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

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.

Show notes:

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

War never changes - the streaming television war, that is!  This week we do a deep dive on the new Fallout series.  Who knew the post-nuclear wasteland would have so many cameos in it?  And are those the jingle of spurs I hear?  Looks like The Man with No Name has become The Man with No Nose.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_737_-_Fallout_TV_Series.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:37pm PDT

The Wii U, one of the worst selling consoles of all time, is finally shutting down its servers and turning off the lights. Today on the podcast we poor one out for a console ahead of its time, a messy, imperfect, but maybe a little prescient attempt by Nintendo to transform the gaming landscape.


Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_736_-_Goodbye_to_the_Wii_U.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:51am PDT

I meant to publish the show earlier, but I thought I could squeeze in a few more hands of Balatro.  48 hours later, I realize two things: that was a mistake and I'm now starving to death.  This week, we dip into Balatro, make our stage debut with Princess Peach: Showtime!, and evaluate Red XIII's surreal attempt at acting like a human.  Now, just a few more hands and then I swear I'll go to sleep.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_735_-_Princess_Peach_Balatro_and_Red_XIII.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:58pm PDT

It's finally Spring again around these parts, which means it's time for one of our favorite annual rituals: the yearly Journey playthrough!  For whatever reason, Jorge and I both had cautionary tales of resource scarcity and environmental collapse on the brain (I blame Barrett and the rest of Avalanche) and it just goes to show that you can still get something new out of a game every time you play it.  Twelve years on and we're still finding new treasures in the desert.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_733_-_2024_Journey_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:09pm PDT

We discuss why Final Fantasy VIII is actually awesome, how the remake is changing the legacy of the franchise, and what's up with the best (and worst) Final Fantasy games.


Show Notes:
- Music by Brad Sucks
"Final Fantasy is the Best, Area Man Claims," via Polygon

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_732_-_Final_Fantasy_Rules.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:20am PDT

Reports of us rejoining the lifestream have been greatly exaggerated.  We're back after being under the weather, but we return having played a bunch of new games.  We have Helldivers, Donkey Kong, and more, including 2024 gamiest-game contender Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.  While we're only a few hours into what will undoubtedly be an enormous game, there is plenty to talk and speculate about.  Grab a comfy cushion to soften this rickety old bench and join us!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_731_-_FF7_rebirth_first_impressions.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:12pm PDT

Last week the internet was buzzing with Xbox speculations that was quickly deflated by corporate-speech-laden "podcast" from Phil Spencer and his team at Xbox. Yes, some Microsoft games are coming to other consoles, but is that it? What does this, and could this have meant? Join us and Mr. Businessman to discuss the future of Xbox.

Show Notes:

* Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_730_-_Xbox_Updates.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:56pm PDT

We are back this week catching up on Sony's latest State of Play, which featured not one but TWO Hideo Kojima announcements. 2024 really is starting strong! Join as we discuss JudasSonic, and Kojima's amazing fashion-sense.

Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_729_-_Death_Stranding_2__Sonys_State_of_Play.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:01pm PDT

Watch out, that pikachu is driving a tank and it looks disgruntled!  But perhaps not as disgruntled as Nintendo and the Pokemon Company's lawyers must be right about now.  Yes, it's time to talk about Palworld.  Part catching monsters and putting them in your pocket, part hitting trees and crafting gear, and all the rage on the Internet - Palworld has clearly tapped into something that both Pokemon and survival game fans have been searching for!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_728_-_Palworld.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:23pm PDT

It feels like we just caught our breath from the game release whirlwind of 2023, but there's no time to delay.  2024 is here and it's bringing a pretty unique list of games with it.  This week, we talk about some of our most anticipated games and make some predictions about the unknown unknowns lurking out there.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_727_-_The_Year_Ahead_2024.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:51pm PDT

We made it!  2023 is over, which means it's time to talk about our top games of the year.  Every year we challenge ourselves to embrace brevity and pick our top three.  2023's landslide of great games made this an even more fun challenge than usual, as did the ongoing meta game of trying to predict if our picks will overlap.  Next week we'll talk about some of the other great games that we didn't get to highlight, but for now, join us for the brightest of all the shining stars.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_725_-_2023_Games_of_the_Year.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:45pm PDT

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!

Show Notes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's time to sum up the year in the most traditional way: by having animated discussions about superfluous game mechanics, waifus/husbandos, and the most "gamey" games of the year. This is the episode that most exemplifies our "serious but not humorless" take on medium and it is one we look forward to all year. Thanks as always for listening!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_687_-_Gameys_2022.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:41pm PDT

It's time to dive into all the adorable, terrifying, and black goop filled goodness from the Keighley's 2022 Game Awards extravaganza!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_686_-_Game_Awards_2022_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:27pm PDT

It's time to deck the halls... STEAM DECK the halls! This week on the EXP Podcast, we dive into Scott's latest handheld device - the Steam Deck.


- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_684_-_Steam_Deck_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:26am PDT

Ah: Feel that brisk chill in the air? Smell that seared flesh? Hear that deafening groan of the world serpent? That's fimbulwinter baby and we are 100% here for it. This week to have an initial discussion about God of War Ragnarök's opening hours. Pull up a seat next to the fire and let's work through some father figure issues together.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_683_-_GOWR.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:38pm PDT

Back after some rough colds, we bring with us a tiny yellow Play Date, which is great for sick days! Also, Scott has made a great accomplishment in the Lands Between.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_682_-_Date_Night_in_the_Lands_Between.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:02am PDT

Google decided to shut down Stadia, so unfortunately all those games you may have bought are evaporating in what you might call a cloud-like manner. Don't worry though: something has appeared to fill the spiritual void: it's Mario's new voice. This week we talk about the artistic and moral tightrope that is the Super Mario Bros. Movie as well as the postmortem view of Stadia.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_681_-_Hello_Mario_and_Goodbye_Stadia.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:56pm PDT

Cheating has thrown chess and competitive fishing into an existential crisis! Maybe shouldn't bother with real-world sports anymore anyway...

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_680_-_Chess_Cheating__Fishy_Business.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:27pm PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we check in on Kojima's podcast - apparently there's a robot? We also dive into some news and games from Nintendo and Sony. Where will it take us? Let's fall out of the sky with Link and aim for somewhere good.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_678_-_New_Games__Kojima_Check-in.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:03pm PDT

We journey the land of dream and wander backwards through games to find the source text upon which they're based. Some have changed wildly, many for the better!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_676_-_From_the_Source.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:33am PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we say goodbye to a rarely used features on the PS5: Accolades. Is praise for your opponents dead?


Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_674_-_Goodbye_Accolades.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:46pm PDT

Corporate machinations make for some strange arguments. This week in bizzaro mergers and acquisitions land, Microsoft is trying to downplay any potential regulatory roadblocks to the Activision deal by threading a hilarious needle: Call of Duty (while clearly valuable enough to be worth billions of dollars) isn't important enough to put them into anti-monopoly danger. Sony is of course twisting the knife and claiming Call of Duty is an "essential" franchise within the gaming sector and beyond. Regardless of who wins, we decided to take it as an opportunity to talk about the long-running franchise, its current influence, as well as what other franchises seem essential in today's landscape.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_673_-_essential_cod.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:28pm PDT

Get our your cat ears and ready your fursona, it's time to talk about Stray, a game all about being a cat, hanging out with robots, and knocking things off shelves.

Show Notes:

* Music from the Stray OST

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_672_-_Stray_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:52am PDT

Well it figures: we voice our doubts about God of War Ragnarok's release date and Sony turns around and dunks a 2022 date right in our faces. We were both totally surprised by the news, which got us thinking about other big and unexpected video game releases from past years. This week, we talk about some of the events that have slipped by our prognostication prowess and why they were such memorable surprises.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_671_-_Surprise.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:21pm PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, it's co-op puzzlers, action puzzlers, and a curiously-named RPG from the early 90s. We are chatting about some games we've been playing!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_670_-_Neon_White_Live_Alive_and_We_Were_Here_Forever.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:13pm PDT

For all its troubles, E3 has still managed to leave a vacuum in its absence. But just like nature, the game industry abhors a vacuum and plenty of summer previews have rushed in to take place. This week we talk about Summer Game Fest, the Xbox showcase, and various other announcements. We also get very philosophical about space, much to nobody's surprise.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_669_-_summer_games_fest_2022.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:22am PDT

Sonic fans are back at it again, this time demanding Sonic go...slow? Also on this week's podcast, we chat about Resident Evil coming to Netflix with a new live-action TV series and some of the cool looking games from Sony's most recent State of Play!

Show Notes:

* Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_668_-_Another_Sonic_Facelift.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:44pm PDT

By the time you're done reading this sentence, someone has purchased Mario Kart 8. This week, we take a look at the NPD group's list of 2022's best selling games to date. Figuring out true sales numbers is an imperfect science these days, but if this is even somewhat accurate, it means that a whole lot of you out there are could be best described as "Tarnished."

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_667_Top_Sellers_So_far.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:09pm PDT

It's episode 666 (mark of the beast!), which means it's time to throw the horns and get down with the devil. This week on the podcast, we chat about devilish and demonic video games.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_666_-_Straight_to_Hell.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:31pm 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

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

The year is finally over, which means it's time to count down our top games of 2021! It has been a wild year, with a ton of diverse and interesting games that caught our attention. Have a favorite game you want to shout out? Send us an email with your favorites!

Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_648_-_2021_Games_of_the_Year.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:22am PDT

The end of the year GOTYs are almost here! Wwhich means we are frantically playing as many games as we can before 2021 is over. This week, we review a few different indies, from a far-flung sci-fi future to a fantasy animated adventure.

Don't forget to tune-in over  the holidays for our yearly Gamey Awards, our top games of the year, and the year ahead!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_646_-_Solar_Ash_Kena_and_Unsighted_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:22am PDT

From the beautiful vistas of Piltover to the decrepit alleys of Zaun, there is a lot to explore in the latest video game adaptation to grace our television and the front page of Netflix. This week on the EXP Podcast, we join our good friends Jinx, Vi, Jayce, and a few other characters from League of Legends as we review Arcane, a new animated series of Riot Games.

Is this the new pillar of video game adaptations?

Show Notes:

* Music from the Arcane OST

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_644_-_Arcane_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:14pm PDT

If there are two things Jorge and I are comforted by, it's dinosaurs and pixel art. This week, we get to partake in both as we share some initial impressions on Jurassic World Evolution 2 and Eastward. The seem different on the surface, but I'd argue that if both of them put us in the same happy frame of mind, then there must be some shared DNA. Dino DNA as Mr. DNA might say.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_643_Eastward_Jurassic_World_Evo_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:58pm PDT

Samus Aran is back... but in a dreadful state! This week on the EXP Podcast, we hop into Metroid Dread and empty our salvo of missiles into the latest blend of side-scrolling horror-stealth.... uh.... Metroidvania-style thing.

Show Notes:

- Music from the Metroid Dread OST

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_642_-_Metroid_Dread_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30pm PDT

Bloodborne as an alternate reality PlayStation 1 release? Nintendo does its classics dirty? Uncharted and the snake that ate its own tail? Alright I guess that's why Sony didn't ask for my advice in naming the movie. This week we catch up on some fall headlines as we start to gear up for the end of the year.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_641_-_demake.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:35pm PDT

We're back into the never-ending cycle of violence with Deathloop! This week on the show, we dive into a spoiler-filled discussion of Deathloop from start to finish, then back to start, then finish again... you get the idea.

Show Notes:
- Music from the Deathloop OST

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_640_-_Deathloop_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:04pm PDT

We're almost always a two-person show around these parts, but when it comes to games, it seems like four is the magic number. Inspired by a recent Polygon article about why so many multiplayer games anchor around a four-player concept, this week is all about quad squads. Is it technology or society that has us hooked on four as a sweet spot? Look into the four chambers of your heart and decide.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_639_-_4_on_the_floor.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PDT

The Forever-War against online toxicity continues and the latest victim may be All Chat. Riot Games recently announced they will be testing out a  new policy in which players can no longer text chat with the opposing team, calling it a "vehicle for toxicity." This week on the podcast, we jump right into that vehicle and drive around for a while to see how it feels with and without a direct line to the enemy team.

Show notes:
- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_638_-_Mute_All.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:54pm PDT

Check your watches: it's time to talk about time! This week we spend more than 12 minutes on Twelve Minutes (you're welcome) and do a brief check in on Deathloop. I think we manage to stop ourselves before we get too repetitive, but we'll let you be the judge of that. Judge of that. Judge of that...

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_637_12_min_and_deathloop.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:47pm PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we cover some recent news stories that include intentionally playing a game slowly, historical simulations of slavery, the end of an arcade icon, and Star Wars!

Show Notes:

- Run time: 37 min 28 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_636_-_Games_Done_Slow_and_More.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:22pm PDT

What's almost as good as playing games? Thinking about playing games! This week we do a recap of Sony's recent showcase and think about what it will be like to play some of the upcoming titles. Based off how this year and how development timelines are going, we're assuming we'll be playing them while wearing jet packs powered by cold fusion.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_635_-_PS_showcase_2021.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we go back into the dungeon full of birds, bosses, and sexy swords. We are finishing off the discussion started in Episode 631 with a full debrief and spoiler discussion of Death's Door and Boyfriend Dungeon. Come on in for some smooches!

Show Notes:
* Music from Death's Door OST and Boyfriend Dungeon OST

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_634_-_Deaths_Door_and_Boyfriend_Dungeon_Debriefs.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:35pm PDT

This week we fall back into our ruts. Or maybe it's not that dire and we're actually slipping on a comfortable pair of shoes? Whichever way you see it, the point is that we're creatures of habit and those habits tend to manifest in the way we play games. Be it our buying patterns or just how we manage in-game inventory, it's easy to slip into the same old patterns. Some are funny, some are annoying, and most are expensive in some way or another, so listen in and let us be examples of what not to do!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_633_-_Back_on_our_bullshit.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:54pm PDT

Everything is in Fortnite, even Martin Luther King Jr., and Fortnite is in everything, even Magic the Gathering. Today on the podcast, we explore what Fortnite has become, a larger-than-life conglomeration of fandoms, part music-venue, part game-engine, part ever-shifting IP. Is Fortnite becoming the most powerful and versatile gaming platform around today?

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_632_-_Fortnite_Mania.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:15pm PDT

Sharpen your swords and your beaks: it's time to fight, but also to love. This week we talk about Boyfriend Dungeon and Death's Door. Both games caught our attention as well as imaginations. When it comes to weapon romance, what's your type? How does a crow wield daggers? Will we ever perfect our rolling abilities? All this and more will be revealed; just step through this not at all foreboding door.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_631_-_death_door_boyfriend_dungeon.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:32pm PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we catch up on some recent hardware news about Valve's new handheld device: the Steam Deck. We share some reasons we might actually love this thing and some reasons why you might not. And well can we actually try it ourselves? Who knows!?

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_630_-_All_Aboard_the_Steam_Deck.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:09pm PDT

The Olympics are bigger, more complicated, and more rules-heavy then ever. Is it almost time for esports to take the stage? OK, how about competitive tag at least?

Show Notes:

* Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_628_-_Gaming_for_Olympic_Gold.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:05pm PDT

Nintendo is back at it again with a confounding, exciting(?), and curious update to their Nintendo Switch hardware lineup. Stand aside Switch Lite! Out of the way Nintendo Pro! Let's give an exciting applause for the Nintendo Switch OLED Model. That's right it's... *checks notes* slightly bigger!

Join us this week to have some jolly fun and discussing what we do find exciting about incremental upgrades.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_626_-_Nintendo_Kickstand_Hype.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:30pm PDT

Ghost of Tsushima, Sony goes on a buying spree, Magic loses its...magic? The long, protracted summer of game announcements continues! Who would have guessed that a severely altered and smaller E3 would actually succeed in scattering a bunch of game news spores across the entire month of June? Far be it from us to look a gift horse in the mouth. This week, we talk about everything from director's cuts to Internet conspiracy theories as we continue wade through the flood of announcements and rumors.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_625_-_directors_cut.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:02pm PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast we jump into some early mini-debriefs on some new games, including Insomniac's gorgeous Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart, Resident Evil Village, and a couple more older and upcoming treats.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_624_-_Ratchet_Village_Mini-Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:46pm PDT

The multi-day fever dream that somewhat resembled E3 is over. This week we survey some of the notable announcements. These takes are so hot that you'd need the world's most powerful mini fridge to cool them down. Lucky for you: your friends at Microsoft have just the solution.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_623_-_e3_2021.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:06pm PDT

This week we hop onto the Pokémon Snap train... that slow, trudging train though a bizarro zoo, and report back with our findings. We also gush about some upcoming chill games that caught our interest ahead of the big E3 weekend!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_622_-_Pokmon_Snap_and_Chill.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:13pm PDT