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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  • Great episode guys! Really enjoyed it.

    During the Guide discussion, the idea of avoiding spoilers was brought up several times. I just wanted to jump in with some thoughts about spoilers in general. (don't worry, I won't actually post any spoilers here)

    The more time goes by, the more I've come to realize that plot spoilers have zero effect on my enjoyment of a game/book/movie/whatever. The truth is that in most media, you know whats' going to happen before it happens anyway, because the storylines are usually so predictable. But if a story is legitimately well told, it will be equally enjoyable the 100th time you see it as it is the first time.

    What I find very interesting is the fact that some media is banking so entirely on the "what's going to happen next?" factor that they don't do much else to hold your attention.
    For example: I was a huge fan of Lost when it first came out. I watched it religiously, glued to the edge of my seat. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next.
    But I went back to re-watch it from the beginning recently, and I was surprised to realize that knowing what happens next makes the show virtually unwatchable (aside from the first 2 seasons, which hold up decently well). The show feels so stupid and melodramatic once you remove the tension of "OMG WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?".

    Now in contrast, I would look at something like The Last of Us. I completely spoiled TLoU for myself before I played it. Yet despite knowing the plot in advance, playing the game was one of the most powerful dramatic experiences I've ever had. The performances and moment to moment storytelling is so freaking good that I got swept away in it. I'm now on my 4th play-through of the game, and it continues to be every bit as powerful for me. Some cases even more so (I actually cried during a certain moment for the first time yesterday).

    That is not to say that I don't appreciate surprises. In fact, I was surprised plenty of times in TLoU, despite reading complete plot summaries and listening to spoiler casts before playing. I guess for me, the important surprises are in the little moments. The way situations play out, the way characters react to each other, that sort of thing.

    I also do agree with Jeff that there is a certain magic to going into a world blind, and getting lost in it. I guess for me there is a separation between "knowing I'm about to round a corner and see a giant mountain in front of me" vs the experience of actually SEEING that mountain for the first time. For me, taking something in with my own senses is an experience that no spoiler can ruin.

    What about you guys? Are there games that you've had spoiled before playing them? Did those spoilers have an effect on your enjoyment?

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