Mario is in the hearts and minds of the DV Cast this week, as are his many friends and enemies. Especially the enemies, but that comes later. You see, Stephen and Bryan have been playing oodles of Super Mario 3D World, a game tells the tail of King Koopa Meow-ser as he hatches the purr-fect plan to cat-ure Princess Peach and whisk ‘er away. As for the Wii-U-less Cameron, he’s been enduring the Samsara Cheese Wheel of Eternity in his arch-nemesis Dark Souls between long bouts of StarCraft Talk with baneling basher Bryan. History Time looks back on Mario memories, fond and finicky alike, before It’s-a Who? takes the world by storm with its quiz-like horrors. If this podcast were a piece of scenery, it would have little cartoon eyes like in the Mushroom Kingdom. It’s just that lively.
The fine, familiar, festive holiday of Thanksgiving is this very week, so the DV Cast have decided to talk with each other about video games. This is what they do every week, but this time it’s a holiday. Zachary “Next Gen” Walton explains the technical feats of the PlayStation 4 and the emotional state of himself (the latter of which has been strengthened by a new season of My Little Pony). You’ve got Knack, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Resogun, Ustream– the whole nine yards. The game-playing habits of Stephen and Bryan are still trapped in an all-encompassing Blizzard, but they have a hilarious and outrageous story to tell that is bound to become the biggest family feature film of 2014. (It involves Super Mario 3D World, so you know it has to be lovely.) Speaking of Nintendo games that were released on November 22nd of 2013, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds receives accolades, surpassing its divisive and smelly predecessor Skyward Sword. Lastly, a round of Thanksgiving segments set a warm, generous tone for the end of another episode, with or without sweet potatoes depending on your preference.
That PlayStation 4 video game console device is out on the market, but since the only DV Cast member who owns one is out sick, the others decide to talk about every other Sony product instead. It doesn’t take long for Stephen to starting saying dumb statements about Crash Bandicoot the Wombat during History Time and sullying the original PlayStation’s good name in the process, which turns Cameron Kratos-red with anger. Level-headed Bryan manages to stay above the Sony All-Stars Battle Royale with his commanding presence as Person Who Talks the Most, which is a fitting title during StarCraft Talk. An exciting gambit of video games can also found in this podcast, including World of Warcraft, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, which– combined with livetweets– should bring in the mainstream media like never before. Good times roll like heads from the God of War’s wrath, so feel free to Crash the party!
Sports! The moment that word slips out, every member of the DV Cast can’t help but to dash for the catcher’s mitts and televised footballing events to cheer, holler, and create hullabaloo about their very favorite hobby on this green earth. Despite all of that being an insidious lie, this episode of Disembodied Voices is technically about sports– particularly Zachary getting beaned in the head with a baseball and Bryan getting clubbed in the head with a bat– but in reality this topic spends a lot of time on the bench. Video games such as stinky bummer Sonic Lost World, anti-jump-scare Fatal Frame, and kind of okay Tiny Death Star (AKA Moisture Farmville) quickly rush in to fill the gaps, accompanied by super fun segments. Food Time compares fine cheeses and divides people on the mayonnaise issue while Odd-eo introduces a useful means to Nickelodeon game shows. The conversation is like Navi from the opening of Ocarina of Time as it flits here and there, occasionally bumping into things, and that’s just the way it’s done here at Disembodied Voices HQ. Come along for the ride, will you?
What are your go-to games, reader and potential listener? Which ones do you never tire of playing, or even if you do, you continue consuming because you are physically/mentally unable to stop? The DV Cast (minus Zach) shed their own light on this cold-button issue (a cold-button issue is something that nobody else is really talking about), which serves as the theme of Episode 101. Summarize a Game in Five Words gives poetry to opinion while brand new segment Steamed Broccoli encourages the invasion of privacy via Steam history, each of them tying into go-to games in their own special way. You’ll also hear about Typing of the Dead: Overkill’s secret to success, the yakuza’s involvement in The Sims 3, and 1080 Avalanche’s affordable madness. There’s also some StarCraft Talk, but it would be easier to count the episodes not featuring Zerg-related conversation at this point.
Everyone’s here for the 100th Anniversary Regarding Episode Count Rather Than Actual Years of Disembodied Voices, and sir/madame, you have a personal invitation printed on really nice stationary in your mailbox. Segments are back (for real) among other exciting crazy amazing adjective changes in this triple-digit entry, and since this episode is releasing alongside a documentary in which the DV Cast say their own names over and over again, it is right and it is just that the theme should center on masters of title repetition: Pokemon. Cameron watches helplessly as boredom trumps nostalgia, but Stephen is there to agreeably disagree with every other word with a spring in his step and a Ponyta on his wishlist. Zachary is digging the fashion craze sweeping through Kanto, Skiddo faithfully by his side, while Bryan theorizes on the inconvenient truth of Mr. Mime. And hey, the segments were no falsity dreamed up to trick you into reading further: StarCraft Talk returns and Words With Acquaintances debuts, the latter of which brings the joy of word association to the world of Pocket Monsters. Welcome to the episode with the most zeros ever, which is two.
Cameron is asleep again, so it’s up to the remaining DV Cast members to carry the sputtering torch of Episode 99. In its third evolution, this episode covers a whole bunch of Japanese ground, including Pokemon’s video game and anime forms, difficulty levels of JRPGs vs. visual novels, Death Note’s non-spoilery plot twist of radical wildness, and a comprehensive history of the Dragon Ball franchise. But don’t worry! Those in search of something far from Kyoto’s fair cityscape can enjoy Bryan’s tribulations of Civilization V, in which he plays… ahem… as Japan.
Episode 99 of Disembodied Voices was so thrilling, so captivating, so bold in its uncompromising sense of gut-wrenching spirituality, that an entirely inevitable decision has been made: Episode 99 Part 2. Like Final Fantasy X-2, you will continue to follow the adventures of three heroic figures without the bother of another whole number to get in the way, except that the DV Cast members don’t sing pop music very much. But hey, turn that smile upside down because here comes the friendly video game tsunami, and it’s headed straight for your house! The risky game of Steam Roulette sends Bryan and Cameron into a tailspin of irregularity, Stephen recounts the numerous gifts he purchased for Bryan’s birthday (including TOKYO JUNGLE), and everyone excitedly chatters over Pokemon X/Y in excited and chattering ways.
[NOTE: This episode is posted out of order because it disappeared from Planet Earth for seemingly no reason and is now being re-uploaded. The DV Cast have prepared a statement about this unfortunate situation: Weird.]
The previously unimaginative DV Cast members are finally playing games that aren’t made and/or directly inspired by Blizzard, but they forget to talk about them because they’re so distracted by Valve! You’ll find Rayman Legends kerfuffle, Death Note conspiracy theories, and jingles galore seasoning this episode, but the real meat is in StarCraft Talk (now an official segment) and a lengthy discussion on Steam’s wacky new friends, Controller and Operating System. If these seemingly boring topics are actually boring to you, sorry. It’ll be different next week, but maybe you should expand your horizons.
Short and full of obnoxious noises, Episode 98 is the Wario of Disembodied Voices. As usual, the DV Cast haven’t been playing any video games, but they talk about lots of things anyway. For example, Stephen raises a concern that rankles his soul, claiming that Bryan isn’t homogenous enough and would he please stop making up opinions of his own? This doesn’t work very well as Bryan immediately swivels in the direction of StarCraft II where he greets his dark master Cameron who has corrupted the younger brother’s soul with his malicious ways. They’re all pals in the end, of course, agreeing with one another that iOS 7 is rad and Death Note is rad also, so don’t worry about those guys. As for you, it is recommended that you join the good times and listen in!