GameCritics.com Radio

The first episode of the rebranded, relaunched, retooled, and rebooted GameCritics media effort. Richard Naik (@richardnaik) and Tim Spaeth (@TimSpaethV2) discuss the reasons behind the switch, and also discuss the Nintendo Switch and the art of segue. For the second half of the show (starting around the one hour mark) Dan Weissenberger (@gc_danny) and our good friend Steven Brown (Capitalistpig21) run down the Playstation VR launch effort and attempt to not look silly in VR gear.

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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.
Richard Naik

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18 Comments on "GameCritics.com Radio Episode 1: A New Era, the Switch, and Playstation VR Roundup"

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Vince
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Enjoying the newer format, also looking forward to see what you guys have in store for us next.

Andreas Tang (aHei)
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Disagree about Daredevil and Jessica Jone being unmissable. They are good shows but nowhere near the level of Breaking Bad or The Wire. Looking forward to the 9 AHAS!

Andreas Tang (aHei)
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This topic is probably too subjective anyway to warrant a debate but I would say off the top of my head Black Mirror is way better than JJ and DD (even than their first season), and at least on par with BB. And Richard, I have a feeling this show might suit you specifically.

Tim Spaeth
Member

Thanks all for the feedback. I don’t like change either, but sometimes change is all we have to work with. Two notes:

1) To those lamenting the loss of the old-school format, we are recording the 9th Annual Holiday Awards spectacular on December 17th. It will be a classic six-person affair with all the categories you know and love.

2) Minutes after we finished recording this show, Richard gifted me a copy of Dark Souls 2 on Steam, and I want to publicly thank him for his boundless generosity.

Li-Ion
Guest

@2: Seek adversity. As befits you, seeker of fire, coveter of the throne.

Pedro
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Nice to see Tim speaking up for the oft-neglected business traveller demographic. It’s been a long time coming. You should look at getting some Holiday Inn Express sponsorship. πŸ˜‰

I’m in that group, and I’ve never considered hand held gaming. I have recently thought about bringing the PS4 with me as our madden league hots up but thankfully keep forgetting to check whether the hotel TVs have hdmi ports πŸ™‚

The shoehorning in of not one but two dark souls sections was a bit deflating but I liked the pod overall. Very funny.

Jeroen
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I agree, 2 people, is just, mweeh! I understand it though, since Trump’ s election you people are in big need of digging Nuclear Vaults and so on, so there goes all your free time. That, and storing up dried noodles and powerbanks for your 3Ds’s right? Nobody loves changes. But 2 people, IS too few, 3 at least, otherwise it’s just a bit boring tbh and imo. Perhaps another/better idea would be to have a quarterly show, say, 4 shows a year or something? The big strong point of the podcasts is not so much the content (sorry guys)… Read more »
Jeroen
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Hey Richard. Thanks for your comment. Okay, I’ll give the 2 men shows a shot. I do wonder what a “rapidly changing life situation” is btw. You’re gonna be a dad perhaps? Anyhow, it is still better this way than quitting the show entirely. I guess you also have different time zones to cope with when scheduling? I will stay tuned and I will comment later on. I guess I’ll just miss you guys. We are from the same generation. That also is something special. My first console was an Atari 2600, then Sega Mega Drive and so on. I… Read more »
Chi Kong Lui
Admin
Hey Jeroen, your comment means more to me than you will ever know. We did the show first for each other, but second, it was for you the listeners. Everything that you and others have expressed about the show encapsulated everything we were thinking and its because we weren’t able to deliver the show that lived up to everyone’s expectations and rather than stress out trying to fix what can’t be fixed, we decided it was time to put it on hiatus. That being said, I’m glad we didn’t do a farewell episode because its not the end and hopefully… Read more »
Pedro
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This post gets my thumbs up for this month πŸ™‚

I forgot about Felipe…he’d better keep his head down for a while

tom
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I’m hearing Sticking with ‘regular’ cast members would limit it to a lot of 2 people for semi-regular shows, but it doesn’t have to be the case. Does it ? Is someone willing to be an occasional third host ? Or a willing 3rd editor to share the publishing workload ? And there’s a lot of people writing for game critics which could provides a bigger pool of guests. Suskie does a decent job articulating on the podcast and seems keen to podcast. And Steve Brown I thought did pretty well on the PS4 VR show. Brown was very comfortable… Read more »
Li-Ion
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Woke up this morning, and the feed was full of podcasts; All bright and shiny like they’d just arrived from mars. And as I stumbled through last night’s drunken debris, Tim and Richard screamed out the headlines in the street. Another console, and now the pound is looking weak. And tell me, have you read about the latest freak? Hello, hello, turn your gamecritics radio on; Is there anybody out there? Help me chose my games. La, la, la, podcasts are a strange thing. Just when you think you learned how to use them, they’re gone. I welcome gc radio,… Read more »
tom
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The old GC podcast team of Speath, Bracken, Brad and Chi was one of the best gaming podcasts out there. Constantly good for years on end. Sad to see it’s official end. Bracken was my fav. Which leads me to ask if this new format would lend itself more easily to more Bracken ? I’m pretty sure it wouuuuuuld. Fingers crossed. Not hearing that famous intro game music hit right home that this transition is for realz. I’ll take any GC podcasts I can get, but I just feel the if you guys could possibly manage a regular 3 person… Read more »
tom
Guest

Not a Regular show that was 4 , but at least 3 members, if possible.
2 people only makes podcasts feel like an interview. The host still has their duties.
Where as with least with three members it feels more like a discussion or round table. The dynamics are more enjoyable to listen too.

Like I said if not possible that’s cool.

MrGlass
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Sic transit gloria mundi…

The GameCritics podcast is dead, long live the GameCritics podcast!

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