A live show about video games.
The 4Player Podcast
is a daily web show and podcast run by Brad Simons
, David Liao
, Nick Henderson
and Travis Granger
), with special guest appearances by Juan Pantoja
(formerly), Matt Hill
(formerly), Mike Azzato
(formerly), Matt Ortega (occasionally), Bob Webb (occasionally), Aryton Travina (Japancast), Daniel Dae Lee (Japancast), Carlos Ottino
, Nolan Hedstrom
, Joseph Petrick
, Chris Davis, Mike Hidalgo
and Jack Claxton (formerly
). The podcast was originally started by Brad and David as East vs. West, but evolved into the 4Player Podcast after being joined by Travis and Nick.
Any combination of the four plus one or two guests will record a weekly podcast discussing new video games, the state of the video game industry as a whole, and their hopes for new games coming out. On top of that, they also record Dinner Time Podcasts (recorded while out to eat), Revival Podcasts (centering on an older game), and Top Five podcasts (each of the podcasters giving their "top five" of a certain subject). The Cocktail Time Podcast was a side podcast created and hosted by Joseph, with the participants (usually Nick, Carlos and Nolan) focusing their discussions on the video game industry, all the while drinking alcoholic beverages.
The podcast wraps up with the 4Player Minute, with each player stating a shameful secret (something they did recently that they are ashamed of), sweaty palms (something game-related that they are worried about), and hype (something game-related that they are excited about). David hosts his own mini-segment, known as chatter of the week, where he gives an honorable mention to a chatter who contacts him via e-mail. Brad's own unofficial segment is the "Fuck You Of the Week," where he chooses one particular person who is worthy of a Take That
. Occasionally, at the end of a podcast, Brad would host his own mini-show called "Cooking With Brad", where he eats/drinks random snacks whenever he's hungry. Games that they're about to broadcast on the feed are addressed by Brad in another mini-segment called "This Week On the Feed".
They held a sister channel called Japancast, where they broadcast anime and music videos, hosted by Juan and Matt, with David, Aryton and Daniel as guest-hosts. With Matt in college, Juan working at two jobs and the other two being MIA, Japancast is rarely used anymore, other than a backup channel for 4PP when they get issues on JTV issues. The main station of 4PP is in Austin, Texas, though they're known for broadcasting at different hotels, usually whenever they're at an E3 convention.
Notably, 4PP has won Podcast Awards for three years in a row (2009 - 2011), beating out Giant Bomb
(their toughest rival), Hot-Blooded Gaming, The Instance and ESPN Podcast, among others.
They also have a Twitter
and a Facebook page
4PlayerPodcast provides examples of:
- Aborted Arc: "Ask Brad", where he answered questions submitted by fans. It lasted all of four episodes before it was dropped.
- Accentuate the Negative: Brad does this quite a lot.
- Travis also dislikes Gears of War, flat-out calling it a shitty game, while saying that the sequel was "probably just as shitty" (he did like the Lancer gun, though), but that's mostly because he's frustrated with the cover system concept in general.
- Nick also severely disliked the Halo series, primarily because of Hype Backlash with the Master Chief, whom he viewed as a Creator's Pet. To be fair, he became interested in the series lore once he played ODST, even more so with Halo 4.
- A God Am I: Nobunaga considers himself one. He even has his own Tomb of Rapture!
Travis: What am I to you? A GOD!!!
- Alliterative Name: 4PlayerPodcast.
- Note: Many fans are under the false impression that the nightly gaming broadcast on twitch.tv is the podcast. The podcast is actually recorded once a week, and uploaded to their website and iTunes.
- Ascended Extra: Their mods are broadcasting on the feed a lot more often than before, namely Scifichick and Greyfox.
- Ascended Meme: Remember Scooter Brothers? GTA V certainly does.
- Ax-Crazy: Nobunaga; he even managed to genuinely frighten someone on Halo 3.
- Also, Jack when playing Uncharted 2.
- Bears Are Bad News: Nick and Brad take on Condemned 2's most infamous scene in "Holy Crap, That's A Bear!"
- Beating A Dead Player: YOU GOT DEAD SPACED, MOTHERFUCKER!
- Berserk Button: Travis' alter-ego Nobunaga gets his pressed when he is told to shut up by players on Halo 3 Multiplayer.
Travis: '"Who do you think you are, Jacob? I will FIND you, and I will END you!"
- Big "NO!": David has one during a playthrough of Superman 64, when he just misses a car he's supposed to stop and can't catch up.
David: I stopped it-NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
- Black Comedy Rape: Implied in this video . Also counts as a Big "NO!".
- Black Sheep: Brad and Mike view this of Mass Effect 3. Nick might agree, but he's never voiced it.
- The Bus Came Back: After years of inactivity, Travis returns to the feed for a bit.
- Butt Monkey: Nick got made fun of quite a lot, mostly at the hands of Travis, and made an easy target partially because of his height. There are a surprisingly large number of videos on youtube in which Nick is a "bottom." But as seen below, they're still friends. Happens less often now that Travis is absent.
- Catch Phrase: Each of the four main guys has at least one or two.
- "Somebody highlight that shit so I can watch it any time I want!"
- "Hello, I'm Nick Henderson of the 4Player Podcast, and this is Podcast number [insert number here]."
- "What a bag of dicks."
- "HELLOOOO, I AM NOBUNAGA, AND THIS IS MY QUEST!"
- "BOOM SAID THE BLIND MAN!"
- Cluster F-Bomb
- Comedic Sociopathy: If an open sandbox game such as GTA is being played, expect a lot of this from Brad.
- Continuity Nod: Revenge on Condemned Bear!
- Creator Backlash: The infamous Scooter Brothers video. The fans love it. Brad regrets ever letting it be posted.
Brad: Are you people stupid? This is a dumb clip! Look at this! 2.5 million for this crap?
- Demoted to Extra: Travis was one of the founding 4PP members, and the second most frequent broadcaster throughout its early years. By the time March 2012 rolled around, he's since left the group, only showing up for cameos in podcasts, guest hosting on occasion and being name-dropped every now and then by chat.
- Mike and Jack are in the same boat. Both were pretty regular members from May 2011 to 2012, particularly when Brad briefly moved in with Jack. However, Mike's busy handling things with his band, while Jack's living away from Austin, so neither of them are on as much, although this is most evident in Jack.
- There's also Matt Ortega, Vunik in chat. He started casting in January 2012, and remained a fairly regular member throughout the year, but it's decreased by a bit since August came along.
- The Dreaded: Played for Laughs. Occasionally, an insect would pop in to "terrorize" the guys during live podcasts; viewers often call them the "Bugs of Krondor" (three roaches, then two moths).
- Dueling Shows: Practically every year since they first won, 4PP will ultimately compete against several other well-known podcasts for the yearly podcast awards. Their best-known rival is Giant Bomb.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Things were much different during their earlier years of existence. 4Player Network was still 4Player Podcast, their website wasn't made yet, they didn't have mods play on the feed, they were playing on JTV instead of Twitch, Cooking With Brad was a regular segment, Japancast was still operational, there were more horror games being played and many of their current members (Nolan, Mike, Joseph, Bob, Kris et al) weren't there. Most notably, this was when they were a lot more tight-knit, where Juan, Travis and David were still on the team.
- Elephant in the Living Room: Nobody's going to acknowledge the mammoths?
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Mike is this, based on the cries of joy in chat when it's said that he's going to broadcast.
- In-universe examples: Brad particularly liked Barmy and Mo'Chocolate from The Tester.
- Fan Disservice: David once donned a pair of hot pants while playing Muscle March for the Wii.
- Five-Man Band: Has varied over the years, as people have come and gone and the group has grown and shrunk. As of 2012, it's roughly:
- The Leader: Brad Simons (the most frequent broadcaster).
- The Lancer: Joseph Petrick (formerly held by David Liao).
- The Big Guy: Carlos Ottino (formerly held by the boisterous Travis Granger).
- The Smart Guy: Nolan Hedstrom (the intern).
- The Chick: Nick Henderson (still the go-to Butt Monkey).
- Sixth Ranger: Chris Davis and Bob Webb, with occasional appearances by Mike Hidalgo, Jack Claxton, George Denison and Jeffrey DeMelo. Joseph was the primary Sixth Ranger during the first couple of years, but he's been upgraded to The Lancer since David was Put on a Bus.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: David, Brad, Nick and Travis.
- I'll Be in My Bunk: In this beauty of a highlight, Nick suggests to David that they take a break so he can meet with his girlfriend. Turns out, he "misunderstood the plan" and this priceless moment happens:
Nick: Nevermind, David, I misunderstood the plan.
David: What do you mean? What was the plan?
Nick: [pause] Give me... give me a minute.
Nick: Goddamnit, David!
- Implacable Man: It took seven tries in a row for Brad to finally beat Seth.
- It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Brad seems to view Heavenly Sword and Dantes Inferno in this light, as God of War clones, though he certainly enjoyed the occasional 'shooter' elements of the former. He's met with agreement by the others on the latter.
- Karmic Death: Featuring Nico.
- Lampshaded Double Entendre: The guys love the "That's what she said" joke.
- Large Ham: Nobunaga is practically made of ham.
- Long Bus Trip: Travis was one of the original 4 players, but had been absent for quite a while, and many chatters and site-goers alike asked the question of what happened to him, many thinking he "quit." He was actually in Europe, and returned for a brief period of time, but he finally did quit in March of 2012.
- Mind Screw: Brad had one when he watched this trailer.
- He experienced two others here and here.
- Mr. Fanservice: Inverted. All of the guys have different tastes on what they consider fanservice.
- Name's the Same: Mike Azzato is the artist. Mike Hidalgo is the singer.
- Nightmare Fuel: Brad actually experienced this when he watched The Shining as an eight-year old.
- No Indoor Voice: NOBUNAGA! THIS IS HIS QUEST!
- All of the broadcasters have been guilty of this at least once.
- Oh, Crap: David's reaction at the end of this video .
- Overly Long Gag: Brad has said "Fuck it, I'm out." in the Just Cause 2 Demo a grand total of about 30 times, and that number is still growing.
- Pet the Dog: NOBUNAGA adopts a random Halo 3 teammate as his "son" and becomes fiercely protective of him.
NOBUNAGA: MY NAME IS NOBUNAGA AND FENDER BENDER IS MY SON! FUCK JESUS! WHAT DID HE KNOW?! HE DIED! FENDER BENDER IS FOREVER WITH ME! FENDER BENDER, YOU ARE A MAN!
- Put on a Bus: David's living in Houston, so he can't show up in the main podcast as often.
- Reality-Breaking Paradox: Brad almost breaks reality trying to figure out what would happen if they broadcasted themselves broadcasting themselves.
- Recurring Boss: Any time a roach pops in during a podcast; people will invariably call it the Roach of Krondor.
- Refuge in Audacity: And how!
- Running Gag: Brad repeatedly pauses the game during his solo playthrough of Ju-on whenever he's frightened, which ends up being about once every 30 seconds.
- Schedule Slip: Thoroughly averted. There is a broadcast every day of the week, and a day has not been missed in over three years.
- The Scrappy: Each of them has a game that they revile to the core, but all of them disliked Final Fantasy XIII.
- Scrappy Mechanic: Travis dislikes the cover system found in Gears of War, while Brad is notorious in his dislike for turret sequences and mega-boss battles.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Expect to hear a lot of screaming when a Survival Horror game is being played. Brad is especially prone to this.
- Sensory Abuse: Make sure you aren't wearing headphones when NOBUNAGA is about.
- Shameless Self-Promotion: Done at the end of almost every podcast.
Nick: Don't forget to subscribe to us on iTunes and visit our website at 4playerpodcast.com!
- So Bad, It's Good: Not the show itself; this is how Brad and David view The Tester.
- Spin-Off: Japancast, which focuses on Japanese games, animation, film, television and music. It had its own Five-Man Band in the form of Juan, David, Matt, Aryton and Daniel, with the first two as the most frequent broadcasters, Matt as a Guest Star Party Member and the other two as writers/bloggers. Since most of them are busy elsewhere, Japancast was mostly dormant for quite a while, though David remains a regular broadcaster at the original channel. Nowadays, due to copyright issues with another channel with the same name, Japancast was renamed into New School Kaidan (NSK for short), and it's now hosted by David with Daniel and Aryton; it's easy to think of NSK as a Spiritual Successor to Japancast.
- A lesser-known spin-off broadcast was Travis' original profile, Visimicus, also known as The Trio of Gaming. Hosted by Travis, the channel was formed because Travis wanted to broadcast in his hometown just before he went to college, so he brought Japancast alumni Matt (then-college hopeful) and his friend Sean into the equation. The channel was suspended due to Travis showing meatspin on the live feed, but he created a new account called Travis4pp as compensation.
- The Stoic: Hidalgois a hell of a lot calmer than any of the others.
- Straight Gay: Two of their mods, Greyfox_vinzin and Scifichick.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Subverted with Carlos. He's still a Butt Monkey, but he's far more of a Deadpan Snarker than Juan.
- Take Over the World: Nobunaga's intended goal, but it's never outright stated.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Nico on a bike. The first comment explains.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Brad does this while playing Infamous.
Brad: "Can't catch me. I'm the fucking gingerbread man, bitch."
- Too Dumb to Live: Carlos as "Ramon" in Demon's Souls.
- Tournament Arc: Played with. Having finished Valkyria Chronicles first, Brad famously challenged Travis, David and Nick to finish the game on their own; Travis supposedly had the lead, but David finished the day after Brad issued the challenge.
- Unpopular Popular Character: Brad's character, The Weezard, in their D&D campaign, was this. Due to his squeeky voice, and being played by Brad, the viewers all found him hilarious. Within the campaign, the other characters found him so annoying that nobody objected when Nick kicked him across the entire town.
- Unusual Euphemism: They often mix up several swear words together whenever they're frustrated or intimidated, like "dick-butt".
- Creative Cursing is a mix-and-match notebook with random words on opposite sides of the book.
- Verbal Tic: David has a habit of asking for confirmation after making a statement, i.e. "X, right?"
- Vitriolic Best Buds: All of them.
- The Wiki Rule: Here