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There's "late to the party" and then there's this... I "just" discovered This American Life with Ira Glass. Yes, just discovered a show that began in the mid-90s. I had of course heard of the program but had never actually listened to it. Recently, I did. Currently, I cannot stop. Sometimes we miss things in popular culture, or cult hits that otherwise would completely mesh with our interests. Games can do this too.

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"Did you seriously reply to one of my posts a year and a half later? I'm impressed."
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Weekend Confirmed Episode 48

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Weekend Confirmed Episode 48

Billy and Christian join Jeff and Garnett in the studio for this week's show. A look back at the Halo: Reach campaign as played solo as opposed to cooperatively gets things started in Whatcha Been Playin? GoldenEye also gets a brief reassessment before yielding to Marvel vs. Capcom 3. There's time to catch up on your comments during the Warning and the open question of how intimidating the competitive nature of some games can be to players who just want to have fun. The Front Page closes this week's show with a full slate of new game and DLC announcements from Double Fine's Sesame Street kinect game to a da Vinci-themed add-on for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.

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Weekend Confirmed Episode 46

Good friend of the show Christian Spicer joins Garnett, Jeff, and Jeff this week. They've been playing a number of games, filling Whatcha' Been Playin? with Magicka, the Witcher, a new run through Halo: Reach and Red Dead Redemption, a report from Namco's 2011 preview event, and more. Your conversations about last week's announcement of the Sony NGP get things started in the Warning, which continues through to some of our "happiness" games. And in the news, more on the post-launch features planned for the 3DS and cloud computing for PS3 and Steam headline the Front Page.

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Weekend Confirmed Episode 44

Garnett took a quick trip earlier this week to New York for Nintendo's big press event unveiling the 3DS. Along with the pricing and launch info, he returns with detailed impressions of the upcoming hardware and hands-on impressions of several of the games. Jeff, Billy, and special guest Ryan Payton also get in plenty of questions, but there's more to the show than just the 3DS. Fluidity, LittleBIGPlanet 2, and 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors round out Whatcha' Been Playin? The Warning starts with what may become a regular feature of talking about favorite game endings before moving on to some excellent questions Ryan brought. And in the Front Page, December and Year-end sales figures for 2010 lead a full slate of news that concludes with a few thoughts on EA's ill-conceived "Your mom hates this game" marketing campaign for Dead Space 2.

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Weekend Confirmed Episode 43

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Whatcha' Been Playin? gets off to a big start this week with a lively discussion on the windup to the end and boss fight in Uncharted 2, first impressions of LittleBIGPlanet 2 and Ghost Trick, and, of course, an update from Cataclysm. Garnett, Jeff, and Billy then move on to your continuing comments on the topic of reviews before considering whether you can be addicted to buying games and what happens when a pay-to-play MMO goes free-to-play. Top stories like the brewing storm over Splosion Man developer Twisted Pixel calling out Capcom mobile for ripping off their game, anticipation of the Battlefield 3 unveiling due to come at GDC, and rumors of a Final Fantasy XIII sequel finish the show on a strong note in the Front Page.

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Weekend Confirmed Episode 42

Everyone is excited to get back in the studio for this first show of 2011. Though new releases cooled over the holidays, Garnett, Brian, and Jeff have plenty of stories for Whatcha Been Playin? Catch up time includes classics like Uncharted 2 and more recent titles such as Vanquish and Bad Company 2 "Vietnam". Jeff got in some time with a new game too; he has mixed feelings about Lost in Shadow, though. Your responses to how much a review score determines whether a game is worth playing get the conversation started in the Warning. There's even a little homework for next week too on a couple of subjects we'd like to get your thoughts on. And in the news, we've got a look at the video game stories coming out of CES from Microsoft's press conference to handheld gaming PC concept by Razer, indie games nominated for IGF awards, and more.

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Weekend Confirmed Episode 45 - January 28, 2011 (Comments)

Sony finally unveiled the PSP2--or as it's now called, the NGP--making it two consecutive weeks of major handheld hardware news. But there are a lot of games to cover as well. Shacknews's own Jeff Mattas joins Jeff and Garnett this week, kicking Whatcha' Been Playin? off with a good look at Dead Space 2. The Bulletstorm and Crysis 2 demos along with Microbot highlight Garnett's playlist. And Jeff's enthusiasm for DC Universe Online can hardly be contained. A closer look at CityVille and how it and similar social games fit into modern video gaming leads off the Warning. Then, the Front Page dives into all the details on Sony's NGP--the tech specs and the games--with plenty of discussion, plus the also announced PlayStation Suite for Android, along with all the other video game news of the week. Read more »

"J's right. What penetrated the market was predominantly Nintendo's blue ocean application to ..."
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Weekend Confirmed Episode 41: New Year's Eve Special

For this New Year's Eve 2010 show--the second of our two holiday specials--Shane Bettenhausen joins Garnett, Brian, and Jeff for one final 2010 recap and then a lengthy gaze into the crystal ball to see what may lie ahead in 2011. We catch up some with what Shane's been playing with friends back home from music games like Dance Central and Rock Band to developing thumb blisters at Super Street Fighter IV ... oh, and, uh, Sonic IV. Your responses from our SModcastle live show seed the conversations in the second segment with topics like why we really want to get our hands on the Nintendo 3DS. In the second half of the show all attention turns to 2011--the games, the trends, and, of course, predictions!

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"I almost agree. That boss fight left such a bad taste in my mouth, though, that even those last ..."
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Weekend Confirmed Episode 40: Best of 2010 Awards

In the first of two holiday specials, the Weekend Confirmed crew reminisces on the best video games and industry trends of 2010. Shacknews editor Xav de Matos and fourth chair all-star Billy Berghammer join Garnett and Jeff in a spirited look back that more than fills the show. Taking next week's Shacknews Best of awards as a template, the conversations include favorites for their story and mulitplayer, best in their genre like role-playing and action adventure, and tops for their platform. And naturally it all culminates in the Game of the Year awards.

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Weekend Confirmed Episode 39: Holiday Party at the SModcastle

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Get in the spirit with an epic Weekend Comfirmed holiday party recorded live at the SModcastle. A number of our good friends drop by for a turn on the mic including Geoff Keighley, Billy Berghammer, Patrick Klepek, and Christian Spicer. Garnett and Jeff anchor the show, with Brian still recovering from his bout with a bug. We also brought Shacknews' own Xav de Matos in for the fun. There's no shortage of video game topics to talk about either. Epic Mickey gets defended in the opening Whatcha' Been Playin? before attention turns to the flurry of games revealed at the VGAs. There's your comments and audience questions after that, a look back at 2010, and then forward into 2011--including a few bold predictions. All that, plus we've got music from Win Win Global's dj eMpTy and a fantastic stand-up set from Christian. Read more »

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Weekend Confirmed Episode 38

Two hallmarks of the season come together this episode of Weekend Confirmed. Brian got hit full force with the flu this week and is out recouperating (get well soon buddy). But this time of year always brings people together and in that spirit, joining Garnett and Jeff this week are David Ellis and Billy Berghammer. A massive show ensues. All four have been playing Cataclysm and share their different experiences both with the early and high-level content. But this isn't Warcraft Confirmed and there's more Gran Turismo 5 talk and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood to round out Whatcha' Been Playin? Your insights on the future for Modern Warfare 3 lead the Warning, where the topic of whether our expectations have risen too high for games in general. Big time game announcements in advance of the VGAs anchor the news in the Front Page.

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"Well, the most recent Batman title was ****ing amazing, so I don't think you'll see too many ..."
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Weekend Confirmed Episode 37

Fix yourself one last leftover turkey and stuffing sandwich and get ready for a great show. Epic Mickey and Gran Turismo 5 both arrived and headline this week's Whatcha' Been Playin? In the Warning Jeff's return to World of Warcraft gets things started and then it's on to your thoughts on having fun versus being competitive. Sales for Move and Kinect, a new squad-based shooter from Yakuza's creator, and the rest of the week's videogame news bring the show home in the Front Page.

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Weekend Confirmed Episode 36: Thanksgiving Holiday Special

Garnett, Brian, and Jeff gather round the studio with Del Rio and Brooklyn in the booth for this Thanksgiving Day special edition of Weekend Confirmed. Along with a little eggnog for holiday spirit, Whatcha' Been Playin? gets the festivities started with a closer look at Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Donkey Kong Country Returns, and then the upcoming Noble maps for Halo:Reach. The Front Page takes the holiday week off. In its place, the rest of the show includes favorite holiday memories, what games come out with the family at the holidays, and your comments on some of the best topics over the past few weeks. And if you're gearing up for gift shopping or already in the thick of it you won't want to miss the final segment which covers some of the best deals and videogame gift ideas.

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"I understand what you're saying. I like both though. The first time through a CoD I take in ..."
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Weekend Confirmed Episode 35

Thanksgiving might be a week away but the new release feast is in full swing. After a couple of quick follow ups to last week's Black Ops coverage, Garnett, Brian, and Jeff serve up Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, 007: Blood Stone, and Donkey Kong Country Returns as the main dishes in Whatcha' Been Playin? The reactionary commentary of ESPN's 1st and Ten cast in response to Kobe's appearance in the Black Ops ads starts off the Warning. Your thoughts on shooter fatigue, urgency without a ticking clock, and more take the conversation right up to the Front Page. October's NPD sales numbers and Bizarre Creation's uncertain future headline a full slate of news.

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Weekend Confirmed Episode 34

Call of Duty: Black Ops dropped this week and we've been playing it along with, oh, a few million other folks around the Net. It hoards the spotlight in Whatcha Been Playin? and fair warning, there are some spoilers in the discussion but with a clear disclaimer beforehand. Battlefield Play4Free and the Vietnam DLC for Bad Company 2 also come up as shooters rule this week's show. In the Warning your counter-points to the idea floated last week of 2-3 hour games get us started and we also open the question of how susceptible to fatigue Call of Duty looks to be? News of Rock Band developer Harmonix hitting the sales block, a handful of new game announcements, and more wrap it all up in the Front Page.

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