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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  • After listening to the podcast for 184 and 183 - talking about GTA, I had to pick it up.
    Yes - the negativity of Jeff, then Jeff and Andrea made me REALLY want to try it out for myself.

    feel that the 3 main characters, at least so far, and as "bad" as people are saying - even on these threads.

    MIke - The first Mission of the game, after someone shoots someone, he didn't like it. He has a lot of negativity toward his family, but holy crap, if you watch any of those exchanges, I would be too.
    Franklin - Same Thing. He doesn't want to follow the same path as his drug fueled idiot "friends".
    Trevor - Smartest guy of the 3 who has some "rage issues" but also has a heart to a degree as well.
    Does anyone not remember what happens directly after "the scene"? Airport?
    Does anyone notice that Trevor has an option soon after you meet to kill someone or not to after the trailer goes into the water? (Trying not to spoil anything).

    These are dynamic characters.

    They are all relatable to different people for different reasons.
    Mike being a middle aged "former" crook now dealing with his ungrateful family, and dealing with the stresses that being a dad has. Take the former crook part out....that is a lot of people.
    Franklin is similar. Poor guy trying to make something of himself...doing it the way he knows how. That NEVER happens. There is not anyone that is like that.
    Trevor - Hyper intelligent person that does basically what he wants, is aggressive and the littlest thing sets him off. No one else knows anyone like that? Maybe not to the violent degree....but the personality type, for sure.

    The reality - GTA 3 and Vice CIty - the main protagonist never even spoke. It would be difficult to feel out the narrative, but it has always been on the side of overblown...but for the most of us, especially people who have played the series, we know that is what to expect.

    It is too bad there isn't a strong female character in it. Even if it was a powerful drug lord or something, but with that in mind...the same could be said about races and ethnicity.

    It is a Rockstar game. We have been taking prostitutes into allies and watching the car rock for a over a decade. We have dumped bodies. We have killed people good and bad in every way I can think of. We have ran over and shot 'for fun" millions of people over the series and in so many other games as well.


    It is simple - because we can't do it in real life without consequences. It is an escape simulator that for some, is too close to real life, since 95% of what happens could happen in real life. However, at the end of the day, it is simply lines of code. You turn it off with your finger, and you move on with your life.