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You keep geekin'.

The Geek Critique is a YouTube channel and series of gaming-centric web videos created by Josh Wallen. The channel started with Josh and his friends (Kalin, Steven and Lennon) doing goofy let's plays, but slowly evolved into a more informative, documentary-esque format.

The main channel (home of the aforementioned informative content) can be found here. The channel for let's plays and streams can be found here.



    Let's Plays and Streams 
  • Butt-Monkey: Kalin, most of the time.
  • Crack Fic: One stream, Josh and Friends read a bizarre fan fiction called "Tails' Goldfish". This fic involves, among other things, a recolor fan character obsessed with gum and lawn chairs, Knuckles eating a goldfish whole and poor English. Makes a return during the "Sonic 1 With ShayMay" stream, much to Shay's bemusement.
  • Lost Episode: A good few due to unfortunate circumstances.
  • Memetic Loser: invoked Played for Laughs. A Running Gag is Kalin's complete ineptitude at basically everything, but especially video games.
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: Parodied. Josh states that the reason Kalin had been gone so long is because he wrecked a boat and was drowning in Underwater Marble Zone.
  • Noodle Incident: As noted by the commentators, some dialog during Tails' Goldfish seems to indicate Tails has a history of getting his pets eaten.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Kalin claims these are "his way" and is frustrated when Josh discourages it. It usually doesn't end well.
  • Sex God/The Pornomancer: A series of events in the 2016 Hacking Contest stream leads to Kalin receiving this reputation.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Back in the let's play era, Josh usually played the straight man to Kalin's wise guy.
  • That One Level: invoked Discussed. Kalin treats Marble Zone and any underwater levels as this. Culminates in the hack Underwater Marble Zone.

    Documentary-Style Content 

  • Author Appeal: Josh really likes Sonic and Donkey Kong Country and his videos make little attempt to hide this.
  • Artifact Title: Zig-Zagged. The name was originally used for a newspaper column and then a podcast, but the name began to fall out of relevance following the let's play content. The new documentary-esque content returns it to relevancy, however.
  • Catchphrase: "You keep geekin', I'll keep... critiquin'."
    • "So (co-commentator), what's your critique?"


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