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41 minutes | 5 days ago
EXP Podcast #606: Screentime Scamps
Won't somebody please think of the children? This week, we heed Helen Lovejoy's plea and step into the fraught environment of parenting choices and children's screen time. Inspired by the continuing pandemic as well as a New York Times article on the subject, we dissect the increased screen time kids (along with everyone else) is getting. I suppose this is a good time to pat ourselves on the pack for making an audio show; no screens necessary!
38 minutes | 19 days ago
EXP Podcast #605: The Year Ahead 2021
Allegedly it's 2021 but, looking around, I still have my doubts. This week on the EXP Podcast, we try hope the year ahead is brighter than the last and look forward to our most anticipated games of 2021, some of which might actually come out! From AAA to indies, there are a lot of games to be excited for. Show Notes: - Runtime: 37 min 32 sec - Music from Brad Sucks
44 minutes | a month ago
EXP Podcast #604: 2020 Leftovers
2020 is almost behind us, but before we go, it's time to take another look back at some of the games that didn't make it to the very top of our lists. Unlike almost everything else that happened this year, video games were pretty good, which means that we have some very tasty leftovers to sample. Throw on those sweatpants, plant yourself on the couch, and let's run the clock down on this year and look forward to the next.
48 minutes | a month ago
EXP Podcast #603: 2020 Games of the Year
It's time to run through our picks for the best games of 2020! This no-good, terrible, very bad year is coming to an end, but there are some things to celebrate before its over. Today, we discuss each of our top picks. We would love to hear from you as well! Send us an email with your favorite game of the year. And be sure to come back next week for our yearly leftover discussion! Show Notes: - Runtime: 47 min 49 sec - Music from Brad Sucks
76 minutes | a month ago
EXP Podcast #602: The 2020 Gamey Awards
Neither plague, nor fascism, nor new console scalpers could stop it: The Gameys have arrived. This week it's time for our annual game awards. Our yearly counter-programming/trolling of Geoff Keighley let's us blow off some steam while also recognizing the games and categories that truly matter. We got gear grinders, waifus/husbandus, baffling Nintendo moves and more. And of course we bestow the title of gamey-est game of the year to one special title. Thank you for attending and please do not take the gift baskets home; they are for decorative purposes only.
40 minutes | 2 months ago
EXP Podcast #601: The Pathless Debrief
This week we played a game where you and a faithful animal side-kick traverse beautiful wind-swept valleys, navigate ancient ruins, and fight magnificent cursed beasts to free the spirits inside. But enough about Shadow of the Collosus! This week on the podcast we review The Pathless, the latest game from Giant Squid. This is a gorgeous game with an interesting lineage and well worth your attention. Show Notes: - Runtime: 39 min 53 sec - Music from The Pathless OST
45 minutes | 2 months ago
EXP Podcast #600: Demon's Souls Debrief
This week we open we bridge a temporal rift and debrief on Demon's Souls. With Jorge's knowledge of the 2020 incarnation and Scott's knowledge of the 2009 incarnation, we manage to assemble just enough knowledge to understand that some of Demon's Souls' mysteries will be forever shrouded in arcane lore and obscure flavor text. But seriously, if anyone tells you they understand World Tendency they're lying to you.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
EXP Podcast #599: Bugsnax Debrief
Bugsnax is probably the weirdest game of 2020. Part children's game, part adult body-horror, this game takes the saying "you are what you eat" to frightening conclusion. Join as we eat our way through Bugsnax.
39 minutes | 2 months ago
EXP Podcast #598: Playstation 5 First Impressions
This week, we (well, Jorge at least) put our money where are mouth is and talk about hands-on PS5 first impressions. Yes, it's big. Yes, it looks like a modernist art nightmare. But it's also the only place to play the Demon's Souls remake, so how could anyone resist?
32 minutes | 2 months ago
EXP Podcast #597: The Console Wait
The PS5 is officially release! Well, sort of. Most people couldn't pre-order one and stocks are still ludicrously low. Reviews are out, but are they selling systems or are we all just waiting? Oh, and if we keep giving rich Twitch streamers money, how are we going to afford a PS5 anyway!? Show Notes: - Runtime: 31 min 40 sec- Music by Brad Sucks
32 minutes | 3 months ago
EXP Podcast #596: Chekhov's Dog
Hey, it's a hectic week for those of us living in the US (and many would argue the world at large) so we're going to try to keep it light by talking about something so innocuous that only true monsters would object: petting virtual dogs. Sometimes you need to just focus on mechanics whose entire point is just to provide some small amount of joy. We expand into a few other completely optional world-building mechanics and enjoy a short vacation into a world of totally pleasant digital interactions.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
EXP Podcast #595: Ghosts & Goombas
This week on the EXP Podcast, we introduce Scott's eldest to the legendary gaming progenitor Super Mario himself. And of course we celebrate Halloween with a spoopy discussion of Phasmophobia, an early-access co-op horror game. Show Notes: Runtime: 35 mins 33 secs Music by Brad Sucks
41 minutes | 3 months ago
EXP Podcast #594: Hades Debrief
Like Zagreus himself, we have risen and are ready to throw ourselves against Hades once again. This time, it's a full debrief with plenty of discussion about the late-game mechanics and the story. I'd say spoilers, but you should know by now that there is no escape. Crack open a pomegranate and take in all of the Underworld's delights.
40 minutes | 4 months ago
EXP Podcast #592: Hades First Impressions
Ever get the feeling that you're endlessly pushing a boulder up a hill? Or perhaps a self-important, washed up king won't stop blathering in your direction? Or maybe a bone hydra keeps mauling you? Well you're either in the year 2020 or in Hades (maybe both). This week we dive into Supergiant's latest game to compare our load outs and our interactions with all those weirdo relatives from Olympus!
39 minutes | 4 months ago
EXP Podcast #591: Spelunky 2 Debrief
Get your bombs, ropes, and jetpacks ready folks; it's time for Spelunky 2! This week on the EXP Podcast, we debrief one of this year's most anticipated games, get into the philosophy of getting good, and hate on the mole rats with a fiery passion. This game, like its predecessor, is nearly endless, so I fully expect to come back to this game as the months (and years) continue. Enjoying the game? Hating it? Sent us your own thoughts via email! Show Notes: - Runtime: 38 min 37 sec - Music from Spelunky 2
35 minutes | 4 months ago
EXP Podcast #590: Spiritfarer and The Last Campfire First Impressions
Look, let's be real: Jorge and I recorded this before Spelunky 2 came out because we knew we'd be doing nothing but playing Spelunky 2 by this point in the week. Furthermore, I'm highly confident that you, dear listener, are playing Spelunky 2 as well. In fact, at this point I just assume that everyone is playing it, so the best I can hope is that this show serves as a nice Spelunky 2 soundtrack. List closely though: if you need a Spelunky 2 break, we give some positive recommendations on Spiritfarer and The Last Campfire. Both games are quite charming and might be a good break from the adorable chaos in which we are all relishing.
35 minutes | 5 months ago
EXP Podcast #588: Legends of the Fall Guys
Hard to believe that September is here. It's been a weird summer, probably because we haven't been able to go anywhere. On the bright side, we've had plenty of time to dive into some pleasantly-surprising video games. This week, we talk Fall Guys, If Found, and Paper Mario. We also wonder if we should pursue a new angle in which all reviews are haiku. The feasibility of that is to be determined.
48 minutes | 5 months ago
EXP Podcast #587: Ghost of Tsushima Debrief
This week on the podcast, we finish what we started and give our full review of Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch. There is a lot to discuss in this pollen-packed open-world game, some of it new and exciting and some of it aggressively familiar. But it this particular stack of bamboo worth slicing into? Give this episode a listen and find out!
41 minutes | 5 months ago
EXP Podcast #586: George Orwell's 6 Rules for Video Games
You know what's hard? Writing something about George Orwell. There's so much pressure to do justice to the talent you're describing. He'd probably advise getting straight to the point, so here it is: this week, we review Orwell's famous style rules put forth in his essay, "Politics and the English Language," and try to apply them to video games. I'm pretty happy with the results, so feel free to scroll down if you want a recap of where we landed. Orwell's rules for writing: Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. Never use a long word where a short one will do. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out. Never use the passive where you can use the active. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous. Orwell's rules for games (as written by Jorge and Scott): Do not use a secondary system, mechanic, or sequence simply because players will recognize it. Never make a long game when a short game will do. If it is possible to cut an interaction, cut it. Never take control from the player when you can give control to the player. When faced with a narrative, design, or linguistic decision, prioritize accessibility. Break any of these rules in the pursuit of elegance.
42 minutes | 5 months ago
EXP Podcast #585: Sports in a Pandemic World
This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss the sometimes bizarre, sometimes optimistic, and very frequently disheartening realities of COVID-19 and how the pandemic impacts sports - both electronic and traditional. What do you think the future of e/t Sports looks like? Let us know by sending us an email! Show Notes: - Runtime: 42 min 23 sec - "A Day Inside MLB's COVID Protocols," via ESPN - Music by Brad Sucks
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