Weekend Confirmed 184 - Steam Machines, Grand Theft Auto 5

By Ozzie Mejia, Sep 27, 2013 11:00am PDT

Weekend Confirmed begins with a cookie invasion! Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata bravely fend off the Cookie Clicker attack brought on by The Escapist's Andrea Rene, but not before sadly losing Shacknews' Andrew Yoon to the cookie onslaught. After everyone regroups from the Great Cookie Clicker Invasion of 2014, the team discusses Valve's revelation of Steam Machines before diving into some more Grand Theft Auto V. After discussing GTA's advancements in gameplay and some more character discussion, it's time to move on to Tokyo Game Show, where Andrew talks about some of the best things the event had to offer, including Dead Rising 3, D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die, Kinect, and Vita TV. The show wraps up with a new slate of Finishing Moves and the post-show Tailgate.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 184: 9/27/2013

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 - 00:00:35 - 00:30:02

    Round 2 - 00:30:39 - 01:04:31

    Round 3 - 01:05:51 - 01:30:26

    Round 4/Finishing Moves - 01:31:13 - 02:08:32

    Tailgate - 2:11:54 - 2:22:13

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  • I feel like GTA is getting all this attention for three reasons really:

    1) It's called "Grand Theft Auto" and it doesn't release very often.

    2) It's made by Rockstar, a team that has earned the respect of the entire industry (rightly so IMO).

    3) From a technical standpoint only, it is undeniably and almost unanimously considered BRILLIANT.

    All that being said, I am finding it hard to have FUN with it on a regular basis, and for all the reasons that have been discussed (unlikeable characters, disturbing cut-scenes, just a general lack of interest or care for the narrative).

    For me, playing GTA V has made crave another Red Dead Redemption play through, so last night I started that game again and I noticed two important things for me:

    1) The visuals for that game really do hold up and it is sill IMO a breathtaking thing to ride your horse past the tumbleweed at sunset.

    2) I love playing as John Marsten, a character that I care about, actually like (not all his actions, but I feel he has a sense of morality that is believable).

    I'll finish GTA V at some point, but at the very least, for me I'm happy that it led me back to RDR and has helped remind me why I love this hobby and why that particular game is such a wonderful experience.

    Forgive the rambling - great show as always guys- I look forward to this Friday, as always.