Archive for 29 January 2011

8-4 Play 1/28/2011: BY THE POWER OF THE PSP2

29 January 2011

PSP2…NGP…whatever you want to call it, Sony’s new handheld has the gaming world in a tizzy, and we’ve got just the thing to satisfy your next-generation portable cravings: two hours of hardcore, hands-on impressions fresh from Sony’s PlayStation Meeting 2011 in Tokyo. Matt Leone of 1UP, Phil Kollar from Game Informer, and podcast phenom Shane “El Shaddai” Bettenhausen join the 8-4 crew for a heated rundown of the games, the hardware, predictions for the future, and much, much more.

Running time: 2:01:55

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Time – Topic Discussed:
(Coming soon!)

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

(Coming soon!)

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2011 NEW YEAR’S CARDS FROM AROUND THE JAPANESE GAMING INDUSTRY

14 January 2011

So! You might have heard us mention Japanese New Year’s cards on our award-winning 8-4 Play podcast. …OK, more specifically, you might have heard us promise to scan some and put them up on our website–and so we (finally) have!

First, a little background: each year on the first day of January, these post cards (or “nengajō” 年賀状 in Japanese) are sent to friends, acquaintances, and business partners as a way of expressing gratitude and keeping in touch going into the new year, much like Christmas and holiday cards are in the West. One side of a nengajō has a picture or artwork, usually containing the Chinese Zodiac animal of the upcoming year (the rabbit, in the case of 2011), and a short message celebrating the previous year and commemorating the coming of the next. The other side is just for the address and name of the recipient. Below we have our 8-4 nengajō for this year, as well as some of the cards we received from various companies and friends in the Japanese gaming industry for 2011 (or Heisei 23 平成23年 in the traditional Japanese year counting system). You dig?

Special thanks to the amazing SuperBrothers for designing our card this year–why not leave a comment to let him, and us, know what you think (i.e. how awesome, on a scale of 1 to 10)?


8-4
8-4, Ltd.

Microsoft Prope" Xseed Games
Microsoft

Prope

XSEED Games

Nudemaker Platinum Games Procyon Studio
Nudemaker

Platinum Games

Procyon Studio

SNK Playmore Square Enix Tango Game Works
SNK Playmore

Square Enix

Tango Gameworks

Vanpool NanaOn-Sha Sega (Sonic)
Vanpool

NanaOn-Sha

Sega (Sonic)


Sony Computer Entertainment Vanillaware
Sony Computer Entertainment

Vanillaware

Yumiko Miyabe Sega (Yakuza) Super Deluxe Supuroke (bar 16SHOTS)
Yumiko Miyabe

Sega (Yakuza)

SuperDeluxe

Supuroke (bar 16SHOTS)

Access Games Bandai Namco Games Basiscape Climax Entertainment
Access Games

Bandai Namco Games

Basiscape

Climax Entertainment

Dog Ear Records Grasshopper Manufacturer Inti Creates Kyos
Dog Ear Records

Grasshopper Manufacture

Inti Creates

Kyos

AQ Interactive GEM Impact Level 5 Creatures
AQ Interactive

GEM Impact

Level-5

Creatures

Sarugakucho Q-Games
Sarugakucho

Q-Games

8-4 Play 1/13/2011: NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER 6

14 January 2011

Live in Tokyo, do you? And you attended Nintendo’s recent 3DS event? …So you know everything there is to know about the upcoming glasses-free 3D handheld? Fine then, don’t listen to this podcast. The rest of us will tune in to hear the 8-4 crew’s full report on Nintendo World 2011, including first-hand impressions of playable games like Kid Icarus, Pilotwings, Resident Evil, etc. and thoughts on the launch lineup, bundled software, battery life, stage shows, ceiling Miyamoto, glory holes — even the friggin’ Virtual Boy fer cryin’ out loud.

Running time: 2:15:42

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Time – Topic Discussed:
6:30 – Intro to Nintendo World 2011
25:54 – To 3D or Not 3D
31:10 – Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D: The Naked Sample (A Hideo Kojima Game)
32:13 – Ridge Racer 3D
34:00 – Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
36:00 – Resident Evil Revelations
44:51 – Dead or Alive Dimensions
48:45 – Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracles
51:40 – nintendogs+cats
59:50 – Kid Icarus Uprising
1:07:54 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
1:15:25 – Steel Diver
1:17:29 – Pilotwings Resort
1:21:16 – Bundled Software, Video-only Titles, Launch Lineup, lining up for launch
1:30:50 – Listener Feedback!
1:51:39 – Iwata Asks: History of 3D at Nintendo
2:04:36 – Closing Comments

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

1/6/2011: SURRENDER! OR I WILL CONQUER YOU!!
Intro: Secret of Mana – Opening Theme
Ending: Heavy Rain – Jason/Shawn Medley

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8-4 Play 1/6/2011: SURRENDER! OR I WILL CONQUER YOU!!

7 January 2011

After an extended holiday break filled with snow, sake, and SASUKE! (look it up), the 8-4some is back and they got some ‘splainin’ to do! (:LAUGHTER:) Good thing former EGM and Turn 10 hipster Che “China Warrior” Chou joins in to talk iPhone game shame, his personal wall of give a s*** — basically ANYTHING but his current workplace (Microsoft’s 343 Industries) and their shadowy Halo project. Come for the New Year’s cards, stay to hear what a former Forza guy thinks of Gran Turismo 5 (oh no he de-ent!). (:LAUGHTER:)

Running time: 1:27:02

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Time – Topic Discussed:
7:00 – What We’ve Been Playing
18:26 – (shudder) iPhone Game Discussion
29:36 – Gran Turismo 5, Final Fantasy XIV
37:25 – Dragon Quest IX, Legend of Zelda, Hiroko’s “injury”
52:41 – Japanese New Year’s Postcards
57:30 – Heavy Rain + Move
1:04:21 – Game of the Year Talk (don’t get excited, it’s not much)
1:10:52 – Nintendo World 2011 Preview
1:12:28 – Mark’s Monster Hunter EGM Review
1:21:15 – Halo 4 Talk + Closing Comments

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

12/10/2010: JUMP THE SHARQ
Intro: Monster Hunter – Proof of a Hero
Break 1: Monster Hunter Portable 3rd – Mountain Stream battle theme
Break 2: Monster Hunter Tri – Lagiacrus
Ending: Monster Hunter Portable 3rd – Zinogre’s theme

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