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

It's nearly Thanksgiving here in America. Today, Scott and I are both thankful we are not the last survivors of humanity wandering an irradiated wasteland. It's the small things, y'know? Let's celebrate by discussing the game everyone's been playing: Fallout 4. And what would Fallout 4 be without bugs? They define Bethesda games! But do they break them? All this and more in this week's EXP Podcast!

- Runtime: 33 mins 59 secs

- "Fallout 4 Is Full of Bugs, But Fixing Them Could Ruin It," by Zak McClendon via Wired

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_356_-_The_Fallout_4_Bug_Bite.wav
Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm PST

Two-headed trolls?  JRPG characters from the 90s?  10-second clips that spawn hours of speculation?  It's all pretty standard business for Blizzard and Nintendo.  The two companies recently announced some new and upcoming games (and in one case, a movie), so we're taking the opportunity to weigh in.

Direct download: EXP_355_-_Nintendo_Blizzard.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PST

The state of RPGs, Western and Japanese, ebbs and flows. It might just be the copy of Persona 4 Golden in my Vita, but right now I feel inundated with RPG options. From new spirit-trapping colletion games to the much anticipated Fallout 4, we have plenty of options for games that offer dozens and dozens of hours of gameplay in rich worlds. This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss some of these RPG options we have out our disposal.


- Runtime: 35 mins 13 secs

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_354_-_An_RPG_Thing.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:08pm PST

I recently returned from the Magic Kingdom and I bring with me tales of whimsy, churros, and missed opportunities for gamification.  Disneyland is all about fostering the illusion of fantastical, yet grounded environments.  Because of this, I couldn't stop drawing parallels between world building in video games.  So here it is: the definitive Disneyland review.  For your safety, please keep your hands, arms, and legs inside the podcast at all times.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_353_-_Disneyland_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PST

Halo 5: Guardians just release, and for the first time since the series began, the latest entry in the franchise does not feature split screen co-op. I only just learned of this travesty moments before recordings, so feast your eyes this week on some shock and anger as it happens. Of course we also discuss ways to bring the benefits of couch co-op to the online space, so maybe there's hope yet!


Probably not...


Show Notes:

- Runtime: 35 mins 02 secs

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_352_-_Split_Ends.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:41pm PST

Hey, I'm not saying that I'd pay for the ability to do the Carlton dance.  What I am saying is that maybe the fact that other people can pay for the ability to do the Carlton dance isn't all bad.  After all, it brings me enjoyment.  There's been lots of talk about microtransactions recently and not all of them have been as seemingly-benign as silly dances.  In fact, by the end of the show, things escalate to the point where Jorge and I start talking about nuclear proliferation.  Will we ever reach micro-transaction disarmament?  Listen in to find out.


Direct download: EXP_Podcast_351_-_The_Microtransaction_Mambo.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PST

Console exclusive games are increasingly rare in our current console habitat, but this hasn't always been the case. How have our hardware limitations shaped our playing habitats and how we see entire genres? Will the future of VR look like older console generations? Most importantly, what does Mr. Businessman think of the console wars of yore? All this and more on the latest EXP Podcast!

Show Notes:

- Runtime: 33 mins
- "That Time Final Fantasy Ditched Nintendo for Sony," by Patrick Klepek via Kotaku
- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_350_-_Hardware_Habitats.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:31pm PST

They say no news is good news and this week we can't really argue with that.  It's been a little rough out there, but we can't use that as an excuse to turn a blind eye.  Instead we wade into the mess and actually manage to find a few glimmers of hope here and there.  In fact, you might say that we are the heroes Tony Hawk, Deus Ex, Batman all deserve.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_349_-_news_blues.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PST

The latest Destiny ads are using Led Zeppelin songs, but based on all the events of Destiny's first year, I think Katy Perry might fit better.  The Taken King is out and with it come a slew of big changes.  This week, we talk about what's new.  Sick helmets, strange coins, and social faux pas: you can find it all in this big ol' universe.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_348_-_revisiting_destiny.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PST

brings Hideo Kojima parachuting in from the skies to wreak havoc on sheep and the like. This week on the EXP Podcast, knowing we have a massive game in front of us, Scott and I discuss our first impressions of The Phantom Pain, from the tutorial to the effect of horse poop on moving vehicles.


Show Notes:


- Runtime: 45 mins 11 sec

- Music by Brad Sucks