Wednesday, July 1, 2020

EXP Podcast #579: Destination Creation

"What do I put the snack compartment?"
What makes "Making" good? This week on the EXP Podcast, inspired by a Kotaku article by Ian Walker, we discuss the act of creation, what makes destruction is so easy and satisfying, and how we might elevate otherwise tedious in-game acts. We also chat a little about The Last of Us 2, a game all about destroying - both yourself and others.

- 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:

- "Games Should Make Creating Just As Satisfying As Destroying," by Ian Walker via Kotaku
- Runtime: 35min 25 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

EXP Podcast #578: Mixer Migration, Sonic Swansong

A legendary meme lord rides off into the sunset.
It's a news-y sort of week around here, so let's dive right in.  Don't look for this podcast on Mixer: we've already made the jump to hyperspace and are on our way to reclaim our Guinness World Record for podcasting and share one last chili dog with our favorite influencer.

- 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:

- "Microsoft will shut down Mixer, transition users to Facebook Gaming," by Charlie Hall, via Polygon
- "The 4 biggest announcements and trailers from EA’s Play Live event," by Ben Kuchera, via Polygon
- "Guinness rolls over, says Billy Mitchell is still Donkey Kong and Pac-Man king," by Charlie Hall, via Polygon
- "The voice of Sonic the Hedgehog on Twitter is stepping down," by Charlie Hall, via Polygon
- Runtime: 35min 25 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

EXP Podcast #577: PS5 Reveal Debrief

Router or YuGiOh collection?
We have seen the future and it looks like a binder full of Magic cards. This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss the newly unveiled PlayStation 5 and some of the games coming to the console when it launches... when? For how much?

Leaning one way or the other on next-gen? Let us know your console of choice and why by shooting 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: 42 min 45 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

EXP Podcast #576: The Alternate History of the Game Gear Micro

Careful, don't sneeze!
90s kids: get out your bifocals and strap on your sock garters: Sega has not one, but four new consoles for you!  Yes, this week we squint and discuss the Sega Game Gear Micro, muse about the alternate history where this made sense, and wrap up by thinking through other alternate video game realities.

 - 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 min 25 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

EXP Podcast #575: A Conversation Only Somewhat About Games

This week on the EXP Podcast, we share a meandering conversation somewhat about games and somewhat about the ongoing racial injustices that are on everyone's mind. We encourage you to skip this episode if it's not what you need right now.

We also encourage you to stay educated, stay safe, and stay active via donations, direct action, or however you can.

We mention it in the episode, but we also want to shout out the Spawn On Me Podcast, especially the episode embedded below. Absolutely give this a watch.

 - Here's the show's stand-alone feed
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 Show Notes:

- Runtime: 40 min 50 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

EXP Podcast #574: Following Orders

Trust me, just jump it'll be fine.  Also: it's an order.
Sometimes, you just have to do your job.  Hopefully that job isn't storming the beaches at Normandy, but if it is, hopefully you can take solace in the fact that you're doing your commander proud.  This week, we use the WWII sim Post Scriptum as a starting point to talk about hierarchy in video games.  When do you follow orders and how is a chain of command set up in a medium that is usually obsessed with individual agency?  How will I get those sweet cheevos of my CO has be peeling potatoes? 

- 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 min 50 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

EXP Podcast #573: Back on the Board with Tony Hawk

"Pass me that controller bro!"
Tony Hawk is back and gnarly as ever folks. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 & 2 is getting a gorgeous remaster and rerelease. This week on the EXP Podcast, Scott and I grind our way back to a simpler time and revisit this sports classic. Join us for laughs, a rundown of some other not-so-serious sports games, and at least one reference to the hit 1989 Christian Slater film Gleaming the Cube.

- 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 min 49 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

EXP Podcast #572: A Series of Series X Games

"Bro, check out the HDR on this bat"
Knock knock: there's a delivery for you...a smart delivery!  Now that we've seen the recent announcement of the first batch of Xbox Series X games, it's time to take stock and partake in some recreational speculation.  Vikings, fancy cars, and grotesque body horror: There are more games than you can swing an enchanted barbed wire bat at.

- 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: 43 min 37 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

EXP Podcast #571: Leak Week

"Somebody got a leaky pipe!"
Once again we've sprung another leak, this time from Naughty Dog and Nintendo. Should we be surprised? The games industry is one of the leakiest ships at sea, right? This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss these new leaks, some memorable old ones, and what information we would actually want to see in 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: 36 min 58 sec
- "The Last of Us Part 2 leaked by hackers, reports say," by Michael McWhertor, via Polygon
- "Massive Nintendo Leak Reportedly Includes Wii Source Code, Developer Materials, And N64 Test ROMs,"by Ethan Gach, via Kotaku
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

EXP Podcast #570: Alien Interactions

Are we alone in the universe?  Who knows, but one thing is for sure: virtual space is teeming with extraterrestrial life forms.  This week, inspired by recent video of declassified UFO footage, we turn our eyes to the sky and look for aliens and how they're represented in the games we play.

- 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: 30 min 01 sec
- "Pentagon Officially Declassifies and Releases 3 Navy Videos Purportedly Showing UFOs," by Brian Barnett, via IGN
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

EXP Podcast #569: Midgar Maker

"Who you callin' angry!?"
All aboard the train to Midgar folks, Final Fantasy VII Remake has arrived! This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss our first impressions on the game, the changes it's made to the originals, and the ways it remains the same. We also have an exciting new update out for Mario Maker and Scott is getting his Joy-Con suped-up!

- 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 min 01 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

EXP Podcast #568: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Debrief

Just in case you needed a reminder to pay your rent.
Oh hey, it's your favorite neighbors!  You know: the two weirdos who stay inside and play video games all day and then talk about said video games.  After a small preview last week, we're returning to Animal Crossing: New Horizons for a formal debrief.  There's a surprising amount of analysis and design for a game about a quaint animal town, so we hope you give it a listen.  But if you get sick of us, just know that the ability to craft a good fence means you can craft a good neighbor.

- 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 min 19 sec
- Music from the Animal Crossing: New Horizons original soundtrack

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

EXP Podcast #567: Playing with Patience

"Keep your vegetables, you monster!"
Put those down those turnips and revolt against the tyranny of Tom Nook's exessive dialogue bubbles! Or maybe we need to relax and let the Turnips be? This week on the EXP Podcast, Animal Crossing has us asking big questions about patience, frustration, and why we can't just eat spaghetti with our hands.

- 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 min 11 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

EXP Podcast #566: Hunkering Down With New Games

Just a normal day for the Doom guy.
We made it through March!  Hope everyone is still hanging in there.  We are still waiting out the global pandemic in our neck of the woods, so we're taking the opportunity to talk about how the social distancing rules are impacting some big games.  We've also had some time the play Animal Crossing and Doom Eternal during our stint in the great indoors.  Take a well deserved break and think about better things.  Like punching demons in the face!

- 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: 31 min 20 sec
- "Pokémon Go Will Soon Let You Raid From Your Couch," by Ethan Gach, via Kotaku
- "Final Fantasy 7 Remake is shipping early, so Square Enix is asking fans not to spoil it," by Julia Lee, via Kotaku
- "Your landlord in Final Fantasy 14 won’t demolish your house during the pandemic," by Owen S. Good, via Polygon
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

EXP Podcast #565: Kentucky Route Zero Debrief

"This ditty's called 'Which Side Are You On?'"
This week on the EXP Podcast, we load up the truck and take a little ride on the Kentucky Route Zero. This is a game nearly a decade in the making. It's a surreal, folkloric exploration of a great many ideas and it transcends space and time. All that is to say, this little review of ours isn't easy - and hell, sometimes, neither is playing the game. We hope you at least enjoy the ride.

- 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 min 08 sec
- Music from the Kentucky Route Zero OST

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

EXP Podcast #564: Bridging the Social Distance

If only it was this simple.
The world seems pretty wild right now, right?  The COVID-19 situation has escalated quite a bit in the recent weeks and we hope everyone is doing as well as can be expected.  We decided there's no way to do a normal show under the circumstances, so consider this podcast a virtual check in from us to you.  We're physically incapable of avoiding all video game talk, so you'll still get plenty of that; there's just some more real life stuff mixed in.  Pull up a virtual chair and hang out.  Stay safe out there!

- 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 min 24 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

EXP Podcast #563: Save Scumbags

The face of a "Save Scumbag"
This week on the EXP Podcast we get a fresh start! Inspired by an article from Polygon by Nicole Carpenter, we are talking about the age-old practice of save-scumming  - the practice of loading up an old save file to redo your actions and get the optimal (or at least different) outcome. Nicole uses it to save a horse - but we can think of many more malicious - and positive - ways to use such godly powers!

- 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: 33 min 24 sec
- "I'm Reckoning With My Save Scumming Ways by Nicole Carpenter via Polygon
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

EXP Podcast #562: Gradeschool Pokémaster

Can't wait to sign my child up.
I often worry about the next generation and the world they're inheriting, but then I realize that they don't need my concern: they have Pokémon to protect them!  This week, we talk about a few recent news stories: Riot is getting into the tactical shooter business, Twitch is weird, and the children are Pokémon savants.  We live in strange times.

- 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.



- Runtime: 36 min 08 sec
- "Riot's Next Game Is Valorant, A First-Person Shooter," by Luke Plunkett, via Kotaku
- "Twitch's Most-Watched Clips Have Almost Nothing To Do With Games," by Jay Castello, via Kotaku
- "7-Year-Old Simone Lim Wins At The Pokemon's Oceania Championships," by Jenny Zheng, via GameSpot
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

EXP Podcast #561: Panopticar

Truck Nuts (-10 Morality)
This week on the EXP Podcast, we discover that the vast majority of Mass Effect players never went full renegade asshole-captain. If no one really enjoys playing bad cop, are morality systems a waste of time? Or have we lost something by making all our choices morality-meter free? Perhaps most importantly, what would a great morality system look like and why should it be a mod for Eurotruck Simulator?

- 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.



- Runtime: 34 min 57 sec
- "Almost Nobody Played A Bad Guy In Mass Effect" by Luke Plunkett, viaKotaku
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

EXP Podcast #560: A Game About Nothing

"So anyway, let me tell you about my walking simulator."
In these hectic times, sometimes you just need to play a game where you just chill and do nothing.  But is tending to virtual crops or role playing as a pixelated barista as relaxing as it sounds?  This week, we talk about games that try to lower the stakes, ask less, and draw us in with tranquility instead of action.

- 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.



- Runtime: 32 min 50 sec
- "And relax … the joy of video games where you do almost nothing," by Keith Stuart, via The Guardian
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

EXP Podcast #559: Webs and Reworks

"Next stop Tokyo!"
This week on the EXP Podcast we cover some recent news! Spider-Man swings into Sony's corporate office (and swings out to with a boatload of cash), Bioware is rebuilding the very core of Anthem, and we say goodbye to our old frenemy Flash (gone, but not forgotten or every really uninstalled).

- 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.



 - Runtime: 36 min 14 sec

- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

EXP Podcast #558: Frame that Game

Smithsonian edition
How do show appreciation for your favorite games from years past?  Well, if you're Jorge and me, you dedicate dozens of hours talking about them on the Internet (shout out to my boy, Crono).  But what if you want to make a grander gesture?  Whether it is hoarding cartridges, dumping ROMs, or nailing stuff to the wall, there's a variety of ways to preserve the games you love.  This week, we use Andrew Liszewski's article to talk about how we honor great games, ideally without running afoul of copyright law or losing our security deposits.

- 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.



 - Runtime: 35 min 39 sec
 - "You Should Hoard Physical Copies of the Video Games You Love," by Andrew Liszewski, via Gizmodo
- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

EXP Podcast #557: Level With Us

"Here we go again..."
We have ventured through many worlds and overcome numerous obstacles, but out of all of them a few are unforgettable. This week on the EXP Podcast, we revisit some of the most memorable levels in video games and try to figure what makes them so enduring. While you're listening, why not shoot us an email with your most indelible video game levels.

- 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.




 - Runtime: 32 min 10 sec
 - Music from the Death Stranding original soundtrack

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

EXP Podcast #556: Death Stranding Debrief

I did a bad job packing for this trip.
The world may feel cold and desolate.  The days are filled with alternating episodes of terror and inconvenience: you escape the grasp of creatures straddling the line between the living and the dead only to notice your boots have holes in them.  But don't worry: you're not alone.  You see a flickering strand gently wafting through the chiral dust.  It's a podcast from a more innocent time: the Death Standing Debrief.  Finally!

- 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.



 - Runtime: 1 hr 4 min 42 sec
 - Music from the Death Stranding original soundtrack

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

EXP Podcast #555: The Year Ahead 2020

The post-2019 feels.
We are full steam ahead into 2020 and the slate of games coming out this year is thrilling. This week on the EXP Podcast we discuss our most anticipated games of 2020, make some predictions of the year ahead, and try to guess our GOTY 2020. Spoiler alert: It's Spelunky 2.

- 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.



 - Runtime: 40 min 5 sec
 - Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

EXP Podcast #554: 2019 Game of the Year Leftovers

Look at all this good stuff!
Think you escaped 2019?  Think again!  Our game of the year podcast was so jam packed that we had to save some our favorite games for later.  Grab your most comfy pair of sweatpants and forget about counting calories: it's time for leftovers.

- 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.



 - Runtime: 39 min 32 sec
 - Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

EXP Podcast #553: 2019 Games of the Year

The Firemen with a bold prediction!
Happy New Year listeners! We are celebrating 2020 by rounding up our top games of 2019.  It was a weird year for games. My list was tough to put together and had numerous iterations with very different games at the top.

Take a listen and let us know your favorite games of 2019!

- 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.



 - Runtime: 54 min 13 sec
 - Music by Brad Sucks