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Video games from all the platforms are the center of attention for hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata. Each Friday on their audio podcast they cover the best of what they've played, top news stories, comments from the Shacknews community, opinion, and welcome industry guests. A total of 202 episodes were recorded.



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The dust has settled on E3 2011 and we sweep up with a full slate of games we saw on this week's show. But before getting to that, Xav, Jeff, Garnett, and our good friend Andrea Rene of Clevver TV tackle Duke Nukem Forever. From there it's on to Forza 4, F1, Hitman, Torchlight 2, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Ace Combat, and many more. Duke resurfaces in the news when the group discusses the fervor over the reviews and pr responses. There's the rest of the videogame news as well and we wrap it...
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Though they're missing PAX East, the Weekend Confirmed crew can't complain about the amazing socal weather, and Shacknews's Xav de Matos is up in Boston to cover the show. EGM's Sterling McGarvey joins Jeff and Garnett in the studio for this week's show. There's still plenty of leftovers from last week's GDC along with new releases to fill Whatcha Been Playin? The highlights include Fight Night Champions, Dragon Age 2, Lord of the Rings: War in the North, and Alice: Madness Returns. GDC panels...
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It's an emotionally charged edition of Weekend Confirmed as the crew remembers Giant Bombs' Ryan Davis. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata are joined by Annoyed Gamers' Marcus Beer and start off the podcast with a mini-tribute/remembrance of Ryan Davis. They come back to talk the future of gaming, GTA V, Nier, Rogue Legacy, Finishing Moves and some final last words on Ryan.
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Host Garnett Lee has returned from his vacation to a world gone mad! Co-host Jeff Cannata, Shacknews' Andrew Yoon, and Christian Spicer help bring him back to reality by discussing the upcoming Xbox reveal on May 21 and looking back at the previous generation of games. Christian shares some grievances he has with Bioshock Infinite, Andrew talks about going hands-on with The Legend of Zelda's upcoming Link to the Past sequel, Garnett sets his phasers to "stunned" over how bad Star Trek...
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Borderlands 2, Torchlight 2, and FIFA 13 are just a couple of the games discusses in episode 132 of Weekend Confirmed. Jeff Cannata returns to join Garnett Lee, Jeff Mattas, and regular guest Christian Spicer.
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While Garnett is away in Seattle on business, the two Jeffs (Cannata and Mattas) are joined by Insomniac's James Stevenson and Shacknews Daily contributor and video guru Ryan Calavano to talk about this week's gaming news, as well as some stuff they've been playing during the summer wait for maninstream releases. Insomniac's recently-launched Facebook game Outernauts gets some love, as well as some new Ratchet and Clank hype for the HD collection and new downloadable installment, Full Frontal...
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This week, it's a Very Special Weekend Confirmed Reunion! The show reunites hosts, past and present, as Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in Joystiq's Xav de Matos and former co-host Brian Leahy. They kick off the show with some talk about Dota 2, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, and the professional gaming circuit. That's followed with a long talk about BioShock Infinite, covering everything without spoiling a thing. The show wraps up with some more speculation regarding the next...
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This week's Weeeknd Confirmed opens with host Garnett Lee welcoming in "Indie" Jeff Mattas and Nikole Zivalich to briefly discuss Nintendo's recent financials and where the company goes from here. Discussion turns to Shadowrun Returns and Bioshock Infinite's newly-announced DLC offerings. And in the second hour, it's the return of the king. The newly-engaged Jeff Cannata returns from the land of kangaroos and wallabies to tell tales of his time in Australia and go right back to loving...
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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.
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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...
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Battlefield 3 blew up across the video game world this week and its shockwaves carried right over to Weekend Confirmed. But believe it or not, BlizzCon momentarily upstages the modern warfare, as Xav, Jeff, Andrea, and Garnett get distracted by pandas in WoW and the latest title to board the DOTA train. This special episode was recorded in the evening and the crew celebrated with beers and bourbon. So buckle up, it gets bumpy from the start. Along the rest of the way there's talk of Uncharted 3...
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Indiecade took place here in LA last weekend and our own Jeff Mattas who covered it on Shacknews and the Indie Games Channel joins us to talk about some of the games and topics from the festival. We also continue the massive fall hits lineup in Whatcha' Been Playin? with NBA 2K11, Kirby's Epic Yarn, and some upcoming PSN titles including Pixel Junk Shooter 2! The Warning begins with your responses to morality choices in games and the potential for a new round of hardware before we turn to the...
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The 190th episode of Weekend Confirmed comes to you in full 1080p! With co-host Jeff Cannata away for the week, host Garnett Lee invites the Shacknews tandem of Andrew Yoon and Ozzie Mejia, along with Christian Spicer, to discuss the imminent arrival of Xbox One. But first, discussion turns to Call of Duty: Ghosts, talking about the series' growing sense of stagnation and whether it's necessarily a problem that can be solved or even one worth solving at all. After that, Andrew catches up on all...
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Garnett, Brian, and Jeff hit the second Weekend Confirmed in full stride. Good thing, too, because it's a full one. Two packed segments of Whatcha Been Playin? include Super Street Fighter 4, Just Cause 2, Metro 2033, Alan Wake, and more. iPad arrives this week and it takes top spot in the Four Minute Warning queue. The Front Page with the rebirth of EGM, seemingly imminent announcement of Gears of War 3, and a PlayStation 3 update that removes Linux support in the news keeps the show rocking...
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The Nintendo 3DS arrives in Europe and North America over the weekend but Jeff and Garnett have already been playing with the new handheld for a week. Their impressions of the hardware and some of the launch games fill most of the opening Whatcha Been Playin? section but there's much more to come includine Crysis 2, Shogun 2, Mortal Kombat, and Patapon 3. Shacknews's own Jeff Mattas and good friend of the show Christian Spicer round out the cast this week and brought their A game for the...
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Game designer David Jaffe and Gametrailers 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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This week's episode of Weekend Confirmed hosted by Garnett Lee features Shacknews' Andrew Yoon and Ryan Calavano chatting with special guest Adam Sessler. Borderlands 2 lead writer Anthony Burch joins us, and we grill him on what Gearbox is doing to make the sequel bigger and better than before. Once Burch leaves the hot seat, the team talks about the surprisingly-good Sleeping Dogs, and reveals how the new "first touch" mechanic in FIFA 13 genuinely changes up the game.
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Halo: Reach beta access arrived just in time for us to get a few first impressions and that's just the beginning of this power-packed show. Alan Wake is also in the house. Starcraft 2 single-player and Super Street Fighter 4 also make their way into Whatcha Been Playin? Successful negotiations bring Billy back to hang with Garnett, Brian, and Jeff and they square off on everything from what happened to good car-combat games to which real-world professions would make good games and more....
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The power trio of Garnett, Brian, and Jeff celebrate the sun finally making its presence known in the SoCal summer with a sizzling show. Whatcha Been Playin kicks it all off with NCAA Football 11, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, DeathSpank, Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, and more. For the budget-conscious this week's Cannata-ford a New Game includes a classic free Half-life mod. In the Warning it's role-playing versus roll playing and concerns over there being too many games; but that's after...
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Weekend Confirmed celebrates our one year anniversary in style with your help, great games, and special guest James Stevenson, senior community manager for Insomniac Games. He joins the two Jeffs and Garnett for a massive show that wastes no time getting started in Whatcha' Been Playin? with games like Dragon Age 2, Homefront, Ghost of Sparta, and Tera to name a few. The Warning this week comes entirely from listener submitted questions and topics and it fuels some spirited discussions. And the...
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Killzone 3 had its first showing and Garnett got to play it along with this week's guest, former 1UP Yours man on the wheels of steel Andrew Pfister from G4TV.com. Brian continues to love Red Dead Redemption while Jeff spent his week with Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands and that's only part of what's in Whatcha' Been Playin? Something new has been added before the Warning in the third segment with audience comments from last week's show. Up this time, response to the discussion of maturity in...
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It's the Weekend Confirmed International Special recorded half in our regular studios and half in Tokyo, site of the 2010 Tokyo Game Show (TGS). David "Del Rio" Mabee joins Brian and Jeff to get the party started with a Halo: Reach edition of Whatcha' Been Playin? Brian leads them into the Front Page afterward, including some interesting kinect games announced at TGS. And then, in the second half of the show, it's the TGS 2010 report and first half of the inaugural 8-4 Play show from...
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E3 2012 is officially in the rear-view mirror, which means it's time for the Weekend Confirmed crew to talk about all types of impressions, news, and more. Garnett is joined by the Jeffs--Cannata and Mattas--and a trio of special guests: David Ellis from 343 Industries, and N'gai Croal and Justin Blankenship from HitDetection. There's far more than can be covered in one show, but the crew still manages to touch on a huge list of titles. Halo 4, Dishonored, SimCity, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,...
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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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With only 12 days left until Christmas, it's time for Weekend Confirmed! Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia and "Indie" Jeff Mattas to take a look back at last Saturday's VGX awards. After briefly looking at the show, in general, the topic turns to the many games that were on display, including Titanfall, No Man's Sky, Quantum Break, and Tales from the Borderlands. With the VGX in the books, it's time to focus on more microtransaction controversy,...
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It's Grand Theft Auto V week at Weekend Confirmed! Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in "Indie" Jeff Mattas and Game Trailers' Marcus Beer to first discuss Diablo 3 and the closure of the auction houses. Then it's a full-length discussion of GTA V, diving into everyone's first impressions of Rockstar's newest opus, the game's similarities to real-world Los Angeles, a breakdown of the game's characters (including the sociopathic Trevor), and the ways in which Rockstar will...
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Weekend Confirmed took the stage in the Unicorn Theater for this special PAX 2011 show. Recorded in front of an awesome crowd, a whole host of distinguished guests joined Xav, Jeff, and Garnett including Andrew Pfister, John Davison, Shane Bettenhausen, Billy Berghammer, Jeff Green, and Luke Smith. They shared their takes on some of the best games around the show, including favorites from the PAX 10 indies, in a custom Whatcha Been Playin, at PAX, and then answered some questions from the...
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Fresh off the reveal of the reveal of the ambitious iOS game Republique which will be the debut title for his newly formed Camoflaj studio, Ryan Payton joins Garnett and the two Jeffs this week. They discuss the mix of stealth, exploration, and some voyeurism going into the design and the aspirations for it in advance of a Kickstarter campaign that begins Monday. With the Mass Effect "Extended Cut" announced the subject of bringing big games to a conclusion also comes up. There are...
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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...
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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...
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After a long week of pre-E3 game demos 1UP Yours alum John Davison, now executive vice-president of content for GamePro, joins Garnett, Brian, and Jeff for a terrific show. It starts of with two segments of Whatcha Been Playin? packed with Red Dead Redemption, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Split / Second, Madden 11, and more. Plus there's four new Cannata-ford a New Game titles as well. The Warning kicks off with a discussion of John's recent "too long and too hard" editorial on videogames...
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Garnett Lee is joined by Andrew Yoon and TRS' Dan Trachtenberg. Jeff Cannata is AWOL, presumably because he's still waiting to join a SimCity server. Dan kicks things off with yet another loving tribute to perennial show-favorite, Dark Souls. Listen as he tries to convince Garnett that From Software's hack 'n slasher is, somehow, just like a racing game. But, Garnett counters with Real Racing 3--a racing game so real, it says so in the title. What does EA's freemium game mean for the future of...
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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...
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With Jeff Cannata absent, host Garnett Lee is left to discuss the beginning of the summer doldrums. He welcomes in "Indie" Jeff Mattas and Nikole Zivalich to discuss any final Xbox One thoughts before shifting to Borderlands 2's Assault on Dragon's Keep DLC and discuss the pros and cons of the Season Pass model. Shacknews' Andrew Yoon joins the show for the latter half to help briefly discuss Company of Heroes 2, before ending the normal part of the show a little early with some...
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GDC looms on the horizon next week but there's no quiet before the storm. Christian Spicer and James Stevenson join Jeff and Garnett for a show stacked with great games. SSX, Binary Domain, and Syndicate co-op lead the pack, and there's still plenty more to talk about with the PlayStation Vita. The conversations also cover some of your games that drive you right to the brink but keep you coming back for more and hoped-for inclusions in the rumored to be announced SimCity 5. And that's just some...
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Tera has been stealing sleep from Jeff, and is trying to lure Garnett into its clutches as well. They discuss the new MMORPG's action combat that arguably favors a controller over keyboard with "Indie" Jeff and Christian. Like the zombies in the game, The Walking Dead comes back for another week, and not to be outdone, there are more zombie good times with Brainsss. The new Assassin's Creed 3 trailer's in-game action left everyone stoked for the prospects of being in the thick of the...
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Jeff Cannata is a man on an island (a Hawaiian one, that is), which leaves host Garnett Lee to captain the S.S. Weekend Confirmed alone. He's joined this week by his hardened crew of "Indie" Jeff Mattas, the Escapist's Andrea Rene, and Double Jump's Christian Spicer. Their destination: The fabled isle of Xbox One. The team discusses Tuesday's reveal event, what we know about the new console, and dive into the pile of unknowns and what-if's. After discussing the hardware, features, and...
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There's no two ways around it, the run to E3 has started. Big news leads off this episode of Weekend Confirmed with Sony announcing a new God of War game in the works for PlayStation 3. One of last year's E3 surprises, Prey 2, also finds its way into the news with word of a delay as rumors swirl around its development. Screen Tear host Carlos Rodela joins the two Jeff's and Garnett as they tackles these stories along with more love for Fez and plenty of enthusiasm for the finger-melting action...
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Scheduling challenges make it a three-chair show this week. On the upside, that means there's plenty of room to spread out for Jeff, Garnett, and this week's guest Andrea Rene, host of Mahalo Video Games Today. They get right in to Whatcha Been Playin? with The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, Ratchet and Clank All 4 One, and more. An unexpected debate on whether survival horror games must be scary spills into the Warning before taking up the question of "narrative dissonance" raised by the...
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We didn’t need the official beginning of fall to know the season had arrived. Games that promise to challenge for Game of the Year honors are hitting over the next several weeks and Weekend Confirmed will be digging into them in earnest. Garnett returns from his expedition to Japan just in time to catch up with the Gears of War 3 discussion to get things started. A nasty bout of the flu knocked Xav out this week but Jeff holds things down with our special guest James Stevenson of Insomniac...
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The next generation of consoles have all arrived and Weekend Confirmed is ready to celebrate with you. Join hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata, as they welcome in Shacknews' Andrew Yoon and "Indie" Jeff Mattas to break down both the PS4 and the Xbox One. The show re-visits some major titles from the PS4 launch, like Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Resogun, and Need For Speed: Rivals. To help move the Xbox One discussion, Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia joins in the final segment to briefly talk...
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While the Jeff is away, Andrew Pfister, Christian Spicer, Xav, and Garnett play, and take a few more swipes at Cougar Town. But this is no wine-sipping sitcom; we crack open a couple beers and dig in to games, like LA Noire, Modern Warfare 3, BioShock Infinite, From Dust, Bastion, and more. In the warning we return with more of our and some of your moments that stand out as game-changers for videogaming. And we bring it all home with this week's news and Finishing Moves.
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Two game design heavyweights lend their voices to the show this week. From Big Huge games where they're just wrapping up Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Weekend Confirmed welcomes legendary designer Ken Rolston (who also counts lead designer on Morrowind and Oblivion among his many successes) and lead combat designer Joe Quadara. 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....
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This week's Weekend Confirmed looks at old things that are new again. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in Shacknews' Andrew Yoon and Insomniac's James Stevenson to discuss EverQuest Next and World of Warcraft before diving into NCAA Football 14 and Pikmin 3. After discussing listener feedback, the team discusses the use of game guides and whether they enhance or take away from the overall gaming experience. That discussion leads into a new round of Finish Moves to send you into your...
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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...
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Thankfully, the Mayans were wrong, so Weekend Confirmed is back for Part 2 of the special holiday/year-end celebration, with some predictions about hardware and software for 2013. Garnett Lee is joined by Jeff Cannata, Jeff Mattas, Andrew Yoon, Andrea Rene, Jason Paul, Christian Spicer, Mike Schramm, and James Stevenson. Some more talk about 2012 favorites occurs, as the crew bids the year a fond farewell. One behalf of the entire cast, we thank you for listening and hope you all have a safe...
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It's anything but a lazy midsummer's show as a Whatcha' Been Playin? packed with heavy-hitters including Civilization 5, Starcraft 2, and Madden 11 gets Garnett, Brian, and Jeff off to rocking start. There's so much in there that Cannata-ford a New Game spills over to the third segment before giving way to the Warning. Your thoughts on why developers try and compete with the likes of Halo and Modern Warfare for multiplayer shooters starts the conversation which also includes choosing the right...
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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,...
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After a couple of far-flung weeks with shows from PAX and the International special, Garnett, Brian, and Jeff reunite in the studio, and just in time too because they've got a whole lot to cover. Whatcha' Been Playin? gets things started with some mopping up from TGS including The Third Birthday, Ni no Kuni, and a couple others. Valkyria Chronicles 2 and the upcoming 3 which was also at TGS get some love. And all three of the guys have tales of global conquest from late night Civ 5 sessions....
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While the gaming world turns its eyes to PAX Prime in Seattle, Weekend Confirmed holds down the homefront. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in "Indie" Jeff Mattas and Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia to sort out this week's Nintendo announcements, including trying to make heads or tails of what the company was thinking with that 2DS design. After that, it's time to dive into games, as the team discusses Madden NFL 25, Saints Row IV, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Hearthstone (Or is it...
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It's been a while since we had a guest so we figured it would be fun to have EGMi's Patrick Klepek join Garnett, Brian, and Jeff for this week's show. There's certainly plenty for them to talk about with games like Enslaved, Rock Band 3, Def Jam Rap Star, Gears of War 3, and more in Whatcha Been Playin? Your comments on everything from Halo: Reach's story to how you invest in a game's character open the Warning and then the conversation turns to whether games need the threat of failure to be...
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Garnett, Brian, and Jeff confirm what's sure to be an awesome weekend (and week to come). The festivities kickoff in Whatcha Been' Playin? with Medal of Honor, Rock Band 3, Costume Quest, Fallout: New Vegas, and more. Our skipping cutscenes discussion became the most talked about subject this past week and leads off the Warning. There's also the question of how well shooters handle the sensitivities of real-world situations and whether game designs include things like crouching simply out of...
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Billy "plan B" Berghammer joins Jeff and Garnett on a show that sounds like it would be full of angst. Rage and Dark Souls both came out this week, and there's a lot to talk about, including how the guy who "loves loving things" takes to a game renowned for its bleakness. Microsoft's additions to the television offerings on Live also become a hot topic, but the group doesn't seem nearly as impressed as the press release would lead one to believe. The iOS update and iPhone 4S...
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Garnett, Brian, and Jeff waste no time getting down to the business of confirming weekends. There's months of backlog for Whatcha Been Playin and they make a strong effort digging into it with God of War 3, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Starcraft 2 beta, and a whole lot more. Even before the show's started the listeners have come through strong with great starters for Four Minute Warning. And in Front Page the 3DS announcements leads off a full slate of news.
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Settling in to summer, the Weekend Confirmed crew finds a stack of great games waiting to be played. Christian Spicer sits in with Xav, Jeff, and Garnett to talk F.E.A.R. 3, Shadows of the Damned, inFamous 2, Trenched, and more in Whatcha' Been Playin? The Warning gets started with a continuation of a discussion that started on twitter about whether names like Mizuguchi, Suda, Mikami, and Yamaoka generate big buzz. The group also looks at all the other big games hitting their 10th anniversary...
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Jeff Cannata is preparing for his play's premiere on Friday night, so that leaves host Garnett Lee to lead Weekend Confirmed into Episode 201 with Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia playing the co-pilot role. They welcome in Sega Mobile's Ethan Einhorn and Area 5's (and former 1up Show alum) Matt Chandronait to break down what happened this week with everything involving Microsoft, EA, and Machinima, discussing how it could potentially affect an audience's perception of YouTube content providers. The talk...
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Summer has arrived and Weekend Confirmed is ready to take it on with "Indie" Jeff Mattas joining Jeff and Garnett along with special guest Billy Berghammer. They start the show in Whatcha Been Playin? with a quick second look Shadows of the Damned, a first take on Dungeon Siege III, and Billy's playthrough of Ocarina of Time on the 3DS. Jeff brings a smorgasbord of indie games including Frozen Synapse, Jamestown, and Atom Zombie Smasher. The group moves on to discuss whether...
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From the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the stars aligned perfectly for a tremendous 50th episode. Legendary podcast alumnus John Davison and Mark MacDonald return to the show along with Shacknews editor Xav de Matos and Q-Games producer Ariel Angelotti. Iwata's keynote provides the starting point for the conversation, which then quickly turns to the long lineup of games seen at and around the show. Some of the big titles include Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3, SOCOM 4, Brink,...
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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....
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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...
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With Garnett Lee on vacation in Tokyo, it's up to Jeff Cannata and Xav de Matos to run the big show. Thankfully, comedian Christian Spicer and Machinima.com editorial manager Billy Shibley are on hand to discuss everything from the Deus Ex: Human Revolution 'The Missing Link' DLC, Kirby Mass Attack, additional thoughts on Resistance 3 and Gears of War 3, and more. We also take nearly two segments worth of questions from the Shacknews community and Twitter. In the end, we wrap it up with a short...
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Deus Ex Human Revolution made its hotly anticipated debut this week and everyone's been playing it, but don't think Weekend Confirmed would spoil the game for you. Xav, Jeff, and Garnett along with regular guest Christian Spicer spend the first segment of Whatcha Been Playin? talking about their experience with the game, and how it struck them from a variety of perspectives. There's sure to be more to come on this one, but there are other games this week as well, like Street Fighter 3: Third...
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Only a few blocks off the beach that inspired the virtual clone in seen in its opening, the Grand Theft Auto V trailer sparked the imagination when the Weekend Confirmed crew sat down to record this week's show. James Stevenson of Insomniac Games and Ariel Angelotti of Q-Games join Jeff and Garnett to speculate about the potential for Rockstar's next entry in the series before moving on to a number of other games, including two from their respective studios. Producer Dave Mabee hops on the mic...
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On today's episode of Weekend Confirmed, Garnett, Jeff, and Jeff are joined by Shacknews' John Keefer to spread some pre-holiday cheer. The crew spends some time chatting about Far Cry 3's multiplayer modes, opine about the success of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead adventure series, and there's also some MMO talk focusing on Tera and Guild Wars 2. Naturally, Finishing Moves--complete with a new holiday-themed, fan-made intro--closes the show out properly, followed by a quick, post-show NFL...
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It's a packed house for the post-E3 edition of Weekend Confirmed. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in an esteemed panel of guests, including Red Robot's John Davison, Polygon's Arthur Gies and Justin McElroy, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z lead designer Cory Davis, and Nintendo World Report's Jonathan Metts. They cover anything and everything E3, breaking down the conferences (along with the Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U points of interest) and the many games, including Ryse: Son of Rome, The...
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Jeff Cannata and Christian Spicer numbered among the crowds that descended on ComicCon last week. They tell Garnett and "Indie" Jeff a few tales from their adventure to start the show off. The opening segment concludes with a little more about Bastion, including a few spoilers in discussion of its ending. The rest of Whatcha Been Playin moves on to hit From Dust, NCAA Football, and Jeff's indie picks including It Belongs in an Ancient Ruin! The conversation continues with a look at...
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On this week's episode of Weekend Confirmed--recorded guerrilla-style in Garnett's apartment--much new gaming goodness is discussed. Jeff Cannata, Jeff Mattas, and regular guest Andrea Rene join Mr. Lee at his humble abode to give their impressions of games like Sleeping Dogs, Darksiders 2, and Papo y Yo, just to name a few. Episode 126's other topics include the successes and failures of motion-control in video games, Sony's impressive Gamescom 2012 showing, and Mistwalker's 2008 RPG, Lost...
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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'...
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The PlayStation 4 has been announced, so it shouldn't be a surprise that this week's episode of Weekend Confirmed is all about the new system, services, and software. Though Jeff Cannata is away in Barcelona, Garnett Lee and "Indie" Jeff Mattas are joined by Christian Spicer and Mike Schramm to break down what's exciting, what's concerning, and that which is still unknown about Sony's next-gen console announcements. Though PlayStation 4 is this week's focus, the crew also manages to...
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The heat may be getting to the crew as this week the show starts out a little...well, let's call it loose. Andrea Rene checks in for her monthly appearance, joining Xav, Jeff, and Garnett to talk Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, Dungeon Siege III, Transformers Dark of the Moon, and more. In the Warning the conversation turns to whether we enjoy games like Darksiders for what they are or for scratching the Zelda itch while we wait for the next game in the series. Xav kicks off a new...
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Jeff Cannata has ventured to the land down under, leaving host Garnett Lee to brave the days of summer with Shacknews' Andrew Yoon, "Indie" Jeff Mattas, and Double Jump's Christian Spicer. They begin the show by looking back at the days of Counter-Strike and whether that kind of multiplayer magic can ever be recaptured, before briefly jumping back into World of Tanks. That leads into talk of everyone's Steam Summer Sale bounty and whether Steam's annual sale can compare to the free...
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It's a special Independence Day edition of Weekend Confirmed! With new releases at a standstill, hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata are catching up on your feedback with Shacknews' Andrew Yoon and Joystiq's Xav de Matos. In between reading through your comments, the crew try to catch up with the last couple of weeks' worth of news and games, while also starting up new discussions about the World of Tanks beta and EVE Online. Fireworks come at the end with a star-spangled edition of Finishing...
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