Episode 114: Tough E. Nuff for You?

The DV Cast tackles the difficult subject of difficult games, which is definitely an excuse to talk about StarCraft II and Spelunky. Stephen is once again exposed to be a closed-minded, selfish neanderthal thanks to his “play as no one but Indiana Jones Spelunky Man” policy and an exclusively Terran-based widow mine strategy, but he balances out the negative karma by quoting “Everything is Awesome.” Speaking of which, The LEGO Movie is haphazardly explained with too much enthusiasm to make sense and Gravity’s weighty subject matter (PUNS PUNS PUNS) gets a thumbs-up in Odd-eo Commentary. If that’s not intense enough for you, Cameron relays his experience riding a Giant Robot in the Titanfall beta, trying as he might to avoid spouting hyperbole like a 1980-something spaceman building a spaceship. Bryan has to close out the show all by himself due to technical difficulties, which brings the episode back full circle since it’s about difficulty, remember?

Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: Difficult Move Indeed, originally from SD Snatcher and ReMixed by Commandcom.

Episode 113: Never/Always Tell Me the Odds

The DV Cast is ready to roll… the dice! Because this episode is about randomness in game design! Which includes dice! Or a die if you’re working with the singular use! Spelunky and Hearthstone, games that Stephen simultaneously wants to high five and slap in the head, make their own arguments for the great game of chance, but StarCraft Time represents the merits of unyielding uniformity in the face of uneven odds. Cameron becomes a storyteller in the first ever segment Nutter Family History, venturing into the mythical Corn Palace before heading back to Lowrule for some controversial opinions. Bryan, in the meantime, becomes unpopular for having a good time. Speaking of having good times and being unpopular, this episode of Disembodied Voices is ready to roll… the dice! (The joke is funny enough to use twice.)

Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: Roaming… Please Wait, originally from Final Fantasy and ReMixed by BONKERS.

Episode 112: Realms Reborn, Horizons Expanded

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.)

Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: Pwntera, originally from Ragnarok and ReMixed by OA.

Episode 106: Not So Much About Ice Levels

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.

Opening song: Funky Bits by Yoann Turpin.

Coma song: Lament of a Stranger by Kan R Gao.

Ending song: Holiday Frappe, originally from Mario Kart 64 and ReMixed by Tweex.

Episode 104: Next Gen(erosity)

The fine, familiar, festive holiday of Thanksgiving is this very week, so the DV Cast have decided to talk with each other about video games. This is what they do every week, but this time it’s a holiday. Zachary “Next Gen” Walton explains the technical feats of the PlayStation 4 and the emotional state of himself (the latter of which has been strengthened by a new season of My Little Pony). You’ve got Knack, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Resogun, Ustream– the whole nine yards. The game-playing habits of Stephen and Bryan are still trapped in an all-encompassing Blizzard, but they have a hilarious and outrageous story to tell that is bound to become the biggest family feature film of 2014. (It involves Super Mario 3D World, so you know it has to be lovely.) Speaking of Nintendo games that were released on November 22nd of 2013, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds receives accolades, surpassing its divisive and smelly predecessor Skyward Sword. Lastly, a round of Thanksgiving segments set a warm, generous tone for the end of another episode, with or without sweet potatoes depending on your preference.

Opening song: Funky Bits by Yoann Turpin.

Ending song: So Long and Thanks for All the…, originally from Sonic 3 & Knuckles and ReMixed by Red Tailed Fox.

Episode 103: #theDVcast #Sony #livetweetFTW

That PlayStation 4 video game console device is out on the market, but since the only DV Cast member who owns one is out sick, the others decide to talk about every other Sony product instead. It doesn’t take long for Stephen to starting saying dumb statements about Crash Bandicoot the Wombat during History Time and sullying the original PlayStation’s good name in the process, which turns Cameron Kratos-red with anger. Level-headed Bryan manages to stay above the Sony All-Stars Battle Royale with his commanding presence as Person Who Talks the Most, which is a fitting title during StarCraft Talk. An exciting gambit of video games can also found in this podcast, including World of Warcraft, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, which– combined with livetweets– should bring in the mainstream media like never before. Good times roll like heads from the God of War’s wrath, so feel free to Crash the party!

Opening song: Funky Bits by Yoann Turpin.

Ending song: Hogging Molly, originally from Crash Bandicoot and ReMixed by Brandon Strader and Rexy.

Episode 100: Triple-Digit, Double Trouble

Everyone’s here for the 100th Anniversary Regarding Episode Count Rather Than Actual Years of Disembodied Voices, and sir/madame, you have a personal invitation printed on really nice stationary in your mailbox. Segments are back (for real) among other exciting crazy amazing adjective changes in this triple-digit entry, and since this episode is releasing alongside a documentary in which the DV Cast say their own names over and over again, it is right and it is just that the theme should center on masters of title repetition: Pokemon. Cameron watches helplessly as boredom trumps nostalgia, but Stephen is there to agreeably disagree with every other word with a spring in his step and a Ponyta on his wishlist. Zachary is digging the fashion craze sweeping through Kanto, Skiddo faithfully by his side, while Bryan theorizes on the inconvenient truth of Mr. Mime. And hey, the segments were no falsity dreamed up to trick you into reading further: StarCraft Talk returns and Words With Acquaintances debuts, the latter of which brings the joy of word association to the world of Pocket Monsters. Welcome to the episode with the most zeros ever, which is two.

Opening song: Funky Bits by Yoann Turpin.

Ending song: The Destiny Infinite, originally from Pokemon Red/Blue and ReMixed by Darkesword.