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

Every so often Jorge and I dive into the virtual newspaper and see if video game news is still weird and scary.  Good news: it is!  This week we talk about potential game to TV crossovers, the strange swamp of well-funded nostalgia is Kickstarter, and our dearly departed P.T.  Jump into the comments with your ideal animal adventure duo.  How about a badger and a fish?

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_329_-_Myst_Kickstarter_Money_and_Ghosts.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00 PM

It's time once again to join Ness and friends on their journey through the wild and wacky world of Earthbound. This week on the podcast, Scott and I find all eight of the melodies, find similarities between Earthbound and Bloodborne, and venture through Fire Spring. We invite you all to play alone and of course you can listen to Part One, Part Two, and Part Three to catch up.

Show Notes:


- Runtime: 66 mins  52 secs

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_328_-_Earthbound_Debrief_Part_4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:34 AM

In the span of about a week, Valve rolled out a program for monetizing video game mods on Steam.  Then, the Internet kind of blew up and they rolled it back.  Now that the dust is finally starting to settle, we recap what went down and where we should go from here.  How do you balance creative freedom with compensating creators?  What are the consequences of Valve's domination of the PC space?  Who will make us a  mod that replaces the puts Earthbound sprites into Hotline Miami?

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_327_-_Mod_world.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00 PM

Nothing says "hardcore" like replacing a C with a K. This week on the EXP Podcast, Scott and I dive into an MK/MK extravaganza! First we try our hands at NetherRealm's Mortal Kombat X, and soon discover our hands are covered in blood and guts. Next we speed through Mario Kart at a blistering 200ccs and measure how well the game holds up in its latest batch of DLC. Kart or Kombat fan? Hop into the comments or shoot us an email and let us know!


Show Notes:


- Runtime: 34 mins  24 secs

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_326_-_MK__MK_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:46 AM

My my, hey hey.  Rhythm games are here to stay.  It's better to burn out than to gather dust...if you're a plastic guitar that is.  Yes, after years in hibernation, Guitar Hero and Rock Band are back on stage.  Will that lead Jorge and me back to the altar of rock?  Have our dreams of virtual superstardom faded away like so many missed notes scrolling into infinity?  Fire up the virtual record player and find out.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_325_-_Guitar_Hero_Live.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00 PM

We are still in the early days of exploring all that Bloodborne has to offer, but the critical conversation about the game is happening right now. If we wait any longer, Yarnham may be inundated with snake-meatballs and ravens! This week on the EXP Podcast, join us to discuss the madness, the beauty, the painful, painful glory of Bloodborne.

Show Notes:


- Runtime: 43 mins 14 secs

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_324_-_Bloodborne_Early_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:04 AM

Where do your loyalties lie?  Your house or your queen?  Your brothers in arms or your family?  Actually, you probably shouldn’t answer that; that servant boy over there looks a little shifty.  Don’t worry about trusting us though; we’ll keep all your secrets safe.  This week we recap episode 3 of Telltale’s Game of Thrones.  This installment puts us in the middle of some crucial decisions, which we’re sure will turn out for the best and result in mutual benefit for all involved.  On an unrelated note, can you hold this dagger?  Oh no, that isn’t a blood stain; it’s just rust.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_323_-_GoT_ep_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:44 AM

We have come a long way from Onette Valley everyone! This week on the EXP Podcast, Scott and I join Ness, Paula, and Jeff in the world of Earthbound. From secret waterfalls to parental neglect, there is a lot to discuss If you are playing along with us, we discuss the events just up to Summers. We hope you enjoy your stay at our desert shack on the internet!


Show Notes:

- Runtime: 55 mins 05 secs

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_322_-_Earthbound_Debrief_Part_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30 PM

Classic arcade characters are on the rampage, Kojima has disappeared, and Nintendo has acknowledged the existence of smart phones: what the heck is happening out there?  This week, Jorge and I do a quick news roundup in an attempt to make sense of the chaos.  If we try to predict the box office, the fate of Kojima productions, and Nintendo's 5-year strategy, we have to get at least one.  I believe that's how statistics works.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_321_-_Nintendo_news.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00 PM

The Game Developers Conference, PAX East/Prime/South/West/Arctic, Twitch Con. There are just so many conventions to attend each year, all hoping to grab your attention with a selection of games, from Triple A to indie. This week on the EXP Podcast, Scott and I discuss the landscape of fan conventions, the presence of virtual reality hardware, and some of the games at the three conventions that just wrapped up over the past couple weeks. 


Show Notes:


- Runtime: 37 mins 45 secs

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_320_-_Con_Artists.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:05 AM