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)

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Richard Naik

Richard Naik

Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Richard received his first console (the NES) at the age of six, and from that point on games have been an integral part of his life, whether it's been frittering summers away with the likes of Mario, Mega Man, and the Zerg or partaking in marathon sessions of Halo, Team Fortress 2 or Left 4 Dead. After being a longtime reader of GameCritics, Richard joined the staff in March of 2009, and over the years Richard grew into the more prominent role of part-time podcast host.

In 2016, he spearheaded a complete rebuild of the GameCritics.com website, earning him the title of Chief Engineer.

His gaming interests are fairly eclectic, ranging from 2D platformers to old-school-style adventure games to RPGs to first-person shooters. So in other words, he’ll play pretty much anything.
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tom
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tom
2 years 1 month ago

If the fake Tim ( human Tim ) can’t do hosting duties due to life demands ( and Fake Tim was the best games host out there ), then there no excuse for the newly revealed conscious life form of Real Tim’s balls, to share the hosting duties as a trio with Sinan and Richard.

What say you Tim’s balls ?

Tim Spaeth
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Tim Spaeth
2 years 1 month ago

Normally I don’t grant my balls the autonomy to write into podcasts but you guys were gone for so long I made an exception.

Richard Naik
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Richard Naik
2 years 1 month ago

This is the character in question Brad:

http://darksouls.wikidot.com/dark-sun-gwyndolin

Like most of the game, his existence isn’t made apparent unless you know he’s there or if you take a very specific set of actions. He’s actually a pretty significant part of the lore, but like everything else, the game doesn’t bother to tell you about him.

Brad Gallaway
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Brad Gallaway
2 years 1 month ago
Sleeve> I haven’t talked about that person because I don’t know about them. I played Dark Souls pre-release, so there were no guides, wikis, or any general knowledge about the game at the time other than what a person found for themselves. I had a pretty unhappy time with the game and never came back to it once I finished it, and I never went to read up on it once I was done and the wikis started popping up. Until you mentioned it, i had no idea such a character was in the game, but i’ll go check it… Read more »
Richard Naik
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Richard Naik
2 years 1 month ago

Just to clarify, we *will* be discussing E3 eventually, most likely on the next show, when we can have Ashley and possibly another E3 attendee on. I know it will be late, but we need to do it to fulfill that part of the Game Podcast Contract.

Chi Kong Lui
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Chi Kong Lui
2 years 1 month ago
[quote=sleeve]Mike Bracken, for the love of all that is holy, please stop swearing so goddamned much. I’ve said this repeatedly, and I know other people have complained about it as well. It is really distracting. Seriously. Stop it.[/quote] Swearing saved this show. That’s a fact I kid you not. [quote=sleeve]I always enjoy hearing Chi talk about MMA and musou gaming, both subjects about which I know little. Chi, are you excited about the new Zelda musou game that’s coming out for the Wii U?[/quote] Thanks bro, glad my talk of men grappling each other and trying to get the other… Read more »
Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
2 years 1 month ago
Tom, I have a love/hate relationship with the E3 show every year. I love that people enjoy listening to us be cranky bastards about the biggest gaming event of the year, but I hate that it always winds up being an outrageously long episode to record. I thought I’d be happy to skip it this year — but I actually wasn’t. I wish we’d done it. The problem with E3 this year was that we had a hard time getting everyone together to record it in a timely fashion. I mean, even if we’d covered it in this show, it… Read more »
Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
2 years 1 month ago

Sleeve,

Go fuck yourself.

Love,

Mike Bracken :p

tom
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tom
2 years 1 month ago

Great to hear the best games podcast back online. The bash E3 GC podcast is legendary. I have no idea why one person missing is a good reason to ignore the rest of GC crew opinions.

That Dark Souls lore conversation bored me to tears. Almost as badly as playing through Watch Dogs. Stealing genres and making them worse to engage from those genres you stole from is a fucked up time waster and patience wreaker.

sleeve
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sleeve
2 years 1 month ago
Glad to see the podcast is back. A few comments: Mike Bracken, for the love of all that is holy, please stop swearing so goddamned much. I’ve said this repeatedly, and I know other people have complained about it as well. It is really distracting. Seriously. Stop it. I enjoyed Brad’s discussion of 1001 Spikes and the notion of difficulty in gaming. I agree that there a difference between a fair challenge that comes from a well-designed system based upon solid controls, game physics, and predictable enemy behavior (perfect example: Super Meat Boy) versus “unfair” challenge based on arbitrary rules.… Read more »
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