Episode 109: Everything is So Super New

2014 has a nice ring to it, does it not? So does the new Disembodied Voices theme song for the new episode of the new year-- and the newness doesn't stop there! This week's episode is all about trying new things, spearheaded by a bout of very stupid New Year Resolutions, followed by a chat about The Stanley Parable's range of unconventional emotions, which is chock full of spoilers and stories to tell. New games that the DV Cast regret trying morphs into a violent argument about Futurama (during which Bryan compares Firefly to "trash"), but the open-minded train finds its open-minded tracks once more to close out the show with a round of Words With Acquaintances based on new words nobody in the world has ever heard before. Unfortunately, Stephen is still stuck in the old ways of 2012 (Animal Crossing, World of Warcraft, Sonic the Hedgehog, etc.) but his daring bedtime redeems some of his fuddy-duddy disposition. Join Disembodied Voices in a new year of zany mishaps yay! And a big thanks to coda who allowed us to use his 100% delightful song Chalupa Pass from his 100% delightful album Minimap! He didn't even force a blood pact or anything.

Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: The Earl of July, from Minimap and composed by coda. 

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Episode 108: Happy Hollerdays

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! Opening song: Funky Bits by Yoann Turpin.

Ending song: Christmas in the Village (Silver Bells), originally from Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals and ReMixed by Dale North.

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Episode 106: Not So Much About Ice Levels

As the title correctly puts it, this episode is not so much about ice levels. Although Bryan the Host claims the opposite, his Disembodied pals are too busy singing, playing video games, and being in a coma to listen. That topic is left out in the cold for some honest discussion about things that Stephen shouldn't like but does-- Battlefield 4 and Tomb Raiders-- along with Cameron's mild infatuation with Tearaway. The Final Fantasy and Metal Gear franchises also get a thorough talking-to, bogged down delightfully with numbered sequels and incomprehensible storylines. As for Bryan, he's been asking for Papers, Please as he struggles to support his family, morals warring with money in a monotonous game of empathetic intrigue. Two History Times and bunch of silly jokes round this adventure out to be the best one since Episode 105. Opening song: Funky Bits by Yoann Turpin.

Coma song: Lament of a Stranger by Kan R Gao.

Ending song: Holiday Frappe, originally from Mario Kart 64 and ReMixed by Tweex.

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Episode 93: Goodbye Beardo, Hello Guild Wars

The Absolutely Free Weekend of Guild Wars dominates this week's conversation, raising cultural tensions even more than usual as Zachary's beloved Japanese RPGs are pushed to the side in favor of the West. Stephen the Asura Guardian, Bryan the Charr Mesmer, and Cameron the Norn Warrior paint a painterly picture of why they've been having such a blast running amok in Not-Azeroth, which includes a critical analyses of capital cities and a funny story about how Cameron accidentally did the right thing. There is sadness amongst the joy, however: Stephen's BACNLFF (Best Animal Crossing: New Leaf Friend Forever) moved out of his town, but not out of his heart. To balance out these emotional swings, Zachary updates us on his steadfast quest through Tales of Xillia, followed up by a very brief round of Review a Game in Five Words. That's it's for this episode, but look forward to the new series "MMO Bros.", in which Stephen and Bryan talk about MMOs for multiple hours! [audio https://www.cubby.com/p/_3c2e68977c6e496b9df26b43c85824dc/Disembodied%20Voices%20-%20Episode%2093.mp3]

Opening song: Electrolytic Man, originally from Mega Man and ReMixed by MaJIN_SaN, ambient, and tomatsu.

Sad Ninja Gaiden song: Sudden Loss, originally from Ninja Gaiden and ReMixed by goat.

Ending song: A Decent Challenge, originally from Final Fantasy XI Online and ReMixed by Tweex.

Episode 84: E3 2013 feat. Sonic R

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.

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Opening song: Electrolytic Man, originally from Mega Man and ReMixed by MaJIN_SaN, ambient, and tomatsu.

Ending song: Mario Ascends to the Clouds, originally from Super Mario Land and ReMixed by Argle.

Episode 83: The Crossing of the Animals

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. [audio https://www.cubby.com/p/_cc6fda03687f4c52b6fabe84fa8f632b/Disembodied%20Voices%20-%20Episode%2083.mp3]

Opening song: Electrolytic Man, originally from Mega Man and ReMixed by MaJIN_SaN, ambient, and tomatsu.

Ending song: Enjoying the Rain, originally from Animal Crossing and ReMixed by Salluz.