Weekend Confirmed 148 - Disney Infinity, Path of Exile, CES 2013, video game legislation

By Jeff Mattas, Jan 18, 2013 11:00am PST

On this week's episode of Weekend Confirmed, hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata are joined by "Indie" Jeff Mattas and Machinima's Andrea Rene. This time out, everyone heads up a segment of the show. Andrea kicks things off with some Disney Infinity discussion, Garnett talks about CES 2013 and the magic of 4K televisions, Mattas starts a chat about the recent legislative action surrounding video game violence, and Cannata shares some positive impressions about the Path of Exile closed beta. Finishing Moves puts a bow on it all, and is followed by another playoff edition of the post-show NFL TailGate.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 148: 1/18/2013

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    Round 1 - 00:00:34 - 00:28:37

    Whatcha' Been Playin Part 1 - 00:29:58 - 00:59:30

    Whatcha Been Playin Part 2 01:00:11 - 01:30:18

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News - 01:30:56 - 02:04:03

    Tailgate: 02:04:47 – 02:12:00

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  • On the subject of coop in games like diablo 3 and borderlands 2 . . .

    I think it's arguable that the most innovative coop experience this year wasn't BL2 or Diablo, it was Journey. While the other games are mastering drop in / drop out, the fun falls apart when playing with randoms. Journey delved deeper and analyzed the psychology of coop. In most games, coop breaks immersion, but Journey figured out how being anonymous could enhance the experience and deepen immersion rather than take away from it.

    So my question to the weekend confirmed crew is this: how or what should Borderlands 3, Diablo 4, and Halo 5 learn from Journey?

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    • While I agree that Journey was probably the best cooperative experience this year, I'm not sure that there's a whole lot of room in titles like Borderlands, Diablo, or Halo to adopt much (if anything) from Journey only because they occupy such different design spaces. Eurogamer posted a fantastic Journey postmortem with Jenova Chen where he said that the primary means of making cooperative play in Journey as strong as it was meant removing combat/conflict entirely. That way, players couldn't push each other into pits and things. There was no means of negative interaction with your other character (i.e. team-killing), so you were essentially forced to work together.