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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

EXP Podcast #483: Goodbye Gamestop?

6/28/2018
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This week, we talk about the evolution and possible dissolution of a once massive empire: GameStop. With news that they are pivoting to selling comics as well as quietly shopping around for a potential buyout, we review our past and current relationship with this divisive institution. And of course, we give some sage advice about the difference between fighting a swarm of bees and fighting a single enormous gorilla.

Duration:00:38:52

EXP Podcast #482: E3 2018 Debrief

6/20/2018
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Mo-cap make-out sessions from The Last of Us II, a glimpse at Halo Infinite, minor nuclear radiation from Fallout 76, and a whole lot of Smash. This week on the EXP Podcast, Scott and I go over all the biggest announcements, trailers, and teases from E3 2018. Give it a listen and sign our petition for adding Farkus as a canonical character to the Gears of War franchise.

Duration:01:14:05

EXP Podcast #481: A Glimpse Into the Pokefuture

6/13/2018
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E3 is in full swing and we are up to our eyeballs in press conferences and teaser trailers. We'll be back next week with a full E3 debrief. This week: we make a future Pokepredictions about our favorite pocket sized monsters. What with the steady stream of Pokemon-related news, we talk about the evolution of the franchise and what we're looking for in the upcoming games.

Duration:00:38:00

EXP Podcast #480: Revisiting Our Write-offs

6/6/2018
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Sometimes you just dig your heels. You draw a line in the sand. You find a hill and dammit, you're going to die on it! This week, we talk about the games we wrote off but then subsequently rediscovered. It might have been pride, stubbornness, or an honest mistake, but something caused us to reconsider our once iron-clad opinions.

Duration:00:35:30

EXP Podcast #479: God of War Debrief

5/31/2018
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We have journeyed the highest peak in midgard and battled the fiercest emissaries of Odin himself to bring you this week's episode. Today on the EXP Podcast, we review God of War. When you and your son are ready, turn up the volume and listen close to the full debrief, spoilers and all.

Duration:01:05:18

EXP Podcast #478: The Famous and Forgotten

5/24/2018
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With the closure of Boss Key games, it looks like the once famous/infamous "bad-boy" of video games Cliff Bleszinski is taking some time off the stage. This week on the EXP Podcast, we ponder the strange phenomenon of video game developer celebrity and the shifting cultural figureheads of our gaming landscape. I also make an egregious misrepresentation of The Roots - sorry about that. Show Notes: - "Bleszinski’s fall and the perilous fame game" by Colin Campbell via Polygon - Runtime:...

Duration:00:42:29

EXP Podcast #477: Blockchains and Buybacks

5/16/2018
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Quick: tell me everything you know about cryptocurrency and the buying and selling of video games! Joke's on you: while you've been struggling to put together an explanation that is simultaneously cogent without making you sound like a snake oil salesman, I've mined all those precious digital coins you covet so much. I'm off to buy all the sweetest games. Maybe if you're lucky, I'll sell them to you. Yes; this week we're talking about a trifecta of topics we have only a vague grasp on:...

Duration:00:34:01

EXP Podcast #476: Nintendo Switch Online Inspection

5/9/2018
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Well they finally did it: Nintendo has blocked the doorway to online play with a guy in a Waluigi hat stationed in front to collect your hard earned money. Buying your way in isn't outrageously expensive (especially compared to club Sony and the Microsoft discotheque), but will it be worth it? This week, we dive in to the announcement and dissect what we'll see once we get past the velvet rope.

Duration:00:39:39

EXP Podcast #475: Rules of Parley

5/3/2018
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I declare Parley! Which I think means you have to stop what you're doing and listen to this episode. This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss the unspoken rule of Parley in Sea of Thieves that is making the waters a little more sailor-friendly. Show Notes: - Runtime: 46 mins 22 sec - Music by Brad Sucks

Duration:01:01:13

EXP Podcast #474: God of War first impressions

4/25/2018
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After years of asking "Are we there yet?" everyone's favorite dad has pulled the metaphorical car over and dumped us into the mythical Norse wilderness. That's right, this week we talk about our first impressions of God of War. Grab your axe, grow out your beard, and brush up on your fatherly wisdom!

Duration:00:37:42

EXP Podcast #473: Power Hungry

4/18/2018
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The yearly "beefcake" parade of video game protagonists is in full swing. In just two days, we get to become as Gods and rip arms off Viking deities. But are the power fantasies God of War provides really all that satisfying? How complex and interesting are the power fantasies video games provide and what other kinds of power can we find in games? Show Notes: - Runtime: 35 mins 20 sec - "Games Need More Power Fantasies Beyond Beefy Dudes with Big Guns" by Cameron Kunzelman via...

Duration:00:45:39

EXP Podcast #472: Overwatch Retribution Ruminations

4/12/2018
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Overwatch's latest event is out, so it's time to see what those crafty omnics are up to. It seems like they've been taking some tips from zombies. Additionally, perennial husbando candidate Jeff Kaplan shared some thoughts about Overwatch's story and extended cast. What is the best way to have a canonical story in a multiplayer game? Is Mercy correct when she tells us that heroes can never die? What would happen if Hanzo just disappeared? All this and more in this week's show!

Duration:00:36:42

EXP Podcast #471: Sea of Thieves Debrief

4/5/2018
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This week on the EXP Podcast, we set sail on the Sea of Thieves! Bounty, plunder, adventure, and swashbuckling abound. But is there really enough to sink our scurvy-ridden teeth into? And if these waters are shallow, what treasure awaits the Sea of Thieves players when the crew at Rare give it the update it deserves? All this, and more, as we monkey around per usual. Show Notes: - Runtime: 40 mins 37 sec - Music from the Sea of Thieves OST

Duration:00:52:46

EXP Podcast #470: A Way Out Debrief

3/29/2018
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This week we're on the run from the law and the only thing that can save us is meticulously choreographed quicktime events. It's our in-depth debrief on A Way Out. We cover everything from virtual Connect Four to Mexican geography, so grab this crude file and start chiseling through this cell wall.

Duration:00:51:04

EXP Podcast #469: Remaster Blasters

3/22/2018
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Everything old is new again! This week on the EXP Podcast, we talk about some of the old classics we've been playing, from the Journey anniversary celebration to some high-heel-action in Bayonetta. Music from Bayonetta and Journey OST.

Duration:00:40:45

EXP Podcast #468: A Smashing Nintendo Direct

3/15/2018
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Looking for the hottest scoops on the 100% confirmed characters in the upcoming Smash Bros. for Switch? Well then you've come to the right place. After watching the latest Nintendo Direct, we can conclusively say that we'll be enjoying a Solaire vs. Professor Layton death match come fall. Join us as we recap the big announcements and provide some insightful analysis on the rest of the Nintendo news.

Duration:00:46:58

EXP Podcast #467: Rated P for Podcast

3/7/2018
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In a time where in-game purchases, DLC, and loot boxes are everywhere, does warning consumers about gaming monetization provide much value? The ESRB thinks so! This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss why the ESRB wants to make some labelling changes and what types of notifications we'd like to see on our games.

Duration:00:43:45