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.)
Short and full of obnoxious noises, Episode 98 is the Wario of Disembodied Voices. As usual, the DV Cast haven’t been playing any video games, but they talk about lots of things anyway. For example, Stephen raises a concern that rankles his soul, claiming that Bryan isn’t homogenous enough and would he please stop making up opinions of his own? This doesn’t work very well as Bryan immediately swivels in the direction of StarCraft II where he greets his dark master Cameron who has corrupted the younger brother’s soul with his malicious ways. They’re all pals in the end, of course, agreeing with one another that iOS 7 is rad and Death Note is rad also, so don’t worry about those guys. As for you, it is recommended that you join the good times and listen in!
If you’re an ardent anti-Stephen activist, this episode will be one heck of a roller coaster. Things start off with some etymological discourse (a par for the course opening) before leaping head first into Rayman Legends, a game which everyone seems to agree is, to borrow a rustic form of old English dialog, the bomb. The aforementioned Stephen isn’t there to join in on the camaraderie, however, until returning from his volcano spelunking and/or xenophobe convention trip when the “Cameron is thinking about pirating something” sirens go off again. This is timed perfectly with Zachary’s announcement that Puppeteer is so, so wonderful and probably better than both Gunstringer and Puppet Ganon. It’s not long before Stephen and Bryan want to have detailed discussions about World of Warcraft locales, which sparks a noisy argument from certain parties who will remain nameless named Cameron. Lastly, there’s a new segment that probably won’t return: PC TALK. For all your graphics processing unit needs, skip to the end of this episode.
After years of pure selfishness and a little bit of malevolence thrown in for good measure, the DV Cast is finally giving something back. Specifically, a beta key for Hearthstone, Blizzard’s new card-based battlefield of shiny spells and nifty numbers. With this edge-of-your-seat, seat-of-your-pants exciting contest as the centerpiece, you just might miss the fact that nobody has any idea what to talk about, so the rest is mostly haphazard chaos. At least Guild Wars 2 is still going strong, as is Cameron’s determination to not spend real money on fake cats. Bryan doesn’t have this problem, instead dedicating his cold, hardened heart to playing grueling StarCraft matches and not being emotionally manipulated by Season 2 of Sherlock. As for Stephen? He’s pretending be a robot and an orc, but thankfully not at the same time. Yep, for sure, it’s another episode of Disembodied Voices.
Oh yeah, and about that Hearthstone key. Just use the contact form here to leave your five-word review (details in the episode, good sir/madame) and we’ll get back to you! Also, important: follow the rules, man! Name the game you’re reviewing, double check your word count, etc. You won’t win if you don’t submit the bestest of all.
UPDATE: The contest is over! Thanks so much for playing if you, indeed, did play!
This week on Disembodied Voices the topics revolve around sexism and its oft-crossed line between parody and immaturity, Kickstarter’s long-term dependability with big-budget projects, and the social stigma of anime along with recommendations from a panel of diverse human beings. No, Stephen, Bryan, Cameron, and Zachary have no idea what happened either, but that’s what this episode is about. It’s also full of debate/arguments/contention, but does include a smattering of video games such as Tales of Xillia, Killer is Dead, Guild Wars 2, and Hero Academy. If you’re up for a nontraditional bout of hearty discussion, this is the show for you!
The Absolutely Free Weekend of Guild Wars dominates this week’s conversation, raising cultural tensions even more than usual as Zachary’s beloved Japanese RPGs are pushed to the side in favor of the West. Stephen the Asura Guardian, Bryan the Charr Mesmer, and Cameron the Norn Warrior paint a painterly picture of why they’ve been having such a blast running amok in Not-Azeroth, which includes a critical analyses of capital cities and a funny story about how Cameron accidentally did the right thing. There is sadness amongst the joy, however: Stephen’s BACNLFF (Best Animal Crossing: New Leaf Friend Forever) moved out of his town, but not out of his heart. To balance out these emotional swings, Zachary updates us on his steadfast quest through Tales of Xillia, followed up by a very brief round of Review a Game in Five Words. That’s it’s for this episode, but look forward to the new series “MMO Bros.”, in which Stephen and Bryan talk about MMOs for multiple hours!