Weekend Confirmed 76 - PAX 2011 live show

By Garnett Lee, Sep 02, 2011 11:00am PDT

Weekend Confirmed took the stage in the Unicorn Theater for this special PAX 2011 show. Recorded in front of an awesome crowd, a whole host of distinguished guests joined Xav, Jeff, and Garnett including Andrew Pfister, John Davison, Shane Bettenhausen, Billy Berghammer, Jeff Green, and Luke Smith. They shared their takes on some of the best games around the show including favorites from the PAX 10 indies in a custom Whatcha Been Playin, at PAX, and then answered some questions from the audience for a live version of the Warning.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 76: 09/02/2011

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  • Hearing so many voices from people I love, respect, and feel like I know made me come to a realization: There is a funny path to acceptance if you are a video game reviewer right now. It seems like there is an almost set path you have to take to be fully embraced by an audience if you are new to them.

    First comes doubt, or the more aggressive version, "Who the hell does this person think they ARE?" That comes as you first come into a readers sphere of entertainment. It can be exacerbated if you have the balls to say something that the listener/reader happens to disagree with.

    Next comes a begrudging acceptance. This is where the listeners/readers come to recognize your existence, but have yet to truly embrace you. This level can jump to rabid fanboyism on part of an audience if you happen to say good things about whatever niche product they have decided to dedicate their lives to.

    As the audience gets used to you, you either gain more rabid followers, or become notorious for your "Japanese-game hating ways," or get pigeonholed as the "sports" guy, or take the safer route of becoming the "AAA game lover."

    I don't remember ever questioning the comments of the commentators I listened to even a few years ago like I do now. I think a large part of that is because of how excellent, astute and memorable people like this weeks panel are/were, but I think there is an issue of the audience expecting to be devoted from the get-go to a new member of a crew like WC. I think we have seen that happen with Andrea and others, and I think it is a bit sad that it seems harder to become a figure like Shane was back in the day. I don't know if it is that there are just too many damn voices out there, or that we have gotten more critical or are just harder to please, but I feel like games media is in a very different place than it was even a few years ago... and I miss the halcyon days of the 1up Show and 1up Yours...

    I do love me some WC, but there is simply no big crew site-wide at any outlet that makes me feel as at home as I did back then.

    That said, I am finding Shack to be a nice home, and think WC is an extraordinary podcast in a sea of copycats of 1up Yours.