Weekend Confirmed 171 - Xbox One, The Last of Us Spoiler-Cast

By Ozzie Mejia, Jun 28, 2013 11:00am PDT

With Jeff Cannata absent, host Garnett Lee is left to discuss the beginning of the summer doldrums. He welcomes in "Indie" Jeff Mattas and Nikole Zivalich to discuss any final Xbox One thoughts before shifting to Borderlands 2's Assault on Dragon's Keep DLC and discuss the pros and cons of the Season Pass model. Shacknews' Andrew Yoon joins the show for the latter half to help briefly discuss Company of Heroes 2, before ending the normal part of the show a little early with some Finishing Move. That paves the way for a special Spoiler-cast, as the final half-hour of the show is fully dedicated to discussing The Last of Us and its many twists and turns. If you haven't finished the game yet, bookmark it for the future. If you have, enjoy the discussion!

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 171: 6/28/2013

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 - 00:00:35 - 00:30:14

    Round 2 - 00:31:41 - 00:56:59

    Round 3 - 01:03:58 - 01:31:17

    The Last of Us Spoiler-cast - 01:31:49 - 02:02:07

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  • *** THE LAST OF US SPOILERS ***

    Just a few responses to some of the points made during the spoilercast (which was great, by the way)

    I think Joel's motivations throughout the end of the game felt consistent with the character. At one point, Joel tell's Ellie that "you have to find something to hold on to". For the past 20 years, Joel has held on to "survival". His need to survive was his anchor, and the basis for his moral compass. In other words, he was willing to do anything to survive, and feel okay about it.

    But by the end of the game, survival is no longer what he holds on to; Ellie is. Ellie has become the one thing that he basis all of his decisions around. So in his mind, anything that protects her is justified.

    I think this is a brilliant development for the character, because it shows a sort of return to humanity, while still be completely selfish (he saves Ellie so he won't have to go through losing her, he hides the truth from Ellie out of fear that it will cost him his relationship with her).