With that lovable, pesky Cameron out of the picture (at the zoo?), Zachary steers the podcast eastward to his true homeland of Japan. That country’s unique brand of RPGs pop up in the form of Final Fantasy VIII and Ni No Kuni, which doesn’t do much to turn Stephen and Bryan from their skeptical ways. They’re much happier at talk about Birthday Games, Birthday Games, Stephen Got Them for His Birthday– it’s kind of a new segment. Why, there’s maddeningly hilarious Nightshade, controversial hot button voter issue 1080 Avalanche, uncomfortable dream machine Chulip, and more besides! But really, when it comes down to it, Disembodied Voices is about love, and so is a large chunk of this podcast during which the trio talks about romance in video games and how it’s almost always dumb. And, to honor the absent Cameron, this description will end with an obligatory “Your FACE is dumb.”
As the title correctly puts it, this episode is not so much about ice levels. Although Bryan the Host claims the opposite, his Disembodied pals are too busy singing, playing video games, and being in a coma to listen. That topic is left out in the cold for some honest discussion about things that Stephen shouldn’t like but does– Battlefield 4 and Tomb Raiders– along with Cameron’s mild infatuation with Tearaway. The Final Fantasy and Metal Gear franchises also get a thorough talking-to, bogged down delightfully with numbered sequels and incomprehensible storylines. As for Bryan, he’s been asking for Papers, Please as he struggles to support his family, morals warring with money in a monotonous game of empathetic intrigue. Two History Times and bunch of silly jokes round this adventure out to be the best one since Episode 105.