Who Is World 8?
In 2010, four men had a dream. A dream to take the video game world by storm by providing insightful, thought-provoking, and world-class discussion to the masses and usher in a new age of gaming criticism and enthusiasm.
We are not those four men.
World 8 is simply a group of four mid-Missouri college students (both former and currently) whose members cope with their unhealthy video game obsessions by talking about them. A lot. Much of our conversations are dominated by recently released games, but we also indulge in reminiscing about our all-time favorites. And the occassional Venture Brothers reference for good measure. We are a goofy bunch, but we talk as much sense as we do nonsense.
A badge of honor.
Our beginnings were humble. (but then again, whose weren't?) The University of Columbia-Missouri was home to a small internal newspaper organization that allowed students such as AJ Hurst and Chase Koeneke to earn their chops writing game reviews, but it also eventually produced a podcast devoted to covering various news in the world of entertainment media, and AJ and Chase were quick to jump at the opportunity to contribute to a video games-focues section. Their time was limited to 7 minutes at the most, leaving them feeling unsatisifed.
Not long after, a mysterious gentleman by the name of Bryan Edelman showed up at the offices and quickly made his presence known with his rambunctious and enthusiastic personality. A genuine friendship began to grow, and through Bryan we were introduced to the even more mysterious Jordan Baxter. Video games were allowed slightly more time on the microphone with each passing month. Before a years time had passed, however, the newspaper decided to cut the video games section entirely in favor of focusing on more popular subjects (like fashion. Pfft.), leaving the rest of us to figure things out on our own.
Scraping by with just enough knowledge of the web and audio recording, we decided to start our own show so that we could continue the good times, experiment without time restrictions, and get Jordan on board. Since April 2010, we have slowly improved our craft, and we are happy to continue providing our own brand of insanity to any fans of gaming that are looking for more unorthodox views on games and the topics surrounding them.
Chase KoenekeFollow @chase_koeneke
Online Handle: Chal00pacabra
Our most esteemed of hosts, Chase is a strategic communication major at the University of Missouri. Knowing he wanted a career in gaming, Chase took some 3D animation and modeling classes hoping to one day be a designer. Two years later, he realized he wasn't getting out of it what he wanted. Setting his sights on writing and a job a games journalist, Chase came to MU for a journalism degree. Another two years, and once again, he realized he still wasn't quite satisfied. Switching gears again, Chase is aiming for the world of advertising and PR. But hell, give it two more years, and he’s sure to have another new plan.
No matter his career path, Chase loves to write, specifically about games. He frequently posts on Bitmob and has written game reviews for his college's student newspaper where he briefly served as the Arts and Entertainment Editor.
Fun Fact: Chase is the only guy at World 8 without a PlayStation 3 (an issue fellow World 8 member Bryan Edelman frequently demands Chase rectify.) In fact, he’s the only one without all five current consoles, though he has the other four.
- Advance Wars series
- Assassin’s Creed
- Capcom Vs. series
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- Dragon Quest IX
- Golden Sun series
- Half-Life series
- Jade Empire
- Knuckles’ Chaotix
- Mario Kart 64
- Paper Mario
- Perfect Dark
- Pokemon Red/Blue
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Star Fox series
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
- Super Smash Bros. series
Video games were something always just out of reach of AJ for most of his childhood, but that didn't stop him from renting Kirby Super Star from the same rental store 8 different times, or sneaking quarters out of his parents' drawers to build an arcade fund. Once he got an original GameBoy of his own, it was all downhill from there. Then he discovered this wonderful thing called "The Internet" around 2003 and went even further down the rabbit hole with no chance of escape.
AJ also had this crazy idea of writing game reviews for his college paper, and those suckers working at the paper actually allowed him to do it. Three years worth of written reviews, blog posts, and brief podcasts later (and about 1200 hours of Team Fortress 2), he graduated with a Bacehlor's in IT and a minor in English Writing. But that whole podcast thing was just too fun to pass up, so when the guys he did games coverage at the paper with started talking about making their own show, he was on board immediately.
He's not in Columbia, MO with the other guys anymore, but there's always Skype. They can't get away from nerdy discussion about Shin Megami Tensei games that easily.
- Team Fortress 2
- Kirby Super Star
- Left 4 Dead
- Left 4 Dead 2
- Super Smas Bros. series
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
- The World Ends with You
- Star Fox 64
- Tekken 5
- Rock Band & Rock Band 2
- Burnout 3: Takedown
- Pokemon Red & Blue
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Bryan EdelmanFollow @Bryan_Edelman
Online Handle: SuperYambo2Turbo
This enthusiastic young man’s very first memory is of playing video games. He immensely enjoys playing little-known games; if it’s out there, and obscurely wonderful, he’s probably played at least some of it. In fact, out of all of the members of the World 8 podcast, Bryan has probably played the most games. However, if someone were to suggest a fun, yet unfamiliar game, he would probably be willing to at least try it out.
After writing game reviews for his college newspaper alongside podcast discussions, Bryan set out with Chase and AJ to create the World 8 podcast (the thing that the site you’re looking at right now is for). They don’t yet have a water cooler, but they’ll get to it after they’ve finished building their super death ray that is really only designed to lightly warm up cookies.
Bryan is a graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a BA in Anthropology, and he is also pursuing a degree in Computer Science (in order to attempt to create games). This accounts for the many occasions on which he debates the cultural practices of citizens of the "Pokèmon" world. Really, who sends 14-year old children out on epic journeys to seek out and subdue extremely dangerous wild animals?
Survey says: the Japanese!
- Age of Empires II
- Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
- Cave Story
- Command & Conquer: Renegade
- Final Fantasy IV Advance
- Final Fantasy Tactics
- Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland
- Legend of the Dragoon
- Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
- Mega Man X
- Mega Man Legends
- Metal Slug Anthology
- Mike Tyson’s PunchOut!!
- Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Smash TV
- Sonic 3 & Knuckles
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- Super Mario World
- Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
- Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
- The Orange Box
Jordan BaxterOnline Handle: Wizard22
... Who the hell is this guy?
- Dissidia: Final Fantasy
- Dissidia 012[duodecim]: Final Fantasy
- Civilization V
- Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker