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

We're back! And just in time to defend Earthrealm from Outworld. This week, we go to the movies (by way of our couches) and debrief on the newest Mortal Kombat movie. Blood, guts, and fan service abound!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_618_-_MK_2021.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we venture into the spooky Alps of Mundaun, get dizzy looping through Loop Hero, and mend a relationship in It Takes Two!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_617_-_Mundaun_Loop_Hero_and_It_Takes_Two.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:26pm PDT

It's time to travel back to the far flung past to analyze a pseudo-future that never came to pass. But don't worry, you have expert guides at your disposal: Jorge and I came of age in this world of virtual insanity. Ah, yes: Y2K (and the adjacent years). Inspired by a recent article from Fanbyte, we don our cyber goggles and strap on our fish-eye lenses to examine the Y2K aesthetic, its legacy, and its rediscovery.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_616_-_Y2K_Aesthetic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:45pm PDT

Out of the way Michael Jordan, we've got a new set of Hall of Famers! Today on the EXP Podcast, we celebrate the latest finalists vying for a spot in the Strong Museum's Video Game Hall of Fame. We also question the purpose for a Hall of Fame, veto some games off the list, and submit our own entries in the category.

Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_615_-_The_Hall_of_Fame.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:28pm PDT

Hey, far be it from me to criticize someone for quitting. Walking away from something is a great feeling. But when that "something" is Journey, I just have scratch my head. This week, we talk about why people seemed to play through Ghosts of Tsushima all the way to the end while leaving other open world games unfinished. This quickly leads us down a rabbit hole of trophy stats and psychoanalysis to figure out why, after purposely getting a game, so many folks walk away.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_614_-_Endgame_exit.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PDT

There is one fruit that reigns above all others. A fruit whose protective peel hides untold possibilities for play. Is there any other fruit that can play a pivotal role in the future of gaming? No, say I, and Sony agrees. This week on the EXP Podcast, we talk about patents, peripherals, and bananas.

Show Notes:

- Runtime: 38 min 38 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_613_-_Banana_Controllers.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:28pm PDT

You hear that? It's the sound of a jet pack gone quiet. Last week BioWare announced it's intention to shut down Anthem's relaunch, leaving us to wonder "What if?" This week, we go down the "what if?" road not just for Anthem, but for other games that seemed to have potential. We can't help but think that somewhere there's an alternate universe where we're all playing 1 vs. 100 and reading all of the GOTY awards for Cyberpunk. Maybe Anthem was the key to it all?

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_612_-_Anthem_Almost.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:39pm PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss three new games we've been playing: Little Nightmares 2, Bowser's Fury, and Valheim. From the dark terrifying woods, to Nintendo's new open world, and into the festive halls of Valhalla, we finally have some new and exciting games to review!

 

Show Notes:
- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_611_-_Nightmares_New_Worlds_and_Vikings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:47pm PDT

Please excuse all the cigar chomping noises on this week's show: we've become Hollywood producers and were told that cigars were a requirement. Video game movies and casting choices collide this week, as we cover quirky robots, furry animals, and fantasy directors' cuts. Just be glad that we didn't release the Snyder cut of this episode; it's 7 hours long.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_610_-_casting_call.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PDT

 

Like digital Robin-hoods, internet sleuths and criminals have patched together two pieces of video game history. The first is the unforgettable GoldenEye 007 which is alive again with some buttery-smooth frame rates. The second is the audio tracks for Super Mario World. This week on the podcast, we chat about salvaging history by means of unethical behavior.

Oh, and E3 is back too. Sort of...

Show Notes:

- Runtime: 32 min 35 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_609_-_Digital_Restorations.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:22pm PDT

Jorge and I have apparently planned out our retirement: we're going to find a museum, set up shop with a little "artifacts you can touch" cart, and lure people in to talk about video games. We still have a ways to go before living that docent life, but we can at least imagine it. Thanks to Nicole Carpenter's recent article about the links between video games and museums, we had the chance to go through some of our favorite virtual exhibits.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_608_-_Video_Game_Museums.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:03pm PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we go big - and I mean really big! Today we cover the latest trailer for Godzilla vs Kong, a new film in the "Monsterverse" film franchise and why we're so fascinated by massive beasts and the disasters they bring. We also identify some games that achieve an enormous sense of scale, or at least more enormous than most games.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_607_-_Into_the_Monsterverse.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:35pm PDT

Won't somebody please think of the children? This week, we heed Helen Lovejoy's plea and step into the fraught environment of parenting choices and children's screen time. Inspired by the continuing pandemic as well as a New York Times article on the subject, we dissect the increased screen time kids (along with everyone else) is getting. I suppose this is a good time to pat ourselves on the pack for making an audio show; no screens necessary!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_606_-_Screentime.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:41pm PDT

Allegedly it's 2021 but, looking around, I still have my doubts. This week on the EXP Podcast, we try hope the year ahead is brighter than the last and look forward to our most anticipated games of 2021, some of which might actually come out! From AAA to indies, there are a lot of games to be excited for.

Show Notes:
- Runtime: 37 min 32 sec
- Music from Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_605_-_The_Year_Ahead_2021.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:33pm PDT