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

This week we are inspired by a Waypoint article arguing that Nioh proves that Dark Souls has created a genre. If so, what does that genre include and what should we call it? Does it bring any value to games to classify genres like this? These are important questions, but not half as important as this one: What ever happened to the Bro-Shooter?

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_416_-_Dark_Souls_and_Genre_Defining_Games.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:14pm PST

What are you running from, Mario?  A horde of rabid koopas?  The long arm of the law?  The unyielding, existential terror of modern existence?  Whatever it is, he sure likes running.  This week, we do a very rare mobile game debrief and talk about Super Mario Run.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_415_-_Mario_Run_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:37pm PST

You've waited nearly a decade, and we made you wait a little longer, but finally our debrief for The Last Guardian has arrived. How does the game measure up against Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, two of our favourite games of all time? Was it worth the wait? And more importantly, did we see Trico poop? All this and more on this week's episode!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_412_-_The_Last_Guardian_Debrief.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02pm PST

We're almost a month in to 2017.  We'll ask the question we always ask at this time: How are your New Year's resolutions doing?  Hopefully most of them revolved around "playing video games" because there are quite a few exciting things in store for this year.  In this week's show, we take a look at what the rest of the year has in store for us.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_413_-_Year_ahead_2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00am PST

The Nintendo Switch got its full reveal last week in what I think we can all agree was a very strange press conference. This week on the EXP Podcast, Scott and I discuss the many revelations, from the hardware tucked away inside those tiny controllers to the bizarre real-world version of Mario.

Direct download: EXP__Podcast_412_-_Nintendo_Switch_Conference_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:56pm PST

Did you see that?  Probably nothing.  It's late and you haven't slept for a while.  That shadow wasn't really moving, inching towards you slowly, but with intent.  Oh what's this?  Someone has rummaged around in your pantry and eaten all your jellied eels.  Who would do such a thing.  You consider this puzzle for a few peaceful moments and then look up to find your view filled by a rapidly approaching barrel of flammable whale oil.  As your apartment burns around you, you hear a whisper "This week, it's a Dishonored 2 debrief."  Two figures with cruel, cold blades jump out the window and you realize that your wallet is gone.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_411_-_Dishonored_2_debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:50pm PST

2016 is over at long last. Before we ready ourselves for the cold nuclear winter ahead of us, let's take a look back at the notable games that didn't make out 2016 Game of the Year list. They might not have topped our personal charts, but all of these are games are worth your attention for one reason or another.

 

Show Notes:

 

- Runtime: 36 mins 55 sec

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_410_-_2016_Game_of_the_Year_Leftovers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:40pm PST

As the year draws to a close, it's time to hunker down and talk about our favorite games from 2016.  Robots, demons, and even a little timeline trouble dominated the last 12 months.  It was a great year for games, but we forced ourselves to each pick our three favorites.  Break out the champagne and settle in for a year-end debrief!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_409_-_2016_GoTY.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00am PST

When last we spoke, we left you with a cliffhanger that totally wasn't caused of a weird technical issue.  But don't worry, the moment you're all waiting for is here: the award for the gamey-est game of 2016.  Please hold your applause until the end.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_408-2_-_The_Gameys_Part_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:19pm PST

Happy holidays everyone! It's time again for the second annual Gamey Awards. One of the most prestigious and sought-after awards in the games industry. Will this be the first year an AI wins the Waifu/Husbandu award? What game might actually be Frog Fractions 2? Is your best buddy in Final Fantasy XV? All this and more in the premier EXP event!

Quick note on this episode. We did have to leave you a cliffhanger before we reveal the Gamey-est Game of 2016, but we'll be back next week with more. In the mean time, you know where to find us.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_408_-_The_2016_Gamey_Awards.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07pm PST