Another two-man affair as grizzled multiplayer veteran Richard Naik talks with Brad Gallaway about Overwatch, the game that finally made him question his stance on hating fun of all kinds. Also a few words about the GameCritics impostor, who is still pretending to be us in an attempt to get free download codes from publishers.

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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.
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Just to brag on my call but I’ve made 2 months ago here, about VR Early sales and conversation seeminly dead, with doubters getting it wrong again.

Confirmed with this



Isn’t it a bit early to cheer about death of this technology, 2 weeks before the PSVR comes out, the arguably most appealing VR headset for most people (because of the price, obviously)? I’d wait for the sales numbers on that before I’d go around in circles yelling at people “HA HA, I told you so!”

Tim Spaeth

In this episode we learned that Richard never, ever forgets.


Maybe a topic on the next podcast, but my early guess is that the new console hardware upgrades with pro and Scorpio, won’t seem like a new generation hardly at all. Same controller, same or similar Playstation and MS UI, some Games that will be schedule fillers like we saw with the last gen that went on for too long, sort of like God of War 4 ( blaugh) etc.
I’m already worried that this Gen will feel longer and worse than the last. 5yMWH


Thanks again guys.

I don’t play overwatch or online games much myself, but has overwatch managed the impossible by getting some hard-core shooter fans to play with more casual gamers that your talked about, in the same game, let alone same matches online ?
If not, how close has it come to that ?

PS. Really appreciate the increased and quicker publication of reviews and other features on the new website. The quicker turnaround is very noticeable.