Weekend Confirmed 137 - Halo 4, Assassin's Creed 3

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 02, 2012 11:00am PDT

Halo 4 is pretty darn good. And hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata have to agree. They talk all about the single-player campaign in this week's show. Then, Andrew Yoon talks about why Assassin's Creed 3 disappointed him, and special guest Christian Spicer talks about the Vita spin-off, Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 136: 11/02/2012

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1, Part 1 - 00:00:26 - 00:12:36

    Round 1, Part 2 - 00:13:14 - 00:28:39

    Whatcha Been Playin Part 1 - 00:29:06 - 00:58:27

    Whatcha Been Playin Part 2 - 00:59:09 - 01:28:15

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News - 01:29:18 - 02:07:48

    Tailgate - 02:08:23 - 02:19:12

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  • During the Games Journalism debate you mention that "anyone in this business has to have a formal relationship with the public relations teams, because the PR teams hold all of the materials".
    I understand that statement but I don't neccessarily believe that it is true all of the time.

    A very interesting example is that of Incgamers.com. Their Diablo fansite (formerly Diabloii.net and now diablo.incgamers.com) has been by far the most popular diablo fansite since before the release of Diablo 2. What is interesting is that they built this fanbase during the development of D2, at which point in time they had a close relationship with Blizzard North. In fact they were the first outside Blizzard to ever see the game.

    What is interesting with this example is that diablo.incgamers is nowdays completely shunned by Blizzard. They recieve no materials from PR, were never part of any of the fansite interviews conducted by Blizzard and so on. There are several reasons for this, one of the most interesting is that any other fansite that directly recieved materials from Blizzard during the development of D3 were forced to sign a contract where they promised to never say anything bad about the game. Incgamers, having an iota of integrity, refused to sign that contract and subsequently were shunned by Blizzard. In fact it has gone so far that they were sarcastically pointed out by blizzard employees as "paragons of objectivity" during the Diablo 3 David Brevik facebook scandal. This is of course ironic in itself because incgamers were in fact one of the few sites that were in fact fairly "objective" in their coverage. When other fansties did nothing but gush over the game, incgamers provided analysis and interesting commentary.

    All of this was done with absolutely zero access to the devs through PR. There are of course many differences between a game specific fansite like this and a general games outlet like shack, it is still an interesting reminder that perhaps we need not be as beholden to PR as might seem the case.