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EXP Podcast #511: The Year Ahead 2019

The Experience Points Podcast

Release Date: 01/17/2019

EXP Podcast #550: A Decade of Characters show art EXP Podcast #550: A Decade of Characters

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As we continue our headlong sprint towards the decade's end, we pause to recognize some of the memorable characters of the past 10 years. Using Polygon's list as a starting point, we discuss some standout examples and take stock of where games are in terms of character development. After all, this might be the last decade where we can safely treat these things as fictional characters rather than sneaky AIs waiting for us to drop our guard long enough for them to launch their conquest of humanity. You hear that, Shovel Knight? I'm on to you.

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EXP Podcast #548: Sonic, VR, and Tall Grass show art EXP Podcast #548: Sonic, VR, and Tall Grass

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It's American Thanksgiving this week, and I know one thing that I'm thankful for: a new version of Sonic that doesn't look like the monkey-kid from Jumanji. This week on the EXP Podcast, we emerge from the uncanny valley unscathed and carrying a VR headset and some pokeballs!  - Runtime: 36 min 00 sec  - Music by Brad Sucks

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EXP Podcast #548: Strands, Gooigi, and Outer Worlds show art EXP Podcast #548: Strands, Gooigi, and Outer Worlds

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All the sudden it's November and we find ourselves in the thick of release season. This week we took a break from delivering packages long enough to do an in-progress check-ins on Luigi's Mansion 3, The Outer Worlds, and Death Stranding. Now that I think of it, Gooigi seems like the sort of thing that would be right at home in a Kojima game.

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EXP Podcast #537: 21st Century Greats show art EXP Podcast #537: 21st Century Greats

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The decade is almost over and we've come a long way since Y2K crashed our computers and sent modern civilization spiralling towards a Mad Max Oblivion. This week on the EXP Pocast, we discuss the games that got us through the last 20 years and why picking our favorite or the most important games of the 21st century is so damn hard.  - Runtime: 36 min 16 sec - "The 50 Best Games of the 21st Century," by Keith Stuart and Keza MacDonald, via The Guardian - Music from the The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening soundtrack

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EXP Podcast #546: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Debrief show art EXP Podcast #546: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Debrief

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Rise and shine, adventurers! Your dream has come true: a debrief on this year's Link's Awakening remake. We ask the hard-hitting questions: Who is this game for? Has Breath of the Wild ruined everything? Why would a banana man want dog food? Don't worry about it too much; just enjoy the adorable tilt-shift goodness.

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EXP Podcast #545: Sayonara Untitled Debrief show art EXP Podcast #545: Sayonara Untitled Debrief

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We are back after a brief work/life-induced hiatus! And we brought an obnoxious feathered friend with us and... uh... also a girl on a motorcycle. This week on the EXP Podcast, we review Untitled Goose Game and Sayonara Wild Hearts in a double debrief! While very different, both games are well worth your attention. Especially if you're into either A) pop albums or B) being just a total asshole to strangers. Show Notes:  - Runtime: 38 min 57 sec - Music from the Sayonara Wild Hearts OST and Untitled Goose Game Trailer

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EXP Podcast #544: Control Debrief show art EXP Podcast #544: Control Debrief

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If there is one thing I've learned from years working at a white-collar job, it's to never underestimate the destructive power of a thrown office chair. This week on the EXP Podcast, we toss around all kinds of office equipment using the telekinetic power in Control, the latest game from Remedy Entertainment.  For good and bad, this is an interesting game full of excellent ideas (some of which are readily available online via the SCP Foundation). Give the episode a listen and send us email with your thoughts on the game! Show Notes:  - Runtime: 46 min 45 sec - Music from the...

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EXP Podcast #543: Final Fantasy VII Debrief Part 6 show art EXP Podcast #543: Final Fantasy VII Debrief Part 6

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Our 6-part Final Fantasy VII debrief comes to a close this week as the dust settles on Sephiroth's reign of terror! We share some potentially controversial opinions on the conclusion to one of the most beloved RPGs of all time, craft some fan fiction of our own, and ponder what the remake holds for players still smitten with FF7 nostalgia. Show Notes:   - Intro and fight scene music from the Final Fantasy VII OST - Outro from "Black Materia" by Mega Ran

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EXP Podcast #542: Hangin' on the Holodeck show art EXP Podcast #542: Hangin' on the Holodeck

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Dear listeners, Jorge has reached a critical point in his continuing mission, his trek through the stars if you will: the holodeck. This seminal piece of science fiction tech was inspired by and in turn has inspired the types of video games we play and how we even conceive of a virtual world. This week we dig into the concept of the holodeck, something that is simultaneously a blueprint and an source of aspiration for many of the games we play. Also: Jorge correctly and impressively predicts the holodeck-related plots of many Star Trek episodes that he has yet to watch.

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EXP Podcast #541: Final Fantasy VII Debrief Part 5 show art EXP Podcast #541: Final Fantasy VII Debrief Part 5

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We are back in the cockpit of the Highwind this week in our continuation of our Final Fantasy VII debrief. Our adventure has taken us up to the stars and down to the deep recess of the ocean. Also, we killed a big ol' kaiju.   Show Notes: - Runtime: 46 min 38 sec - Music from the Final Fantasy VII OST

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2019 is here and the future is bright! Well, at least for games. This week on the EXP Podcast, we look at some of our most anticipated games of 2019 - from underground platformers to weird space indies, there are many, many, games to look forward to this coming year. What are you most excited to play?

- Runtime: 38 min 27 sec

- Music by Brad Sucks