The Experience Points Podcast
A weekly video game podcast from the co-writers of ExperiencePoints.net
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Join us “Amid the Ruins” for a discussion on episode 4 of The Walking Dead's second season.  As the title suggests, this episode deals with the consequences of some very dramatic events.  Characters come and go and we talk about our interpretations of Clementine’s development and her potential fate.  We also posit some pretty innovative dairy farming theories.

 

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Show notes:

 

- Runtime: 46 mins 45 secs

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_287_-_WDS2E4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00 PM

Destiny is still more than a month away from release, but already there is so much to talk about! This week on the EXP Podcast, Scott and I delve into our early thoughts about the game. Is it living up to the anticipation? Does the look and feel adhere to the high standards we've set for Bungie? Where is that wizard from again? The Moon?

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_286_-_Destiny_Beta_Debrief.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:34 AM

Everyone open your creative writing journals, it's time to answer a question: "What does 'free' mean to you?"  It's a question the UK's Advertising Standards Association answered in their analysis of EA's recent Dungeon Keeper remake.  The game was advertised as "free," but the ASA's ruling found otherwise, saying that the ad was "likely to create a game experience for non-spenders that did not reflect their reasonable expectations from the content of the ad" and that they can no longer use the ad to promote the game.  On its surface, it seems like rebuke of some of "free-to-play's" sleazier dynamics, but it also raises some complex questions about who gets to define game systems, monetization schemes, and player expectations.  Adding to the comments is always free, so jump in with your thoughts!

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:04 AM

The occasional strangeness of Valiant Hearts

We launch these podcasts every week, but still there is never enough time to touch on every game we play, even if they make an impression. This week on the EXP Podcast, Scott and I take some time out of our regular schedule to chat about a variety of games we've been playing lately, from one "fall" to another. Let us know how you've been spending your gaming hours in the comments below and if we share something on our dockets, please share your thoughts on the game as well!

 

Show notes:

 

- Runtime: 37 mins 54 secs

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_284_-_Games_Big_and_Small.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:40 AM

As a relative outsider, I see Notch as an almost-mythical figure.  Here is a being who created a system of divine rules upon which millions have built their own worlds.  Maybe that's a bit dramatic, but it seems fair to say that Notch has a sizable following of people who are very invested in the game as well as his public image as a lawyer-trolling, Facebook-hating advocate for independent games.  But what happens when a figure like this becomes the public face of a controversial decision, such as the recent move to crack down on the selling of in-game stat and equipment boosts?  This week we use Richard Cobbett's column as a starting point to talk about celebrity culture, games as platforms, and kids these days.

 

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Show notes:

 

- Runtime: 31 mins 33 secs

- "Ending the Minecraft Fantasy," by Richard Cobbett, via Eurogamer

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_283_-_The_Minecraft_Crackdown.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00 PM

The granddaddy of kart racing is back! Mario Kart 8 just made its triumphant return to the Wii U recently, and Scott and I got a chance to blast our way through a variety of tracks. Suffice it to say it made enough of an impression to fuel an entire podcast episode, which you can check out below. 

 

And of course we want to hear from you. What do you think of Mario Kart 8? Does it replace your old favorite in the series?

 

Show notes:

 

- Runtime: 36 mins 58 secs

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_282_-_Mario_Kart_8_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:22 AM

The summer doesn't truly start until pounding music, flashing lights, and the collective funk of thousands of sweaty video game enthusiasts assault your senses. That is, unless you're like me, who watched E3 2014 from the safety and comfort of the cyberspace. Jorge went down to Los Angeles while I held down the fort back home. Now that the booths have been dismantled and the food court cuisine are distant memories, it's time to reconvene and try to make sense of what we saw. We chat about our highs and lows from the show and probably start a feud with everyone's favorite Pixar movie score composer.

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Show notes:

 

- Runtime: 1 hr 18 seconds

- Music: "I Love L.A.," by Randy Newman

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_281_-_E3_2014.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:44 AM

Twenty-five years ago, Nintendo gifted upon us mere mortals the Game Boy, defining handheld gaming for years to come. Today on the EXP Podcast, Scott and I go into our histories with the portable device, what we've been playing now, and what has us most excited for the future.

 

Show notes:

- Runtime: 37 mins 19 secs

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_280_-_Portable_Power.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00 PM

Many of us have been playing games for decades now, which means we’ve seen a lot. Huge advances in computing technology, the evolution of controller schemes, the rise and fall of Gex the Gecko: there’s been a lot at which to marvel. Bryan Rumsey from Gamer Jockies wonders whether we’ve reached the point where the capability of games to inspire a sense of wonder has diminished. Have all the years of exploring virtual words and memorizing the Pokedex made the average game experience blasé? Whether you’re a jaded veteran or perpetual enthusiast, we’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments.

 

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Show notes:

 

- Runtime: 32 mins 05 secs

- “A Jaded Gamer: Searching for Wonder in Games,” by Bryan Rumsey, via Gamer Jockies

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_279_-_Where_is_the_Wonder.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:48 PM

We just played Transistor for you yesterday, but we saved our many thoughts for this moment. Here it is, our debrief on one our most anticipated games of 2014. As always, lets have a discussion about the game in the comments below! I'm sure some of you all have better understanding of the story or the best way to clear a room of bad cells than either of us.

 

Show notes:

 

- Runtime: 47 mins 33 secs

- Intro: "We All Become (feat. Ashley Barret)," by Darren Korb via Transistor (Original Soundtrack)

- Outro: "The Spine (feat. Ashley Barret)," by Darren Korb via Transistor (Original Soundtrack)

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_278_-_Transistor_Debrief.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:39 AM