There was no theme for last week’s episode, which spearheaded an avant-garde low carb trend of not having a theme for every week. That’s right, The DV Cast is now free to talk about whatever the baloney they want whenever the baloney they want, and this week the ingredients are almost as numerous as that of actual baloney. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze– king of swing, lord of banana hoards– lumbers onto the scene with Scooby-Doo comparisons out the wazoo, and the momentous monkey is joined by The Last of Us and Final Fantasy XIV. Stephen really likes both of these games, but other people such as Cameron and Bryan engage in supernatural forms of black magic known as “logic” and “reason” to find fault. If you want to hear more ignorant opinions, you ought to enjoy new segment Ignorpinions, in which the virtues and vices of Thief are blindly proclaimed with no legitimate knowledge on hand.
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There’s no theme for this week’s episode, turning Disembodied Voices into a Wild West Adventure in which the only rule is that there are no rules, which is contradictory in the wildest way. Speaking of oxymora, Zachary has visited the bananas world of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, a land where David Wise and Cranky Kong can high five in harmony. Yet not all is well nor do all hearts combine with friendship, for Stephen and Bryan have become embroiled in brotherly betrayal. The former hid away his unwise dealings with Final Fantasy XIV– the third MMO on his heaping plate of video games leftovers– to avoid scorn/shame while Bryan was out of town, while the latter saw The LEGO Movie again without the former. Thank the Moogle for Cameron and his unity-preserving DK Rap.
The DV Cast tackles the difficult subject of difficult games, which is definitely an excuse to talk about StarCraft II and Spelunky. Stephen is once again exposed to be a closed-minded, selfish neanderthal thanks to his “play as no one but Indiana Jones Spelunky Man” policy and an exclusively Terran-based widow mine strategy, but he balances out the negative karma by quoting “Everything is Awesome.” Speaking of which, The LEGO Movie is haphazardly explained with too much enthusiasm to make sense and Gravity’s weighty subject matter (PUNS PUNS PUNS) gets a thumbs-up in Odd-eo Commentary. If that’s not intense enough for you, Cameron relays his experience riding a Giant Robot in the Titanfall beta, trying as he might to avoid spouting hyperbole like a 1980-something spaceman building a spaceship. Bryan has to close out the show all by himself due to technical difficulties, which brings the episode back full circle since it’s about difficulty, remember?
The DV Cast is ready to roll… the dice! Because this episode is about randomness in game design! Which includes dice! Or a die if you’re working with the singular use! Spelunky and Hearthstone, games that Stephen simultaneously wants to high five and slap in the head, make their own arguments for the great game of chance, but StarCraft Time represents the merits of unyielding uniformity in the face of uneven odds. Cameron becomes a storyteller in the first ever segment Nutter Family History, venturing into the mythical Corn Palace before heading back to Lowrule for some controversial opinions. Bryan, in the meantime, becomes unpopular for having a good time. Speaking of having good times and being unpopular, this episode of Disembodied Voices is ready to roll… the dice! (The joke is funny enough to use twice.)
Everyone’s playing MMOs and that is a weird thing. Zachary has dedicated heart, mind, and soul to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, a world that offers enough J in its RPG to justify roping in such a stalwart defender of the noble genre. This, naturally, sparks a discussion somewhere between amiability and unbridled anger about World of Warcraft’s hotkey-poking combat system, Guild Wars 2′s monster-punching action, and Anarchy Online’s ten-step item-using program. If you think the MMO– once despised by every last member of the DV Cast– is a strange and unreal way to spend an episode, just wait until StarCraft Talk, during which Stephen apparently has a nervous breakdown. This is one quest you’ll definitely want to accept! (That was a lame joke but there will be no apology issued.)
Bryan is in braving the harsh weather in Florida this week (weather reports predict alligators) but everyone else is safe and sound, speaking into microphones as it was always meant to be. Although Cameron’s microphone is on the fritz, that doesn’t stop him from relaying the heartwrenching tale of Organ Trail and how the simulated DV Cast members fell one by one to the apocalyptic realities of ambiguous puns. The journey is almost as deadly as Stephen’s descent into Spelunky, a game he hates and loves much as Gollum hates and loves the Ring. But don’t let these horrible fates get you down; Broken Age is here to brighten up the place up, even if its heroine is a little dull. An in-depth conversation on adventure games and their debatable merits is accompanied by an in-depth conversation on Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and its debatable merits, during which we learn that Zachary is a terrible person. Most exciting of all, Summarize a Game in Five Words forces everyone to bring a handful of games they’re looking forward to– and summarize the picks of someone else! (Oh snap, plot twist!) So join the DV Cast in prayer to keep Bryan safe from ‘gators as you listen to another episode of almost nobody’s favorite video game podcast.
The DV Cast have made a collective decision to let the Cameron license expire in order to focus on what’s really important: themselves. Although everyone’s favorite narcoleptic madman is nowhere to be seen, everyone else gets plenty of time to discuss their favorite Disembodied Voices episodes, moments, and members. Reckless self-indulgence is uninhibited by dignity, as is Zachary’s willingness to play through the convoluted, gummy plot of Kingdom Hearts all over again for seemingly no reason at all. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of Japanese and RPG to go around, for Stephen and and Bryan are busy with a demonic school in which they school demons thanks to Persona 3: FES, even though their in-game MMO pal’s identity is spoiled before its time. Speaking of MMO pals, events are topped off with a weird story about a fairly nonsensical encounter in World of Warcraft which acts as the origin story of this episode title.
2014 has a nice ring to it, does it not? So does the new Disembodied Voices theme song for the new episode of the new year– and the newness doesn’t stop there! This week’s episode is all about trying new things, spearheaded by a bout of very stupid New Year Resolutions, followed by a chat about The Stanley Parable’s range of unconventional emotions, which is chock full of spoilers and stories to tell. New games that the DV Cast regret trying morphs into a violent argument about Futurama (during which Bryan compares Firefly to “trash”), but the open-minded train finds its open-minded tracks once more to close out the show with a round of Words With Acquaintances based on new words nobody in the world has ever heard before. Unfortunately, Stephen is still stuck in the old ways of 2012 (Animal Crossing, World of Warcraft, Sonic the Hedgehog, etc.) but his daring bedtime redeems some of his fuddy-duddy disposition. Join Disembodied Voices in a new year of zany mishaps yay!
And a big thanks to coda who allowed us to use his 100% delightful song Chalupa Pass from his 100% delightful album Minimap! He didn’t even force a blood pact or anything.
Have you noticed that it’s Christmas Eve? Everyone from the DV Cast sure has, except possibly Cameron who might still be a in a coma (citation needed). This, of course, means that it’s time for a holiday episode that decks the hall like a festive interior decorator. Events from Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale, Jak II, and Myst V: End of Ages are told like family stories around a warm hearth, and the potential Year of Yoshi is held in a dubious light like a funky glass of eggnog left out overnight. The yuletide spirit invades segments as well, painting a cheery picture of History Time Christmas memories with happy thoughts hung like stockings on the mantlepiece of holly-wreathed gingerbread marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the snow and… okay, you know what? This was a pretty lame episode. Although Zachary admirably filled in for Cameron during StarCraft Talk, Stephen and Bryan were a couple of uninspired boring faces. Make up your own minds as to the merits of this podcast, dear listeners, but you should really listen to this year’s audio drama Christmas Special instead: A Christmas Kerfuffle. It’s magic!
The good news is that Zachary is no longer in a coma; the bad news is that Cameron totally is. Well, he’s asleep, anyway, and that leaves a trio of largely worn out DV Cast members to keep this podcast afloat on their own. Zachary delights at every turn with stories from the creative world of Tearaway, the self-actualizing Doki Doki Universe, and Ys: Memories of Celceta’s fast-paced adventure. Stephen, on the other hand, is uncharacteristically frustrated and upset with Fire Emblem: Awakening, The Desolation of Smaug (or Smog), and life in general. Bryan’s just trying to stay awake. Take your lumps in this pretty good episode of Disembodied Voices which is not at all about plants after all.