Weekend Confirmed 78 - Gears of War 3, TGS '11

By Xav de Matos, Sep 16, 2011 12:00pm PDT

Weekend Confirmed and the 8-4 Podcast have merged into one during the Tokyo Game Show once again! Garnett Lee and the crew at 8-4, Ltd.--behind such games as Shadow of the Damned--discuss their experience in Japan during TGS 2011. Then, Jeff Cannata and Xav de Matos take over from sunny, southern California and talk about Gears of War 3, the nefarious pricing structure of Crimson Alliance, and a handful of other games before ending it all with a few Twitter questions. The US segment was so quick that the WC Crew didn't even have time for Finishing Moves!

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 78: 09/09/2011

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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:

    Show Breakdown:

    TGS - Live From Japan - Start: 00:00:08 End: 01:06:57

    Whatcha' Been Playing - Start: 01:07:23 End: 01:34:59

    The Warning - Start: 01:36:05 End: 02:07:48

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.

Jeff Cannata 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 would say a "casual gamer" is someone who just plays games to kill time and a "core gamer" is someone who makes time to play games.

    A lot of people have played Tetris or Angry Birds on their cell phone while waiting in a line or played Bejewled on their computer while bored at work. If you are doing that, yes, you are gaming, but it's like, "I'm bored. I'm stuck here. There really isn't anything else for me to do but stare at the wall. I guess I'll play this game." We are all casually gaming when we play like that and there is nothing wrong with that. I'm glad I am able to casually game when I am stuck at the DMV or waiting to be seated at a restaurant.

    The core gamer is someone who chooses to spend their free time playing games. When you are in a situation where you could watch a movie or tv show, read a book, go outside, or do anything else, and you choose to invest your time into gaming, not because you are just bored and are trying to kill time, but because you are actually excited about getting into what ever game it is, that is what makes a "core gamer." I don't think what game it is really matters. If the only game you play is Peggle, but you look forward to playing it and set aside personal time to play it, I'd still probably consider you a core gamer. You are hard core playing (or hard core gaming) something that was designed with a casual audience in mind. Guys who only play Madden but they look fowrad to it every year and play the hell out of it, those guys are hard core gamers in my book.

    You can call us hobbyists or enthusiasts if you don't like the title "core gamer," but I do think that is the basic difference between a casual gamer and a core gamer. I think core gamers can get a bit elitist, but you'll probably find that "Pfff...stupid casual enthsiast" attitude in any hobby. Luckily, not too many people are like that. We've all been annoyed by someone who is arrogantly into something like that at one time or another. With gaming, the elitist attitude seems to have spread out beyond arrogant hobbyist over the past few years, but I think it's just a manifestation of gamers' fear of the casual market drowning out games designed for people willing to invest time into them. Core gamers just need to realize that as long as we keep buying core games, someone will keep making them. And if a studio that makes core games goes under, it's not Angry Birds fault. The people who only game casually were not going to play that studio's game any way, regardless of if Angry Birds existed or not, so lets no take it out on them.