The fine, familiar, festive holiday of Thanksgiving is this very week, so the DV Cast have decided to talk with each other about video games. This is what they do every week, but this time it’s a holiday. Zachary “Next Gen” Walton explains the technical feats of the PlayStation 4 and the emotional state of himself (the latter of which has been strengthened by a new season of My Little Pony). You’ve got Knack, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Resogun, Ustream– the whole nine yards. The game-playing habits of Stephen and Bryan are still trapped in an all-encompassing Blizzard, but they have a hilarious and outrageous story to tell that is bound to become the biggest family feature film of 2014. (It involves Super Mario 3D World, so you know it has to be lovely.) Speaking of Nintendo games that were released on November 22nd of 2013, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds receives accolades, surpassing its divisive and smelly predecessor Skyward Sword. Lastly, a round of Thanksgiving segments set a warm, generous tone for the end of another episode, with or without sweet potatoes depending on your preference.
That special time of year, bursting with excitement and merriment, has finally arrived once more, and it’s not Christmas nor Bryan playing Scrolls. E3 is the topic this week, along with the bountiful bevy of video games shown at its many conferences and pseudo-conferences. Although the lack of Cameron means an unfortunate dearth in hyperbolic statements, the rest of the DV Cast do their best to recap all their surging emotions on the newsiest episode of Disembodied Voices you’ll find all year. Zachary nearly chokes on his own derision when the concept of free-to-play Killer Instinct appears, Bryan makes a lot of super funny puns, and Stephen reveals that his favorite person in the world is Charles Martinet. Other stuff happens, too.
The number of podcasters this week matches the number of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which makes for a heartwarming reunion that warms the heart. Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the centerpiece of the discussion, including a live demonstration of Stephen and Cameron meeting up in-game to trade fruits and run around in circles spamming incoherent letters into the chat window. Mr. Resetti almost shows up and things get downright crazy when Cameron buys a new skirt, but Bryan is unable to join the shenanigans without a copy of his own. Zachary, however, can’t be bother with the silly animal friendship simulator whatsoever, opting instead for another visual novels of anime descent. Scrolls and the Xbox One are also discussed, but since this episode was recorded before E3 2013, nobody knows about the Wii Fit trainer appearing in Super Smash Bros. Otherwise that would have been the centerpiece.
With Zachary out the picture, this week’s episode of Disembodied Voices becomes a landslide of anti-Metal-Gear-Solid-3 propaganda, complete with critical analysis (emphasis on the “critical”) of its many weirdo bosses, missed opportunities, and that one ladder scene. Speaking of being down on things, the Xbox One fails to capture the interest of anyone in the virtual room, unlike the captivating subject of breakfast at Denny’s. Thankfully the gears are shifted into positive mode for Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, despite shaky pacing thanks to the unacceptably impatient Professor E. Gadd. Speaking of people with near-maniacal obsession to overly complicated hobbies, speedrunners and the speedruns they speedrun are discussed with due respect, concluding with the decision that Cameron will speedrun Resident Evil 4 while Stephen and Bryan speedrun nothing. You really should stick around to the very end. You don’t want to miss that Denny’s bit, do you?