Weekend Confirmed 143 - Far Cry 3, The Walking Dead, Tera

By Jeff Mattas, Dec 14, 2012 11:00am PST

On today's episode of Weekend Confirmed, Garnett, Jeff, and Jeff are joined by Shacknews' John Keefer to spread some pre-holiday cheer. The crew spends some time chatting about Far Cry 3's multiplayer modes, opines about the success of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead adventure series, and there's also some MMO talk focusing on Tera and Guild Wars 2. Naturally, Finishing Moves--complete with a new holiday-themed, fan-made intro--closes the show out properly, followed by a quick, post-show NFL TailGate.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 143: 12/14/2012

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 - 00:00:40 - 00:29:25

    Whatcha' Been Playin Part 1 - 00:30:02 - 01:00:24

    Whatcha Been Playin Part 2 01:01:04 - 01:22:20

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News - 01:23:00 - 01:52:15

    Tailgate - 01:53:02 - 01:59:02

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  • I was about ready to start yelling at my computer over the "stress" discussion, then Jeff Mattas ever so briefly hit the nail on the head. "Enjoying the minute to minute gameplay."

    There's something to be said for the connection between your hands and the character on the screen that's at the heart of what I mean by being in the moment, at the heart of not thinking about the game in terms of progress or non-progress.

    Every time you shoot a guy, you're shooting a guy, every time you jump over a hole, you're jumping over a hole. They might be different guys, and it might be a different hole, but it's the same action. That's being in the moment: it's appreciating that fraction of a second between when you're feet leave the ground and when they land again, not thinking about what hole you're jumping over, how many you already jumped, or how many more there are to go. Thinking about jumping over every hole can be overwhelming, so instead, only think about jumping over "this" hole, the one right in front of you, the only one that matters right now.

    When you die, if you start thinking about the game in terms of doing things "again," you're no longer in the moment, you're now thinking about the past and projecting into the future.

    Now, don't mistake what I'm saying as being a state of apathy or indifference, what I'm talking about is more of a Zen approach, digging into the exact millisecond that's happening right now, putting the rest out of your mind. If you are only ever where you are right now, then progress or loss thereof has no real meaning.

    Granted, I sometimes have difficulty following my own advice, but it is what it is.

    Instead of thinking of it as reading ten pages of a book over and over again, think of it as improvising a solo over a 12-bar blues lick in E-minor.

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