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15 awards, 6 podcasters, and countless surprises. You'll be stunned by our pick for Game of the Year, and by the vigorous debate that follows its reveal. Plus: we announce the two winners of our Holiday Contest! Thanks to everyone for entering! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, Daniel Weissenberger, and Tim "Maybe Next Year" Spaeth. From all of us at GameCritics, have a fantastic holiday, and we'll see you in 2012!

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_66.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:29pm EST

Brad's back with a vengeance, smacking down accusations that he's playing Skyrim incorrectly. Also: Skyward Sword, Corpse Party, Fate/Extra, and, at last, our semi-epic fight over Batman: Arkham City. Plus: Details on how you can win BIG in our BIG holiday contest. With Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "BIG" Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_65.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:35pm EST

Not everybody's thankful for Skyrim this week, but most of us are. We explore this latest epic entry in the Elder Scrolls quintology. Plus, what the heck is Ubisoft doing with Assassin's Creed? (Beats us.) And is it ever OK to ignore multiplayer modes when reviewing games? We think so, and we'll tell you why. Many thanks to our very special guest, the brilliant Rhea Monique! With Chi Kong Lui, Mike Bracken, Richard "Bob Dylan" Naik, Tim Spaeth, and Tim Spaeth again as the mysterious and enigmatic J. Bradford Gallaway IV.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_64.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:17am EST

We're joined by Reviews on the Run host (and GameCritics alum) Scott Jones, who speaks publicly for the first time about his controversial Uncharted 3 review. Afterward, Chi and Mike take a Crater Lake-deep dive into the successes and failures of the game. Plus: Is gameplay an endangered species, and how on Earth do we find the time to play all these video games? With Chi Kong Lui, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "Deepak" Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_63.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:28pm EST

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.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_62.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:38pm EST

Dark Souls. Need I type more? Plus: Our most embarrassing gaming confessions, and indie hits Wizorb and Robotriot. Featuring Chi Kong "Not Sure Where These Quotes Go" Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_61.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:40am EST

This week: The moderate highs and not-so-moderate lows of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, plus we remember what made the original so special. Also: Gears of War 3, Tim takes five minutes off, and we share our picks for dream HD remakes. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard "The Logician" Naik, and Tim Spaeth. Special thanks to RandomRob for composing this week's break music!

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_60.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:46pm EST

Writer Jeffrey Matulef joins us as we reminisce about our time at PAX 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.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_59.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:40pm EST

Gamer moms and gamer dads, assemble! The mighty Aaron of the GameEnthus Podcast joins us for a lengthy conversation about the joys and challenges of integrating our parenting and gaming lives. How did we introduce games to our kids? How do we deal with M-rated content? How do we decide when to take the controller away? We also offer some unique kid's game recommendations you won't find anywhere else. Plus: Our take on a game your kids should definitely NOT play: Catherine. With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "The Master Thespian" Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_58.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:31pm EST

The crew reunites and wastes no time getting back to doing what it does best: angering the Internet with a brutal dismantling of Bastion. Plus: Sexism in Ms. Splosion Man, the failures of LA Noire, the joys of Ghost Recon 3DS, and the magnificence of Lost Odyssey. We also debut our new movie segment, and if you like surprises, well, hold onto your wigs and keys, folks. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, and Tim "Fresh Beatz" Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_57.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:13pm EST

GameCritics' own Trent Fingland regales us with war stories from the E3 front. Along the way we reconcile our E3 predictions, debate the future of Japanese gaming, have a serious talk about religion, and get uncomfortably inquisitive about the whereabouts of Ken Levine. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "Someday Someone Will Agree With Me About Something" Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_56.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:34pm EST

This week, we honor the little guy. (Not Herve Villechaize; for that, check out my Fantasy Island Podcast.) No, it's all about great Indie Games we think you should play. Plus: Highly improbable E3 predictions which, knowing us, will probably wind up coming true. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad "The Diamond" Gallaway, Richard Naik, and Tim Spaeth. Happy birthday Ryan!

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_55.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:25pm EST

Have you ever considered which games were the turning points in your gaming career? WHY NOT? This week, we reflect on ours. Plus: The "Hypothetical Pre-Order Game," two grown men fight over Tom Welling, and barely a peep about Wing Commander. You're welcome. With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik and Tim "It's a T-Shirt!" Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_54.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:02pm EST

We're back! Again! Join us for captivating spoiler-free discussions of Portal 2 and Dead Space 2. Plus: the merits of silent protagonists, PSN madness, Chi buys a 3Ds, Mike subscribes to FFXIV, Tim loses it over Dante's Inferno, and so much more. We were just so happy to hear each other's voices, we couldn't stop gabbing. With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "Chance" Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_53.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:31pm EST

You read his review: Brad hates Dragon Age II. But what do the rest of us think? Plus, Brad responds directly to his harshest critics, we speculate on Bioware's future, and another gripping round of Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "Ewwwwwww" Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_52.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:29pm EST

We're joined by Community Manager Rhea Monique for another round of our Gaming Exchange Program. This time, Tim endured Team Fortress 2 while Richard suffered through World of Warcraft. You'll never guess the results! Plus, our take on The Death of Middle Class Gaming, and the coach from the Major League movies takes over Tim's hosting duties. Featuring Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and (sort of) Tim Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_51.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:41pm EST

For our 50th episode we welcome Sam Marchello of She offers her perspective on the state of game criticism and helps us break down the mania surrounding the Dead Island trailer. Plus, as a special bonus: our never-before-heard "pilot" episode! Special thanks to RandomRob for his epic musical contribution. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "Podcast Angry 3D" Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_50.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:31pm EST

Join Tim, Brad, and special guests Kimberly Unger and Sinan Kubba for an all-Doctor Who edition of our podcast. How is the show perceived in the UK versus in the US? Is the show flying or floundering under Steven Moffatt? And you can't have a Doctor Who show without answering that immortal (HAH!) question: Which Doctor is best: Eccleston, Tennant, or Smith? We cover it all: Time Lords and companions, allies and villains, epic storylines and epic duds -- Whether you're a longtime Whovian or just a curious oustider, there's something here for you. Join us!

Direct download: GameCritics_Presents_The_Doctor_Who_Show.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:51am EST

How many games have fallen short of greatness because of a single, fatal flaw? This week we look at gaming's most tragic failures. Plus, an actual argument breaks out before your very ears, and our thumbs get a workout in our new segment Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "Heat not Heart" Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_49.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:52pm EST

3DS! PSP! Smartphones! Which represents the true future of mobile gaming? Plus: Our most anticipated titles of 2011, and you'll struggle to hold back tears as Richard becomes a man. (NOTE: We recorded this episode before the big PSP2/NGP announcement -- you'll marvel at the semi-accuracy of our predictions!) Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "The Timely Producer" Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_48.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:47pm EST