Welcome to the premiere episode of the GameCritics.com Podcast!
This week's topics include:

  • Reviews of Saints Row 2 and Art Style: Cubello
  • Why game criticism matters to us
  • Can games make us cry?

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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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Fantastic selection of examples in the last segment, most of which I have never played and look forward to. It is so refreshing to hear game critics discuss, extensively and confidently, about emotional impact in gaming just as they would among themselves, without the constraints of the traditional written formula. For me this is the moment where you confirm your relevance among the community (blog entries tended to fall a little short, reviews to be caught up in technical or gameplay issues…), and I will be proud to listen again.

Brad, I was sorry to hear of your disappointment in SR2. Like you, I was underwhelmed by GTAIV, and found SR1 to be a game you could actually enjoy rather than endure. I’m finding SR2 to be an absolute blast. After about 15 hours of play, I still haven’t wrapped my mind around how much content Volition packed into this game, both in terms of things to do and also random-ass wackiness. Also, while GTAIV’s story was turgid and borderline nonsensical, SR2’s (and SR1’s) is deceptively complex, and I really like how the developers pointed the genre back in the… Read more »

not being irrationally afraid of something does not make me a pothead newb

Hey guys! Great podcast, since I listen to a lot of gaming podcasts I must say the tone of this one is a bit of a fresh air. A lot of your competitors have unfortunately adopted a less mature approach and focusing merely on the standard layout of gaming podcast that have evolved: What are we playing, news, a review or two, listener email..and also making them far too long to keep you interested and a lot of irrelevent nonsense and inside jokes. I guess I appreciate a more roundtable-type discussion around gaming industry and going for more insightful perspectives… Read more »
Brad Gallaway

…I thought potheads were supposed to be mellow and laid back?


no to drugs but yes to killing and prostitution? are you stupid? marijuana usage is not a bad thing. have you ever done marijuana? Let me guess, no. most closed minded review ever. and why the fuck are you so cheap? you need a job.

Video games should be reviewed as art instead of products, and in order to do that, reviewers need to not be worried about prices. that guy who reviewed saints row 2 (brad) is DEFINITELY a “should i buy this game or not” reviewer.

Chi Kong Lui

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