Can 12 million people be wrong? In the case of World of Warcraft, the answer may be…well, that would be telling. In this episode we break down Cataclysm and the state of WoW. Plus, the sensational indie roguelike Epic Dungeon, and gaming resolutions for 2011…ours and YOURS. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard "A Closet Joke Would Be Way Too Easy Here" Naik, and Tim Spaeth.

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Tim Spaeth

Tim Spaeth

Cleveland native Tim Spaeth grew up in a happy household – a household with a father whose major client happened to be an Atari games distributor. This led directly to Tim's first nickname: "The kid who got Atari games before anyone else." Indeed, he knew Pac-Man and E.T. were colossal bombs weeks before the rest of the world, and the resulting celebrity brought him great pleasure.

Through the years every aspect of Tim's life has been touched by gaming. He mastered typing thanks to Space Quest, honed his poker skills on The Sierra Network, and learned to hate after a particularly traumatic game of Tecmo Super Bowl.

Today, Tim lives in Chicago with his three kids and strives to find that perfect balance between family, career, and Warcraft. He enjoys broadcasting, martial arts, rock and roll, growing and shaving his beard, singing show tunes to the homeless, and losing at Mario Kart to his lovely, talented, and amazing girlfriend.

In late 2008, Tim became the producer and host of the GameCritics.com Podcast, and he's thrilled to be bringing GameCritics' unique editorial voice to a brand new medium.
Tim Spaeth

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Dilyan
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5 years 5 months ago
I was waiting for the right moment to jump onto the WoW bandwagon and it came when a friend gifted me all the games on the occasion of Cataclysm’s release. I’m still only lvl 63 on my very first character and I like it a lot. I especially enjoy questing and levelling. The people I see doing the same quests as me are almost all the same level as me. I haven’t figured out yet how to tell if they’re veterans playing an alt or n00bs like me. All in all, my experience is nothing like what you guys are… Read more »
gamevet
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gamevet
5 years 8 months ago

I’m kind of disappointed with the PS3 hate. The podcast crew supports the indie game that requires you to die and try again, yet everyone is overlooking Demon’s Souls for the PS3. Is that title not worthy as well?

Richard Naik
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Richard Naik
5 years 9 months ago

@Tim

Yeah it is, I was just thanking you for leaving it in.

Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
5 years 9 months ago

I own Planescape, but I’ve been eyeing Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and some other classics over at GoG. Definitely liking what they’re doing.

Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
5 years 9 months ago

The DS version of Shiren is very good. The DS actually has quite a few good Rogue-likes worthy of checking out — and they tend to vary a bit in terms of challenge and whatnot.

Shiren is a good starting point, though.

Tim Spaeth
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Tim Spaeth
5 years 9 months ago

[quote=Richard Naik]I was really hoping you’d leave that conversation about the assholes in the hallway in.[/quote]Isn’t that the zinger after good night and bon chance?

aHei
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aHei
5 years 9 months ago

[quote=Anonymous]Brad,

GoG has a sale on a bunch of it’s games and Planescape Torment is one of the games.

Here is the link:
http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/planescape_torment%5B/quote%5D

Seconded. Great place for old classics, which for the most are updated so they can run on most pc today.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 9 months ago

Brad,

GoG has a sale on a bunch of it’s games and Planescape Torment is one of the games.

Here is the link:
http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/planescape_torment

aHei
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aHei
5 years 9 months ago

Very entertaining podcast as usual. Although I’m mainly a PC gamer, I have never played WoW so I got a little bit bored about the Cataclysm part too. Still interesting though.

But the part about Epic Dungeon made me want to try the rogue genre. Are there any similar games you would recommend on the DS? What do you think about the DS version of Shiren?

ZippyDSMlee
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5 years 9 months ago

Yes and realize that the “quicking” in streamlining content has destroyed good level design in most action centric(action RPG,FPS’s,ect,ect). Modern SP designs are too streamlined and too generic. I’ll take the maze layouts of the late 90s over the tight corridor crap we have now and the piss easy regening health that comes with it……

ZippyDSMlee
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5 years 9 months ago

Mmmmmmm it is good to see MMO evolve so much but WOW is still a MMO at heart and thus it sucks.

We need the game to be more like a fun single player RPG and less like a limited and restricted MMO.

Richard Naik
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Richard Naik
5 years 9 months ago

I was really hoping you’d leave that conversation about the assholes in the hallway in.

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