Weekend Confirmed 156 - Tomb Raider, SimCity

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 15, 2013 11:00am PDT

This week, Garnett Lee welcomes back his partner-in-crime, Jeff Cannata, along with Nikole Zivalich and Marcus Beer of Annoyed Gamer fame. It doesn't take long for Garnett and Jeff to have their first friendly disagreement, like all couples do, as they have a spirited debate about Tomb Raider. There's also talk more about SimCity and its tumultuous roads (that may or may not be curved), as well as God of War: Ascension and Mass Effect 3's Citadel DLC. And after her epic Pokemon rant, Nikole Z's ready to give everyone an encore when she talks Gears of War.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 156: 3/15/2013

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 - 00:00:36 - 00:35:05

    Whatcha' Been Playin Part 1 - 00:36:32 - 01:05:57

    Whatcha Been Playin Part 2 01:06:34 - 01:37:10

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News - 01:37:55 - 02:09:51

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  • John Riccitiello is stepping down as CEO of EA at the end of this month.

    I'm conflicted. He came into the job with the right idea, trying to get EA to stop relying entirely on a narrow range of yearly titles for their revenue, and create new IP that would ensure their strength in the future.

    But after trying it for like, 2 years (Dead Space, Army of Two, Mirror's Edge, Skate, etc), apparently there was enough internal pressure (or pressure from investors) to change course entirely and basically try to emulate Activision in every way.

    So all the company's money went into those same core franchises, and super-expensive projects to compete with Activision in completely over-saturated markets (modern shooters, MMOs, etc). They changed course mid-way through his tenure, which is weird and really difficult for any major company to do.

    On the other hand, EA has been a complete shit-show since 2010, so hopefully they can get somebody in who will focus on the service element of gaming and not send smaller projects out to die while focusing on the Activision penis-envy projects.