TalkRadar UK Episode 82


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Welcome one and all, to a brand-spanking new episode of TalkRadar UK. This week the inane ramblings slow down long enough to focus on such burning issues as Metacritic's failed attempt to rate developers individually, Cundy is tasked with coming up with a last minute Appreciation Section game and there's a brief tale about an inappropriate dentist. Oh, and don't forget to try QWOP, which we also chat about too.

There's also your answers to Question of the Week - What real life skills have you learned from games? - your text messages to the GamesRadar Hotline and of course the gaming chatter and double entendres that you've come to love from TalkRadar UK. Enjoy!

TalkRadar UK fan art

Now you're getting it. The fan art thread (here) is becoming quite the creativity corner and we love it. As promised, whenever you make your debut in this section e-mail your name and address to to claim your free GR-branded USB stick complete with behind the scenes images from GR Towers.


Above: A Monty Python-esque piece of brilliance here. Oddly, Cundy's teeth actually do this in real life


Above: It's like a game of Catchphrase. Just say what you see


Above: Nathan's novel way of repairing his old Vic 20 is now in instructional image form


Above: The infamous 'Gary' text message sent to the GamesRadar Hotline is the subject of this Bart prank call

GamesRadar hotline

Right, here's the deal... DO: Send us game related questions/trivia or a confession. Ensure that your  text isn't a small essay. DON'T: Send us chain texts, jokes or requests asking for a job. Got it? So with the serious crap out of the way, please do drop us a line we'll play your dulcet tones across the airwaves via the wonders of technology. Or simply drop us a text. We love hearing from you guys. All calls and texts charged at your local standard rate.

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The info bit

Post date: Wednesday 30th March 2011
Run time: 01 hour 30 minutes 36 seconds
Intro music: Sabrepulse | Outro and minigame music: The Disco King
Find all the previous episodes of TalkRadar UK on our compendium page




  • thesystemaddicts - April 5, 2011 1:40 a.m.

    Might not be as far advanced as we'd want, but you said schools should start embracing it: some have...
  • SDHoneymonster - April 4, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    Guys - PS3 exclusives you missed out; Little Big Planet! And PSN better than XBLA? I present you one game; Limbo.
  • Poffle - April 4, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    It's all my fault. Well partially yours for being entertaining! No disciplinary, got someone to cover my shift and took an annual leave day. Sorted! Worked out well actually. Might listen to more on my next sleep in!
  • GamesRadar_NathanIrvine - April 4, 2011 8:29 a.m.

    @Poffle Hopefully we didn't manage to get you disciplined by your pay-masters. Glad you're enjoying them though and it's always nice to hear from new listeners.
  • Poffle - April 4, 2011 8:14 a.m.

    Hey guys, Long time reader of the site but I never signed up for an account. I gave this Podcast a little listen and felt the need to make an account to say well done. I work in a care home and last night I was on a sleep in shift. I decided to listen to this Podcast while I was in bed. I enjoyed it, so I started downloading ones from the beginning of the year. I listened to another one then ended up only getting two hours of sleep before I had to wake up and start my morning shift. Now I'm too tired to do my shift and have had to come home. So well done guys. Well done. Maybe next time you can get me sent home permanently. Think I'll go get some sleep then listen to a few more!
  • Matt Cundy - March 31, 2011 noon

    @el.waxa TalkRadar UK: It's better than having a cry-wank. Like it.
  • philipshaw - March 31, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    Cundy is back, this should be a good one
  • garnsr - March 30, 2011 10:19 p.m.

    Meteacritic is an aggregator, giving you an easy place to find scores from different sources. The developer idea is a good one, it's just giving them a score based on all of their games' scores that gets a little wonky. But being able to see everything someone has worked on and general scores is cool, anyone with a brain won't live their life based on what Metacritic says.
  • b-dog1991 - March 30, 2011 9:48 p.m.

    The petrifying thing about the shuffling beast known as metacritic is that it’s already (sort of) grading film critics, by keeping a database of: every film they’ve reviewed, if said critic scores higher or lower than the average score and the percentage of films they’ve given the good, mediocre, pants full of cack scores to. ( is one example). It can’t be long before the same thing happens to games journalists the world – and several bedrooms- over. But at least the tea-makers at Sony, Ninty etc. are finally getting the rich reward they deserve.
  • ChickenFillet5140 - March 30, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    YESSSSS!!! You guys just made my week.
  • 510BrotherPanda - March 30, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    I honestly didn't know Metacritic existed, until I found out from GamesRadar about it... goes to show how deep in the hole my proverbial ostrich head is. (FACT: IRL ostriches don't do this to "hide". They're probably more likely to behead a lion with a jump kick.)
  • Crofto - March 30, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    Kinda disagree with Dave -- possibly the first time I've disagreed with him by the way -- about Metacritic; I don't think the concept of it is flawed, but rather the reviews themselves. It's all well and good saying it considers "bedroom bloggers" equal to bigger sites, but in all respect, websites like this and others (magazines too) aren't a good example of how reviews should work. There's far too many unexperienced writers out there, getting paid to write massively overenthusiastic reviews for games which don't deserve it; as long as a game has a big publisher/developer, and has a big fanboy following you can bet that'll massively influence a less experienced reviewer. If Homefront was made by Bungie or Infinity Ward and published by EA or Activision I would put money on it scoring 80+ on Metacritic. An example of a reviewer aggregator working properly -- which I notice you didn't mention -- is Rotten Tomatoes which is a fantastic and reliable tool for finding good films. Better yet, it has a section for each film to show what experienced and highly respected critics say about the film, if you wish to further filter-out the trash (though why Empire magazine are considered a "Top Critic" I will never know). Metacritic is simply a tool that is being misused by bad writers. That's it. ;p Also, it goes without saying, but great podcast!
  • daninthemix - March 30, 2011 3:05 p.m.

    Metacritic has had a huge effect on my purchases in the past. Less so now.
  • el.waxa - March 30, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    Was going to have a cry-wank but I'll listen to this :-)
  • jonnylil - March 30, 2011 12:37 p.m.

    Get in, a good afternoon at the desk listening while working!

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