Weekend Confirmed 130 - Wii U, Mark of the Ninja, Borderlands 2

By Jeff Mattas, Sep 14, 2012 11:00am PDT

Garnett Lee is joined by "Indie" Jeff Mattas and regular guest Andrea Rene for another round of Weekend Confirmed. On the docket this week are a number of topics surrounding the recent Wii U launch announcements, including some debate about pricing, the strength of its launch title lineup, and who Nintendo is courting as the console's core audience. Developer Klei's Mark of the Ninja gets some universal admiration from the crew, as well. Jeff has to skip out before the last segment, and Garnett and Andrea pull everything together with some early impressions of Borderlands 2 and, of course, Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 130: 09/14/2012

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 00:00:35 – 00:30:58

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:31:50 – 01:00:41

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 01:01:26 – 01:28:23

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:29:04 – 02:01:04

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  • I have very little interest in Xbox 720 or PS4, and that's thanks to Steam Big Picture mode. It's like I just got a console for my computer room. Those boop, boop water droplets when it starts up give me the warm fuzzies. I love it.

    The biggest advantage I've found from having this mode is it allows me to focus. Usually when I have Steam open, I'll get distracted by either my web browser, or just going through my games trying to figure out what I really want to play. Big Picture directs me to my games; it gives me a short list of games I'm currently playing, and lets me avoid feeling guilty that I'm not playing Magicka or The Undergarden or whatever else is sitting down at the bottom of my list. That list is still there, it's just not guilt tripping me when I just want to relax.

    I just finished Assassin's Creed 2. Been playing it off and on for .. a long time. Big Picture just sort of forced me to go ahead and finish it. (Also, Garnett, I really wish you'd had that conversation about AC2.. it really is an interesting one, having now played both it and the original AC.)

    Now I'm probably not your average gamer. I still have an SDTV in the living room, our only television, which the wife and kids monopolize on the weekends and evenings, so having a 'console' in the computer room that the kids can't take over is a wonderful oasis for me. Not having to buy a whole new crop of games is also wonderful. (I have a large backlog of games on Steam that I'm hoping this will force me to get to.) But really, this is the best thing that could've happened for me. I can kick back in my comfy chair in the computer room, fire up Big Picture mode, and play some games with the controller. I can get my console experience now without disturbing my wife, or having the kids climbing all over me. And guess what, it was free.

    There are problems; not every game has controller support, and of those that do, some of them have launchers you have to navigate with a mouse before you can get into game (hi Ubisoft). But I'm hoping more developers start to keep Big Picture mode in mind whenever they develop their PC games. I recommend people here give it a chance, if you have a 360 controller and a few games that support it. It's a really nice experience.