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!
The gifts have been given. The games have been played. Here now stand four members of the DV Cast in the bright, fresh year of 2014 to conclude the Not So Secret Thanks a Lot Bryan Tactical Espionage Santa Xperience 2013. Stephen embarks on a decidedly Japanese RPG in Ys I, Bryan cautiously peers into the tiger-infested jungles of Far Cry 3, Cameron runs off at the speed of love to meet Sonic Generations and Sonic CD head on, and Zachary cackles with mad glee at the prospect of tearing into bottom-of-the-barrel motorcycle wreck Ride to Hell: Retribution. Will these games become beloved favorites for all of time or will they ruin Christmas forever? Both of these outcomes are profoundly unlikely!
Welcome one and all to the second annual Espionage Santa Xperience! The DV Cast may be taking a little break from regularly schedule episodes of podcastery, but they are a generous lot and have drawn names in secret (se-cret; sēkrit; easily perceived or understood; clear, self-evident, or apparent) to spread the holiday cheer of Steam with one another. Although the results cannot be here divulged, know that each and every gift given is practically a parody of the person giving it– maybe you can even guess what’s underneath the digital wrapping paper! Tune in next week to see how each member took to his assigned slice of Christmas magic.
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.
[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.
Have you heard about the digital retailer for video game products called Steam? Stephen, Bryan, and Zachary sure have, and they’ve decided to talk about it for a while. 2013’s Summer Sale is off to a brutal and silly start with Tomb Raider and Scribblenauts Unlimited, respectively, and the process of buying discounted games is compared to beer commercials. As for Greenlight, the disturbing hoops developers must jump through rub everyone the wrong way, but the root problem is how dumb people are. The discussion finished up with each member’s favoritest and leastest favoritest aspect of Steam, so there’s your weekly dose of both positive and negative opinions. Stick around to the end, by the way, if you want to hear about Stephen’s transcendent dream.
Welcome one and welcome all to the first annual Espionage Santa Xperience! To celebrate the gift of giving and, in equal turn, receiving, the DV Cast have each been randomly assigned another podcaster to shop for via Steam. But here’s the catch: The recipient must play his gifted game within one week’s time regardless of quality or malicious intent on part of the benefactor. The presents have been figuratively wrapped with care, awaiting this very day– Christmas– to be opened. Join in the jolly festivities to discover the secret treasures that lie within, and tune in next week to hear the results!
Opening/ending song: Christmas in the Village (Silver Bells), originally from Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals and remixed by Dale North.[audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/98302924/Espionage%20Santa%20Xperience.mp3]