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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    Show Breakdown:

    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 violence and video games...

    Although I agree on many things brought up on the podcast, especially the role of marketing, I think it's easy to miss the bigger picture. To me it's no big surprise that school shootings of various magnitudes are not uncommon in the States. America has a hurting economy and is getting increasingly insecure in terms of social welfare and labor. Combine this with very lax weapon regulations and powerful lobbyist groups - it's a seedbed for trouble.

    Now, I actually do believe that video games influence people to some degree. Most of the times though, it's something that most people are able to cope with. The key thing to understand is that while violent games (as well as other media) are not the actual CAUSE of real-life violence, they might serve as the EXPRESSION for how real-life violence manifests itself. While regulating the games industry to some degree would probably be a good thing, the root cause of the problem lies somewhere else.