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

The Iron Giant is back and this time it's personal. But first, he's going to go on a late night Jack in the Box run with Shaggy. This week, we talk about the MultiVersus announcement, what it says about media megacorp crossovers, and who we think we could take in a video game fight. Watch your back, Kojima.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_665_-_Multiversus_madness.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42pm PDT

It's time again for us, our children, and our children's children to throw ourselves into the castle that is Rogue Legacy 2. It's been ages since the last game game out - and over 420 episodes, so there are some major changes. But does it reignite our passion and meet the standards of today's Rogue-lites?

All this and more in this week's debrief!

Show Notes:
- Music from the Rogue Legacy 2 OST

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_664_-_Rogue_Legacy_2_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:25pm PDT

After watching the recent Batman movie, we came to a couple conclusions: 1) Batman's gamer tag is probably "V3ngence_420" and 2) there are some very interesting parallels between this latest cinematic take on the caped crusader and recent video game portrayals. This week we dive into the movie as well as various Batman games and how they've built on such an iconic character.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_663_-_The_Batman.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

An update to the last podcast, Sony has updated their subscription policies and offerings and it's honestly getting better. Also, Netflix had a very bad week. Will they really invest heavily in gaming in the near future? Subscribe to find out!

Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_662_-_The_Forever_Streaming_Wars.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:21pm PDT

This week we're dipping into some recent and headlines around game difficulty as well as the difficulty of putting on a physical event in the year 2022. Games like Eldin Ring and Tunic are still very much top of mind and their popularity has brought people to revisit how best to navigate the balance between challenge and letting players experience all a game has to offer. Back on the release and conference front, we talk about some MIA Nintendo games as well as the increasingly unpredictable future of everyone's favorite reason to escape from LA: E3.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_661_-_Difficulty_and_Delays_in_the_news.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:39pm PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we fight hordes of monsters in the bullet-hill homage to Castlevania - Vampire Survivors. We also revisit and share some closing thoughts on Tunic and Elden Ring. Now, on to the Pacifist Pete run!

Show Notes:
- Music by Brad Sucks and Vampire Survivors

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_660_-_Vampires_Maps_and_Miquella.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:49pm PDT

The video game subscription scene got a bit more crowded this week after Sony revealed their new PlayStation Plus tiers. It's clear they're leaning into the retro angle as well as streaming games, but how does it compare to what Microsoft and Nintendo are doing? This week we do some analysis as well as grapple with the tangled web of monthly recurring bills that has come to comprise the bulk of our entertainment budgets.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_659_Playstation_plus_premium.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:06am PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we get into Tunic - an adorable little homage to Zelda that actually seems pretty difficult. We also get back on the Elden Ring horse (Torrent, I guess), and explore what makes this game, or all Souls games, special.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_658_-__Oops_All_Castles.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:52pm PDT

Every year, Jorge and I play Journey on the anniversary of its release. We don't always talk about it since, honestly, if you took a drink every time we mentioned Journey on any randomly-selected show you'd probably be rushed to the hospital before the episode ended. However, this year is special: we are celebrating a decade of Journey! We're ten years in and still finding new things to appreciate about one of the medium's truly outstanding works. We hope you can join us in continuing the discussion and perhaps even go with us on next year's trip through the desert?

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_657_-_Journey_decade_debrief.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:26pm PDT

It's back to the beginning to discuss some of the best intros. Inspired by this Top 13 list, we talk about our own favorite introductions and why if you're new to the Souls franchise and playing Elden Ring you should really jump into holes.

 

Show notes:
* Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_656_-_The_Best_Intros.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:07pm PDT

Gather round, fellow Tarnished, and let us trade tales of accidentally falling off cliffs, getting one-shotted by weird tree monsters, and compulsively picking berries. Elden Ring is here and it's time to do an initial debrief on our early hours with the game. It appears to be a massive undertaking, so we will likely do subsequent check ins as we progress. For now though, let's enjoy a moment of peace in our very own site of lost grace.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_655_-_Elden_Ring_debrief_part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:52pm PDT

The Elden Ring is almost here, which means we are just biding our time with some video games and honing reflects and patience. This week on the Podcast, we speculate about what's coming in Elden Ring and follow-up with some thoughts on Sifu, the new Kung-Fu inspired brawler, and Subnautica, an older but fascinating deep-sea survival game.

Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_654_-_Sifu_Subnautica_andThe_Elden_Wait.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:33pm PDT

What if they made a Pokemon game where Pokemon actually roamed the countryside? What if you could actually interact or be attacked by wild Pokemon? What if catching 'em all involved stealthy, precision pokeball tosses? Sometimes we think about the alternate history or hypothetical tangents our favorite franchises and genres could take. This week, we use Pokemon Legends: Arceus as a starting point to discuss what happens when an established idea or approach takes an unusual turn. Is it everything we hoped for or should we be careful about we wish for? All I know is that, no matter what the future holds, I have an army Bidoofs at my disposal.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_653_-_Pokemon_what_if.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:54pm PDT

Just when you thought tipping your barista 20% was spending big, Microsoft shocked the industry spending well over 60 billion (yes, BILLION) on an acquisition of Activision-Blizzard. Now Sony's getting in with a Bungie acquisition. This week on the podcast, we talk about the big industry buyouts!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_652_-_Big_Industry_Buyouts.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:47pm PDT

Time to jack in! Now that all the game of the year and new year's talk is out of the way, it's time to get back to what really matters: The Matrix. Between Resurrections' divisive reception and the recent Unreal 5 demo, Neo and friends have been top of mind. This week, we debrief about how video games and the Matrix intersect and evolve together. Whether we still know kung fu is up for debate.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_651_-_The_Matrix_Resurrections.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:50pm PDT

We are back from our short year-end hiatus ready to blast forward into 2022. Which means it's time to talk about some of our most anticipated games of this year, many of which may not come out, well, ever! From little indie darlings to major blockbusters, this is shaping up to be another great year to play all kinds of diverse and interesting games.

Show Notes:

* Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_650_-_The_Year_Ahead_2022.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:11pm PDT

It's 2022, but we haven't quite finished the last crumbs of 2021 yet. This week, we partake in the annual tradition of delicious leftovers: games that we didn't quite get to on our games of the year show. I wonder what a Lombax's favorite dessert is and whether it's easy to microwave?

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_649_-_2021_Leftovers.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:11pm PDT