KSLU levels you up with “Experience Points”

Matthew Gill stands in front of the 90.9 FM KSLU sign inside of Dvickers.

The term “geek” has evolved immensely over the past 10 years. Ranging from movie geeks to video game geeks, there is a category for everyone. With the help of 90.9 FM KSLUs newest weekly show “Experience Points,” geeks of all kinds can listen to parts of this rapidy rising culture.

Airing every Wednesday at 8 p.m on 90.9 FM KSLU, Matthew Gill’s “Experience Points” will be KSLU’s first dedicated show to play geek culture related audio ranging from memes like the “Bed Intruder Song” to boss fighting music from video games.

“The general purpose of the show is to fill the gap that is empty right now.” said Gill. “We do electronic shows, we do rock shows, we do informative shows, we do public radio like NPR. We don’t do anything with video games, at least not until now.”

Gill has been expanding the show’s musical database by talking to 8-bit themed bands for use of their music and for support of the show.

“I’ve been talking to I Fight Dragons and Anamanaguchi, a couple bands that are chip tune or NES Video game driven.” said Gill. “I Fight Dragons recently got on with the WWE with their single ‘Money,’ that was the theme of one of their pay-per-view events and Anamanaguchi signed on and did music for the Scott Pilgrim game as well as other things before that.”

Gill is a graduate student at Southeastern and volunteers his time to do the show and has fun doing it. When he was an undergraduate in 2008, he ran the ‘80s themed KSLU show “Flashback Fridays,” now called “Retro Reality.” He has been a reservist in the Marine Corps for six years and hopes to go on to teaching computer science at Southeastern after he obtains his master’s degree.

“I’m currently a teaching assistant for three classes in computer science, my ideal job, the whole point is to be a professor… teach computer science at the collegiate level,” said Gill. “I tell them the same thing that I tell myself. It’s just a little principle I hold. Whenever you’re doing something, it doesn’t matter how hard you are working or how difficult something is, have fun with it or don’t do it.”

Gill wishes to advance the show by getting sponsorships from various video game companies so that he can review the games before they go on sale. Gill also is planning on doing interviews with people from the video game or internet community.

One of the interviewees Gill hopes to bring onto the show is a friend of his that does audio dubbing for both anime and video games as well as some script writing for video game companies.

Chad Pierce, underwriter for KSLU, says Gill is doing a great job and loves the show.

“I love the show; I love the concept,” said Pierce. “I know how much time and energy and passion that he’s put into it, and this show is going to be huge. It’s going to be great. He’s doing a great job with it, I’m really proud of him.”

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