This week, we honor the little guy. (Not Herve Villechaize; for that, check out my Fantasy Island podcast.) No, it’s all about great Indie Games we think you should play. Plus: Highly improbable E3 predictions which, knowing us, will probably wind up coming true. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad “The Diamond” Gallaway, Richard Naik, and Tim Spaeth. Happy birthday Ryan!

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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.
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Raug
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Raug
5 years 3 months ago
[quote=Crofto]Looks like Chi may be dangerously close to getting his prediction right with regard to Project Cafe. I recently read that the controllers are in fact touch-screen devices that can be used separately to the console itself. I tried to find the link but couldn’t remember it (was maybe some crap like CVG) but it’s looking like a good bet at this stage. [/quote] Considering that they announced it now and said that it is not possible to play with the controller alone as a handheld (because of the streaming-technology that has to come from the main console) makes me… Read more »
Chi Kong Lui
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Chi Kong Lui
5 years 3 months ago

Brad, here’s the requested wikipedia link to Infra Man. Turns out it was a tokusatsu/sentai inspired HK movie starring a young Danny Lee (from John Woo’s Killer). Something I just learned also is that Roger Ebert says that rarely a month goes by where he doesn’t think about the movie and actually upgraded his rating to 3 stars in 1999.

crackajack
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crackajack
5 years 3 months ago
a wiiware recommendation! Hydroventure/Fluidity You are playing water and no powerful PhysX HW necessary for that. Physics usually is just a gimmick in games, i’d even say it was in Half Life 2, and here it’s really alongside the puzzle gameplay all the time. It has a Metroid vibe by exploring the world and upgrading/transforming the powers of your H2O existence. Gameplay is fun and it’s also a really long game with a lot’s of clever puzzles. Almost every wiiware game is overpriced, my brother buys quite a lot of them nevertheless, but here i’d state it’s worth its price.… Read more »
Chi Kong Lui
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Chi Kong Lui
5 years 3 months ago

[quote=Crofto]Of course, you do have limited time and not all of you play every console so I can understand it, but it does tie in with the vibe that thoughts and opinions offered in the podcast are almost exclusively of the 360, PC and — now — smartphone variation. I find it hard to believe the PS3 and Wii lack any sort of stand-out indie games, so maybe its worth looking into should you guys visit this topic again.[/quote] the 3DS eShop just launched so that should help with expanding coverage.

Pedro
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Pedro
5 years 3 months ago
Excellent podcast once again, and the focus on indie games is much appreciated! I’d like to hear more of the same, but I wonder whether when a podcast (or an article) is flagged as having an Indie focus, fewer listeners tune in? I’d even like to see the idea extended slightly to have a look at some of the free flash games that are available on Newgrounds and on indie developer websites – for example http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/there_is_only_one_level http://cardboardcomputer.com/games/balloon-diaspora/ http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/539211 http://www.agdinteractive.com/games/kq3/ – you could list them in the shownotes and people could play along. But I guess it’s probably a bridge too… Read more »
Brad Gallaway
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Brad Gallaway
5 years 3 months ago
Hey Crofto, Thanks for the comments. I don’t want to speak for the other guys, but part of the issue was that PSN was down for so long. I had intended to go back and check out a few games, but that possibility just wasn’t there until recently. In terms of WiiWare, to be perfectly honest I don’t turn my Wii on very often and I don’t hear much chatter about anything happening there. I used to regularly check all three services (PSN/XBLA&I/WiiWare) but my time is so limited that I just don’t have the capacity to keep up with… Read more »
Crofto
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Crofto
5 years 3 months ago
Looks like Chi may be dangerously close to getting his prediction right with regard to Project Cafe. I recently read that the controllers are in fact touch-screen devices that can be used separately to the console itself. I tried to find the link but couldn’t remember it (was maybe some crap like CVG) but it’s looking like a good bet at this stage. As for small indie games, I’m not really into them personally, and prefer more traditional games so unfortunately I’m unlikely to try any of the games recommended. Obviously I support the developers of these games and appreciate… Read more »
RandomRob
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RandomRob
5 years 3 months ago

SO agree with Brad about the business of overdeveloping hardware as a gimmick to seemingly avoid releasing anything other than first gen games. First gen games forever. Wheee.

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