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

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

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

The last few months have been a whirlwind of good times with my Tokyo buds. I've laughed, I've cried, I've told my cat to shut up. Now, at long last, I've finally finished Persona 5. While it'll be awhile before Scott graduates Shujin Academy, it's time we dive into the hotly anticipated entry in the long-running Persona franchise. How do the characters stand out compared to Persona 4? Is this game more approachable? Which confident should you romance?

All this and more in another EXP Podcast!

 

Show Notes:

- Music from the Persona 5 Official Soundtrack
- Runtime: 43 mins 23 sec

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_436_-_Persona_5_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:53pm PDT

Ah how time flies when you're desperately battling against its passage!  We're halfway through 2017, so we decided to take stock of some topics that have been bubbling under the surface or were overlooked.  VR, Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, eSports labor strikes and more await you.  Quick: listen while you still have your whole life ahead of you.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_435_-_mid_year_check_in.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:49pm PDT

In Nintendo's infinite wisdom, the NES Classic has been discontinued. But never fear lovers of nostalgia! The hardware distribution experts at Nintendo have announced the SNES Classic, another retro-gaming option that you can pre-order now regret not pre-ordering within the first 30 minutes of its sale.

Join us as we discuss the great games on the mini-console, and the great games mysteriously absent. Want to participate? Send us an email with your own favorite SNES games!

Show Notes:

 

- Music by Brad Sucks

- Runtime: 44 mins 35 sec

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_434_-_A_Classic_Conversation.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:30pm PDT

We finally did it!  Ganon is banished, Hyrule is peaceful(ish), and we can go back to pursuing our true passion: equine science.  Or maybe we'll finally open up our hearty durian farm.  Then again, our shield surfing skills could use some work if we hope to make the olympics this year.  In any case, we've finally finished Breath of the Wild and it's time to talk about the big picture.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_432_-_BotW_debrief_5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:25pm PDT

Our march through Hyrule continues.  In this penultimate debrief, we find some mysterious glowing animals, play a round of golf, and visit the Rito and and Gorons.  Jorge laments the cruel blood moon and Scott pours one out for Andre, the giant horse.  Next up: Calamity Ganon and beyond!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_431_-_BotW_debrief_4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:08pm PDT

This week we take a break to read the video game news and learn of many mysterious disappearances.  Alan Wake has vanished, Red Dead Redemption 2 is no where to be found, and Destiny 2 is no where to be found on Steam, and Peter Parker is apparently hiding under the pseudonym "Nathan Drake."  Time to get to the bottom of all this.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_429_-_News_roundup.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:16pm PDT

The further adventure of Scott and Jorge in Hyrule continues! This week on the podcast, we take on cursed dragons, question the logic of putting children into seats of power, and discuss the social habits of the bad-ass Gerudo warriors. 


You know, the most tragic thing about What Remains of Edith Finch is that all the tragedy could have been avoided with a competent architect and a proper building inspection.  Structural issues aside, there are still plenty of things to talk about in Giant Sparrow's latest narrative-driven game.  Strap in: it's one where we discuss the very nature of the medium itself.  Plus there's some Wendigo talk in there too.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_427_-_Edith_Finch.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PDT