The DV Cast talk about their dreams this week. Not their hopes or ambitions, mind you, but those weird hallucinations they all get when unconscious for the night. These visions involve cowboys, fractured bones, and GameCubes that hold souls of the dead within. Speaking of unsettling glances into the minds of the podcasters, Bryan and Zachary have been playing an online game of Civilization V with new friend Parker. He won’t be a new friend for long, unfortunately, as Bryan is a warmongering madman who bathes in blood and brushes his teeth with tears of the innocent. Stephen would be crushed beneath his world-spanning heel as well were it not for World of Warcraft sucking him under the tides of darkness and into the fishy seascapes of Vashj’ir wherein he rides seahorses all day and all night. (This might also be a dream…?) After an update on the Whales are Whales Minecraft server, Bryan rudely yells over Stephen’s exciting news and storms out, leaving his brother and Zachary to finish up by themselves. A silly conversation about Sonic Jump Fever evolves into a solemn perspective on today’s youth, so there’s that.
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.
When video games need talking about, Disembodied Voices has them covered every time. Cameron’s hunt for a radical 2D platformer, Zachary’s awkward time with Wario, Bryan’s disappointment with Paper Mario: Sticker Star, and Stephen’s total lack of anything game-related are all overshadowed by (at the time of recording) an approaching shadow of mystery known as the Wii U. Its lack of technical power evolves into a sprawling discussion of Nintendo’s current state and how that affects everyone as human beings– whether today or in the misty-eyed veil of childhood– along with concerns and hopes for the future of this grand obsession they all share. As an added bonus, the panelists tell everyone what is currently on their desks! Before setting your sights on Thanksgiving, enjoy this bigger-than-usual feast of audiological words. Disembodied Voices does not provide the gravy.
Episode 62 of Disembodied Voices covers the exciting world of movies, novels, and YouTube videos. Video games are present also. Zachary has a boatload of horror on his mind, including Home, Corpse Party, and a grueling quest of death and redemption through the daunting spectral forms of Dark Souls. Cameron is more into Darksiders 2, the wonderful game that never ends, as he grouchily denounces everything Stephen likes. Speaking of Stephen, he’s been playing Sonic Generations and inserting Star Wars quotes when he thinks nobody’s listening (and pointing them out when he is ignored). Bryan finishes Alpha Protocol and sails off into the sunset with a psychotic version of Nolan North, followed by an expansive game of Civilization V. The exciting bit pops up with a listener email, not only proving once and for all that someone hears all of this nonsense, but going on to compliment said nonsense with articulate pleasantries. Next thing you know, Disney will buy Disembodied Voices Episode for several billion dollars! (That was a topical reference.)
Opening song:Test Dummy, originally from Mega Man 2 and remixed by AE.
The DV cast returns in this climactic edition of the podcast that no one listens to! Cameron says many a nice thing about Rome: Total War, but Stephen has learned to hate Romans through his traumatic Civilization V experience. He also hates Cameron’s British accent, a hurtful act that demands apology. Bryan joins the Cameron-offending fun with his choice of Dragon Age: Origins, despite the sheer victory of finishing it on the Nightmare mode, followed by a debate concerning right, wrong, and morally ambiguous opinions. Oh, and homemade candy is involved at some point. All of this and more is crammed into your headphones/speakers of choice with Disembodied Voices Episode 57.
The Disembodied Voices saga continues with Borderlands 2, Torchlight 2, Portal 2, and possibly some other twos that slipped between the cracks. Jumping into roman numerals, Stephen turns the norm on its head and becomes obsessed with complex strategy game Civilization V; also stomping common sense into the ground is Cameron as he spends lots of time with his PlayStation Vita. Bryan and Zach play a combined total of two dozen RPGs, however, which is exceedingly average. Adventure, excitement, and unforgivably horrible accents await you, so have a listen to the cultural phenomenon that is Disembodied Voices Episode 56. Up to six billion players.