Weekend Confirmed 94 - Vita Japanese launch slows, SWTOR, 2012 predictions

By Garnett Lee, Jan 06, 2012 11:00am PST

Recovered from the holidays, Xav and Jeff join Garnett for the first Weekend Confirmed of 2012. The year kicks off with a special guest in the fourth chair, prolific videogame voice actor Zach Hanks. If you've played a game in the past few months, you've almost certainly heard his work. He gives a unique look inside the voice acting that breathes life into videogame characters. He's also a gamer, and holds nothing back as the conversation go on to consider the rapidly dwindling sales of the PlayStation Vita only weeks after its launch in Japan, games we've been playing like Star Wars the Old Republic, the announcement of new action strategy XCOM game, and a few more thoughts on what 2012 may hold. The group gets so involved they talk right past Finishing Moves, but there's a little time left for Jeff to savor his season win in the football tailgate and get in to the playoff spirit.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 94: 01/06/2012

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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 00:24:44

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:25:20 to 00:52:40

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 00:53:41 to 01:20:16

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:21:10 to 01:54:45

    Football Tailgate 1:55:30 to 02:01:21

Thanks to our special guest, voice actor and director, Zach Hanks (Zach Hanks on IMDB).

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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  • Regarding the Vita discussion, I first want to point out something that was completely overlooked in your conversation, and that is the memory cards, which are practically required and can be a turn off for some people due to their high cost. Having to pay as much as $100 more, at least in North America, is a hard sell for a consumer.

    Speaking of selling to the consumer, I wanted to point out something else that was very telling, which is that Zack, who works in this industry, didn't really know ANYTHING about the Vita. I've heard this discussed, and really think its worth noting, that Sony's marketing for the Vita, at least in North America, has been extremely weak. Unless you're already looking for it or looking at similar gaming products on certain websites, you might not even know it exists, let alone is coming out next month. Sony needs smart and compelling marketing placement if they expect to penetrate a market saturated with 3/DS', PSPs, tablets, and iDevices.

    While it is of course impossible to know for sure how it'll initially sell in other territories, I think these are things that will need to be addressed, sooner rather than later. And both are directly in Sony's control.

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