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]

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]

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]

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