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Awards, contest winners, and Dan Weissenberger? This can only be our Fifth Annual Holiday Awards Spectacular! We dish on the best and worst of 2012, Brad's son drops in to share his best and worst of the year, and we give out some fabulous prizes based on a really cool random number generator. Featuring Dylan Collins, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Dan Weissenberger, Richard "It's not really a spoiler" Naik, and Tim "the Brett Farve thing is getting old" Spaeth. 

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode84.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:56am EST

We discuss The Walking Dead Episode 5: No Time Left and the series as a whole. But BEFORE that, we have thumbs up and thumbs down and an announcement about our big end of the year show! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad "9 Dollar Coconut Drink" Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Dylan Collins

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode83.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:31am EST

At long last, the in-depth Borderlands/Borderlands 2 discussion that has for too long been stricken from our main show. For a grueling six hours we tear into every possible facet of the Borderlands franchise, from secret realtionships of the NPCs to Randy Pitchford's favorite breakfast cereal. Featuring Richard "Sniper" Naik and Tim "Going in guns blazing is always an appropriate course of action" Spaeth.

Direct download: Borderlands.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:13am EST

It's a special 1/5 British edition of the podcast. This week we tackle Wreck-It Ralph, Thanksgiving shout outs, and what we've been playing during our long hibernation. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and special guest host Sinan "Redcoat" Kubba.

Direct download: podcastEp82.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55pm EST

This week, we discuss our favorite scary games, and then have a mega discussion of The Walking Dead: Episode 4! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Richard "Defender Against The Robot Uprising" Naik, Dylan Collins and special guest Jeffrey Matulef.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode81.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:55am EST

Have you ever bought a system for one game? That's the question we discuss this episode. We also hear about Brad's trip to the Retro Games Expo, and talk about Torchlight 2, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Tokyo Jungle and more. Also, Richard contemplates putting on water skiis. with Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard "Shark Man" Naik, and Dylan Collins

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode80.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:23am EST

In this episode, Brad is freshly back from PAX and gives us the low-down on what he saw there. We then go into a huge, spoiler ridden discussion of The Walking Dead Episode 3. Don't worry, we tell you before we start talking about it. Stop being paranoid.

With Chi Kong "Mr. C" Lui, Brad "Richie" Gallaway, Mike "Potsie Bracken, Richard "The Fonz" Naik and Dylan "Arnold" Collins.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode79.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:47pm EST

Tonight, we talk games. Lots of games. Sleeping dogs, Risen 2, Darksiders 2, Papo and Yo, Spec Ops, Way of the Samurai 4 and so many more! We're back and in full force, ladies and gentleman! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Richard "Children must be taught to draw from birth" Nayik, special guest Jeffrey Matulef and Dylan Collins.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcast78.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:31am EST

In this episode we have a good old fashioned "What have you been playing?" Discussion. We then have a debate sparked by an email over Sniper Elite V2 and round it all out with some thumbs! Whith Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik and Dylan "I have no witty nicknames" Collins.

Direct download: GamecriticsPodcastepisode77.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:23pm EST

In this episode, Chi and Brad play Dawnguard, Richard plays League of Legends, Mike plays Demon's Souls (2 years late) and we ALL play The Walking Dead Episode 2. We also took some listener questions. Haven't you always wondered what Chi's favorite Pokemon is? WELL HERE IS THE CHANCE TO LEARN! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard "We still hate Duck" Naik and Dylan Collins.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode76.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:32pm EST

Tonight (or today, depending on when you choose to listen) we join Richard, Kristin, and guests Aaron and Anna for a very special Avatar-themed podcast. No, not the stupid M. Night Shyamalan adaptation or James Cameron film, we're talking about the real meat of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. We talk about our favorite episodes and characters, followed by rampant gushing about everything related to bending, sky bisons, and more. Plus, we engage in rampant speculation as to the identity of Amon, all of which turns out to be spectacularly wrong. Enjoy!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:26pm EST

It's our E3 spectacular! We talk about the conferences, we talk about the games and we talk about the Wii U! Plus, with all of the recent controversy over violence in video games, as the industry finally gone too far? With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik and Dylan "I still haven't got the hang of this ending thing" Collins.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcast75.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:59pm EST

On this episode we examine the state of Portable Games. Brad also brings Dragon's Dogma to the table, and Mike and Chi weigh in on Max Payne 3. This episode also features what is surely the greatest "Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down" of all time! With Dylan Collins, Chi Kong Lui, Brad "Bromance" Gallaway, Mike Bracken and special guest Michael Cunningham.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode74.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:59pm EST

In this episode we feature a full blown discussion of The Walking Dead, Episode 1, and Richard drinks the most Richard-like thing that he could possibly drink. Not enough, you say? We also look at the good, the bad and the ugly of open world games. Stop what you're doing right now...unless it is downloading this PODCAST! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard "I'm not wasting a bullet" Naik and Dylan Collins.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode73.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:38pm EST

In this episode, it's a PAXtacular! With two thirds of us freshly back from PAX East, we discuss panels, games and Pokemon...garbage bag...creatures. We've also got a fresh batch of games we've been playing and thumbs up and thumbs down. Join us! Right now! With special guests Mattie Brice and Kristen Taylor joining Brad Gallaway, Richard Naik, Chi  Kong "Akuma" Lui and Dylan Collins.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode72.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:44am EST

On the latest episode of After Dark, we take on Mass Effect 3 and the now-infamous ending, share our reflections on the Mass Effect franchise, and have a spirited discussion about sexual relations. Featuring Richard Naik and Brad Gallaway, special guest Michael Cunningham on loan from, plus a special appearance from Tim "Brett Favre" Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCriticsAfterDarkEp2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:48pm EST

It's all about sequels this episode on the podcast! From Super Mario Brothers 2 to Devil Survivor 2, we're all over them! Also, Mass Effect 3: has Bioware reclaimed Brad's seal of approval? What about the ending controversy? All that plus thumbs, AND a birthday! With Dylan Collins, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Richard Naik and Mike "I live near a den of spiders" Bracken.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode71.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:49pm EST

After an exhaustive search that spanned multiple continents and an interview process that involved chainsaw-filled cage matches and a perilous journey through shark-infested jungles, we found our man from the depths of the Interwebs and his name is Dylan Collins. Dylan "Not-Tim-Spaeth" Collins joins Chi Kong Lui, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik and Brad Gallaway for the first time in his inaugural audition episode that kicks off a new era of the GC Podcast.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Audition_Dylan.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:58am EST

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.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_70.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:46am EST

Used games, gender uncertainty, ignoring player feedback, invigorating cutscenes, Transformers shopping advice, Kirk vs. Picard -- All that and much, much, MUCH more on the surprisingly wholesome 69th episode of the Podcast. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard "Thumb Integrity Means Nothing to Me" Naik, and Tim Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_69.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24am EST

Surely we can't find anything negative to say about Rayman Origins, right? Errrrr.... Plus the truly uncanny X-Men Destiny (why hast thou forsaken me, Denis Dyack?) and our take on whether games journalists should ever write for free. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "Quack" Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_68.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:14am EST

We're bringing back GameCritics After Dark, and to kick things off it's a special Zelda extravaganza! We assemble a crack team of experts to give their take on Skyward Sword, then we debate an even more enormous question: what is the future of the Zelda franchise? Featuring Richard Naik and Mike Bracken, plus special guests Jeffrey Matulef and Michael Abbot.

Direct download: GameCritics_After_Dark_-_The_Legend_of_Zelda_Skyward_Sword.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:51pm EST

Happy New Year! We reveal the success rate of our 2011 gaming resolutions, and set some new ones for 2012. Plus, Fallout (the first one!), Infinity Blade II, Sequence, Darksiders, and Zelda: Skyward BORED -- am I right, people? With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "My Wife Really Did Say That" Spaeth. Oh, and I almost forgot! This is the show that changes everything.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_67.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:36pm EST