The Experience Points Podcast
A weekly video game podcast from the co-writers of
The most prestigious and important video game awards ceremony is back again. From the best doofus', to awards in elegance, to the best waifu/husbandu, we are once again celebrating the end of the year with the Gamey Awards!

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Direct download: EXP_Podcast_724_-_The_2023_Gamey_Awards.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:11pm PDT

Just in time for the end of the year, we reach the end of another story: Alan Wake II!  This week we debrief on a game created by and for humanities nerds.  Nothing like contemplating the death of the author while rocking out to Norse mythology inspired heavy metal!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_723_-_Alan_Wake_II_debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:37pm PDT

We're head to Vice City, where the sun is shining, drugs are plentiful, and you might get eaten by an alligator. Also, we retroactively predict the Game Awards winners.


Show Notes:

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_722_-_Florida_Men.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:14am PDT

This week we emerge from our holiday haze and talk about the ways in which some large publishers are trying to foster a fuzzy feeling by appealing to a sense "the good old days" of established games and franchises.  This kind of packaged nostalgia is clearly popular; just ask the people paying actual currency to play the original version of World of Warcraft.  But what does it mean that we're drawn to these time capsules and does it mean we're headed toward a looping cycle where we reset franchises once every seven to ten years?  If so, then I can't wait for my Cow Clicker remake.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_721_-_Nostalgia_for_Sale.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:58pm PDT

Do you feel that tingle of excitement? No, not that weird green dude. It's Nintendo's latest announcement that Legend of Zelda is getting a big screen adaptation and it's... live action!?

This week on the podcast, we foretell both the bright and dark future this announcement portends. Also, what storyline should the Zelda movie focus on? Who knows, they're all weird!

Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_720_-_Legend_of_Zelda_Movie_Magic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:34pm PDT

2023's absolute deluge of games continues this week and we hanging on for dear life!  This week we web sling our way around Spider-Man 2, piece together the mystery of Alan Wake 2, welcome a special end-credit guest in Lies of P, and conclude our trip in Super Mario Bros. Wonder.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_719_-_LoP_SMBW_AW2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:57pm PDT

We also knew all the mushrooms would catch up to Mario. This week on the podcast, we take a wonder seed trip into Super Mario Bros. Wonder!

Show Notes:

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_718_-_Super_Mario_Bros._Wonder_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:51pm PDT

This week we talk about a game all about language and a game completely devoid of the written word!  Chants of Sennaar and Cocoon are in the rotation this week and both games have impressed us.  While they're quite different, both of them drop you right into a world without much explicit hand holding, so we have a good time unpacking the various mysteries contained within.  Plus: a little extra Lies of P and Sea of Stars analysis as we continue to dig in to those games!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_717_-_CoS_and_Cocoon.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:25pm PDT

This week on the podcast, we leap into Sony's cloud gaming news and marvel at the lengths Baldur's Gate 3 players will go for the perfect run.

Show Notes:

- Music by By Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_716_-_Clouds_and_Sheep.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:54pm PDT

Rumors abound this week as we all collectively start to piece together clues about the Switch's successor.  I'm going to out on a limb and say that there will be a Mario game and a convoluted friend request system - maybe together?!  On top of that, Jorge and I do some strategizing about how to introduce turn-based RPGs to the next generation.  Suffice to say it's a high pressure situation.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_715_-_Switch_2_Scuttlebutt.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:19pm PDT

It's a debacle at Unity, some surprising DLC news, the high cost of games, and a step into the closet with Hideo Kojima!

Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_714_-_Unity_Game_Prices_and_DLC.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:39pm PDT

Even after a busy spring and summer, video games refuse to take a break and just chill.  There's just so much to play and it can get distracting.  Maybe that's what happened over there at Microsoft - someone was so distracted trying to master their mech in Armored Core that they forgot to properly secure all the links in their public court filings.  This week it's a gaming grab bag and a rare look at what goes on in the Xbox team's internal pitch meetings.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_713_-_Microsoft_Leaks_and_gaming_grab_bag.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we ask whether great games like Baldur's Gate 3 or Tears of the Kingdom should raise the standards for what we expect out of games or if doing so sets the bar too high.


Show Notes:
Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_713_-_Raising_the_Bar.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

After several months of traversing the gloom, scarfing down endura carrots, and harvesting dragon scales, both Jorge and I have seen credits in Tears of the Kingdom.  I won't even pretend to say we've "finished" it, as there are more korok seeds in this game than there are grains of sand of beach.  Regardless, we do a deep dive on both the late game mechanics as well as the time-bending plot.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_711_TOTK_debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:01pm PDT

Mer-people, a strange dog (?), and more on this week's games discussion!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_710_-_Pikmin_4_Dave_the_Diver_and_Baldurs_Gate_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:11pm PDT

Pop quiz: do you know the various subscription tiers for your game platforms?  And more importantly: do you know which ones you're automatically being charged for every month?  Well here's a hint: it's not Xbox Live Gold, that one's riding off into the sunset.  This week, we play that exact game and quiz each other about what each major console platform is pitching and which ones we've bought into.  Let's just say things get convoluted fast.  On the bright side, we rediscover some members of our Nintendo family and also give Sony some free naming ideas!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_709_-_Subscriptions.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:30pm PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we revisit some of video games' best, and worst, endings - from the multicolored conclusion to Mass Effect 3 (and Elding Ring) to the touching conclusion to some great narrative games like Life is Strange

Show Notes:

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_708_-_Memorable_Endings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:31pm PDT

Hello!  Remove that gloom effect, because we're back from the depths after a few weeks.  Well it's not really the depths, it's just that Jorge and his family acquired a new little korok and were doing some much needed bonding.  We ease back in by catching up on what's been going on in Hyrule and what's been going on over at Nintendo.  Apparently Mario is getting bigger than ever.  And I truly mean elephant-sized.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_707_-_Tears_and_direct.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:08pm PDT

It's time to hit the street with Street Fighter 6!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_706_-_Street_Fighter_6_Debrief.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:53pm PDT

This week we talk about the recent PlayStation Showcase.  But first, stick with me for second here, gang: what if I took a dual sense and chopped it in half...wait, no let me finish...and then stuck a big screen in the middle and then Tears of the Kingdom Ultra Hand-style just mashed all of it together!  We call it Project Q and it's going to revolutionize toilet-based gaming in the home.  What's that?  Fine, we'll sweeten the deal with some ear buds.  Are you happy now?

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_705_-_Sony_Showcase.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:10pm PDT

Grab your bugs, horns, and fire peppers because this week on the EXP Podcast, we're brewing a love elixir for Zelda!


Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_704_-_Hyrulian_Love.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:10pm PDT

It's a big week around these parts!  And when I say parts, I also mean the various pieces of scrap wood and ancient tech I'm using to fashion a crude over boat.  Yes, it's time to talk about The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom!  We debrief on our initial few hours in the game and talk about how it fits int he broader open-world landscape.  Spoiler: we're having a great time so far, although maybe it's good we didn't pursue engineering in school.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_703_-_totk.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:37pm PDT

This week on the podcast, we explore a galaxy far, far, away in Jedi Survivor, wonder why the Jedi Council is training an army of child soldiers, and briefly discuss some classic Nintendo wildness.

Oh, and see you on the other side of Breath of the Wild 2!

Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_702_-_Jedi_Survivor_Debrief__Nintendo_Leaks.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:50pm PDT

This week, Scott ventures out into the theater and reports back on the latest cinematic adventure.  That's right, it's the The Super Mario Bros. Movie!  Seeing is how it's based on a Japanese game franchise and created by Illumination's French studio, can I call this a foreign film?  In any case, and despite a distinct lack of John Leguizamo, there is plenty to talk about, so grab your popcorn and your fireflowers and join us.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_701_-_super_mario_bros_movie_debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:07pm PDT

700 hundred official episodes is no small feat! We are celebrating the accomplishment by hosting the first ever Gamey Awards Tournament of Champions! It's time to settle once and for all who the best Waifu/Husbandu is. Why is Inciniroar a genuine contender? And what is the gameyest game?

A special thanks to our small family of listeners, especially those who've stuck around over the years. We love making this podcast every week and we hope you keep enjoying our serious but not humorless conversations about games for years to come!
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_700_-_The_Gamey_Tournament_of_Champions.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:30pm PDT

When playing a cross-play multiplayer game, what do you do when the an entire platform's worth of players gets left behind?  Well, if you're playing Rogue Company, maybe you rejoice?  This week we use the recent end of Switch support on a cross-play multiplayer game to talk about the ongoing search for your preferred video game community.  What's the slow-pitch, dad-squad, beer-league softball equivalent in video games?  Because those are some folks I could really get along with.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_699_-_Switch_Self_Selection.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:05am PDT

This week on the podcast, we bask on the sandy shores of Tchia, a darling little Breath of the Wild homage, trudge back into Resident Evil 4, and touch on a couple more games that are actually pretty damn great as well!

Show Notes:

- Music from the Tchia OST
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_698_-_Tchia_RE4_Remake_and_More.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:05pm PDT

Bad news: you have to live in a brutal post-apocalyptic zombie hellscape.  Good news: The Internet's latest crush, Pedro Pascal, is your companion and protector!  This week we talk about HBO's The Last of Us.  Roughly ten years after the first game's release, we revisit the game's bleak world and see how it fares in the world of prestige television.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_697_TLOS_TV.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:09pm PDT

It's time again for the yearly Journey replay ritual, in which we wander the sands of Thatgamecompany's magnum opus and maybe even join some strange new wanderers!


Show notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks & the Journey OST

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_696_-_Return_to_Journey_Ritual.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:33pm PDT

We've got some pretty hefty games on the horizon this spring, so we're spending the last few weeks of winter doing a bit of a sampler.  We have a wide variety to talk about this week, ranging from the manic Hi-Fi Rush to the meditative Season.  And then we throw some survival horror in the middle there for good measure!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_695_Grab_Bag_Season.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:54pm PDT

It's time to revisit some classics that were, actually, just bad?

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_694_-_Back_to_the_Bad.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:07pm PDT

I've long since abandoned trying to be cool, which is hopefully a good defense mechanism against being "cringe."  Marvel, Star Wars, and now Forspoken have all now received criticism for crossing the line that separates wry humor and obnoxious self awareness.  But what's really behind our negative reactions to these try hard characters?  This week we use an article by Austin Walker to explore if maybe the audience-facing winks we see so often are actually a defense mechanism in which writers try to mock their own work before anyone else can beat them to it.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_693_-_Cringing_at_the_Camera.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:03am PDT

This week we re-board the Ishimura to take a violent and viscera-filled visit to the Dead Space Remake. Is it one of the best horror games of all time? Absolutely!

We also make a pit stop to check in on a new holiday in Japan - Final Fantasy 7 Day!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_692_-_Dead_Space_Remake__FF7_Holidays.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:17am PDT

After a very long, Gamey and GOTY-filled Fimbulwinter, we're finally looping back to one of our favorite games of 2022: God of War Ragnarök!  We discussed it in a few previous shows, but this time we go fully into spoilers and geek out over everyone's Greek lout.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_691_-_GOWR_debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:25am PDT

The year is well under way and there is going to be an absolute glut of games dropping this year. With barely any lulls in major releases, we are looking ahead at our most anticipated games of 2023 and some of the games we might play... if they come out this year!

Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_690_-_The_Year_Ahead_2023.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:06pm PDT

I'm still totally fine with people saying "Happy New Year" at this point in the year, so you better believe I'm still good with game of the year discussions! This week we wrap up the season with some of the best games that didn't quite make our top 3 this year. And you know what, I won't even judge you for the Christmas tree I still see in the corner over there.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_689_-_GOTY_2022_leftovers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

Before we put 2022 behind us, it's time to share our favorite games of the year. That's right, it's the GOTY cast! This was a truly great year for such a wide variety of games, in part due to the dearth of Triple-A games taking up all our time. Stay tuned next week for the last of 2022 leftovers!

Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_688_-_2022_Games_of_the_Year.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:20pm PDT