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Weekend Confirmed 100 - PlayStation Vita, DICE, Reckoning

Weekend Confirmed 100 - PlayStation Vita, DICE, Reckoning

Weekend Confirmed serves up its epic 100th episode with Jeff and Garnett joined by Jeff Mattas, Ariel Angelotti, and Andrea Rene. The celebration includes your listener greetings, a look back at some of the origins and good times from the first century of Weekend Confirmed, and, of course cake and beer. There's a whole lot more to get to as well. The PlayStation Vita started arriving outside Japan and we take a good look at the retail hardware, the user experience, and a couple of the launch games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Lumines Electronic Symphony. Jeff and Garnett both talk about the fun they're having in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, but square off when it comes down to how good the game is. There's even a philosophical discussion on the convergence of physical and virtual economies as relates to intellectual property. All that and more before it all wraps up in Finishing Moves.

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Weekend Confirmed 99 - Double Fine, Reckoning, Cell HD: emergence

Weekend Confirmed 99 - Double Fine, Reckoning, Cell HD: emergence

Regular hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata are away attending to other business, but producer DelRio steps in to shepherd Xav from Joystiq, Christian Spicer, and "Indie" Jeff Mattas through a number of topics. The insanely successful start to indie developer Double Fine's attempt at crowd-funding is discussed, a multitude of listener comments and feedback are addressed, and there's even some time left over to talk about games like Reckoning and Skyrim, and indies like Cell HD: emergence, and Gunpoint.

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Weekend Confirmed 98 - Soul Calibur V, Neverdead, Star Wars The Old Republic

Weekend Confirmed 98 - Soul Calibur V, Neverdead, Star Wars The Old Republic

Anticipation for Mass Effect 3 continues to mount but the game's new Facebook campaign doesn't score many points with Jeff and Garnett, or this week's guests Andrea and James Stevenson. That hasn't stopped Andrea from starting an epic fifth playthrough of the second game, though, purely to enjoy its best moments over again. Other highlights from what the group's been playing this week include Soul Calibur V, Neverdead, and Super Monday Night Combat Invitational. The discussion of leveling up players in online shooters continues with your comments from last week's show. And when Jeff has to dash off to make rehearsal, Ariel steps in for the fourth segment to bring the show home strong.

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Weekend Confirmed 97 - Nintendo 3DS and Wii U plans, FF13-2, Dustforce

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Weekend Confirmed 97 - Nintendo 3DS and Wii U plans, FF13-2, Dustforce

With the holiday lull drawing to a close, Jeff returns to the cast just in time for Xav's last show as an official Shacker. Ariel Angelotti and Christian Spicer also join the show making this a fearsome fivesome with Garnett. There's plenty on the table, too, with Ariel sharing her experience with the Japanese version of Final Fantasy XIII-2 in advance of its US release next week, news from Nintendo's financial briefing including an update on 3DS and Wii U plans, budding love for Dustforce, Insomniac's farewell to Resistance, and more making the time fly by to the wrap-up with Finishing Moves.

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Weekend Confirmed 96 - David Jaffe, Twisted Metal

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Weekend Confirmed 96 - David Jaffe, Twisted Metal

Game designer David Jaffe and Game Trailers managing editor Michael McWhertor join Xav and Garnett for this week's show. Along with getting into Twisted Metal and car combat games the crew tackles a wide range of topics including a look at Shacknews's Game of Year winners, the different ways gamers see the balance in games between narrative and mechanics, more hands-on experiences with the Vita, and more. Buckle up; it's one helluva ride to the Finishing Moves.

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Weekend Confirmed 95 - Ken Rolston, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

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Weekend Confirmed 95 - Ken Rolston, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Two game design heavyweights lend their voices to the show this week. Weekend Confirmed welcomes the legendary Ken Rolston, lead designer on Morrowind and Oblivion, who is currently working on Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Big Huge Games' lead combat designer Joe Quadara also joins us. Together, they provide new insights from the creator's side in our ongoing discussions around Skyrim and storytelling within large-scale open world role playing games. Of course, the conversation naturally then turns to the approaches they took with Reckoning, and we get into some detail about the upcoming game. There's much more as well with news and your comments from last week's show before we wrap it all up with Finishing Moves.

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Weekend Confirmed 94 - Vita Japanese launch slows, SWTOR, 2012 predictions

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Weekend Confirmed 94 - Vita Japanese launch slows, SWTOR, 2012 predictions

Recovered from the holidays, Xav and Jeff join Garnett for the first Weekend Confirmed of 2012. The year kicks off with a special guest in the fourth chair, prolific videogame voice actor Zach Hanks. If you've played a game in the past few months, you've almost certainly heard his work. He gives a unique look inside the voice acting that breathes life into videogame characters. He's also a gamer, and holds nothing back as the conversation go on to consider the rapidly dwindling sales of the PlayStation Vita only weeks after its launch in Japan, games we've been playing like Star Wars the Old Republic, the announcement of new action strategy XCOM game, and a few more thoughts on what 2012 may hold. The group gets so involved they talk right past Finishing Moves, but there's a little time left for Jeff to savor his season win in the football tailgate and get in to the playoff spirit.

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Weekend Confirmed 93 - Year end special

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Weekend Confirmed 93 - Year end special

Weekend Confirmed wraps up 2011 and rings in 2012 with a New Year's special. Andrea Rene of Clevver Games and Ariel Angelotti join Xav, Jeff, and Garnett for a recap of the many games that became somewhat hidden gems in the shadow of the heavyweights. It's filled with titles like Bulletstorm, Alice: Madness Returns, LA Noire, and infamous 2. Of course, the big games get their due as well, and the group discusses the biggest stories of the year like the hacker attack that took the PlayStation Network offline for weeks and the launch of Nintendo's newest handheld, the 3DS. And we couldn't resist topping it all off with a few thoughts on what may lay ahead in 2012.

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Weekend Confirmed 92 - Holiday Special

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Weekend Confirmed 92 - Holiday Special

Join us as for our Weekend Confirmed holiday special as we head into this long weekend. Insomniac's James Stevenson and game developer Ariel Angelotti join Xav, Jeff, and Garnett for the festivities. Many of you shared stories of your videogame memories from the season which we enjoy retelling with you throughout the show. We also get to talk about some of the games we've been playing like Alan Wake American Nightmare and Star Wars the Old Republic. There's even a little news as we check in on the release of the PlayStation Vita in Japan and the big Steam sale's contest that will see one lucky gamer win the entire catalog on the service. We even remember to get in finishing moves and our end of the season football tailgate.

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Weekend Confirmed 91 - Metal Gear Rising, Last of Us, Syndicate

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Weekend Confirmed 91 - Metal Gear Rising, Last of Us, Syndicate

The flurry of new game trailers unleashed during the VGAs last week leads the conversation on Weekend Confirmed this week. Shacknews' own New York-based editor Andrew Yoon joins Xav, Jeff, and Garnett to wade through them, starting with Metal Gear Rising, and moving on through Last of Us, Fortnite, and Mass Effect 3. Andrew recently attended a Sony event back in New York and shares impressions from playing Syndicate, Journey, and Lumines. Listener Shadow13th called out Jeff for using saves to control his fate in role playing games and the group picks up the subject of the min/max approach to gaming and how it exposes the mechanics potentially to the detriment of immersion. There's still more too, with a quick look at November's NPD sales numbers, Trine 2, and Finishing Moves.

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Weekend Confirmed 90 - Miyamoto, Live update, Rayman Origins

Weekend Confirmed 90 - Miyamoto, Live update, Rayman Origins

The Weekend Confirmed crew starts getting into the holiday spirit as Jeff, "Indie" Jeff, and Christian sit down with Garnett for this show. The buzz around misinterpretations of Miyamoto's plans for the future and the new Xbox Live dashboard and its mobile apps kicks things off. We know Jeff loves loving things, and it's obvious he's found a new object of his affection in Rayman Origins. No less fun, but definitely fun of a different sort, Saints Row the Third has Christian enjoying the freedom to fool around without feeling like he's missing out on anything. And of course there's your comments and stories, more news, and Finishing Moves to complete the package.

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Weekend Confirmed 89 - Minecraft, Uncharted 3, Mario Kart 7

Weekend Confirmed 89 - Minecraft, Uncharted 3, Mario Kart 7

Jeff surprises Xav and Garnett this week with tales of his first few nights fighting to survive in Minecraft. He's been hard at work with his virtual pick and shows signs of being in for the long haul with the game. Garnett took advantage of the holiday time to get into Uncharted 3. A discussion of authored stories versus interactivity follows that pulls in the far different approach taken in Skyrim as a contrast. Mario also gets good time this week with both 3D Land and Kart finding their way into Xav and Jeff's hands. The latest on plans for Mass Effect 3 and an upcoming patch to fix the patch for Skyrim top the news highlights and it all wraps up with Finishing Moves.

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Weekend Confirmed 88 - Skyrim, Holiday leftovers

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Weekend Confirmed 88 - Skyrim, Holiday leftovers

Join Xav, Jeff, Andrea, and Garnett as they celebrate the long Thanksgiving weekend. They share tales from Skyrim and Assassin's Creed Revelations during the beginning of the show. Some of the excellent discussions from the show comments last week fuel plenty of discussion on whether gamers want to be told a story, or play their own. Everyone is set for the 360 dashboard update, now that it's finally coming December 6. And the group starts to sort through the gaming leftovers already gathering from a great year of games that included LittleBIGPlanet 2, Bulletstorm, Crysis 2, L.A. Noire, and so many more titles that are already fading into memories. Finishing moves and a special Thanksgiving games edition of the tailgate wrap it all up.

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Weekend Confirmed 87 - Zelda: Skyward Sword, Halo Anniversary, Skyrim

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Weekend Confirmed 87 - Zelda: Skyward Sword, Halo Anniversary, Skyrim

Link's next adventure, the Legend of Zelda: Skyward sword kept Billy--who also penned the Shacknews.com review--enthralled for over fifty hours. Jeff also dusted off his Wii to play it and the two of them have plenty of praise for the game to get the show started. Xav also returns to round out the rest of the cast joining Garnett this week. He's been adventuring in Skyrim and rediscovering Halo, in the ten year anniversary HD remake. With the momentous time on everyone's mind, we look back at the original Xbox, and lest we be remiss, Billy makes sure we remember the GameCube as well as it too turns ten. Along the way we also talk about how the big games of October fared at the register, which of them now reigns supreme online, and more before wrapping it up with Finishing Moves and weekly football tailgate.

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Weekend Confirmed 86 - Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3, Saints Row the Third

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Weekend Confirmed 86 - Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3, Saints Row the Third

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Modern Warfare 3 arrived this week and the Weekend Confirmed crew takes a little break from playing them to share their stories from the games. Wouldn't you know, a cold bug seems to be sweeping through the offices as well, laying out Xav and sapping Garnett. He carries on, though, joined by Jeff and Christian because the show must go on. And boy does it. Saints Row the Third also got into the mix of what we've been playing and we take a look at whether it's odd to play portable games from the comforts of our couch and what we learned about Mass Effect 3 from the beta that briefly leaked out on Live. As always, we wrap it all up with Finishing Moves and our football Tailgate.

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