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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  • I don't agree that GTA5 does not have a message, or that the message is muddled. It has a very clear message. But it's not one a lot of people want to hear. The message is that the current (western) world is a shallow, vapid, unbalanced mess. The whole game is a big middle finger to modern living. And apparently, a lot of people don't like hearing that. Especially since the game does not take sides. While pretty much every joke in GTA4 lead to the punchline "republicans / conservatives are stupid" There are no safe spots to hide in GTA5's criticism of modern society. In GTA5 we are all part of the problem. If the parody falls flat, it is only because reality has far surpassed the most crazy scenarios that any sane and reasonable person could come up with.

    For example, not too long ago a fast food restaurant using it's most overweight customers as a spokesperson, advertising it's burgers with warnings they could cause death, and waitresses in nurses uniforms would be a parody on the radio or TV in GTA. But the Heart Attack Grill is a very real place in this day and age. As a result, the exaggeration in GTA no longer feels like one. While GTA used to be a fun-house mirror, it now seems like a real one. The people entering the fun-house still expect the funny mirrors to be there, but when they look into them, what they see does not seem distorted enough. So they leave confused, thinking: this is not what I came here for.

    I don't blame that game for this. I blame the very thing GTA5 points it's middle finger at. Modern life.

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