Weekend Confirmed 179 - Hearthstone, Gone Home

By Ozzie Mejia, Aug 23, 2013 11:00am PDT

The gaming world's eyes turn to Cologne during this Gamescom week. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome Shacknews' Andrew Yoon and Double Jump's Christian Spicer to talk about the latest to come out of Gamescom, such as the PS4 and its confirmed launch date. But there are also a lot of games that have hit North American shores to discuss, including Hearthstone, Gone Home, and the upcoming The Wolf Among Us. The show then sends you off into your weekend with a new round of Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 179: 8/23/2013

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Weekend Confirmed comes in four segments to make it easy to listen to in segments or all at once. Here's the timing for this week's episode:

    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 - 00:00:35 - 00:34:40

    Round 2 - 00:36:06 - 01:06:40

    Round 3 - 01:07:17 - 01:41:03

    Round 4/Finishing Moves - 01:41:43 - 02:13:34

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  • Two things:

    1) Is it just me or does this console launch, much like the last, feel "phoned in" by the hardware manufacturers? I feel like both Sony and MS have figured out that the people like us who are on the boards and in line at midnight are going to buy the consoles that are available at launch, and they are correct, so there is no need to give us a great reason to choose one over the other at launch. Instead it seems like both companies are positioning games for early and holiday 2014 to make them stand out. Sure there are the basics from first parties but nothing mind blowing. The big guns come out in the spring, when they have had a chance to fill the distribution pipeline again, with the likes of Tttanfall and Infamous. What do you guys think?

    2) I was thinking about the whole XB1 launch time thing and came to the fact that if Microsoft has played their cards right they could get the swing they need to get back in this race. Lets think about it, Microsoft is REALLY big on the new Kinect, there must be a reason. From what I've read the people who have used have been impressed, but those of us without that chance are still justifiably skeptical. For MS sake I hope they have cut back the launch territories to boost non-preorder availability for the other regions.

    So here is the scenario, the official launch is November 1 and for the most part that is all preorders. Another shipment of non preorder consoles arrives at retail for stocking for the ghosts launch. People show up to pick up their copy of ghosts and have the option to pick up the XB1, which is sitting there through the whole event calling to them. Lets be honest, I know when I see a stack of whatever the Newest Latest Best (plug for Jeffs new show!) is just sitting there, the longer its in my sight the more likely I am to break and just buy the thing. Once that happens it is out there in house all over for people to get their chance to see what all the talk is about and then (if it is as cool as MS thinks and hopes it will be) we have another Wii situation on our hands and all hell breaks loose. And if that isnt the case lets be honest, parent A who knows nothing about games walks into retailer B and wants console C and the C is sold out but D is available and the sales accociate says really C and D are the same. Parent A will be leaving the store with console D.

    I guess what both of these questions are asking is does anything we are arguing about make a difference? It would seem that both companies are pretty sure whatever they put out the holiday season is good enough to sell out the stock they have on hand and them the race really starts because at that point we are dealing with know quantities and fully educated markets. Does this make sense?