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Weekend Confirmed 92 - Holiday Special

by Garnett Lee, Dec 23, 2011 11:00am PST
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Join us as for our Weekend Confirmed holiday special as we head into this long weekend. Insomniac's James Stevenson and game developer Ariel Angelotti join Xav, Jeff, and Garnett for the festivities. Many of you shared stories of your videogame memories from the season which we enjoy retelling with you throughout the show. We also get to talk about some of the games we've been playing like Alan Wake American Nightmare and Star Wars the Old Republic. There's even a little news as we check in on the release of the PlayStation Vita in Japan and the big Steam sale's contest that will see one lucky gamer win the entire catalog on the service. We even remember to get in finishing moves and our end of the season football tailgate.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 92: 12/23/2011

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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 00:31:42

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:32:16 to 00:57:58

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 00:59:00 to 01:27:15

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:28:23 to 01:59:55

    NFL Tailgate 02:00:39 to 02:09:00

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!

Follow the Weekend Confirmed hosts on Twitter, too! Garnett Lee @GarnettLee, Jeff Cannata @jeffcannata, and Xav de Matos @xav.

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Comments

  • I think we need to get a bit more real and honest as far as the "plight" of women in gaming. This is not necessarily a problem rooted in gaming culture-- it is a problem rooted in our society and the roles it likes to stereotype people into.

    I am not saying that it is OK for women gamers to get treated differently, I am just saying that it should not be surprising. It doesn't help that there are not more visible females in gaming, and that the ones that do exist tend to skew to the prettier side. Again, I am not saying that it is OK to think a pretty girl can't also be a gamer, but I can see how it raises red flags for some people. Would Morgan Webb, who I think does a great job and is definitely a gamer, still have a job if she was forty pounds heavier or had some poorly placed facial moles?

    That said, I think that ALL demographics that are not young white males are under-represented in gaming in every way: from characters in games, to media presents, to the types of titles being offered. I am very thankful that I spent, and still spend a good bit of time on Bitmob, where I have seen a bit more diversity than you get on through your average media site.

    This is not just a problem for women in gaming.

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    • ^^^ I agree completely ^^^

      The thing I find interesting about this topic is that men and women don't always react to similar situations the same way. To be more specific, you could make the argument that male gamers are subjected to just as much "objectification" as female gamers are... it just doesn't register on our radar the same way.

      A very common complaint from the feminist point of view is that there are not enough female characters in videogames, and the ones we do see are often objectified or overly sexualized in some way.

      But ask yourself: Is the average MALE character any less of an objectification?

      99% of the male characters in games are 6'3, buff, tough as nails, ruggedly handsome, etc. They wear tight clothing that barely conceals their rippling muscles.

      It would be very easy for me to look at a character like Nathan Drake and say "Why don't we see more accurate representations of men in videogames?" .... except it doesn't even register on my radar this way.

      Now, there is no doubt that female characters in games are more likely to be overtly sexualized, but as Videosta pointed out, that is common in ALL MEDIA. And it's not just because developers are more often male than female.

      Even products marketed BY women TO women often portray women in a sexually idealized way. At a certain point, we need to realize that men and women like to be seen in certain ways. Everyone likes to feel attractive. If that means that male gamers pretend to be buff, powerful, ass-kicking super soldiers, then isn't it ok for women to pretend to be beautiful, sexy, smart, empowered, ass-kicking characters?