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.
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.
Welcome to Disembodied Voices Episode– just kidding! It may be Tuuuuuueeeeeeeeesday, but your regularly scheduled show is punched in the kidney by an angry internet connection, slashing Stephen and Bryan from the Skype call and pinning each and every one of our hopes on the intrepid pair of podcast pals Cameron and Zachary. They swap stories about the recent Steam sale and then the episode ends. Direct link to the episode yaaaaaaay!
Before the party can even get started, Cameron crashes it with harsh words for his arch nemesis Phil Fish. Philosophically and geopolitically speaking this debate is fascinating, but mostly is stupid. Of course, so is Tomodachi Life, but that doesn’t stop Stephen from telling the tale of a demonically possessed Brett Elston Mii with a chilling photography hobby. The Witcher is a bright, cheery fantasy world in comparison, and Bryan is keen on uncovering its obtuse secrets. Speaking of bright and cheery fantasy worlds, Zachary has been immersed in a funny anime called Precure, which is delightful if unsurprising. Oh, and Stephen was almost eaten by a tiger, which is a FAR CRY from the tame sim games he’s so fond of playing. You probably ought to hear it all for yourself.
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.
From the parting mists steps a man, sallow eyes lit by the neon glow of a hundred distant city lights like a bowl of souls catching fire. He’s been to Hell and back, this man, and pain trails him in the night.
“Transistor,” the man they call Cameron whispers through the dark, “isn’t as good as Bastion.”
Well, Stephen “Never Shuts Up” Kelly has a more optimistic appraisal of the situation, and he gingerly attempts to step around the spoilers for Bryan’s sake. To further disillusion Cameron, Dark Souls 2 has bested him and nobody wants to play Titanfall; they’d rather talk in-depth about TV’s Arrow and its distinctly non-Marvel take on superheroes. This bores Cameron, as does brand new segment Stephen’s Haphazard Video Game Reviews… Yeah, which invites listeners and a rinky-dink tale of Sonic Advanced and a little bit of pinball. After all of these difficult times, it’s a wonder that Cameron wants to extend the podcast past its usual hour mark to discuss the nature of action adventure games and whether or not that genre actually makes any sense.
If you’re in the niche category of people who play video games, watch movies, or eat food, then your needs will be well served during this episode Disembodied Voices. Stephen just finished an idyllic romp through Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Adventure Time Season 2, leaving him in a cloud of smiling butterflies that won’t last forever. Several superhero shows (including The West Wing) are suggested to fill the gap of exciting television drama, but Bryan’s only solution for gaming is World of Warcraft because power leveling to 90 is all-consuming. Not to be out-all-consumed, Zachary has devoted his life once again to a JRPG; his newest fancy is Grandia III, a PS2 classic that has been stealthy hanging out on his shelf for years. So then, dear listener, you are invited to stealthily hang out on the shelf of Disembodied Voices by listening in without the express knowledge of the panelists!
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. :)
Cameron is still chilling with the bros. in Houston, but they have an additional disembodied voices to contend with thanks to Zachary “Still On Skype” Walton. That guy is a Dark Souls II fiend, and he dumps info like a Metal Gear Solid cutscene until his audience is satisfied. Funny enough, Metal Gear is the very next topic to get passed around as the Texas-bound trio have been working through Guns of the Patriots as they make gravelly grunts in the backs of their throats. Some other things happened too, presumably, but they really talked about those two things a lot.
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.