Weekend Confirmed 101 - American Nightmare, Darkness 2, games that make us curse

By Garnett Lee, Feb 24, 2012 11:00am PST

The second century of Weekend Confirmed begins with a corker. Coin-op TV's Rob "Pennyman" Welkner joins Jeff, Ariel, and Garnett for episode 101. They've been playing games like Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Syndicate, and the Darkeness 2. With countless hours invested in Skylanders, Rob helps shed some light on how this unlikely game became a breakout hit for kids of all ages. Discussions also take a look at why we play games that make us curse at the screen, whether Mass Effect 3's day-one DLC is a must-have for the "complete" experience, and Sony's explanation and apology for not offering the PSP UMD "Passport" transfer service to Vita owners outside Japan. All that and more before Finishing Moves puts the exclamation point on the show.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 101: 02/24/2012

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 00:00:00 – 00:27:50

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:28:25 – 00:56:35

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 00:57:35 – 01:26:55

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:27:59 – 02:05:21

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  • American Nightmare Spoilers, but nothing new if you listened to the podcast.

    While I think Alan Wake was better than American Nightmare, I agree more with Mr. Lee's position on AN than with Mr. Cannata. But the point I'm curious about is that controversial plot element you discussed. I wrote a review of American Nightmare for a community gaming site and struggled with what to do with that particular plot device.

    In the end, because the site has a strict rule about no spoilers in reviews and I didn't see a way to discuss it without spoiling the plot point. With that said, I also didn't consider it a huge deal because things do change when you go back. I get that some people may not like it but it allowed for more story, especially in the TV messages and radio shows, and more combat. That later piece for me is one of the better parts of American Nightmare and that I get more of it, with different weapons and different enemies, even if in the same setting, did not detract from the game at all.

    Now, if I had need to do the exact same things repeatedly, or if the TV messages and radio programs has been the same, or if the game continued the loop 5, 6, or 7 times, I would feel different. But I think they hit the sweet spot with the three run throughs.