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.”
This episode begins with lots of yelling, so that’s… good. But who wouldn’t raise his or her voice in celebration when Stephen’s birthday just happened, complete with fifteen new old video games hand chosen by Bryan and just waiting to be played? Cameron helped out by sending Stephen a copy of Ollie Ollie and singing loudly, distracting himself from the murky fate of Destiny with merrymaking and the like. He also joins forces with Zachary in a militant anti-MOBA stance, which leads a bit more yelling. There’s also video games and stuff– just listen to the episode already!
War never changes, but Zachary does. He’s all goofy about MMOs these days– an obsession shared by the resident brothers– and he owes it all to Final Fantasy XIV. This makes Stephen happy, but Cameron becomes disillusioned about the world because of this and then mysteriously disappears from the Skype call, which also makes Stephen happy. (Those two settle their differences by arguing vehemently about A Game of Thrones.) Bryan is, as usual, towing the line and playing Hearthstone with a likable spirit impenetrable from unlikable things such as The Dead Linger and Spyro the Dragon: Enter Elijah Wood. That also sets a new record for celebrity references in a Disembodied Voices episode which is just kind of weird.
Ahoy, web surfers! Come closer, come closer, stay a while and listen. Disembodied Voices is not dead after all (oh snap, plot twist!) and there is all manner of wonderful thingies to talk about. For example, do you remember E3 2014? That crowded social gathering with all the moving pictures? The DV Cast has lots to say about it, particular concerning The Legend of Zelda Wii U. And old Bryan, you remember that wild man, right? He’s still Ragnarosing it up in Hearthstone and his loyal brother Stephen– the guy who makes the bad jokes, you know?– has become his pupil in training. Oh goodness, and then there’s the infamous Cameron Nutter, a gentleman who needs no introduction but got one anyway because it’s fun to mess with him. He’s stealing stuff as usual, but it least this time his criminal antics are being kept within Battlefield: Hardline. Finally there’s Zachary, back again performing for you, and Transistor gets a critical appraisal that kind of sums up every conversation this podcast has had about the game so far. Yes indeed, here in the suburban burg of Disembodied Voices you will find fun; not the musical group, but the emotional concept.
May the fourth be with you, and may it also be with Zachary ’cause it’s his birthday! (At the time of this recording, at least. Come on, these guys don’t have time travelling powers like Putt-Putt. Not everyone can be like Putt-Putt you judgmental ruffian.) The episode starts out with a bunch of yelling and weird music, but before you know it Zachary is jumping out of his own metaphorical birthday cake to make a surprise appearance. He and Cameron go on and on about Dark Souls II again, so you’d better be down for talks of death and stat-based intrigue. There’s still room for Guess That Pokemon: Wookieepedia Edition, a quiz that pits two beloved science fiction universes together in a clash that reveals Admiral Ackbar’s first name. Cameron hates this game. :)
The DV Cast knows nothing about space-time continuum, but something somewhere must have broken something fierce because worlds are colliding like Super Smash Bros. in here. Cameron has traveled from Oregon City to the sandy land of Texas in which Stephen and Bryan reside, resulting in a very, very exciting outcome: the ability to test a new microphone! Cameron takes this opportunity to rifle through the brotherly duo’s video game shelf (comprised mostly of Sonic Adventure 2) and wastes no time in finding his oldest friend and ally Resident Evil 4. A newcomer to the game collection is Metal Gear Solid 4, which the panel finds to be weird. Incidentally, Stephen teaches everyone about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. All this and more is discussed in real time with real people in real life on a real couch and one real chair, but they accidentally recorded with the MacBook instead of their new microphone so they quit the podcast.
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!