Tuesday, July 2, 2024

EXP Podcast #744: Steam Deck Charts and More

"You're playing that on the steam deck?"
Just in time for the Steam Summer Sale, Valve has dropped three lists of the most popular games played on the Steam Deck. These lists are updated in real time and reflect some trends in the industry. This week on the show, we run down the lists and share some of our favorite games on the Steam Deck - including a remaster of a classic: Riven.

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Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks

Sunday, June 30, 2024

EXP Podcast #743: Miyazaki and the Family Erdtree

A peaceful moment in The Lands Between
It's Elden Ring and The Shadow of the Erdtree time and with it comes the predictable discussion about difficulty in games.  I guess it makes sense that a game about making looping runs through a punishing world gets people fired up, but I still think it's hilarious that people seem to be surprised at how hard these games continue to be.  And thanks to a new interview with Hidetaka Miyazaki, we can be certain that this difficulty is not only intentional, but also pursued out of respect to players.  This week, we dissect some of his comments and consider the long-term legacy of his design sensibilities.

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Show Notes:

- Run time: 37 min 49 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Thursday, June 20, 2024

EXP Podcast #742: Nintendo Direct June 2024

"Wand of Ikea activate!"
The definitely NOT E3 window of events is over with one more big set of announcements. This week on the podcast, we discuss some exciting games coming to the Nintendo Switch - THIS YEAR!

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Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks

Sunday, June 16, 2024

EXP Podcast #741: Summer Game Fest 2024

Patrolling the bean streets of the video game industry
Now that the great collapse of the E3 ecosystem is well and truly complete, we're beginning to see saplings spring from the ashes.  And it's not just a few; Summer Game Fest and the numerous other publisher-specific, indie, PC, and various thematic conferences have quickly formed a forest and are spreading the video game news over the wind like a dense cloud of pollen.  This week we take our antihistamines and dive into some of the many game announcements we've seen over the past couple weeks.

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Show Notes:

- Run time: 43 min 44 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Sunday, June 9, 2024

EXP Podcast #740: State of Big Budget Play

"What makes him so special?"
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.

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Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

EXP Podcast #739: Animal Well Debrief

A totally not-ominous underground statue garden
I've always lived in areas with municipal water systems, so wells are a bit of a foreign concept.  But now that I've played Animal Well, I'm basically an expert.  I was surprised by the number of hidden eggs and platforming puzzles, but I guess that's just the miracle of underground waterways.  This week we debrief after seeing the credits, but most definitely not all the secrets, hidden in Animal Well!

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Show Notes:

- Run time: 33 min 48 sec
- Music by Brad Sucks

Friday, May 10, 2024

EXP Podcast #738: Cults, Bullet Hells, and More

Who needs more than one?
This week on the EXP Podcast, we record live from our sick bed to discuss recent industry news before getting into some games we've been playing - including Balatro, Children of the Sun, and Minishoot Adventures!

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Show Notes:

- Music by Brad Sucks