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

We did it! Scott and I have linked the flame (maybe), and beaten Dark Souls III. How does it hold up to Bloodborne? Did I ever figure out Sorcery? Has Scott stopped spamming R1 attacks all day in PVP? These questions and more in our epic Dark Souls III debrief.

 

 

 

Show Notes:

- Runtime: 1 hr 8 mins

- Music from the Official Dark Souls III Soundtrack

- You Died: The Dark Souls Companion by Keza MacDonald and Jason Killingsworth

- "Praise the Sun: On Yoga & Dark Souls," by Charlene Putney via Existential Gamer

- "Dark Souls and doughnuts – what video games taught me about vegan cookery," by Kat Brewster via The Guardian

- "Getting Social with Dark Souls," by ME (deal with it) via PopMatters

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_379_-_Dark_Souls_III_Debrief_Part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:21pm PDT

Horse warfare or robot warfare?  You must choose a side.  Unless you're like us and are holding out for robot horse warfare.  The recent Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailers whipped the Internet in a frenzy, so we're here to help.  And by help I mean reveal our new pitch for a basketball dating sim starring Prince. 

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_378_-_Trailer_Warfare.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:49pm PDT

Never count out Blizzard. Right when we think they can't take up more of our time, they come out with Overwatch. But will Overwatch replace other competitive games? Should we thinking about Overwatch as a lifestyle? All this and more!

 

Show Notes:

 

- Runtime: 35 mins 52 secs

- Music by Brad Sucks

- "Should 'Overwatch'Just Cut Bastion from the Game Entirely?" by Paul Tassia via Forbes 

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_377_-_Overwatch_Beta_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:47pm PDT

After dozens of hours, a whole bunch of graph paper, and more than a little frustrated cursing, we've come to the end of The Witness.  Then again, maybe you never really finish The Witness.  I know I'm still seeing line puzzles hidden within every day objects.  In any case, it's time to debrief and discuss what we learned about technological hubris, metaphysics, and maddening line puzzles.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_376_-_The_Witness_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00am PDT

Welcome, Ashen One, to another Experience Points Debrief. This week on the podcast, Scott and I eat some ember and get fired up about Dark Souls III. This is a hefty game, and it will take us both some time to complete our journey through Lothric, but we want to bring you some early thoughts on the game as we regain our footing in the Dark Souls universe. There are some tough new lessons to be learned after Bloodborne, oh yes. Namely don't stick your face in treasure chests that aren't yours.

 

Show Notes:

 

- Runtime: 36 mins 54 secs

- Music by Brad Sucks, Dark Souls III OST

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_375_-_Dark_Souls_III_Debrief_Part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:14pm PDT

Ah college: a place where young minds realize their potential and where young wallets are mercilessly emptied by a combination of questionable self restraint and an unfeeling academic bureaucracy.  While you're out of luck if you spend your book money on booze, you might be able to pay your tuition with the very skills you have cultivated during all those hours in which you played games instead of studying.  Inspired by Blizzard's recent Heroes of the Dorm college tournament, we dive into the collegiate side of eSports.  Money, fame, endorsements; everything is fair game as we lament college careers we never had.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_374_-_College_Try.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:38pm PDT

I just recently fulfilled a longtime dream of mine to visit Japan, the home place of Mario, Link, and whatever those creepy anime masks things are. It's a place I've visited in anime and games since I was a child, so there's something surreal about visiting a new but familiar landscape. This week on the show, we discuss our gaming ties to Japan and why cultural experiences through gaming are important.

 

 

Show Notes:

- Runtime: 39 mins 06 secs

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_373_-_The_Land_of_Video_Games.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:19pm PDT

Remember that one game you loved oh so very much?  Well have you played it lately?  Maybe it's still a classic, but maybe the mists of your memory have obscured a harsher reality?  This week, we talk about the games we remember liking, even though they might not be as flawless in the present day's harsh light.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_372_-_Second_Guessing.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:36pm PDT

Ryan Green, one of the creators behind the heartbreaking and stunning That Dragon, Cancer recently published a blog post that discussed the use Let's Plays from the perspective of a game developer struggling to recoup development expenses. It's a complex morass of fair-use, exploitation, and the struggle to make ends meet as an indie game designer. Nevertheless, it's time we wade in...

 

Show Notes:

- Runtime: 39 mins 24 secs
- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_371_-_The_Streaming_Dilemma.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:59pm PDT

It's true: Jorge and I have been sleeper agents of a para-military organization all this time.  We've been activated and have taken our posts in The Division.  However, our role is limited exclusively to playing video games and making videos and podcasts about them.  Hey, someone has to keep everyone occupied while roving bands of pyromaniacs fight with spec ops teams right?  This week we head into the dark zone and talk about the The Division.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_370_-_The_Division.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:14pm PDT