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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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:

    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

Weekend Confirmed is brought to you this week by Random House Audio where you can experience books like you've never heard them before. That includes titles like the excerpt in this week's show:

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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  • I have cut the cable...

    I am currently a subscriber of Atlantic Broadband (a small ISP). Three months ago we got rid of our Cable (HD, DVR, multi-room... the whole package). My bill was +$230 a month, so I got rid of all our services except the 15/Mb connection ($55/mo). My wife and I are loving it..

    Between gaming (swtor, Xbox, Netflix and hulu+) we save a whole bunch of money; which is nice since we have a baby on the way. Its fun adding shows we are going to want to watch with our baby to the instant queue. I like where TV 2.0 is going.

    Interestingly I just bought their newer "Unleashed" service (40Mb/s) because it wasn't much higher. I can tell they are changing their business model to suit the new culture of entertainment.

    My deepest condolences to those of you who have to deal with caps :(

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    • My wife and I cancelled our cable last year, about this time. I read an article in Wired that explained how to get most (if not all content). I haven't missed Cable since. I realized that I thought of it like like running water - use it or lose it. I would DVR shows and movies were only slightly interested in. I remember going all the way around the channel list, just before we cancelled, and thinking that I no longer recognized cable TV, and wasn't sure if I really liked TV. We now watch most shows on Netflix - it feels like we see only what we want, when we want, and there are no ads.