never planned to finish, or games I bought on a whim and really have no desire to play. So I sold them! Not only does it reduce my backlog, I got a couple hundred dollars back. For downloaded titles you can't resell, just acknowledge you're never going to play it and scratch it off your list. Keeping a smaller list makes it a less daunting task.

  • After listening to the discussion about how many people finish games. I decided to see how many games I've actually finished. I love video games, I always want to play the new and innovating game that has released. I don't buy games just to say that I have them. So out of the 48 PS3 games I own I have a completed 32 of those for a 66% completion rating. On my 360 of the 29 games I own I've completed 13 of those for a 44% completion rating. Some of the game I own are Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Buzz Quiz. Can you really complete these games? There's a few reasons why I haven't finished all my games. Some are just aren't very good games that I picked up at discounted prices just to see what they're like. For example Mercenaries 2 or Wet. Other games I just got burned out on like Crysis 2 and Killzone 3 not that these are bad games. I'm just suffering from shooter fatigue. On my DS I've only finished 1 out of the 8 games I own. On my PSP, I haven't finished any of the 4 games I own. This is mostly because I only play my handhelds when I travel. I used to play them on my breaks at work until my 45 minute break was cut to 25 minutes. I do love to play The World Ends With You on the DS.
    I guess I don't have many time restraints, I'm 26, I do work full time but I am single. The thing that sort of suck is that I'm going to be starting school this fall right before all the games I've been waiting for come out. For me finishing a game depends on how interesting the game is, where it's the story that draws me in like Red Dead Redemption did. It could also be a game play mechanic I've put in 45+ hours into Beat Hazard, which is a very simple game, which I bought after Garnett recommended for Cannata afford a new game segment. By the way I miss Cannata afford a new game. The games I don't finish just didn't click with me.