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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  • i would love for there to be a personal game of the year award from each person on the podcast, and then also a combined overall game of the year for the podcast itself. this could be done as sections of the podcast used like a debate where each person takes the game they will lobby for, or the 3 games they will lobby for, and then tries to convince others to sway into their view.

    now if you go with the debate sort of route, heated discussion would be interesting, also some people may choose the same game and then they both can debate for that game.

    now if you want to do multiple awards i am not sure, i suppose best first person game, best third person game, best puzzle game and best RPG game. so as example, if it's first person (far cry 3, dishonered, halo 4, borderlands 2, ect.) the only problem you may find with this is if you consider borderlands 2 a first person game or an RPG. maybe the only reason i want an RPG catagory is because thats my favorite genre. with third person games you also will get an overlap of genres when you consider kingdoms of amalur, max payne 3, hitman: absolution, darksiders 2, ect. with puzzle games i would say wlaking dead would be that even though it isn;t so much about puzzles, unless you consider how to deal with people and choices as puzzles.

    or perhaps you could break it up into emotional type of things, best action, best drama, best comedy... wow yeah this is hard. i guess i go back to my origional idea of the debate style "game" and then at the end you could have a blind vote from each person on the show and the game with the most votes wins, some games might not be represented because it's based on personal choices of those presant, but thats ok because we (well i) listen to the podcast because of the personalities on the podcast. this way we get each persons opinion on their game of the year to them and why, and also the podcasts chosen game of the year based on how people talked about each game and who swayed feelings about the games to garner the blind vote. perhaps nailing down the blind vote to the top 5/3 games that "won" the debate part.

  • Whatever way you guys decide to do game of the year, I'd also like to hear your "personal" games of the year and reasons why you picked them. I think it's easy to get in the mindset of "well this is mechanically a great game, and everyone loves it, so I'll agree that it can be game of the year even though I didn't like it that much myself." When outlets do personal games of the year lists, it feels more unfiltered and honest.

    I've also noticed personal games of the year lists tend to have a few crazy games in there that would really never get mentioned otherwise. Like last year, it's hard to put Shadows of the Damned in any game of the year list except for a personal one, and if that person gives good reasons for why they loved it, then that's awesome and I'd love to hear it. As an informed audience, we all kind of have an idea of what the "huge" games are this year, but getting something out of left field to check out is so appreciated, by me at least.