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EXP Podcast #503: Game Time

11/15/2018
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If there's one thing that takes longer than downloading Red Dead Redemption 2, it's playing it. With all this time spent playing Red Dead, it's hard not to notice how the game marks its own passage of time. The sun rises and sets, animals rot, and townsfolk walk around town on some personal errand. How does the passage of time make a game feel more real? And how do some games convey the passage of time better than others? All of this and more in this week's episode! Show Notes: Music by...

Duration:00:36:40

EXP Podcast #502: Smashing Blizzard

11/8/2018
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Between the recent news from Blizzcon and the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct, it seems like everyone is itching for a fight. Blizzard has been doing some damage control after dunking on its own fans while Nintendo is pre-apologizing for the existence of DLC. And of course, Professor Layton is still nowhere to be seen. This week, we recap a few of the big news announcements and welcome our new mobile-only, pro-wrestling Pokemon overlords.

Duration:00:41:57

EXP Podcast #501: Red Dead Redemption 2 First Impressions

10/31/2018
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We pack our saddlebags and head out West this week to finally talk about Red Dead Redemption 2. This is a long game, so while the full debrief has to wait, today we'll share our first impressions, give some tips on hogtying insolent strangers, and accidentally kick a dog. Since you're undoubtedly playing the game yourself, let us know your early thoughts by shooting us an email! Show Notes: - Runtime: 41m - Music from the Red Dead Redemption 2 Official Soundtrack

Duration:00:53:20

EXP Podcast #500: Ten Years of Trends

10/24/2018
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We've been at this old podcasting game for nigh on a decade now. We've seen a lot of comings and goings over the years, so this week we do a little retrospective on some of the standout trends that have changed the medium over the past ten years. Somewhere, our Farmville plots are overgrown and our Xbox 360 HD DVD drives are gathering dust, but our progress bars and eSports careers are growing by the day.

Duration:00:37:23

EXP Podcast #499: Spiders, Messengers, and Breaches

10/18/2018
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This week on the EXP Podcast, we swing back into some games we've been playing. From the tall buildings of New York to the deep breaches of space-time, we take you on a journey of some recent hits and hidden gems. On our list today: Spider-Man, The Messenger, Into the Breach and the oddly named The MISSING: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories. Show Notes: - Runtime: 38m 57s - Music by Brad Sucks

Duration:00:42:58

EXP Podcast #498: Streaming Gets Serious

10/10/2018
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Brace your routers: another generation of streaming game services is careening across the web and towards your wallet. This week, we talk about Project xCloud, along with efforts from Google, Ubisoft, and others to make a push for delivering games on demand. Will this be the beginning of the end for the single-game purchase or are our intertubes too clogged up to meet our demands? Listen in for a chance to hear what two people who are in no way networking experts think.

Duration:00:41:17

EXP Podcast #497: The Sony Classic

10/4/2018
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Just look at the Sony Classic, a miniaturized version of the iconic PlayStation that's so small it has to be legally marked as a choking hazard. Which is perfect, because if there's one thing Sony wants us to shove down our throats, it's their back-catalogue of amazing games. This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss the games we think deserve a place on this system. Oh, and we also come up with a concept for the mini that would have been WAY better than this thing.

Duration:00:41:28

EXP Podcast #496: Telltale Troubles

9/27/2018
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Late last week, Telltale announced it was closing down the studio. It's never easy seeing so many people lose their jobs and some of the revelations about the questionable work environment make it even worse. The fact remains that Telltale had a huge influence on the adventure game genre as well as the larger game industry, so we're taking this week to look back on the company's run and recognize the company's impact.

Duration:00:34:15

EXP Podcast #495: Peachette Direct

9/20/2018
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Shocking revelations from Nintendo this past week with the news that Princess Peach is, in fact, a mushroom-person who is merely granted a human form using the powers of her royal crown. This week on the podcast, we discuss the latest news from Nintendo.

Duration:00:47:22

EXP Podcast #494: Swinging into the Donut Breach

9/13/2018
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It's September, which means it's back to school and back to games! This week to do a check in on three current games we've been playing: Marvel's Spiderman, Donut County, and Into the Breach. Now that I look at it, I find the variety between those games extremely cool. Hopefully I can use this bounty to redirect my urge to binge on donuts into an urge to binge on games. My waistline will thank me.

Duration:00:40:08

EXP Podcast #493: Hard Pass

9/6/2018
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Fishing? Who needs it. Crafting? No thanks. Alchemy? That's someone else's job. This week on the EXP Podcast, we're discussing all the wonderfully crafted game systems we just never seem to care about. From skinning animals to make larger wallets to harvesting herbs to brew all kinds of potions. With so much to do, how could we possibly do all of it?

Duration:00:38:06

EXP Podcast #492: Dead Cells Debrief

8/29/2018
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I used to be worried about gene splicing, but then Motion Twin synthesized a hybrid of Dark Souls, Spelunky, Castlevania, along with a generous helping of their own secret sauce. Now I'm fully onboard with our wonderful future of procedural, rogue-like, side-scrolling combat exploration games. This week, we talk about Dead Cells!

Duration:00:43:17

EXP Podcast #491: Everyone Hates Luigi

8/22/2018
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Admit it. You hate Luigi. Even if you don't, we can all agree the younger Mario brother is the "green sheep" in the family. Inspired by Polygon's recent history of Luigi's unfortunate status in gaming, we discuss our feelings towards loser characters - from Luigi to Link. Show Notes: - Runtime: 31m - "When Did Luigi Become Nintendo's Punching Bag," via Polygon - Music by Brad Sucks

Duration:00:38:14

EXP Podcast #490: Technophilia

8/16/2018
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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. Show notes: - Runtime: 33m - Music by Brad Sucks

Duration:00:42:00

EXP Podcast #489: Nintendo by the Numbers

8/9/2018
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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!

Duration:00:40:59

EXP Podcast #488: Automation Station

7/31/2018
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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. Show Notes: - Runtime: 37m 21s - Music by Brad Sucks

Duration:00:49:00

EXP Podcast #487: The Grit Cycle

7/25/2018
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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.

Duration:00:38:04

EXP Podcast #486: Hacking Inkopolis

7/18/2018
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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!

Duration:00:24:14

EXP Podcast #485: Steam Census

7/12/2018
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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.

Duration:00:41:38

EXP Podcast #484: Dinosaurs, Switch Games, and More

7/4/2018
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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!

Duration:00:49:46