We celebrate our podcast’s third anniversary by ruminating on some historic game franchise anniversaries; which did we vote as most important? Plus, why Dead Island deserves a second look, and The Horror Geek addresses “6 out of 5” as only he can. With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, and Tim “No Batman For You” 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.
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Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
4 years 8 months ago

@fidgety — you guys lucked out. No one wants to see me topless.

We will definitely do another Arkham City segment. If all goes well, I hope to be playing it next week. It all depends on whether or not the bastards at GameFly cooperate, though.

aHei
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aHei
4 years 8 months ago

As a nerd/fan who has listen to all of them at least 3 times, I thank you for not having deleted your older episodes 😉

Tim Spaeth
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Tim Spaeth
4 years 8 months ago

I promise we’ll revisit Arkham City, in full spoiler glory, once Brad and Mike have finished it. My problems with the game revolve mostly around the “open world” and its implementation.

Albert Hidding
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Albert Hidding
4 years 8 months ago

Great show as usual, even though it ran a little shorter.
Too bad the Arkham City fragment was cut. I’m curious about your opinions, especially after the tease from Tim at the beginning of the podcast. I hope you’ll find the time to discuss it again in a future podcast, perhaps in summary.
Also: Thanks for changing the music per my request. Hammerman is such an improvement to the Siskel & Ebert Theme. Much less dated and much more highbrow!

Chris Johnson
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4 years 8 months ago

too bad on losing batman – i’d really like to hear your guys’ thoughts on the game.

One brief note for Brad, probably the best known XBIG horror game is the “Decay” series (there’s at least 3, maybe 4) which uses higher-end visuals for an indie game, though it’s mostly an atmospheric puzzler. Anyway, worth noting, since I can only imagine it’d be a better investment than the other games mentioned. – Obviously horror requires a sort of finesse, and technical skill, that’s probably harder to do with Microsoft’s XNA. Not that I would know.

Matt
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Matt
4 years 8 months ago

I’m curious about Tim’s brief comment calling Arkham City overrated. I bought the game day one, not because of all the 10/10 reviews it was receiving, but rather that I thought Arkham Asylum was awesome and finally did justice to Batman. Only just entered the Steel Mill and think it’s wonderful. Then again, that’s only about an hour into the game, so maybe the rest of the adventure just falls apart? Sure hope not…

Richard Naik
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Richard Naik
4 years 8 months ago

Budget horror experience = Amnesia

EDIT: I posted this before they mentioned Amnesia.

FidgetyAcolyte
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FidgetyAcolyte
4 years 8 months ago

And there’s a chance we might’ve seen you topless. Or at least we would’ve been teased a little.

Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
4 years 8 months ago
He was too good to hang with us — something about “the World Series” or some such nonsense… He did call in for the now lost forever Batman Arkham City segment, but that segment had to be cut. This ep was like a slasher movie — first we lost Richard, then Brad left early, and then there was just me, Chi, and Tim left. Had the show gone on, I would have been the last man standing, if only because I know how these slasher movies work — and since I don’t have a wife anymore, I’m the closest thing… Read more »
FidgetyAcolyte
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FidgetyAcolyte
4 years 8 months ago

Where’s Dick Naik?!

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