Weekend at Dave's is a semi-regularly produced podcast that examines the various aspects of the gaming industry, from recaps of important news and announcements, to high-level analysis of all the latest and greatest games, to case-studies and anecdotes of personal experiences. Started in October 2018 by David Silbert, founder and lead editor of entertainment website The Punished Backlog, Weekend at Dave's represents a bold, new take on the gaming landscape from an up and coming industry talent.
Weekend at Dave’s – E3 2021 Preview: Xbox & Bethesda
What to Expect from Xbox & Bethesda at E3 2021
E3 is nearly upon us! As people gear up for a weekend of exciting reveals and sizzle trailers, we’re wrapping our pre-E3 2021 coverage with the hottest couple in town: Xbox and Bethesda.
Join me and fellow Punished Backlog writer Sam Martinelli as we share our hopes, predictions, and dreams for Microsoft’s 90-minute showcase. Enjoy!
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(6/11 update: We haven’t even gotten to Sunday’s Xbox & Bethesda Showcase, and we’ve already struck out on one of our predictions! Elden Ring , From Software’s long fabled open-world game, finally resurfaced thanks to Geoff Keighley’s little pre-E3 shindig. It’ll arrive January 21, 2022… if it isn’t assassinated by Jason Schreier.)
(0:00) — Intro(0:57) — Sam Sets the Record Straight(11:52) — Grading Xbox Games Studios’ Last 12 Months(17:45) — Grading Xbox Game Pass’s Last 12 Month(29:40) — Xbox & Bethesda E3 2021 Predictions(33:35) — What Third-Party Publishers Might Show Up?(40:00) — The Difference Between Sony and Microsoft’s Strategies(46:14) — Lightning Round!(47:35) — Will We See Perfect Dark?(48:49) — What About Fable?(51:03) — What’s the Status of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II?(53:50) — Is The Outer Worlds 2 Legit?(55:00) — Which Releases First: The Elder Scrolls VI or Avowed?(56:22) — How Much Starfield Should We Expect?(59:21) — Indiana Jones?(1:01:32) — Which Breaks the Mold First: 343, The Coalition, or Mojang?(1:06:05) — Outro
Song Credit:“Reverie” from Halo Infinite (Curtis Schweitzer)
What Are Your Xbox & Bethesda E3 2021 Hopes and Predictions?
Thanks for listening! What are your hopes for Microsoft at E3? Will Halo Infinite shape up? Could Phil Spencer announce yet another studio acquisition? As always, let us know in the comments.
Here are Microsoft’s major upcoming releases:
* Age of Empires 4 (fall 2021)* Deathloop (fall 2021; timed PS5 exclusive)* Ghostwire: Tokyo (fall 2021; timed PS5 exclusive)* Halo Infinite (fall 2021)* Psychonauts 2 (fall 2021)
Known but still TBD releases:
* Avowed* The Elder Scrolls VI* Everwild* Fable* Forza (untitled)* Gears 6* Indiana Jones (untitled)* Perfect Dark* Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II* Starfield* State of Decay 3
And, for reference, all 23 Xbox Games Studios:
* 343 Industries* Alpha Dog Games* Arkane Studios* Bethesda Game Studios* The Coalition* Compulsion Games* Double Fine Productions* id Software* inXile Entertainment* The Initiative* MachineGames* Mojang Studios* Ninja Theory* Obsidian Entertainment* Playground Games* Rare* Roundhouse Studios* Tango Gameworks* Turn 10 Studios* Undead Labs* World’s Edge* Xbox Game Studios Publishing* ZeniMax Online Studios
Weekend at Dave’s – E3 2021 Preview: Square Enix
From Final Fantasy to Marvel, We Talk Square Enix at E3 2021
Our E3 2021 pre-coverage continues! The next publisher on our E3 2021 press tour happens to be a personal favorite of mine: Square Enix.
Together with fellow Punished Backlog writer Kei Isobe, we dive into the RPG giant’s upcoming E3 showcase. From rumblings of a Final Fantasy Souls-like, to an apparent Guardians of the Galaxy title, what can we look forward to at this year’s show?
We’ve got you covered. Tune in to an action-packed hour of Square Enix goodness:
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(0:00) — Intro(2:48) — Dragon Quest 35th Anniversary Special reaction(11:22) — Should fans temper expectations for NEO: The World Ends With You?(16:08) — Is the next Kingdom Hearts game still far out?(19:13) — Grading the last 12 months for Square Enix(23:00) — What to expect from Final Fantasy at E3 2021(37:49) — Tomb Raider, Marvel, Life Is Strange, and more(49:18) — Outlandish predictions for Square Enix’s showcase(52:00) — Lightning round!(58:32) — Outro
Song Credit:“Over the Hill” from Final Fantasy IX (Nobuo Uematsu)
What Are Your Square Enix E3 2021 Hopes and Predictions?
As always, thanks for listening! Have your own megatons you’d like to see Square Enix announce at this year’s show? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Here are some upcoming Square Enix titles that could be at the show:
* Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade (June 10)* NEO: The World Ends With You (July 27)* Life Is Strange: True Colors (September 10)* Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (Fall 2021)* Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier (2021)* Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis (2022)* Forspoken (2022)* Project Triangle Strategy (working title) (2022)
Here are some games that are unannounced or without a release window:
* Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake* Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate* Final Fantasy Origins* Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2* Final Fantasy XVI* Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Want more E3 2021 coverage? Check out our Nintendo E3 2021 preview, and stay tuned to Weekend at Dave’s for future episodes in the coming days!
Weekend at Dave’s – E3 2021 Preview: Nintendo
Hopes, Dreams, and Predictions for Nintendo at E3 2021
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not that time (though I do love me a good Andy Williams bop). E3 2021 is right around the corner, and we’re kicking off our coverage with a series of publisher previews. First up: Nintendo.
Join me and fellow Punished Backlog writer Sam Martinelli, as we give our hopes and predictions for Nintendo at E3 2021. How much Zelda will we see? Are the 2D Metroid rumors truth, or smoke?
Catch our full thoughts in this historic Weekend at Dave’s!
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(0:00) — Intro(3:25) — Grading Nintendo’s past 12 months(11:52) — Looking at Nintendo’s fall 2021 & 2022 lineup(17:09) — Will Zelda get some love for its 35th anniversary?(18:57) — Why EarthBound deserves better(24:11) — Switch “Pro” timeline and expectations(28:12) — Should Animal Crossing fans get excited?(30:01) — Breath of the Wild 2 release date and title(32:39) — Ultimate DLC and the future of Smash Bros.(36:30) — Discussing that Metroid gossip(41:00) — Longshot Hopes for Nintendo at E3 2021(46:13) — Outro
Song Credit:“Boy Meets Girl” from EarthBound (Keiichi Suzuki)
Articles Referenced During the Show
* Weekend at Dave’s – Episode 2: Deltarune, Castlevania S2, and that Smash Direct* Punished Hall of Fame: Titanfall 2* Punished Hall of Fame: Donkey Kong Country 2* We’re Celebrating EarthBound’s 25th Anniversary With a Punished Playthrough!* Happy 25th Anniversary, EarthBound! Our Thoughts on One of the SNES’s Most Imaginative JRPGs
What Do You Expect From Nintendo at E3 2021?
Share your own thoughts in the comments below! For reference, here’s a list of recent Nintendo releases, as well as notable upcoming titles:
Major Nintendo releases since June 2020:
* Clubhouse Games (June 5, 2020)* Paper Mario: The Origami King (July 17, 2020)* Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Sept 18, 2020)* Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Oct 30, 2020)* Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Nov 20, 2020)* Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Feb 12, 2021)* Bravely Default 2 (Feb 26, 2021)* Monster Hunter Rise (March 26, 2021)* New Pokémon Snap (April 30, 2021)* Famicom Detective Club (May 14, 2021)* Miitopia (May 21, 2021)
Weekend at Dave’s – Episode 8: Take Care of Yourself With These Soothing Video Games
Video Games and Mental Health: Name a More Iconic Duo
A year and change into the pandemic, and things are starting to look up. The weather is warming, restrictions are lifting, and vaccines are slowly becoming a reality. We’re certainly far from normal, though, and won’t be for some time. Now more than ever, it’s important to take care of yourself, your family, and your community.
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, this episode of Weekend at Dave’s focuses on soothing, wholesome video games. These are games you kick back with after a long day of work. Games that help you process difficult emotions. Games that give meaning to their pixels, and leave you with a sense of fulfillment and purpose.
It’s a heavier subject than most Weekend at Dave’s entries, but I highly encourage you to tune in! We’ve got great vibes, great tunes (courtesy of LiQWYD), and, of course, great games.
Give a listen below:
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(00:25) Hi everyone! My name’s David Silbert, and you’re listening to Weekend at Dave’s, a podcast about video game trends, hidden gems… and the occasional hot take.
(00:35) For this episode, we’re diving headfirst into some positive vibes. As some of you may know, this month is Mental Health Awareness Month. And while I’m a big supporter of the idea that games of any sort are good for your mental well-being, there are certain games that really stand out among their peers.
(00:51) So! For today’s episode, we’re delving into five games—some short, others pretty long—that you can play after a long day at work, or school. All of the games here are suitable pretty much for people of all ages, and provide rather safe spaces to process emotions like joy, grief, and everything in between.
(01:09) But enough set up. Without further ado, here are five great video games for mental health. Cue the music!
1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
(01:37) We start off this list with one of our more obvious choices. If you had a Nintendo Switch during the past year, odds are you played Animal Crossing: New Horizons to survive pandemic life and all the gloominess that came along with it.
(01:50) If you’re by some chance unfamiliar, New Horizons tasks the player with essentially building a town. You’re a new resident on an island, and as part of your living arrangement, you’re to pay off your home loan to Tom Nook, a devious racoon who extorts the locals and feeds off the land like a leech—uh… OK, maybe I’m getting carried away.
(02:09) Jokes aside, Animal Crossing is an extremely chill game for you to enjoy. You can decorate and expand your house, plant orchards, sell fruit, interact with townspeople, and so much more. In its heyday back in spring 2020, New Horizons made a lot of people’s days, and weeks, and months.
(02:27) A year removed, it’s still a great game to kick back with, tea or coffee in hand, and just lose yourself in. Nintendo’s post-release support has been a little lacking, but even still, you’re good for several scores of hours with Animal Crossing: New Horizons. (It’s also a great game to play with your mom for Mother’s Day! My mom can attest.)
(02:59) Next up, we have an older title, but one that certainly holds its own. 2012’s a href="https://punishedbacklog.
Weekend at Dave’s – Episode 7: Should Video Game Industry Consolidation Worry Us?
Will Consolidation Hurt the Video Game Industry?
A new week, a new Weekend at Dave’s! This episode brings us some juicy subject matter, as we delve into Gearbox, stonks, and video game industry consolidation.
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(Note: Despite the acquisition, 2K shared that it will continue to publish the Borderlands games.)
(00:29) Hi everyone! My name’s David Silbert, and you’re listening to Weekend at Dave’s. Each week, we dig deep into a topic in the entertainment industry—usually to do with games.
(00:39) This week’s discussion is particularly spicy, and comes hot on the heels of the announcement that Gearbox Entertainment—the makers of Borderlands—will be acquired by Embracer Group in a deal worth 1.3 billion dollars.
(00:51) If you’re unfamiliar with Embracer Group, they’re a Swedish holding company, meaning they hold majority stakes in a bunch of other companies. Their subsidiaries include THQ Nordic, Koch Media, Saber Interactive… and now Gearbox. (Side note: There are some bizarro policies that come along with holding these subsidiaries—case in point.)
(01:04) The finer details of the deal are pretty complex, but the long and short of it is that a major game company just got bigger. And when you consider this is just the latest in a string of industry M&As—Microsoft buying Bethesda, EA buying Codemasters, etc.—it begs the question:
(01:19) Should consolidation in the video game industry concern us?
(01:23) There’s a case to be made that it certainly should. In a piece for GamesIndustry.biz, Simon Carless of GameDiscoverCo related these consolidation moves to the ongoing stock market bubble. As institutional and retail investors fixate on deep value stocks—to the moon!—the speculative value of these game companies is getting further and further removed from reality.
(01:44) Carless used the examples of Unity (NYSE: U), which launched an initial public offering (IPO) in August 2020, and Roblox (NYSE: RBLX), which is gearing up for an IPO of its own. Based on current valuations, Roblox would be worth more than Unity, despite the fact that it’s less established and currently operating at a loss.
(02:00) I encourage you to read the full article, as it raises some great points. That said, given I’m certainly not a financial expert, I’d like to focus on a different piece of this discussion entirely. And that’s the impact of consolidation on game makers and players.
(02:13) Consolidation has always been a part of this industry. Think back to 2007, when Activision and Vivendi (the owner of Blizzard) announced they’d be joining forces. If you’re an RPG lover, think even further back to the days of Squaresoft, Enix, and the subsequent merger.
(02:29) No matter where you look, publishers and studios are always changing hands,
Weekend at Dave’s – Episode 6: 3 Indie Games To Watch in 2021
Don’t Miss These 2021 Indie Games
2021 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for gaming. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S are in their infancy. Halo: Infinite and Horizon: Forbidden West are on the—erm, horizon. And there are a smattering of indie games in 2021 (where my Hollow Knight: Silksong fans at?) to break out the Switch for.
But those games are old news: What other indie surprises can you expect in the New Year? To kick off 2021, the Weekend at Dave’s podcast is back, and we’re asking the important questions.
New format, new insights, same charming host! Catch the latest episode of Weekend at Dave’s here:
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(0:00 – 2:49) — Intro
(2:50 – 5:14) — UFO 50
(5:15 – 7:09) — Chicory: A Colorful Tale
(7:10 – 8:29) — The Wild at Heart
(8:30 – 9:13) — Outro
Hi everyone! My name’s David Silbert, and I’m the host of Weekend at Dave’s, a chill, solo podcast where I ramble about games and other hot topics in the entertainment industry.
2021 marks a new year, and I don’t know if you noticed, but Weekend at Dave’s was virtually MIA for the entirety of 2020. To be fair… It was a bad year! But to those who’ve enjoyed the show, I apologize, and let this be an olive branch I’m offering to show that, A) I’m back, and B) I want 2021 to be the strongest year for Weekend at Dave’s yet!
So, what’s new about the podcast this year that’ll help us get there! For one, more bite-sized topics! I’ve always tried to keep things brief, given how many podcasts are out there, but this year I want to drill that down even more. Expect more frequent episodes, but ones that are only 10 to 15 minutes in length, tops.
Secondly, more in-depth thoughts! I’ll be working harder to script out a lot of what I talk about during the show. I’ll have my notes handy, so hopefully that means better lines of thought, deeper insights, and more enjoyable content on the whole.
Lastly, I want to branch out! I want to bring guests on the show, maybe get a couple of developers to interview. And, for the very first time, I want to take Weekend at Dave’s to YouTube, where I’ll be experimenting with b-roll, video editing, and all. that. Jazz.
So! *clap* It should be a lot of fun! Let’s dive right into things, with our first topic of the year…
Now, we’re at a time where there are so many games, and so many ways to play them. We’ve got next gen consoles that just launched, a plethora of subscription-based game services, other reward systems that dole out games like candy… It’s a bit of a madhouse.
So! With so much out there, and so much existing coverage of popular games, I wanted to dive deep into a couple of indies that seem to be off a lot of folx’s radars. I’m talking real deep sleepers here, the type to hit snooze at noon and roll out of bed at 2 p.m. sleepers. Ya feel me?
Basically, the following three games are three indies I’m super excited to see more of in 2021—and I think you’ll be excited to see more, too.
Sound good? Let’s get to it:
Starting off, we’ve got one that’s near and dear to me: UFO 50. Developed by Mossmouth, aka Derek Yu, aka the maker of Spelunky 1 & 2, UFO 50 is a collection of not one, not two, but fifty retro-inspired games, spanning a mix of styles and genres.