Games that try to poke fun at the medium's cliches only end up rehashing them. Can DeathSpank lampoon gaming's most tedious failures while rising above them? "If there isn't a good fun game at the core, nothing else matters," Gilbert says. "DeathSpank is more of a satire of games rather than a parody, but the real key is to make a good solid game. The funny is just icing on the cake."