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. :)
There was no theme for last week’s episode, which spearheaded an avant-garde low carb trend of not having a theme for every week. That’s right, The DV Cast is now free to talk about whatever the baloney they want whenever the baloney they want, and this week the ingredients are almost as numerous as that of actual baloney. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze– king of swing, lord of banana hoards– lumbers onto the scene with Scooby-Doo comparisons out the wazoo, and the momentous monkey is joined by The Last of Us and Final Fantasy XIV. Stephen really likes both of these games, but other people such as Cameron and Bryan engage in supernatural forms of black magic known as “logic” and “reason” to find fault. If you want to hear more ignorant opinions, you ought to enjoy new segment Ignorpinions, in which the virtues and vices of Thief are blindly proclaimed with no legitimate knowledge on hand.
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Have you noticed that it’s Christmas Eve? Everyone from the DV Cast sure has, except possibly Cameron who might still be a in a coma (citation needed). This, of course, means that it’s time for a holiday episode that decks the hall like a festive interior decorator. Events from Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale, Jak II, and Myst V: End of Ages are told like family stories around a warm hearth, and the potential Year of Yoshi is held in a dubious light like a funky glass of eggnog left out overnight. The yuletide spirit invades segments as well, painting a cheery picture of History Time Christmas memories with happy thoughts hung like stockings on the mantlepiece of holly-wreathed gingerbread marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the snow and… okay, you know what? This was a pretty lame episode. Although Zachary admirably filled in for Cameron during StarCraft Talk, Stephen and Bryan were a couple of uninspired boring faces. Make up your own minds as to the merits of this podcast, dear listeners, but you should really listen to this year’s audio drama Christmas Special instead: A Christmas Kerfuffle. It’s magic!
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.
Cameron is no longer sleeping on the floor of an airport, so launch the fireworks and toast your complimentary Capri Suns, celebrate, celebrate. The entire DV Cast has reunited to talk about that most pleasant of subjects (video games), and no dearth of subject matter is to be found. Despite a tense argument over the perceivable cuteness of Wittle Wuna (?), the air is filled with lots of jovial talk about Zachary’s continued Tales tale, Cameron’s appreciation of Kill Place 3, and Bryan’s juggling of strategy games. Stephen just talks about stuff like Pokemon cards and Star Wars LEGOs, which no one really wants to hear. And then Cameron quits. So this is an exceptionally normal episode of Disembodied Voices. Enjoy!