Weekend Confirmed 103 - GDC 2012 special

By Garnett Lee, Mar 09, 2012 11:15am PST

Weekend Confirmed goes on the road to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and finds some long-time friends of the show to make it a doubly excellent episode. John Davison of CBSi joins Jeff and Garnett for the show, with 8-4 Play's Mark MacDonald and videogame editorial ninja Billy Berghammer tag-teaming the fourth chair. Along with some of the topics of the day from the conference, the group catches up on a long list of games. Halo 4 and the newly announced Wreckateer highlight take top honors from Microsoft's recent Spring Showcase Event, the first look at Medal of Honor Warfighter also gets its due, SSX springs back to the forefront of the discussion again this week, and there's much more. Special thanks to CBSi and GameSpot for graciously opening the door and allowing Weekend Confirmed the space to record the show again this year.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 103: 03/09/2012

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  • Non-Spoiler Mass Effect 3 comment:

    I just wanted to say what a great job I think Bioware did incorporating homosexual lifestyles in Mass Effect 3. I'm personally going to play the game as I always do, a straight male looking to nail anything resembling a female, but even with this playstyle, there are positive messages all over the game.

    1) One of your crew-mates on the Normandy is part of a homosexual marriage. This isn't a spoiler, it's not a major character, and the character tells you such the first time you speak with them. The cool part is that a) homosexual marriage exists in the future and more importantly b) it's treated as nothing special. You don't get a dialog choice to ask about it, and Shepherd doesn't even react as though there's a reason to question it. It's a totally normal thing, no different than a heterosexual marriage.

    2) From the moment Vega's character art was revealed, gamers groaned. 'He's a dudebro!' they cried. And while I've never really liked that phrase or the characterizations of it, Vega does seem to present the stereotype of a hyper-masculine, shallow character - the kind of people you imagine are playing against you in Call of Duty, essentially.

    But Vega's place on the ship is right alongside this gay character, and his interactions with the gay character couldn't be farther from the ignorant, viscious, homophobic asshole 'dudebros' people want to associate him with. The two are very obviously close friends, they joke with each other, laugh, and interact in the way you would expect two close heterosexual male friends to act. The issue of sexuality never comes up, there's no insecure BS, and I often found myself going down to that room just to hear the friendly banter.

    So kudos Bioware, you get it.

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