In the absence of one Brad Gallaway, the GC crew is finally free to delve into our sports fandom and how it relates to gaming. Join us as we discuss traditional sports and video games, our past memories of the genre, and how it suffers from the same "AAA diesease" as the rest of the industry. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Mike Bracken, and Michael Cunningham.

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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, heโ€™ll play pretty much anything.
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Leucrota
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Leucrota
3 years 1 month ago
Hey GameCritics, I was away from the community for a while, but now I will come back strong with the hype of PS4 behind me! Anyway, I am not a huge sports game fan, even though I play a lot of sports and watch a lot as well. I remember an NHL game called NHL Hitz 2003. I am not an avid follower of hockey, but I believe this game blended a simulation season experience with an arcade play style. As the name suggests, the game is similar to Blitz in the way you can cause big hits and has… Read more »
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Li-Ion
3 years 1 month ago
[quote=”Pedro”]We had a discussion on the forum a while back and wondered why indie developers didn’t try and use the old sports games as inspiration for making fun, accessible games […][/quote] Here, to be precise: http://www.gamecritics.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19382 When listening to the podcast this forum thread jumped into my mind straight away. My favourite football game is still Nintendo World Cup on the NES, which completely ignores most rules in football. But who cares, if you can play on ice or in the desert and beat the other team by knocking them all out? A golf game with alligators or a new… Read more »
Pedro
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Pedro
3 years 1 month ago
Cheers Chi, I definitely took the point you and Mike were trying to make there – I just had to do a bit of generalisation about arcade vs sim style or my post would have gone on forever. I agree with you mostly. We had a discussion on the forum a while back and wondered why indie developers didn’t try and use the old sports games as inspiration for making fun, accessible games – a modern Sensible Soccer, or a golf game where you wrestle alligators during your round, or a Bowling RPG: [quote]an amateur league bowling game that would… Read more »
Chi Kong Lui
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Chi Kong Lui
3 years 1 month ago
[quote=Pedro]As a Sim gamer (the more realistic the depiction of the sport, the better), I was a bit shocked to hear that you guys all favoured more arcade type stuff. The big push in sports games each year is to make it more realistic, not less, and I hadn’t considered that viewpoint at all. So that was interesting.[/quote] Thanks for listening as always Pedro. I did want to clarify one thing. I think we all tried to emphasize at one point or another (Mike and I in particular), we are not saying all sports games need to be more acadey.… Read more »
Chi Kong Lui
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Chi Kong Lui
3 years 1 month ago
[quote=Crofto]As a Brit (and much like the rest of Europe), I don’t particularly care for baseball, American football, basketball or ice hockey. With this in mind it is kinda disappointing that there isn’t someone on this week’s podcast with experience of non-US centric sports and sports games. For example, I like football (as in, proper football ;p) and would’ve liked some input from someone who has played football titles for a long period (e.g. my football gaming experiences began during the Genesis/Megadrive era).[/quote] Baseball, ice hockey and basketball as well as boxing and MMA, are all international sports, but yes… Read more »
Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
3 years 1 month ago

Crofto,

Not sure if I ever said it or not, but I was planning to mention that we did a whole sports show without once mentioning soccer (sorry, there’s only one football, and that’s the kind played with the pigskin… :p). I knew with as many readers/listeners we have abroad that someone would mention it.

Sorry for the oversight. Soccer is not my bag at all. If someone said you can watch soccer or you can watch NASCAR, I’m looking for a gun. :p

Crofto
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Crofto
3 years 1 month ago
Listened to the full podcast now so will offer further comment for discussion! I’m the same as Pedro in that I prefer more simulation above accessibility. Ironically enough, whereas you guys believe Madden and NBA titles etc. are getting more hardcore, I believe football titles like FIFA are still way, way off the pace as far as realism goes. As an avid football fan, I find the pace, fluidity, physics, animations, AI, and tactical and strategic elements of modern FIFA titles to be disappointing. If anything, FIFA still represents the kind of semi-realistic fully-accessible sports titles you guys seemingly want… Read more »
Natty
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Natty
3 years 1 month ago

Micheals point about bro gamers not being represented on the internet is dead on, its why you cant take the feeling from the internet as a forecast when it comes to things like game sales and the more recently, the massive negativity against the xbox one.

Alv
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Alv
3 years 1 month ago

Football. Fusball. Futebal. We love football – king of sports. Billions of fans, countless legends, 90 yards of turf, 22 players, 4 officials, one ball, one FOOTBALL.

The world is football mad! Nudge nudge wink wink – get with the programme GC!

Pedro
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Pedro
3 years 1 month ago

@Crofto

They are like the Xbone people – nothing exists outside of North America ๐Ÿ˜›

Pedro
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Pedro
3 years 1 month ago
Great to see a sports game podcast on the site. Finally something to counteract the Anime podcast of a while back ๐Ÿ˜› As a Sim gamer (the more realistic the depiction of the sport, the better), I was a bit shocked to hear that you guys all favoured more arcade type stuff. The big push in sports games each year is to make it more realistic, not less, and I hadn’t considered that viewpoint at all. So that was interesting. You are correct that there is a massive barrier to entry for current gen sports games, and some publishers are… Read more »
Crofto
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Crofto
3 years 1 month ago
I haven’t heard the whole podcast yet, but just want to point out a couple of things: – The topic of sports games is great for discussion and I’m happy to hear you guys having long histories and strong links to it. I’m sure some regular listeners will be put-off since – like Brad – there are gamers who simply do not find sports interesting, even in gaming format. That said… – As a Brit (and much like the rest of Europe), I don’t particularly care for baseball, American football, basketball or ice hockey. With this in mind it is… Read more »
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