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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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    • 4.8 • 35 Ratings

Every other week, tune into 8-4 Play for talk about Japan, video games, and Japanese video games, straight from the 8-4 offices in beautiful downtown Tokyo. Featuring the sultry voices of 8-4's own Mark MacDonald, John Ricciardi, Hiroko Minamoto, Justin "JJ" Epperson, Roy Blakely, Sarah Podzorski, and Graeme Howard.

    8-4 Play 4/30/2021: G IS FOR GOLDEN

    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!

    • 1 hr 40 min
    8-4 Play 4/16/2021: TENDER IS THE FUR

    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!

    • 1 hr 54 min
    8-4 Play 4/2/2021: MY FAIR GAIJIN HUNTER

    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!

    • 1 hr 43 min
    8-4 Play 3/19/2021: OUT OF SYNC

    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!

    • 1 hr 24 min
    8-4 Play 3/5/2021: UP IN SMOKE

    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

    • 2 hrs
    8-4 Play 2/19/2021: DIRECT DE GO!!

    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!

    • 2 hrs 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

AquaGeneral ,

My Current Favourite

I've been listening to podcasts for 9 years. 8-4 Play is actually my favourite to listen to. It's a lot more energetic, fun and simply interesting than any others I've listened to.

stopaskingmeforreviews ,

8-4 Play

Excellent commentary on modern and classic Japanese games, recommended.

EvilHayama ,

Japanese game localisation company discusses games

8-4 is a company that translates video games between english and japanese (and vice versa), this is their podcast, full of discussion on the latest Japanese games, game culture and game news.
The inside stories of people who live in japan AND work in the games industry there AND speak english! Their perspective is very interesting, and some of them are ex-games journalists, so there's a perspective there and the ability to talk well about it.
Often funny, frequently enlightening, always worth it.

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