In this episode we bid a fond farewell to one of our own, plus everyone tries to talk Richard into buying a 3DS with completely meaningless results. With Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad "Sweet Can" Gallaway, Mike Bracken, and Dylan Collins.

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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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Josh
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Josh
3 years 5 months ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

It’s like Tim’s sudden departure all over again! Dylan, you were a fantastic host and I hope you’ll find time to keep coming back on the podcast. It was a hard act to follow but you did it. Thanks, we’ll miss you!

Alv
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Alv
3 years 5 months ago
Never have the time, inclination or preference to listen to a single podcast, which is a crying shame seeing it’s the only ‘sticky’ article you ever have, and clearly your lead ‘product’. Problem with that little strategy is that if I, and I suspect many others, are gonna be listening to anything it’ll be an MP3 collection or online radio. If I can do that AND read game reviews simultaneously, it really does beg the question where the actual market is for game journalists’ podcasts as they cannot be consumed simultaneously with music without creating a cacophany. Besides which, one… Read more »
Dylan Collins
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Dylan Collins
3 years 5 months ago
The subject I wrote has nothing to do with this. But I wanted that in your heads while you read this. It will probably be stuck in your head all day/night, and that is my parting gift to you guys. First of all, thank you guys for all of the nice comments. Like I said on the show, I am not a big fan of most gamers, and I assumed that the reaction to my departure would be a bunch of trolling “Weee! Dylan is gone!” comments. I’m a pessimist, I guess. So I am genuinely touched at your responses… Read more »
Chi Kong Lui
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Chi Kong Lui
3 years 5 months ago
I think I can explain the awkwardness to some degree. A) We suck at goodbyes and B) as a mega fan of the show, it was really important to Dylan that his leaving the show not reflect poorly on the show or on him. As such, he thought it would be best to prepare a statement in advance so that he wouldn’t misspeak. That’s usually not how we flow and coupled with the emotion of it all, that made it an unusually tough show to do. If you go back and re-listen to Dylan’s statement as straight as you possibly… Read more »
Crofto
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Crofto
3 years 5 months ago
In that case, I apologise for sounding like a conspiracy theorist, and I obviously appreciate Mike and Richard putting me straight. I feel much happier and content to know that Dylan left of his own accord. I also take solace in the fact that the above listener also sensed something odd about the show; at least I wasn’t the only one! =p But yeah, it would have been much better to have said ‘Dylan is leaving because he wants to (even though we don’t want him to leave)’, rather than the cryptic boardroom talk: ‘both parties know when to end… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
3 years 5 months ago
Okay, well thanks for clearing this up because honestly, I also had the impression that the last show was a bit tense, and a bit awkward. Listen to the beginning again, and you might feel the same? I was almost painful to listen to tbh… I also had the feeling that something might have gone wrong between Dylan and “the rest” of the group. Perhaps we got that feeling because of the way the departure of Dylan was announced? So, Mike, not so much “reading between the lines” but perhaps you guys just didn’t do this the right way? I… Read more »
Richard Naik
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Richard Naik
3 years 5 months ago
Just to reiterate what Mike said, Dylan is not leaving for any reason other than what he stated on the show. I thought things were going pretty well myself, but organizing/hosting/producing the podcast is a lot more work than it might look like, and going forward Dylan just wasn’t going to have the time to do that. It’s a shame, because he really did a great job for us when I thought the show was done for. Also, the biggest thing to keep in mind is that we’ve lasted *much* longer than the vast majority of gaming podcasts out there.… Read more »
Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
3 years 5 months ago
This is why you shouldn’t read between the lines… Dylan left for the reasons he stated. There was some discussion that led up to that moment, but trust me — none of us expected that he was going to leave or lobbied for it. There was no dramatic power play. There wasn’t a “he goes or I go!” moment. The conversation that led to him leaving had nothing to do with anyone leaving at all — it just wound up there. I would have preferred he stay, but it didn’t work out that way. Looking for conspiracy theories is sort… Read more »
Crofto
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Crofto
3 years 5 months ago
I’m quite late to the discussion (as I often am; I usually listen to the podcast a week or so after it goes up), but felt it necessary to highlight some things. Firstly, a lot of the responses are, as I was expecting, displaying surprise at Dylan’s departure. I think this needs to be highlighted and acknowledged before I continue. Secondly, I echo my fellow reader/listeners when I say that Dylan was a great podcast host, and seems like a genuinely cool guy. I wish him well in his future endeavors. Okay, so on with the main issue: the reason… Read more »
Daneel
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Daneel
3 years 5 months ago

Wow! I wasn’t expecting Dylan’s departure πŸ™ It’s a shame, since I think that even thought he had a rough start he had finally found his voice and personal style.
Episodes were long and frequent with interesting conversations. I also didn’t notice any fall in quality at all. If anything, it was getting better each episode.

Take care, Dylan, and thanks a lot for letting GameCritics borrow your voice!

Ivo, Bulgaria
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Ivo, Bulgaria
3 years 5 months ago
This is quite a surprise and a negative one at that. I was among those who thought that after Tim left the next host would have some pretty big shoes to fill. But Dylan did a decent job and I think it is sad for all of us, listeners, to see him go. One think I want to emphasize is – the podcast definitely should continue. I know it sounds a bit selfish (I simply wait for the next edition to be uploaded and then listen to it comfortably in my room while you guys put so much effort in… Read more »
Tim Spaeth
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Tim Spaeth
3 years 5 months ago

Welcome, Dylan, to the Pantheon of Retired Hosts! We will have a grand time spending our residual checks on drugs, women, and Fallout 3 DLC.

Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
3 years 5 months ago
I think the biggest worry when Tim left, the thing that made some of wonder if this was the end of the line, was that we didn’t have anyone in mind to take over hosting. The idea of putting out a call on the Internet for a new host was primarily born because we didn’t know anyone to ask. We were legitimately concerned that we would announce we were looking and no one would apply. If that happened, it was probably game over. It was a pleasant surprise to see how many people applied to host the show — and… Read more »
Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
3 years 5 months ago

Good to know we’re huge in Holland — I’m guessing that’s like Hasselhoff being huge in Germany or the fact that the French really love Jerry Lewis, right? :p

Cybrmynd
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Cybrmynd
3 years 5 months ago

Great words from everybody. I also didn’t think a post-spaeth podcast was possible but Dylan really did hold his own and did carry the podcast well, and I enjoyed all the episodes he produced. The transition from Tim to Dylan actually felt quite smooth to me. Anyway, Farewell, Dylan.

Fizz Mo
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Fizz Mo
3 years 5 months ago

Zune is now Xbox music…yes, you’re on it. That’s cool.

tom
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tom
3 years 5 months ago
Big thanks to Dylan to hosting the podcast. I enjoyed your humour, hosting capabilities and way more than Tim Speath – you were able to keep a regular podcast schedule. I was really surprised to hear some of the guys saying that post-Spaeth, that was a chance that there would be no more GC podcast. I know that some of you guys on the podcast think that ‘ why would anyone want to listen to our shit ‘ ( which I can understand because It’s not a mind blowing conversation ) but there is a diversity of characters and opinions… Read more »
Jeroen
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Jeroen
3 years 5 months ago

Aloha Dylan,

you are a nice guy man!!! I wish you all the best.

And for the rest of the crew, please, don’t ever consider quiting. Holland loves you!!!!!!!!!!

Mousse Effect
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Mousse Effect
3 years 5 months ago
That announcement is really a wtf for me as I didn’t notice the smallest drop in quality in the show’s content this year. Quite the contrary I was pleasantly surprised at the transition – I really thought Tim’s departure will take away my interest in the show but that didn’t happen. So, take care Dylan, you did a great job! For future shows, the recent announcement of Drakengard 3 by Nier’s team (another contender for WTF of the year!) could be the opportunity of doing that episode Mike suggested a while ago on “criminally overlooked games” such as binary domain,… Read more »
Natty
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Natty
3 years 5 months ago

Hi guys, i recently ran out of GC podcasts so i went on google and searched for the best gaming podcast, it seemed the top result was a website with a name that resembles “a large explosive device” and let me say that it blew the big one, i wish i had the critical writing skill needed to tear into it but ill have to decline. Keep it up and Dylan, you’ve been an awsome host.

Pedro
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Pedro
3 years 5 months ago
Oh, and also I am totally behind Dylan and his weird love of landscape and location in Fallout 3 – to me the map in that game is unsurpassed in gaming. I was actually in DC the month before the game launched, and I was stunned at the job the world designers did with DC and environs. F:NV doesn’t really work in the same way because it’s the wide open West and while the landscape is great, it’s not that interesting. I don’t really understand the appeal game worlds have either, but great maps/levels, especially ones that situate you in… Read more »
Pedro
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Pedro
3 years 5 months ago
WEIRD. Been great listening to you, Dylan, and thanks for the great job you’ve done over the last year or so. I guess this means no more Journey mixed with Space Invaders πŸ™ Best of luck in your future endeavours, and I sincerely hope you can call back in at some point in the future. The Rest of You: now that a spot has opened up on the roster, I’d like to suggest a return to the old days of having regular guests. I’ve been listening to old podcasts on long drives, and you had some great guests – Scott… Read more »
Eric Bowman
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Eric Bowman
3 years 5 months ago

Take care, Dylan. Thanks for being an excellent host!

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