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EXP Podcast #468: A Smashing Nintendo Direct

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.


EXP Podcast #467: Rated P for Podcast

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.


EXP Podcast #466: Fighting Father Time

You can save it and you can waste it. You can spend it and you can save it. You can kill it and you can cherish it. Once it's gone though, there's no getting it back. That's right, this episode is about the time! Stinging after a particularly brutal time-related defeat in Monster Hunter World, Scott takes stock of his life choices while Jorge yearns for the cheesy early days of Destiny.


EXP Podcast #465: Monster Hunter World Debrief

Our blades are sharp and our bellies are full with cat food. You know what that means? It's time to go a-huntin'! This week on the EXP Podcast, we dive deeper into Monster Hunter World and review some of the game's more complex offerings. Show Notes: - Runtime: 45 mins 06 sec - Music by Brad Sucks


EXP Podcast #464: Finding Cupid in Co-op

Valentine's day is here, so stop stuffing your face with chocolates and throw away those flowers: it's time to play some video games with your main squeeze. But what type of co-op game will help you make a love connection and what type will leave you brokenhearted? This week, we do our best to ensure Cupid's arrow flies true.


EXP Podcast #463: The Toad Revelations

The first three signs of the video game apocalypse have arrived. "And so it will be, that false peace, false heroes, and falses hats herald the end of days." This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss this year's ill portents and what could possibly be inside Toad's head? And more importantly, is it edible?


EXP Podcast #462: New Year, New Monster Hunter

2018 is still getting ramped up when it comes to video games, but that just gives us a chance to play some games we missed from previous years. Of course, there's also the huge, feathery lizard in the room: Monster Hunter World! We've both spent some initial time with it and have some thoughts on everything from its menus to its culinary cats.


EXP Podcast #461: In the Labo

We are back from a one-week break, where we busied ourselves by constructing a massive functional Jaeger mecha out of cardboard. Then we come back to Nintendo's big announcement stealing our thunder! This week on the EXP Podcast, we chat about liquid snake, paper cuts, shitty kids toys, and a whole lot of Nintendo news. Show Notes: - Runtime: 39 mins 32 sec - Music by Brad Sucks


EXP Podcast #460: A Genre is Born

It's not every day when you see a new genre emerge. Kart racing, fighting games, and now perhaps battle royal? This week we start off with a visit to our favorite vaguely post-apocalyptic eastern-European island and eventually travel to the limits of how we categorize some of our favorite types of games.


EXP Podcast #459: The Year Ahead 2018

It's time to put the old behind us! 2017 was a great year for games, but who's to say 2018 won't be even better. With God of War, Wattam, and maybe even Red Dead Redemption around the corner, there are a ton of games to look forward to. This week, we count down our most anticipated games of the new year.


EXP Podcast #458: 2017 Game of the Year Leftovers

2017 was such a buck wild year for games, there's no way we could cover all of our top picks in a single podcast. Luckily, we had the chance to dig into all the delicious leftovers and highlight more of the year's outstanding games!


EXP Podcast #457: 2017 Games of the Year

One of the best years in gaming is coming to a close. Seriously. Throw a dart at a pile of 2017 games and you're likely to hit an absolute classic. Polygon even called 2017 "the best year in games since 2007," and that brought us The Orange Box, BioShock, Super Mario Galaxy, Rockband, and Mass Effect - and it's true. In other words, it was really difficult to cull down our favorite games to just three each. Enjoy this week's podcast (we sure did). And hey. Let us know your 2017...


EXP Podcast #456: The 2017 Gamey Awards

It's that time of year: the time where we gather together to celebrate the wonderful absurdity that is the video game industry. 2017 has been an outstanding year for games, but which game will win the coveted title of The Gamey-est Game of the year? Bust out the liquor and eggnog and listen in to find out.


EXP Podcast #455: Nier Automata Debrief

This week on the EXP Podcast, we review the much-lauded Nier: Automata, a game that hides far more in its rusty, goofy-looking robots than you might expect. Love it or hate it, this is a one-of-a-kind game, so this is a debrief I've been eager to release. Give it a listen! When you're done, definitely look up the soundtrack - it's pretty great. Show Notes: - Runtime: 64 mins 38 sec - Music from the Nier Automata OST


EXP Podcast #454: Loot Box Lunacy

Download this podcast and open the file. Surprise! You have a 1 in 4000 chance of winning a special version in which our voices are played at 3x speed. Most of you will get an episode in which we take a look at the recent loot box discussions and monetization plans in high profile games. Sorry to disappoint those looking for a Chipmunks version of the podcast.


EXP Podcast #453: Giving Thanks

It's that time of the year where friends and families gather around an offensively large portion of food and give thanks. This time, Scott and I are joining the festivities by serving up some of the things we're thankful for in games. From esports money to in-game settings, here are some of the underappreciated life-changers we're glad to have in our gaming habitat.


EXP Podcast #452: Mario Odyssey Debrief

Put on your travelling cap, it's time to take an Odyssey with Mario to save Princess Peach from a bad Tinder date. This week on the EXP Podcast, Scott and I discuss the much-anticipated Mario Odyssey. Join us while we discuss the dark origins of this particular tale. If you listen to this whole episode, you get a Moon. Show Notes: - Runtime: 39 mins 08 sec - Music from Super Mario Odyssey


EXP Podcast #451: News from Paris Games Week

Ah, Paris: city of Zombies, ninjas, and procedurally generated adventures. This week, we talk about Sony's showing at Paris Games Week. There was a surprising amount of brand new stuff, so we dig through the announcements and maybe even commit a bit of light blasphemy by comparing Spelunky to the bible.


EXP Podcast #250: Cuphead Debrief

Scott and I have weaved our way through a barrage of bullets, over fields of violent vegetables, and through terrifying trainyards to bring you this week's EXP Podcast. At least, Cuphead is here and we've drunk down all (or most) of what the game has to offer. What makes this game so special? How difficult is Cuphead really? And did the conversation around its challenging nature tarnish our anticipation for this cartoon-era-inspired gem? All this and more on this week's episode!


EXP Podcast #449: Pyre Debrief

Hope in our magic wagon and mind the drive imps: it's time for a full debrief on Pyre! We touched on it a few episodes back, but now that we've both finished, it's time to talk about the weird intersection of arcade sports, turn based strategy, and dating simulators that is Pyre.


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