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

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

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

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  • How I would like to see Game of the Year done.

    First, start with a list similar to the New York Time Notable Books of Year which isn’t really an award but more a list of what the reviewers feel were excellent books released over the past year.

    From this list of Notable Games, six would be then shortlisted for Game of the Year contention with one taking home the big prize. I don’t feel that the MSRP, team size, budget, length of the game, or any other factor should disqualify or diminish any games opportunity from contending as Game of the Year. If a two hour downloadable game gave the panel the one of the best gaming experiences they had that year, there is no reason that it shouldn’t be in the discussion. Braid was certainly one of the best games of 2008 and Journey should be in the discussion this year with FTL making a strong case as well.

    Finally, recognize individual games for the excellence they brought to gaming in that year. This would allow the games that have really stood out to be acknowledged for that specific excellence. This recognition would also stand the test of time as almost a list of milestones for the industry and games that others will be compared with going forward.

    Imagine had this Recognition of Excellence been in existence over the past six years, we might have a partial list looking something like this:

    In Recognition of Excellence in Storytelling: Bioshock (2007)
    In Recognition of Excellence in Co-Operative Play: Left 4 Dead (2008)
    In Recognition of Excellence in Motion Control: Flower (2009)
    In Recognition of Excellence in Art Design: Kirby’s Epic Yarn (2010)
    In Recognition of Excellence in Sports: NBA2K11 (2010)
    In Recognition of Excellence in Writing: To The Moon (2011)

    So in the end there is a list of the games that the panel felt were truly strong and worthy of attention (Notable Games of 2012). There are nominees for the Game of Year award with the winner awarded (Game of the Year). And there would be a handful of games that have brought something special to gaming being acknowledged for their achievement (In Recognition of Excellence).