The Experience Points Podcast
A weekly video game podcast from the co-writers of ExperiencePoints.net

The further adventure of Scott and Jorge in Hyrule continues! This week on the podcast, we take on cursed dragons, question the logic of putting children into seats of power, and discuss the social habits of the bad-ass Gerudo warriors. 


You know, the most tragic thing about What Remains of Edith Finch is that all the tragedy could have been avoided with a competent architect and a proper building inspection.  Structural issues aside, there are still plenty of things to talk about in Giant Sparrow's latest narrative-driven game.  Strap in: it's one where we discuss the very nature of the medium itself.  Plus there's some Wendigo talk in there too.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_427_-_Edith_Finch.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we journey to find the dark soul, deep in the Ringed City. It's the last time we delve into a Dark Souls game. What does this foray hold besides numerous deaths? Where will the adventure lead us? What will we do if it leads us to Midir?

 

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_426_-_Dark_Souls_3_The_Ringed_City_Debrief.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57pm PDT

You won't find more stalwart defenders of video games as an artistic medium than Jorge and me, but even we have our moments of feeling self conscious.  How does one describe the plot of Metal Gear Solid or talk about the hour the spent trying to shape a virtual brow line without feeling just a tad embarrassed?  This week we revisit the concept of game shame, recount sick burns from loved ones, and try to rationally justify our relationship with Tom Nook.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_425_-_Embarassing_Games.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:59pm PDT

eek, bringing you a riveting discussion of big ol' horses, the Hylian Real Estate market, and Zoran biology. We've also got some serious questions about Link's moral fiber and tardy appearance in Hyrule.

 

Runtime: 51 mins 

Music: "On Horse (Day)" and "Champion Mipha's Theme" from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Official Soundtrack


Microsoft revealed some more information on their Xbox One refresh, project Scorpio.  This kind of mid-cycle upgrade is still a new thing in the console space, so we use the new information as a starting point to check in on the PlayStation 4 Pro, the state of 4K and HDR, and the current console exclusives.  Additionally, we almost talk ourselves into buying a Game Boy camera and printer.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_423_-_Scorpio.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PDT

The gaming industry has suffered another loss, this time in the form of (in)famous peripheral manufacturer Mad Catz. What have we gained from their past creations? And what have we now lost, that is, besides controllers seemingly made from rubbish found at some estate sale? All this and more in this week's episode!

 

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_422_-_Going_Mad_Catz.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28pm PDT

Nothing like waking up from a century-long nap to get you in the mood for wandering the wilderness.  What's that?  You're hungry?  Well don't you worry; we've got enough strange mushrooms and fiery peppers to keep you fueled up and ready to survive even the fiercest blizzard.  Here, take this sword.  Don't get too attached to it though; it'll break if you sneeze too hard.

Yes, it's time for part 1 of what will likely be a periodic, multi-episode debrief on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_421_-_BotW_pt_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:49pm PDT

Greetings from Mount Olympus, where I preside with the other Bloodborne Platinum Trophy owners over the casuals down on the muck you call Earth. This week on the EXP Podcast, I deign to speak with Scott about trophies and the place of achievements in gaming culture today. You may give it a listen, but take care, lest my seraphim-like voice shatter your feeble mind.

 

Show Notes:

- Runtime: 34 mins 12 sec

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_420_-_The_Trophy_Case.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30pm PDT

Sharpen up your kusarigama and pack plenty of salt: we're talking about Nioh.  This week we get into our podcast stance and apply all our ki in an attempt to understand the game's numerous complex mechanics.  But mostly we just talk about evil yokai and pancakes.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_419_-_Nioh_debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:08pm PDT