The Experience Points Podcast
A weekly video game podcast from the co-writers of ExperiencePoints.net
info_outline EXP Podcast #720: The Legend of Zelda Movie Magic 11/18/2023
EXP Podcast #720: The Legend of Zelda Movie Magic Do you feel that tingle of excitement? No, not that weird green dude. It's Nintendo's latest announcement that Legend of Zelda is getting a big screen adaptation and it's... live action!? This week on the podcast, we foretell both the bright and dark future this announcement portends. Also, what storyline should the Zelda movie focus on? Who knows, they're all weird! Show Notes: - - - Music by
info_outline EXP Podcast #719: Alan Wake 2, Marvel's Spider-Man 2, and 2 much 2 play! 11/10/2023
EXP Podcast #719: Alan Wake 2, Marvel's Spider-Man 2, and 2 much 2 play! 2023's absolute deluge of games continues this week and we hanging on for dear life! This week we web sling our way around Spider-Man 2, piece together the mystery of Alan Wake 2, welcome a special end-credit guest in Lies of P, and conclude our trip in Super Mario Bros. Wonder.
info_outline EXP Podcasty #718: Super Mario Bros. Wonder Debrief 10/28/2023
EXP Podcasty #718: Super Mario Bros. Wonder Debrief We also knew all the mushrooms would catch up to Mario. This week on the podcast, we take a wonder seed trip into Super Mario Bros. Wonder! Show Notes: Intro from the Music by
info_outline EXP Podcast #717: Chants of Sennaar, Cocoon, and more! 10/21/2023
EXP Podcast #717: Chants of Sennaar, Cocoon, and more! This week we talk about a game all about language and a game completely devoid of the written word! Chants of Sennaar and Cocoon are in the rotation this week and both games have impressed us. While they're quite different, both of them drop you right into a world without much explicit hand holding, so we have a good time unpacking the various mysteries contained within. Plus: a little extra Lies of P and Sea of Stars analysis as we continue to dig in to those games!
info_outline EXP Podcast #715: Switch 2 Scuttlebutt 10/05/2023
EXP Podcast #715: Switch 2 Scuttlebutt Rumors abound this week as we all collectively start to piece together clues about the Switch's successor. I'm going to out on a limb and say that there will be a Mario game and a convoluted friend request system - maybe together?! On top of that, Jorge and I do some strategizing about how to introduce turn-based RPGs to the next generation. Suffice to say it's a high pressure situation.
info_outline EXP Podcast #713: Xbox Leaks and Gaming Grab Bag 09/22/2023
EXP Podcast #713: Xbox Leaks and Gaming Grab Bag Even after a busy spring and summer, video games refuse to take a break and just chill. There's just so much to play and it can get distracting. Maybe that's what happened over there at Microsoft - someone was so distracted trying to master their mech in Armored Core that they forgot to properly secure all the links in their public court filings. This week it's a gaming grab bag and a rare look at what goes on in the Xbox team's internal pitch meetings.
info_outline EXP Podcast #712: Raising the Bar 09/02/2023
EXP Podcast #712: Raising the Bar This week on the EXP Podcast, we ask whether great games like Baldur's Gate 3 or Tears of the Kingdom should raise the standards for what we expect out of games or if doing so sets the bar too high. Show Notes: Music by Brad Sucks
info_outline EXP Podcast #711: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Debrief 08/26/2023
EXP Podcast #711: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Debrief After several months of traversing the gloom, scarfing down endura carrots, and harvesting dragon scales, both Jorge and I have seen credits in Tears of the Kingdom. I won't even pretend to say we've "finished" it, as there are more korok seeds in this game than there are grains of sand of beach. Regardless, we do a deep dive on both the late game mechanics as well as the time-bending plot.
info_outline EXP Podcast #710: Pikmin 4, Dave the Diver, and Baldur's Gate 3 08/19/2023
EXP Podcast #710: Pikmin 4, Dave the Diver, and Baldur's Gate 3 Mer-people, a strange dog (?), and more on this week's games discussion!
info_outline EXP Podcast #709: Gaming Subscription Silliness 08/11/2023
EXP Podcast #709: Gaming Subscription Silliness Pop quiz: do you know the various subscription tiers for your game platforms? And more importantly: do you know which ones you're automatically being charged for every month? Well here's a hint: it's not Xbox Live Gold, that one's riding off into the sunset. This week, we play that exact game and quiz each other about what each major console platform is pitching and which ones we've bought into. Let's just say things get convoluted fast. On the bright side, we rediscover some members of our Nintendo family and also give Sony some free naming ideas!
info_outline EXP Podcast #708: Memorable Endings 07/20/2023
EXP Podcast #708: Memorable Endings This week on the EXP Podcast, we revisit some of video games' best, and worst, endings - from the multicolored conclusion to Mass Effect 3 (and Elding Ring) to the touching conclusion to some great narrative games like Life is Strange. Show Notes: - "," from Kotaku and Music by
info_outline EXP Podcast #707: Tears of the Kingdom and Nintendo News Catchup 07/15/2023
EXP Podcast #707: Tears of the Kingdom and Nintendo News Catchup Hello! Remove that gloom effect, because we're back from the depths after a few weeks. Well it's not really the depths, it's just that Jorge and his family acquired a new little korok and were doing some much needed bonding. We ease back in by catching up on what's been going on in Hyrule and what's been going on over at Nintendo. Apparently Mario is getting bigger than ever. And I truly mean elephant-sized.
info_outline EXP Podcast #705: PlayStation Showcase and Project Q Reactions 06/03/2023
EXP Podcast #705: PlayStation Showcase and Project Q Reactions This week we talk about the recent PlayStation Showcase. But first, stick with me for second here, gang: what if I took a dual sense and chopped it in half...wait, no let me finish...and then stuck a big screen in the middle and then Tears of the Kingdom Ultra Hand-style just mashed all of it together! We call it Project Q and it's going to revolutionize toilet-based gaming in the home. What's that? Fine, we'll sweeten the deal with some ear buds. Are you happy now?
info_outline EXP Podcast #703: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom debrief 05/18/2023
EXP Podcast #703: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom debrief It's a big week around these parts! And when I say parts, I also mean the various pieces of scrap wood and ancient tech I'm using to fashion a crude over boat. Yes, it's time to talk about The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom! We debrief on our initial few hours in the game and talk about how it fits int he broader open-world landscape. Spoiler: we're having a great time so far, although maybe it's good we didn't pursue engineering in school.
info_outline EXP Podcast #702: Jedi Survivor Debrief & Nintendo Leaks 05/13/2023
EXP Podcast #702: Jedi Survivor Debrief & Nintendo Leaks This week on the podcast, we explore a galaxy far, far, away in Jedi Survivor, wonder why the Jedi Council is training an army of child soldiers, and briefly discuss some classic Nintendo wildness. Oh, and see you on the other side of Breath of the Wild 2! Show Notes: - Music by
info_outline EXP Podcast #701: The Super Mario Bros. Movie Debrief 05/05/2023
EXP Podcast #701: The Super Mario Bros. Movie Debrief This week, Scott ventures out into the theater and reports back on the latest cinematic adventure. That's right, it's the The Super Mario Bros. Movie! Seeing is how it's based on a Japanese game franchise and created by Illumination's French studio, can I call this a foreign film? In any case, and despite a distinct lack of John Leguizamo, there is plenty to talk about, so grab your popcorn and your fireflowers and join us.
info_outline EXP Podcast #700: The Gamey Tournament of Champions 04/22/2023
EXP Podcast #700: The Gamey Tournament of Champions 700 hundred official episodes is no small feat! We are celebrating the accomplishment by hosting the first ever Gamey Awards Tournament of Champions! It's time to settle once and for all who the best Waifu/Husbandu is. Why is Inciniroar a genuine contender? And what is the gameyest game? A special thanks to our small family of listeners, especially those who've stuck around over the years. We love making this podcast every week and we hope you keep enjoying our serious but not humorless conversations about games for years to come!
info_outline EXP Podcast #699: Self Selection and the Switch 04/13/2023
EXP Podcast #699: Self Selection and the Switch When playing a cross-play multiplayer game, what do you do when the an entire platform's worth of players gets left behind? Well, if you're playing Rogue Company, maybe you rejoice? This week we use the recent end of Switch support on a cross-play multiplayer game to talk about the ongoing search for your preferred video game community. What's the slow-pitch, dad-squad, beer-league softball equivalent in video games? Because those are some folks I could really get along with.
info_outline EXP Podcast #694: Tchia, RE4 Remake, and More 04/08/2023
EXP Podcast #694: Tchia, RE4 Remake, and More This week on the podcast, we bask on the sandy shores of Tchia, a darling little Breath of the Wild homage, trudge back into Resident Evil 4, and touch on a couple more games that are actually pretty damn great as well! Show Notes: - Music from the Tchia OST
info_outline EXP Podcast #697: The Last of Us the TV Show Debrief 03/25/2023
EXP Podcast #697: The Last of Us the TV Show Debrief Bad news: you have to live in a brutal post-apocalyptic zombie hellscape. Good news: The Internet's latest crush, Pedro Pascal, is your companion and protector! This week we talk about HBO's The Last of Us. Roughly ten years after the first game's release, we revisit the game's bleak world and see how it fares in the world of prestige television.
info_outline EXP Podcast #696: Return to Journey Ritual 03/18/2023
EXP Podcast #696: Return to Journey Ritual It's time again for the yearly Journey replay ritual, in which we wander the sands of Thatgamecompany's magnum opus and maybe even join some strange new wanderers! Show notes: - Music by Brad Sucks & the Journey OST
info_outline EXP Podcast #695: Grab Bag Season 03/02/2023
EXP Podcast #695: Grab Bag Season We've got some pretty hefty games on the horizon this spring, so we're spending the last few weeks of winter doing a bit of a sampler. We have a wide variety to talk about this week, ranging from the manic Hi-Fi Rush to the meditative Season. And then we throw some survival horror in the middle there for good measure!
info_outline EXP Podcast #693: Cringing at the Camera 02/09/2023
EXP Podcast #693: Cringing at the Camera I've long since abandoned trying to be cool, which is hopefully a good defense mechanism against being "cringe." Marvel, Star Wars, and now Forspoken have all now received criticism for crossing the line that separates wry humor and obnoxious self awareness. But what's really behind our negative reactions to these try hard characters? This week we use an article by Austin Walker to explore if maybe the audience-facing winks we see so often are actually a defense mechanism in which writers try to mock their own work before anyone else can beat them to it.
info_outline EXP Podcast #692 - Dead Space Remake & FF7 Holidays 02/04/2023
EXP Podcast #692 - Dead Space Remake & FF7 Holidays This week we re-board the Ishimura to take a violent and viscera-filled visit to the Dead Space Remake. Is it one of the best horror games of all time? Absolutely! We also make a pit stop to check in on a new holiday in Japan - Final Fantasy 7 Day!
info_outline EXP Podcast #691: God of War Ragnarök Debrief 01/26/2023
EXP Podcast #691: God of War Ragnarök Debrief After a very long, Gamey and GOTY-filled Fimbulwinter, we're finally looping back to one of our favorite games of 2022: God of War Ragnarök! We discussed it in a few previous shows, but this time we go fully into spoilers and geek out over everyone's Greek lout.