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

A game has done the unthinkable. It's made thousands of people go outside. Pokémon Go has become a cultural phenomenon overnight. Your parents, your neighbors, even your coworkers can be found wandering the streets in search of some rare Snorlax. What has the world come to? What can explain all this madness!? This week on the EXP Podcast, Scott and I venture into the tall grass to find out.

 
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_387_-_Pokmon_Go_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:12pm PDT

This week we reach the triumphant conclusion of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.  We go into all the grave-robbing, clock-smashing, jeep-winching antics.  And before you ask, yes we did make a cheap pun about Drake's butt being a "theif's end."  I mean, how could we resist?

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_386_-_Uncharted_4_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:07am PDT

Blizzard has filed a lawsuit against Bossland, a German-based software company that sells access to cheat programs for Overwatch players. The company actually offers this service for other multiplayer games as well, but does cheating in Overwatch mean something different? Why do people cheat at all? And most importantly, how are Lebron James and Big Boss involved? All this and more on today's EXP Podcast!

 

 

 
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_385_-_Cheats_and_Scoundrels.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:56pm PDT

Well, Quake, you've had a good run but it's really time to calm down and grow up.  You're not a teen anymore, so you'll have trade your nail gun for a briefcase and rocket jump your way into some adult responsibility.  All of this is a roundabout way of saying that Quake came out 20 years ago.  To mark this occasion, we give ourselves over to a Wikipedia black hole and talk about the other video game highlights of 1996.  For the full experience, you should probably be listening to Jamiroquai on loop during this whole podcast.

 

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_384_-_1996.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:54pm PDT

Kratos is a daddy, Norman Reedus got naked for Hideo Kojima, and Link can climb now. It's time for our annual E3 debrief! It was a big show this year, with some amazing highlights, from Snoop Dog getting high at an EA event to me wishing I was high to play a virtual reality dinosaur game. 

There was a ton of news, and we want to know what you think about it! Are you intrigued by the Xbox One S? Are you happy to see The Last Guardian actually get a release date? Let us know in the comments or, hey, shoot us an email. We're listening.

Show Notes:

- Runtime: 1 hour 4 mins

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_383_-_E3_2016_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:46pm PDT

Dammit Leeroy, you were supposed to make a good Warcraft movie.  We hate to break it to you, but it seems like Warcraft is joining the pantheon of cringe-worthy movies based on video games.  Hey, it's not all bad though!  It gives us a chance to dig into what makes a good video game inspired movie and take a short walk down memory lane to reminisce on the many gems of the silver screen.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_382_-_Warcraft_movie.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:19pm PDT

Med kits and healing rays are the topic of this week's EXP podcast. What games have the most interesting healing mechanics? And why can't you damn Overwatch players just protect the Mercy already, yeesh. Christopher Gile fuels our conversation this week. Be sure to check out his Health 101 piece over on Gamasutra. 

 

Show Notes:

 

- Runtime: 29 mins 18 secs

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_381_-_For_Your_Health.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm PDT

When's the last time you gave a hearty thumbs up to an opponent who successfully trounced your entire team?  If the answer is probably somewhere between "never" and "one time by accident," Blizzard is trying to change that.  We're continuing our Overwatch discussion by talking about the things that help keep peace between teammates and opponents.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_380_-_Playing_Nice_in_Overwatch.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00am PDT

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