Episode 85: Robots and Multiplayer Games

This week's show is all about robots! That's a lie, actually, but robots are heavily involved. More to the point, the qualities of a strong multiplayer are mode are dissected (Cameron's verdict on necessary components is "fun"); beloved moments of multiplayer gone by come to light, including 100% loony Call of Duty stunts and that wheelchair guy from Final Fight; and a brand new quiz show called TGIWIORWDIYHTGTGME is introduced. On the recently played games front, Cameron loves/laments his time with Dust: An Elysian Tail, Bryan goes on about Not Game of the Year 2012 Darksiders II, and Stephen uses Binary Domain to steer the conversation toward robots again. Have a listen and type something about your feelings (preferably about the episode's new format, but if you just need to get something off your chest, feel free). [audio https://www.cubby.com/p/_3c236897ffee43ada048979369aa29d4/Disembodied%20Voices%20-%20Episode%2085.mp3]

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

Ending song: Robotastic Dub-o-Matic Genetic Lab, originally from Return All Robots and ReMixed by Mattias Häggström Gerdt.

Episode 72: Chickens of Kakrika

Disembodied Voices descends upon the waking world for another podcast about video games, complete with all your favorite characters of the DV Cast. Bryan and Cameron assure the conversation takes a sharp, immediate turn towards StarCraft II as they congratulate one another on military victories and force Zachary into missing the simple days of flat out cheating. Darksiders II is still hanging around thanks to Stephen, a man who wouldn't know what a Forge Land is if it punched him in the gut, and meanwhile Crysis 3's silly rope physics are most definitely knot appreciated. A brand new segment called Let's Pronounce Zelda Things, Woo is introduced to keep the plot interesting, which leads to the startling revelation that Bryan's middle name is Bob.  Indeed, there are a whole host of inside jokes that can only be understood and tenderly loved should you listen to Disembodied Voices Episode 72, so consider doing just that! [audio https://www.cubby.com/p/_d5fff7c974be46fdbce40446b43cfe3e/Disembodied+Voices+-+Episode+72.mp3]

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

Ending song: Agahnim Arsenik, originally from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and remixed by AeroZ.

Episode 71: More Like Dr. Ro-TALK-nik

Zachary may be woefully AWOL this episode, but the remaining DV cast pull their own weight by talking about video games a whole bunch. Cameron and Bryan have fallen into a StarCraft II hole and can't get out as Stephen desperately tries to claw his way from a Fire Emblem: Awakening shaped crater in his life. It's not all strategy game hijinks, however: the adventures of Darksiders II (and misadventures of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword) add a dash of action and RPG to the mix. Your weekly dose of baditude can be found in Shadow the Hedgehog and DmC: Devil May Cry, neither of which feature enough silly acrobatics. As icing on the cake, the PlayStation 4 Minute delivers all the news you'll ever need about Sony's upcoming console, unless, that is, you want useful information or developed opinions. So what are you waiting for? Pop on your headphones and enjoy Disembodied Voices Episode 71 today! [audio https://www.cubby.com/p/_f182c9e521354184b0308145068a8382/Disembodied+Voices+-+Episode+71.mp3]

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

Ending song: Funky Side Up, originally from Sonic & Knuckles and remixed by metaphist.

Game of the Year Award Thing 2012: Other and Game of the Year

This is it. The final episode of the Disembodied Voices Game of the Year Award Thing 2012. You can soon let out that breath you've been holding since early January, but not before two more hours of riveting entertainment that just might send chills down your spine. All the awards that couldn't find a home among previous categories congregate in the Other segment as one, big party before stepping aside for the second phase: Game of the Year itself. This intense discussion quickly begins to resemble the interrogation scene from The Dark Knight as two games in particular are grilled under the spotlight of destiny. Which game will take away this grand honor? Don't scroll down to not find out! [audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/78114951/DVGOtYAT%202012%20-%20Other%20and%20GotY.mp3]

The Winners of Other and Game of the Year:

Best First Impression:

  • Darksiders II
  • LEGO Lord of the Rings
  • Borderlands 2
  • Thomas Was Alone

A winner is... Darksiders II

Best Surprise (In a Good Way):

  • The Walking Dead (Cameron)
  • Nintendo Land (Bryan and Stephen)
  • Spec Ops: The Line (Zachary)

A winner is... All of them!

Best Japanese Developed Game:

  • Dragon's Dogma
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Nintendo Land
  • Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing: Transformed

A winner is... Dragon's Dogma

Game of the Year: (!!!)

  • Darksiders II
  • Dishonored
  • Dragon's Dogma
  • Thomas Was Alone

A winner is... Dishonored

Game of the Year Award Thing 2012: Sound

The hill are alive with the sound of the Disembodied Voices Game of the Year Award Thing 2012, and this time audio is the star. One of the more installments in recent memory, this episode goes over the musical masterpieces of last year, along with a voice acting prize almost awarded to Mark Hamill for no legitimate reason. Subjectivity clashes with objectivity as the (very different) members of the DV Cast try to make decisions without burning to ash. You won't find a more exciting Game of the Year conversation on the Internet (or anyone still talking about Game of the Year, in all seriousness), so you have no choice. Listen, have a good time, and drop a comment if you have something you want to say! [audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/98302924/DVGOtYAT%202013%20-%20Sound.mp3]

The Winners of Sound:

Best Stuff You Dance To:

  • Darksiders II
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
  • Thomas Was Alone

A winner is... Darksiders II

Best Song of Thematic Representation:

A winner is... World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Best Stuff (Singular) You Dance To:

A winner is... all of them!

Words That Are Spoken Vocally:

  • The Walking Dead
  • Max Payne 3
  • Far Cry 3
  • Thomas Was Alone

A winner is... The Walking Dead

Game of the Year Award Thing 2012: Visuals

Round 2! Fight! Or, at the very least, engage in a rousing and civil discussion about video games. The topic rotates around visual splendor in the Disembodided Voices Game of the Year Award Thing 2013, so expect a lot of inadequate adjectives about the way stuff looks as two hours of quality podcast material unfold. The competition is fierce, pitting the most beautiful of landscapes against the most jaw-dropping of action sequences, and Season 3 of My Little Pony was inches away from taking home the prize. Enjoy the show, and feel free to be opinionated in the comments! Also feel free to be totally quiet. Your extroversion preferences are respected here at Disembodied Voices. [audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/98302924/DVGOtYAT%202013%20-%20Visuals.mp3]

The Winners of Visuals:

Best Stuff You Look at Technically:

  • Dear Esther
  • Max Payne 3
  • Battlefield 3: Armored Kill
  • Assassin's Creed 3

A winner is... Assassin's Creed 3

Best Stuff You Look at Overall:

  • Journey
  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
  • Darksiders II
  • Gravity Rush

A winner is... Darksiders II

Kirby and Meta Knight Present... Best Character Design:

  • LEGO Lord of the Rings / LEGO Batman 2: DC Heroes
  • Assassin's Creed III
  • Dragon's Dogma
  • Thomas Was Alone

A winner is... Dragon's Dogma

Niftiest Visual Aside (props to Stephen for the name and correcting Bryan):

  • Sand Physics - Journey (Bryan)
  • The Panoramic Gamepad - Nintendo Land (Stephen)
  • Blinking - Dishonored (Cameron)
  • Griffon on Fire - Dragon's Dogma (Zachary)

A winner is... all of them!

Game of the Year Award Thing 2012: Gameplay

It's a new year, and that means it's time to talk about the old one! The Disembodied Voices Game of the Year Award Thing  has arrived with a gargantuan kablam, here to round up 2012's highest and lowest peaks with the subtle poignancy this podcast is known for. "Gameplay" is merely the first of many categories, so look forward to the coming weeks of more heated discussion and joyful reminiscing. The results of this episode are published below, which is an open invitation for you-- the listener-- to jot down your own winners in the comments. Friendly discussion and no hard feelings will follow. Unless you dig up the Dishonored vs. Mark of the Ninja discussion, in which case you're blacklisted. [audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/98302924/DVGotYAT%202013%20-%20Gameplay.mp3]

Opening/ending song: Full Mast, originally from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker and remixed by Preenus.

The Winners of Gameplay:

Best Stuff You Play:

  • Mark of the Ninja
  • SSX
  • Dishonored
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown

A winner is... Dishonored

Best New Thingy in a Game:

  • Pawns - Dragon's Dogma
  • Anonymous Multiplayer - Journey
  • Blink - Dishonored
  • Paint Mechanic - The Unfinished Swan

A winner is... Blink - Dishonored

Best Level Design:

  • Far Cry 3
  • Darksiders II
  • Legend of Grimrock
  • Dishonored

A winner is... Darksiders II

Best Stuff You Play With Additional Participants:

  • SSX
  • Nintendo Land
  • Total War: Shogun 2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

A winner is... Nintendo Land

Episode 66: Decaf Coffee is Just Fine (no it's not)

Video games fly through the air like sparks at a bonfire made of podcasts in Disembodied Voices Episode 66! The entire DV Cast is here to talk about the journey of Journey, the revengeful downfall of Just Cause 2, the deep space adventures of FTL, the intense radicalness of Noitu Love 2: Devolution, the death-like grip of Darksiders II, the public indecency of The Last Story, the unfortunate story of Far Cry 3, the ever-present shadow of Black Ops 2, the simple wonder of Nintendo Land, and-- believe it or not-- much more. Yes, Stephen is rambling away with personal anecdotes, Cameron is playing loud music to be annoying, Zachary is feeling "eh", and Bryan almost resigns as host, but there are still lots of video games. [audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/98302924/Disembodied%20Voices%20-%20Episode%2066.mp3]

Opening song:  Test Dummy, originally from Mega Man 2 and remixed by AE.

Ending song: Burning Up, originally from Dr. Mario and remixed by DJ Redlight.