Weekend Confirmed 142 - Bioshock Infinite, Far Cry 3, Guardians of Middle-earth

By Jeff Mattas, Dec 07, 2012 11:00am PST

Today's episode of Weekend Confirmed brings together Garnett Lee, Jeff Cannata, Jeff Mattas, and special guest Nikole Zivalich, and naturally, many videogames are discussed. Cannata delivers some early (and glowing) impressions of the first couple of hours of Bioshock Infinite, Far Cry 3 gets some more time in the spotlight, and the first console MOBA, Guardians of Middle-earth, gets a bit of scrutiny. Before Finishing Moves and the post-show TailGate, the crew also chats about how best to handle Weekend Confirmed's Game of the Year awards. If you've got some feedback, a preference, or some ideas about how you think it should be handled, make yourself heard in the show comments.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 142: 12/07/2012

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 - 00:00:38 - 00:15:51

    Round 1 Part 2 – 00:16:49 – 00:29:33

    Whatcha' Been Playin Part 1 - 00:30:15 - 00:58:51

    Whatcha Been Playin Part 2 00:59:24 - 01:28:33

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News - 01:29:08 - 02:05:07

    Tailgate - 02:05:53 - 02:12:18

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  • The trouble with GOTY is that no matter what the criteria, the metric breaks at a certain point because not all games are providing the same service to the player.

    Some games are all about the experience, and so rating GOTY based on the experience will bias the results in that direction.

    Some games are just mindless easy fun, so if you're rating for fun, something like that is going to have an edge over a game that is ultimately more interesting but happens to have a steeper learning curve.

    Some games are just iterations and refinements on existing paradigms, so rating based on innovation leaves them in the dust.

    Some games are pure spectacle.
    Some games are unapologetically hardcore.

    and so on, no matter how you pick you're winner, you're comparing apples to oranges in some way or another.

    That's not to say you shouldn't have a favourite game from the past year. It's only natural that you do, but the problem with GOTY deliberations/awards is that
    a) games can only be as good as how well they fit with your tastes and playing habits
    b) having to justify one choice over another for favourite anything just leads to arbitrary nonsense arguments.

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