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 105: From Accordion Guy to Zombie Shroom

Mario is in the hearts and minds of the DV Cast this week, as are his many friends and enemies. Especially the enemies, but that comes later. You see, Stephen and Bryan have been playing oodles of Super Mario 3D World, a game tells the tail of King Koopa Meow-ser as he hatches the purr-fect plan to cat-ure Princess Peach and whisk ‘er away. As for the Wii-U-less Cameron, he’s been enduring the Samsara Cheese Wheel of Eternity in his arch-nemesis Dark Souls between long bouts of StarCraft Talk with baneling basher Bryan. History Time looks back on Mario memories, fond and finicky alike, before It’s-a Who? takes the world by storm with its quiz-like horrors. If this podcast were a piece of scenery, it would have little cartoon eyes like in the Mushroom Kingdom. It’s just that lively.

Opening song: Funky Bits by Yoann Turpin.

Ending song: Slide from Super Mario 64.

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 101: History Repeats Itself and So Does Animal Crossing

What are your go-to games, reader and potential listener? Which ones do you never tire of playing, or even if you do, you continue consuming because you are physically/mentally unable to stop? The DV Cast (minus Zach) shed their own light on this cold-button issue (a cold-button issue is something that nobody else is really talking about), which serves as the theme of Episode 101. Summarize a Game in Five Words gives poetry to opinion while brand new segment Steamed Broccoli encourages the invasion of privacy via Steam history, each of them tying into go-to games in their own special way. You’ll also hear about Typing of the Dead: Overkill’s secret to success, the yakuza’s involvement in The Sims 3, and 1080 Avalanche’s affordable madness. There’s also some StarCraft Talk, but it would be easier to count the episodes not featuring Zerg-related conversation at this point.

Opening song: Funky Bits by Yoann Turpin.

Ending song: Musicolours, originally from The Sims 3 and ReMixed by Guifrog.