Weekend Confirmed 91 - Metal Gear Rising, Last of Us, Syndicate

by Garnett Lee, Dec 16, 2011 11:00am PST
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The flurry of new game trailers unleashed during the VGAs last week leads the conversation on Weekend Confirmed this week. Shacknews' own New York-based editor Andrew Yoon joins Xav, Jeff, and Garnett to wade through them, starting with Metal Gear Rising, and moving on through Last of Us, Fortnite, and Mass Effect 3. Andrew recently attended a Sony event back in New York and shares impressions from playing Syndicate, Journey, and Lumines. Listener Shadow13th called out Jeff for using saves to control his fate in role playing games and the group picks up the subject of the min/max approach to gaming and how it exposes the mechanics potentially to the detriment of immersion. There's still more too, with a quick look at November's NPD sales numbers, Trine 2, and Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 91: 12/16/2011

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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 to 00:23:50

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:24:25 to 00:49:54

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 00:51:00 to 01:16:18

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:17:23 to 01:48:25

    NFL Tailgate 01:49:09 to 01:56:36

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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  • About talk of next gen consoles, I think the whole notion of "R&D" for hardware is pretty much going to become anachronistic---at least as far as CPUs and GPUs go. The clear future for all none PC platforms is the user experience itself. If you want to think about what a PS4 and next Xbox will be, the question is how will we interact with our TVs differently in general in 5 years time?

    The same goes for questions about the Vita, and what will become of portable gaming. The portable market in general has become so disruptive that for gaming journalists to make "dedicated gaming handheld" into some kind of albatross is ridiculously arbitrary. The iphone is finding success BY introducing video games to new audiences, so why would you look at something like the Vita and say "psh, that plays games. No way is it going to sell!"

    That's not to say Vita will be a run away success, but the point is that we don't know what will distinguish the ultimate portable device yet. I firmly believe that smart phones are as they are now are not that end game, and that's why we're seeing Amazon sell 1 million Kindle Fires PER WEEK.