Wednesday, April 6, 2011

WAHP 15 - Japanese podcast

The latest "Welcome! A Huge Podcast" has been out for over a week, and I'm late to the party. Read on for awesome info on the latest show all about Japan.

The format is different in that it's been done by 3 guest speakers: Christian Nutt, Heidi Kemps, and Kevin Gifford.

I was only previously aware of Kevin, from Magweasel, but the other two newcomers also know their stuff and the entire show is full of lots of esoteric information - it doesn't feel dumbed down and the really geeky conversations are great to revel in (though Christian does handily take moments to explain stuff that might be a little too obscure). The only factual complaint I have is they described the First Lady of Videogames as being, I think, Rieko Kodama. When really it's probably Roberta Williams (pictured). Then again I have been beard deep in HG101's adventure book, helping to proof read it, so I have Roberta on the brain now (my god that sounds wrong).

It was a really good episode, maybe a little wordy in places, but a few personal highlights are as follows:

* Discussion on the hosts' time working on various games magazines was fascinating - I'd like an entire show dedicated to this, with the original 3 chaps and these guest speakers.

* Discussion of how Japan's economy and games market was dealing with the recent tragedy was very enlightening

* Japan's KUSOGE 2010 awards, which is especially interesting if you've been enjoying HG101's kusoge series.

* Detailed Comiket explanation from Heidi. I now, more than ever, want to visit Comiket. If I end up spending a thousand bucks on a summer holiday in Japan, I am blaming this podcast.

* Kevin Gifford's wacky, slightly deranged, but hilariously awesome random singing. In Japanese. It should be a regular staple of the show. In fact I think either Casey Loe or Shidoshi should attempt kidnapping Gifford (he reveals where he lives in said podcast), in order to guarantee singing in future podcasts.

Anyway, it was a good listen for 3 hours and 40 minutes. Not to everyone's taste, but with plenty of great bits. Hilarious end segment too.

WARNING! A Huge Podcast is Approaching Fast!

A podcast covering the world of Japanese gaming, brought to you by long-time stars of the gaming press Christian Nutt (1P), Heidi Kemps (2P), and Kevin Gifford (3P).

//Stage 015
//Main Topic: Our Introductions to Imports + Comiket

//Now Playing: Hard Corps: Uprising, Pokemon Black, Yakuza 4, Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel, The 3rd Birthday, Dragon Quest VI

//Subtopics: Japan goes on a massive game cancellation + delaying spree, concern over Tokyo Game Show 2011, Akihabara killer gonna be killed, Hudson gonna be killed (by Konami), the winners of best kusoge of 2010, Coming Next, and a whole lot of the great talk you always love from us!

//00:01:20 – Intro
//00:16:42 – Releace a New!!
//01:03:59 – Hot Infos
//01:59:40 – Let`s Discussion
//03:17:44 – Coming Next
//03:41:38 – Untitled End Segment

//So You Don`t Miss It:

//Coming Next Japan Game Mentions
//Mamoru-kun Was Cursed!! ~Meikai Katsugeki Wide Version~, BlazBlue Continuum Shift II, Oneechanbara Special, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 Professional, Bullet Soul, Cubic Ninja, Earth Defense Force 2 Portable, Pilotwings Resort, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Super Robot Wars II Z: Hakaihen

//Other Game Mentions
//Dracula X, Xanadu, Faxanadu, Ys I & II, Rolling Stone: Drum King, Ys III, Ys: The Oath in Felghana, Contra, BlazBlue, Dragon Quest, Tactics Ogre, Yakuza: OF THE END, PowerPro Baseball, Tokimeki Memorial, Monster Rancher, Princess Maker, Dream Club, Kurohyou, Phantasy Star Portable, Valkyria Chronicles 2, Parasite Eve, Monster Hunter, Fatal Frame, Ikenie no Yoru, Disgaea 4, Dragon Quest VII, Final Fantasy XIII, Dragon Quest IX, Deca Sports, Momotaro Densetsu, Birubaku, Motorstorm 3, Dead or Alive: Dimensions, Inazuma Eleven, Steel Diver, Dynasty Warriors 7, Tales of Destiny, Bomberman 3DS, Omega Five, Tengai Makyou, Miami Law, Arc the Lad, Growlancer, Kabuki Klash, Oriental Blue: Ao no Tengai, Bokosuka Wars, Final Fantasy XIV, Major Wii – Perfect Closer, Kakuto Chojin, Crimson Tears, Pro Golfer Saru, Appleseed Ex Machina, Love Root Zero Kisskiss Labyrinth, Jinsei Game: Happy Family, Sengoku Hime 2, Shura no Mon, Last Rebellion, Virtual-On Marz, Criminal Girls, Dino Crisis 3, Blade Dancer, Dragoneer`s Aria, A Witch`s Tale, Bumpy Trot, Hello Kitty to Issho! Block Crush 123!, Chrono Trigger, Seiken Densetsu 3, Final Fantasy V, Atelier Iris, Secret of Mana, Romancing SaGa, Phantasy Star IV, Illusion of Gaia, Toshinden 2, Jung Rhythm, Robo-Pit, Shin Megami Tensei: Soul Hackers, Lunar: The Silver Star, Samurai Spirits RPG, Radiant Silvergun, Linda3, Suikoden II, Fhey Area, Sol Feace, Heavy Nova, Earnest Evans, El Viento, Anetto Futatabi, Cosmic Fantasy Stories, Sonic Aventure, Sonic Colors, Godzilla Generations, Final Fantasy VIII, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Crash Bandicoot 3, Dokodemo Isshou, Persona, Gokujyou Parodius Da!, El Shaddai, Sengoku Basara, Pokemon, Tower of Duraga, Peggle, Etrian Odyssey, Bayonetta, Gunstar Heroes, DoDonPachi Black Label X, Mind Jack, Nier, Bullet Witch, Drakengard, Drag-On Dragoon, Blue Dragon, My World My Way, Master of the Monster Lair, Namco x Capcom, World of Warcraft

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