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English, Video Games, 1 seasons, 360 episodes, 9 minutes
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.
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8-4 Play 2/23/2024: WE HAVE A DATE

The future waits for no one, including Nintendo Directs and shit-hot Elden Ring DLC trailers, so take a trip backwards through time with us as we kick off with thoughts on both of the above, then wind the clocks back one night to talk about (older) news, games we've been playin', and predictions for...the part of the podcast you already heard in the first half? It'll all make sense, trust us. Time — Topic Discussed 01:39 — Nicknames 04:54 — Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree trailer impressions 20:10 — Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase 41:40 — News: Microsoft Business Update, Helldivers 2, Switch 2 rumors, and more! 1:07:52 — Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion 1:13:47 — Final Fantasy 7: Rebirth demo 1:20:11 — Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth 1:24:22 — Neutopia 1:26:16 — Apex: Legends 1:30:02 — Sonic Superstars
23/02/20241 hour 35 minutes 31 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/9/2024: WIDDLY DIDDLY

Zip around town on your two-wheeled, self-balancing transporter of choice while we engage in our own high-speed chitter-chatter about Tekken 8, Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth, FF7: Rebirth, Microsoft and Nintendo rumors, and, well, ya know…that kinda stuff! Time — Topic Discussed 00:50 — Nicknames 10:12 — Tekken 8 20:45 — Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth 32:19 — Final Fantasy 7: Rebirth State of Play Impressions 37:46 — Gran Blue Fantasy: Relink 42:24 — News: State of Play, Microsoft rumors, Switch 2 rumors, and more!
09/02/20241 hour 17 minutes 27 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/26/2024: PALS WITH BENEFITS

Jeopardy categories for this episode: Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth, 8-4 Play Alumni, Twilight Fan Fiction, Palworld, Weeaboo Nintendo Franchises, and Potent Portables. Time — Topic Discussed 01:03 — Nicknames 08:57 — Welcome Back, Dermot! 19:22 — Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth 32:50 — Star Ocean The Second Story R 35:39 — Another Code: Recollection 38:22 — Palworld 54:31 — News: AGDQ, Foamstars Launches, Elden Ring DLC, and more!
26/01/20241 hour 3 minutes 35 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/12/2024: DOUBLE CAST

Brand new year, same old crew...or is it?! Tune in for the exciting details of our high-octane holidays, plus random talk about hot new releases like FF14, Cyberpunk 2077, Project Zomboid, and The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (yeah, the first one). No Gabe, no news, no promises! Time — Topic Discussed 01:14 — Holiday Recap 21:51 — Project Zomboid 30:32 — Final Fantasy XIV 32:52 — Baldur’s Gate 3 50:40 — Apex Legends 56:06 — Cyberpunk 2077 1:05:58 — Too Many Games
12/01/20241 hour 19 minutes 32 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/29/2023: SHOOTING STARS

You know the way you feel about work or school that last day before the holidays? This is that feeling in podcast form. (PS: The answer to Mark’s TG-16 R-Type credit Q is in the podcast image.)   Time — Topic Discussed 04:03 — Nicknames 10:28 — Some Christmas Stories 24:08 — Dodonpachi and Radiant Silvergun 32:59 — News: L is Real 2401, Last of Us Online Cancelled, and more!
29/12/202349 minutes 17 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/15/2023: GIFTWRAP IT UP

If you’re in the market for four people who live in Japan talking about The Game Awards, Resident Evil 4 Remake VR Mode, and Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, boy have we got a podcast for you. Time — Topic Discussed 00:44 – Nicknames 07:10 – News: The Game Awards results and announcements, PokéPark, and more! 55:04 – Resident Evil 4 Remake VR Mode 1:01:35 – Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name 1:06:56 – Baldur’s Gate 3
15/12/20231 hour 24 minutes 35 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/1/2023: FOILED AGAIN

The gang Super Jumps down memory lane with Super Mario RPG, then dips into a Sotenbori cabaret for Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, and finally drunkenly meanders home via the shady alley that is news. Time — Topic Discussed 05:00 — Nicknames 13:48 — Super Mario RPG Remake 26:59 — Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name 35:57 — News: The Last of Us 2 Remastered, Game Awards security, Dragon’s Dogma 2 release date and more!
01/12/202353 minutes 22 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/17/2023: WHERE IS FAIR?

A dash of SMB Wonder, a flash of Alan Wake 2, a splash of PlayStation Portal, the smash (hit) Baldur's Gate 3, and a lack of cash in Gabe's long-lost wallet. Plus, TGA nominations & a warm welcome to Baby Sheffield! Time — Topic Discussed 00:52 — Nicknames 24:26 — Super Mario Bros. Wonder 27:59 — Alan Wake 2 35:16 — PlayStation Portal impressions 40:22 — Baldur’s Gate 3 49:59 — News: The Game Awards nominees, Nintendo Indie World, and the Zelda movie! 
17/11/20231 hour 29 minutes 32 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/3/2023: WONDER-RING

Buncha jibba-jabba on SMB Wonder, Quest VR sleeper Dungeons of Eternity, and Alan Wake 2, plus Switch 2 (Too?) rumors and SHOCKING PERSONAL NEWS :red arrow emoji:   Time — Topic Discussed 00:49 — Nicknames 17:17 — Super Mario Bros. Wonder 36:40 — Dungeons of Eternity 45:42 — Alan Wake 2 54:20 — ALAN WAKE SPOILERS START 54:57 — ALAN WAKE SPOILERS END 58:25 — News: Switch 2 rumors, Nintendo's new tournament terms, and more!
03/11/20231 hour 11 minutes 30 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/20/2023: EXCESSIVE DOODAD FORCE

The gang discuss the two latest and greatest AAA titles everyone is buzzing about — that’s right, definitive word on BOTH EDF 6 and Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak!! Also, believe it or not: news! Time – Topic Discussed: 01:08 — Nicknames 16:50 — Earth Defense Force 6 27:41 — Baldur’s Gate 3 33:49 — Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak 43:03 — News: Microsoft buys Activision, the Analogue 3D, and more!
20/10/20231 hour 11 minutes 12 seconds
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The “gang” welcomes in the Fall season as our ancestors did: with talk of Final Fantasy XVI, Monster Hunter Now, Lies of P, Mortal Kombat 1, Baldur’s Gate 3, and a heapin’ helpin’ of news. 00:45 – Nicknames 12:02 – Monster Hunter Now 24:57 – Gabe The Beater (Final Fantasy XVI, Lies of P, Resident Evil 4: Separate Ways, Mortal Kombat 1) 37:46 – Baldur's Gate 3 48:30 – News: Nintendo 3DS/Wii U online services, Jim Ryan retires, Kamiya leaves Platinum, and more!
06/10/20231 hour 9 minutes 24 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/22/2023: TOKYO GAME SHOW 2023

A cavalcade of special guests old and new drop by to talk about their experiences at (or around) this year’s Tokyo Game Show. With Brandon Sheffield, John Linneman, Imran Khan, Kevin Gifford (?!), and more! Time – Topic Discussed: 02:03 – TGS is back (w/Brandon Sheffield & Kevin Gifford) 31:42 – Dragon's Dogma 2 & FF7 Rebirth (w/Imran Khan & John Davis) 56:28 – Nivalis, Shadow of the Ninja (w/John Linneman & Diamond Feit) 1:18:18 – Enotria: The Last Song, Black Finger JET, & Zelda (w/Jake Kazdal, David Hellman, Liam Edwards, and Colin Williamson) 1:57:38 – Persona 3 Reload, Like a Dragon Gaiden, & BQM 2:10:44 - Wrapping up
22/09/20232 hours 13 minutes 34 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/15/2023: WE GOT 'EM

Thought you could sneak another Nintendo Direct and State of Play past us, did you? Well, NOT THIS TIME! We zigged where the big corporations zagged and decided to record a mini-ep at the crack of 8am today, just for you. Tune in for quick and dirty impressions of everything we all JUST SAW and start building the hype for next week's Tokyo Game Show extravaganza! Time – Topic Discussed: 01:57 – Nicknames 07:45 – Sony State of Play 21:58 – Nintendo Direct
15/09/202352 minutes 22 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/1/2023: 24 MINUTES

The regular crew is back, and just in time to miss another Nintendo Direct! Mario Wonder will have to wait, but in the meantime, we've got The Making of Karateka, Shadowgate 64, updates on Vampire Survivors and FF16, and all the not-so-latest news as the countdown to Tokyo Game Show begins... Time – Topic Discussed: 00:41 – Nicknames 07:02 – Shadowgate 64 (with spoilers!) 13:39 – The Making of Karateka 25:08 – We haven’t played Armored Core VI 31:21 – Vampire Survivors <span style=
01/09/20231 hour 14 minutes 46 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/18/2023: SUMMER BROKE

Everyone’s off sipping Mai Tais from their fancy pool floats or whatever, but time waits for no one in the podcast world, so join our little skeleton crew along with new challenger Sami as we talk Vampire Survivors co-op, Honkai Star Rail, FF16, and more!   Time – Topic Discussed: 00:50 – Nicknames 10:33 – Vampire Survivors 16:34 – Honkai Star Rail 32:32 – Final Fantasy XVI 38:02 – Persona 3 55:12 – Listener Q&A and some News!
18/08/20231 hour 13 minutes 47 seconds
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Saddle up for a very special tight 60 with the rootinest, tootinest podcastin’ crew this side of the Alamo’s basement. Featuring Pikmin 4, Remnant II, a bit more Zelda—and [not much] more! (Recorded before 8-4 Day, sorry for not mentioning 8-4 Day. Happy 8-4 Day!) Time – Topic Discussed: 00:46 – Nicknames 11:52 – Pikmin 4 27:44 – Remnant II 36:46 – News: PS5 Pro rumors, Switch 2 rumors, and more!
04/08/202359 minutes 36 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/21/2023: ECHO LOCATION

LIVE and in-person from the new 8-4 Towers in sunny (and humid) [REDACTED], the crew talks Final Fantasy XVI, Viewfinder, BitSummit, and frankly a surprising amount about Exoprimal. Time – Topic Discussed: 02:22 – Nicknames 19:30 – Exoprimal 27:54 – Viewfinder 34:49 – Tears of the Kingdom 37:07 – Final Fantasy XVI 46:32 – News: Microsoft/ActiBlizz, Famicom turns 40, and more!
21/07/20231 hour 12 minutes 53 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/7/2023: FANG IN THERE

Mark's out, John's out, and we're locked out of the office! That won't stop this ragtag crew from gathering online to discuss the PC Engine's Fang of Alnam, debate the merits of the Pikmin 4 demo's tutorials, and best of all, catch up with our pal, Roy! Time – Topic Discussed: 00:51 – Nicknames 09:54 – Fang of Alnam 37:17 – Final Fantasy XVI 51:13 – Pikmin 4 demo impressions 01:11:34 – Grounded 01:18:33 – News: MGS4 rumors, PSVR2 PC driver buzz, EVO
07/07/20231 hour 37 minutes 6 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/23/2023: EIKONIC BEHAVIOR

Folks - WE GOT ONE!! Nintendo must’ve gotten all your calls and letters, because they dropped a Direct BEFORE recording for once! Thrill to fresh-off-the-grill Hot Takes on all that shiz, plus Xbox and Summer Games talk, FF16 demo impressions, and more! Time – Topic Discussed: 00:48 – Nicknames 02:50 – Tears of the Kingdom 08:02 – Final Fantasy XVI 28:12 – John at the RGG Summit 37:37 – News: Summer Game Fest highlights, the Nintendo Direct, and more!
23/06/20231 hour 27 minutes 17 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/9/2023: FREAKS IN THE STREETS

Capcom localization director Andrew Alfonso joins Graeme and the gang to dig in to Street Fighter 6, topped off with a dollop of news (recorded pre-Summer Game Fest, mind you). Time – Topic Discussed: 01:04 – Nicknames 19:32 – Street Fighter 6 56:31 – News: MGS Delta, Apple Vision Pro, and more!
09/06/20231 hour 22 minutes 27 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/26/2023: BOOGERS, PICKLES, AND ZELDA

17-Bit head honcho and two-time Kakariko Village gherkin tossing champion Jake Kazdal joins us once again for an epic (and largely spoiler-free) first discussion on all things The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Plus quick thoughts on PlayStation Showcase 2023! Time – Topic Discussed: 00:52 – Nicknames 06:52 – The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom 01:42:40 – Break 01:43:10 – News: The Playstation Showcase Recap
26/05/20232 hours 18 minutes 3 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/12/2023: OUT FOR ZELDA

Thank you for calling 8-4 Play. We can’t take your call right now, but please leave a message at the tone and we’ll get back to you as soon as we’ve had our fill of Tears of the Kingdom. *BEEEEP*   Time – Topic Discussed: 01:58 – Nicknames 11:28 – Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters 19:09 – Hollow Knight 28:58 – Star Wars Jedi: Survivor 37:12 – Dragon Slayer: Legend of Heroes 47:41 – Tunic 1:03:41 – News: Redfall disappoints, PS5 sales and a liiiiiiitle bit more. 1:06:55 – Mario Bros Movie Impressions (Yes, there are spoilers)
12/05/20231 hour 27 minutes 19 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/28/2023: GOLDEN (MAN)GODS

Golden Week is here, and look what the Pegasus dragged in--that’s right, straight from the skies above Narita Airport, it’s fan favorite special guest Shane Bettenhausen! Join us for talk of the hottest trailers from two weeks ago (TOTK and FF16), the latest Arcade Archives releases, the new FF Pixel Remasters, the MS/Activision drama, and of course (booming voice) Humanityyyyyyyyy.  Time – Topic Discussed: 01:17 – Nicknames 05:12 – Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster 09:20 – Tears of the Kingdom trailer reactions 16:25 – Humanity 21:20 – Arcade Archives (Phelios, Metal Hawk, and more) 36:49 – Final Fantasy XVI 1:04:13 – The Tetris movie 1:19:42 – News: Microsoft/Activision merger, Humanity, Apple wins against Epic’s appeal, and more!
28/04/20231 hour 55 minutes 13 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/14/2023: STUPID SEXY PALADINS

Gaming Jesus is missing, and it’s up to YOU to make it through this podcast without him! Strap in for random talk about Super Mario Galaxy, Hollow Knight, Gabe’s irrational fear of chocolate, more Resident Evil 4-make, and (of course) another obscure PC Engine game nobody has ever heard of. Plus news! But not Zelda Trailer or FF16 SOP news. Just…other news. ENJOY! Time – Topic Discussed: 01:18 – Nicknames 26:31 – Resident Evil 4 Remake 32:23 – Hollow Knight 39:55 – Vasteel (it’s a PC Engine game) 48:09 – Super Mario Galaxy 01:04:04 – News: Sayonara E3, PS5 rumors, Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters, and more!
14/04/20231 hour 32 minutes 36 seconds
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E3 may be gone (for now?), but the show must go on, as they say, so join us for thoughts on Resident Evil 4-make™, Wo-Long: Fallen Dynasty, Meg's Monster, the new Tears of the Kingdom details, and more. (Recorded before the E3 news dropped, RIP.) Time – Topic Discussed: 00:57 – Nicknames 09:07 – Resident Evil 4 Remake 37:55 – Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty 43:04 – Meg’s Monster 48:01 – Tunic 57:30 – News: E3 speculation, PS5 slim rumors, Zelda gameplay, and more!
31/03/20231 hour 33 minutes 49 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/17/2023: THE BUTCHER SHOP

The crew gather (IRL!) to talk Octopath II, the Resident Evil 4 demo (i.e. RE 4-make) and Village in PSVR2, Theatrhythm: Final Bar Line, and E3 or not E3 -- or is that even a question? Time – Topic Discussed: 01:12 – Nicknames 09:53 – Octopath Traveler II Impressions 15:34 – Theatrhythm: Final Bar Line 24:12 – Resident Evil 4 Demo Impressions (DEMO SPOILERS 31:44 - 33:24) 44:46 – Resident Evil Village on PSVR2 51:18 – News: PS5 sales skyrocket in Japan, Microsoft-Activision merger, and more!
17/03/20231 hour 10 minutes 12 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/3/2023: SHADOW OF THE NERDTREE

Wherein the gang dish on the latest State of Play (ok, mostly Humanity to be honest), PSVR 2 launch, Mikami’s departure and the Elden Ring DLC announcement (STEAK BET ALERT). Time – Topic Discussed: 01:04 – Nicknames 13:00 – PSVR2 Talk (Resident Evil Village) 30:44 – Humanity 44:52 – Like a Dragon: Ishin 52:55 – News: Pokemon Direct, Shinji Mikami leaves Tango Gameworks, and more!
03/03/20231 hour 25 minutes 21 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/17/2023: GUYS AND EYEDOLS

We catch up on the latest Nintendo Direct with talk about Metroid Prime Remastered, Game Boy and Game Boy Advance nostalgia, and (of course) hot takes on the latest Zelda trailer. Time – Topic Discussed: 00:52 – Nicknames 09:05 – PC Engine Talk (Private eye dol) 25:36 – Metroid Prime Remastered 32:35 – Gargoyle’s Quest 38:08 – The Legend Of Zelda: The Minish Cap 43:04 – Nintendo Direct Recap
17/02/20231 hour 9 minutes 58 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/3/2023: JOJO'S HI-FI ADVENTURE

Game director at Tango Gameworks, self-admitted Zwan fan, and (actual) friend of the show John Johanas joins to talk all about the hottest game that no one had heard of until a week ago: Hi-Fi Rush! Time – Topic Discussed: 00:54 – Nicknames 07:44 – Hi-Fi Rush with Director John Johanas
03/02/20231 hour 30 minutes 36 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/20/2023: FAR EAST OF SHIBUYA

With Gaming Jesus MIA, we broke out the rotary phone and called Turbo Zone Direct (1-800-DUO-THIS) to summon newcomer JP Wentz for an in-person show (!) to talk a lot of PC Engine, a little Pokemon S&V, a touch of Tunic, a sprinkling of news, and more!  02:44 – Nicknames 12:29 – PC Engine Talk 41:03 – Pokemon Scarlet & Violet 50:48 – Tunic 56:24 – January’s releases, AGDQ and more!  
20/01/20231 hour 19 minutes 34 seconds
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8-4 Play 01/6/2023: MONEY TO BURN

Kick off the new year with a TIGHT 60 (tm) of wistful holiday memories of three ogres battled, two crises cored, one avatar movie, and a fel-o-ny in an air fryer.   01:59 – Nicknames 19:44 – Tactics Ogre: Reborn 31:16 – Sekiro 36:00 – Night in the Woods 37:24 – Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII 41:16 – News: PlayStation’s Project Leonardo, Pro Switch cancellation rumors, and more!
06/01/20231 hour 3 minutes 38 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/23/2022: HERE COMES JESUS CLAUS

In our holiday special, wayward son Graeme returns home to learn the true meaning of Christmas—i.e. Armored Core and Street Fighter, The Game Awards, Ash hanging up his Pokéballs, and plenty more. WARNING: SANTA SPOILERS: KEEP AWAY FROM 10 AND UNDER 01:07 – Nicknames12:50 – Armored Core chat33:18 – Street Fighter 6 Beta45:30 – Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core Reunion52:33 – News: The Game Awards, Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters, and more!
23/12/20221 hour 15 minutes 28 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/9/2022: FUNKY KONG OF 40,000 YEARS

Travel back to a time before (a day before!) the Game Awards and revel in the nostalgia and naïveté of those bygone days when people cared about Mario movie trailer ​#2, Elden Ring art books, and Yuji Naka conspiracy theories. Time – Topic Discussed: 01:07 – Nicknames 14:27 – The second Mario Movie trailer 20:35 – Elden Ring 39:52 – Vampire Survivors 44:42 – News: Street Fighter 6 leaks, Summer Games Fest returns, Yuzo Koshiro announces a Mega Drive game, and more!
09/12/20221 hour 8 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/25/2022: TURKEY SURVIVORS

Kyoto’s reigning turducken champion and 17-Bit head honcho Jake Kazdal joins us straight from the dinner table in Kyoto to talk about Somerville, Vampire Survivors, Pokemon S&V, the upcoming Game Awards, and plenty more!   Time – Topic Discussed: 01:08 – Nicknames 01:39 – Word Cup Spoiler Talk (Germany v. Japan) 02:41 – World Cup Spoiler Talk Ends 13:10 – Somerville 22:48 – Vampire Survivors 30:02 – Pokemon Scarlet 40:22 – God of War: Ragnarok 50:40 – News: The Game Awards nominations, Miyamoto’s Birthady, and more!
25/11/20221 hour 21 minutes 15 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/11/2022: S’MORE TAKES (PARODY ACCOUNT)

Gather round the campfire for mildly-warm-yet-palatable-even-if-they-briefly-fell-on-the-ground takes on Modern Warfare II, Twitter, Callisto Protocol & Japanese game "cens0rship," Nintendo numbers and more. Time – Topic Discussed: 01:39 – Nicknames 18:38 – Twitter Tawk 32:42 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (2022) 43:24 – Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker 46:44 – Tetris Effect Connected 53:59 – News: Nintendo’s Financials, Callisto Protocol cancelled in Japan, PSVR2 and more!
11/11/20221 hour 21 minutes 47 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/28/2022: THAT'S NOT COFFEE

A verrrrrryyy scaaaaaaary and seasonally-appropriate spooktacular (tm) chat covering all the recent Resident Evil and Silent Hill news, Bloodborne and its unofficial demake, and -- yadda some last thing what did we talk about --. (Boo!) Time – Topic Discussed: 01:23 – Nicknames 12:37 – Bloodborne & Bloodborne PSX 28:15 – God of War (2018) 35:35 – News: Silent Hill Transmission, Capcom’s Resident Evil showcase, and a little bit more!
28/10/20221 hour 2 minutes 47 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/14/2022: GLUTEUS MINIMUS

The gang checks in on the Street Fighter 6 Beta, Meta Quest Pro news, and Phil Spencer’s shelf, says goodbye to The Last Soldier, Babylon’s Fall, and Stadia, and offer in-depth analysis on a certain plumber’s plumper — and it’s not the one you think! ……oh wait, no, yeah, it is. 00:51 – Nicknames 09:58 – The Super Mario Trailer 30:00 – Street Fight 6 46:01 – News: Nintendo Pictures, Oculus Quest Pro,  PSVR2, and more!
14/10/20221 hour 9 minutes 29 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/30/2022: I AM JACK'S BIG GAMING CHAIR

Nicholas de Leon of Consumer Reports saddles up in his Cooler Master Ergo L to talk about Gaming Chair conspiracies, the TGS news we missed, Mark's hate-hate relationship with Quake II, and plenty more. 01:06 – Nicknames 05:36 – Gaming chair advice with Nicholas from Consumer Reports 32:07 – Quake 2 RTX 40:49 – Dragon Quest X Offline 47:38 – 428 Shibuya Scramble 55:14 – Xenoblade Chronicles 3 57:53 – Splatoon 3 1:06:32 – News: TGS Roundup, NVIDIA’s GPUs, Twitch’s new revenue split, and more!
30/09/20221 hour 33 minutes 55 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/16/2022: TOKYO GAME SHOW 2022

Big news outta TGS this week (yes, you read that correctly!), so the gang assembles in person (!)—along with Capcom’s @alfonso_thesix and IGN’s @The_Katbot—to discuss Street Fighter 6, the Nintendo Direct and State of Play lineups, various Like a Dragons, and more! Time – Topic Discussed: 01:27 –Nicknames 13:09 – Ryu Ga Gotoku Stuff 25:09 – Sony State of Play 33:07 – Tekken 8 Info 38:13 – Street Fighter 6 info 44:08 – Nintendo Direct recap 1:33:14 – Forespoken impressions
16/09/20221 hour 54 minutes 17 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/2/2022: THE GOLFER’S DREAM

Accursed guest Liam Edwards joins us in the hunt, as we purge the streets of beasts and birdies. May the Great Ones grant us eyes, and maybe a few Ace Cards so we can make this episode a hole-in-one.   Time – Topic Discussed: 00:42 – Nicknames 08:16 – Cursed to Golf 44:25 – Bloodborne 1:09:04 – Xenoblade Chronicles 3 1:24:25 – News: PS5 Price Increases, New PS5 Model, Dark Souls 3 Multiplayer is back, and more!
02/09/20222 hours 46 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/19/2022: THREE POINT SHOWCAST

We may be whittled down to just a cast of three this week, but that won't stop us from brainstorming alcohol marketing strategies, talking about garbage, and helping Tina decide her next FromSoft game. Actually, maybe YOU can help with that last one? Time – Topic Discussed: 00:00 – Nicknames 16:16 – Two Point Campus 25:36 – Tina’s Next FromSoftware Journey 41:25 – Shin-Chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation 51:47 – News: EVO 2022 Results, No Switch Pro this Year, Pokémon Unite news and more!
19/08/20221 hour 19 minutes 6 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/5/2022: BORN TO DIE WORLD IS A SNUFF

Summer has finally hit Tokyo, and we're all looking for ways to cool down--or at the very least keep our cooldowns spinning in Xenoblade Chronicles 3! Also Tina learns to make her favorite cocktail and Gabe moves up in the world, plus Pokémon and Tactics Ogre news! Time – Topic Discussed: 00:40 – Happy 8-4 Day! 03:18 – Nicknames 18:44 – Xenoblade Chronicles 3 46:14 – Stray (and an Elden Ring name drop) 56:01 – Pokémon Go 59:09 – News: Pokémon Presents, EVO returns, Steam Deck bound for Asia, and more!
05/08/20221 hour 33 minutes 23 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/22/2022: THE CAT'S AWAY

When the host is away, the rest of the cast will...explore the pain threshold of chocobo racing in Final Fantasy X, examine the extras in the Elden Ring collector's edition, express some spoiler-free thoughts on Stray, and exhibit a variety of hot takes on all the news that's fit to hastily throw in a google doc five mins before the show. Excelsior! Time – Topic Discussed: 01:32 – Nicknames 08:15 – Final Fantasy X 16:26 – Stray 33:57 – Alan Wake 42:12 – Tina’s Elden Ring Haul 50:19 – News: God of War Ragnarok’s Discless Steelbook, Platinum Games, and more!
22/07/20221 hour 28 minutes 55 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/8/2022: GABES EARL JONES

Roy did what? …Well we can’t put that in the description. Just say something like “We talk about Mario’s voice, SGDQ, Switch pro rumors yadda yadda” the usual BS. 00:51 – Nicknames 08:35 – Elden Ring (Massive Spoilers. Pretty Sure We’re Done After this!) 27:25 – SGDQ Highlights 51:01 – My Three Things, aka: News: Chris Pratt’s Mario Voice, Super Deluxe Games, and more!
08/07/20221 hour 24 minutes 6 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/24/2022: MACARONI AND CHEZ

Join the fearsome 8-4-some as they charge headlong into Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, ruminate on the crowning of our final (?) Elden Lord, and waterslide through the Summer Gaming madness. Time – Topic Discussed: 01:39 – Nicknames & Mac n’ Cheese Talk 18:36 – Fire Emblem: Three Hopes impressions 27:09 – ***Start Age of Calamity Spoilers*** 29:22 – ***End Age of Calamy Spoilers*** 35:48 – Elden Ring, ***FULL OF END GAME SPOILERS*** 1:00:13 – News: Summer Games Fest, Dragon’s Dogma 2, and more!
24/06/20221 hour 37 minutes 22 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/10/2022: LISTENING RAINBOW

We're a bit behind (or rather, ahead of?) all the Summer Gaming nonsense -- hey, we live in Japan, we just got rid of Zima, fer crissakes! -- but still got plenty of hot chatz re: Street Fighter 6, Resident Evil Rem4ke, Final Fantasy XVI, Mega Drive Mini 2, and Sonic Frontiers. Time – Topic Discussed: 01:51 – Nicknames 08:00 – Wild Arms (and PS+ Premium Impressions) 20:12 – News: Sony’s State of Play, Giantbomb, SEGA and more! 01:33:40 – Demon’s Souls 01:37:28 – Elden Ring 01:41:56 – Rogue Legacy 2
10/06/20221 hour 50 minutes 52 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/27/2022: SIZE MATTERS

Elden who? Bury that fossil alongside the NHK guy--this week, we're diving deep on Project Zomboid, the hot new...wait, it's from 2013? Well, whatever. Roy's into it and that's all that matters. Plus a lil Kirby, a lil news, and maybe just a -few- words about the From game that shall no longer be named... Time – Topic Discussed: 01:08 – Nicknames 19:41 – Project Zomboid 35:46 – Kirby and the Forgotten Land 42:16 – Elden Ring (and some Demon's Souls!) 50:39 – News: Revamped PS+ Retro Titles, Silent Hill rumors and more!
27/05/20221 hour 17 minutes 43 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/13/2022: ENDIN' RING

Our final (?) discussion of Elden Ring dives so deep your rainbow stone would shatter before it hits bottom, including spoiler-filled endgame zigs and half-assed lore zags. Also: some news. Time – Topic Discussed: 01:20 – Nicknames 19:23 – Elden Ring 34:29 – ***ROUND 1 ELDEN RING SPOILER TALK STARTS*** 1:01:03 – ***ROUND 1 ELDEN RING SPOILER TALK ENDS*** 1:13:20 – ***ROUND 2 ELDEN RING SPOILER TALK STARTS*** 1:23:01 – ***ROUND 2 ELDEN RING SPOILER TALK ENDS*** 1:27:24 – News: Chip Shortages Continue, Yuji Naka Airs Some Dirty Laundry, Summer Games Fest, and more! 2:00:34 – ***MINOR ELDEN RING SPOILERS START*** 2:04:11 – ***MINOR ELDEN RING SPOILERS END***
13/05/20222 hours 4 minutes 14 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/29/2022: GOLDEN, WEAK

What better way to celebrate Showa Day than with a smattering of Radical Dreamers, a dollop of Chrono Cross, and most importantly, in-depth analysis of every t-shirt in Uniqlo’s new Final Fantasy collaboration line?   01:05 – Nicknames 09:34 – Elden Ring 33:02 – Chrono Cross & Radical Dreamers 49:07 – News: Super Mario movie delayed, Variable Refresh Rate coming to PS5 and more! The Uniqlo/Final Fantasy collaboration:
29/04/20221 hour 13 minutes 10 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/15/2022: TOTALLY TUBULAR

A whole lotta Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness, signs of Elden Ring burnout (yet somehow we still love talking about it for an hour?), and some kind of Kingdom Hearts something or other I dunno I stopped listening at this part. Plus steak updates and more! Time – Topic Discussed: 1:30 – Nicknames 6:40 – Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness 27:48 – Elden Ring (and some Pokémon Legends: Arceus) 1:02:44 – Our Chrono Cross Remastered plans 1:06:34 – News: E3 2022 Cancelled, Kingdom Hearts 4, and more!
15/04/20221 hour 36 minutes 1 second
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8-4 Play 4/1/2022: NOT ABOUT ELDEN RING

April Fools! We do actually mostly talk about Elden Ring again. Hey, where else on the internet is anyone discussing this obscure indie?! We DO have new opinions, at least, with Mark back and 17-Bit honcho Jake Kazdal joining in. Also, Breath of the Wild 2 delay and Sony's revamped PS+. 01:09 – Nicknames 03:48 – Elden Ring 52:34 – Kirby and the Forgotten Land 1:02:36 – Tunic 1:14:45 – Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin impressions 01:24:48 – News: Sony’s Project Spartacus, Breath of the Wild 2 delay.
01/04/20221 hour 44 minutes 23 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/18/2022: ELDEN BLING

Who has time to record a podcast when we're still neck-deep in Elden Ring? Not us, Tarnished! But all right, we'll put the twinblades down for an hour, I GUESS. Listen to us talk about our latest ER progress, the new reveals in last week's State of Play, and (not) much more!   Time – Topic Discussed: 01:33 – Nicknames 13:36 – Elden Ring 52:20 – News: Sony's State of Play, Elden Ring Patch Notes, Super Nintendo World, and more!
18/03/20221 hour 13 minutes 25 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/4/2022: KISS THE RING

The Dark Souls of Dark Souls successors is upon us in Elden Ring, so unfurl your fingers and join us by the bonfi—I mean, site of grace—for an extended, (mostly) spoiler-free first discussion about our travels and travails throughout the Lands Between. Time – Topic Discussed: 00:50 – Nicknames 03:08 – Elden Ring 1:37:04 – News: Street Fighter 6, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, and more!
04/03/20221 hour 53 minutes 48 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/18/2022: SANTA CROSS

We go deep on the latest Nintendo Direct, check in with Tina's Pokémon Legends-ary journey, Roy's first foray into Civilization, and welcome Graeme back to yell about Vampire Survivors and why Gabe is wrong about Dark Souls 2. Time – Topic Discussed: 01:11 – Nicknames 09:05 – Pokémon Legends: Arceus 23:01 – Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (Minor Spoilers!) 28:02 – Apex Legends 31:18 – Civilization VI 42:06 – Vampire Survivors 51:28 – Dark Souls 2 and Dark Souls 3 1:10:49 – News: The February Nintendo Direct and the 3DS/WiiU eShop announcement
18/02/20221 hour 47 minutes 42 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/4/2022: POKÉMON, HUN

Hold onto your apricorns, because this week we’re talking about everyone’s favorite monsters: Banjo and Kazooie! No, just kidding. There’s a new Pokémon game, or so we hear, plus news, an FF14 check-in, Gabe’s mad dash through the Souls series, and more! (Btw folks who regularly listen via Spotify -- we don't feel good about being offered on the service atm so we've decided to stop posting there for now. Apologies for the inconvenience but, well yeah. Please listen elsewhere for the time being.) Time – Topic Discussed: 01:32 – Nicknames 12:58 – Pokémon Legends: Arceus 51:00 – Pokémon Gold and Silver 57:08 – Dark Souls 01:14:20 – Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker 01:21:39 – Banjo-Kazooie 01:34:45 – News: Nintendo Switch Sales, Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 Rumors, and more!
04/02/20222 hours 5 minutes 12 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/21/2022: STATE OF THE ARSE

Mostly news, and okay, yes, we do talk about Microsoft buying Activision, but only in the sense of who we plan to main in the inevitable upcoming Super Smash Dude Bros. IP crossover franchise. Otherwise: PSVR 2, AGDQ, and the Nintendo hotel. Time – Topic Discussed: 01:38 – Nicknames 18:02 – OCTOPATH TRAVELER 32:01 – News: Playstation VR2, E3’s Online Only Announcement, Microsoft & Activision, and more! 1:19:06 – ***RESIDENT EVIL: VILLAGE SPOILERS*** 1:23:01 – ***END RESIDENT EVIL: VILLAGE SPOILERS***
21/01/20221 hour 33 minutes 52 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/7/2022: IN MANGOD WE TRUST

Fan favorite Shane Bettenhausen stops by to chat classic games / shoot-them-ups, Steam Deck, and TV Asahi's top 100 game list, with a hat tip to 2021 faves and what we're excited about in 2022. Time – Topic Discussed: 01:09 - Nicknames 19:51 - G.Darius HD, Cotton 100% + Panorama Cotton, and Nemesis '90 Kai 25:54 - Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (and general Castlevania talk) 41:04 - Steam Deck impressions 47:34 - Final Fantasy V 56:21 - John's old-school Sega adventures 1:13:05 - Zelda Game & Watch 1:16:41 - ***SPOILERS*** Unpacking 1:24:44 - Untitled Goose Game 1:32:00 - TV Asahi's Top 100 Games 1:48:49- 2021 GOTY thoughts 1:54:11- 2022's most wanted
07/01/20222 hours 4 minutes 23 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/24/2021: HAPPY=HOLIDAYS

Can't travel home this year? Let us be your slightly drunk and very opinionated family as we blather on about old Sega games, The Game Awards, and those g-d politicians who are RUINING THIS COUNTRY! Time – Topic Discussed: 01:19 – Nicknames 20:42 – John’s Stuff 34:15 – Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker 51:37 – The Game Awards Recap 01:16:12 – Final Fantasy VI delay, Analogue Pocket orders, fond memories, and more!
24/12/20211 hour 40 minutes 47 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/10/2021: KEANU'S FOLLICLES

17-Bit jefe Jake Kazdal rejoins the party to discuss his new VR title Song In The Smoke, as well hot new releases like Dark Souls and Rez. Content warning: contains Final Fantasy XIV talk. Time – Topic Discussed: 00:43 – Nicknames 20:28 – Song in the Smoke 28:52 – Dark Souls 47:23 – Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker 1:07:35 – Dragon Quest Keshi Keshi 1:22:02 – Rez’s Anniversary
10/12/20211 hour 54 minutes 4 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/26/2021: SEASON TWO

The action picks up moments after last season's cliffhanger ending. Gabe is still on the run from the fuzz -- will he ever be able to show his face in our Zoom window again? Ponder this and more as we talk Nintendo remakes, convenience store sandwiches, VGA categories, and more! Time – Topic Discussed: 01:13 – Nicknames 17:37 – Mario Party Superstars 23:32 – Animal Crossing 31:32 – Dragon Quest X & Final Fantasy XIV 39:29 – News: The Game Awards nominees, Xbox’s 20th Anniversary, and more! 1:15:04 – Listener Q&A
26/11/20211 hour 42 minutes 7 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/12/2021: OLD BUDS, NEW BUSHES

We know, we don’t look a day over #247! Pull up a chair and listen to these ol’ timers recount (and forget) tales from our past, checking in on Shin Megami Tensei V, Pikmin Bloom, and the new Animal Crossing update along the way. Time – Topic Discussed: 02:25 – Nicknames 13:33 – Shin Megami Tensei V 34:32 – Dark Souls Remastered 40:09 – SEGA Classics: Phantasy Star 2 and Shining Force 46:38 – Pikmin Bloom 51:37 – Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update 59:50 – News: Osaka’s getting a Nintendo Store, Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 temporarily pulled from digital stores, Valve’s Steam Deck gets delayed, and more! 01:11:15 – We Reflect on 300 Episodes of 8-4 Play
12/11/20212 hours 32 minutes
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8-4 Play 10/29/2021: SPINEL ME RIGHT ROUND

We dive deep on RE4 in VR for the Quest with the help of our resident, evil Resident-Evil expert Alex Aniel, and chat Dungeon Encounters, more Super Nintendo World, and some news. Time – Topic Discussed: 00:48 – Nicknames 06:17 – Nintendo 64 on Switch 23:56 – Resident Evil 4: VR 53:42 – Metroid: Dread 1:08:18 – Dungeon Encounters 1:09:40 – News: Playstation’s State of Play, Animal Crossing Direct, Elden Ring delay and more!
29/10/20211 hour 42 minutes 40 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/15/2021: GOOD AS DREAD

This week, we all curl up into very tight balls and barge into Jerry's apartment to talk about nothing. Just kidding! We actually talk about Metroid Dread and big TVs. Time – Topic Discussed: 01:06 – Nicknames 15:38 – Metroid Dread 54:51 – Kena: Bridge of Spirits 1:00:16 – News: Kingdom Hearts coming to Switch, Universal Studios Japan and Pokémon join forces, and more!
15/10/20211 hour 17 minutes 36 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/01/2021: TIGHT 64

Autumn is in the air, even if a classic Tokyo Game Show episode is not. Join us as we talk last judgments on Lost Judgment, get cute with Kena: Bridge of Spirits, and review the latest Nintendo Direct. Hey, how bout that Mario movie? Time – Topic Discussed: 01:58 – Nicknames 22:10 – Lost Judgment 28:42 – Kena: Bridge of Spirits 42:38 – Pokémon UNITE 45:46 – News: Nintendo Direct Recap, Tokyo Game Show has begun, 4K Switch Rumors Return, and more!
01/10/20211 hour 37 minutes 34 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/17/2021: LEAVE IT TO THE MASTERS

Join us as we traipse through a field of misty GameCube memories, Lost Judgment verdicts, Bugsnax morsels, and PlayStation Showcase amuse-bouches.   Time – Topic Discussed: 00:56 – Nicknames 22:04 – Bloodborne 28:10 – Lost Judgment 43:39 – Bugsnax 54:28 – Pokémon Unite 57:20 – Genshin Impact 1:00:29 – News: PlayStation Showcase, the GameCube turns 20, PS5 & Nintendo Switch Updates, and more!
17/09/20211 hour 50 minutes 34 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/3/2021: GOLF BADGUY

Friend of the show Liam Edwards joins to talk his newly-announced golf-like, Cursed to Golf, plus BitSummit, indie life in Japan, No More Heroes 3, Guilty Gear Strive, and a healthy shake for dinner. Time – Topic Discussed: 01:12 – Nicknames 15:27 – Bitsummit Talk 17:34 – Cursed to Golf 46:31 – Sol Cresta impressions 54:58 – No More Heroes 3 1:02:45 – Guilty Gear Strive 1:09:00 – Pokémon Unite
03/09/20211 hour 33 minutes 16 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/20/2021: GOOD TIME TO BE A HUNTER

Look: if you aren't Monster-Hunter-positive or at least MH-curious, might wanna just skip this ep. Otherwise, enjoy as GaijinHunter Adam Evanko joins to chat about the new Netflix special, Rise and MH Stories 2, what's next for the series, and (of course) Cheetos vs. Potato straws.
20/08/20211 hour 53 minutes 21 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/6/2021: SPIRITUAL OPIUM

This week we debate the strengths and weaknesses of the two big conbini chains in Japan. Who makes the best pasta? The best fried chicken in an envelope? The best onigiri? Listen to find out! Oh, we also talk about video games. Time – Topic Discussed: 02:01 – Nicknames 21:09 – Pokémon Unite 40:42 – Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters 48:41 – Demon's Souls 53:25 – Apex Legends 1:00:52 – Terranigma 1:03:38 – Listener Questions & Answers
06/08/20211 hour 35 minutes 59 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/23/2021: QUALITY ASSURED

Rainy season is out, Skyward Sword HD is in, Gabe is...all over the place, and it's a four-day weekend in Japan?! Join the holiday celebration as we answer listener questions and talk about Zelda, Steam Deck, crazy auctions, and more! Time – Topic Discussed: 01:01 – Nicknames 15:45 – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword 31:51 – News: The Steam Deck, Mario & Zelda Auctions, and more! 01:02:49 – Listener Questions & Answers
23/07/20211 hour 38 minutes 42 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/9/2021: MR. HOE'S WILD RIDE

Ex game-journo and noted theme park connoisseur Michael Donahoe joins us for a deep dive into what he considers the best park on the planet (!): Super Nintendo World. Time – Topic Discussed: 01:09 – Nicknames 23:34 – Streets of Rage 4 34:22 – Chicory 45:01 – Super Nintendo World Report 01:15:59 – News: The Nintendo Switch OLED, Sony’s Acquisitions, Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut, and more!
09/07/20211 hour 54 minutes 24 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/25/2021: SUMMER OF PARADISE

The hype train has left with a resounding choo-choo! In its wake, we unpack this year's E3 news and share thoughts on Stranger of Paradise, FF7R Intergrade, 25 years of N64, and more! Time – Topic Discussed: 01:40 – Nicknames 11:17 – Apex Legends 19:47 – Stranger in Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin 35:20 – Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade 52:07 - Mass Effect: Legendary Edition 54:28 – Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers 1:05:37 – News: E3 Recap; Sonic’s 30th Anniversary, Nintendo 64’s Anniversary, and more!
25/06/20212 hours 3 minutes 1 second
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8-4 Play 6/11/2021: BACK ON TRACK

E3 is (sorta) back, which means it's time to buckle up for another round of baseless speculation, ridiculous predictions, and general mayhem as we once again board the #E3HYPETRAIN! Time – Topic Discussed: 25:30 – News: Nintendo, Uncharted 4 on PC, E3’s Award show, and more! 34:17 – Nintendo E3 Speculation 57:14 – More News: The EGRETII mini, Yuji Naka’s retirement (?), The Playdate, and more! 01:26:35 – Capcom E3 Speculation 01:33:08 – Microsoft & Bethesda E3 Speculation 01:44:38 – Square-Enix 01:50:30 – Our Wishlists & Last Minute Predictions
11/06/20212 hours 7 minutes 40 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/28/2021: PRIME SLIME

Dragon Quest may be getting 'darker' and 'more adult', but we here at 8-4 Play pledge to remain as cute and carefree as ever. Join us for talk of all the recent DQ-related announcements, the latest Switch rumors, a little RE: Village and New Pokémon Snap, and more! Time – Topic Discussed: 00:50 – Nicknames 13:22 – News: Dragon Quest Announcements, Valve’s portable steam device, new Switch Pro rumors, and more! 1:17:54 – Resident Evil: Village 1:25:48 – Control 1:29:50 – Earthbound 1:39:07 – New Pokémon Snap 1:45:43 – Last Minute Rumors & News: Team Ninja & Final Fantasy, Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Edition, and a little bit more!
28/05/20211 hour 53 minutes 23 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/14/2021: RESIDENTAL

No news is good news when the only news is Alex "cvxfreak" Aniel joining us for nearly two hours of impressions of two of the past month's biggest releases: Returnal and Resident Evil Village! Check out Alex's book Itchy, Tasty: An Unofficial History of Resident Evil (Thanks to Peter Jonca for the Resident Evil font used in our image!) Time – Topic Discussed: 01:04 – Nicknames 09:17 – Returnal 41:59 – Resident Evil: Village
14/05/20211 hour 55 minutes 28 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/30/2021: G IS FOR GOLDEN

It's Golden Week in Japan! Join us for pre-holiday impressions of SaGa Frontier Remastered and NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139, plus the latest news from the worlds of video games and fast food (spoiler: MacDonald is out this week, but McDonald's is -in-). Time – Topic Discussed: 01:25 – Nicknames 13:05 – SaGa Frontier Remastered 33:29 – NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… 01:01:37 – News: PS5 Sales, PS3/PS Vita stores are here to stay, RE8 news recap, and more!
30/04/20211 hour 40 minutes 26 seconds
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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!
16/04/20211 hour 54 minutes 58 seconds
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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!
02/04/20211 hour 43 minutes 42 seconds
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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!
19/03/20211 hour 24 minutes 48 seconds
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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
05/03/20212 hours 16 seconds
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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!
19/02/20212 hours 8 minutes 43 seconds
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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!
05/02/20211 hour 40 minutes 41 seconds
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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!
22/01/20211 hour 33 minutes 40 seconds
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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!
08/01/20211 hour 23 minutes 57 seconds
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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
25/12/20202 hours 15 minutes 2 seconds
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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.
11/12/20201 hour 47 minutes 47 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/27/2020: LIKE A TURKEY

Thanksgiving might be a little different this year, but like Olaf famously put it in Frozen II "8-4 Play is always there for you." Brighten up your Black Friday with bawdy tales of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, and Japanese housing regulations. Hack the planet!
27/11/20201 hour 44 minutes 21 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/13/2020: P.T. DAY

This week we trace some rays and flop some...teras? Anyway, next-gen is finally here!
13/11/20202 hours 28 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/30/2020: NO! GO TO SHIBUYA!

Halloween is nearly here, but there'll be no Shibuya parties for us. Instead, we'll settle for the excitement of next-gen!
30/10/20201 hour 17 minutes 23 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/16/2020: EXES AND OHS

This week we get a little emotional about Paper Mario. Then we get MAD! About BUTTONS! Then we bring it all home with our hot takes on the Monster Hunter movie trailer.
16/10/20201 hour 53 minutes 9 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/2/2020: THEN CAME STEVE

Time-travel back to the nostalgic past of Oct 1, 2020! Who's next in Smash? How does Super Mario Bros. 35 work? Is karma real? All these questions and more will not be answered!
02/10/20201 hour 35 minutes 18 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/18/2020: WEはSHOCK

This week the crew is joined by 17-Bit head honcho Jake Kazdal to break down the latest news from the PlayStation 5 showcase and miss yet another suspiciously-timed Nintendo Direct.
18/09/20201 hour 48 minutes 16 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/4/2020: WE MISSED IT AGAIN

We've done it again! Missing a monumentous Direct by mere minutes, listen to us speculate on what Nintendo might be up to, all the while knowing we'd all find out within an hour of recording.
04/09/20201 hour 35 minutes 42 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/21/2020: DERMS OF ENDEARMENT

This week, with Mark out on vacation, the gang do their best to keep things on the rails. How did we do? Find out now!
21/08/20201 hour 33 minutes 47 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/7/2020: LLAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT

This week, maple leaves rain down around us as we meditate on our experiences with Ghosts of Tsushima and the morality of the recent Nintendo leak.
07/08/20201 hour 35 minutes 54 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/24/2020: THE CAST OF US, TOO

This week we dive deep on The Last of Us Part 2 in a special spoilercast!
24/07/20202 hours 27 minutes 33 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/10/2020: ALT.GAMES.JAPAN

Author, localizer, and (most importantly) long-time friend of the show Matt Alt joins us to discuss his new book, Pure Invention: How Japan's Pop Culture Conquered the World. Plus the usual news and other nonsense you've come to expect from your favorite podcast about Japan, and games, and Japanese games.
10/07/20202 hours 36 minutes 52 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/26/2020: XANA-DON’T

This week we touch briefly on The Last of Us--or how it makes us feel things. Dark things. Then it's business as usual with talk of the latest Pokémon news, the joy of mining, and of course Strong Zero.
26/06/20201 hour 21 minutes 35 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/12/2020: HI, FIVE

Big gaming news on a Friday again, huh? Guess it won't be in the latest 8-4 Play... WRONG. We went all out and recorded a special PS5 segment on Friday! Join us, as we gaze into the traceable rays and haptic sounds of the future.
12/06/20202 hours 2 minutes 32 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/29/2020: DOUBLE PINE STRASH ZERO

It's here! The 8-4 Play FF7R Spoilercast! Stick around to the end of this week's episode to hear all our timely, spoilery takes.
29/05/20202 hours 26 minutes 46 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/15/2020: TGS RIP

This week we talk about the big changes happening in civilization—Civilization 6, that is! We also check in on Animal Crossing and pour one out for TGS.
15/05/20201 hour 49 minutes 53 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/1/2020: MANA’S BEST FRIEND

Brand new audio, same old cast. Well, besides Roy and Derm. So basically not the same old cast. Anyway, grab a beverage and saddle up (indoor) poolside as we celebrate Golden Week responsibly and put our new trial audio engineer's skills to the test.
01/05/20201 hour 20 minutes 51 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/17/2020: MATERIA GIRLS

Strap on your nostalgia goggles-- Or wait, maybe take them off? I'm not sure! Because this week we dive deep on Final Fantasy VII Remake, in this spoiler-free spectacular.
17/04/20201 hour 45 minutes 39 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/3/2020: REMOTE PLAY

This week we embrace the future of podcasting technology while gushing about Animal Crossing. Wash your hands.
03/04/20201 hour 40 minutes 28 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/20/2020: NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT

We hunker down to discuss that PS5 presentation, the latest from Indie World, and our favorite gaming smells.
20/03/20201 hour 47 minutes 33 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/6/2020: TWERK FROM HOME

The gang takes a break from scouring Tokyo for toilet paper to talk about the Final Fantasy VII Remake demo, Playstation VR, and reflect on the PS2's legacy.
06/03/20202 hours 18 minutes 35 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/21/2020: RAP ROCKIN' PROFESSOR OAK

This week we struggle to pick the 9 games that define us, talk about corona conspiracy theories, and speculate about the latest Animal Crossing Direct.
21/02/20201 hour 59 minutes 23 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/07/2020: CAST A POD TO YOUR WITCHER

This week we welcome a special guest to talk about a bevy of Nintendo news and sing that Witcher song.
07/02/20201 hour 51 minutes 9 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/24/2020: OH MY CAR

It's delay season, folks, and everyone is sad. But we're playing the new Yakuza, so it's not all bad!
24/01/20201 hour 55 minutes 3 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/10/2020: SUPER PODCAST 2020

We're back from the holiday break, with stories to tell of video games, travel, and pants-wetting.
10/01/20201 hour 19 minutes 53 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/20/2019: XMAS SERIES X

It's that time of year! We talk about our holiday memories, and of course the games and Japan and Japanese games of 2019.
20/12/20191 hour 47 minutes 22 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/06/2019: KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON

This week we're joined by special guest and saver-of-bacon, Alan Averill! We talk about roads (a lot) and ponder what qualities define a burrito.
06/12/20191 hour 55 minutes 5 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/22/2019: GIGANTACAST

Plug in your BB and grab a bowl of cryptobyte curry cuz this week we're talking about Death Stranding AND the next generation of Pokémon games!
22/11/20191 hour 51 minutes 38 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/8/2019: ONI LEMON

This week we go goo-goo for Gooigi, prepare ourselves mentally for Death Stranding, and talk about a primordial VR experience.
08/11/20191 hour 46 minutes 22 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/25/2019: SHI-BOO-YA

Special guest Alex Aniel joins us for a very spooooky almost-Halloween episode.
25/10/20191 hour 38 minutes 29 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/11/2019: FINGER OF GOD

An epic typhoon looms over Tokyo, but there's still gaming news to cover! We grab some cans and discuss, while trying to not worry about the impending F5.
11/10/20191 hour 40 minutes 47 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/27/2019: LITE UP THE PIPE

In the wake of TGS, a slime draws near—and a new Zelda, too!
27/09/20191 hour 58 minutes 9 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/13/2019: TOKYO GAME SHOW 2019

On this extra special (and rowdy) episode, a cavalcade of guests stop by the towers to share their TGS experiences.
13/09/20191 hour 53 minutes 16 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/6/2019: CHAIN OF CONTROL

This week we put down our curry on rice to spoon-feed you all the announcements from the latest Nintendo Direct!
06/09/20191 hour 46 minutes 2 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/23/2019: HARD OFFERINGS

Book Off. Hard Off. Hilarious names? Yes. Are they hiding a dark secret? Find out, in the latest 8-4 play. (Uh, we also talk about Death Stranding and some MMOs.)
23/08/20191 hour 30 minutes 25 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/9/2019: THE HOUSES ARE ON FIRE

This week we heat things up with some Fire Emblem, and then cool off with some ice cream.
09/08/20191 hour 37 minutes 36 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/26/2019: PAPPY UNCORKED

This week we are joined by bourbon smugglin', retro game playin' friend-of-the-show Rob Fox.
26/07/20191 hour 23 minutes 8 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/12/2019: LITE WEEK

Join us as we talk making Marios, doctoring Marios, and Mario's new turquoise vacation home.
12/07/20191 hour 25 minutes 17 seconds
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This week we talk about boogieing in Cadence of Hyrule, lawyering in Judgment, and sitting in Bloodstained. Who doesn't love a good sit?
28/06/20191 hour 31 minutes 6 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/14/2019: CYBERPUNKS 2019

This week we attempt to summarize the avalanche of news from E3 into a 2 hour podcast. Can we even come close? Find out now!
14/06/20192 hours 11 minutes 14 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/31/2019: TICKET TO RIDE

ALL ABOOOOOOOOARD! The #E3HYPETRAIN is leaving the station!
31/05/20191 hour 57 minutes 30 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/17/2019: BETTER THAN THE BOOKS

With BitSummit fast approaching, we invite John Davis on the show to talk shop and how he could probably use a nap.
17/05/20191 hour 37 minutes 33 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/03/2019: SUPER GOLDEN WEEK

For a very casual Golden Week episode, we talk about what we've been playing, and reflect on the games that made Heisei great.
03/05/20191 hour 5 minutes 45 seconds
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With the next gen looming overhead, special guest Justin Massongill of the Playstation Blog joins us to talk about easy modes and different ways to watch Game of Thrones abroad.
19/04/20191 hour 45 minutes 24 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/5/2019: YOSHIS DIE TWICE

Special guest Cory Schmitz joins us to talk Sekiro, Ace Combat 7, and all the latest news!
05/04/20192 hours 3 minutes 17 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/22/2019: SPOODIA STYLE

First episode recorded in the new office! With Mark, John, and Graeme off at GDC, we invite some new blood on to talk DMC5.
22/03/20191 hour 42 minutes 34 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/08/2019: VIRTUAL BOYZ

Amid the stress of packing up the 8-4 Towers, we relax with some scathing Amazon reviews of Left Alive.
08/03/20191 hour 47 minutes 18 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/22/2019: MAKE IT PURPLE

There's a battle royale for everyone this week, and tons of Nintendo news to discuss!
22/02/20191 hour 43 minutes 6 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/08/2019: 358/4 PLAYS RE:2 FEAT. XAND

We finally embrace the darkness and talk Kingdom Hearts, along with a new 8-4 member. Plus some Resident Evil 2 gushing for good measure.
08/02/20191 hour 52 minutes 4 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/25/2019: RE: RE2

Joined by a special guest, we talk at length about Resident Evil 2 and its recent remaster, while doing our darnedest to dance around spoilers.
25/01/20192 hours 12 minutes 12 seconds
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We catch up after the New Year, look forward to 2019, and get a little retro. Or...more than usual anyway.
11/01/20192 hours 2 minutes 23 seconds
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We field some listener questions and get all festive up in here.  
28/12/20181 hour 1 minute 42 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/14/2018: SMASHING THROUGH THE SNOW

Smash Ultimate, Christmas memories, and Sonic's new look!
14/12/20181 hour 40 minutes 59 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/30/2018: 50 HURTS: SUMMER MEMORIES

Is this episode the very best, like no other ever was?
30/11/20181 hour 44 minutes 17 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/16/2018: SMASHING GOOD TIME

We're back with another!
16/11/20181 hour 40 minutes 3 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/1/2018: A CESSPIT OF HATRED AND LIES

Gaming Jesus returns! Need we say more?
02/11/20182 hours 39 minutes 4 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/19/2018: FRAPPY HALLOWEEN

Dragalia Lost, the latest from Starbucks, mastering Tetris, and more!
19/10/20181 hour 48 minutes 20 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/5/2018: SUPER FIGHTING ROBOTS

Mega Man 11, Spider-Man, a special Monster Hunter segment, and more!
05/10/20182 hours 11 minutes 9 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/21/2018: TOKYO GAME SHOW 2018

Get ready for a cavalcade of guests, a wealth of impressions, and just a touch of chaos—our annual TGS super show is here!
21/09/20182 hours 17 minutes 4 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/14/2018: WHATEVER, A SPIDER

Spider-Man, Destiny 2, and PlayStation's TGS prelude—all with two special guests!
14/09/20181 hour 46 minutes 22 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/31/2018: WEE BAIRNS

Special guest Andy Church joins the crew to talk speedrunning and Dragon Quest XI!
31/08/20182 hours 13 minutes 19 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/17/2018: NOT EVERYONE IS HERE

This week it's all about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with a sprinkle of summer gaming memories.
17/08/20181 hour 31 minutes 28 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/3/2018: ICY PENGUIGOS

The gang gathers round the table to talk No Man's Sky NEXT, a gaggle of mobile games, the Mega Man X Legacy Collections, and more!
03/08/20181 hour 30 minutes 59 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/20/2018: BORN THIS WAY

In a special Parents' Night Out episode, we talk Octopath Traveler, Kuwaidan, Final Fantasy X, and all sorts of other fun stuff!
20/07/20182 hours 3 minutes 29 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/6/2018: MR. DU'S MAGIC BALLS

Special guest Steve Lin stops by to talk gaming history, the McDonald's Bacon McPork, Mario Tennis Aces, and more!
06/07/20181 hour 59 minutes 1 second
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8-4 Play 6/22/2018: E3 TWENTY-OCTEEN

We recap and review the industry's biggest week of the year, and maybe even disagree along the way!
22/06/20182 hours 6 minutes 48 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/8/2018: CHUGGING ALONG

ALL ABOOOOOARD! Join us as we run through the games we know we'll see at E3, the ones we hope we do, and even the ones we hope we don't. C'MON 'N RIDE THE #E3HYPETRAIN!
08/06/20181 hour 44 minutes 45 seconds
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E3 is coming fast and so are the game announcements! We cover all the latest Pokémon news, catch up on what we've been playing, and introduce an exciting new podcast from Capcom!
01/06/20182 hours 35 minutes 23 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/18/2018: FOR THE FOREST KING

We've got two tremendous guests this week, and they have opinions! Come hear us talk about writing for games, menu gripes, VR experiences, and more!
18/05/20181 hour 50 minutes 56 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/4/2018: BEET STREET

It’s Golden Week at 8-4! But we gather around the podcast table to talk TV shows, comic book movies, and video games just the same! Mostly video games thought, honest.
02/05/20181 hour 42 minutes 34 seconds
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8-4 Play 04/20/2018: SPANX FOR THE MEMORIES

The gang continue their fortnightly arguments about gym etiquette and where to get the best tacos in Shibuya. We also reminisce about the games that made us who we are with a special–and incredibly tall–guest.
20/04/20181 hour 57 minutes 17 seconds
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8-4 Play 04/06/2018: SALAD DAYS

This week we talk a lot about food. And then video games. And then food again. Buckle up and grab some snacks to keep your hunger at bay.
06/04/20181 hour 16 minutes 21 seconds
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8-4 Play 03/23/2018: NOT FEATURING DRAKE

In a very special, doing-our-best episode, the remaining 8-4 crew talk Valkyria Chronicles, Tetris, Granblue Fantasy, and of course: more Monster Hunter World.
23/03/20181 hour 23 minutes 43 seconds
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More Monster Hunter World, a return to the cobbled streets of Bloodborne, and news from the latest Nintendo Direct.
09/03/20182 hours 10 minutes 41 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/23/2018: WITHINSIDE OUT

Secret of Mana, Monster Hunter World (yup, still playing), a meaty interview with John Johanas, director of The Evil Within 2, reader questions, and more! Time – Topic Discussed: 16:40 – Monster Hunter World33:33 – Secret of Mana 40:13 – Talkin Evil Within, Japanese literature, and Evil Within 2 with John Johanas (Spoiler warning!) 2:12:34 – Reader questions 2:18:12 – News: Smash Bros. rumors, Doom motion controls, Dragon Ball FighterZ’ retention rates, Metal Gear Survive is out, Sonic is coming to the silver screen, new Kingdom Hearts III trailer and theme, Swery’s new project: The Missing 2:25:40 – Closing comments And now…a list of music used in our previous episode! 8-4 Play 2/9/2018: STILL TALKING ABOUT MONSTER HUNTER Intro: Lena Raine – First Steps (Celeste) Break: Akihiko Narita, Zhenlan Kang – Quest Complete! (Monster Hunter World) Ending: The Devil Went Down to Georgia – Charley Daniels Band<
23/02/20182 hours 29 minutes 7 seconds
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Celeste, Monster Hunter World, EVO 2018, reader questions, and more!
09/02/20181 hour 28 minutes 59 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/26/2018: HR 200

Special guest Adam "Gaijin Hunter" Evanko joins us for our momentous 200th episode Monster Hunter World spectacular!
26/01/20182 hours 5 minutes 5 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/12/2018: FUNKY CO-OPERATION

Nintendo Direct Mini, Disneyland, Super Mario Cereal, PUBG, Witcher 3, Ys Origins, The Last Guardian VR, Moss, and more!
12/01/20182 hours 11 minutes 29 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/29/2017: VS. SUPER RADIO BROS.

PUBG, Vs. Super Mario Bros., Gorogoa, RE7: Not a Hero, Tales from America, NJPW, a bonus Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoiler chat, and more! Happy New Year!
29/12/20172 hours 11 minutes 4 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/15/2017: SUNSET RIDERS

Monster Hunter World, Zelda: The Champions' Ballad, Earth Defense Force 5, Shenmue walking tour, The Game Awards, and more!
15/12/20171 hour 47 minutes 48 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/1/2017: MEDIEVAL CRIMES

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Netflix in Japan, Xanadu Next, trips to ancient Edo, Devil May Cry V rumors, and more!
01/12/20171 hour 32 minutes 34 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/17/2017: STRANGER DANGER

Xenoblade Chronicles 2, City Shrouded in Shadow, Assassin's Creed Origins, Bloodborne, Dark Souls 3, Stranger Things 2, Danganronpa V3, Game Awards nominees, Chip Tanaka, and more!
17/11/20171 hour 41 minutes 14 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/3/2017: WHO'S THAT MARIO

Mario Odyssey, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Nintendo financial reports, Paris Games Week, and more!
03/11/20171 hour 37 minutes 46 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/20/2017: THE FARMER WITHIN

The Evil Within 2, Stardew Valley, Donkey Kong Country, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, Dragon Quest XI, Nintendo World Championships, Super NT, Mario Odyssey speedruns, and more!
20/10/20171 hour 20 minutes 24 seconds
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Come for the Super Famicom Mini chat, stay for a really fun interview with our friends working on the upcoming South Park RPG, The Fractured But Whole. Also: Golf Story, Destiny 2 (YES, MORE), Danganronpa V3, and a smattering of news.
06/10/20172 hours 46 minutes
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8-4 Play 9/22/2017: T-G-YAAAAAAS: Tokyo Game Show 2017

Join us for our annual Tokyo Game Show first-night free-for-all, starring Monster Hunter World, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Code Vein, Sonic Forces, City Shrouded in Shadow, Zone of the Enders VR, Mario Kart VR, Final Fantasy V, and more!
22/09/20172 hours 29 minutes 54 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/15/2017: DATE WITH DESTINY, TOO

Destiny 2, Project Octopath Traveler, Knack 2, Metroid: Samus Returns, Nintendo Direct, a bunch of random news, and more!
15/09/20171 hour 29 minutes 30 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/1/2017: BEST OF THE BEST

Metroid: Samus Returns, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Dragon Quest XI, Secret of Mana remake, Fist of the North Star, Nindies showcase, Famitsu and Edge top 100s, and more!
01/09/20171 hour 25 minutes 28 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/18/2017: CHAOS STOLE YOUR LADDERS

Mike Drucker joins us to talk Splatoon 2, Sonic Mania, No Man's Sky, Yakuza Kiwami, Kid Icarus: Uprising, vampire restaurants, automatic bidets, and more!
18/08/20171 hour 58 minutes 17 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/4/2017: THIS DRACULA HUGS

Dragon Quest XI, Pyre, Kingsway, Kingdoms and Castles, Monster Hunter XX demo, Dragon Quest XI sales, Pokemon Go updates, and more!
04/08/20171 hour 44 minutes 1 second
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8-4 Play 7/21/2017: SPLAT CRACKLE POP

Splatoon 2, Destiny 2, Castlevania, Hollow Knight, Pulstar, Polybius, Nintendo Switch Online, Evo2k17, and more!
21/07/20171 hour 45 minutes 54 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/7/2017: NO ES NES BUENO

Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC, Brittle Blue, Farpoint, Everybody's Golf mobile, Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, SNES Classic Mini, and more!
07/07/20171 hour 57 minutes 32 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/23/2017: YOU'RE THE MANHOLE NOW

The hype train has once again departed for parts unknown, but there's still plenty of E3-related goodness to discuss in its wake. Join us as we tear through all (OK, most) of the games announced at this year's show with the usual mish-mash of thoughts and impressions on everything Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony had to offer.
23/06/20172 hours 4 minutes 7 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/9/2017: NEW DONK EXPRESS

It's E3 time again! Join us as we walk through all the major conferences, make some terrible predictions, miss out on numerous big announcements that happened after we recorded (Bubsy? Really?!), and more! #E3HYPETRAIN
09/06/20172 hours 1 minute 26 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/26/2017: INGLORIOUS DASTARDS

Fire Emblem Echoes, Magikarp Jump, Shovel Knight, Phantom Dust, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Xbox Game Pass, Destiny 2, plus a special chat about Fire Emblem with two of Nintendo Treehouse's finest!
26/05/20172 hours 43 minutes 26 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/12/2017: THE BEAUTY AND THE DUTY

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Everything, I am Setsuna, Blazing Star, What Remains of Edith Finch, Fire Emblem Echoes, New 2DS XL, Street Fighter V's new character, and more!
12/05/20171 hour 48 minutes 39 seconds
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Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City, Fire Emblem Heroes, FAST Racing NEO, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Super NES Mini, Capcom and Nintendo earnings, and more!
28/04/20171 hour 23 minutes 54 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/14/2017: PUDDIN' POPS

Persona 5, NieR: Automata, Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, Night in the Woods, Rain World, Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Nintendo Direct news, Dragon Quest XI news, Scorpio news, and more!
14/04/20172 hours 50 minutes 47 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/31/2017: WANT A MEDAL?

Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Snipperclips, No Man's Sky Path Finder update, Overwatch, JoyCon issues, Seiken Densetsu Collection, Japanese McDonalds news, and more!
31/03/20171 hour 43 minutes 6 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/17/2017: TOKYO DAYS, HYRULE NIGHTS

Switch launch + impressions, (spoiler-free!) Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Night in the Woods talk, news on Switch sales, Disney Collection, Dragon Quest XI...and more!
17/03/20171 hour 43 minutes 26 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/3/2017: NIER MISS

NieR: Automata, Zelda at GDC, Switch purchase plans, GDC Awards, and more!
03/03/20171 hour 35 minutes 12 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/17/2017: SAMURAI SOULS

Nioh, Yakuza 0, Fire Emblem Heroes, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass, Valentine's Day musings, Gabe Newell on VR, and more!
17/02/20171 hour 30 minutes 43 seconds
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Fire Emblem Heroes, Resident Evil 7, Gravity Rush 2, Yakuza 0, Nintendo financials, Switch news, Cup Noodles, Evo 2017, and more!
03/02/20171 hour 48 minutes 34 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/20/2017: BULKY GAMING PODCAST

Switch announcement aftermath, Gravity Rush 1, Miitopia, Let it Die, DOOM, Bloodborne, Parasite Eve, Fire Emblem Direct, and more!
20/01/20171 hour 33 minutes 34 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/13/2017: SHARE THE JOY

Reactions to the Nintendo Switch announcement and play impressions of the system and the games from the event held in Tokyo, Japan.
14/01/20172 hours 1 minute 47 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/23/2016: MARIO RUN (FROM 2016)

Super Mario Run, The Last Guardian, Video Game History Foundation, Japanese arcades, My Horse Prince, SaGa: Scarlet Grace, our favorite games of 2016, Switch spec leaks, and more!
23/12/20161 hour 43 minutes 14 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/9/2016: THE GONG SHOW

Final Fantasy XV, The Last Guardian, Let it Die, The Game Awards 2016, PlayStation Experience 2016, Switch rumors 2016, and lots more! 2016.
09/12/20161 hour 43 minutes 52 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/25/2016: TURN IT TO GOO

Pokemon Sun and Moon, Final Fantasy XV Judgment Disc, The Tomorrow Children, Seiken Densetsu 3, Switch rumors, Mario Run pricing, The Game Awards 2016, and more!
25/11/20161 hour 43 minutes 16 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/11/2016: FAMILY COMPUTING

Famicom Classic Mini, Animal Crossing: New Leaf amiibo update, Tensai Terebi-kun, Monster Hunter in the West, more Switch rumors, the Neko Atsume movie, Akuma in SFV, and more!
11/11/20161 hour 37 minutes 52 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/28/2016: BALFARK HEARTS 84/2 REMIX

Monster Hunter Double Cross, Pokemon Sun and Moon, Dark Souls III - Ashes of Ariandel, Gravity Rush 2, more Switch news, World of Final Fantasy, and more!
28/10/20161 hour 20 minutes 33 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/21/2016: SWITCHEROO

Switching it up a bit with an emergency podcast all about Nintendo's surprise console announcement.
21/10/201649 minutes 33 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/14/2016: VIRTUAL BOYS

PlayStation VR, Rez Infinite, Thumper, Super Hypercube, Kira Kira Star Night DX, Legend of Ogre Battle Gaiden: Prince of Zenobia, Famicom Classic Mini announcement, Oculus Connect 3, NX rumors, and more!
14/10/20161 hour 47 minutes 9 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/30/2016: VIDEO ARMAGEDDON

Persona 5, Dragon Quest 7, Dragon Quest 10, Destiny: Rise of Iron, Gravity Rush 2, modern retro gaming 101, NX rumor roundup, and more!
30/09/20161 hour 49 minutes 51 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/16/2016: TOKYO GAME SHOW 2016

Yakuza 6, Persona 5, NieR: Automata, Final Fantasy XV, Vakyria: Azure Revolution, Musous on Musous on Musous, VR at TGS, School Girl/Zombie Hunter, PS4 Pro, Super Mario Run, and lots more from this year's Tokyo Game Show!
16/09/20162 hours 50 minutes 2 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/2/2016: SNARKNADO

Nintendo Direct, Nintendo Direct, Nioh Beta, Nintendo Direct, Dragon Quest VII, Justice Monsters V, Shining Force II, Nintendo Direct, Persona 3, Pokemon Go, Nintendo Direct, and more! Also: Nintendo Direct
02/09/20162 hours 34 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/19/2016: [AD LIB MOANING IN PAIN]

No Man's Sky, Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X, More NX Rumors, PlayStation Meeting, Metal Gear?! Survive, NieR: Automata goes PC, and more!
19/08/20161 hour 46 minutes 50 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/5/2016: BALLS TO THE WALL

Pokemon GO, latest NX rumors, Metroid Prime: Blast Ball, Lucio Ball, Gotta Protectors, Headlander, Hyper Light Drifter, Inside, and more!
05/08/20161 hour 41 minutes 23 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/22/2016: POKEMON STOP

Monster Hunter Generations, (not) Pokemon Go, 999, Gaming PCs, Gradius II, Furi, NES Classic Edition, Yo-Kai Watch 3 Sales, Evo 2k16, Bitsummit, and more!
22/07/20161 hour 47 minutes 35 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/8/2016: KAT'S IN THE CRADLE

Bloodstained, Breath of the Wild, Fire Emblem Fates, new Nintendo patents, social eating, Summer Games Done Quick, Soccer (Futbol), BitSummit, and more!
08/07/20161 hour 20 minutes 51 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/24/2016: E3 2016: WE KEPT COMING

Zelda! Resident Evil 7! Sony! Microsoft! E3! BitSummit! Indie MEGABOOTH! Barkley Shut Up and Jam Gaiden?!
24/06/20162 hours 6 minutes 20 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/10/2016: RAILWAY TO HEAVEN

You don't need money, don't take fame. Don't need no credit card to ride this train. It's strong and it's sudden and it's cruel sometimes. But it might just save your life.
10/06/20161 hour 36 minutes 5 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/27/2016: IS IT E3 YET?

Kill some time waiting for E3 with talk of Overwatch, Uncharted 4, Dark Souls III, Furusoma, Xbox Scorpio, Kojima's world tour, the Nioh alpha results, and much, much more!
27/05/20161 hour 31 minutes 39 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/13/2016: DEEPU THOUGHTS

Overwatch, Nioh, Uncharted 4, Galak-Z: The Void, Nintendo at E3, Pokemon Sun & Moon, Donkey Kong world record, and more!
13/05/20162 hours 3 minutes 44 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/29/2016: NI-OH TOKYO ASPLODE

NX and Zelda delay, Zelda NX, Wii U and E3, PS4 Neo, Koei T Nioh, Granblue Fantasy, the future of Dark Souls, SNK returns, Semradical NES reviews, and more!
29/04/20161 hour 48 minutes 22 seconds
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Star Fox Zero, Dark Souls 3, Granblue Fantasy, Ratchet & Clank, HTC Vive, 32-bit RPGs, NX patents, rumors, and more!
15/04/20161 hour 55 minutes 51 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/1/2016: FUN AND FANCY XV

Dark Souls III, Final Fantasy XV, Miitomo, Stardew Valley, NX "leaks", PS4K rumors, GDC, emulation, Japanese bathrooms, and more!
01/04/20162 hours 6 minutes 25 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/18/2016: MIITOMO, YOU JANE

Miitomo, PlayStation VR vs Oculus, Stardew Valley, My Nintendo, Final Fantasy XV chicken bets, NX Rumors, Tom Clancy's The Division, the Resident Evil musical, and more!
18/03/20161 hour 35 minutes 3 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/4/2016: FUR AND LOATHING

Nintendo Direct, Street Fighter V, Firewatch, The Division, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Nuzlocke rules, Xbox's new direction, Young Conker, and more!
04/03/20162 hours 17 minutes 28 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/19/2016: THE LIFE OF SNUGGLES

Dragon Quest Builders, Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, Valkyria of the Blue Revolution & Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, Miitomo pre-registration, City Shrouded in Shadow, and more!
19/02/20161 hour 43 minutes 22 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/5/2016: BLOCK PARTY

Dragon Quest Builders, The Witness, Firewatch, Detective Pikachu, Splatoon Koshien, Yakuza, The Evil Within, retro gaming in Japan, Nintendo earnings, EVO 2016, two amazing special guests, and more!
05/02/20162 hours 49 minutes 10 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/22/2016: NX FACTORS

Odin Sphere Lei...ffthr...uh, Odin Sphere HD, Earthbound Beginnings, Pocket Mortys, Bloodborne, MGSV, Clash Royale, Black Knight Strikers, the latest NX rumors, Kojima's World Tour, $40 download games, and more!
22/01/20161 hour 31 minutes 59 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/8/2016: YACHT ROCK

Happy 2016! Sean Velasco and David D'Angelo of Yacht Club Games join us to kick off the new year with an in-depth discussion about the past, present and future of YCG and their epic debut title, Shovel Knight.
08/01/20162 hours 5 minutes 43 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/25/2015: MERIKURI

Celebrate Life Day with 8-4's Unofficial Official Star Wars Holiday Special X (Cross), featuring Game of the Year chit-chat and Xmas Gaming memories, a heaping side of Force Awakens talk, and guest appearances by Brad Douglas, Nintendo patents, and Bea Arthur.
25/12/20152 hours 7 minutes 31 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/11/2015: PS(CROSS)

(MORE!) Monster Hunter X, (MORE!) Xenoblade Chronicles X, Retro Freak, The Game Awards, PlayStation Experience 2015 and more!
11/12/20151 hour 10 minutes 25 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/27/2015: X GON' GIVE IT TO YA

Monster Hunter X, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Bloodborne: The Old Hunters, Fallout 4, Grand Knights History, Game Awards nominees, Black Friday, the return of Bubsy, and more!
27/11/20151 hour 45 minutes 27 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/13/2015: HAPPY LITTLE CLOUD

Dragon Quest VII & VIII, Zelda, Zelda, ZELDA, Fallout 4, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Bob Ross on Twitch, Starfox Zero, Fire Emblem Fates and everything Nintendo Direct, Xbox backwards compatibility, and more!
13/11/20152 hours 12 minutes 6 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/30/2015: NINTENDO DEFENSE FORCE

Miitomo & Nintendo's next act, Downwell, Undertale, Destiny (YES, DESTINY), Yomawari, Final Fantasy Grandmasters, Detroit: Become Human, Gran Turismo Sport & all the Paris Games Week news, Kojima leaving the building, and real-life Pokemon gyms.
30/10/20152 hours 24 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/16/2015: TRY-FORCE HEROES

Zelda Tri-Force Heroes, Downwell, Star Wars Battlefront, Picross 3D 2, Nintendo's mobile plans, Destiny microtransactions, HoloLens pricing, localization crowdfunding, Shin Megami Tensei 4 Final, Monster Hunter Explore, and more!
16/10/20151 hour 32 minutes 56 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/2/2015: A WINNER IS YU

Dragon's Dogma Online, Super Mario Maker, Destiny: The Taken King, Disgaea 5, DOTA 2, Oculus's price, Junji Ito's Silent Hills, Starfox's delay, Edge's top 100 games, and Pokemon's asses.
02/10/20151 hour 51 minutes 52 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/18/2015: TOKYO GAME SHOW 2015

Bloodborne DLC, Metal Gear Online, Monster Hunter X & Stories, Street Fighter V, Gravity Daze 2, Ni-Oh, Persona 5 delay, 13 Sentinels, Dragon Quest Builders, Dark Souls 3, Hyrule Warriors Legends, PlayStation VR, Summer Lesson, Kitchen & more from TGS, plus talk on Iwata's successor and the new Apple TV.
18/09/20153 hours 15 minutes 36 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/4/2015: EPIC PAX GUYS

In the wake of PAX, we check in with a bevy of Seattle devs and industry biz-types to talk about standouts from the show, the state of indie gaming in general, mobile vs console (vs Apple TV?), Metal Gear Solid V, if we want a Mega Man movie, and more.
04/09/20151 hour 44 minutes 8 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/21/2015: GAME DANDIES

Game Informants Tim Turi and Ben Hanson stop by to talk Super Mario Maker, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, Pac-Man 256 and more, but mostly end up debating Resident Evil games and trivia.
21/08/20152 hours 52 minutes 36 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/07/2015: HOT MESS

Dragon Quest XI, Dark Souls 3, Galak-Z, Final Fantasy XV, N++, Splatoon 2.0 update, Scalebound, Crackdown 3, other Gamescom news and more!
07/08/20151 hour 35 minutes 50 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/24/2015: MUCHOS FEELS

Fire Emblem Fates, Rhythm Tengoku The Best+, Yoshi's Wooly World, Odallus: The Dark Call, Yo-kai Watch Busters, Tembo the Badass Elephant, Iwata Memories, EVO2k15, SFV, and more! 
24/07/20151 hour 58 minutes 33 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/10/2015: TOMKAT

Persona Q, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward,  Final Fantasy VII, Rocket League, Splatoon, Dragon Quest, Club Nintendo, The Nintendo PlayStation, Red Ash, Star Citizen, PewDiePie and more!
10/07/20151 hour 30 minutes 1 second
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8-4 Play 6/26/2015: YABAI

Splatoon, Batman: Arkham Knight, Fallout Shelter, Evil Within DLC, Last Guardian, Super Mario Maker, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Kingdom Hearts 3, Horizon, Dark Souls 3, and more on a special post-E3 8-4 Play!
26/06/20151 hour 57 minutes 45 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/12/2015: LOCO MOTIVES

It's that time of year again. We go over what we know, what we don't know, and what we think we know about this year's E3, so come on board the E3 HYPE TRAINNNN!
12/06/20151 hour 54 minutes 47 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/29/2015: DATE WITH DESTINY

Destiny: House of Wolves (trigger warning), Witcher 3, WoW losing flying mounts, Wattam, Nintendo Humble Bundle, required Konami bitching, Kickstarter stuff, and more!
29/05/20151 hour 46 minutes 37 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/15/2015: VIVE LE FRANCE

Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Girls Mode 3, Titan Souls, Bloodborne, Final Fantasy Record Keeper, Bloodstained, Nintendo fiscals, VR future, and more!
15/05/20152 hours 24 minutes 9 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/1/2015: X MY HEART

Xenoblade Chronicles X, Mario Kart 8's Animal Crossing DLC, Girls Mode 3, Monster Hunter: Frontier G, Bravely Second: End Layer, Steam Mod-gate, Ouya for sale, Silent Hills, and more!
01/05/20152 hours 13 minutes 1 second
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8-4 Play 4/17/2015: WHOSE DAMN SHOW?

Danganronpa, Hotline Miami 2, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dark Souls II, Bloodborne, Neko Atsume, Level-5 Vision, Monster Hunter Stories, Fatality-gate, and more!
17/04/20152 hours 15 minutes 37 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/3/2015: THE 'BORNE SUPREMACY

Bloodborne, Nintendo Direct, Bloodborne, Kojima leaving Konami, Sayonara PlayStation Home, Bloodborne, HTC Vive impressions, and more (Bloodborne)!
03/04/20152 hours 46 minutes 40 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/20/2015: DeNA TEST

Bloodborne, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, Cities: Skylines, Nintendo going mobile, Nintendo NX, Minter vs. Atari, Level-5 Vision 2015, and more!
20/03/20151 hour 17 minutes 26 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/6/2015: BACK TO FRONT

Majora's Mask, OlliOlli2, Counterspy, Dragon Quest Heroes, Hyrule Warriors, FF14 Gold Saucer update, htol#NiQ, White Night, VR, free game engines, gold amiibos, Clay Fighter, and more!
06/03/20151 hour 46 minutes 43 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/20/2015: RODEO TIME

Majora's Mask, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Persona 5, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, The Last Guardian, Nintendo's investor meeting, (more!) amiibos, live action Zelda, the Tokyo Zelda concert, and more!
20/02/20151 hour 42 minutes 5 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/6/2015: #84BBQ

Pokemon Cafe, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M, Darkest Dungeon, The Swapper, Destiny, dreeps, Terra Battle, Dragon's Dogma Online, Apex 2015, Amiibos, Football (?)...and other stuff.
06/02/20151 hour 36 minutes 35 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/23/2015: DON'T BE RIDICULOUS

Driveclub, Hako-Boy, Infamous: First Light, The Swapper, Mario Galaxy 2, Dreeps, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, Nintendo Direct, Hololens, and more!
23/01/20151 hour 51 minutes 30 seconds
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New Years in Japan, Final Fantasy XIV, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD, Battle of the Tetris games, Fantasy Life, Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition, CES, Steam Machines and more!   
09/01/20151 hour 21 minutes 59 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/26/2014: LAST PODCAST (I GAVE YOU MY HEART)

Xmas in Japan, Final Fantasy Explorers, Hack 'n' Slash, retro gaming gift memories, Fantasy Life, Nintendo Donut DS, amiibo cards, our favorite games of the year and JJ's Candy Room fantasies.
26/12/20141 hour 49 minutes 4 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/12/2014: MEET THE FOKKERS

Amiibos, Wii U Smash Bros., Captain Toad, Jake Kazdal, Persona Q, Bravely Second, PlayStation Experience, The Game Awards, and more!
12/12/20142 hours 5 minutes 57 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/28/2014: FUUUUUUUUN! ...AND GAMES?

Pokemon, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, Steamworld Dig, Evil Within, Assassin's Creed: Unity, Crossy Road, random Japanese gaming memories, and more!
28/11/20141 hour 39 minutes 56 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/14/2014: THE BALD & THE BEAUTIFUL

Captain Toad, Forza Horizon 2, SingStar, LEGO Batman 3, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Nintendo Direct, Iwata on region locking, Sonic Boom, Black Friday deals, and more!
14/11/20141 hour 38 minutes 1 second
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8-4 Play 10/31/2014: VENTURES IN DREAMLAND

The Evil Within, Monster Strike, Terra Battle, Fantasy Life, Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, Japanese strategy guides, retro game shopping, Nintendo earnings, QOL devices, Bloodborne 30fps-gate, Dominos Pizza, Valkyria Chronicles, and more!
31/10/20142 hours 4 minutes 45 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/17/2014: TERRA-BLE

New Nintendo 3DS, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Danganronpa, Vib-Ribbon, Terra Battle, Alien: Isolation, Destiny, Japanese Sales, NPDs, Ex-Irrational Kickstarters, and more!
17/10/20141 hour 59 minutes 20 seconds
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Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Final Fantasy 14, Destiny, Terra Battle, Super Smash Bros. parity problems, Media Create numbers, Nomura's burning rage, Call of Duty in decline, and more!
03/10/20141 hour 22 minutes 31 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/19/2014: TOKYO GAME SHOW 2014

Join us for our 5th annual Tokyo Game Show free-for-all, with guests from Polygon, Game Informer, SCEA, 17-Bit and more on-hand to talk Bloodborne, FF15, Bravely Second, FF Explorers, The Evil Within, RE Revelations 2, Silent Hills, DQ Heroes, Mighty No. 9, the New Nintendo 3DS and everything else at TGS!
19/09/20142 hours 16 minutes 44 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/05/14: ONE ON NONE

Hop on the Tokyo Game Show Hype (Bullet) Train with talk of Nintendo's New 3DS, Sony's Pre-TGS Press Conference, and Microsoft's Japan Xbox One launch, plus more thoughts on Gunvolt, Dark Souls II DLC, Final Fantasy XIV, Disgaea 4, and more!
05/09/20141 hour 36 minutes 1 second
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8-4 Play 8/22/14: C+/B-

Hyrule Warriors, P.T., Azure Striker Gunvolt, more Dark Souls II DLC, Gamescom press conferences, the Night Trap Kickstarter, Monster Hunter's 10th Anniversary expo, and more!
22/08/20141 hour 46 minutes 20 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/8/14: PARTY OF V

Dark Souls 2 DLC, The Legend of Heroes: TITS, Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy X, Resident Evil Remake Remake, content id-gate, Iwata Drama (tm), EA Access, PlayStation Now and more!
08/08/20141 hour 26 minutes 37 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/25/2014: A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

  FRB Japan's Scott Popular joins us to talk about Evo 2014, the Destiny beta, Xenoblade Chronicles, Yo-Kai Watch (of course), The International 4, Kim Kardashian, aDanza, Sega Genesis music, plot holes in Double Dragon, and more!
25/07/20142 hours 2 minutes 17 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/11/2014: MOBA-TAH BLUES

Yo-kai Watch 2, Super House of Dead Ninjas, Japanese baths, Dragon Quest X for 3DS, John's free-to-play addiction, preorder DLC, 3DS update speculation, EVO 2014 hyyyype!
11/07/20141 hour 39 minutes 8 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/27/2014: CAN YOU EVEN HAVE A BABY?!

Superagent Ben Judd joins the crew to recap what we learned from E3, dig deep into Shovel Knight, the Destiny Alpha, Summer Games Done Quick, balloon swords, Evo 2014, and more.
27/06/20141 hour 40 minutes 21 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/13/2014: E3 2014 SUPERCAST

John Davison, Garnett Lee, and Mike McWhertor -- plus a surprise blast of bonus guests! -- join Mark and John from LA to talk anything and everything E3, including Smash Bros, Destiny, Zelda, Bloodborne, Splatoon, and plenty more!
13/06/20142 hours 34 minutes 52 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/30/2014: OFF THE RAILS

With Mark and John out of town, JJ packs the E3 Hype Train(TM)(C) with a rowdy gang of friends-of-the-show (Jean Snow, ex-intern Tom, ex-intern Johnny, Esteban Salazar of Marvelous AQL, John Davis of Q Games) to discuss / predict / argue what's about to go down in L.A.
30/05/20141 hour 32 minutes 41 seconds
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With only a couple weeks till the hype train leaves the station we take a quick stop to talk about Super TIME Force, Sportsfriends, Kero Blaster, Yo-Kai Watch, the Kinect cut and run, Nintendo's financial results, Project Beast, Tetsuya Mizuguchi returning to video games and more.
16/05/20141 hour 21 minutes 36 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/2/2014: GOLD, JERRY, GOLD

On this, the most golden of weeks, the regular crew checks in to weigh in on Hearthstone, YO-Kai Watch mania, Dark Souls 2 PC, Nintendo E3 news, Xbox TV, the E.T. Dig, old Japanese cell phone games, From Software's sale and more.
01/05/20142 hours 5 minutes 23 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/18/2014: ONCE, TWICE, 100 TIMES A PODCAST

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.
18/04/20142 hours 24 minutes
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8-4 Play 4/4/2014: EPISODE 99

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!
04/04/20141 hour 31 minutes 2 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/21/2014: VR TROOPERS

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!
20/03/20141 hour 25 minutes 30 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/7/2014: CEASELESS DISCHARGE

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.
07/03/20142 hours 39 minutes 15 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/21/2014: I CHOOSE YOU, AAJST(????

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!
21/02/20143 hours 47 minutes 15 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/7/2014: CLICK HERE TO RATE US 5 STARS

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!
07/02/20142 hours 36 minutes 17 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/24/2014: CANDY has a CRUSH on SAGAt

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.
24/01/20142 hours 6 minutes 39 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/10/2014: HOLIDAY HANGOVER

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.
10/01/20141 hour 21 minutes 12 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/28/2013: BECAUSE THE ESHOP

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!
28/12/20131 hour 41 minutes
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8-4 Play 12/13/2013: TAKE IT TO THE FRIDGE

Newcomer Roy Blakely joins the 8-4-some to talk (more) Mario, (more) Zelda, (more) Resogun, Ibb and Obb, Samurai Gunn, Bravely Default, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, 3DS Miiverse, the VGX Awards, the life and times of Hideki Kamiya, and more.
13/12/20131 hour 33 minutes 37 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/29/2013: A LINK BETWEEN 3D WORLDS

John and JJ are back! And talking Mario, Zelda, both new next-gen systems, Mario, Persona 5, microtransactions, Zelda, Resogun, Mario, & taking sides in the console wars. Did we mention Zelda? And stick around for a special bonus segment focus(attack)ing on the Ultra Street Fighter 4 location test in Japanese arcades. Also, Mario.
29/11/20132 hours 47 minutes 30 seconds
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No PS4s. No John. No JJ. No problem! ...well, OK, one problem with the audio near the start... BUT ANYWAY! CheapyD and Scott Popular pitch in to help go over everything we’ve seen and heard (and not played, yet) of Sony’s new system, plus Super Mario 3D World, Black Friday shopping deals, and -- perhaps most importantly -- how to pronounce “BlazBlue.” 5:28 – iPad vs WiiU for kids 14:30 – Super Mario 3D World 25:45 – Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons 30:42 – Dragon’s Crown 36:10 – Monster Hunter talk 40:42 – PS4 feels 59:05 – Xbox One feels 1:08:18 – Black Friday deals and next-gen shopping 1:27:35 – Fighting game community in Japan 1:49:40 – PS4 dream games 1:57:02 – Closing comments
15/11/20132 hours 8 minutes 57 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/1/2013: WITH SO MUCH DRAMA IN THE VGC

Resolutions and media centers and firmware, oh my! Special guest @CheapyD joins the gang / the internet in dissecting every damn detail trickling out about the next-gen systems, and why it will matter – unless it won't. Plus Battlefield 4 PTSD, Street Fighter II trivia, and war stories from the Dark Souls II beta (and not the game). Fans of podcasts, rejoice!
01/11/20131 hour 43 minutes 31 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/18/2013: DINNER FOR 11,500

With Captain MacDonald of the good ship 8-4 Play off plundering the high seas in his vacation dinghy, the rest of the crew have assembled in the poop deck for a relaxed bout of hearty discussion (read: directionless rambling) on topics such as Pokemon X/Y, Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Device 6, the new Vita 2000, Supercell's billions, the Sonic cartoon, the Valve controller, Boogerman's long-awaited (?) return, and more.
18/10/20131 hour 37 minutes 12 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/4/2013: PRETTY MUCH NO GTA V TALK

Just thought we'd let everyone know that up front. What we are talking about is Monster Hunter 4, the Steambox controller, Super Mario 3D World, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Wii U Party, Pikmin 3 DLC, the legacy of the Wii, Dragon Quest X on smartphones, and remembering Hiroshi Yamauchi.
04/10/20131 hour 48 minutes 25 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/20/2013: MIGHTY 2013 TOKYO GAME SHOW...ER, SHOW!

Jeremy Parish, Matt Leone, Mike McWhertor, Griffin McElroy, Brian Silva, Jake Kazdal, and the mangod himself, Shane Bettenhausen, all join us to talk Deep Down, Dark Souls 2, Metal Gear Solid V, Vita TV, Gravity Daze...2 (?), Monster Hunter Frontier G, Yakuza Isshin, Wii Sports Club, Strider, and more, plus we all pay our respects to the late, great Nintendo president, Hiroshi Yamauchi.
20/09/20132 hours 12 minutes 39 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/13/2013: PRE-TGS HYPE BULLET TRAIN!

Please stow your laptops and power triangles as we depart for our special 84th (!) episode, with first-blush Monster Hunter 4 and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle impressions, thoughts on Vita TV and the revamped Vita handheld, PS4's rumored virtual reality headset and virtual lack of games for Japan (or is there?), Dragon Quest X expansions, and of course, Mighty No. 9! 
13/09/20131 hour 42 minutes 3 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/30/2013: CLICK IT BABY

We're off to PAX and a special sumthin' sumthin' -- but first, more on the Wonderful 101, Killer is Dead, Divekick, the 2DS announcement, PS4 and XBONE launch comparison, Gamescom news (and fresh rumors), and more!
30/08/20131 hour 46 minutes 55 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/16/2013: SUMMER GAMES

Kevin Larrabee of Back in my Play (Dorito it!) and Mehdi Debbabi-Zourgani of Je Game Moi Non Plus (cherchez le sur Dorito!) join us to talk retro games, Suda 51, and do you say? ESSAUNCE of The Wonderful 101, DuckTales Remastered, amazon's new console, Carmack at Oculus, Nintendo Direct, MS news, Sony news, and more.
16/08/20132 hours 22 minutes 54 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/2/2013: #REGGIEFORSMASHBROS

Join us for a second helping of Pikmin 3 talk followed by first impressions of Dragon's Crown, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, and a whopping 17 seconds on Rogue Legacy. Plus: the Capcom 13 (BOF6?!), Mike Tyson vs. Glass Joe, indie updates, and plenty more.
02/08/20132 hours 21 minutes 41 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/19/2013: WHERE ALL THE WHITE PIKMIN AT?

Peer into the (near) future for in-depth, spoiler-free impressions of Pikmin 3, then dive back to the (recent) past for 73 minutes (!) of spoiler-packed The Last of Us thoughts. Plus: EVO '13, June NPDs, Strider, Ultra SF4, and more.
19/07/20133 hours 1 minute 14 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/5/2013: THIS IS YOUR NEXT PODCAST

Come down from your post-E3 high with the 8-4 crew, who finally reunite to discuss Animal Crossing: New Leaf, every single god**n new StreetPass game for the 3DS (in detail), Ouya, Limbo iOS, Ricky Martin, Atlus's financial woes, Chibi Robo, and the effect (or lack thereof) of Xbox exec Don Mattrick's departure.
05/07/20131 hour 30 minutes 51 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/21/2013: E3 2013: THERE AND BACK AGAIN

(Almost) Live from Seattle! 17-Bit's Jake Kazdal, Camouflaj's Ryan Payton, and ex-Game Informer / Nintendo World Report founder Billy Berghammer join us (well, some of us) for a first-hand recounting of the highs and lows and highs again of this year's rollercoaster E3 game expo.
21/06/20133 hours 23 minutes 26 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/7/2013: E3 2013: ALL ABOARD

We designed the new 8-4 Play so that game publishers can enable you and up to 10 family members to hear about facts, rumors, and wild speculation on the upcoming E3 trade show, including games like Dark Souls 2, MGS5, Destiny, Killer is Dead, Smash Bros., the new 3D Mario, Zelda, The Last Guardian, Xbone policies and much, much more.
07/06/20132 hours 38 minutes 57 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/24/2013: FOUR ON ONE

The Forza 5 racing, familiar-innovative servicing, new controller Kinecting, Halo TV multi-tasking, temperature-reading, screen-sharing, sometimes / always / never-online, Quantum Breaking, rental-renting, EA-bro-fisting, interactive smoke-and-mirroring, Cheapy D'ing, Call-of-Duty fine-hair splitting, smart-glassing, Ray Barnholtin', fingernail-dirt-meets-water-cooler fueled by the infinite power of the cloud entertainment experience that is the Xbox One.
24/05/20132 hours 35 minutes 39 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/17/2013: ZAPPA YOW YOW BOYS

Doritos Crash Course 2, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, interns, Pandora's Tower, La Mulana, Dragon Fantasy, interns, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Monster Hunter, Sorcery, Star Command, interns, more NextBox speculation, Nintendo's E3 plans, interns, BS crowdfunding campaigns, Gran Turismo 6, and interns. Also: interns.
17/05/20131 hour 55 minutes 29 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/3/2013: HOLD ON TO THE NIGHT

La Mulana, Monaco, Crimson Clover, Tomodachi Collection, Mother 4 / Earthbound 2 (3?), Robot Unicorn Attack 2, Neo-Geo collecting, Wii U firmware updates, Nintendo's E3 show no-show, Famicom trivia, and NextBox scuttlebutt ('cause hey, we DO comment on rumors and speculation).
01/05/20131 hour 41 minutes 39 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/19/2013: TOUGH LOVE

And now for something a little different: special guests Ryan Payton (Republique) and Chris Kohler (Wired GameLife) join the gang for an epic, sprawling -- and at times heated -- discussion focusing on retro game collecting, indie game development, and the present and future of the Wii U, with pit stops on Guacamelee, Tomodachi Collection 3DS, Dark Souls II, Yoshi's Island 3DS, Monster Hunter Online, Earthbound, and Link to the Past 2. HNNNGH.
19/04/20133 hours 5 minutes 11 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/5/2013: TERN THIS MUTHA OUT

With Gaming Jesus off on a secret pilgrimage, the task falls to the few, the proud, the 8-4 interns (and the rest of us), to fill his massive void. Er... Anyway, this week it's GDC, more Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Nimble Quest, Year Walk, MGS5 and David Hayter-gate, Square Enix's recent shake-up, PSO2's delay, Skullgirls' crowdfunding success, Fire Emblem feet, and more!
05/04/20131 hour 43 minutes 26 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/22/2013: COOL AS ICE

Luigi's Mansion 2, Ridiculous Fishing, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Dark Souls (yes, again!), BitSummit, Dragon's Crown, Wii U troubles, Vita triumphs (and troubles), Durango rumors, Drakengard 3, Phantom Pain, Transistor, and oh-so-much more!
22/03/20132 hours 25 minutes 36 seconds
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Dokuro, Virtue’s Last Reward, Phantasy Star Online 2, more Dark Souls, a little Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, GDC speeches, PS4 announcement aftermath, Miyamoto interviews, possible Shenmue kickstarters, Skullgirls kickstarter, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate cross-region play, Umihara Kawase, and more!
08/03/20131 hour 54 minutes 4 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/22/2013: ANDREW HOUSE PARTY

22/02/20132 hours 17 minutes 49 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/08/2013: I WANT IT / I WAANT IT / I WAAANT IT...

Touch-panels! Valve boxes! Used-game-blocking-gamma rays and Ouyas and Apple's who-knows-whats-its! E3 isn't even a glimmer on the Hype Train horizon and yet you wouldn't know it from all the new system talk floating around – of course the 8-4 gang is above that sort of wild speculation. ...*Ahem* Anyway: Fire Emblem and Dragon Quest VII for the 3DS, DmC, and a chat with 17-bit big daddy Jake Kazdal on the release of Skulls of the Shogun.
08/02/20133 hours 49 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/25/2013: WEDNESDAY NIGHT FEVER

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata brought the winter heat during this week's Nintendo Direct with the first megatons of 2013, including Wind Waker HD, MegaTen x Fire Emblem, Xeno-whatever-they're-gonna-call-it, and Wii U Virtual Console, among others. We've got a full breakdown of the event, as well as fresh PlayStation 4 (and controller) talk, a whole bunch of news (Pandora's Tower! Project X-Zone! Killer is Dead! etc!), the latest in skin-smoothing placenta technology, and plenty more.
25/01/20132 hours 12 minutes 6 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/11/2013: PRO-GEAR SPEC

Ake-ome-koto-yoro! (Japanese for "Happy New Year!") We're back to our typical fo-matto ("format") to talk about Level 5's latest, Fantashi Raifu ("Fantasy Life"). We also get into atsui ("heated") discussions over Steam Box, Nvidia's Shield, Nintendo stuff, Pokemon X and Y, the Neo-Geo X handheld, and all sorts of other shinjouhou ("news"). Jaa ne bye bye! ("bye bye!")
11/01/20132 hours 37 minutes 56 seconds
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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!
28/12/20122 hours 58 minutes 34 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/14/2012: PODCAST OF THE DECADE

The cast and crew of 8-4 Play would like to thank all the discussion topics that made this award possible, including Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, the Wii U's Miiverse, the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards (and its assorted reveals, including Dark Souls II, The Phantom Pain, the new Last of Us trailer, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2), the final issue of Nintendo Power (rest its blessed soul), the Street Fighter x Mega Man freebie, and that one Vita game where you stroke your unit to make the characters squeal. Thank you all!
14/12/20121 hour 51 minutes 47 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/30/2012: WII LOVE U?

What you are about to listen to is real. The participants are not journalists, they are ACTUAL localizers with a giant project looming over their heads. All parties have agreed to dismiss their work for an hour and 52 minutes and have their disputes (over Wii U launch, Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Destiny, the week in Kickstarter and more) settled here, in our forum, on 8-4 Play.
30/11/20121 hour 52 minutes 45 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/16/2012: 8-4 DIRECT

Hi again, it's JJ from 8-4. While much of the world waits for Wii U, there are millions of gamers looking for new adventures for their video game systems. And that's what this 8-4 Direct is all about. This episode, we talk about Animal Crossing: New Leaf, a game where YOU get to be the mayor and design your town in any way you want. We also talk about Halo 4. You control Master Chief to do battle against a whole new race of aliens called "the Promethians." We haven't forgot about the listeners out there that care about news either. We discuss the hardware features of the Wii U, Grand Theft Auto V, Final Fantasy XIV, and how sometimes karma is a bitch. There's never been a better time to be an 8-4 Play listener.
16/11/20121 hour 44 minutes 18 seconds
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Let's be honest: You don't give a crap what we write here, you just want the list of what we talked about on the podcast, right? Fine then: Crashmo, Punch Quest, Paper Mario: Sticker Star (a bit), Dark Souls (a bit more), Dragon Quest X (John bought a house!), Nintendo sales projections (down!), Nintendo Wii U projections (up!), Dragon Quest VII for 3DS, Retro Studios Zelda (?), and a bunch more news. There, you happy?!
02/11/20121 hour 26 minutes 2 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/19/2012: STRAIGHT UP DAWG TIME

Everyone's playing it! Everyone's talking about it! It's this fall's hottest game! It's...Bravely Default: Flying Fairy?! ...Uh, okay, sure, why not! We breakdown Squeenix's excellent new 3DS RPG, then chat about continuing adventures in Dragon Quest X, PSN store stuff, Zynga, Kevin Butler, Thriller Instinct (that's right), and more, with a brief detour into old-school Nintendo Power with former editor (and current 8-4 collaborator) Alan Averill
19/10/20122 hours 3 minutes 18 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/5/2012: THE HORROR...THE HORROR...

Barry? Where's Barry? Who knows. But the internet's biggest Resident Evil fan, Alex "cvxfreak" Aniel? He's right here, talking highs and lows (and lows...and lows...) of RE6 for a solid hour. (That's almost 15 minutes per point it got on many review scales!) But first: Kokuga, DQX, To the Moon, Earth Defense Force 3 Portable, Wii U-pdates, Nintendo Directs, and various Monster Hunters ('natch).
05/10/20122 hours 41 minutes 5 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/21/2012: TOKYO GAME SHOW 2012

TGS! Metal Gear Rising! Monster Hunter 4! Dragon Quest X Wii U! Mega Man X Over! PSO 2 Vita! Tank Tank Tank! Lost Planet 3! Soul Sacrifice! EX Troopers! Ace Attorney! Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z! Box! Open Me! New PS3 hardware! New Vita colors! Jeremy Parish! Mike McWhertor! Russ Frushtick! 4 hours! Listen! Now! Excite! Exclamation mark!
21/09/20123 hours 55 minutes 52 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/14/2012: PLAY U NEXT WILL HOW?

To be honest, none of us remember recording this episode -- after the deluge of Nintendo's Wii U announcements (prices! Dates! 2 SKUs! Monster Hunter Ultimate! Toki Tori 2! ...wait, I mean Bayonetta 2!), we woke up the next day, and it was just THERE. We took it as a sign to add on part two of our Super Nintendo 21st (more or less) Super-anniversary retro-sode, focusing on the system's epic game library (OCD bonus: in chronological order!).
14/09/20123 hours 58 minutes 46 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/7/2012: PLAY IT LOUD!

Part one of our long-awaited Super Nintendo 21st (and change) Super-anniversary retro-sode is here, and you don't even need your Mom to drive you to the mall to get it! But before that, thoughts on the latest Nintendo Direct, Monster Hunter 4, rumored Wii U pricing, Lightning Returns: FF13, Super Hexagon, Steam Greenlight, Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight and (wait for it)...more!
07/09/20122 hours 39 minutes 13 seconds
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You asked for it: A moment-to-moment recollection of the Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes demo that just debuted in Tokyo, discussing everything we saw and know (hint: not much!) about the story, characters, graphics and gameplay. Hear just what it is that's got us so damn excited.
31/08/20121 hour 13 minutes 41 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/24/2012: BICKO-BACKO

Join the 8-4 gang and special guest Kevin "Big John Studd" Gifford as they talk about Sony's Gamescom showing (Tearway, Cross Buy, Rain, Puppeteer, and...what was the name of that horror game?), Nintendo Power's shuttering, Dragon Quest X and Nayuta No Kiseki playing, flea-marketing, Neo Geo X Gold buying (or not), imitating classic video game sounds, and dying alone.
24/08/20122 hours 31 minutes 39 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/10/2012: A PODCAST DRAWS NEAR. COMMAND?

First! Hear New Super Mario Bros. 2, Sound Shapes, addictive iOS fave 10000000, and (surprisingly positive!) 3DS XL/LL impressions. Then! Polish up your Mini Medals and settle in with some Medicinal Herb for LXX minutes of in-depth chit-chat on the Wii's (not-so-MMO)RPG, DQ X. Finally! Polish it off with news on Ouya, Steam, the Oculus Rift VR headset, Japanese fighting game tournament Super Battle Opera, and, of course, more.
10/08/20123 hours 2 minutes 21 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/27/2012: 1 + 1 = ...?

With John out on a super secret mission, a super secret special guest...from joins us to talk about the INCREDIBLE 3DS XL, Fez Patches, Vita sales, Foos Balls, New Super Mario Bros. 2, FF XIII, Nyuta No Kiseki, and more.
27/07/20121 hour 50 minutes 9 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/13/2012: OHHH YEAHHHHH

With Mark away soaking up the rays of freedom, we asked friends of the show Alex "cvxfreak" Aniel and Rob "star" Fox to join us to talk about EVO 2012, Spelunky, DYAD, the Resident Evil 6 demo (and cafe), Time Travelers, Penny Arcade Rain-Slick 3, Ouya, Gaikai, Blooblah, Hodfarg and more.
13/07/20121 hour 40 minutes 16 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/29/2012: "IT’S JUST TALKING?!"

Come for the talk about 3DS XL, Xbox 720, Lollipop Chainsaw, Tokyo Jungle, Persona 4: The Golden and more -- stay for a deep, deep dive into the minds behind Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP on the eve of its Japanese release (being handled by...hey, whattaya know?! 8-4!)
29/06/20123 hours 16 minutes 15 seconds
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A massive, 3-hour E3 recap lovefest, where we have nothing but great things to say about the amazing press conferences, creative and fresh AAA games, awesome Vita support, stunning WiiU launch lineup, and every other wonderful-funderful thing about gaming's greatest trade show ever!
15/06/20123 hours 4 minutes 13 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/1/2012: C'MON N' RIDE IT

Ex-Capcom producer Ben Judd joins the 8-4 crew aboard the E3 Hype Train, fueled not by Dew, but by wild thoughts and oddly-specific predictions (some already proven wrong!) on what we'll see from Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, and all the major third-parties at the big show this week, plus impressions of Sonic 4: Ep II, Dragons' Dogma, and news..
01/06/20122 hours 34 minutes 27 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/18/2012: CLICK CLICK CLICK

The 8-4 gang goes all Project Icebreaker on Camouflaj's Ryan Payton to dig up the dirt on Kickstarter, Republique and the 8-4 bump, Diablo 3, Soul Sacrifice, Capcom's DLC woes, the appeal of DOTA2, the rise and fall of the “Comp Gatcha”, E.X. (or ex-?) Troopers, Devil's Third, and bacon-loving twitter bots.
18/05/20122 hours 30 minutes 8 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/3/2012: SWEET 17

17-Bit's Jake Kazdal joins us to talk Phantasy Star Online 2, Shinji Mikami's return to survival horror, Dragon's Dogma, Dragon's Crown, Dragon's Dragon, Tokyo Jungle, Soul Sacrifice, yay or nay on CoD: Black Ops 2,  and what it’s like to start and run your own indie game studio.
03/05/20122 hours 36 minutes 54 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/20/2012: S2E01

Imported from the exotic orient (no region lock): Talk about Fire Emblem: Awakening, Dark Souls PC, Fez, Wii U cost and price, Valve and Apple, and a new Ocarina of Time world record.
20/04/20121 hour 19 minutes 49 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/6/2012: KICKSTART MY HEART

We offer the following rewards to people who help listen to our podcast: PLEDGE 20 MINUTES OR MORE: Talk about creating characters in Phantasy Star Online 2, more Kid Icarus and Lumines, and the WiiU's (supposed) capabilities 40 MINUTES: Kickstarter game projects, good and bad 60 MINUTES: Notch's ambitious sci-fi crazy-name game, 0x10c 70 MINUTES: Sega's money problems and retro re-releases, Vita updates, and bronze-colored finger puppets of the cast.*  (*Actually, no.)
06/04/20121 hour 51 minutes 51 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/23/2012: SICK R US

With Gaming Jesus bedridden from an evil GDC pox and both JJ and Hiroko fighting off the flu, we thought about taking the week off. But then, like an angel from Heaven above, our intern showed up at the door with three pre-release copies of Kid Icarus: Uprising, and all the pain and suffering went away. Listen to a half hour's worth of spoiler-free discussion on the 3DS's first major release of 2012, along with follow-up thoughts on Journey (also spoiler-free!), quick impressions of PixelJunk 4AM and Lollipop Chainsaw, some scattershot news and GDC thoughts, and more talk from Hiroko than you've heard in the last 10 episodes combined.
23/03/20121 hour 25 minutes 40 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/9/2012: JOURNEY TO VITA HEAVEN

Internet sensation David "CheapyD" Abrams returns to the show for a truly rare event: we actually played some games! Tune in to the first segment for impressions of Journey, Asura's Wrath, Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, and Level-5's Girls RPG, plus thoughts on the new iPad, Valve's rumored (and then debunked) "SteamBox" console, Phil Fish and Keiji Inafune's feelings about Japanese games, and more. Then stick around for the second segment for a quick burst of fresh-from-YouTube commentary on Sony's "PS Vita Game Heaven" video barrage! (One word: PSO2!)
09/03/20121 hour 50 minutes 11 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/24/2012: BLOCK DROPPIN' BEATS

Join us for a little boom-tiss-boom, as James "Milkman" Mielke of Q Entertainment visits 8-4 Towers to go deep (so deep) into the creation of PS Vita launch title Lumines: Electronic Symphony. But first, a game-by-game dissection of the U.S. and Japanese Nintendo Direct conferences, and updates on PS3 faves The Last Guardian and (most importantly) Tokyo Jungle, all in news. Wrap it all up with fresh hands-on Gravity Daze/Rush impressions and you got yourself a show, mister!
24/02/20122 hours 27 minutes 49 seconds
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8-4 Play 2/10/2012: ROCK, PAPER, VITA

It's crunch-time at 8-4 Towers, so there's no time for your fancy podcast prep work! Listen for even offer-the-cuff-than-usual chit-chat on Vita's U.S. launch lineup (and our Vita giveaway contest winner), the new Suikoden game for PSP, Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, Denpa Ningen RPG for 3DS, Double Fine's adventure game kickstarter, and…uh….#$%^ it, we'll do it live!
10/02/20121 hour 21 minutes
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8-4 Play 1/27/2012: INDUSTRY SOURCES

THRILL! As the 8-4 crew gets caught up in a rad bromance with the new Resident Evil 6 trailer, and make hands-on revelaitons re: the latest RE on 3DS. LISTEN! To chatter of new Wii U features, rumors of the neXtBox, and other tender newsy morsels. EXCITE! To more Vita game impressions, as well as the details of our amazing giveaway contest
27/01/20122 hours 39 minutes 20 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/13/2012: ALL THAT J*ZZ

Why try out games and form your own opinions when you can sit back and let the 8-4-some do it for you? This episode the newly-reunited gang takes on the (Press up!) new Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Asura's Wrath demos (Right, RIGHT!), sparking a lively debate on quicktime (Tap 'A' repea—ALRIGHT ENOUGH!) events that pops up outta nowhere like…you know what. Speaking of outta nowhere: Wut up with that 3DS stand that comes included with Kid Icarus: Uprising? Plus the Independent Games Festival finalists, Yu Suzuki, avatar tattoos, and speculation on redesigned 3DS hardware and next-gen timing for Sony and Microsoft. (Hit 'Download'!)
13/01/20121 hour 27 minutes 42 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/30/2011: HAPPY NEWS YEAR SPECIAL

Ready for those boring ol' holidays to turn into crazy-awesome holiDAZE? ...No? ...Wait -- did you notice there was a "z" on the end? ...Well the point is you should listen to this 8-4 podcast, with talk about 3DS & Vita sales numbers and what they mean (and don't mean), Gravity Rush, Uncharted, and Hot Shots Golf (all Vita), 3DS's Swapnote and new demos for Resident Evil: Revelations, Metal Gear Solid 3D, and Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, plus Kiki Trick for Wii, the Zelda timeline, Mario 64 speedruns, and more.
30/12/20113 hours 1 minute 33 seconds
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Christmas comes early as special guests CheapyD and...others...join the 8-4 crew to discuss the new PlayStation Vita, top to bottom: the launch, the games (including Uncharted, Ridge Racer, Hot Shots Golf and more), the mem cards, remote play, PSP backwards compatibility – every mother-father thing you can think of, from the feel of the flaps that cover the card slots to the menu music. Then! We shift gears to go deep, so deep, so deep into Monster Hunter 3G we put Qurupeco’s butt to sleep. You listen now, Joe!
17/12/20114 hours 23 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/9/2011: S***LOAD OF HATS

Is Miyamoto stepping down at Nintendo? Did Ueda quit Sony? What's going on with the Vita?! What games will be revealed at that Spikey awards show thing?!? Why worry about such questions when you can listen to the 8-4 gang fret about them for almost 3 hours! Also: Infinity Blade 2, Mario Kart 7, more (yes more, dammit!) Skyrim and Uncharted 3, Pushmo for 3DSware, firmware updates for the 3DS, 360, and PS3, and more newsy news.
09/12/20112 hours 47 minutes 7 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/24/2011: SKYRIM-WARDLOFT SWORD…ERS

Question: Which game should you be playing right now, Skyrim or Zelda: Skyward Sword? Answer: Yes. Honestly, that's all you need to know, but the 8-4 crew prattles on anyway in a spoiler-free discussion of the glorious highs and bowel-quaking lows (OK, more like the minor annoyances) of two of this year's best games, then chit-chat (read: rage) about Sony's PSP UMD-to-Vita transfer program, rumors about the next Xbox, and online buzz on the future of Metal Gear in news. 
24/11/20112 hours 21 minutes 14 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/10/2011: HOOKED ON THE BROTHERS

You'll have to think fast and move even faster to complete this podcast! Gaming Jesus is being held captive by the evil Koopa tribe of turtles. It's up to you to rescue him from the clutches of the Koopa King before time runs out. But it won't be easy. To get there, you'll have to listen to detailed impressions of Super Mario 3D Land, plus chatter about Uncharted 3, Wii U, the future of the 3DS, controller patents, and some late-breaking info about Robin Hood and where babies come from.
10/11/20111 hour 24 minutes 28 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/28/2011: NEWSALANCHE

:DEEP BREATH: PlayStation Vita pre-order lines, Level-5 World games (Ni no Kuni for PS3, Yokai Watch, Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, etc.), Nintendo 3DS high and lowlights, Mario Kart 7, Find Mii 2, Reggie's chin, Monster Hunter 3G, WoW meets Digimon, Zelda: Skyward Sword reviews, MAGs in Phantasy Star Online 2, Ezio in Soul Calibur V, GTA V predictions, Yakuza 5 towns, Dark Souls DLC (or lack therof), Metal…Ge….*cough* :PASS OUT:
28/10/20111 hour 57 minutes 7 seconds
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PRAISE THE SUN! Dark Souls has been consuming most of our lives, but we do manage to eventually break away from talking about it to discuss other recent happenings, including Square Enix's surprise retooling of Final Fantasy XIV, Sega's XBLA remake of Guardian Heroes, and Capcom's limited edition Monster Hunter 3DS. Plus: hands-on impressions of Robot Invader's Wind-Up Knight, ears-on impressions of the 25th anniversary Zelda Symphony orchestra concert, listener feedback, and more!
14/10/20111 hour 25 minutes 57 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/30/2011: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHIN'

With Mark out of town on business and Tokyo Game Show now behind us, life at 8-4 Towers has been pretty quiet lately. But that's no excuse not to record a podcast! ...OK, actually, it kind of is, but we went ahead and recorded one anyway! Tune in to hear us talk about Dark Souls, Zelda: Four Swords 25th Anniversary Edition, the Diablo III beta, porntips from Thailand (not what you think!), "Lucky Lassi" Monster Hunter drinks from Family Mart (...probably what you think), and plenty more.
30/09/20111 hour 17 minutes 35 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/16/2011: TOKYO GAME SHOW 2011

Shane Bettenhausen! Ryan Payton! Billy Berghammer! We've got special guests up the wazoo here at 8-4 Towers to celebrate 8-4 Play's first anniversary (yay!) and to help us break down the 2011 Tokyo Game Show. Tune in for hands- (and/or eyes-) on impressions of all the big games, including the PlayStation Vita launch lineup, Binary Domain, Phantasy Star Online 2, Anarchy Reigns, Soul Calibur 5, the 3DS "Frankenstick" right stick add-on, and more. And when you're done, be sure to head over to to pick up the second half of our big discussion with Garnett Lee on this week's Weekend Confirmed.
16/09/20111 hour 39 minutes 15 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/14/2011: 3DS vs. VITA: FIGHT!

Freshly-unemployed Internet sensation Shane Bettenhausen joins us as we kick off TGS week with a blow-by-blow breakdown of the big two pre-show press conferences - Nintendo's Frankenstick-free Monster Hunter megathon and Sony's 94% gameplay-free Vita launch bonanza. Tune in for an hour-long preview of what's to come, and then check back Friday for our monster Tokyo Game Show/8-4 Play 1-year-Anniversary special crossover with Weekend Confirmed's Garnett Lee.
14/09/20111 hour 12 minutes 41 seconds
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And the megatons fall like rain: Dragon Quest X revealed as a massively-multiplayer online game for Wii and Wii U. :BWAAAH: Monster Hunter coming to the 3DS -- and with "monstrous" right-stick add-on, no less. :BWAAAH: Who better to join us in the fallout shelter than a man in the news himself, Kojima Productions vet Ryan Payton, who left Microsoft to go indie and to talk with us about 3DS vs. Vita, PS3 HD Remasters, Soul Bladder, the looming Tokyo Game Show, and more? So grab your totem and :BWAAAH:
09/09/20112 hours 55 minutes 49 seconds
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You could just listen to the 8-4 crew talk 3DS rumors, PS3 and Vita announcements, MHP3rdHD, DOTA2 and Street Fighter IV as eSports, games that will hit and miss the upcoming Tokyo Game Show, and the Valve / EA / Activision shit-talkin' express and then just call it a day. Perfectly acceptable. But if you want the real, secret, best ending to the podcast, bust out some healing herb and stick around as Resident-Evil-superfan Alex "cvxfreak" Aniel joins us in the second half for part 1 of our long-awaited, quote-laden celebration of the seminal survival horror franchise's 15th anniversary.
26/08/20112 hours 54 minutes 47 seconds
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8-4 Play 8/12/2011: ALL NEWS IS GOOD NEWS

In which our heroes discuss: Armored Core V and Dark Souls pushed back, Xenoblade Chronicles moved up, PlayStation Vita coming right on time (sorta), 3DS sales rising (used), 3DS sales falling (new), 3DS sales rising again (post-price drop), addiction to EVO streams, ham withdrawal, what's good about Peter Moore, what's bad about Skyrim, who and what will and won't be at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show, and pictures of your Love Plus girlfriend in her santa outfit.
12/08/20111 hour 43 minutes 38 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/29/2011: $169.99

Yes, we eventually talk about Rhythm Heaven for the Wii, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Groove Coaster, From Dust, Phantasy Star Online 2, Irem's apparent demise, Mega Man Legends 3's definite demise and so on, but mostly this episode is all about Nintendo's embattled 3DS handheld and just about every aspect of the news surrounding its upcoming price drop, complete with color commentary from discount-expert Mr. CheapyD of fame.
29/07/20111 hour 28 minutes 17 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/15/2011: ¡QUE MAGNIFICO!

Played Shadows of the Damned? You should! Why? 1) Read the reviews, it's a great game! 2) We here at 8-4 worked on it! 3) Oh yeah, so did some other guys, Suda 51 and Shinji Mikami. 4) You will enjoy this podcast a helluvalot more, since we discuss the soundtrack with legendary game musician Akira Yamaoka and talk shop about creating the script. When you tire of our self-congratulatory nonsense, there's plenty more chit-chat about Xenoblade, PS4 motion controls, Dragon's Crown, Final Fantasies XIII-2 and Theatrhythm, and more. Do me, do m—er, do it!
15/07/20112 hours 31 minutes 20 seconds
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8-4 Play 7/1/2011: TOO HOT FOR TV

Frankly, it's too damn hot in Tokyo to spend much energy writing up a fancy description of our latest episode, so let's just cut the crap, OK? We talk about Operation Rainfall's attempt to bring Wii JRPGs to the West, Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D save file-gate, Journey (the game and the band), Wii U, famed game director Yasumi Matsuno moving to developer Level-5, yadda yadda yadda. Get it? Got it? Good.
01/07/20112 hours 2 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/17/2011: CHILD OF MIZUGUCHI

Child of Eden is finally out, and who better to discuss it with than Q Entertainment's own James "Milkman" Mielke? Fresh from LA, the former EGM editor-in-chief and superstar joins us as we talk about Tetsuya Mizuguchi's latest opus, the big three's E3 press conferences, hands-on impressions of Wii U and PS Vita, and more. Hosted by internet celebrity and 8-4 superfriend David "CheapyD" Abrams of!
17/06/20112 hours 17 minutes 16 seconds
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8-4 Play 6/3/2011: E3 COMETH

E3 is almost here! Join us for one last round of rumor-mongering and baseless speculation on what'll go down at next week's big event. Former 8-4 intern and Resident Evil superfan Alex "cvxfreak" Aniel joins us to talk about Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Kojima Productions' pre-E3 announcements, the merits (or lack thereof?) of calling your handheld "Vita," and our very own E3 predictions.
03/06/20112 hours 12 minutes 59 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/23/2011: PRE-PRE-E3 SPECIAL

With E3 approaching quick, the 8-4 crew are buried in all manner of pre-expo prep work -- they've hardly had time to think about any other of them vidja games, much less play them. But when has that ever stopped them from talking about them?! Tune in for thoughts -- and maybe a feeling or two -- about PSN's revival (outside of Japan), Namco's new Soul Calibur game and Tekken movie, Modern Warfare's leaks, Square Enix's financial woes, Love Plus's boyfriend lock, PLUS: Download now and get a brand new, fresh-from-the-oven 25-minute bonus segment discussing Sony's "PSP Remaster" series!
20/05/20112 hours 22 minutes 44 seconds
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8-4 Play 5/6/2011: WII 2, PSN 0

Bin Laden is dead. The galaxy is at peace. What better way to celebrate than with 8-4 Play and a ton more talk about Nintendo's Wii successor and Sony's ongoing PSN woes? To help brief us on the latest intel, we called in former US Navy Seals Shane "Bill Rizer" Bettenhausen and Evan "Lance Bean" Shamoon, who also share thoughts on Portal 2, the new Sony tablets, El Shaddai, and Sonic's legitimacy (or lack thereof?).
06/05/20112 hours 18 minutes 33 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/22/2011: PROJECT CAFÉ OLÉ

What's this? An episode of 8-4 Play where the crew actually talks about what they do all day: game translatin'? Believe it, spoony bard! Localization legend Richard Honeywood, he of such Square Enix favorites as Xenogears, Chrono Cross, and Dragon Quest VIII, joins us to talk shop, 64DD development, and being best buds (well, buds) with Nintendo prez Satoru Iwata. And speaking of Nintendo -- did someone say Project Cafe? Tune in for idle speculation on the big N's rumored Wii successor system, along with thoughts on Capcom's Captivate games, Sonic Generations, and plenty more.
22/04/20112 hours 16 minutes 37 seconds
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8-4 Play 4/8/2011: POWER TO THE PEOPLE

In this very special episode of 8-4 Play, we recap our live-to-tape hosting of the Grasstream2 Japanese tsunami relief charity event, put on by the good people at famed developer Grasshopper Manufacture. You will (hopefully) laugh, you will (probably) cry, and in the end, you might just learn something -- about Pandora's Tower, Hip Tanaka, Yakuza of the End, and how you (yes, you!) can help Japan recover via gaming. Let's listening!
08/04/20111 hour 39 minutes 46 seconds
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8-4 Play 3/25/2011: AFTER THE QUAKE

A lot has happened in the four weeks since our last episode. The Game Developer's Conference came and went, Charlie Sheen jumped the tiger-shark (-blood...or whatever), Winter gave way to Spring, and the largest earthquake in Japan's recorded history rocked our tiny island home. But the show must go on, as they say, and so the 8-4 five are back in action with personal quake stories, first-month 3DS reflections, early thoughts on Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, the month in news, and more.
25/03/20111 hour 50 minutes 27 seconds
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The Nintendo 3DS is out in Japan, and the 8-4 crew is back from launch morning chaos with a pile of brand new 3DS gear and a bevy of special guests ready to give hands-on impressions, including Brad Douglas of Sony (shock!) and Che Chou of Microsoft (awe!). Tune in for first thoughts on the hardware, the games, the 3D camera, the AR cards, and much, much more.
26/02/20111 hour 22 minutes 2 seconds
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Pop quiz: What do Cave Story, Catherine, Dead Space, Dead Island, Hard Corps, Dark Souls, Butt-head, Tactics Ogre, Super Bowl Monday, Ys, the 1979 Iranian revolution, Dragon Quest, Haruki "Peppy" Epperson, Billy Mitchell, and Voltron have in common? Give up? ...Nothing! Except that they're all topics discussed during this super random episode of 8-4 Play. Enjoy!
18/02/20111 hour 58 minutes 55 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/28/2011: BY THE POWER OF THE PSP2

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.
28/01/20112 hours 1 minute 57 seconds
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8-4 Play 1/13/2011: NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER 6

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.
13/01/20112 hours 15 minutes 44 seconds
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After an extended holiday break filled with snow, sake, and SASUKE! (look it up), the 8-4-some 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:)
06/01/20111 hour 27 minutes 5 seconds
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8-4 Play 12/10/2010: JUMP THE SHARQ

Let's make this perfectly clear: Like Kinect, sauerkraut, and inverted controls, this special holiday episode of 8-4 Play is not for everyone. How can you know? Take our simple quiz: 1. Do you enjoy Monster Hunter? 2. Are you curious about Monster Hunter? 3. Would you like to hear almost two hours of talk about one of Japan's biggest gaming franchises in the last decade? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, enjoy. If not, please listen to an older episode again and let's just forget this ever happened.
10/12/20101 hour 48 minutes 58 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/26/2010: MERRY THANKSGIVING GET!

In Tokyo, the holiday season brings a mix of imported Western traditions and uniquely Japanese flavors (Google "Japan KFC Christmas" if you don't know what we mean), so that's exactly what this T-day episode of 8-4 Play delivers. A rundown on the best Black Friday gaming deals one minute, a detailed explanation of table-flipping arcade title Cho-Chabudai Gaeshi the next. Hardcore Final Fantasy IV: The After Years and Tactics Ogre talk here, ultra-casual Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood chat there. As special guest CheapyD of would say: "There you go!"
25/11/20102 hours 6 minutes 58 seconds
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8-4 Play 11/12/2010: JACK IT TO HARD

The 8-4 crew's too busy working on next year's games to have much time for this year's offerings, so they called in intern Alex "cvxfreak" Aniel to help discuss everything they wish they were playing (but mostly aren't). Tune in for baseless, uninformed talk about Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kinect, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, Vanquish, 25th Anniversary Super Mario Bros., and (as required by law) Call of Duty: Black Ops, not to mention the usual chit-chat on the latest news out of Japan (Inafune quits! Mikami gets bought! Uniqlo makes t-shirts!). As a great fairy once said: "LISTEN!"
12/11/20101 hour 18 minutes 11 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/28/2010: SUPER GAME MASTERS

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the NES, 8-4 invites retro gaming legend Kevin "tsr" Gifford, founder of tsr's NES archive and keeper of the world's largest collection of obscure game knowledge, to take us back (back... back...) to the 80s to talk about the birth of the era's most popular 8-Bit system. But before that, listen to round-ups of the recent Level-5 and Grasshopper events in Japan, thoughts on Costume Quest, Vanquish, Limbo, La Mulana, and Game Dev Story, and the sad tale of Mr. Gifford's epic attempt to clear the Tower of Druaga on a single coin...
28/10/20103 hours 7 minutes 22 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/14/2010: WAY OF THE WARRIOR

The demo for Monster Hunter Portable 3rd has hit Japan, and who better to discuss it with than Naughty Dog Community Strategist Arne Meyer? ...Well, just about anyone, actually. But Mr. Meyer does have plenty of interesting things to say about helping launch the Xbox and Xbox 360, working in the studio that brought us Uncharted 2, and more. Also: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Kirby's Epic Yarn, and what Japanese gamers have to say about TGS and the 3DS.
14/10/20101 hour 40 minutes 32 seconds
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8-4 Play 10/7/2010: GRUMBLE, GRUMBLE

Former Nintendo, Sega, EA, Zombie, Irem, Boss, and Enix superstar Jake Kazdal (now of indie newcomer Haunted Temple Studios) joins the 8-4-some to talk about his experiences working his way up the game industry ladder, from having the dream job of being a Nintendo game counselor in the 80's to...having the dream job of working on Space Channel 5 and Rez with Tetsuya Mizuguchi in Tokyo.
07/10/20101 hour 11 minutes 25 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/30/2010: WAIT FOR SPACEWORLD

Fresh from Nintendo's big 3DS (re-)unveiling in Tokyo, the 8-4 crew is ready to drop all kinds of knowledge on the upcoming portable picked up at and after the show. Opinions on the price and date? You got it. Breakdown of all the new hardware features? Natch. Analysis of games and other announcements? Sure. List of questions used to point out show highlights? Done.
30/09/20101 hour 5 minutes 41 seconds
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It's a guestacular second episode of 8-4 Play as two of the industry's finest - former EGM/1UP scribe Shane Bettenhausen (now of Ignition Entertainment) and Kojima Productions alum Ryan Payton (now of Microsoft's 343 Industries) join us to give their thoughts on this year's Tokyo Game Show, the state of the Japanese game industry, Dante's new hair, and a whole lot more.
23/09/20101 hour 31 minutes 22 seconds
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8-4 Play 9/17/2010: TOKYO GAME SHOW PANIC!

Special Guest and podcast-legend Garnett Lee joins the 8-4-some in a game-by-game analysis of everything at the 2010 Tokyo Game Show, including Tactics Ogre, Parasite Eve, Yakuza, Castlevania, Monster Hunter, El Shaddai, Mega Man Universe, Child of Eden, and more. And before you start, be sure to listen to Weekend Confirmed Ep. 26 over at to get the first half of our TGS 2010 discussion!
17/09/20101 hour 10 minutes 55 seconds