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

When everyone else is nestled snugly in bed, the most die-hard fans are battling the elements, sleep deprivation, and mall security in hopes of being the first to procure a new console or game.  This week, the tale of a man named Isaiah-Triforce Johnson came to our attention.  After waiting in line for a week, he was one of the first Americans to buy a Nintendo 3DS.  His quest got us thinking about the strange rituals surrounding console launches and game releases.  It's a surprisingly broad topic, and we cover everything from the "first!" impulse to frostbite.  As always, we'd love to hear your thoughts, as well as any of your release night stories in the comments!

Some discussion starters:

- Have you ever stood in line for the release of a console or game?  What was your motivation?
- Why is it important to play something immediately upon release?  Is it even important?
- Should developers incorporate release day bonuses into games?

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Show notes:

- Run time: 33 min 36 sec
- "Waiting for Nintendot: One Man's Quest to Buy First 3DS," by Jason Schreier, via Wired
- "Queer Characters: BioShock," by VorpalBunny, a.k.a. Denis Farr, via GayGamer
- Music provided byBrad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_123_first.mp3
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