Weekend Confirmed 185 - Grand Theft Auto Online, Card Hunter

By Ozzie Mejia, Oct 04, 2013 11:00am PDT

Grand Theft Auto Online has launched, but sadly, hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata (and Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia) are stuck at the beginning on a "Waiting for players" message. But one person was lucky enough to get in and that's "Indie" Jeff Mattas, who's here to give us his early impressions of GTA 5's new online mode. But not before a brief discussion about Steam Machines and Valve's new controller. After talking some GTA, the crew talks about Card Hunter and what makes it so great, before lamenting its trip down the free-to-play rabbit hole. The show wraps up with some talk of what everyone's looking forward to playing this holiday season, before flying off into the weekend with some new Finishing Moves and the post-show Tailgate.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 185: 10/04/2013

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Weekend Confirmed comes in four segments to make it easy to listen to in segments or all at once. Here's the timing for this week's episode:

    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 - 00:00:35 - 00:31:50

    Round 2 - 00:32:27 - 00:59:15

    Round 3 - 01:00:35 - 01:26:18

    Round 4/Finishing Moves - 01:26:57 - 01:55:27

    Tailgate - 1:58:51 - 2:12:01

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  • So this may or may no be talked about in the episode I haven't listened yet but to continue some of the threads from last week.

    People don't actually think that video game violence is in anyway approaching the feeling and or veracity of real life violence right? Or is it that people who have not experienced a lot of example of the real thing assuming that video games are getting there?

    I think games fundamentally have a ways to go before they get past having a controller in your hands and you are aware you are sitting in front of a video game system.

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    • I think video games are more like a digital punching bag. Blood in real life makes me feel so dizzy and woozy, when my son cut his head a few years ago I had trouble not fainting at the sight of blood running down his head. But some of my favourite games are Mortal Kombat and Gears of War. I also get really traumatized when I see people in real life get angry at each other because I once saw a man beat another man's head into the pavement and I can still hear the sickening wet thuds in my head. But I love games like street fighter and Diablo. So for me, there is such a massive disconnect between video games and reality.

      Personally, video games feel like kicking down a sand castle, it's a really fun way to blow off steam. Racing down the sidewalk in GTA, hurling innocent pedestrians rag-dolling in the air is really stress relieving and enjoyable because it's 100% consequence free.

      I see this behavior in my youngest son too. He is high function autism and he often requires a lot of physical stimuli to keep his behavior managable. When he plays video games he's generally kicking down sand castles too, be it destroying worlds in Minecraft with TNT or repeatedly watching the rider from Trials humorously hurtling to his doom for hours on end.

      For me, video games, even the violent ones, are good clean fun.