Writer Jeffrey Matulef joins us as we reminisce about our time at PAX Prime 2011. Not only did we get our hands on Lollipop Chainsaw, Aliens: Infestation, the PS Vita, and (of course) Borderlands 2, but you'll find out what happened when Brad let Richard interact with his son. No children were harmed in the production of this podcast. As far as we know. Featuring Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "Two Balls" 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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Jeffrey Matulef
Jeffrey Matulef
9 years ago

@eric Thanks!

@Chris Good call on Spy Party. I forgot to mention it as I played it last year at PAX and it was probably my game of the show then. This year there was so much new stuff to see that I sadly didn’t get around to revisiting it.

@Daniel Re: Amnesia: I had the same problem with my last computer. I only recently got around to playing it this summer after buying a new laptop. It’s on OnLive, so I’d recommend giving that a shot.

Richard Naik
Richard Naik
9 years ago

There was actually a software rendering option, but it didn’t make any difference.

My advice to anyone: try the demo first even if you intend to buy (which I know you did) and see if it works.

Daniel Markstedt
Daniel Markstedt
9 years ago

I can only confirm Brad’s experience with Amnesia. Following the recommendation on this very website I tried to run the demo on my brand new Lenovo work laptop: Intel i5, 4 GB RAM etc., but with that very same integrated Intel GPU that spelled doom for Brad. It crashed and burned so bad, even causing a kernel panic once when hitting ‘new game’… Kind of miss the days of a software rendering option, however an eyesore the result was… Regardless, awesome podcast as usual! You guys totally add a silver lining to my morning Caltrain commutes every time a new… Read more »

Chris Johnson
9 years ago

1. great pic of Richard and Brad and son. Adorable! 2. Borderlands. I agree with Tim that the game doesn’t really click until hour 12, at least in single player which is my bag. I also totally agree with most of the criticism thrown at the game, in large part because those grievances kept me from finishing the game myself. No (compelling) story, fetch quests, bland enviros, blah blah etc. However, I must say that I am becoming more intrigued by Borderlands 2 – if nothing else because maybe they have the funds and vision now for what the game… Read more »

Eric Bowman
Eric Bowman
9 years ago

Great podcast, Jeffrey did really well. Prey 2 is looking pretty fantastic.