Episode 122: The Man with the Crooked Nose

Video games are back! And so is Zachary! Nostalgia is unleashed upon the panel like a wistful genie from a wistful bottle as Stephen relates his trip through the very first episode of Disembodied Voices, reminding everyone that they have come a long way and that Dragon Age is better than Mass Effect. Less sentimental is hell, but that’s where Cameron has been living for weeks now. Diablo III has its claws in the poor fellow, and he’s dragging his comrades down with him. Zachary can’t bother with demon duty as his Vita (AKA NGP) needs tending, mostly because of his favorite title Ys Every Game in the Series. Bryan ditches the show early, unfortunately, leaving Stephen to ramble on about games that nobody else really cares about and Cameron to make a lazy mess of the ending. Some things never change.

Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: Crash Test Dummy Man, originally from Mega Man 2 and ReMixed by A_Rival.


Episode 120: In Which Stephen Weirds Everyone Out Again

Zachary becomes the Lord of All Goats this week. In other news, Stephen and Bryan finally have a hearth to hearth about Hearthstone after the rest of the DV Cast harshly rejects their heist-that-isn’t-a-heist to hook a computer into a separate room. To be fair, Cameron is too busy preparing for Titanfalls to pay much heed to the dreams and aspirations of anyone else, let alone Blizzard and its continuing struggle to make Diablo III reach its demonic potential. Speaking of brand new releases for today’s generation of gamers, Project Snowblind blindsided Stephen with a revolutionary idea that first-person shooters will look to for eons to come: level design. These are exciting times, folks, and you get to spend them with Disembodied Voices!

Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Stephen Noir: Main Theme, from Gunpoint and composed by John Robert Matz.

Heist Song: Blob in Space, from de Blob 2 and composed by John Guscott

Ending song: Purple Heart, originally from Rush’n Attack and ReMixed by goat.


Episode 119: More Like Metal Gear Pallid

Panelist Cameron Nutter is no longer voiced by David Hayter, which wouldn’t be so bad if Disembodied Voices didn’t sell out and hire Tara Strong for the role of Bryan. All of these voice actor woes make the iffy changes of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes seem like the smallest of potatoes, despite the fact that it facilitates an enormous conversation rife with controversy, conspiracy, and some other enticingly alliterate word. Less infamous and yet vastly more InFamous is PS4 blockbuster InFamous: Second Son, winning over Zachary’s embittered anti-Cole mindset. All of this cutting edge technology puts Stephen in the mood to play Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (BLAST PROCESSING) and makes Bryan want to play Hearthstone (because everything makes Bryan want to play Hearthstone). Crazy Taxi is also yelled about, so good on that.

Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: Mystical Groove, originally from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and ReMixed by Arceace.


Episode 118: Waluigi Hates This Podcast

Zachary may have lost his job, but one thing he will never lose is the will to Dark Souls. He leads the group in discussion about this transcendent experience and its uncanny ability to cause those who gaze upon its ebony night-colored glory to weep with tears of despair, and of joy, and of fury. Cameron’s crying days are over, however, as is his fanatic loyalty to My Little Pony, which spawns the second most in-depth conversation of this particular episode. While emotions are high, why not remember Remember Me, a game that everyone is yelling about and yet nobody really knows what to think? At least the DV Cast understands Titanfall, even if it’s accidentally insulted it a lot without being offered proper defense or even a lousy trial. Speaking of subjects relevant to Cameron, you don’t want to miss brand new segment Cameron’s News Alert, during which Cameron alerts us of news relevant to him! Afterwards, um… Waluigi happens. Or something.

Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: Super Hipster Land, originally from Super Mario Land and ReMixed by Blen.


Episode 117: Wrath of the Nutter Butter

You may remember the long-harbored Disembodied Voices contention that surfaces once in a blue moon, but this time Cameron has stolen the entire stash for himself and is throwing it at Bryan! And who can blame him? Constructing bridges in the self-explanatory Bridge Constructor and watching hundreds of people perish because of your own uncontrollable hubris would put anyone in a foul mood, as would the stinky final boss from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which drove Stephen and Bryan bananas. Actually, Zachary’s had a rough time as well with the trying trials of Dark Souls, even though the experience has ultimately made him a wiser, stronger, happier person. It’s a good thing RPGs like Bravely Default, Knights of the Old Republic II, and World of Warcraft exist to calm everyone down and fill them with the inner warmth of predictable combat encounters. If you, too, take these values to heart, then please join the DV Cast in an audio adventure you will never forget for at least a day.

And don’t forget about Whales are Whales, the fun-filled network that Disembodied Voices calls home!

Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: Blast Beatdown, originally from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble and ReMixed by tefnek and zircon.


Episode 116: Where There’s a Whale There’s a Way

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.

Even more exciting than that (if possible) is the announcement of Whales are Whales, a brand new network for shows just like Disembodied Voices. Support everyone in the DV Cast by exploring its website of wonder and finding yourself a new favorite show, why don’t you!?

Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: On the Day the World Changed…, originally from Secret of Mana and ReMixed by Christian Pacaud, MAG, and ktriton.


Episode 114: Tough E. Nuff for You?

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?

Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: Difficult Move Indeed, originally from SD Snatcher and ReMixed by Commandcom.


Episode 113: Never/Always Tell Me the Odds

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.)

Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: Roaming… Please Wait, originally from Final Fantasy and ReMixed by BONKERS.


Episode 112: Realms Reborn, Horizons Expanded

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.)

Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: Pwntera, originally from Ragnarok and ReMixed by OA.


Episode 111: “Organ Trail” is a Pun FYI

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.

Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: AmIEviL, originally from The Secret of Monkey Island and ReMixed by AmIEviL.