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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    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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  • RE: Steam Machines

    I listen to a few gaming podcasts (GWJ, Besties, Weekend Confirmed), and a common opinion I'm hearing about Valve's announcements last week was: "Who is this for?! Everyone already has a PC, and we don't need it to be console-ified. I could maybe see this useful for easily streaming games from my mega-gaming-rig into my living room. But it's gotta be cheap, and these things are going to be too expensive for that."

    I've been really itching for a Steam box for a while, and I'm thrilled about this announcement. I'm a student, and I've been a "console gamer" for the past 5 years; not by choice, but by circumstance. I got a laptop, and that became my only computer. It's no good for games, but it's good for school/work. I don't have any space where I could even set up a "PC gaming center" in my one bedroom apartment. My gaming happens in the living room. I considered getting a PC and hooking it up in my living room, but that just never happened. Because: "Hey, my computer does all of the computer stuff that I need it to do, and my consoles let me play a bunch of games. So, I just can't get another computer right now. Maybe one day, when I have a real job, and a bigger place, and tonnes of money. Right?"

    As of late, games are more often coming out on PC before consoles. Or, if they're launched alongside consoles, the PC version looks better. Or, they're only released on the PC. I am continually hearing about great games that I wish I could be playing, but I just can't because I have no access to that library. Rogue Legacy comes to mind. I am becoming more and more frustrated with the limitations of being restricted to two walled gardens (Xbox and PS). Steam sounds awesome! I WANT TO GO TO THERE! But, it's just not an option right now. And, I wan't everything to be an option. Ultimately, I wan't to be able to play everything.

    THE GIST -- I don't want an entire computer to be crammed into my living room. I want a console in my living room that can play Steam games. And I don't think I'm alone on this.

    P.S. -- Valve is letting hardware manufacturers make their own decisions on cost VS performance with the "Good, Better, Best" classifications. For those of you who just want to stream to your living room, I'm 100% sure people are already working on just that sort of device, for cheap. There'll also be a juicy-magic-wonderful machine that costs a pretty nickel, which is what I'm looking for.

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