Monday, November 1, 2010

WAHP Stage 010

Warning a Huge Podcast reaches the big ONE ZERO. If you’re interested in current Japanese games, and up to the minute commentary on the industry in Japan, it’s the only podcast worth listening to (probably).

It clocks in at close to 4 hours, which I like, since the commentary is interesting and it allows me to get on with mindless household chores and driving, over a series of days.

Several points of personal interest:

* Details on massive selling of Square-Enic stock by a single person (1% of all company stock, worth $24 million) - possibly a disgruntled fan?

* Fascinating revelation regarding how Japanese developers view western journalists (they don’t like us)

* The usual brilliant segueing into adjacent topics (some obviously staged, and all the funnier for it)

* Brief touch on doujin games, with an interesting idea for a creation model combining the superior production values of Japanese doujin with the more ambitious and experimental mechanics and level design of western indies.

* Hilarious stealth action story at the end, pertaining to life at the old GameFAN magazine, which is well worth waiting for. Or at least I found it amusing – anything which documents office life on games magazines always piques my interest.

They also call for more Twitter followers:
Nick Rox
Casey Loe

Get it at the usual places.

Stage 010
Now Playing: Final Fantasy XIV, Okamiden

Aksys ponders otome games, ITMedia reveals the secret behind Famicom red, OMG WTF Shenmue III, FFXIV backlash grows, Sega making mad money, Platinum Games working on a “major multiplayer title”, Takahashi Keita rolls away from Bandai Namco, fans are pissed over iM@S 2, TokiMemo goes back to junior high school, more join Grasshopper, Level-5 drops the crazy 3DS announcements, Japan thinks the 3DS costs too much, Tatsuya Egawa butchers I mean draws God of War, Square Enix looking for help with Versus XIII, pick your favorite Rockman DASH 3 heroine (we do), Dengeki Wii & DS is no more, Hiroji Oji gets a little AKB48 action, Twitter Watch (Tetsuya Nomura, Hajime Tabata, Kenichi Nishi, Yuji Naka, Yoichi Wada, Hideo Kojima, Motoi Okamoto, Naoki Maeda, Yoshinori Ono),

Coming Next, Comment of You, and Casey joins Twitter!

Game Mentions

World Soccer Winning Eleven 2011, Dream C Club Portable (silent “C”), Phantom Brave Portable, God Eater Burst Append Edition and Regular Edition, Lucian Bee’s Evil Violet, Lucian Bee`s Justice Yellow, Lucian Bee`s Resurrection Supernova, Lucian Bee`s Trilogy Box, Bow-Meow Animal Hospital, Golden Sun: Black Dawn, Solatorobo: Sorekara CODE he, My Waifu ~A Waifu All Your Own~, Radilgy Noah MASSIVE, Radiant Historia, Dragon Ball Raging Blast 2, Tactics Ogre: Wheel of Fortune, The Game of Life: Happy Family, Wii Sports Resort Wii Remote Plus Pack, Party Game Box 100, Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5

Other Game Mentions

Hakuouki Shinsengumi, Will O` Wisp, Death Connection, Kakera, Wand of Fortune, Princess Debut, Yo-Jin-Bo, Angelique, Corda d`Oro, Shenmue, Shenmue II, Hatsune Miku Project Diva, Madworld, Katamari Damacy, Noby Noby Boy, The iDOLM@STER, Tokimeki Memorial: Girl`s Side, MOON, True Fantasy Live Online, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Rockman DASH, Rockman ZERO, Sakura Taisen, Tengai Makyo, Parasite Eve, Policenauts, 12RIVEN -the ψcliminal of integral-, Pro Evolution Soccer, Tail Concerto, Love Plus, Criminal Girls, Radiata Stories, Ys SEVEN, Riviera, Inazuma Eleven, Ushiro


  1. Episode 0 had one zero. ;)

    Episode 10 is actually really good, one of my favorites. Looking forward to the next one.

  2. I rather enjoy 8-4 Play, which was linked to in the last blog post about WAHP, too.

  3. I might turn these into general podcast entries, but I don't have much time to listen to more than one every few weeks. I only recently listened to 8-4's TGS podcast (which was great).

    I like the sound of their next one, it focuses on the NES's 25th anniversary:

  4. These guys rock!

    No really, I wish there were more podcasts about japanese games.