The Experience Points Podcast
A weekly video game podcast from the co-writers of ExperiencePoints.net
info_outline EXP Podcast #649: 2021 Leftovers 01/07/2022
EXP Podcast #649: 2021 Leftovers It's 2022, but we haven't quite finished the last crumbs of 2021 yet. This week, we partake in the annual tradition of delicious leftovers: games that we didn't quite get to on our games of the year show. I wonder what a Lombax's favorite dessert is and whether it's easy to microwave?
info_outline EXP Podcast #648: 2021 Games of the Year 12/29/2021
EXP Podcast #648: 2021 Games of the Year The year is finally over, which means it's time to count down our top games of 2021! It has been a wild year, with a ton of diverse and interesting games that caught our attention. Have a favorite game you want to shout out? Send us an email with your favorites! Show Notes: - Music by
info_outline EXP Podcast #647: The 2021 Gamey Awards 12/23/2021
EXP Podcast #647: The 2021 Gamey Awards Santa arrived early this year friends: It is time once again for the Gamey Awards. It's our loving tribute to/roast of the end-of-year awards season, complete with custom categories, long debates about subjective art, and pseudo slash fic. Join us in donning your tuxedos (or at least your tuxedo t-shirts), pour a glass of champagne mixed with Mountain Dew, and get ready to turn this show into an NFT.
info_outline EXP Podcast #646: Solar Ash, Kena, and Unsighted Debrief 12/17/2021
EXP Podcast #646: Solar Ash, Kena, and Unsighted Debrief The end of the year GOTYs are almost here! Wwhich means we are frantically playing as many games as we can before 2021 is over. This week, we review a few different indies, from a far-flung sci-fi future to a fantasy animated adventure. Don't forget to tune-in over the holidays for our yearly Gamey Awards, our top games of the year, and the year ahead!
info_outline EXP Podcast #645: Inscryption Debrief 12/02/2021
EXP Podcast #645: Inscryption Debrief Shuffle those decks and bust out your floppy drives: it's time to talk about Inscryption! This week we talk about the Fall's most popular deck building/horror/meta narrative. Let's just say there are quite a few layers to excavate on this one, so expect a healthy amount of both mechanical and story spoilers in this debrief!
info_outline EXP Podcast #644: Arcane Debrief 11/26/2021
EXP Podcast #644: Arcane Debrief From the beautiful vistas of Piltover to the decrepit alleys of Zaun, there is a lot to explore in the latest video game adaptation to grace our television and the front page of Netflix. This week on the EXP Podcast, we join our good friends Jinx, Vi, Jayce, and a few other characters from League of Legends as we review Arcane, a new animated series of Riot Games. Is this the new pillar of video game adaptations? Show Notes: * Music from the Arcane OST
info_outline EXP Podcast #643: Eastward to Jurassic World Evolution 2 11/18/2021
EXP Podcast #643: Eastward to Jurassic World Evolution 2 If there are two things Jorge and I are comforted by, it's dinosaurs and pixel art. This week, we get to partake in both as we share some initial impressions on Jurassic World Evolution 2 and Eastward. The seem different on the surface, but I'd argue that if both of them put us in the same happy frame of mind, then there must be some shared DNA. Dino DNA as Mr. DNA might say.
info_outline EXP Podcast #642: Metroid Dread Debrief 11/13/2021
EXP Podcast #642: Metroid Dread Debrief Samus Aran is back... but in a dreadful state! This week on the EXP Podcast, we hop into Metroid Dread and empty our salvo of missiles into the latest blend of side-scrolling horror-stealth.... uh.... Metroidvania-style thing. Show Notes: - Music from the Metroid Dread OST
info_outline EXP Podcast #641: Demakes, Suspect Expansion Packs, and Nathan Drake Goes to Hollywood 11/03/2021
EXP Podcast #641: Demakes, Suspect Expansion Packs, and Nathan Drake Goes to Hollywood Bloodborne as an alternate reality PlayStation 1 release? Nintendo does its classics dirty? Uncharted and the snake that ate its own tail? Alright I guess that's why Sony didn't ask for my advice in naming the movie. This week we catch up on some fall headlines as we start to gear up for the end of the year.
info_outline EXP Podcast #640: Deathloop Debrief 10/29/2021
EXP Podcast #640: Deathloop Debrief We're back into the never-ending cycle of violence with Deathloop! This week on the show, we dive into a spoiler-filled discussion of Deathloop from start to finish, then back to start, then finish again... you get the idea. Show Notes: - Music from the Deathloop OST
info_outline EXP Podcast #639: Four on the Floor 10/20/2021
EXP Podcast #639: Four on the Floor We're almost always a two-person show around these parts, but when it comes to games, it seems like four is the magic number. Inspired by a recent Polygon article about why so many multiplayer games anchor around a four-player concept, this week is all about quad squads. Is it technology or society that has us hooked on four as a sweet spot? Look into the four chambers of your heart and decide.
info_outline EXP Podcast #638: Mute All 10/15/2021
EXP Podcast #638: Mute All The Forever-War against online toxicity continues and the . Riot Games recently announced they will be testing out a new policy in which players can no longer text chat with the opposing team, calling it a "vehicle for toxicity." This week on the podcast, we jump right into that vehicle and drive around for a while to see how it feels with and without a direct line to the enemy team. Show notes: - Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #637: Twelve Minutes Debrief and Deathloop check in 10/07/2021
EXP Podcast #637: Twelve Minutes Debrief and Deathloop check in Check your watches: it's time to talk about time! This week we spend more than 12 minutes on Twelve Minutes (you're welcome) and do a brief check in on Deathloop. I think we manage to stop ourselves before we get too repetitive, but we'll let you be the judge of that. Judge of that. Judge of that...
info_outline EXP Podcast #635: PlayStation Showcase 2021 Recap 09/15/2021
EXP Podcast #635: PlayStation Showcase 2021 Recap What's almost as good as playing games? Thinking about playing games! This week we do a recap of Sony's recent showcase and think about what it will be like to play some of the upcoming titles. Based off how this year and how development timelines are going, we're assuming we'll be playing them while wearing jet packs powered by cold fusion.
info_outline EXP Podcast #634: Death's Door and Boyfriend Dungeon Debriefs 09/10/2021
EXP Podcast #634: Death's Door and Boyfriend Dungeon Debriefs This week on the EXP Podcast, we go back into the dungeon full of birds, bosses, and sexy swords. We are finishing off the discussion started in Episode 631 with a full debrief and spoiler discussion of Death's Door and Boyfriend Dungeon. Come on in for some smooches! Show Notes: * Music from Death's Door OST and Boyfriend Dungeon OST
info_outline EXP Podcast #633: Back on Our Bullshit 09/01/2021
EXP Podcast #633: Back on Our Bullshit This week we fall back into our ruts. Or maybe it's not that dire and we're actually slipping on a comfortable pair of shoes? Whichever way you see it, the point is that we're creatures of habit and those habits tend to manifest in the way we play games. Be it our buying patterns or just how we manage in-game inventory, it's easy to slip into the same old patterns. Some are funny, some are annoying, and most are expensive in some way or another, so listen in and let us be examples of what not to do!
info_outline EXP Podcast #632: Fortnite Mania 08/27/2021
EXP Podcast #632: Fortnite Mania Everything is in Fortnite, even , and Fortnite is in everything, even . Today on the podcast, we explore what Fortnite has become, a larger-than-life conglomeration of fandoms, part music-venue, part game-engine, part ever-shifting IP. Is Fortnite becoming the most powerful and versatile gaming platform around today?
info_outline EXP Podcast #631: Hack and Slash and Peck and Smooch 08/19/2021
EXP Podcast #631: Hack and Slash and Peck and Smooch Sharpen your swords and your beaks: it's time to fight, but also to love. This week we talk about Boyfriend Dungeon and Death's Door. Both games caught our attention as well as imaginations. When it comes to weapon romance, what's your type? How does a crow wield daggers? Will we ever perfect our rolling abilities? All this and more will be revealed; just step through this not at all foreboding door.
info_outline EXP Podcast #630: All Aboard the Steam Deck 08/13/2021
EXP Podcast #630: All Aboard the Steam Deck This week on the EXP Podcast, we catch up on some recent hardware news about Valve's new handheld device: the Steam Deck. We share some reasons we might actually love this thing and some reasons why you might not. And well can we actually try it ourselves? Who knows!?
info_outline EXP Podcast #629: Pokemobas, Discos, and Ninjas 08/05/2021
EXP Podcast #629: Pokemobas, Discos, and Ninjas This week we're enjoying a grab bag of games that are getting us through the dog days of summer. What better way to pass the time than watching a Pikachu viciously dunk on a Snorlax? Or how about experimenting with recreational drugs in a cyberpunk wasteland? Or if that's not your scene, could I interest you in some material that was "liberated" from Shinra's R&D facility? Maybe you could use it as currency in your favorite free-to-play game?
info_outline EXP Podcast #628: Gaming for Olympic Gold 07/29/2021
EXP Podcast #628: Gaming for Olympic Gold The Olympics are bigger, more complicated, and more rules-heavy then ever. Is it almost time for esports to take the stage? OK, how about competitive tag at least? Show Notes: * Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #627: Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Debrief 07/14/2021
EXP Podcast #627: Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Debrief I have my issues with our particular dimension of reality and all its various...quirks...but games like Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart prove that there is definitely fun to be had. We've finished the game, so this week we're doing a full debrief on both the mechanics and the plot. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to converting my sprinkler system into an anti-robot security network.
info_outline EXP Podcast #626: Nintendo Kickstand Hype 07/08/2021
EXP Podcast #626: Nintendo Kickstand Hype Nintendo is back at it again with a confounding, exciting(?), and curious update to their Nintendo Switch hardware lineup. Stand aside Switch Lite! Out of the way Nintendo Pro! Let's give an exciting applause for the Nintendo Switch OLED Model. That's right it's... *checks notes* slightly bigger! Join us this week to have some jolly fun and discussing what we do find exciting about incremental upgrades.
info_outline EXP Podcast #625: Directors Cuts and Summer Scoops 07/01/2021
EXP Podcast #625: Directors Cuts and Summer Scoops Ghost of Tsushima, Sony goes on a buying spree, Magic loses its...magic? The long, protracted summer of game announcements continues! Who would have guessed that a severely altered and smaller E3 would actually succeed in scattering a bunch of game news spores across the entire month of June? Far be it from us to look a gift horse in the mouth. This week, we talk about everything from director's cuts to Internet conspiracy theories as we continue wade through the flood of announcements and rumors.
info_outline EXP Podcast #624: Ratchet Village Mini-Debrief 06/24/2021
EXP Podcast #624: Ratchet Village Mini-Debrief This week on the EXP Podcast we jump into some early mini-debriefs on some new games, including Insomniac's gorgeous Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart, Resident Evil Village, and a couple more older and upcoming treats.
info_outline EXP Podcast #623: E3 2021 Debrief 06/17/2021
EXP Podcast #623: E3 2021 Debrief The multi-day fever dream that somewhat resembled E3 is over. This week we survey some of the notable announcements. These takes are so hot that you'd need the world's most powerful mini fridge to cool them down. Lucky for you: your friends at Microsoft have just the solution.
info_outline EXP Podcast #622: Pokémon Snap and Chill 06/11/2021
EXP Podcast #622: Pokémon Snap and Chill This week we hop onto the Pokémon Snap train... that slow, trudging train though a bizarro zoo, and report back with our findings. We also gush about some upcoming chill games that caught our interest ahead of the big E3 weekend!
info_outline EXP Podcast #621: SteamPal, Fantasy Souls, and E3 Identity Crisis 05/27/2021
EXP Podcast #621: SteamPal, Fantasy Souls, and E3 Identity Crisis This week we take a breath between Returnal runs and before what is most definitely going to be a very weird E3 to talk about some news stories. Lots of loose talk swirling around about everything from new Final Fantasy games to new Valve hardware, so join us in the rumor mill. Just know that if anyone releases a semi-portable console with the form factor of a standard computer keyboard, they stole the idea from us.
info_outline EXP Podcast #620: Returnal Debrief 05/20/2021
EXP Podcast #620: Returnal Debrief Everywhere you look, Rogue-likes abound! What a time to be alive, then die, then be alive again. This week on the EXP Podcast, we review Returnal, discuss our favorite weapons, and tackle a challenging question: is Returnal too difficult?