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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

EXP Podcast #481: A Glimpse Into the Pokefuture

Detective Pikachu catches you.
E3 is in full swing and we are up to our eyeballs in press conferences and teaser trailers.  We'll be back next week with a full E3 debrief.  This week: we make a future Pokepredictions about our favorite pocket sized monsters.  What with the steady stream of Pokemon-related news, we talk about the evolution of the franchise and what we're looking for in the upcoming games.

- 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:

- "Pokémon boss Junichi Masuda on keeping hardcore players happy, borrowing from Pokémon Go, and Let's Go's story," by Chris Tapsell via Eurogamer
- Runtime: 38 mins 01 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

EXP Podcast #480: Revisiting Our Write-offs

This guy and I had a falling out years ago.
Sometimes you just dig your heels.  You draw a line in the sand.  You find a hill and dammit, you're going to die on it!  This week, we talk about the games we wrote off but then subsequently rediscovered.  It might have been pride, stubbornness, or an honest mistake, but something caused us to reconsider our once iron-clad opinions.

- 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:

- "It took me 17 years to play Halo — and now I love it," by Allegra Frank via Polygon
- Runtime: 35 mins 31 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

EXP Podcast #479: God of War Debrief

"Do I know you from somewhere?"
We have journeyed the highest peak in midgard and battled the fiercest emissaries of Odin himself to bring you this week's episode. Today on the EXP Podcast, we review God of War. Enormous fans of the franchise ourselves, this is easily one of the most exciting releases of 2018 for Scott and I. In fact, so hyped for this game, we've already dedicated one episode to our first impressions - which you can listen to right here!

When you and your son are ready, turn up the volume and listen close to the full debrief, spoilers and all.

- 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: 37 mins 42 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

EXP Podcast #478: The Famous and Forgotten

"We already know who you are Cliff!"
With the closure of Boss Key games, it looks like the once famous/infamous  "bad-boy" of video games Cliff Bleszinski is taking some time off the stage. This week on the EXP Podcast, we ponder the strange phenomenon of video game developer celebrity and the shifting cultural figureheads of our gaming landscape. I also make an egregious misrepresentation of The Roots - sorry about that.

- 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:

- "Bleszinski’s fall and the perilous fame game" by Colin Campbell via Polygon
- Runtime: 36 mins 10 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

EXP Podcast #477: Blockchains and Buybacks

It's a me: the blockchain!
Quick: tell me everything you know about cryptocurrency and the buying and selling of video games!  Joke's on you: while you've been struggling to put together an explanation that is simultaneously cogent without making you sound like a snake oil salesman, I've mined all those precious digital coins you covet so much.  I'm off to buy all the sweetest games.  Maybe if you're lucky, I'll sell them to you.  Yes; this week we're talking about a trifecta of topics we have only a vague grasp on: blockchain, cryptocurrency, and the used games market.  Join us in trying to figure out this exhausting new world!

- 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:

- "Reselling your digital games will soon be a reality, but what does that mean?" by Colin Campbell via Polygon
- Runtime: 34 mins 01 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

EXP Podcast #476: Nintendo Switch Online Inspection

Now I can start training for the Balloon Fight esports league.
Well they finally did it: Nintendo has blocked the doorway to online play with a guy in a Waluigi hat stationed in front to collect your hard earned money.  Buying your way in isn't outrageously expensive (especially compared to club Sony and the Microsoft discotheque), but will it be worth it?  This week, we dive in to the announcement and dissect what we'll see once we get past the velvet rope.

- 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: 39 mins 39 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

EXP Podcast #475: Rules of Parley

Do I start the parley or do you?
I declare Parley! Which I think means you have to stop what you're doing and listen to this episode. This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss the unspoken rule of Parley in Sea of Thieves that is making the waters a little more sailor-friendly.

But we don't end on those salty shores. What other forms of unspoken rules have you experienced in games? And was that born from the community or did developers encourage that behavior? Reach out and parley with us, won't you?

- 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: 46 mins 22 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

EXP Podcast #474: God of War First Impressions

Kratos: motivational speaker and life coach
After years of asking "Are we there yet?" everyone's favorite dad has pulled the metaphorical car over and dumped us into the mythical Norse wilderness.  That's right, this week we talk about our first impressions of God of War.  Grab your axe, grow out your beard, and brush up on your fatherly wisdom!

- 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: 37 mins 42 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

EXP Podcast #473: Power Hungry

"This IS my happy face."
The yearly "beefcake" parade of video game protagonists is in full swing. In just two days, we get to become as Gods and rip arms off Viking deities. But are the power fantasies God of War provides really all that satisfying? How complex and interesting are the power fantasies video games provide and what other kinds of power can we find in games? This week on the podcast, we're inspired by Cameron Kunzelman's take on the breadth of power fantasies.

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Show Notes:

- Runtime: 35 mins 20 sec
-  "Games Need More Power Fantasies Beyond Beefy Dudes with Big Guns" by Cameron Kunzelman via Waypoint
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

EXP Podcast #472: Overwatch Retribution Ruminations

Is that John Marsten in Overwatch?
Overwatch's latest event is out, so it's time to see what those crafty omnics are up to.  It seems like they've been taking some tips from zombies.  Additionally, perennial husbando candidate Jeff Kaplan shared some thoughts about Overwatch's story and extended cast.  What is the best way to have a canonical story in a multiplayer game?  Is Mercy correct when she tells us that heroes can never die?  What would happen if Hanzo just disappeared?  All this and more in this week's show!

- 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: 36 mins 43 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

EXP Podcast #471: Sea of Thieves Debrief

These pirate puns are really KRAKEN me up!
This week on the EXP Podcast, we set sail on the Sea of Thieves! Bounty, plunder, adventure, and swashbuckling abound. But is there really enough to sink our scurvy-ridden teeth into? And if these waters are shallow, what treasure awaits the Sea of Thieves players when the crew at Rare give it the update it deserves? All this, and more, as we monkey around per usual.

- 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: 40 mins 37 sec
- Music from the Sea of Thieves OST

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

EXP Podcast #470: A Way Out Debrief

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It's right behind you!  Turn around!

This week we're on the run from the law and the only thing that can save us is meticulously choreographed quicktime events.  It's our in-depth debrief on A Way Out.  We cover everything from virtual Connect Four to Mexican geography, so grab this crude file and start chiseling through this cell wall.

- 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: 51 mins 05 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

EXP Podcast #469: Remaster Blasters

Hello again.
Everything old is new again! This week on the EXP Podcast, we talk about some of the old classics we've been playing, from the Journey anniversary celebration to some high-heel-action in Bayonetta. Playing some old games on new platforms? Send us an email and let us know your favorites.

- 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: 34 mins 53 sec
- Music from Bayonetta OST and Journey OST

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

EXP Podcast #468: A Smashing Nintendo Direct

There is no escape from the Smash
Looking for the hottest scoops on the 100% confirmed characters in the upcoming Smash Bros. for Switch?  Well then you've come to the right place.  After watching the latest Nintendo Direct, we can conclusively say that we'll be enjoying a Solaire vs. Professor Layton death match come fall.  Join us as we recap the big announcements and provide some insightful analysis on the rest of the Nintendo news.

- 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: 46 mins 59 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

EXP Podcast #467: Rated P for Podcast

Applies to most podcast episodes
In a time where in-game purchases, DLC, and loot boxes are everywhere, does warning consumers about gaming monetization provide much value? The ESRB thinks so! This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss why the ESRB wants to make some labelling changes and what types of notifications we'd like to see on our games.

Give me a little heads up if there are huge spiders in your game, won't you?

- 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: 35 mins 26 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

EXP Podcast #466: Fighting Father Time

Your old Diddy Kong Racing nemesis: TT the sentient clock!
You can save it and you can waste it.  You can spend it and you can save it.  You can kill it and you can cherish it.  Once it's gone though, there's no getting it back.  That's right, this episode is about the time!  Stinging after a particularly brutal time-related defeat in Monster Hunter World, Scott takes stock of his life choices while Jorge yearns for the cheesy early days of Destiny.

- 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: 35 mins 41 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks