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

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

Grab your shovel and put on your work boots, it's time to dig into farm games. This week on the podcast, we ponder the allure of Stardew Valley, the smoking habits of rural towns, and how to make mundane games a little more adult.

 

Show notes:

Length: 32 mins 37 secs

Music: Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_369_-_The_Farming_Life.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:08pm PDT

A dark shadow passes over you.  Not a cloud, but a vulture.  A tumbleweed rolls by and you watch it spin into the distance.  You keep waiting for it to go out of site, but the barren desolation means you can watch it for miles.  What happened here?  This place was the site of true opulence, but now you'd have a hard time convincing someone that it ever existed.  For a moment you think you can hear the echoes of a sick dubstep drop, but you know it's just your ears playing tricks on you.

 

Ok maybe it's not that extreme, but there have been some notable companies pulling out of this year's E3.  This week it's time to talk about the implications and the future the video game trade show.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_368_-_E3_Exodus.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:15pm PDT

We've all earned our fair share of bumps, scrapes, and bruises in real life. Some of us have persistent aches and pains, some of us have suffered all sorts of injuries, big and small. It's a common occurrence, but how well do games actually model injury? This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss how it feels to be "unwell" and whether or not games are any good at modeling the strange experience of being in an unhealthy body.

 

Show Notes:

- Runtime: 32 mins 44 secs
- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_367_-_In-Game_Injuries.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:06pm PDT

The forest can be a beautiful place.  Centuries-old trees shade your path as you walk through a sprawling valley.  The river has carved this place out the eons and its serene, yet unyielding presence reminds you that it was here before any human set foot in here and it will remain here long after the last human is gone.  The forest can also be a scary place.  One missed step and you're just another piece of debris floating through that river.  Also: does that shadow look particularly bear-like to you?  And of course there are the ever-present personal demons and sense of existential angst that accompany your every step.

You guessed it: this week we're talking about Firewatch!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_366_-_Firewatch_debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:22pm PDT