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An Interview with Duck Game Developer Landon Podbielski

I stand behind a couch playing Duck Game for 15 minutes before I realize I am playing the game with its sole developer. That's how unassuming Vancouver-based Landon Podbielski looks as he lounges on one of the two couches in the OUYA booth at IndieCade 2014 on a hot and sunny Friday afternoon. He has long hair, a beard, inquisitive brown eyes, and well-worn sneakers. When I finally realize who Podbielski is, I ask him for a quick interview. In the same unassuming manner, he agrees.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 118: Destiny

Thew crew meets their Destiny. *checks off mandatory joke marker* Now that Bungie's 500 million dollar monster is out, what did we think of it? Turns out we have a podcast to express that very thing! With Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike "The Lootman" Bracken, and special guest Gene Park.

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Destiny's Greatest Failing is Mistaking Busy Work for Fun

There are a multitude of reasons behind why I really dislike Bungie's new Massively Multiplayer Online shooter Destiny (and there are another multitude of reasons for why I'm still playing after nearly 100 hours of game time - I'll let my psychiatrist figure those out), but I'm not going to rehash all of those here. You can listen to our Destiny podcast to hear me bitch about the shitty loot drop system, the endless futility of cave farming, and the overall half-assed design of the game as a whole. Instead, I'd rather talk about something I didn't really touch on during my various social media meltdowns over the game - a problem that is not solely endemic to Destiny, but really stands out amongst its flaws: The fact that the game - and Bungie - have mistaken busy work for fun.

WildStar Review

Move or Die…

Wildstar

HIGH Finally, an MMO that demands my full attention and punishes me for slacking off

LOW Hulking, solid rock men. Curvaceous, svelte rock women. Grotesque, fiendish demon men. Curvaceous, svelte demon women. Refined, uncanny mechanical men. Curvaceous, svelte mechanical women...

WTF Yet another highly advanced civilization leaves all their stuff lying around and then vanishes.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 117: In defense of the Vita

Recorded at the end of August 2014. Sinan Kubba is back in the hot seat, joined by Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway and returning superstar Tim "Shuhei" Spaeth to chat about the games from the first half of the year. Also, Brad presents a case for the defense of the Vita

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Destiny Review

A world in progress

Destiny

HIGH The third-person sword-wielding sequence on the Moon.

LOW Having players drop out of Strikes halfway through.

WTF My character's an Awoken, so why does nobody comment on it at The Reef?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 116: Live from PAX Prime

Live from Seattle, it's Saturday Night! Maybe. Regardless of what day it may be, you're sure to enjoy our first ever PAX on-site podcast, getting into the highlights and lowlights of this year's PAX Prime. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad Gallaway, and Matthew "Master" Hunter.

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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 115: Smart People plus Brad on Souls

Just when you thought we couldn't possibly bring you any more Souls discussion.......we bring you more Souls discussion, but this time with people much smarter and with more name recognition than our usual cast. Enjoy! Featuring Nels Anderson (Mark of the Ninja), Matthew Weise (MIT Game Lab), and Toups (GaymeBar podcast). Oh, and Brad Gallaway I guess.

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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 114: E3, Destiny Beta, Divinity: Original Sin

At long last we get to our annual E3 coverage, only about 40 days late. In addition, the crew talks on the Destiny Beta, Divinity: Original Sin, Walking Dead S2 Episode 3, The DOTA 2 International, and some weird Gundam Unicorn thing. Chi also gets excited about sex at the end. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad "Eurojanky" Gallaway, Chi Kong Lui, Sinan Kubba, and Ashley King.

0:00-0:02 Intros

0:04-0:17 Destiny Beta

0:17-0:25 Walking Dead S2 Episode 4

0:25-0:30 State of Decay: Lifeline

0:30-0:49 Divinity: Original Sin

0:49-0:53 DOTA 2/The International

0:53-0:57 Dark Souls 2 Crown of the Sunken King/Transistor

1:01-1:05 Hyrule Warriors

1:06-1:36 E3

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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 113: Shovel Knight, Watch Dogs, TWAU Episode 5

Back from our lengthy hiatus with a lengthy rundown of what we've been playing lately. The gang dishes on The Wolf Among Us Episode 5, Watch Dogs, Shovel Knight, Dark Souls, 1001 Spikes, and so much more. Our Watch Dogs analysis will shock and amaze you! (no it actually won't)

Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, and Mike "your enjoyment must be approved by me" Bracken.

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