Weekend Confirmed 96 - David Jaffe, Twisted Metal

By Garnett Lee, Jan 20, 2012 2:00pm PST

Game designer David Jaffe and Game Trailers managing editor Michael McWhertor join Xav and Garnett for this week's show. Along with getting into Twisted Metal and car combat games the crew tackles a wide range of topics including a look at Shacknews's Game of Year winners, the different ways gamers see the balance in games between narrative and mechanics, more hands-on experiences with the Vita, and more. Buckle up; it's one helluva ride to the Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 96: 01/20/2012

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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 00:28:16

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:28:42 to 00:58:04

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 00:59:05 to 01:27:51

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:29:29 to 02:01:28

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Thanks to our special guests, game designer David Jaffe (@davidscottjaffe) and Michael McWhertor (@mikemcwhertor).

For the latest on the game, watch the official Twisted Metal site.

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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  • A little more info on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012.

    The section in particular reaffirms a presidential power given to the office in a 2001 Authorization for Use of Force bill signed after 9-11 (so it was already a presidential power).

    While the bill was still in committee, before the Senate voted on it, the White House protested the controversial section in an executive statement saying, "The Administration strongly objects to the military custody provision, which would appear to mandate military custody for a certain class of terrorism suspects... Moreover, applying this military custody requirement to individuals inside the United States, as some Members of Congress have suggested is their intention, would raise serious and unsettled legal questions and would be inconsistent with the fundamental American principle that our military does not patrol our streets." He also threatened to veto the Senate version of the bill.

    Faced with veto proof majorities in the house and senate, for him to nix the entire defense spending bill (becoming the first president to do that) over a power that another act a decade earlier already granted him, would have been politically foolish. He would have pissed all over a Senate that barely functions as is and a House that is actively working against him on everything from healthcare reform to ordering lunch, making anything in the future THAT much harder. He also would have given up any power to make any lasting comment about the bill, at least now it has his signing statement attached.

    So far, several bills have come out from both sides of the aisle to pull the text from the bill, none have any chance of passing.

    Yes, you can blame the President for signing the bill, BUT, do not let the hundreds of members of Congress get off scott-free.

    So, Mr. Jaffe has every right to not contribute to anyone, to not vote for anyone, or to vote for the other side, but he should do that knowing all the facts.

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