8-4 Play 12/28/2012: BOX OF CHOCOLATES

No news, a few game impressions (Soul Sacrifice demo among them), and no GOTY BS – mostly just one, long, leisurely, holiday trip through the history of video games – PC and console, Japanese and American — as we talk through the career of uber-programmer Gregg Tavares, a man who has worked at just about everywhere (Sony, Sega, Microprose, Virgin Interactive, Cinemaware, Naughty Dog, etc.) and on every system (Commodore 64, Amiga, NES, PC, 3DO, M2, Arcade, PSX, PS2, PSP, etc.) at one point or another, and has the stories to prove it. Happy holidays!

Running time: 2:58:33

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Time – Topic Discussed:

11:05 – Google’s emulated Pac-Man
12:40 – Catching up on recent games
20:04 – Soul Sacrifice demo
39:25 – Rise of the Blobs
43:20 – Gregg’s early programming days
1:14:26 – Gregg’s retrospective on the NES and programming workarounds of its era
1:30:04 – Gregg’s goes 32-bit
1:46:17 – Gregg’s first journey to Japan to work for Sega
2:05:37 – Gregg’s return home to work for Naughty Dog
2:16:41 – Gregg’s return to Japan and Sega
2:19:31 – Gregg’s move to Sony
2:33:45 – Gregg’s second return home to join up with Namco Bandai
2:37:44 – Gregg’s latest adventures with Google
2:43:27 – The 8-4 Team’s holiday plans
2:54:33 – Mainichi no mimi kaki & closing comments

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

8-4 Play 12/14/2012: PODCAST OF THE DECADE
Intro: Duran Duran – Rio
Break: Monster Hunter Data Transfer Theme
Ending: The Muppets – Swedish Chef Montage

Here are this week’s links!

Mainichi no Mimikaki for iOS and Android:
iOS
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By John Ricciardi on 28 December 2012.

4 Responses to “8-4 Play 12/28/2012: BOX OF CHOCOLATES”

  1. Aria says:

    When are we gonna get Mark’s Dark Souls experiences in podcast form?

  2. Miz says:

    Or the Monster Hunter live-play where everybody cries, complains, swears, and has an overall good time?

  3. jscro says:

    Nice to hear Gregg Tavares namedrop Brea, California (my neck of the woods). He must have been hanging out at Egghead Software.

  4. Alex says:

    This was my favorite so far.

    That said I’m so pissed about the Samurai Showdown duel RNG. I came close to breaking my fingers numerous times.

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