Wednesday, October 8, 2014

EXP Podcast #297: Back to the Grind

The now-legendary loot cave in Destiny
You wake up and roll out of bed.  You strap on the rare gauntlets you found yesterday, you realize you don't have time for breakfast.  When you reach the mouth of the cave, you load your rifle and pull the trigger.  The thrall's head snaps back, it's body crumples to the ground, and you try to decide whether you hate this daily grind or whether it's the best thing in the world.  This week, we revisit the concept of "grinding" in games.  Whether it's farming rare items or trying to trying to level up, what lessons can we learn from devoting time to repetitive action?  As always, jump into the comments and share stories from your time in the mines.

- Here's the show's stand-alone feed
- Listen to the podcast in your browser by left-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 46 secs
- "The Serotonin Machine: On Grinding," by Mark Filipowich, via The Ontological Geek
- Music by Brad Sucks


  1. Finally got to give this a listen guys, as always thanks for all the hard work. And while Well Known RPG probably is a game, I was just using at as a standin for well known RPGs. So there's that.

  2. Thank you for the article! And thanks in advance for "Well Known RPG," the next 2D SNES-era RPG throwback from Filipowich Industries.

  3. The dream is so much bigger than I am.