Weekend Confirmed 158 - BioShock Infinite, StarCraft II, Dota 2

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 29, 2013 11:00am PDT

This week, it's a Very Special Weekend Confirmed Reunion! The show reunites hosts, past and present, as Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in Joystiq's Xav de Matos and former co-host Brian Leahy. They kick off the show with some talk about Dota 2, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, and the professional gaming circuit. That's followed with a long talk about BioShock Infinite, covering everything without spoiling a thing. The show wraps up with some more speculation regarding the next generation of consoles, before everyone brings it home with fresh Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 158: 3/29/2013

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 - 00:00:40 - 00:29:16

    Whatcha' Been Playin Part 1 - 00:30:06 - 00:59:37

    Whatcha Been Playin Part 2 01:01:05 - 01:29:14

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News - 01:29:47 - 02:06:04

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  • I think the guys nailed the issue barrier to entry in games like DOTA and StarCraft and how the latter tries to create leagues to rectify it. It's really a problem for almost all online multiplayer games.

    Right now most matchmaking is like taking every football player, from people in back yards to the NFL, and putting them on the same field. StarCraft's leagues is a good start, but games still don't really have the equivalent of just regular guys playing in their backyards. There needs to be a sphere where noobs can just have fun.

    Most people probably don't want to invest the time needed to become a pro player but still enjoy playing the game and would like some people in the same range of dedication with which to be competitive. The best way right now is to really just play with your friends, but that isn't always easy in an online game.

    Arguably a good way might be to have dedicated servers and a server browser where people can form their own little communities (like, for instance, a Shacknews DOTA server). It's a problem that still needs to be solved on way or another though.