Weekend Confirmed Episode 49

Killzone 3, Bulletstorm, the Witcher 2, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution lead things off in Whatcha' Been Playin? Jeff, Jeff, and Billy join Garnett on this week's show. 3DS launch lineup and more in the Front Page.

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As winter storms head into California, a deluge of big games rain down on Whatcha' Been Playin? getting this week's show off to a strong start. Killzone 3, Bulletstorm, the Witcher 2, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. With Jeff, Jeff, and Billy joining Garnett around the mics, the Warning picks up your conversations on controllers, matchmaking, and what it takes to make an enjoyable game. The show finishes strong with news of the 3DS launch titles, a new Medal of Honor from EA, and more in the Front Page.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 49: 02/18/2011

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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:

  • Whatcha' Been Playin?: Start: 00:00:00 End: 00:28:08

  • Whatcha' Been Playin? and Cannata-ford: 00:28:48 End: 01:02:07

  • The Warning: 01:03:18 End: 01:37:32

  • Featured Music "Window" by Pink Polo Productions: 01:37:32 End: 01:39:58

  • The Front Page: Start: 01:39:58 End: 02:17:39

Featured Music break drops "Windows" by Pink Polo Prfocusing mainly on Hip Hop, Rock, Reggae, and Dance genres. Offering production, beat making, mixing, and mastering services. Catch them on their BandCamp page or Facebook

Original music in the show by Del Rio. Get his latest single, Small Town Hero on iTunes. Check out more, including the Super Mega Worm mix and other mash-ups on his ReverbNation page or Facebook page.

Jeff can also be seen on The Totally Rad Show. They've gone daily so there's a new segment to watch every day of the week!

Remember to join the Official Facebook Weekend Confirmed Page and add us to your Facebook routine. We'll be keeping you up with the latest on the show there as well.

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    February 25, 2011 12:00 PM

    Comment on Weekend Confirmed Episode 49, by Garnett Lee.

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      February 25, 2011 12:01 PM

      My iTunes RSS just exploded with WC episodes

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      February 25, 2011 12:01 PM

      seems a little premature to confirm the weekend.. its still friday...

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      February 25, 2011 12:02 PM

      I've been struggling through the last few episodes for some reason. I don't know if it's a total preference difference with that of the hosts or what.

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        February 25, 2011 12:17 PM

        No Leahy perhaps?

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          February 25, 2011 12:22 PM

          Perhaps. I did find that he was the one I agreed with or whose opinion I found most interesting.

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            February 25, 2011 1:53 PM

            I miss him more than I expected. He could be whiny at times, but he brought a much-needed hardcore perspective to the mix.

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              February 25, 2011 2:13 PM

              I totally agree with this point. I quite enjoy listening to Lee and Cannata, but Leahy had this ability to cut through the fluff of their discussions and bring it back directly to the meat and potatoes of the issue at hand. I even miss his whinges when he was sick ... :(

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              February 26, 2011 7:45 AM

              I agree

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              March 1, 2011 9:13 PM

              This is why I wish Xav could be on the 'cast more. He seemed to have a really good handle on stuff and I think he actually participates in the community quite a bit.

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      February 25, 2011 12:09 PM

      We had to change where the episodes were being hosted for Weekend Confirmed with the Shacknews redesign. You may have to resubscribe and you may see double episodes in your library this week. Sorry for any inconveniences this may cause you. Our library of back shows is not currently working either so the only shows you'll have access to right now is today's show plus the last 10.

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      February 25, 2011 12:10 PM

      I haven't listened to this episode yet, but based on the preview above, I know it's a 10/10.

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      February 25, 2011 12:12 PM

      Continuing to love the podcast, missing Brian though :( When can we expect the Sess back?

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        February 25, 2011 12:26 PM

        Why can't he be still on the cast at least, have him as a guest or something :(

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          February 25, 2011 12:38 PM

          I miss him too, while I didn't always agree with his comments I found his perspective to be well thought out and interesting. But from what I recall in his last episode, he's moving on to other things - so I don't think it's the show's choice that he's not present, but his.

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        February 26, 2011 9:55 AM

        I love Sessler, I would love for him to be back on. I would imagine he is a busy dude however.

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        February 27, 2011 5:03 PM

        Wasn't it hinted on one of the video pre-shows where Garnett was going to try and get Adam Sessler in for at least once a month? I feel that the guy has so much more to say beyond what is shown on tv and the webshows he does for G4tv.

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          February 27, 2011 5:36 PM

          I still listen to Weekend Confirmed 12 regularly; between being the week before E3, Adam's commentary, and Alpha Protocol getting released with everyone going insane about "turning invisible", that was one of the best shows in the series so far.

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            February 27, 2011 6:46 PM

            Funnily enough, I too went back to listening to that episode on a whim. I also lost it when Adam impersonated Paul McCartney with the line "I don't know what you people are celebrating, but I'm just going to go over here and eat money" :oD

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              February 28, 2011 1:27 AM

              Yet the comment that Adam made that still get me is about 'Just Cause 2' and the parachute in the game: "In theory, the magical parachute COULD be made!" XD

    • Zek
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      February 25, 2011 12:12 PM

      Why do they still use The Warning as the name of a segment? It makes no sense.

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        February 27, 2011 7:07 PM

        Well it was 4 minute Warning to start off, where they would address listener questions with 4 minutes collectively. Then they took out the 4 minutes so that they could spend longer on the questions, but still address listener questions. Hence still using "The Warning" since that has continued to happen.

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      February 25, 2011 12:25 PM

      I liked the old sign off end song better :( Anyone know where I can get that?

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        February 25, 2011 1:23 PM

        It's on my next solo album which will be released end of June or beginning of July. Send me an email to delrioproductions@gmail.com and I'll hook you up with a copy of the single. Thanks for the support.

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      February 25, 2011 1:08 PM

      So if we want to comment on this episode, we have to post in this single thread? Say it ain't so guys.

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        February 25, 2011 1:13 PM

        you can create a new post if you'd like

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        February 25, 2011 1:14 PM

        Yes, it keeps the discussion to a single bucket. I think it's working pretty great so far. Otherwise you just get a bunch of threads with no replies.

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          February 25, 2011 1:44 PM

          I like it like that though. I think, with the comments like this, it will kill most of the interesting discussion and will make it harder to find what little interesting discussion there is left.

          Can the comments be changed back to the way they were? This is horrible. It's inconceivable that anyone could have thought that this way would be better. I don't care about the rest of the site; the only reason I come to Shacknews is because of the community in the WC comments section. Now it's dead.

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            February 25, 2011 1:45 PM

            Just pretend that the top level comments in this thread are their own threads.

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            February 25, 2011 1:46 PM

            it's not dead in the least! i don't see how you can say that. everyone can still make their own threads.

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              February 25, 2011 1:57 PM

              How can one do this? I see no option to post a new thread.

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                February 25, 2011 1:59 PM

                scroll to the top of this page and click the "new comment" button. then you'll have your own thread.

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                  February 25, 2011 2:00 PM

                  There is no "New Comment" option. None. If there is, post a new thread.

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                    February 25, 2011 2:02 PM

                    I think there's some confusion here, I would guess ED is talking about a new thread in the chatty and you are talking about a new thread in connection to the article like the old comment system allowed

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                      February 25, 2011 2:04 PM

                      Yes, I want the old comments back.

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                        February 25, 2011 2:06 PM

                        You can create a new comment thread by clicking Chatty and then click New Comment.

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                  February 25, 2011 2:02 PM

                  He may be posting from the story, in which he would not see that button.

                  To create a new thread, click the Chatty tab and then create a new comment. This will not have specific context to the Weekend Confirmed story though.

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            February 25, 2011 1:46 PM

            If you don't know how the comment system works you should venture into the chatty and look at some of the monster threads for a good idea of how subthreads can actually lead to meaningful discussion instead of everyone posting their own 2-sentence thread about the same topic

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              February 25, 2011 2:00 PM

              "everyone posting their own 2-sentence thread about the same topic"

              If you ever went into the WC comments section before this horrible redesign, you would know that that wasn't the case.

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                February 25, 2011 2:09 PM

                What is wrong with the new system Moneky0111?

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                  February 25, 2011 2:13 PM

                  He's just not used to it yet. Functionally, it's exactly the same as it was except you can't see the massive posts people often made at first glance, only a one line preview of the contents.

                  Which does take some adjusting. You have to click every reply to the root "Shacknews" post to see what people are saying.

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                  February 25, 2011 2:14 PM

                  Read all of the comments in this thread. They mostly all suck. Including mine. It brings out the worst in the posters and brings out unintelligent discussion. I hate it.

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                    February 25, 2011 2:16 PM

                    Can you not ignore those sub-threads and post in ones that you find more appealing?

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                      February 25, 2011 2:17 PM

                      Just nuke the entire sub-thread (no ban) so we can start over, on-topic.

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                        February 25, 2011 2:23 PM

                        It would be nice if, without a script, threads (and sub-threads) could be collapsed and STAY collapsed.

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            February 25, 2011 1:49 PM

            It's not dead. You just don't like the change so you're declaring it dead.

            Why don't you try it out before you state facts that you're totally pulling out of your ass?

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              February 25, 2011 1:50 PM

              It's too late, he's already gone.

              DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT!

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              February 25, 2011 1:58 PM

              It is dead. So far, anyway.

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            February 25, 2011 2:04 PM

            The hell are you talking about, there's no problem with this at all, and if it's not an active thread it'll drop off the page.

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          February 26, 2011 4:46 AM

          If you think this is working great you are insane!

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          February 28, 2011 7:44 AM

          Actually you get a bunch of threads with no replies (that people dont care about) and some good threads that lots of people comment on that are easy to pickout from the rest. I'm willing to give this a try but it's REALLY hard to follow and pickout what's worth reading and what isn't.

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            February 28, 2011 8:19 AM

            I understand. I believe it will change to a site feature next week, which will allow for multiple root comments.

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        February 25, 2011 1:28 PM

        technically speaking you could make a new thread but it would be pointless and probably ignored or nuked

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      February 25, 2011 1:14 PM

      I like these, but shouldn't they be a little more detailed instead of just saying "Comment on blahblahblah"? Like maybe say "New article posted, <article name> by <author>"?

      I also think these posts should be tagged or color coded so they stand out more from regular posts.

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        February 25, 2011 1:15 PM

        There are plans to have a summary soon.

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          February 25, 2011 1:26 PM

          can't they put the article in the first reply?

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            February 25, 2011 1:27 PM

            They could. They should just add a "snippet" section where they can copy in the first paragraph or a summary.

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            February 25, 2011 2:20 PM

            There's a link right there in the post!

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      February 25, 2011 1:29 PM

      C&C Renegade was the FPS where you had bases and vehicles. You could upgrade your character to different classes as Tiberium was ored by your side and the goal was to destroy the other base. The multiplayer was awesome, but there were lag issues and generally crappy netcode.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qklZsJQZMtg

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        February 25, 2011 1:57 PM

        When everything aligned perfectly, it was a blast in MP though. The stuff you did felt very relevant, whether destroying the enemy harvester, sabotaging a building or defending the base.

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      February 25, 2011 1:35 PM

      Super Mega Worm doesn't care about your car. Fantastic...

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      February 25, 2011 1:44 PM

      PSN gamers are more mature than Xbox Live gamers, confirmed! ;-)

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      February 25, 2011 1:48 PM

      Hmm...thinking I should probably create the weekly show story as a feature, which would in turn allow multiple threads to be created, but not have it appear in chatty.

      Thoughts?

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        February 25, 2011 1:49 PM

        That's what I thought would happen. Technically podcasts are features. :)

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        February 25, 2011 1:51 PM

        Why? What does that accomplish?

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        February 25, 2011 1:52 PM

        What's the point?

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        February 25, 2011 1:56 PM

        Doesn't that defeat the purpose of the redesign? Besides, it'll be nice for us lazy chatty posters to become involved in the discussions.

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          February 25, 2011 1:59 PM

          Perhaps that's what he wants to avoid.

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            February 25, 2011 2:02 PM

            we talk about games occasionally. Sometimes in a positive manner.

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              February 25, 2011 2:02 PM

              I can confirm, I talked about a game once

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                February 25, 2011 2:03 PM

                were you positive?

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                  February 25, 2011 2:05 PM

                  I wasn't 100% negative

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                    February 25, 2011 2:09 PM

                    This sounds about like Weekend Confirmed dialog. I think we're on to something here.

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                      February 25, 2011 2:10 PM

                      We bring the off-topic whimsy.

                      I'll get to commentating when I have a chance to listen. I'm still stuck at work with a P0 issue :(

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                      February 25, 2011 2:12 PM

                      TBH, I listen to the cast and by the time I remember something I want to post the thread is a day or two old. Having it here would be awesome, if for no reason than to spark other threads about games.

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              February 25, 2011 2:06 PM

              I know and I'm all for the current method of comments for stuff hitting the chatty, he's probably noticing an increased of junk replies whereas before his podcast thread mostly got discussion by and for the actual podcast.

              It might get better once a few people adjust to newshack, I'd say give it some time Garnett!

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                February 25, 2011 2:07 PM

                agreed, as much of this has been in response to Monkey's post.

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                February 25, 2011 2:08 PM

                It's the first week for this, I'm sure it's fine. There isn't any abundance of junk replies form the parent topic.

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                February 25, 2011 2:08 PM

                every other thread on the first page of chatty is junk posts about how the site redesign and new comments are worse than hitler

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        February 25, 2011 1:58 PM

        I would like to see it in the chatty so I can comment on it.

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        February 25, 2011 2:03 PM

        OH MY GOD PLEASE DO THIS GARNETT!!!!
        PLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASE!!!
        It would save the WC comments section from ruin!

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          February 25, 2011 2:04 PM

          this is the first time I've seen this level of dislike for chatty thread posters since the great forum kill.

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            February 25, 2011 2:12 PM

            I have nothing against the posters. I hate the idea of the new comments, however. So far, the quality of the discussions is -99%. Just horrible.

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              February 25, 2011 2:15 PM

              There is good discussion that happens. The issue is the changeover is only 2 days old and there's a whole lot of adjustment (on both sides) going on. Within a week or two it will all be settled down.

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                February 25, 2011 2:18 PM

                I hope Garnett decides to change it into a feature like he said above.

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              February 25, 2011 2:17 PM

              You're basing this all off less than one week of changing. Calm down and wait a month before you act like a drama queen.

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                February 25, 2011 2:19 PM

                I just abhor the new comments system. In a month, everything here will be destroyed.

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                  February 25, 2011 2:24 PM

                  I'm actually impressed how improved the comments are already.

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                    February 25, 2011 2:27 PM

                    Dave-A.... everything... . EVERYTHING .... will be destroyed... EVERYTHING!!!!!!

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                      February 25, 2011 2:29 PM

                      YES THIS PERSON IS A BELIEVER!!! Whooo!!

                      ;p

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                  February 25, 2011 2:36 PM

                  dramatic much?

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                February 25, 2011 2:21 PM

                Yeah, by the time people actually listen to the podcast that only came out a few hours ago and have something worth replying about, there will be more than a few posts like he's accustomed to.

                It's just caught up in the new shack transition, and two of the big, gay subthreads that aren't really on topic are his and Garnett's in response to his. It will settle down like Fyunch Click said.

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                  February 25, 2011 2:30 PM

                  gay? What do you mean? Are you saying this in a derogatory manner?

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                    February 25, 2011 2:32 PM

                    No, in the ironically fabulous manner.

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                    February 25, 2011 3:06 PM

                    No, we really do have some big gay subthreads in the chatty.

                    In the homosexual manner.

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                      February 25, 2011 3:08 PM

                      And I'm sure the discussion elicited from those threads are simply riveting.

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                        February 25, 2011 3:11 PM

                        Sure, if you're at all interested in gay stuff.

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                          February 25, 2011 3:13 PM

                          And I take it you're not?

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                            February 25, 2011 3:18 PM

                            If it's interesting conversation, sure!

                            It's like EVE Online - just because I don't play the game doesn't mean I can't enjoy reading about it :P

            • Zek
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              February 25, 2011 4:39 PM

              You're right, I'm seeing some drastically reduced posting quality already...

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          February 25, 2011 2:22 PM

          Look at me, ruining your shit.

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            February 25, 2011 2:23 PM

            You would never have replies like this in the old WC comments system. Ugh. Imma go cry into my pillow now.

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              February 25, 2011 2:24 PM

              So front-page posters don't like Chatty posters?

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                February 25, 2011 2:26 PM

                Again, I have nothing against the posters.

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              February 25, 2011 2:26 PM

              Honestly if you hadn't bitched about it I wouldn't have replied at all.

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                February 25, 2011 2:28 PM

                I know. If they hadn't changed the comments system you wouldn't be posting here at all.

                Anyway, I'm done complaining. I hate the new system and I hope Garnett decided to change WC into a feature so the comments can go back to the way they were. If not, I'll just have to hope it improves.

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              February 25, 2011 2:27 PM

              I think we can work together to improve things. Once the stink of new washes off, we'll start nuking posts in story threads that are out of topic more. The fact that they show up in the stream will make this easier. Let's chill out and give it a chance to breathe and see where we're at.

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                February 25, 2011 2:29 PM

                so basically the mods are letting us ding the shit out of the car doors?

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                  February 25, 2011 2:30 PM

                  What's it going to take to get you into a story chat thread today? Let me go talk to my manager.

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                February 25, 2011 2:29 PM

                I suppose the difference now is that it's harder to ignore sub-threads than a full thread?

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                  February 25, 2011 3:09 PM

                  Having the ability to colapse subthreads may be really helpful for the news story comments -- but I think Dave-A is right about letting the new system get a chance to settle in. It seems a lot of the complianing is about cultrure shock between the different "styles" of comments found from the chatty to the frontpage to WC and others...

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                February 25, 2011 2:31 PM

                OK OK...I'm breathing now...Maybe it won't be so bad...

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                  February 25, 2011 2:33 PM

                  Good man!

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                  February 25, 2011 3:16 PM

                  I really do think it'll settle down. I enjoy the comments being posted in the chatty because they potentially let me see interesting discussion that I would have otherwise missed. This big silly subthread wouldn't have happened if you hadn't drawn attention to it, and as everybody gets used to the system I just don't think it'll be an issue.

                  As has been pointed out, the organization is the same, the only difference is the presentation. Perhaps - if it wouldn't be too much work to get right - the solution would be to keep the one-thread-many-replies display when it's part of the chatty, but treat each reply as a separate thread when in story views.

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                    February 25, 2011 3:19 PM

                    (And FWIW, I do think you have a valid point, I just disagree that it's ultimately worse this way)

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        February 25, 2011 2:20 PM

        Can we keep it like this for a while and see how it does? I like the current unified approach. It brings everyone together.

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          February 25, 2011 2:23 PM

          But currently in a gay, abused pitbull sort of way.

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          February 25, 2011 4:05 PM

          I serve at the leisure of the mods in here.

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            February 25, 2011 6:21 PM

            Haha, it's totally up to you folks of course. I've just been really pleased with the results of unifying the comments and I'm interested to see how it goes over the next few weeks.

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          February 25, 2011 7:20 PM

          Agreed! It's nice in a way.

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        February 25, 2011 2:21 PM

        Probably a good idea. It might be easier to pick out comments. Those are my 2 cents.

      • Zek
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        February 25, 2011 4:32 PM

        Nobody in the chatty wants to go post in a different page, that was the whole point of the redesign. Just leave it as it is, people will get used to using subthreads.

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        February 25, 2011 6:28 PM

        Garnett, it is probably best if when you go to the weekend confirmed page (or any story page really) each person can make new threads in there, but on the chatty they just show up as replies to the OP.

        I.e. on the front page stories, the OP should be removed, and "new threads" should really just be replies, however they will show up as "new threads" on the story pages.

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      February 25, 2011 2:05 PM

      I am so tired of remixes that I am negotianting not listend to WC anymore, I have been there since the 1up days too. Help is there any hope?

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        February 25, 2011 2:28 PM

        Are you talking about the little Super Mega Worm thing and those songs they do during the breaks?

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          February 25, 2011 2:47 PM

          yeah, the first few were funny because it was unexpected, but I feel as though now it is every week showcase. I might be the only one but I am growing fatigued of the weekly remix

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            February 25, 2011 3:12 PM

            No, I agree with you.

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            February 25, 2011 5:25 PM

            It's one thing to not like them... to stop listening because of that? Would be pretty weak.

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              February 25, 2011 6:19 PM

              yeah I know, I really enjoy the show. For sure, the show is great, I am just going to start fast fowarding I guess which is to bad because at I used to really look forward to kickin back and crakin some WC

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      February 25, 2011 3:16 PM

      Blah, I can't comment on the show until we can make new threads.

      I will say though, that the discussion about Westwood's Blade Runner brought a tear to my eye. I ADORE that game and I thought everybody but me had forgotten it.

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        February 25, 2011 4:05 PM

        No way! That game was so awesome. I've longed to play it again many times since then.

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          February 27, 2011 5:00 PM

          I felt at the time that this was probably one of the more evolved form of a point and click adventure. It was just such a wonderful feeling being able to play the game multiple times with different things happening. Plus they did such a great job in conveying the feeling, mood, and settings of the movie and book.

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          February 27, 2011 5:50 PM

          It drives me nuts that I am not good enough with my computer to get that game to work. I'd love to play it again.

          This mention was my favorite thing about this episode.

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      February 25, 2011 4:02 PM

      Hey Garnett, don't worry about your PSP games. Patapon for $20. Other than SquareEnix overpricing their games, most games do come out at a value.

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      February 25, 2011 4:42 PM

      I wish Medal of Honor would look at some of the movies being made about the current generation of war. Not just Hurt Locker, but stuff like Black Hawk Down and Body of Lies.

      War as Call of Duty presents it feels a lot like WW2 war movies. Easily distinguishable lines of battle, easily identifiable good guys and bad guys.

      War of today is about not knowing who or where your enemy is.

      Give us one location, a city. Give us one objective, to take out a warlord or something. Now give us a piece of intel to work with. A contact that may know somebody who knows somebody, but he wants his family taken to safety first. Move up the ladder until you close in on the target(s), generals or dissidents.

      Make it hard to pick out enemies among innocents, and make it possible to kill innocents accidentally. Don't make it a game over screen, make us deal with the fact that we just killed an innocent man, because we thought he was reaching for an RPG when he was really just reaching for his small child.

      Switch up the balls-out shooting a la COD, with Half-Life 2 style interaction, talking to members of the community. Interrogating enemies, talking with members of the town that are peaceful, maybe talking to members of a resistance.

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        February 25, 2011 6:30 PM

        While that sounds great, I don't think many people would like being reprimanded for shooting civilians. Unless it was possible to absolve yourself by driving your Humvee into a Pay 'n Spray.

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          February 25, 2011 8:48 PM

          I dont think the game should reprimand you. I just think you should have to stand there and watch as the crying child runs over and grabs onto the dead body of the father you just accidentally killed.

          Think about Hurt Locker though. A cell phone. A video camera. A car. These mundane objects become weapons, people in the area are all suspects and potential hostiles. You're chronically in danger, yet unable to determine where from, and lashing out at first instinct could result in innocent life lost.

          This is a war where the enemy uses civilians as camoflage and cover. I want to experience that omnipresent anxiety and suspense.

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        February 26, 2011 5:16 PM

        I think the big probleme with war shooters right now is that they're mostly modeled after the first two Call of Duty games. Those mainly focused on conventional warfare between the big, uniformed powers of WWII. That kind of gameplay is less compatible with today's wars.

        We haven't really figured out how to fully convey unconventional warfare and counterinsurgency in video games yet. That's probably part of why the Modern Warfare games had to make up war scenarios in order to create a modern conventional war.

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      February 25, 2011 5:46 PM

      Interestingly, Red Dawn has become the "Citizen Kane" to white supremacist groups and other such garbage.

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        February 25, 2011 6:27 PM

        This mirrors a concern I had while listening to the description of Homefront.

        My fear is that by relying on such intense imagery while painting such a one-sided picture of the opposing forces as near universally evil, this game could end up stirring people feelings, and then not having a whole lot to say after the fact.

        If the fictional Korean army weren't depicted as genocidal baby eaters, it might have given the developers a chance to make an actual statement. By depicting the collateral damages of war, as they would look in your own backyard, we have a chance to look in the mirror and maybe contemplate the consequences that we ourselves could be inflicting upon other countries, even when we have the best intentions in mind.

        By playing the atrocity card, this whole message is effectively rendered moot, and the whole thing comes off as somewhere between nationalist propaganda and Micheal Bay.

        Granted, I'm really only going on what I've heard, so maybe the game will tackle these issues a little more sensitively than I'm imagining.

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          February 25, 2011 6:31 PM

          I feel like these themes only carry weight with American audiences when Americans are on the receiving end military oppression, the last 10 years campaigns overseas notwithstanding.

          After you finish off the fang-toothed Koreans in the campaign, get ready for the generic arabs with snakes for hair in the dlc.

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            February 25, 2011 7:00 PM

            You're probably right about that.

            I do feel that it's possible to depict America as being on the receiving end of an attack in such a way that it does carry weight without having to make the enemies outright evil. It just feels manipulative.

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          February 27, 2011 4:56 PM

          I think that the only reason why these fears are so intense is that the "victim" is the US, which many on this board/site have groundings in, and the enemy, who is still pretty secretive, and we only know of what the media either portrays or directly show us to interpret ourselves. The combination of both aspects makes this a very intense experience: Attachment + The worst case scenario for the unknown (that has potential to be a reality).

          However, put it this way. would one felt the same way if the "victim" was instead the UK, or Australia? To Americans, the impact would definitely not make as big of an impact, but it would for the respective countries that are involved. The opening for MW2 for example. While people felt that airport scene was effective in establishing the tone, to me it was understandable why the Russians were "not amused". Again if we substituted the settings of the scene, to the US. I think we'll see a huge outrage as it would hit too close to home for many. Thinking about it, that scene does come off as a bit of a cheapshot in the manner of conveying the intensity; in the way where IW knew the uproar this could have if set in the US, and so they picked another country that people have heard of, but wouldn't impact the US market as much. Just a spur of the moment "theory" ;o)

          The other thing that could put this into perspective is the substitution of the Koreans with an Alien force. This again would not have the same impact since many regard Aliens as something completely fictional, thus even if one shows aliens doing torture to the Americans, it would still seem really fictional.

          So ultimately I don't think its the physical act of the atrocities that is making it uncomfortable, but the setting itself and the "worst case scenario" from a real and unknown enemy.

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            March 3, 2011 4:34 PM

            This is the root of the problem - there's nothing "real" about the enemy here whatsoever, but it creates hatred and mistrust completely out of whole cloth.

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      February 25, 2011 6:29 PM

      Weekend Shacknews Bookmark Removal Confirmed. I can't stand this layout. Urghgh

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      February 25, 2011 6:43 PM

      So a Kinect SDK for PC? Interesting, I wonder if that means you need to be 8 feet away from your PC monitor? That would be ridiculous. Hopefully they can make Kinect useful at a reasonable distance; like you would for a webcam. But if they can do that, then maybe that means they could do the same for 360. I'm interested in some of the applications for Kinect, but I simply don't have enough room to use it.

      Also, I told you guys that you needed to rename Jeff Mattas. Two Jeff's is too confusing....I suggested Ivan before. ;p

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      February 25, 2011 7:15 PM

      BTW, you who are having trouble with this new format, I have a link for you: http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=25360470#itemanchor_25360470

      Have some free stuff! (Shack does this every Friday in the MAIN CHATTY. Come join us!)

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      February 25, 2011 7:16 PM

      On the topic of games that could use kinect in conjuction with a gamepad (or in this case, wheel too?) -

      Forza 4 was recently mentioned as having a form of head tracking by leaning to adjust the camera / perspective: http://www.shacknews.com/article/67578/details-emerge-on-forza-4s

      That's the best example I've seen so far, also something I remember mentioning as a use for kinect a while ago. I wish search was working!

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        February 25, 2011 7:20 PM

        Ah, here it is. http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=24850307

        I forgot about the bit about leaning forward to get a better view of the upcoming road, would be sweet if they go that far but even leaning left / right a bit to look around will be awesome, and you'll be able to keep your eyes on the screen more than you would by actually looking left / right like traditional head tracking.

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        February 25, 2011 7:20 PM

        That does sound cool.

        It, for some reason, reminds me of when Sony showed off a feature for GT5. You could use your PSP as a rear-view mirror for the game. I don't think the feature is in the game, but it was a really cool concept.

        I think that those types of concepts for Kinect are really interesting and exciting.

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      February 25, 2011 7:20 PM

      I will say this:

      If you don't game, and truly don't know the first thing about gaming, then from the outside looking in, it probably appears as though the the primary challenge of games is learning how to push the buttons on the controller faster and more effectively.

      Think about how many times non-gamers have brought up "hand-eye coordination" as the primary benefit of gaming, as if no other mental workout were going on.

      It's only natural, in a way, that the controller will get scapegoated.

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        February 26, 2011 9:58 AM

        I have seen so many people who are not gamers try and play games, and really the biggest barrier does seem to be them trying to "work" the controller. It seems like so many of them will pick up the controller, look at it all over, and get confused and are ready to give up right away.

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      February 25, 2011 7:59 PM

      Wow, Garnett's not kidding about Home Shopping http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpnK4zohVpY

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      February 25, 2011 9:40 PM

      So annoyed, iTunes isn't letting me download the latest episode.

      Oh and the new comment system sucks..

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        February 25, 2011 10:30 PM

        iTunes just gave it the wrong date. It's listed as 1/18. but that's the correct one.

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      February 26, 2011 4:44 AM

      What a mess! If this board stays this way it will be ruined! Who actually thought this was a good idea?

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        February 26, 2011 5:34 AM

        What problems are you seeing?

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          February 26, 2011 5:36 AM

          all of the regulars

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          February 26, 2011 6:37 AM

          It is just too hard to follow. Threads might have fallen to the wayside before, but at least it was easy to read the ones that were getting replies. Now, it is all one big clump of random comments and the replies are getting too spread apart. I think the best option would have been to take the old method, but start adding new threads people start on already existing topics to earlier threads. Tell people that you are enforcing a strict one thread per topic policy.

          I will stay around no matter what, and I am a fan of sites growing, but this change seems to throw out both what did and did not work.

          Thanks!

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            February 26, 2011 6:38 AM

            PS- Adding an edit comment function would have been a more welcome change.

            Thanks!

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              March 1, 2011 9:14 PM

              Adding an edit button would be one of the worst possible changes for the shack.

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            February 26, 2011 6:40 AM

            Garnett has suggested making it a "feature" rather than a story post, which would allow for multiple root comments. I really love how it appears in the unified chat page, but I went and looked at it via the front page and I can see what you mean. It's really dense text.

            Still, I'd love to leave it this way for a couple of weeks and see how it pans out. I think we get a bigger variety of input because the discussion is more visible, and it is easier to moderate. Why don't we circle back after a couple of these and see what we think?

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              February 26, 2011 6:42 AM

              We're really going for a quick discussion approach here as well, as opposed to a traditional message board. If you're used to the other way, it can be quite jarring. Try it for a while and see if you like it.

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                February 26, 2011 11:23 AM

                I can see the potential in this style, but I would still at least make separate threads. One for each of the main issues talked about in the Warning, one for the whole show, and one for potential Warning ideas seems like a good idea to me. That way you can easily get to the section you want, and the sections will be less cluttered than this one page of massive text is.

                I do appreciate trying to keep moving things forward, however, and if you want to try it like this for a week or two I am game.

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                  February 26, 2011 1:18 PM

                  I think the plan is to make it a feature next week, which will allow for multiple comments. WEEKEND COMMENTED!

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                    February 26, 2011 2:36 PM

                    Cool! I know you mods are having to deal with a lot this week. I appreciate you all for keeping up with the community!

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                    February 26, 2011 2:52 PM

                    Thank goodness.

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                  February 26, 2011 5:12 PM

                  I agree with you. Super Mega Thread is just like trying to read a novel with no paragraph breaks.

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                    February 26, 2011 8:20 PM

                    Yeah, I can't stand it either.

                    As someone who spends most of his time lurking, imo the comments on the weekend confirmed articles were the most well thought out on the entire site. I think the nature of the show is conducive to longer posts. This chatty system...isn't.



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                    February 27, 2011 9:26 AM

                    Agreed. This is a really disorganized way to discuss multiple topics with any sort of depth.

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                      February 28, 2011 5:17 PM

                      I will agree with the voices calling for a return to the old style, the run-on formatting of the comments as they are now just looks low-rent and rushed. The previous method showed at least a hit of style behind the formatting and also made it much easier on the eyes. I'm all for accepting changes and rolling with it for a while to see what sticks, but this is busted and less efficient compared to the previous styling.

                      Also, a request I've been needing since I first followed Garnett here from 1up is a simple option to change the background from black to white. All sites that I frequent offer the option and I unfortunately find it to be a necessary one, as viewing white text on a black background burns out my eyes after only a few moments. I want to keep up with these threads at work (or home, but, you know, mostly at work) and black on white just doesn't make that possible. Hope there are others in the same camp as me so we can get this easy fix!

                      Hope to see a happy medium between the two styles of comment threads and an addition of the tone option! Keep confirming weekends and I'll stick around as long as my bloodshot eyeballs will let me!

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      February 26, 2011 5:04 AM

      jesus h there are more tears in this weekend confirmed thread than in the chatty

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      February 26, 2011 10:22 AM

      Direct Download link works on my PC, but not on my phone (like it used to).

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      February 26, 2011 10:34 AM

      Just wanted to mention, that's another full episode without a single mention of Cave Story.

      Your cards are to be handed in by Tuesday at the latest!

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        February 27, 2011 1:36 AM

        No mention of a game on a Nintendo platform? Sounds par the course for the WC crew.

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          February 27, 2011 7:45 AM

          Technically speaking, the original is a PC game.

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      February 26, 2011 2:01 PM

      Considering how much Garnett is liking The Witcher's "grey" morality and genuinely difficult decisions, I CANNOT WAIT until he gets to the end and gets to talk about that on the show.

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      February 26, 2011 2:40 PM

      I have been both dreading and hugely anticipating Homefront. I think Operation Flashpoint had a huge amount of potential that got hurt by bad multiplayer bugs in the first few weeks, weak AI in the single player, and shooting mechanics that didn't feel AAA.

      Can anyone assure me Homefront won't be the same mix of awesome and awful?

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        February 26, 2011 2:42 PM

        I meant Frontlines: Fuel of War... But I do put it in the same boat as Frontlines. Operation Flashpoint had different issues, but similar results. Brilliance mixed with a lack of polish and finess.

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          February 28, 2011 1:27 PM

          I really think Operation Flashpoint is the beginning of what the guys talked about when they wished for people to stop chasing the CoD model of shooters. It is far from a perfect mix, and needed more QA and an actual effective story, but nothing beats the immersion of walking around so much territory wondering when the next soldier you will fight will be. To me, the larger scope of Operation Flashpoint's battlefields added a ton of tension to the battles. Sadly, A.I. issues and some unpolished mechanics kept it from getting the following I think it could have had if it hit all the notes right.

          I think the big advances in FPSs will come from B level titles like this, but they will mostly remain as sidenotes if the teams making titles like Homefront and Operation Flashpoint can't get the quality up. Being B level is fine, but I think you can be a B level title and become AAA by taking the time to make sure your title is as polished as it possibly can be.

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          March 1, 2011 3:29 AM

          Frontlines single player was so artificial to me... since the entire thing was built on the "multiplayer" mechanics, I really didn't have much fun going through campaign. And to be honest, it was not as chaotic as I wanted it to be... since most of the time, all you had to deal with was 7-8 soldiers/tanks at time...

          OP Flashpoint is much better in regards to mechanics and how it approaches game design.

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      February 26, 2011 9:18 PM

      Anyone know the name of the song at the end?

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      February 27, 2011 12:38 PM

      I haven't played any of the Deus Ex games, so the new one isn't really on my radar. It does sound really cool though, so I might give it a shot when it comes out. I might even try some of the older games since everyone seemed to be really high on them. I love games that give you the option of using stealth, so that's a big plus.

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        February 27, 2011 4:28 PM

        I have only played the first one, and I have to say that I have fond memories about it. However the trouble with revisiting games like this is that we have become so used to what the current standard of FPS games, that the first barrier of entry will be getting over the (now) antiquated nature of it; graphics and mechanics-wise. Once that barrier had been broken, I think you will fully appreciate how much the game set a standard in storytelling and a uniquely linear pathway. What I mean by the latter is that even though there are multiple ways of going about a certain objective, the core of it is a linear path, though the genius is that it doesn't feel that way when you are doing it.

        Oh and big tip when you do play: don't invest in swimming!

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          February 28, 2011 6:02 PM

          Great, thanks for the tips! I'll be sure not to invest in swimming. ;p

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        February 28, 2011 4:33 AM

        my radar is trimmed in Deus Ex posters and on a backdrop of awesome

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      February 28, 2011 2:40 AM

      Finally, the one thing that's making Weekend Confirmed contain the same enjoyment as 1UP Yours...alcohol.

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      February 28, 2011 4:32 AM

      I really hope this isnt another angry birds/farmville discussion podcast... almost as tedious as the games themselves!!

      Tell me more about how your finding the Witcher Garnett?? Thats a real game!!

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      February 28, 2011 7:51 AM

      MATCHMAKING.... I would love a unified matchmaking system that's puts me into games with people of equal skill. I don't think it needs to be a ranking system though. That should be separate. Couldn't the game evaluate your past performance like Jeff mentioned re: MW, MW2 and WAW?

      There's nothing worse that getting into a game of CODBLOPS only to be completely owned by one or two guys in the match who end up with a score of 38-4. The best games of domination that I play are the ones where the final score is 200-196 and that a win or a loss is never certain. I just want to play against people that are as good (or bad as the case may be) as I am. I close loss is way more fun that a crushing win.

      PS I tried to use the capitals at the beginning to make it so people could actually pickout my post and notice it was there. Not a fan of the new comment format, willing to give it a try but initial impression is really terrible.

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      February 28, 2011 1:10 PM

      I don't know if it's me, but KZ3 public games have been awful.

      Garrnet says he's had a delightful experience, but I couldn't disagree more. In the four times I've gone into the wild I've either been spawn-camped relentlessly or serenaded by 11-year-olds, and on one occasion spawn-camped by singing 11-year-olds. It was like getting my ears were getting gangbanged by Justin Bieber.

      Maybe it's me, but I'll take your average XBL players uncanny ability to discern my sexuality though my Oddball skillz over playing babysitter to 23 4th graders on the PS3.

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        February 28, 2011 1:12 PM

        Fixed.

        I don't know if it's me, but KZ3 public games have been awful.

        Garrnet says he's had a delightful experience, but I couldn't disagree more. In the four times I've gone into the wild I've either been spawn-camped relentlessly or serenaded by 11-year-olds, and on one occasion spawn-camped by singing 11-year-olds. It was like my ears were gangbanged by Justin Bieber.

        I'll take your average XBL players uncanny ability to discern my sexuality though my Oddball skillz over playing babysitter to 23 4th graders on the PS3.

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      February 28, 2011 1:28 PM

      MEDALOFHONOR... why not make each single player level a recreation of a scenario where an actual soldier won an actual medal of honor? You'd get points for adherence to what actually happened. Similar to the Michael Jordan challenges in NBA2K11.

      A cohesive story wouldn't matter. You could skip around to different wars, different branches of the military, different types of soldiers etc. I think it would be freaking awesome.

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      February 28, 2011 4:14 PM

      hey guys... I have been an avid listener for a long long time... and I usually don't comment
      I know this might be completely irrelevent.. but there was a talk of Deus Ex and how excited you guys got...(regarding the story)

      I made a 3 minute short film recently that you might get a kick out of... Check it out and let me know what you think (actually the tech-room was a lot inspired by the concepts of Deus Ex)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGMTQhuideY

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      February 28, 2011 10:23 PM

      On the 3DS game pricing: I agree that $40-$50 is a bit much for portable games, but I guess I'm confused as to Garnett's objection to it, especially considering he just spent the previous episode (or the one before?) defending the frankly insane cost of the NGP.

      And as far as that debate goes, I don't think it's really a fair comparison to make between laptops and their pricing vs desktops, and handhelds and their price vs home systems. Laptops are, at least, still functional and easily usable for pretty much any computer task. Much as I appreciate the versatility of a handheld system with a web browser, I'm not in a hurry to use it too much for that. Considering average screen size and versatility, I really don't think you can justify the same kind of price jump for making the tech smaller with gaming handhelds that you can with a full size laptop.

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        February 28, 2011 11:21 PM

        For the games, without having experienced the games, it seems expensive on face value. However until one experiences it, it's a tough call as to whether its worth it or not.

        As for comparing laptops and desktops, it really depends on your particular usage. For me, as much as I would love to have a desktop, a laptop makes more sense in my case since I've been migrating from place to place for the last 5 years for work and study, thus a laptop has more value to me than someone who really just takes it outdoors to browse for a bit. The only downside is the inability to modify the hardware as easily.

        In the case of comparing high priced handhelds, to me it comes down to how you intend to use it. Personally, for high def graphics as advertised on NGP, I feel it'll be wasted on having it on a small screen. I would rather play on a larger screen. I normally treat handhelds as something that'll pass the time while I'm on an extended wait, such as commuting or waiting for some appointment. Phone games I see for something that needs an even shorter amount of time (to waste).

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      March 1, 2011 3:25 AM

      Regarding all the hate on the most recent Medal of Honor, as much as it was derivative (in mechanics specially) I really think it had the most single memorable moment in games in the past year - "bruises and injuries would heal over time" sequence on the ledge of the mountain and jumping to utter uncertainty. (Even better than the way they handled each one of the noble six in Halo Reach - which is kind of similar in theme)

      And I still loved the moments in the game that each guy followed right after the other guy continuing the story in the same timeline and showing how diverse group of skills come together in a war.. and I also really appreciated the whole game was set in real places with real cultures and still was respectful to Afghan people to a certain degree... (it wasn't just blockbuster dumb shit)

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      March 1, 2011 6:03 AM

      With regard to the skill ranking discussion: Live already has one, along with a lot of other features. Trueskill ranking is what it's called.

      A little history regarding Live.
      Initially it was supposed to be a closed/semi-closed service, which, to an extent it still is. Remember that MS was supposed to host all servers related to games running on Live so that lag wouldn't be an issue. That changed when EA refused to put games using the service on Live, MS made an exemption to get EA games onto the console, which is why all EA games make an external connection to the EA servers. EA wants to collect their own usage data and not use MS's data. Once that exemption happened, others like Ubi for instance, also got the same concession. This also opened the door for the peer to peer model vs hosted servers.

      Additionally, Trueskill, matchmaking, the friends list (and other Live features) is all left to the developer/publisher to implement as they see fit. The only dev to have really plumbed the depths of the available hooks has been Bungie and the Halo series. Think of how Halo 3 and Reach multiplayer stats and info are displayed on the friends pages and you'll get the briefest glimpse into how the Live hooks can be implemented. Of course Bungie at the time was a MS studio so it makes sense that the flagship dev making the console's flagship app would use everything available to them as an example of how the service could be utilized.

      Like most things though it comes down to time and cost to the dev: and since the bottom line is more important to publishers we get weak and bare minimum implementations.

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      March 1, 2011 9:41 AM

      Konata afford? am I just missing it, I feel like I have missed it for a few episodes, am I wrong? If not I suggest Dark Cloud (no Brainer)

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        March 1, 2011 10:18 AM

        Cannataford? You're not the only one that's missed it. They've seemed to have shortened it to just one small game per episode.

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          March 1, 2011 3:04 PM

          I should think it'll pick back up again since there had been quite a few things happening in the last few weeks, either DICE or hardware reveals and such.

          I hope so anyway...

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      March 1, 2011 9:11 PM

      Was it just me or did Garnett seem like he was trying to go out of his way to hate on Bulletstorm? Like he was extremely incredulous that anyone could find it fun even after Jeff and Billy were gushing about it.

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        March 1, 2011 9:44 PM

        Garnett often likes to take the opposite side of an argument/opinion to generate better discussion. It's one of the things that, I think, make him one of the best podcast hosts around.

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          March 1, 2011 10:02 PM

          Really? Because I've been tired of that shtick ever since the crouching discussion. There's playing devil's advocate to further interesting discussion, and then there's being contrarian to virtually every viewpoint expressed on the show regardless if the topic merits further discussion or not.

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            March 1, 2011 10:21 PM

            I don't think that he's a contrarian to every viewpoint on the show. I didn't think that he was overly negative on Bulletstorm either. I think playing devil's advocate is a good thing on a podcast and that is something that Garnett has always done. He usually does a good job of furthering interesting discussion and I'm not sure why you think he has gotten worse, in that respect.

            I actually find it refreshing and I wish that he would have taken a more contrarian stance on Red Dead Redemption. No negative views were expressed at all with that game.

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            March 2, 2011 12:01 AM

            I believe Garnett was pondering about the need for games to use certain functions like crouching in every game because "it's there". I felt that there was a misunderstanding with what Garnett was trying to express.

            For instance the comparison of Unreal Tournament and COD:BLOPS. I don't remember UT having a crouch function (though for the sake of this argument, just run with it), but COD:BLOPS has both crouch and prone. For COD:BLOPS, it uses them for intended strategic purposes, but for a fast-paced shooter like UT or even Bulletstorm, do those extra actions serve to add to the game, or are they there just because they're there? Personally I think it depends on the game style you're going for. Brian pointing out the L4D and Halo example shows that the crouch functions had it designed with a strategy element in mind. But for Bulletstorm, especially going through Echo where you're trying to do speed runs, crouching is next to useless (especially when you can slide).

            As for the Bulletstorm thing, I don't think he was negative at all, though was just surprised with Billy's flip flopping of Killzone 3 and Bulletstorm. Also if I remember back to the second part of the E3 review, he pointed out that the game quality left a better impression to him than the demo experience since he had an over enthusiastic staff member cheering him on as he was playing it at E3.

            Plus there were a few instances where everone was in agreement, and thus ending the topic rather abruptly. Like the episode with just Garnett and Jeff discussing about Valve wanting some control for a potential Half-Life movie.

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              March 2, 2011 9:19 AM

              Garnett answered one of you questions in our "Question of the Week" spotlight. You can find it here http://www.youtube.com/weekendconfirmed Hopefully we can get them all ported up on here soon. Del

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                March 2, 2011 2:20 PM

                Just checked it out. Thanks! I understand that you guys are just getting into the rhythm of it. I'm really liking this idea you guys came up with. Like little teasers to the next episode :0D

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                  March 2, 2011 6:41 PM

                  Like teasers for the next episode? Hmm....I might not watch it then. Does it have any spoilers for the next episode? jk ;p I like these little videos, too.

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                    March 2, 2011 7:26 PM

                    Well... more like a snack treat on the way towards the main meal :oP

                    Assuming of course that I was extremely hungry to begin with :-D

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                      March 2, 2011 8:03 PM

                      Ah, so they're more like hours de vours? That sounds delicious. ;p

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      March 2, 2011 9:23 AM

      Some of you have asked me to share that we have a Weekend Confirmed Youtube channel here in the chatty thread. So here is our page http://www.youtube.com/weekendconfirmed We have "Behind-the-Scenes" footage from Episode 34 until now and we've started doing a "Question of the Week" where each person on the show that week answers a question from the audience. If you have a question you'd like the crew to answer you can leave it on here or on http://www.facebook.com/weekendconfirmed.

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      March 2, 2011 11:02 AM

      Nintendo really had the audacity to do press announcements during GDC. Do they have no integrity? Can't they rent out their own space and make their own press conference? GDC is for developers to talk about game development, not to have game announcements.

      To me, this speaks a lot about Nintendo. Iwata's keynote was suppose to talk about the future of video games, yet their vision for the future of games is a "Future of Nintendo". Why not speak from a neutral stance and just talk about 3D technology or the push for handhelds? That would be more helpful to developers rather than being a competitor.

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        March 2, 2011 3:40 PM

        To be honest, the past GDC's have also had press announcements of sorts as well as some marketing stuff. Its just the nature of any conferences out there where there will be some booths or announcements about new stuff. I feel it has gotten better as there were times in the past where it was worse.

        Otherwise for everything else the majority are talks that emphasizes developer input/work/philosophy.

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        March 2, 2011 5:49 PM

        Where have you been? Developers have been announcing games and things at GDC for the last several years. Ratchet and Clank Future Tools of Destruction and Zelda Spirit Tracks are just two games that have been announced previously. Wasn't God of War 2 also announced there as well?

        I find it strange that anyone could be offended by this sort of thing, in 2011.

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          March 2, 2011 7:25 PM

          Agreed. I think it only becomes a worry when the ratio of developer talk and promotional talk gets completely out of whack.

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      March 3, 2011 7:14 AM

      I wonder what Larry thinks of the new Doublefine announcement about Trenches after his comments about getting developers to make something different, and Tim Schafer doing a shooter.

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        March 3, 2011 10:31 AM

        I would like to know as well. From the looks of the trailer, it really seems like Tim and Double Fine (I don't think we know if Tim is directing this one, do we?) are really putting their unique spin on the shooter/tower defense genre. Definitely hyped for Trenched.

        I wish more developers would go out of their comfort zones like this.

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      March 3, 2011 7:18 AM

      I really thought Garnett's idea of a shooter from a medic's perspective to be really interesting, mainly because it's the role I tend to gravitate to in class-based shooters. I also, the Trauma Center comments got me thinking that a game like this would be an ideal candidate for a motion control/controller crossover game. You could have the FPS gameplay take place on the controller, but when it became time to operate or do medic-type stuff you had to move your hands. I wonder if we'll ever see a game like that.

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        March 3, 2011 10:14 AM

        I also lean towards playing as a medic, and I really like your idea. A motion controlled FPS/Trauma Center hybrid would be amazing!

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          March 3, 2011 6:12 PM

          I think something like an engineer class could be interesting too, or some bomb disposal unit or something. Basically other classes that do a lot more than "shoot to kill" could be of interest. Basically it would emphasize more stealth and more puzzle aspect when doing the set task.

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            March 4, 2011 9:24 AM

            That's another great idea. I think we need to start a studio and start shopping this around to publishers. How does "Games Confimed" sound as a name?

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      March 3, 2011 7:57 PM

      After seeing some tweetpics from GDC, I'm looking forward to the upcoming guests on the show. If I'm not mistaken, I think John Davison and Mark Macdonald will be on.

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      March 3, 2011 9:52 PM

      Ugh, I hate this new comments system. Hopefully it goes back to the old way soon.

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