This week Ben and Norah contemplate the questions “are you… or have you ever been…,” but first they talk about what they have been up to. Surprising nobody, Norah has been watching plays and Ben has been (GASP!) playing his PS5. After the definition ceremonies they discover that they each have very different first thoughts, but they both agree that experience can be vastly different for an individual. They take a detour through the philosophical before moving on to games. Finally, Ben talks about the origin of experience points in games, how video games utilize XP, and a few terms for Norah to add to her gamer glossary.
00:00:20 - 1 word, 2 hosts, stories, trivia, mumbo-jumbo, beige, and Futurama 00:02:20 - The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, sacking creative directors, and critiques 00:05:01 - Taking pills, Little Women, Little Richard the Second, and a Wrinkle in Time 00:07:30 - American Players Theater in Spring Green Wisconsin, and Frank Lloyd Wright 00:09:02 - Ben finished Deathloop and started on Ghostwire Tokyo and Ridiculous Fishing EX 00:11:52 - Presenting the definition and origin: Norah takes the noun and Ben takes the verb 00:15:02 - Jimi Hendrix and generational perspectives on playing the Star Spangled Banner 00:18:38 - The Isley Brothers, and what does the song “Are you experienced” mean? 00:21:37 - One of Ben’s favorite movies “Brainstorm,” and a spoiler alert for a 40 year old film 00:25:15 - Recording brainwaves, drawing parallels to VR, and Norah is older than Ben 00:28:39 - Pinecones, too many variables, comprehensive Wikipedia articles, and webs 00:31:18 - “If there was a way you could experience something in a virtual environment…” 00:35:27 - Adrenalin, internalizing, a trip to Lithuania, food based profiling, and phrases 00:40:20 - A philosophical question, the senses, acquiring experience in games, and XP 00:43:04 - A “Dungeons & Dragons” origin, and experience points in roleplaying games 00:45:17 - Gaining experience points in “Ghostwire: Tokyo,” and Norah grasps the concept 00:48:00 - Types of XP growth progressions, eating, grinding, power-leveling, and a respec 00:53:42 - Do we want games to present realistic ways of gaining experience? 00:57:22 - Expectations, perceptions, perspectives on video games experience, and balance 01:01:35 - Vaguely putting a bow on the experience show… sort of!
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