Episode 77: This Podcast is Like Wal-Mart

Hi. This is Disembodied Voices, a podcast for all of humanity to enjoy. Although video games are the attempted focus, Bryan wants to browse Wikipedia and read you snippets from 1877 history, so buckle up for an exciting ride this week. But hold up now and fear not! All the critically acclaimed games you're dying to hear about are just around the corner, including Working Dawgs: Rivet Retriever and Dress to Play: Cute Witches! These heavy-hitting legends aside, talk of the latest Nintendo Direct drifts through the new Yoshi's Island game, A Link to the Past 2, and flying Pikmin. Pandora's Tower and Dishonored DLC are also visited, both of which include off-putting amounts of raw meat. That ought to sell you on Episode 77 of Disembodied Voices for sure. [audio https://www.cubby.com/p/_aa1a07dda66943698b82171e6c741d7d/Disembodied+Voices+-+Episode+77.mp3]

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

Ending song: Gimme My Sword!, originally from Link's Awakening/A Link to the Past and remixed by Rekcahdam.

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: 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 65: No Tacos in Assassin's Creed 3

Hello, listeners, and welcome to the 65th episode of Disembodied Voices, the podcast that always talks about video games because why not? Stephen is the only one who doesn't feel the Need for Speed this week and clearly isn't the Most Wanted host, but he still has a couple of ridiculous stories from the explosive world of Just Cause 2. If you're still pining for more open-world shenanigans, Cameron has a pretty good story about how he killed five tigers using only a bow and Molotov cocktail thanks to Far Cry 3. On a less violent note, Nintendo Land is way better than it should be, and it is talked about with joyful wonder and wonderful joy. The Wii U itself also gets a mash-up discussion of simple reactionary thoughts and critical analysis. Oh, anda  Dishonored vs. Thief: Deadly Shadows discussion turns into a coup staged by the power-hungry Bryan. It's a crazy episode, folks. [audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/98302924/Disembodied%20Voices%20-%20Episode%2065.mp3]

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

Ending song: Saturday Night Speedway, originally from Sonic CD and remixed by Gecko Yamori.

Episode 59: Apparently We Like Punching Things

Cameron and Zachary are back in action-- and they're agreeing with each other. Dishonored sneaked its way into their hearts, leaving Stephen and Bryan a little bit jealous as the subtleties of blinking are relished with words of joy. Resident Evil 6 receives surprisingly high marks as well, even if half the discussion is spent on stupid-headed stupid bosses, and Silent Hill: Downpour also gets a thumbs-up. Bryan recommends Darksiders until the portal gun appears, which sparked grumbling all around. Stephen, uncharacteristically and mercifully silent this time around, has nice things to say about Thief: Deadly Shadows; the fact that it takes the sting away from having no Dishonored to play doesn't hurt. Video games are talked about and talked about well, so join the podcast of champions and listen to Disembodied Voices Episode 59 today! [audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/98302924/Disembodied%20Voices%20-%20Episode%2059.mp3]

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

Ending song: Disconnected, originally from Rayman 2 and remixed by Benjamin Briggs.