Weekend Confirmed 177 - EverQuest Next, Pikmin 3, NCAA Football 14

By Ozzie Mejia, Aug 09, 2013 11:00am PDT

This week's Weekend Confirmed looks at old things that are new again. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in Shacknews' Andrew Yoon and Insomniac's James Stevenson to discuss EverQuest Next and World of Warcraft before diving into NCAA Football 14 and Pikmin 3. After discussing listener feedback, the team discusses the use of game guides and whether they enhance or take away from the overall gaming experience. That discussion leads into a new round of Finishing Moves to send you into your weekend.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 177: 8/9/2013

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    Round 1 - 00:00:17 - 00:10:27

    Round 2 - 00:11:25 - 00:48:37

    Round 3 - 00:49:14 - 01:42:27

    Round 4/Finishing Moves - 01:43:02 - 02:27:56

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  • Skyrim is the perfect example where a guide could be like a tour guide book. It got some of the tedium out of the way, (the alchemy ingredients), plus it helps to point you in the direction of some really interesting stuff. That game was so packed filled with content that I felt I needed to know which direction to go for more interesting adventures.

    For linear games I only use a guide after I've beaten it. I used it to collect all the collectables in Uncharted and I'll probably use a faq to get all the recordings in Bioshock Infinite.

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    • I still have yet to play Skyrim, as I haven't beaten Oblivion yet. But at one point I began to refer to an Elder Scrolls Wiki because I needed help understanding how to properly use soul gems with enchanted weapons, and this led me to come across a list of special enchanted weapons in the game. From this list, I learned about a legendary cursed sword called the Umbra sword, and how to obtain it. But I also learned that the Umbra sword has a history and mission that led back to the game's previous installment, Morrowind. Without stumbling across that story in the wiki, I would never have learned about how vast the game was and how it connected to the previous game in such cool and mysterious ways. Nor would I have gone on one of the darkest and scariest side-missions in the game or obtained one of it's coolest weapons. I would never use a Wiki to "plan" my adventures through a game like I would plan a trip to Italy, but sometimes, as with Oblivion and Dark Souls, referring to a guide or Wiki can enlighten you on an aspect of the game that might have completely gone over your head, and actually enrich an experience rather than spoil it...as long as you don't abuse it too much.

      Generally, I only refer to guides when I'm absolutely stuck (for over an hour), and I usually just google online the exact problem that I'm having, check the YouTube vid to get the solution and then get out and back to the game.