Console modification expert Christa Lee joins our stateside panel to answer the same gauntlet of questions 8-4 Play faced in episode 307J.

Questions this week:

  1. How has Japanese corporate culture manifested itself in the history of game development? (03:29)
  2. What are Japanese arcades like right now? (08:54)
  3. Design an online multiplayer game where the mechanics are intended to incorporate international time zone differences. (14:43)
  4. Jaffe’s NieR Automata Dilemma: How is it that sometimes a video game sequel or follow-up can be technically better than the previous one in every way, but you don’t like it as much? (20:32)
  5. What’s your approach to game localization purity? (28:19)
  6. Which game studio has produced the most good games without releasing ANY bad ones? (37:31)
  7. What is the “But doctor, I am Pagliacci!” of video games? (48:02)

LIGHTNING ROUND: First Person Pronouns (55:31)

Recommendations and Outro (01:07:48)

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Tim: Invite a friend to a movie but don’t tell them what it is, then have them do the same to you. But make sure the movie is interesting, not Expendables 4 or whatever.

Christa: Void Stranger

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers, and Christa Lee. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.