Keep a tissue at the ready as we bid Tim a fond farewell. But before he takes his final bow, we explore the light and dark sides of BioWare with Star Wars: The Old Republic and the Mass Effect 3 demo. Plus The Horror Geek tackles Final Fantasy XIII-2; surely it can't be worse than its predecessor… or can it? Featuring Tim "Yup, I put my name first" Spaeth, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, and Richard Naik.

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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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Brandon Bales
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Brandon Bales
4 years 6 months ago

Be well, Tim!

Thanks for all of your hard work.

Best on all of your endeavors.

Brandon

Chi Kong Lui
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Chi Kong Lui
4 years 6 months ago

The podcast has been restored. Sorry for the panic!

Chi Kong Lui
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Chi Kong Lui
4 years 6 months ago

Hey everyone, we’re aware of the problem with downloading the podcast and we’re looking into it. Sorry about this. We hope to have it back up soon.

Albert
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Albert
4 years 6 months ago

I have the same problem. There seems to be a problem with the file, both via the site and on iTunes. Hope you guys can fix it, because I don’t want to miss Tim’s goodbye!

GenePark
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GenePark
4 years 6 months ago
I deeply regret not posting a comment for the show in time. Tim, you breathed new life back into this site. I remember you when you were ColonelT, and I always ended up agreeing with a lot of what you said. But now you became the voice of GameCritics.com, and the site won’t be the same without you. Not to imply that this site was dying, but it was definitely new life. One of my deepest regrets in what might amusingly be referred to as my gaming career is not having done a live podcast with you and the rest… Read more »
Anne
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Anne
4 years 6 months ago

Sorry I’m late to the “party,” but I can’t seem to find a way to download this ‘cast! And, as I’m sure you all know, I absolutely NEED to hear Tim’s gorgeous voice one more time.

Anyways, iTunes is giving me an error saying it can’t find the original file or somesuch and when I try to download directly from here, it also gives me a similar error. Just playing the podcast straight from the link here is also not working.

Is this my problem or did something wonky happen to the podcast in the past couple of days?

Crofto
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Crofto
4 years 7 months ago
Wow, was surprised my e-mail got read on air! If I’d have known that I would’ve made it more appropriate for Tim’s last cast (though I am British so the “manner” comment is justified ;p). In any case, farewell and good luck Tim! I have absolutely no idea what the guys are going to do now though; I don’t think Tim can be replaced. Regarding Mass Effect 3 – I downloaded the demo on Origin but only because it was there; I have no belief that the game will be anything other than mediocre. Indeed, Brad and Tim’s words confirm… Read more »
Eric Bowman
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Eric Bowman
4 years 7 months ago

Great show, guys. It’s always hard to say goodbye.

paynemeister
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paynemeister
4 years 7 months ago

And that was a very upsetting and beautiful final podcast,cheers you gorgeous sounding so and so.
Gareth

paynemeister
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paynemeister
4 years 7 months ago

I am so upset with the modern stage of rpgs, game companies I believed in, and dedicated my life to, namwly Square and Bioware, cannot even compare to the loss i feel with the passing of Tim as podcast host. I say it again, farewell Sir Tim Spaeth of Gamecritics.
Gareth

tslog
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tslog
4 years 7 months ago
What kind of robot doesn’t cry at his own podcast grand finale. I cried for the both of us Tim. Tim was the best games podcast host hands down. The humor, the enforcer, the judge-or of knowing when a topic or discussion had been fulfilled. Evan Cox from Cane and Rinse is now king of the throne. Long live the old King. P.S. Tweets from Tim in a public capacity is just not enough. His character and personality really only comes through the best in audio form, at the least. Hope to hear from you in podcasts in the future.… Read more »
Bondage12
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Bondage12
4 years 7 months ago

Brad, I completely agree with you on the Mass Effect Demo. I was left with a sour taste in my mouth upon finishing it. Thus, I was too discouraged to make myself even try the multiplayer. Mike, I loved the Final Fantasy rant, very spot on! Tim, were all going to miss you dearly! Good luck in everything you do!

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