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?

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- 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.

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- 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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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- 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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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- 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