Weekend Confirmed 175 - Saints Row: The Third, Disney Infinity

By Ozzie Mejia, Jul 26, 2013 11:00am PDT

Jeff Cannata is still in the outback, learning to play the didgeridoo. That leaves host Garnett Lee back at the homestead with The Escapist's Andrea Rene and Shacknews' Andrew Yoon and Ozzie Mejia to continue bringing you the best in games. This week, Garnett discovers Saints Row: The Third for the first time and he tells you why he's not completely enthused by it. Talk shifts to the upcoming Super Smash Bros. and Nintendo's bizarre aversion to YouTube, before Andrea talks about some of the big games on-hand at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. The show ends with a big discussion about the Xbox One's recent policy announcements before sending you into the weekend with a new round of Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 175: 7/26/2013

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    Round 1 - 00:00:35 - 00:28:44

    Round 2 - 00:30:24 - 00:58:20

    Round 3 - 00:58:57 - 01:32:35

    Round 4/Finishing Moves - 01:33:28 - 02:12:28

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  • Just wanted to say that I agree with Andrew about dressing up in Cosplay. It isn't about attention. It might be for some people for some it's not... it's about art.

    Cosplay is about wearing art that you have worked on for months. Conventions are a comfortable place to wear them because it is an accepted place to exhibit such artwork. I've seen people dressed in Cosplay out in the real world. As a gamer & geek, I can appreciate that it is art, but the dirty looks that these Cosplayers get from non-gamer/geek people is awful. They look at Cosplayers like they're insane. If that is your favorite way of expressing yourself, then conventions are the only place that you can express your artwork. And just like any artist, it is a personal choice as to whether you're willing to have a photo of your artwork taken or not.

    However, I do agree with Andrea in the sense that if you're a female/male Cosplayer and you have your goods hanging out, then it is unfair for that Cosplayer to complain about unwanted advances. As much as I am pro-sexuality, I have a serious problem about people particularly women leaving nothing to the imagination. There is a way to be beautiful and sexy without having to display your goods out in the open and that is much harder to do than just showing your half-naked body. Unfortunately, there are very few pics of women that do this. I understand that it is the artist's choice to do what they want with their Cosplay but unfortunately, in doing so, it only propagates this debate.

    I think the reason why this has become such an issue is because we're in the year 2013 and there has still yet to be a game where there is a female lead character and she isn't about looking hot. A great example in movies is Alien where Ripley was the main female protagonist in a movie created in the 80s, which was 30 years ago and we're still not there yet in video games. Look at Kill Bill! Hardcore female protagonist but I never felt that her sexuality was used to push the movie or a major point of her character. As a chick gamer, I just want to be able to play a more realistic portrayal of a woman and not have to feel disgust at "jiggle physics" being a major point of the game or boobs larger than physically possible.

    I'm not saying that art style shouldn't exist. They should since I truly believe that art exists in all forms... but can we just get some more in games where that isn't the case? I think more women just want a bit more variety and I don't think that's a bad thing to ask for.

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    • "I have a serious problem about people particularly women leaving nothing to the imagination. There is a way to be beautiful and sexy without having to display your goods out in the open and that is much harder to do than just showing your half-naked body."

      How about we just let women do what they want without judging them. I feel sorry for young women trying to find their place in the world. They are surrounded by role models who's message is that power comes from sexuality, Beyonce' promotes lady power while gyrating in her underwear, while at the same time a young girl puts a sexy photo up on Facebook, people leap on them telling them they don't need to flaunt themselves to be beautiful. Women are damned if they do, damned if they don't. There's a lot of pressure and conflicting messages bombarding them, BE SEXY and DON'T BE SEXY, so perhaps they don't need us standing around holding up scoring signs like Olympic judges. Sorry if I'm being too preachy but my wife tends to take the whole 'put some clothes on girl, you don't need to show bits to the world to look beautiful' but I'm quick to remind her that, for her, being confident with who she is comes very easily but not all women share the same confidence.

      And as far as female lead characters that aren't about looking hot, I think of Shepard from Mass Effect, the new Tomb Raider and the girl from Eternal Darkness are the ones I see in my game collection. But I agree there could be a lot more and I hope we get more strong lady heroes that aren't all about flirting with the gamer. I'd like to get to a future where there's an even split of male/female characters and both realistic/fantasy depictions of both genders.