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!
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!
Ahoy, web surfers! Come closer, come closer, stay a while and listen. Disembodied Voices is not dead after all (oh snap, plot twist!) and there is all manner of wonderful thingies to talk about. For example, do you remember E3 2014? That crowded social gathering with all the moving pictures? The DV Cast has lots to say about it, particular concerning The Legend of Zelda Wii U. And old Bryan, you remember that wild man, right? He’s still Ragnarosing it up in Hearthstone and his loyal brother Stephen– the guy who makes the bad jokes, you know?– has become his pupil in training. Oh goodness, and then there’s the infamous Cameron Nutter, a gentleman who needs no introduction but got one anyway because it’s fun to mess with him. He’s stealing stuff as usual, but it least this time his criminal antics are being kept within Battlefield: Hardline. Finally there’s Zachary, back again performing for you, and Transistor gets a critical appraisal that kind of sums up every conversation this podcast has had about the game so far. Yes indeed, here in the suburban burg of Disembodied Voices you will find fun; not the musical group, but the emotional concept.
From the parting mists steps a man, sallow eyes lit by the neon glow of a hundred distant city lights like a bowl of souls catching fire. He’s been to Hell and back, this man, and pain trails him in the night.
“Transistor,” the man they call Cameron whispers through the dark, “isn’t as good as Bastion.”
Well, Stephen “Never Shuts Up” Kelly has a more optimistic appraisal of the situation, and he gingerly attempts to step around the spoilers for Bryan’s sake. To further disillusion Cameron, Dark Souls 2 has bested him and nobody wants to play Titanfall; they’d rather talk in-depth about TV’s Arrow and its distinctly non-Marvel take on superheroes. This bores Cameron, as does brand new segment Stephen’s Haphazard Video Game Reviews… Yeah, which invites listeners and a rinky-dink tale of Sonic Advanced and a little bit of pinball. After all of these difficult times, it’s a wonder that Cameron wants to extend the podcast past its usual hour mark to discuss the nature of action adventure games and whether or not that genre actually makes any sense.