Weekend Confirmed 164 - Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Wolfenstein

By Ozzie Mejia, May 10, 2013 11:00am PDT

The new game release cupboard is looking a bit bare to hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata. They welcome in Nikole Zivalich and Naughty Dog's Jason Paul to put the Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon discussion to bed before moving on to the new Wolfenstein announcement, Warren Spector's comments, and where the first-person shooter genre goes in the future. With the next generation around the corner, the discussion begins on the best games of the past generation. That's followed by some talk about the big Disney/EA deal for the Star Wars license. The show ends with a new round of Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 164: 5/10/2013

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    Round 1 - 00:00:34 - 00:30:32

    Whatcha Been Playin Part 1 - 00:31:45 - 01:00:37

    Whatcha Been Playin Part 2 - 01:01:15 - 01:29:12

    Segment 4/Finishing Moves - 01:30:02 - 02:05:13

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  • There is a difference between the "defining or influential" games and "best" games of a generation. I look at "defining" games as the ones that will be talked about in the history books 30-40 years from now. For example, every video game history review that I see for 30 years going back to the 1970s and 80s mentions Pong, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Super Mario. I see those as the defining and influential games of the 70s and 80s. So, put yourself into a mindset of 30 years from now and think about the games and fanchises that will be talked about and studied as "definiing and influential". This is the same thing that happens with influential movies in history, the same movies typically come up in historical reviews.

    Top 5 influential and defining games of this generation:

    1 . Wii Sports - will be talked about 100 years from now. It introduced motion gaming and it altered the controller and game strategies for Microsoft and Sony, ie the Kinect and Sony wand controllers.

    2. Call of Duty 4 - This changed the shooter genre and defined a muti-billion dollar franchise. The Call of Duty franchise will be talked about in the history books forever.

    3. Guitar Here - Introduced the music gaming craze and unique controllers and paved a new path for party gaming. Dance Party and other dance games were influenced by Guitar Hero.

    note: number 4 and 5 get more fuzzy, and only time will tell:

    4. Minecraft and the indie game movement - Some could argue that Angry Birds was more influential than minecraft, however, Minecraft beats it for the number of hours and also the huge influence it is having on xbox 360. Minecraft will be remembered as a game that proved a low budget and low graphics independent game can sell well and have a lot of influence.

    5. Skyrim/Oblivion - Only time will tell on this one and it is controversial pick. However, I see the Elder Scroll series as having a long influence in the future for RPG games.