Episode 117: Wrath of the Nutter Butter

You may remember the long-harbored Disembodied Voices contention that surfaces once in a blue moon, but this time Cameron has stolen the entire stash for himself and is throwing it at Bryan! And who can blame him? Constructing bridges in the self-explanatory Bridge Constructor and watching hundreds of people perish because of your own uncontrollable hubris would put anyone in a foul mood, as would the stinky final boss from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which drove Stephen and Bryan bananas. Actually, Zachary's had a rough time as well with the trying trials of Dark Souls, even though the experience has ultimately made him a wiser, stronger, happier person. It's a good thing RPGs like Bravely Default, Knights of the Old Republic II, and World of Warcraft exist to calm everyone down and fill them with the inner warmth of predictable combat encounters. If you, too, take these values to heart, then please join the DV Cast in an audio adventure you will never forget for at least a day. And don't forget about Whales are Whales, the fun-filled network that Disembodied Voices calls home!

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

Ending song: Blast Beatdown, originally from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble and ReMixed by tefnek and zircon.

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Episode 115: Of Primates and Chocobos

There's no theme for this week's episode, turning Disembodied Voices into a Wild West Adventure in which the only rule is that there are no rules, which is contradictory in the wildest way. Speaking of oxymora, Zachary has visited the bananas world of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, a land where David Wise and Cranky Kong can high five in harmony. Yet not all is well nor do all hearts combine with friendship, for Stephen and Bryan have become embroiled in brotherly betrayal. The former hid away his unwise dealings with Final Fantasy XIV-- the third MMO on his heaping plate of video games leftovers-- to avoid scorn/shame while Bryan was out of town, while the latter saw The LEGO Movie again without the former. Thank the Moogle for Cameron and his unity-preserving DK Rap. Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: DK Rap, from Donkey Kong Country 64 and composed by Grant Kirkhope.

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Episode 114: Tough E. Nuff for You?

The DV Cast tackles the difficult subject of difficult games, which is definitely an excuse to talk about StarCraft II and Spelunky. Stephen is once again exposed to be a closed-minded, selfish neanderthal thanks to his "play as no one but Indiana Jones Spelunky Man" policy and an exclusively Terran-based widow mine strategy, but he balances out the negative karma by quoting "Everything is Awesome." Speaking of which, The LEGO Movie is haphazardly explained with too much enthusiasm to make sense and Gravity's weighty subject matter (PUNS PUNS PUNS) gets a thumbs-up in Odd-eo Commentary. If that's not intense enough for you, Cameron relays his experience riding a Giant Robot in the Titanfall beta, trying as he might to avoid spouting hyperbole like a 1980-something spaceman building a spaceship. Bryan has to close out the show all by himself due to technical difficulties, which brings the episode back full circle since it's about difficulty, remember? Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: Difficult Move Indeed, originally from SD Snatcher and ReMixed by Commandcom.

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Episode 113: Never/Always Tell Me the Odds

The DV Cast is ready to roll... the dice! Because this episode is about randomness in game design! Which includes dice! Or a die if you're working with the singular use! Spelunky and Hearthstone, games that Stephen simultaneously wants to high five and slap in the head, make their own arguments for the great game of chance, but StarCraft Time represents the merits of unyielding uniformity in the face of uneven odds. Cameron becomes a storyteller in the first ever segment Nutter Family History, venturing into the mythical Corn Palace before heading back to Lowrule for some controversial opinions. Bryan, in the meantime, becomes unpopular for having a good time. Speaking of having good times and being unpopular, this episode of Disembodied Voices is ready to roll... the dice! (The joke is funny enough to use twice.) Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: Roaming... Please Wait, originally from Final Fantasy and ReMixed by BONKERS.

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Episode 112: Realms Reborn, Horizons Expanded

Everyone's playing MMOs and that is a weird thing. Zachary has dedicated heart, mind, and soul to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, a world that offers enough J in its RPG to justify roping in such a stalwart defender of the noble genre. This, naturally, sparks a discussion somewhere between amiability and unbridled anger about World of Warcraft's hotkey-poking combat system, Guild Wars 2's monster-punching action, and Anarchy Online's ten-step item-using program. If you think the MMO-- once despised by every last member of the DV Cast-- is a strange and unreal way to spend an episode, just wait until StarCraft Talk, during which Stephen apparently has a nervous breakdown. This is one quest you'll definitely want to accept! (That was a lame joke but there will be no apology issued.) Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: Pwntera, originally from Ragnarok and ReMixed by OA.

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Episode 111: "Organ Trail" is a Pun FYI

Bryan is in braving the harsh weather in Florida this week (weather reports predict alligators) but everyone else is safe and sound, speaking into microphones as it was always meant to be. Although Cameron's microphone is on the fritz, that doesn't stop him from relaying the heartwrenching tale of Organ Trail and how the simulated DV Cast members fell one by one to the apocalyptic realities of ambiguous puns. The journey is almost as deadly as Stephen's descent into Spelunky, a game he hates and loves much as Gollum hates and loves the Ring. But don't let these horrible fates get you down; Broken Age is here to brighten up the place up, even if its heroine is a little dull. An in-depth conversation on adventure games and their debatable merits is accompanied by an in-depth conversation on Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and its debatable merits, during which we learn that Zachary is a terrible person. Most exciting of all, Summarize a Game in Five Words forces everyone to bring a handful of games they're looking forward to-- and summarize the picks of someone else! (Oh snap, plot twist!) So join the DV Cast in prayer to keep Bryan safe from 'gators as you listen to another episode of almost nobody's favorite video game podcast. Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: AmIEviL, originally from The Secret of Monkey Island and ReMixed by AmIEviL.

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