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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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 – 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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Ariel Angelotti @arielotti

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  • I'm with Jeff on the format issue. I bought the Lion King on VHS when I was a kid. That doesn't mean Disney now owe me the film on Blu-Ray, or even as a download now that technology's obsolete. You buy a product and you get what you pay for. Nothing more, nothing less.

    On DLC the way to look at it is to distinguish between content which is a genuine expansion on the original experience, and content which is siphoned from that experience at the behest of the publisher simply as a way of charging you more for the original title.

    In the first camp you'd put the great tradition of PC gaming expansion packs with titles like Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, through to modern day examples like the Fallout expansions.

    In the latter camp I'm afraid to say you would have to put this Mass Effect 3 DLC. If it's available at launch that's absolutely no reason why it shouldn't be in every one's experience - there's no more excuse for this than there would be for a movie theatre removing scenes from films for people who don't make it for day 1. Every one who buys Mass Effect 3 does so assuming they're buying the full experience - just as they would when they buy any book, CD or film.