Weekend Confirmed 81 - Rage, Dark Souls, television on Xbox 360

By Garnett Lee, Oct 07, 2011 12:00pm PDT

Billy "plan B" Berghammer joins Jeff and Garnett on a show that sounds like it would be full of angst. Rage and Dark Souls both came out this week, and there's a lot to talk about, including how the guy who "loves loving things" takes to a game renowned for its bleakness. Microsoft's additions to the television offerings on Live also become a hot topic, but the group doesn't seem nearly as impressed as the press release would lead one to believe. The iOS update and iPhone 4S also spark some debate on how mobile gaming continues to grow, as does the news that Unreal Engine 3 runs in Flash 11. The rest of the news of the week, a few other games, and your feedback and questions round out the show before wrapping up with Finishing Moves and the weekend football tailgate.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 81: 10/07/2011

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 00:00:00 - 00:30:20

    Whatcha Been Playing 00:31:07 - 01:01:33

    More Playing and the News 01:02:30 โ€“ 01:29:12

    Featured Music Break: 01:29:12 - 01:31:42 -- "Sun Dog" โ€“ Thunderhead

    Listener Feedback 01:31:42 โ€“ 02:05:43

    The Tailgate 02:06:25 - 02:13:34

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Stand by Me and Star Trek: The Next Generation star Wil Wheaton reads Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours plugged into OASAIS, a virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be. When the OASIS creator hides a series of puzzles in the game, will Wade be able to complete the challenge and stay alive in the process?

Featured music this week comes from Thunderhead, a 17 year old drum and bass and soundtrack producer from Edmonton, Canada. Get all of his latest tracks for FREE on Soundcloud.

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.

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  • Dark Souls:

    So I know I might be a pansy when it comes to challenging games now, but when I play a game I like a challenge to a certain extent. I dont have time to play games to torture me. Truth is I dont really play RPG's so maybe I shouldn't even be part of this conversation at all, but I understand there are games made for a specific crowd and Dark souls sounds like a game made for people who like to challenge themselves to an extent that doesnt make sense to me. Hell I use to trophy whore games and when I played "Uncharted 2" on hard I ended up not enjoying the game as much. Because of this I have started playing games on normal so I can enjoy the experience more and if I am so tempted I will play it again on hard. My goal when playing games now is not necessarily trophy hunting and is more to experience the game and enjoy the story, and less punish myself.

    I forgot why I came to post. This game sounds a little broken, because I dont see why they cant leave some hints on what to do. The concept that because you are being destroyed you should know not to go that way is broken. That is just my opinion. It is not for me.

    Xbox TV thingy:

    I really enjoy concept of this, the cool thing is that you can have all of your entertainment in one location. The problem is that you need to previously have all of these services to use them. For me I am a person that cut the cord to cable a while ago. Too much stuff that I dont actually watch and too much time wasted watching stupid stuff. So all of these cool services are useless to me. When HBOGO becomes usable without needing cable I will be on board.