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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    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 can appreciate that Jeff has reservations about the narrative ‘shift’ in Infinite, but I’ve heard the same argument brought up a few places and I haven’t heard a conclusion. What did you want?

    I feel like the game says all it needs to about American Exceptionalism. You get perspective on both sides, and the indictment of each is implicit. Indelible, even. The world itself, how it progresses as you play through, affect things, tells that story.

    But I don’t think that story has much to say if it’s not about people. I like BioShock The First, but it didn’t transcend its ideas. Infinite does, to me. People – these people, so well realized – make those ideas matter. Otherwise it’s just an intellectual exercise. Cool, sure, but not meaningful.

    Booker and Elizabeth make it mean. I think the ‘story’ of American Exceptionalism is one of choice, conviction and regret. And from the macro to the micro, I think the conclusions the game makes – uneasy, all – wouldn’t resonate at all without these people to hang on them.

    I don’t feel there’s a narrative shift at all, really – just a narrowing of focus. It goes from a big what-if to a closely-held why.

    Man. It’s hard to talk around this thing. There’s so much I want to clarify.