The 4Player Podcast is a daily web show and podcast run by Brad Simons, David Liao, Nick Henderson and Travis Granger (formally), 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 Pittman 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.
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Aborted Arc: "Ask Brad", where he answered questions submitted by fans. It lasted all of four episodes before it was dropped.
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!
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'restill 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!"
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.
Ear Rape: Make sure you aren't wearing headphones when NOBUNAGA is about.
Sixth Ranger: Chris Davis and Bob Webb, with occasional appearances by Mike Pittman, 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.
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.
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.