The Experience Points Podcast
A weekly video game podcast from the co-writers of ExperiencePoints.net
info_outline EXP Podcast #511: The Year Ahead 2019 01/17/2019
EXP Podcast #511: The Year Ahead 2019 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
info_outline EXP Podcast #510: 2018 Leftovers 01/09/2019
EXP Podcast #510: 2018 Leftovers 2018 is over but before it's out of site we're going to take a quick look in the rear view mirror. As always, there were some great games that didn't make it into our GOTY-cast. This week, we give them their due and ponder another important question: should we call this show "The Leftoveys" or have I truly snapped?
info_outline EXP Podcast #509: 2018 Games of the Year 01/03/2019
EXP Podcast #509: 2018 Games of the Year The best games of 2018 are here! This week on the EXP Podcast, we kick-off 2019 with a discussion of our top 3 games from 2018. Some of these choices are predictable and some might surprise you. There have been a ton of great games this year, so honing down our favorites took some serious work. Let us know your top games of 2018! Also, be sure to toon in next week when we discuss some of the leftover games that didn't make the list but are worth thinking about (and playing) in 2019. Show Notes (SPOILERS): - Runtime: 41 mins - Music by Brad Sucks, The Messenger, Spider-Man, Into the Breach, Return of the Obra Dinn, and God of War
info_outline EXP Podcast #508: The 2018 Gamey Awards 12/20/2018
EXP Podcast #508: The 2018 Gamey Awards It's late December and you know what that means: it's Gamey season! There are many contenders, but only a select few will contend for the illustrious title of being the Gamey-est game of 2018. But don't worry, there are plenty of other categories to go around. Husbandos, gear grinders, roommates and more are all up for grabs!
info_outline EXP Podcast #507: The Game Awards 2018 Debrief 12/12/2018
EXP Podcast #507: The Game Awards 2018 Debrief Geoff Keighley hosted his annual Game Awards show again this year, which is half awards show and half massive promotional event. Not only has the show gotten more lavish since its inception, but more publishers are using the platform to make huge announcements. Today on the EXP Podcast, we go over some of the more exciting game trailers and updates from the show. Journey with us to the far reaches of space to the depths of Hades. Show Notes: - Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #506: Playing Our Cards Right 12/06/2018
EXP Podcast #506: Playing Our Cards Right There's never been a better time for people that love cards but lack table space. With the release of Artifact, Valve is wading into the collectible card game market and retrofitting some of the traditional economic models onto their own marketplace. This week we do a survey of the landscape and weigh the pros and cons of converting our retirement funds into rare foil cards.
info_outline EXP Podcast #505: All Out on Fallout 11/28/2018
EXP Podcast #505: All Out on Fallout Fallout 76 released a couple weeks ago and fans are, well, not happy with it. News came out today that Bethesda can't even bag the game right. Today on the EXP Podcast, we discuss some of the failures of the latest Fallout and how the game could be victim to its own franchise history. Show Notes: - Runtime: 33m 19s - Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #504: Thanksgiving Gaming Analogies 11/21/2018
EXP Podcast #504: Thanksgiving Gaming Analogies It's Thanksgiving time here in the states, so we're doing a bit of a theme episode this week. Food, football, and feuding with the family: Thanksgiving carries with it many unique traditions. But what is the gaming equivalent to arguing about the gold standard with that one weird uncle you see once a year? This week, we kick off the holiday season with some of our favorite (and least favorite) seasonal rituals.
info_outline EXP Podcast #503: Game Time 11/15/2018
EXP Podcast #503: Game Time If there's one thing that takes longer than downloading Red Dead Redemption 2, it's playing it. With all this time spent playing Red Dead, it's hard not to notice how the game marks its own passage of time. The sun rises and sets, animals rot, and townsfolk walk around town on some personal errand. How does the passage of time make a game feel more real? And how do some games convey the passage of time better than others? All of this and more in this week's episode! Show Notes: Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #502: Smashing Blizzard 11/08/2018
EXP Podcast #502: Smashing Blizzard Between the recent news from Blizzcon and the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct, it seems like everyone is itching for a fight. Blizzard has been doing some damage control after dunking on its own fans while Nintendo is pre-apologizing for the existence of DLC. And of course, Professor Layton is still nowhere to be seen. This week, we recap a few of the big news announcements and welcome our new mobile-only, pro-wrestling Pokemon overlords.
info_outline EXP Podcast #501: Red Dead Redemption 2 First Impressions 11/01/2018
EXP Podcast #501: Red Dead Redemption 2 First Impressions We pack our saddlebags and head out West this week to finally talk about Red Dead Redemption 2. This is a long game, so while the full debrief has to wait, today we'll share our first impressions, give some tips on hogtying insolent strangers, and accidentally kick a dog. Since you're undoubtedly playing the game yourself, let us know your early thoughts by shooting us an email! Show Notes: - Runtime: 41m - Music from the Red Dead Redemption 2 Official Soundtrack
info_outline EXP Podcast #500: Ten Years of Trends 10/24/2018
EXP Podcast #500: Ten Years of Trends We've been at this old podcasting game for nigh on a decade now. We've seen a lot of comings and goings over the years, so this week we do a little retrospective on some of the standout trends that have changed the medium over the past ten years. Somewhere, our Farmville plots are overgrown and our Xbox 360 HD DVD drives are gathering dust, but our progress bars and eSports careers are growing by the day.
info_outline EXP Podcast #499: Spiders, Messengers, and Breaches 10/18/2018
EXP Podcast #499: Spiders, Messengers, and Breaches This week on the EXP Podcast, we swing back into some games we've been playing. From the tall buildings of New York to the deep breaches of space-time, we take you on a journey of some recent hits and hidden gems. On our list today: Spider-Man, The Messenger, Into the Breach and the oddly named The MISSING: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories. Show Notes: - Runtime: 38m 57s - Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #498: Streaming Gets Serious 10/10/2018
EXP Podcast #498: Streaming Gets Serious Brace your routers: another generation of streaming game services is careening across the web and towards your wallet. This week, we talk about Project xCloud, along with efforts from Google, Ubisoft, and others to make a push for delivering games on demand. Will this be the beginning of the end for the single-game purchase or are our intertubes too clogged up to meet our demands? Listen in for a chance to hear what two people who are in no way networking experts think.
info_outline EXP Podcast #497: The Sony Classic 10/04/2018
EXP Podcast #497: The Sony Classic Just look at the Sony Classic, a miniaturized version of the iconic PlayStation that's so small it has to be legally marked as a choking hazard. Which is perfect, because if there's one thing Sony wants us to shove down our throats, it's their back-catalogue of amazing games. This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss the games we think deserve a place on this system. Oh, and we also come up with a concept for the mini that would have been WAY better than this thing.
info_outline EXP Podcast #496: Telltale Troubles 09/27/2018
EXP Podcast #496: Telltale Troubles Late last week, Telltale announced it was closing down the studio. It's never easy seeing so many people lose their jobs and some of the revelations about the questionable work environment make it even worse. The fact remains that Telltale had a huge influence on the adventure game genre as well as the larger game industry, so we're taking this week to look back on the company's run and recognize the company's impact.
info_outline EXP Podcast #495: Peachette Direct 09/20/2018
EXP Podcast #495: Peachette Direct Shocking revelations from Nintendo this past week with the news that Princess Peach is, in fact, a mushroom-person who is merely granted a human form using the powers of her royal crown. This week on the podcast, we discuss the latest news from Nintendo.
info_outline EXP Podcast #494: Swinging into the Donut Breach 09/13/2018
EXP Podcast #494: Swinging into the Donut Breach It's September, which means it's back to school and back to games! This week to do a check in on three current games we've been playing: Marvel's Spiderman, Donut County, and Into the Breach. Now that I look at it, I find the variety between those games extremely cool. Hopefully I can use this bounty to redirect my urge to binge on donuts into an urge to binge on games. My waistline will thank me.
info_outline EXP Podcast #493: Hard Pass 09/06/2018
EXP Podcast #493: Hard Pass Fishing? Who needs it. Crafting? No thanks. Alchemy? That's someone else's job. This week on the EXP Podcast, we're discussing all the wonderfully crafted game systems we just never seem to care about. From skinning animals to make larger wallets to harvesting herbs to brew all kinds of potions. With so much to do, how could we possibly do all of it?
info_outline EXP Podcast #492: Dead Cells Debrief 08/29/2018
EXP Podcast #492: Dead Cells Debrief I used to be worried about gene splicing, but then Motion Twin synthesized a hybrid of Dark Souls, Spelunky, Castlevania, along with a generous helping of their own secret sauce. Now I'm fully onboard with our wonderful future of procedural, rogue-like, side-scrolling combat exploration games. This week, we talk about Dead Cells!
info_outline EXP Podcast #491: Everyone Hates Luigi 08/23/2018
EXP Podcast #491: Everyone Hates Luigi Admit it. You hate Luigi. Even if you don't, we can all agree the younger Mario brother is the "green sheep" in the family. Inspired by Polygon's recent history of Luigi's unfortunate status in gaming, we discuss our feelings towards loser characters - from Luigi to Link. Show Notes: - Runtime: 31m - "When Did Luigi Become Nintendo's Punching Bag," via Polygon - Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #490: Technophilia 08/16/2018
EXP Podcast #490: Technophilia The future is here! Again. For at least the third time this year. It's like the future doesn't want to leave us alone. This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss the MagicLeap, a new pair of Alternate Reality goggles that promise to change the way we see the world - and the way we play in it. Show notes: - Runtime: 33m - Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #489: Nintendo by the Numbers 08/09/2018
EXP Podcast #489: Nintendo by the Numbers We've always suspected that Nintendo has sold millions of hardware and software units, but what if I told you they made mii-lions? Well now you can check for yourself! Nintendo has taken their investor relations site to the next level and opened the books on all (well, almost all; RIP Virtual Boy) their console platforms. This week we dive in and compare the golden geese with the goose eggs!
info_outline EXP Podcast #488: Automation Station 08/01/2018
EXP Podcast #488: Automation Station When automated robots and talking Amazon devices take over the world and subject us to all kinds of dehumanizing experiments in the name of creating a half-man half-robot demigod, will we think back to video games as the harbinger of the end days? This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss all of the little things (and sometimes big things) we let our games handle - for better or worse. Show Notes: - Runtime: 37m 21s - Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #487: The Grit Cycle 07/25/2018
EXP Podcast #487: The Grit Cycle Have you noticed things getting dark around here? Why are people swearing all the time? When did you start wearing eyeliner? Looks like we've just entered the gritty dimension. This week after a particularly grim and brooding Comic Con, we talk about the various times when game franchises have taken a turn for the dramatic. Remember when the Prince of Persia got really into nu metal? You know you do.
info_outline EXP Podcast #486: Hacking Inkopolis 07/19/2018
EXP Podcast #486: Hacking Inkopolis This just in! Hackers have broken into the mega-city of Inkopolis and illegally modified their Splattershot weapons to fire ludicrous volumes of ink! And just went we thought Nintendo had built an impenetrable squid-city. This week on the EXP Podcast, we dive into the reasons for and ramifications of the sudden increase of Splatoon 2 hackers. Will this tarnish the Switch or is Nintendo capable of weathing this storm... Tune in and join the discussion!
info_outline EXP Podcast #485: Steam Census 07/12/2018
EXP Podcast #485: Steam Census The word is out: people are surprisingly obsessed with virtual trucking. How do we know this? Thanks to an inadvertent leak, Valve exposed data that gave us an unprecedented look at the player counts of games distributed via Steam. The hole has since been patched, but the data we have is fascinating and can be analyzed for a long time to come. This week we take a look at some of the surprises and get quantitative when it comes to figuring out what the damn kids are playing these days.
info_outline EXP Podcast #484: Dinosaurs, Switch Games, and More 07/04/2018
EXP Podcast #484: Dinosaurs, Switch Games, and More This week on the show, we discuss some of the recent games we've been playing, which includes some of the best games of 2018 so far. Journey with us to Jurassic World Evolution where we care and nurture dinosaurs, to the land of the Nintendo Switch where we play such games as Celeste, West of Loathing, and the soon-to-be-released Octopath Traveler. We also spend a bit of time with Minit, a game where your play sessions are only 60 seconds long. It's a big batch of games this week. Join us!
info_outline EXP Podcast #483: Goodbye Gamestop? 06/28/2018
EXP Podcast #483: Goodbye Gamestop? This week, we talk about the evolution and possible dissolution of a once massive empire: GameStop. With news that they are pivoting to selling comics as well as quietly shopping around for a potential buyout, we review our past and current relationship with this divisive institution. And of course, we give some sage advice about the difference between fighting a swarm of bees and fighting a single enormous gorilla.
info_outline EXP Podcast #482: E3 2018 Debrief 06/21/2018
EXP Podcast #482: E3 2018 Debrief Mo-cap make-out sessions from The Last of Us II, a glimpse at Halo Infinite, minor nuclear radiation from Fallout 76, and a whole lot of Smash. This week on the EXP Podcast, Scott and I go over all the biggest announcements, trailers, and teases from E3 2018. Give it a listen and sign our petition for adding Farkus as a canonical character to the Gears of War franchise.