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.
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.
Opening song: Funky Bits by Yoann Turpin.
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.
Cameron is no longer sleeping on the floor of an airport, so launch the fireworks and toast your complimentary Capri Suns, celebrate, celebrate. The entire DV Cast has reunited to talk about that most pleasant of subjects (video games), and no dearth of subject matter is to be found. Despite a tense argument over the perceivable cuteness of Wittle Wuna (?), the air is filled with lots of jovial talk about Zachary’s continued Tales tale, Cameron’s appreciation of Kill Place 3, and Bryan’s juggling of strategy games. Stephen just talks about stuff like Pokemon cards and Star Wars LEGOs, which no one really wants to hear. And then Cameron quits. So this is an exceptionally normal episode of Disembodied Voices. Enjoy!
Cameron is sleeping on the floor of an airport, leaving everyone to pick up his slack (but hopefully not his unsanitary habits). As it turns out, however, a roomful of ferrets is no way to live a clean and virtuous life, and neither is xenophobia, forcing Stephen to confront two very important aspects of his worldview. As usual, Zachary’s worldview is firmly focused on Japan; specifically, on Tales of Xillia. Speaking of that country, Bryan has middling things to say about Skulls of the Shogun, which was developed in the west but is totally about shoguns. Fortunately, lots of fun stuff swoops in to save the day, including a spontaneous game of Name That Pokemon, qualitative assessments of Batman graphic novels, and Stephen’s RPG Maker title “Lair of Lobster Man”. It’s an especially good and goofy episode of Disembodied Voices, so don’t be a square; enter its domain!
If you’d like to experience the shoddy and heart-pounding survival horror game “Lair of Lobster Man” for yourself, here’s a download. Your computer will probably say that it’s malicious, but it seriously isn’t.
Mighty podcasting powers combine in this all-star edition of Disembodied Voices (which essentially means all four regulars showed up this time). Guild Wars 2 is the center of attention, going so far as to achieve the Zachary Seal of Approval, a slightly more illustrious award than Cameron’s Game Changer trophy awarded to The Walking Dead. Further discussions include Battlefield 3 and its allegedly overpowered anti-air weaponry, the shocking quality of I Am Alive, and– naturally– the escapades of Stephen and Bryan in World of Wacraft, cut short by a certain disgruntled gentleman who will not be named. (It’s Cameron.) A brand new segment known as PokeMYSTERY has the DV cast determining which Pokemon names are real and which are totally made up. Conkeldurr and Amoeboar send their regards. It is thoroughly recommended that you grab a snack, recline in your seating of choice, and listen to Disembodied Voices Episode 54, the theater of the ear.
Opening song: Test Dummy, originally from Mega Man 2 and remixed by AE.
Ending song: I Choose You, Pikochu!, originally from Pokemon Advanced Generation: I’ve Begun Hiragana and Katakana and remixed by WillRock.