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

It's Elden Ring and The Shadow of the Erdtree time and with it comes the predictable discussion about difficulty in games.  I guess it makes sense that a game about making looping runs through a punishing world gets people fired up, but I still think it's hilarious that people seem to be surprised at how hard these games continue to be.  And thanks to a new interview with Hidetaka Miyazaki, we can be certain that this difficulty is not only intentional, but also pursued out of respect to players.  This week, we dissect some of his comments and consider the long-term legacy of his design sensibilities.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_743_-_Miyazaki_and_the_Family_Erdtree.mp3
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The definitely NOT E3 window of events is over with one more big set of announcements. This week on the podcast, we discuss some exciting games coming to the Nintendo Switch - THIS YEAR!

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- Music by Brad Sucks
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_742_-_Nintendo_Direct_June_2024.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:57pm PDT

Now that the great collapse of the E3 ecosystem is well and truly complete, we're beginning to see saplings spring from the ashes.  And it's not just a few; Summer Game Fest and the numerous other publisher-specific, indie, PC, and various thematic conferences have quickly formed a forest and are spreading the video game news over the wind like a dense cloud of pollen.  This week we take our antihistamines and dive into some of the many game announcements we've seen over the past couple weeks.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_741_-_SGF_2024.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:03pm PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, in between Sony's announcements and Xbox's big news, we discuss the state of big budget first-party exclusives and what the future of publishing massively expensive games might look like.

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Direct download: EXP_Podcast_740_-_State_of_Big_Budget_Play.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:11pm PDT