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 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 104: Next Gen(erosity)

The fine, familiar, festive holiday of Thanksgiving is this very week, so the DV Cast have decided to talk with each other about video games. This is what they do every week, but this time it's a holiday. Zachary "Next Gen" Walton explains the technical feats of the PlayStation 4 and the emotional state of himself (the latter of which has been strengthened by a new season of My Little Pony). You've got Knack, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Resogun, Ustream-- the whole nine yards. The game-playing habits of Stephen and Bryan are still trapped in an all-encompassing Blizzard, but they have a hilarious and outrageous story to tell that is bound to become the biggest family feature film of 2014. (It involves Super Mario 3D World, so you know it has to be lovely.) Speaking of Nintendo games that were released on November 22nd of 2013, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds receives accolades, surpassing its divisive and smelly predecessor Skyward Sword. Lastly, a round of Thanksgiving segments set a warm, generous tone for the end of another episode, with or without sweet potatoes depending on your preference. Opening song: Funky Bits by Yoann Turpin.

Ending song: So Long and Thanks for All the..., originally from Sonic 3 & Knuckles and ReMixed by Red Tailed Fox.

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Episode 103: #theDVcast #Sony #livetweetFTW

That PlayStation 4 video game console device is out on the market, but since the only DV Cast member who owns one is out sick, the others decide to talk about every other Sony product instead. It doesn't take long for Stephen to starting saying dumb statements about Crash Bandicoot the Wombat during History Time and sullying the original PlayStation's good name in the process, which turns Cameron Kratos-red with anger. Level-headed Bryan manages to stay above the Sony All-Stars Battle Royale with his commanding presence as Person Who Talks the Most, which is a fitting title during StarCraft Talk. An exciting gambit of video games can also found in this podcast, including World of Warcraft, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, which-- combined with livetweets-- should bring in the mainstream media like never before. Good times roll like heads from the God of War's wrath, so feel free to Crash the party! Opening song: Funky Bits by Yoann Turpin.

Ending song: Hogging Molly, originally from Crash Bandicoot and ReMixed by Brandon Strader and Rexy.

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Episode 100: Triple-Digit, Double Trouble

Everyone's here for the 100th Anniversary Regarding Episode Count Rather Than Actual Years of Disembodied Voices, and sir/madame, you have a personal invitation printed on really nice stationary in your mailbox. Segments are back (for real) among other exciting crazy amazing adjective changes in this triple-digit entry, and since this episode is releasing alongside a documentary in which the DV Cast say their own names over and over again, it is right and it is just that the theme should center on masters of title repetition: Pokemon. Cameron watches helplessly as boredom trumps nostalgia, but Stephen is there to agreeably disagree with every other word with a spring in his step and a Ponyta on his wishlist. Zachary is digging the fashion craze sweeping through Kanto, Skiddo faithfully by his side, while Bryan theorizes on the inconvenient truth of Mr. Mime. And hey, the segments were no falsity dreamed up to trick you into reading further: StarCraft Talk returns and Words With Acquaintances debuts, the latter of which brings the joy of word association to the world of Pocket Monsters. Welcome to the episode with the most zeros ever, which is two. Opening song: Funky Bits by Yoann Turpin.

Ending song: The Destiny Infinite, originally from Pokemon Red/Blue and ReMixed by Darkesword.

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Episode 99 Part 2: Face Clouds are Iffy

Episode 99 of Disembodied Voices was so thrilling, so captivating, so bold in its uncompromising sense of gut-wrenching spirituality, that an entirely inevitable decision has been made: Episode 99 Part 2. Like Final Fantasy X-2, you will continue to follow the adventures of three heroic figures without the bother of another whole number to get in the way, except that the DV Cast members don't sing pop music very much. But hey, turn that smile upside down because here comes the friendly video game tsunami, and it's headed straight for your house! The risky game of Steam Roulette sends Bryan and Cameron into a tailspin of irregularity, Stephen recounts the numerous gifts he purchased for Bryan's birthday (including TOKYO JUNGLE), and everyone excitedly chatters over Pokemon X/Y in excited and chattering ways. Opening song: Electrolytic Man, originally from Mega Man and ReMixed by MaJIN_SaN, ambient, and tomatsu.

Ending song: WHAT TYPE ARE YOU, originally from Pokemon X and ReMixed by Theory of N.

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Episode 99: In Which Stephen Almost Says Something Smart

[NOTE: This episode is posted out of order because it disappeared from Planet Earth for seemingly no reason and is now being re-uploaded. The DV Cast have prepared a statement about this unfortunate situation: Weird.] The previously unimaginative DV Cast members are finally playing games that aren’t made and/or directly inspired by Blizzard, but they forget to talk about them because they’re so distracted by Valve! You’ll find Rayman Legends kerfuffle, Death Note conspiracy theories, and jingles galore seasoning this episode, but the real meat is in StarCraft Talk (now an official segment) and a lengthy discussion on Steam’s wacky new friends, Controller and Operating System. If these seemingly boring topics are actually boring to you, sorry. It’ll be different next week, but maybe you should expand your horizons.

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

Ending song: Goodbye, originally from Portal 2 and ReMixed by Brandon Strader.

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Episode 98: Gaming on Fumes

Short and full of obnoxious noises, Episode 98 is the Wario of Disembodied Voices. As usual, the DV Cast haven't been playing any video games, but they talk about lots of things anyway. For example, Stephen raises a concern that rankles his soul, claiming that Bryan isn't homogenous enough and would he please stop making up opinions of his own? This doesn't work very well as Bryan immediately swivels in the direction of StarCraft II where he greets his dark master Cameron who has corrupted the younger brother's soul with his malicious ways. They're all pals in the end, of course, agreeing with one another that iOS 7 is rad and Death Note is rad also, so don't worry about those guys. As for you, it is recommended that you join the good times and listen in! Opening song: Electrolytic Man, originally from Mega Man and ReMixed by MaJIN_SaN, ambient, and tomatsu.

Ending song: Time Traveler's Delight, originally from Sonic CD and ReMixed by rothaDom, C7, DiGi Valentine, OverClocked Assembled, Sir Jordanius, SuperiorX, The Auracle, begoma, and metaphist.

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Episode 97: Well, Butter My Garlic Bread

If Disembodied Voices had an official food pyramid but the food was video games, it would involve the four portions of relevant genres: Visual novels, Blizzard games, MMOs, and Blizzard games that are also MMOs. Zachary is neck-deep in crazy stories that each have higher word counts than a script to the Metal Gear Solid series, which he attempts to explain without confusing the hats off of everyone. It's StarCraft II all night for Bryan and Cameron as they strive for silver status, but Stephen is with becoming the very best (the best there ever was) pet battler in World of Warcraft. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this particular episode was the lengthy discussion on butter and its proper usage. Oh, and there was also Grand Theft Auto V. Opening song: Electrolytic Man, originally from Mega Man and ReMixed by MaJIN_SaN, ambient, and tomatsu.

Ending song: G.E.R.U.D.O., originally from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and remixed by Tepid.

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Episode 95: Home Is Where the Hearthstone Is

After years of pure selfishness and a little bit of malevolence thrown in for good measure, the DV Cast is finally giving something back. Specifically, a beta key for Hearthstone, Blizzard's new card-based battlefield of shiny spells and nifty numbers. With this edge-of-your-seat, seat-of-your-pants exciting contest as the centerpiece, you just might miss the fact that nobody has any idea what to talk about, so the rest is mostly haphazard chaos. At least Guild Wars 2 is still going strong, as is Cameron's determination to not spend real money on fake cats. Bryan doesn't have this problem, instead dedicating his cold, hardened heart to playing grueling StarCraft matches and not being emotionally manipulated by Season 2 of Sherlock. As for Stephen? He's pretending be a robot and an orc, but thankfully not at the same time. Yep, for sure, it's another episode of Disembodied Voices. Oh yeah, and about that Hearthstone key. Just use the contact form here to leave your five-word review (details in the episode, good sir/madame) and we'll get back to you! Also, important: follow the rules, man! Name the game you're reviewing, double check your word count, etc. You won't win if you don't submit the bestest of all.

UPDATE: The contest is over! Thanks so much for playing if you, indeed, did play!

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

Ending song: Through the Castle, originally from Super Mario World and ReMixed by Rockos.

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Episode 74: Duck Amuck

Why did Buzz Lightyear of Star Command receive 65 episodes? Are Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, and possibly Daffy Duck related? Would Stephen now be a better human being if he hadn't watched Power Rangers when he was a child? These are only a small sampling of head-scratching conundrums that Disembodied Voices serves up, and we haven't even gotten to the video games yet. Yes, it's true  that Cameron only makes a text-based cameo in this installment, but the rest of the DV Cast carry on the torch by talking about lots and lots of things. Zachary has so-so thoughts on Dead Space 3 (AKA Kill Place 3), but most of his energy is dedicated to spending unholy amounts of time with Persona 4. Stephen has dived into a full-blown LEGO craze, shuffling through random LEGO-themed CD-ROMs of his past whenever taking a break from LEGO City Undercover. Bryan is mostly just playing StarCraft, but he has a kind word for Natural Selection 2, even if that just means comparing it to StarCraft. Indeed, there is fun-- a great bundle of fun-- to be found here at Disembodied Voices Episode 74. [audio https://www.cubby.com/p/_a26b08b17c8a43ada59188817a946a38/Disembodied+Voices+-+Episode+74.mp3]

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

Ending song: Duck Blur, originally from DuckTales and remixed by Star Salzman.

Episode 73: Not Episode 72

You have come. You have come to the throes of destiny-- YOUR destiny-- and it is called Disembodied Voices. This podcast will reveal to you many things and many things will be revealed. Stephen demonstrates the language of Twi'leki as he speaks of the mystical and ancient game of pazaak; Bryan summons his inner Sun Tzu to wage a physical and spiritual war against the vile Zerg; Cameron draws upon a raindrop-filled well of wisdom to elaborate on the nature of personal ownership and its enlightenment; Zachary offer instruction on the art of outrunning the Komodo dragon itself. In other words, everyone talks about video games. Come, be not afraid, and listen to this podcast, good haly. (That's Twi'leki for "visitor".) [audio https://www.cubby.com/p/_cb17dff66e9a47eabedd98a9a8b11409/Disembodied+Voices+-+Episode+73.mp3]

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

Ending song: Last Dance of the Giants, originally from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and remixed by Kozlitek.

StarCraaaaaaaft!

From the deepest depths of the internet, within the farthest reaches of any known entity, there comes two men. Two men... who... aren't really all that good at StarCraft II. But hey! They certainly like to talk about it! Cameron and Bryan have been playing ungodly amounts of StarCraft II and have loads to say about it as they discuss what could make the game better or worse and how they can improve on their tired and quickly failing build order! If you happen to like either Cameron or Bryan, or maybe you just like hearing about StarCraft II, this new Disembodied Voices mini episode entitled "StarCraaaaaaaft!" (that's with seven As) will be right up your proverbial alley. Unless you don't happen to have a proverbial alley. Then you might want to just leave. Not to force you either way, of course. These are all suggestions. [audio https://www.cubby.com/p/_e96603703e5847a69d737a28829f6f97/Starcraaaaaaft.mp3/]

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.