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

This week on the EXP Podcast, we wrestle with the dark underbelly of online gaming - its own players. With toxicity causing trouble in Overwatch, Steam's failure to address racist community groups, Campo Santo striking back against PewDiePie, the topic is on our mind. Even Bungie is reeling from a piece of armor that looks uncomfortably similar to a white supremacist logo. How should developers and publishers police their own communities? Should they? 

This is a touchy subject this week folks, so we're sending our positive thoughts your way. Keep up the good fight!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_447_-_Players_Behaving_Badly.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:23pm PDT

Jorge and I have been hard at work. Jorge has been fulfilling his destiny to become the best-dressed guardian in the universe while I've been practicing my 360 tomahawk jams. This week we do a check in on two of our most anticipated games of 2017: Destiny 2 and Pyre.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_445_-_Destiny_2_and_Pyre.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PDT

In space, no one can hear you scream against unsafe working conditions and unethical labor contracts with faceless multinational corporations. This week on the podcast, we put on our space pants and drift into Tacoma. What does this short little follow-up to Gone Home have to say about AI, humanity, and the corporatocratic future? Join us and find out!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_444_-_Tacoma_Debrief.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:10pm PDT

This week we take a journey to the north and debrief on Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. This game was flying beneath our radar, but we couldn't be happier that we made the time to play it. Do yourself a favor: grab some headphones, carve out a few hours, and thank your lucky stars that you don't live under the constant threat of being stalked by Fenrir.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_443_-_Hellblade_debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:03pm PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we pay a visit to Titanfall 2 and wonder where everyone went. Was it the dull brown of the landscape that cleared the room? Would this game be more popular if it had brighter colors, cooler names, or banana rockets? The answer is clearly yes.

 

Everything is better with banana rockets.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_442_-_Titanfall_2_and_Mecha_Boredom.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:48pm PDT

Sometimes, you play a game once and then bounce off, never to return.  Other times you see the potential, but are put off by a weird mechanic.  And sometimes you're just too damn lazy to leave the house and interact with other human beings.  This week, we discuss some games we're considering returning to.  Some of them we've finished, others we originally gave up on.  We also invent a new Pokemon Go mechanic that would be as dangerous as it would be entertaining.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_441_-_Returning.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PDT

The endless war between Mayonnaise and Ketchup continues in this EXP Podcast debrief on Splatoon 2. After we get into a heated discussion about condiments, we weigh in on the splatfest design, Nintendo's trouble relationship with online support, and the elements of Splatoon 2 that make this game so damn special.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_440_-_Splatoon_2_Debrief.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:54pm PDT

Summertime means relaxing on an island.  After murdering the 99 other people on that island of course.  This week we dive out of a plane and into Player Unknown's Battlegrounds.  Along the way we learn about abbreviations, Twitch drama, and that there's a high correlation between a game having someone's name in the title and its quality. 

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_439_-_PUBG.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57pm PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we put on our space helmets and meet up in the Tower to discuss the Destiny 2 beta. How do the new classes feel? Is this a significant departure from the first Destiny? How money hours will we spend farming motes of light? Who knows!

Show Notes:
* Music from Destiny 2
* Run time: 43 mins 15 secs

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_438_-_Destiny_2_Beta_Debrief.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:35am PDT

Strap on your bowcaster and fire up your T-16s folks: it's time to get immersed in the world of Star Wars.  Disney is looking to bring a "100 percent immersive" Star Wars experience to us Earthlings, so Jorge and I decided it would be a good idea to brainstorm what the future has in store for us.  Video games have dealt with the challenging concept of immersion for a long time, so we discuss some of the potential benefits and challenges of trying to stage an entire Star Wars live-action experience.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_437_-_SW_immersion.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PDT