With that lovable, pesky Cameron out of the picture (at the zoo?), Zachary steers the podcast eastward to his true homeland of Japan. That country’s unique brand of RPGs pop up in the form of Final Fantasy VIII and Ni No Kuni, which doesn’t do much to turn Stephen and Bryan from their skeptical ways. They’re much happier at talk about Birthday Games, Birthday Games, Stephen Got Them for His Birthday– it’s kind of a new segment. Why, there’s maddeningly hilarious Nightshade, controversial hot button voter issue 1080 Avalanche, uncomfortable dream machine Chulip, and more besides! But really, when it comes down to it, Disembodied Voices is about love, and so is a large chunk of this podcast during which the trio talks about romance in video games and how it’s almost always dumb. And, to honor the absent Cameron, this description will end with an obligatory “Your FACE is dumb.”
Stephen has been busy with his coming-of-24–years-of-age ritual over the past week, which includes playing one video game from every console he owns. Vanquish and Jumping Flash 2 steal the show with cutting edge technology, but Fragile Dreams breaks Zachary’s fragile heart because Stephen and Bryan are angry at it. Such is the way of life, and Cameron has been learning life lessons aplenty by reconnecting with Pajama Sam, so he no longer has a need to hide when it’s dark outside. Unfortunately, these good, honest morals didn’t rub off on the DV Cast at large and the entire podcast begins to crumble when Zachary steps out to watch the live Hyrule Warriors Nintendo Direct and Stephen does the same after Bryan refuses to watch The LEGO Movie with him, which sends Cameron into a blind rage and Bryan into a desperate hosting mode. Nobody died, but it was close.
This episode begins with lots of yelling, so that’s… good. But who wouldn’t raise his or her voice in celebration when Stephen’s birthday just happened, complete with fifteen new old video games hand chosen by Bryan and just waiting to be played? Cameron helped out by sending Stephen a copy of Ollie Ollie and singing loudly, distracting himself from the murky fate of Destiny with merrymaking and the like. He also joins forces with Zachary in a militant anti-MOBA stance, which leads a bit more yelling. There’s also video games and stuff– just listen to the episode already!
The DV Cast talk about their dreams this week. Not their hopes or ambitions, mind you, but those weird hallucinations they all get when unconscious for the night. These visions involve cowboys, fractured bones, and GameCubes that hold souls of the dead within. Speaking of unsettling glances into the minds of the podcasters, Bryan and Zachary have been playing an online game of Civilization V with new friend Parker. He won’t be a new friend for long, unfortunately, as Bryan is a warmongering madman who bathes in blood and brushes his teeth with tears of the innocent. Stephen would be crushed beneath his world-spanning heel as well were it not for World of Warcraft sucking him under the tides of darkness and into the fishy seascapes of Vashj’ir wherein he rides seahorses all day and all night. (This might also be a dream…?) After an update on the Whales are Whales Minecraft server, Bryan rudely yells over Stephen’s exciting news and storms out, leaving his brother and Zachary to finish up by themselves. A silly conversation about Sonic Jump Fever evolves into a solemn perspective on today’s youth, so there’s that.
War never changes, but Zachary does. He’s all goofy about MMOs these days– an obsession shared by the resident brothers– and he owes it all to Final Fantasy XIV. This makes Stephen happy, but Cameron becomes disillusioned about the world because of this and then mysteriously disappears from the Skype call, which also makes Stephen happy. (Those two settle their differences by arguing vehemently about A Game of Thrones.) Bryan is, as usual, towing the line and playing Hearthstone with a likable spirit impenetrable from unlikable things such as The Dead Linger and Spyro the Dragon: Enter Elijah Wood. That also sets a new record for celebrity references in a Disembodied Voices episode which is just kind of weird.
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!
Before the party can even get started, Cameron crashes it with harsh words for his arch nemesis Phil Fish. Philosophically and geopolitically speaking this debate is fascinating, but mostly is stupid. Of course, so is Tomodachi Life, but that doesn’t stop Stephen from telling the tale of a demonically possessed Brett Elston Mii with a chilling photography hobby. The Witcher is a bright, cheery fantasy world in comparison, and Bryan is keen on uncovering its obtuse secrets. Speaking of bright and cheery fantasy worlds, Zachary has been immersed in a funny anime called Precure, which is delightful if unsurprising. Oh, and Stephen was almost eaten by a tiger, which is a FAR CRY from the tame sim games he’s so fond of playing. You probably ought to hear it all for yourself.