Episode 99 of Disembodied Voices was so thrilling, so captivating, so bold in its uncompromising sense of gut-wrenching spirituality, that an entirely inevitable decision has been made: Episode 99 Part 2. Like Final Fantasy X-2, you will continue to follow the adventures of three heroic figures without the bother of another whole number to get in the way, except that the DV Cast members don’t sing pop music very much. But hey, turn that smile upside down because here comes the friendly video game tsunami, and it’s headed straight for your house! The risky game of Steam Roulette sends Bryan and Cameron into a tailspin of irregularity, Stephen recounts the numerous gifts he purchased for Bryan’s birthday (including TOKYO JUNGLE), and everyone excitedly chatters over Pokemon X/Y in excited and chattering ways.
[NOTE: This episode is posted out of order because it disappeared from Planet Earth for seemingly no reason and is now being re-uploaded. The DV Cast have prepared a statement about this unfortunate situation: Weird.]
The previously unimaginative DV Cast members are finally playing games that aren’t made and/or directly inspired by Blizzard, but they forget to talk about them because they’re so distracted by Valve! You’ll find Rayman Legends kerfuffle, Death Note conspiracy theories, and jingles galore seasoning this episode, but the real meat is in StarCraft Talk (now an official segment) and a lengthy discussion on Steam’s wacky new friends, Controller and Operating System. If these seemingly boring topics are actually boring to you, sorry. It’ll be different next week, but maybe you should expand your horizons.
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!