The Experience Points Podcast
A weekly video game podcast from the co-writers of ExperiencePoints.net
info_outline EXP Podcast #556: Death Stranding Debrief 01/22/2020
EXP Podcast #556: Death Stranding Debrief The world may feel cold and desolate. The days are filled with alternating episodes of terror and inconvenience: you escape the grasp of creatures straddling the line between the living and the dead only to notice your boots have holes in them. But don't worry: you're not alone. You see a flickering strand gently wafting through the chiral dust. It's a podcast from a more innocent time: the Death Standing Debrief. Finally!
info_outline EXP Podcast #555: The Year Ahead 2020 01/16/2020
EXP Podcast #555: The Year Ahead 2020 We are full steam ahead into 2020 and the slate of games coming out this year is thrilling. This week on the EXP Podcast we discuss our most anticipated games of 2020, make some predictions of the year ahead, and try to guess our GOTY 2020. Spoiler alert: It's Spelunky 2. - Runtime: 40 min 5 sec - Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #554: 2019 Game of the Year Leftovers 01/09/2020
EXP Podcast #554: 2019 Game of the Year Leftovers Think you escaped 2019? Think again! Our game of the year podcast was so jam packed that we had to save some our favorite games for later. Grab your most comfy pair of sweatpants and forget about counting calories: it's time for leftovers.
info_outline EXP Podcast #553: 2019 Games of the Year 01/02/2020
EXP Podcast #553: 2019 Games of the Year Happy New Year listeners! We are celebrating 2020 by rounding up our top games of 2019. It was a weird year for games. My list was tough to put together and had numerous iterations with very different games at the top. Take a listen and let us know your favorite games of 2019! - Runtime: 54 min 13 sec - Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #552: The 2019 Gamey Awards 12/19/2019
EXP Podcast #552: The 2019 Gamey Awards This is it: the moment we've been anticipating and/or dreading all year. It's the 2019 Gamey awards! At the end of the year, everyone (including us) starts to get really serious about bestowing accolades, so we think it's fitting to hand out some of the most ridiculous awards we can think up. Join us in recognizing the essence of what makes video games so great and so silly: the inherent gameyness of it all.
info_outline EXP Podcast #551: State of Play 2019 12/12/2019
EXP Podcast #551: State of Play 2019 Small birds, big geese, boyfriends swords, and more this week as we discuss some end-of-the-year news out of Sony's State of Play 2019 and Nintendo's recent indie games showcase. While some of these games are exciting, 2020 remains a big question mark. What does the future hold!? Well, for one, it holds the annual Gamey Awards! Join us next week when we discuss the gameyist games. If you have a game nominee, send us an email and let us know! - Runtime: 38 min 18 sec - Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #550: A Decade of Characters 12/05/2019
EXP Podcast #550: A Decade of Characters 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.
info_outline EXP Podcast #549: Sonic, VR, and Tall Grass 11/28/2019
EXP Podcast #549: Sonic, VR, and Tall Grass 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
info_outline EXP Podcast #548: Strands, Gooigi, and Outer Worlds 11/21/2019
EXP Podcast #548: Strands, Gooigi, and Outer Worlds 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.
info_outline EXP Podcast #547: 21st Century Greats 11/17/2019
EXP Podcast #547: 21st Century Greats 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
info_outline EXP Podcast #546: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Debrief 11/07/2019
EXP Podcast #546: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Debrief 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.
info_outline EXP Podcast #545: Sayonara Untitled Debrief 10/31/2019
EXP Podcast #545: Sayonara Untitled Debrief 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
info_outline EXP Podcast #544: Control Debrief 10/09/2019
EXP Podcast #544: Control Debrief 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 Control OST
info_outline EXP Podcast #543: Final Fantasy VII Debrief Part 6 10/03/2019
EXP Podcast #543: Final Fantasy VII Debrief Part 6 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
info_outline EXP Podcast #542: Hangin' on the Holodeck 09/26/2019
EXP Podcast #542: Hangin' on the Holodeck 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.
info_outline EXP Podcast #541: Final Fantasy VII Debrief Part 5 09/18/2019
EXP Podcast #541: Final Fantasy VII Debrief Part 5 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
info_outline EXP Podcast #540: More Like "Terry Bogus" 09/11/2019
EXP Podcast #540: More Like "Terry Bogus" Another month, another Nintendo Direct full of the hottest, most delectable morsels a person could ask for. Or at least that's the case for fans of Terry Bogard (you weirdos). This week we offer our takes on all of the recent announcements as well as try our hand at some international cultural analysis by way of region-specific Smash character requests. Apparently there's a huge diversity of opinion out there, except when it comes to Kingdom Hearts.
info_outline EXP Podcast #539: Beats and Bugs 09/05/2019
EXP Podcast #539: Beats and Bugs The fall season of games fast approaches and we've got some fresh (albeit mediocre) beats to discuss. This week on the Podcast, we chat about Remnant, Control, Pathologic 2, Cadence of Hyrule and few other things to come. Got a game you're loving right now? Send us an email and tell us about it!
info_outline EXP Podcast #538: Final Fantasy VII Debrief Part 4 08/29/2019
EXP Podcast #538: Final Fantasy VII Debrief Part 4 We're back in the saddle...the chocobo saddle! This week it's part 4 of our Final Fantasy VII debrief. Things are really heating up at this point what: startling revelations about Cloud's past, honest-to-goodness kaiju, and hidden menu options all make huge impacts. And speaking of huge, check out this materia! I mean I've seen big materia before, but this is just huge.
info_outline EXP Podcast #537: Selling Stadia 08/22/2019
EXP Podcast #537: Selling Stadia Google held another big announcement recently revealing some pricing around their games streaming platform and an assortment of games that will appear on the platform when it soft-launches this year and becomes fully available sometime in 2020. Google has lofty ambitions, but does the messaging live up to the dream? This week on the EXP Podcast, we help sell Stadia to all the boys and girls of the world! Shownotes: - Runtime: 39 min 00 sec - "Google still has no idea how to pitch Stadia" by Ben Kuchera, via Polygon - Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast 536: Embrace your Dadstiny 08/16/2019
EXP Podcast 536: Embrace your Dadstiny Bust out your grill and put some sandals over those socks, Guardian: it's time to build the dad loadout. This week, we discuss the phenomenon of the "dad build." It's a concept that has arisen from players pursuing in-game equipment that is useful but also attainable in the hopes that they can stay competitive without having to neglect their real-world responsibilities.
info_outline EXP Podcast #535: Mixer Ninjutsu 08/08/2019
EXP Podcast #535: Mixer Ninjutsu Like his feudal warrior class namesake, Ninja - one of the biggest gaming streamers on the internet - has disappeared and reappeared on a different platform. It seems like a minor thing for a gaming culture celebrity to move from one service to another, but it could be a sign that Microsoft is setting the stage for retaking their place at the forefront of the gaming culture landscape. Or maybe Tyler "Ninja" Blevins is so damn he rich he can just do whatever he wants! Show Notes: - Runtime: 34 min 06 sec - Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #534: The Air Bud Dilemma 07/25/2019
EXP Podcast #534: The Air Bud Dilemma Look out Jigglypuff mains: your precious ledges are being taken away from you! This week, we talk about an upcoming Smash Bros. tournament with a new rule meant to tamp down defensive play. It's a small change, but it brings up big questions about esports, tournament rules, and overall game balance.
info_outline EXP Podcast #533: Super Mario Maker 2 Debrief 07/18/2019
EXP Podcast #533: Super Mario Maker 2 Debrief This week on the EXP Podcast, we duck, dive, and dodge our way through the endless levels available in Super Mario Maker 2. We are both big fans of the first game on this show and we're thrilled not just to talk about the new features and experiences available in the latest game - but to invite you to try our levels as well! Find Scott's levels Mario Maker code SWD-HY5-1HG and my levels at JH4-TKG-DRG. If you've got some levels to try, send us an email! - Runtime: 42 min 34 sec - Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #532: Summer Gaming 2019 07/11/2019
EXP Podcast #532: Summer Gaming 2019 The sun is shining, the fireworks are popping, and I'm desperately trying to avoid the genetically engineered ultra-mosquitos released by one of the many tech CEOs/super-villains that live on the west coast. That's right, it's summer and with it comes a specific set of games that just feel right during those long warm days. Seasonal gaming is a topic we've covered before, but this time to dissect a recent Esquire list and revisit some of our historical summertime picks.
info_outline EXP Podcast #531: Final Fantasy VII Debrief Part 3 07/03/2019
EXP Podcast #531: Final Fantasy VII Debrief Part 3 From the red stone bluffs of Cosmo Canyon to the strange "underwater" ruins of the Forgotten City, we continue our journey through Final Fantasy VII in Part 3 of our ongoing debrief. This week we experience one of, if not the, most important deaths in video game history. But is it how we remembered? - Runtime: 52 min 15 sec - Music from Final Fantasy VII OST - Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #530: The Live Game Long View 06/26/2019
EXP Podcast #530: The Live Game Long View It wasn't so long ago that we were seriously questioning the future of the single player game. "All those multiplayer live games are taking our precious single player games!" we wailed. Fast forward a couple years and single player, predominantly story-based games are thriving on both the indie and big publisher sides of spectrum. But, as Daniel Friedman points out, games like Anthem, Destiny, and Apex Legends are struggling to keep the pace and find the space needed to compete against the Fortnite juggernaut. Take a break from grinding through your battle pass and take a listen!
info_outline EXP Podcast #529: E3 2019 Debrief 06/20/2019
EXP Podcast #529: E3 2019 Debrief The yearly gaming extravaganza of E3 has come and gone! But was it really that extravagant? With EA, Activision, Sony, and Microsoft all absent from the show floor, we had a lot more space to sit on couches and think about the handful of 2019 games that we're excited to see. Join and let us know what games you were excited by (or disappointed by) from E3 this year! - Runtime: 53 min 51 sec - Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #528: A Swarm of Games 06/05/2019
EXP Podcast #528: A Swarm of Games This week we make use of the calm before the E3 storm to check in on some of the games we've been playing. Space-faring AI, paper craft dinosaurs, samurais, t-blocks, and a whole shit ton of rats all make an appearance. It's been a pleasantly surprising year so far and we're not even halfway done.
info_outline EXP Podcast #527: Playdate Debate 05/30/2019
EXP Podcast #527: Playdate Debate The hottest next-gen console is here. It's small, yellow, and has a crank. This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss the strange little gaming console called the Playdate, a tinny little console that will launch with 12 games by some indie gaming luminaries. It's a boutique item for a niche audience, but is it right for us? And would we really want to shell out $150 just to get one?