18 April 2014

8-4 Play 4/18/2014: ONCE, TWICE, 100 TIMES A PODCAST

by Justin Epperson

Our 100th episode gets the band back together (finally!), along with friends from 17-Bit and 2 Player Productions, to talk PAX East, Below, MGSV: Ground Zeroes, Dark Souls II, PS4 eye tracking, Steam sales numbers, Tomodachi Life, and of course, Sir Mix-a-Lot.

Running time: 2:24:00

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Time – Topic Discussed:

6:28 – Below
12:35 – 2-Player Productions (Amnesia Fortnight, Massive Chalice, Mighty No. 9)
20:28 – 17-Bit (Galak-Z: The Dimensional, Sir Mix-a-Lot)
34:44 – Deception IV: Blood Ties
46:12 – inFAMOUS Second Son & Morpheus
1:08:00 – Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
1:18:20 – Dark Souls II
1:31:46 – PS4/Steam Sales, Blu-ray Successor
1:49:50 – Capcom Investments
1:53:17 – Tomodachi Life, Super Smash Bros.
2:01:20 – Yokai Watch 2
2:10:08 – Closing Comments

And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 4/4/2014: EPISODE 99
Intro: Title Theme (Wayne Gretzky Hockey)
Ending: Saori Kobayashi & Mariko Nanba – Atolm Dragon Battle Theme (Panzer Dragoon Saga)

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4 April 2014

8-4 Play 4/4/2014: EPISODE 99

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John and Hiroko are back, as are celebrity ex-interns Alex “Jungle Fire” Aniel, Chris “Scan Lines” Reed, and Tom “Hitman” Staniforth, joining us to talk Heroes of the Storm, Diablo 3, Gundam Extreme Vs. Maxi Boost, Boom Beach, Monument Valley, Facebook & Oculus, Phil Spencer & Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Brave Wave music, and more!

Running time: 1:31:01

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Time – Topic Discussed:

4:15 – Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
8:20 – Heroes of the Storm
15:54 – Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxi Boost
22:00 – Monument Valley
24:18 – Boom Beach
30:08 – GDC 2014
42:12 – Facebook acquires Oculus Rift
55:02 – Amazon announces Fire TV
1:02:20 – Phil Spencer heads Xbox division
1:12:13 – Game music with Brave Wave Productions
1:24:33 – Closing Comments

And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 3/21/2014: VR TROOPERS
Intro: VR Troopers Theme
Ending: Eirik Suhrke & Keiji Yamagishi – Bounty Hunter

Here are this week’s links!
Buy Bravewave’s In Flux!
http://store.bravewave.net/

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21 March 2014

8-4 Play 3/21/2014: VR TROOPERS

by Justin Epperson

John, Mark, and Hiroko are out working GDC, so it’s up to JJ and guests Johnny Linnert and Jean Snow to pick up the slack! This week we talk Dark Souls II, Luftrausers, Awesomenauts Assemble!, Towerfall: Ascension, Project Morpheus, Bitsummit, Iga going solo and more!

Running time: 1:25:30

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Time – Topic Discussed:

4:11 – Dark Souls II
37:11 – Luftrausers
41:58 – Awesomenauts Assemble!
48:00 – Towerfall: Ascension
49:38 – Project Morpheus
57:13 – Iga leaves Konami
1:06:07 – Bitsummit
1:14:30 – Misc news
1:18:36 – Closing Comments

And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 3/7/2014: CEASELESS DISCHARGE
Intro: Dark Souls Intro
Ending: Motoi Sakuraba – Gwyn (Dark Souls)

Here are this week’s links!
Buy Bravewave’s In Flux!
http://store.bravewave.net/

Pechakucha @ Bitsummit
http://www.pechakucha.org/channels/bitsummit

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7 March 2014

8-4 Play 3/7/2014: CEASELESS DISCHARGE

by Justin Epperson

Dark Souls. That’s it. 150 minutes of talk about Dark Souls. No other games. No news. Just Dark Souls. Can you survive and make it to the end? In content AND format, truly the Dark Souls of podcasts. …Dark Souls.

Running time: 2:39:14

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Time – Topic Discussed:

6:48 – 8-4 Plays Dark Souls
1:40:11 – Dark Souls Discussion
2:17:16 – Dark Souls II
2:27:25 – Closing Comments

And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 2/21/2014: I CHOOSE YOU, AAJST(????
Intro: TAPPY – Metal Gear Solid Main Theme (Metal Gear Solid)
Break 1: Michiru Yamane – Lost Painting (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night)
Break 2: Yuzo Koshiro – Stage 1 Music (Streets of Rage)
Break 3: Junichi Masuda – Opening (Pokemon Red & Blue)
Ending: Kozilek – Vietnam

Here are this week’s links!
VaatiVidya’s Youtube channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/VaatiVidya

EpicNameBro
http://www.youtube.com/user/EpicNameBro

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21 February 2014

8-4 Play 2/21/2014: I CHOOSE YOU, AAJST(????

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Metal Gear Solid translator Jeremy Blaustein and Sega honcho Ethan Einhorn join us on the eve of the Japanese PS4 launch to talk about their illustrious careers (Jaleco! Konami! Sega!), the latest games we’ve been playing (Titanfall! Strider! Left Behind!), and all the news that’s fit to…uh, recite (Twitch Plays Pokemon! Nintendo Direct! PS4 Launch!). Have at it!

Running time: 3:47:15

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Time – Topic Discussed:

10:22 – Titanfall
17:22 – Strider
19:49 – DayZ
31:40 – Flappy Bird
41:44 – Jeremy Blaustein Talks Localization
1:34:37 – Ethan Einhorn Talks Sega
2:54:05 – Twitch Plays Pokemon
3:05:12 – Nintendo Direct
3:17:57 – Irrational Games Closing
3:19:49 – PlayStation 4 Japan Launch
3:37:17 – The Flappy Bird Aftermath
3:41:17 – Closing Comments

And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 2/7/2014: CLICK HERE TO RATE US 5 STARS
Intro: Peter McConnell – Shellmound Festival (Broken Age)
Break: Motoi Sakuraba – Firelink Shrine (Dark Souls)
Ending: Felix & Marius CopyCat – The Flappy Bird Song

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7 February 2014

8-4 Play 2/7/2014: CLICK HERE TO RATE US 5 STARS

by Justin Epperson

With John in Hawaii working on his Flappy Bird score, Tokyo-based gaming expert Jean Snow and Johnny (ex-) “Intern” Linnert join the gang to talk Outlast, Brothers, Broken Age, Tales of Xillia, Puppeteer, Sengoku Basara 4, Groove Coaster Arcade, lots of Dark Souls, Nintendo’s recent investors meeting, Xbox One rumors and, yup, more!

Running time: 2:36:16

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Time – Topic Discussed:

9:25 – DayZ
17:20 – Ys: Memories of Celceta
20:25 – Super Mario 3D World
24:22 – Puppeteer
28:24 – Tales of Xillia
32:06 – Zen Pinball 2 (Star Wars Pinball)
34:36 – Broken Age
41:33 – The Banner Saga
43:33 – Dark Souls 2
1:09:55 – Sengoku Basara 4
1:14:59 – Groove Coaster (Arcade)
1:20:48 – Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
1:24:25 – Outlast
1:36:14 – Flappy Bird
1:43:56 – Nintendo Investors Meeting
2:09:30 – Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
2:11:59 – Amazon Acquires Double Helix
2:18:25 – PS4 VR Tech and Oculus Rift
2:27:41 – Closing Comments

And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 1/24/2014: CANDY has a CRUSH on SAGAt
Intro: Hitoshi Sakimoto – Opening Movie (Vagrant Story)
Break: Jun Ishikawa, Hirokazu Ando – Boss (Kirby: Triple Deluxe)
Ending: JHiroaki Yoshida – Credits Theme (Winter Heat)

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24 January 2014

8-4 Play 1/24/2014: CANDY has a CRUSH on SAGAt

by Justin Epperson

Six hours have passed since the occupation of 8-4 Towers by one Alexander O. Smith, founder and leader of the Kajiya sect. Tune in for talk of his various localization feats (Vagrant Story! Tactics Ogre! Final Fantasy XII!) as well as his current Kickstarter project Unsung Story, along with thoughts on Don’t Starve, Kirby: Triple D, DayZ, Zubaz, and plenty more.

Running time: 2:06:38

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Time – Topic Discussed:

11:35 – Don’t Starve, Resogun
21:50 – Dark Souls
24:38 – Nidhogg
29:25 – Kirby: Triple Deluxe
32:20 – DayZ
40:25 – Interview with Alexander O. Smith on Localization
1:28:30 – Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians
1:34:15 – Nintendo Financials
1:45:05 – Xbox One Praise Gets Paid
1:48:25 – Candy Crush Saga Trademarks “Candy”
1:57:13 – Closing Comments

And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 1/10/2014: HOLIDAY HANGOVER
Intro: Revo – Battle Medley (Bravely Default Concert)
Ending: John Carpenter, Alan Howarth – Main Theme (Big Trouble in Little China)

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15 January 2014

2014 NEW YEAR’S CARDS FROM AROUND THE JAPANESE GAMING INDUSTRY

by Justin Epperson

あけましておめでとうございます! Or as the exotic Western kids say: Happy New Year!

We’re back with another installment of our yearly tribute to the best of the best in “nengajōs” (New Year’s cards) from around the Japanese gaming industry. (We’ve been doing this for a few years now, but if you still don’t know what a nengajō is, you can read all about ‘em here.) Each year, cards are themed around the new year’s Chinese zodiac animal, and this year’s zodiac animal of choice? The horse! (Of course.)

We always kick off our gallery with a peek at our own card, and this year’s is a real doozy. We had the honor of having the one, the only, Mr. KIMOKIMO of Comcept— character designer on numerous Capcom arcade classics as well as The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap (!!) and of course Mighty No. 9 — design our card and immortalize us in his unique style (along with some other familiar faces fans of Mighty No. 9 might recognize). How are we ever supposed to top this?! We’d better start planning next year’s card right away…

Anyway, before we get to that, have a look at some of the other cool cards we received this year (click for full-size versions!), and be sure to let us know your faves in the comments, and/or click on the name beneath each card to tweet at them directly!

8-4, Ltd.
8-4, Ltd.
Capcom Land Ho! Brave Wave Crispy’s
Capcom Land Ho! Brave Wave Crispy’s
Cygames Square Enix Namco Bandai Games Koei Tecmo
Cygames Square Enix Namco Bandai Games Koei Tecmo
Frognation Filament Creatures Arika
Frognation Filament Creatures Arika
Access Games Tango Gameworks Falcom Grasshopper Manufacture
Access Games Tango Gameworks Falcom Grasshopper Manufacture
Dog Ear Records Asterizm cutecool Q-Games
Dog Ear Records Asterizm cutecool Q-Games
Prope Climax Entertainment Digital Sonic Designs Sony Computer Entertainment
Prope Climax Entertainment Digital Sonic Designs Sony Computer Entertainment
Vanpool ImageEpoch
Vanpool ImageEpoch
Comcept Level-5
Comcept Level-5
Dena NanaOn-Sha
Dena NanaOn-Sha
Inti Creates Basiscape
Inti Creates Basiscape
Edit Mode Grounding Lab
Edit Mode Grounding Lab
Unity Procyon Studio
Unity Procyon Studio
Epic Games Bitster
Epic Games Bitster
Flarewave
Flarewave
Sega
Platinum Games
CWO
ORANGE AND PARTNERS

 

10 January 2014

8-4 Play 1/10/2014: HOLIDAY HANGOVER

by Justin Epperson

John’s out sick, but the show must go on! Join us for New Year’s holiday reminiscings, including Ys II, Bravely Default, what Hiroko *wants* to play, Steam machines, the new Oculus Rift, pizza and a whole lotta rock, paper, scissors.

Running time: 1:21:11

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Time – Topic Discussed:

07:10 – New Years: Rock Paper Scissors, Japanese TV, Animal Crossing
19:20 – Ys II
26:05 – Bravely Default, The Last of Us
30:41 – The Legend of Zelda: ALBW
38:50 – Mark Goes to Gamestop
40:40 – What Hiroko Wants to Play
43:20 – CES: Playstation Now
53:07 – CES: Steam Machines
56:50 – CES: Oculus Rift
59:20 – CES: Project Christine
1:00:54 – News: Xbox One Twitch Delay, Pizza sales, Devil’s Third, China, Toejam and Earl
1:07:54 – Nidhogg, Samurai Gunn, IGF awards
1:10:10 – Closing Comments

And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 12/28/2013: BECAUSE THE ESHOP
Intro: De La Soul – A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays
Ending: Naofumi Hataya, Tomoko Sasaki, Fumie Kumatani – Christmas in Nightopia (Christmas NiGHTS)

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28 December 2013

8-4 Play 12/28/2013: BECAUSE THE ESHOP

by Justin Epperson

8-4 alumni Andy Church and Brendon Pritchard come home for the holidays to tell us all about their latest MMO adventures in Final Fantasy XIV and Dragon Quest X Version 2, but not before we talk about Zelda: ALBW (again), Puzzle & Dragons Z, Bravely Default, Electronic Super Joy, Kamen Rider belt buckles, last week’s Nintendo Direct, and more. Happy Holidays!

Running time: 1:40:59

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Time – Topic Discussed:

4:09 – Christmas
18:38 – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
20:08 – NES Remix
25:10 – Puzzle & Dragons Z
30:16 – Electronic Super Joy
33:50 – Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
36:50 – Bravely Default for the Sequel
44:33 – La Mulana
49:02 – Dragon Quest X Version 2
1:00:30 – Final Fantasy XIV Patch 2.1
1:20:00 – Nintendo Direct
1:38:30 – Closing Comments

And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 12/13/2013: TAKE IT TO THE FRIDGE
Intro: Doseone – Flag & Threat (Samurai Gunn)
Ending: Ari Pulkkinen – Title theme (Resogun)

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Hay Day
iOS, Supercell, 2013/10
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two
Wii/Wii U, Disney Interactive Studios, 2013/09
Clash of Clans
iOS, Supercell, 2013/06
Tales of Xillia
PlayStation 3, Namco Bandai Games Inc., 2013/08