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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    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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  • So in reading the reviews for "Killer is Dead" (the new game from Suda 51), I've finally hit my breaking point with the double standard towards Japanese games. And yeah, it exists on this site too.

    The majority of the reviews (but, to be fair, not all) have judged and scored the game based on how the feel towards the portrayal of women in the game, not the actual game itself.

    And yet, Saints Row 4, with equally sexualised content? It gets a free pass, and high scores - no doubt as GTA V will.

    There's two reasons for this.

    1) Reviewers aren't worried about pissing off Japanese publishers, whereas they are afraid of pissing off Deep Silver and Rockstar because they have a closer relationship. They can sacrifice a few Japanese games to low scores and make themselves seem "balanced" (About as balanced as Fox News)

    2) There's been a consistent, constant voice saying "The West is better than Japan" this entire gen.

    Everybody said the Wii was going to tank, until the *had* to begrudgingly acknowledge the sales.
    The instant the Wii-U doesn't become a runaway like the Wii, everybody's instantly cheering on the death of Nintendo and shouting for them to go multi-platform.

    The constant "Japanese games aren't very good" this entire gen. (See Phil Fish - good riddance to that miserable motherfucker)

    If a Japanese company makes a game with Japanese sensibilities - "It's weeaboo anime crap, it's dated, it's not what gamers want anymore".

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    • Ah crap I accidentally hit post before I finished. I'm going to continue here:

      If a Japanese company makes a game with Japanese sensibilities - "It's weeaboo anime crap, it's dated, it's not what gamers want anymore".

      If a Japanese company tries to make a game with Western sensibilities - "Japanese companies can't keep up with the West, it's uninspired/unoriginal, Japan should make more games with unique Japanese sensibilities"

      Damned if they do, damned if they don't.

      There's been three big titles for the 3DS in the last few months - Virtue's Last Reward (999 sequel), Shin Megami Tensei Soul Hackers (First reelase of a PS1 SMT game) and Shin Megami Tensei IV. I don't even remember the last time I've heard the 3DS mentioned on *any* of the "big" podcasts.

      The *ONLY* place I've heard anybody talk about them are on the RPGFan podcast and 8-4Play. What do we get on Shack? Forty five fucking minutes of a theoretical Half Life 3 release. Bullshit session after bullshit about the next indie game that's going to be popular for five fucking minutes.

      There's an attitude this gen that is translating into a moral superiority and a double standard, depending on what game maker you are and what country you're from. It would be nice to see games judged on their actual worth than where they're from. This attitude is starting to look more than a little xenophobic to me.