8-4 Play
8-4 Play
8-4, Ltd.
Every other week, tune into 8-4 Play for talk about Japan, video games, and Japanese video games, straight from the 8-4 offices in beautiful downtown Tokyo. Featuring the sultry voices of 8-4's own Mark MacDonald, John Ricciardi, Hiroko Minamoto, Justin "JJ" Epperson, Roy Blakely, Sarah Podzorski, and Graeme Howard.
8-4 Play 4/16/2021: TENDER IS THE FUR
Impressed with the dioramas in Fantasian, we work together to construct a faithful replica of the 8-4 office. We spare no detail, including our fridge in the state-of-the-art podcast wing filled with tiny Chu-hi! Time – Topic Discussed: 01:31 – Nicknames 14:21 – Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers 24:26 – Monster Hunter Rise 27:04 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 31:42 – Fantasian 40:32 – Dragon Quest X 41:59 – No Man’s Sky 52:03 – News: Nintendo Indies Announcement, the latest Sony happenings, and more!
Apr 16
1 hr 54 min
8-4 Play 4/2/2021: MY FAIR GAIJIN HUNTER
Joined by special guest Adam "Gaijin Hunter" Evanko, we celebrate the latest pointy, bitey addition to the Monster Hunter franchise! 00:53 – Nicknames 05:52 – Monster Hunter Rise 1:04:48 – News: DLSS on the Next Switch, Sony’s Sunset Plans PS3/PSP/PSVita stores, and more!
Apr 2
1 hr 43 min
8-4 Play 3/19/2021: OUT OF SYNC
This week we bravely default to talking about Japan, games, and Japanese games! Plus a bit of reminiscing about boy bands, print gaming media, and some classic puzzle platformers. Time – Topic Discussed: 00:58 – Nicknames 27:19 – Bravely Default II 38:40 – Don’t Starve Together 44:45 – Little Nightmare 2, Inside, & Limbo (***Limbo Spoilers***) 51:28 – News: Bethesda Joins Microsoft, Super Nintendo World, Apex Legends on Switch and more!
Mar 19
1 hr 24 min
8-4 Play 3/5/2021: UP IN SMOKE
17-Bit’s Jake Kazdal returns to talk about his newly-announced VR title “Song in the Smoke,” Japan Studio’s closure, a bigger-screen Switch, PS5 VR, banana controllers, being Seth Rogen’s stunt double, and more! Time – Topic Discussed: 00:58 – Nicknames 10:59 – Song in the Smoke 44:49 – News: PlayStation VR News, Japan Studio’s fate, New Switch rumors, and lots more
Mar 5
2 hr
8-4 Play 2/19/2021: DIRECT DE GO!!
We gorge on Nintendo news along with 17-Bit's Jake Kazdal, topping it off with lots (and lots) of thoughts on Bowser's Fury and very, very little FFXIV updates. And the long-awaited reveal of exactly what time Gabe secured his PS5 order. Time – Topic Discussed: 00:51 – Nicknames 15:10 – Devil May Cry 5 18:50 – Nintendo Direct News 1:07:35 – Super Mario 3D World: Bowser’s Fury 1:41:27 – More News: GoldenEye Leak, DualSense drift, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie, Final Fantasy XIV’s next expansion, and more!
Feb 19
2 hr 8 min
8-4 Play 2/5/2021: MAIDEN VOYAGE
What do the RE8 and Balan demos, Cyber Shadow, Evangelion, Xbox Live Pricing, Switch LTD Sales and Sega politics all have in common? We talk about them on this podcast. Duh. This is always a list of the stuff we talk about. It was a rhetorical question. Time – Topic Discussed: 00:46 – Nicknames 04:58 – Cyber Shadow 11:01 – Some Evangelion chat 19:31 – Resident Evil Village Visual Showcase 43:14 – The Medium 59:31 – News: PS5 Chaos in Japan, Nintendo Switch sales surpass the 3DS, Stadia's New Direction, GameStop at the last minute (literally), and more!
Feb 5
1 hr 40 min
8-4 Play 1/22/2021: RISE AND SLIME
This week we give our expert (read: somewhat experienced) opinions of the Monster Hunter Rise demo. Then it's a mixed bag of games both new and old, with a side helping of anime and Sheila-E. Time – Topic Discussed: 01:06 - Nicknames 03:05 - Mario Kart 8 05:46 - Monster Hunter Rise Demo 26:35 - Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night 30:28 - Slime Bunker 33:23 - Attack on Titan (and some more Anime/TV talk) 43:41 - Spiritfarer 47:28 - News: Lucas Film Games & the New Indiana Jones, Awesome Games Done Quick recap Square-Enix’s mysterious trademarks, Peter Moore’s return, and more!
Jan 22
1 hr 33 min
8-4 Play 1/8/2021: 1-900-HOT-CURL
First episode of 2021! This week we talk about our experiences in radio, the lifestyle that is Sasuke, the life of Saruman, and maybe some video games. Time – Topic Discussed: 02:31 - Nicknames 20:10 - The Lord of the Rings movie & book talk (***CONTAINS SPOILERS***) 28:04 - Mario Kart 8: Deluxe 32:30 - Breath of Fire 3 36:49 - Read Dead Online 37:46 - Star Wars Battlefront II (2017) 44:04 - Awesome Games Done Quick (so far) 48:05 - News: The End of those GoKart tours, Miis & Breath of the Wild NPCs, Nier: Automata’s final secret, and more!
Jan 8
1 hr 23 min
Cozy up by the fire and join us for our annual holiday send-off, filled with tales of Christmas past, plans for winter break, and plenty more. Thanks as always for listening, and see you in 2021!   Time – Topic Discussed: 00:36 - Nicknames 12:41 - Sega Astro City Mini 23:01 - Return of the Obra Dinn (there are no spoilers) 32:09 - Jet Force Gemini 40:25 - Animal Crossing: New Horizons 54:51 - Phantasy Star Online 20th Anniversary 1:06:12 - Video Game Related Holiday Memories 1:19:02 - News: The Game Awards roundup, Cyberpunk 2077, Monster Hunter Movie, and more! 2:04:38 - Game and TV Plans for the Holiday Break
Dec 24, 2020
2 hr 15 min
8-4 Play 12/11/2020: IT’S GREAT! LISTEN TO IT!
This week we record before both The Game Awards AND the release of Cyberpunk 2077. But that doesn't stop us from ad-libbing some game award moments and re-visiting our Netflix corner.
Dec 11, 2020
1 hr 47 min
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