8-4 Play (general)

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.

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This week we dive deep on The Last of Us Part 2 in a special spoilercast!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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. 
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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.

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This week we embrace the future of podcasting technology while gushing about Animal Crossing. Wash your hands.

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We hunker down to discuss that PS5 presentation, the latest from Indie World, and our favorite gaming smells.

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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.

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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.

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This week we welcome a special guest to talk about a bevy of Nintendo news and sing that Witcher song.

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It's delay season, folks, and everyone is sad. But we're playing the new Yakuza, so it's not all bad!

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We're back from the holiday break, with stories to tell of video games, travel, and pants-wetting.

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It's that time of year! We talk about our holiday memories, and of course the games and Japan and Japanese games of 2019.

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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.

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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!

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This week we go goo-goo for Gooigi, prepare ourselves mentally for Death Stranding, and talk about a primordial VR experience.

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Special guest Alex Aniel joins us for a very spooooky almost-Halloween episode.

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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.

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In the wake of TGS, a slime draws near—and a new Zelda, too!

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On this extra special (and rowdy) episode, a cavalcade of guests stop by the towers to share their TGS experiences.

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This week we put down our curry on rice to spoon-feed you all the announcements from the latest Nintendo Direct!

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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.)

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This week we heat things up with some Fire Emblem, and then cool off with some ice cream.

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This week we are joined by bourbon smugglin', retro game playin' friend-of-the-show Rob Fox.

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Join us as we talk making Marios, doctoring Marios, and Mario's new turquoise vacation home.

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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?

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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!

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ALL ABOOOOOOOOARD! The #E3HYPETRAIN is leaving the station!

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With BitSummit fast approaching, we invite John Davis on the show to talk shop and how he could probably use a nap.

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For a very casual Golden Week episode, we talk about what we've been playing, and reflect on the games that made Heisei great.

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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.

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Special guest Cory Schmitz joins us to talk Sekiro, Ace Combat 7, and all the latest news!

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First episode recorded in the new office! With Mark, John, and Graeme off at GDC, we invite some new blood on to talk DMC5.

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Amid the stress of packing up the 8-4 Towers, we relax with some scathing Amazon reviews of Left Alive.

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There's a battle royale for everyone this week, and tons of Nintendo news to discuss!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We field some listener questions and get all festive up in here.

 

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Smash Ultimate, Christmas memories, and Sonic's new look!

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Is this episode the very best, like no other ever was?

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We're back with another!

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Gaming Jesus returns!
Need we say more?

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Dragalia Lost, the latest from Starbucks, mastering Tetris, and more!

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Mega Man 11, Spider-Man, a special Monster Hunter segment, and more!

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Get ready for a cavalcade of guests, a wealth of impressions, and just a touch of chaos—our annual TGS super show is here!

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Spider-Man, Destiny 2, and PlayStation's TGS prelude—all with two special guests!

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Special guest Andy Church joins the crew to talk speedrunning and Dragon Quest XI!

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This week it's all about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with a sprinkle of summer gaming memories.

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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!

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In a special Parents' Night Out episode, we talk Octopath Traveler, Kuwaidan, Final Fantasy X, and all sorts of other fun stuff!

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Special guest Steve Lin stops by to talk gaming history, the McDonald's Bacon McPork, Mario Tennis Aces, and more!

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We recap and review the industry's biggest week of the year, and maybe even disagree along the way!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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More Monster Hunter World, a return to the cobbled streets of Bloodborne, and news from the latest Nintendo Direct.

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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

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Celeste, Monster Hunter World, EVO 2018, reader questions, and more!

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Special guest Adam "Gaijin Hunter" Evanko joins us for our momentous 200th episode Monster Hunter World spectacular!

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Nintendo Direct Mini, Disneyland, Super Mario Cereal, PUBG, Witcher 3, Ys Origins, The Last Guardian VR, Moss, and more!

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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!

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Monster Hunter World, Zelda: The Champions' Ballad, Earth Defense Force 5, Shenmue walking tour, The Game Awards, and more!

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Netflix in Japan, Xanadu Next, trips to ancient Edo, Devil May Cry V rumors, and more!

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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!

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Mario Odyssey, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Nintendo financial reports, Paris Games Week, and more!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Destiny 2, Project Octopath Traveler, Knack 2, Metroid: Samus Returns, Nintendo Direct, a bunch of random news, and more!

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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!

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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!

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Dragon Quest XI, Pyre, Kingsway, Kingdoms and Castles, Monster Hunter XX demo, Dragon Quest XI sales, Pokemon Go updates, and more!

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Splatoon 2, Destiny 2, Castlevania, Hollow Knight, Pulstar, Polybius, Nintendo Switch Online, Evo2k17, and more!

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC, Brittle Blue, Farpoint, Everybody's Golf mobile, Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, SNES Classic Mini, and more!

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Snipperclips, No Man's Sky Path Finder update, Overwatch, JoyCon issues, Seiken Densetsu Collection, Japanese McDonalds news, and more!

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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!

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NieR: Automata, Zelda at GDC, Switch purchase plans, GDC Awards, and more!

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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!

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8-4 Play 2/3/2017: THE MARKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

Fire Emblem Heroes, Resident Evil 7, Gravity Rush 2, Yakuza 0, Nintendo financials, Switch news, Cup Noodles, Evo 2017, and more!

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Switch announcement aftermath, Gravity Rush 1, Miitopia, Let it Die, DOOM, Bloodborne, Parasite Eve, Fire Emblem Direct, and more!

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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.

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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!

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Final Fantasy XV, The Last Guardian, Let it Die, The Game Awards 2016, PlayStation Experience 2016, Switch rumors 2016, and lots more! 2016.

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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!

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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!

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