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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

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