Wednesday, October 10, 2018

EXP Podcast #498: Streaming Gets Serious

Master Chief's new house.
Brace your routers: another generation of streaming game services is careening across the web and towards your wallet.  This week, we talk about Project xCloud, along with efforts from Google, Ubisoft, and others to make a push for delivering games on demand.  Will this be the beginning of the end for the single-game purchase or are our intertubes too clogged up to meet our demands?  Listen in for a chance to hear what two people who are in no way networking experts think.

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:

- Runtime: 41m 17s
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

EXP Podcast #497: The Sony Classic

This is not a mini.
Those are just huge hands.
Just look at the Sony Classic, a miniaturized version of the iconic PlayStation that's so small it has to be legally marked as a choking hazard. Which is perfect, because if there's one thing Sony wants us to shove down our throats, it's their back-catalogue of amazing games. This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss the games we think deserve a place on this system.

Oh, and we also come up with a concept for the mini that would have been WAY better than this thing.

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:

- Runtime: 40m 42s
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

EXP Podcast #496: Telltale Troubles

Happy trails, guys
Late last week, Telltale announced it was closing down the studio.  It's never easy seeing so many people lose their jobs and some of the revelations about the questionable work environment make it even worse.  The fact remains that Telltale had a huge influence on the adventure game genre as well as the larger game industry, so we're taking this week to look back on the company's run and recognize the company's impact.

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:

- Runtime: 34m 15s
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

EXP Podcast #495: Peachette Direct

Who are you really!?
Shocking revelations from Nintendo this past week with the news that Princess Peach is, in fact, a mushroom-person who is merely granted a human form using the powers of her royal crown. This week on the podcast, we discuss the latest news from Nintendo.

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:

- Runtime: 36m 37s
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

EXP Podcast #494: Swinging into the Donut Breach

Man, I could really go for a donut.
It's September, which means it's back to school and back to games!  This week to do a check in on three current games we've been playing: Marvel's Spiderman, Donut County, and Into the Breach.  Now that I look at it, I find the variety between those games extremely cool.  Hopefully I can use this bounty to redirect my urge to binge on donuts into an urge to binge on games.  My waistline will thank me.

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:

- Runtime: 40m 09s
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

EXP Podcast #493: Hard Pass

"Exactly Ryuji. Exactly."
Fishing? Who needs it. Crafting? No thanks. Alchemy? That's someone else's job.

This week on the EXP Podcast, we're discussing all the wonderfully crafted game systems we just never seem to care about. From skinning animals to make larger wallets to harvesting herbs to brew all kinds of potions. With so much to do, how could we possibly do all of it?

Have you got a game system you always ignore? Shoot us an email and let us know!

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:

- Runtime: 31m 10s
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

EXP Podcast #492: Dead Cells Debrief

My wallet is somewhere on that island.
I used to be worried about gene splicing, but then Motion Twin synthesized a hybrid of Dark Souls, Spelunky, Castlevania, along with a generous helping of their own secret sauce.  Now I'm fully onboard with our wonderful future of procedural, rogue-like, side-scrolling combat exploration games.  This week, we talk about Dead Cells!

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:

- Runtime: 43m 17s
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

EXP Podcast #491: Everyone Hates Luigi

"It's-a-me... weegee."
Admit it. You hate Luigi.

Even if you don't, we can all agree the younger Mario brother is the "green sheep" in the family. Inspired by Polygon's recent history of Luigi's unfortunate status in gaming, we discuss our feelings towards loser characters - from Luigi to Link.

Do you have a game character you love to hate? Let us know in the comments or toss us an email!

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:

- Runtime: 31m
- "When Did Luigi Become Nintendo's Punching Bag," via Polygon
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

EXP Podcast #490: Technophilia

"Oh my god.
I can't see a thing with these on!"
The future is here! Again. For at least the third time this year. It's like the future doesn't want to leave us alone. This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss the MagicLeap, a new pair of Alternate Reality goggles that promise to change the way we see the world - and the way we play in it. You can own this particular technological wonder for $2,395. Ouch!

Is it time we stop being so excited about the future?

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:

- Runtime: 33m
Nintendo investor relations site
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

EXP Podcast #489: Nintendo by the Numbers

This guy will help crunch the numbers.
We've always suspected that Nintendo has sold millions of hardware and software units, but what if I told you they made mii-lions?  Well now you can check for yourself!  Nintendo has taken their investor relations site to the next level and opened the books on all (well, almost all; RIP Virtual Boy) their console platforms.  This week we dive in and compare the golden geese with the goose eggs!

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:

- Runtime: 41m
- Nintendo investor relations site
- Music by Brad Sucks

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

EXP Podcast #488: Automation Station

CAN I JOIN YOUR PARTY SENPAI?
When automated robots and talking Amazon devices take over the world and subject us to all kinds of dehumanizing experiments in the name of creating a half-man half-robot demigod, will we think back to video games as the harbinger of the end days?

This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss all of the little things (and sometimes big things) we let our games handle - for better or worse.

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:

- Runtime: 37m 21s
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

EXP Podcast #487: The Grit Cycle

You know he's listening to Staind.
Have you noticed things getting dark around here?  Why are people swearing all the time?  When did you start wearing eyeliner?  Looks like we've just entered the gritty dimension.  This week after a particularly grim and brooding Comic Con, we talk about the various times when game franchises have taken a turn for the dramatic.  Remember when the Prince of Persia got really into nu metal?  You know you do.

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:

- Runtime: 38m 05s
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

EXP Podcast #486: Hacking Inkopolis

This just in! Hackers have broken into the mega-city of Inkopolis and illegally modified their Splattershot weapons to fire ludicrous volumes of ink! And just went we thought Nintendo had built an impenetrable squid-city.

This week on the EXP Podcast, we dive into the reasons for and ramifications of the sudden increase of Splatoon 2 hackers. Will this tarnish the Switch or is Nintendo capable of weathing this storm... Tune in and join the discussion!

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:
- Runtime: 32m 42s
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

EXP Podcast #485: Steam Census

The word is out: people are surprisingly obsessed with virtual trucking.  How do we know this?  Thanks to an inadvertent leak, Valve exposed data that gave us an unprecedented look at the player counts of games distributed via Steam.  The hole has since been patched, but the data we have is fascinating and can be analyzed for a long time to come.  This week we take a look at some of the surprises and get quantitative when it comes to figuring out what the damn kids are playing these days.

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:

- "Valve leaks Steam game player counts; we have the numbers," by Kyle Orland via Ars Technica
- Runtime: 41 mins 39 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

EXP Podcast #484: Dinosaurs, Switch Games, and More

What idiot built this park?
This week on the show, we discuss some of the recent games we've been playing, which includes some of the best games of 2018 so far. Journey with us to Jurassic World Evolution where we care and nurture dinosaurs, to the land of the Nintendo Switch where we play such games as Celeste, West of Loathing, and the soon-to-be-released Octopath Traveler. We also spend a bit of time with Minit, a game where your play sessions are only 60 seconds long.

It's a big batch of games this week. Join us!

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:

- Runtime: 41 mins 48 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

EXP Podcast #483: Goodbye Gamestop?

Sage advice.
This week, we talk about the evolution and possible dissolution of a once massive empire: GameStop.  With news that they are pivoting to selling comics as well as quietly shopping around for a potential buyout, we review our past and current relationship with this divisive institution.  And of course, we give some sage advice about the difference between fighting a swarm of bees and fighting a single enormous gorilla.

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:

- Runtime: 38 mins 52 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

EXP Podcast #482: E3 2018 Debrief

"Hey Gary, who's in Smash Bros. Ultimate again?"
Mo-cap make-out sessions from The Last of Us II, a glimpse at Halo Infinite, minor nuclear radiation from Fallout 76, and a whole lot of Smash. This week on the EXP Podcast, Scott and I go over all the biggest announcements, trailers, and teases from E3 2018. Give it a listen and sign our petition for adding Farkus as a canonical character to the Gears of War franchise.

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by clicking here, right-click and select "save as link" to download the show in MP3 format, or click play below.





Show Notes:

- Runtime: 57 mins 37 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks