Episode 138: You're Up, Europe

If you got irritated with the last episode's hostile takeover of Japanese RPGs, don't you worry-- this week is thoroughly infested with European RPGs instead! Stephen and Bryan died (RIP) and went to their very specific version of heaven in Divinity: Original Sin, a video game made for them in every way. Risen 3 is the role-playing bird of prey with its talons hooked into Zachary, but the metaphor bird is not a parrot because pirates are out this time. Also, Bryan learned how to be a Shogun! That's about all that happened this time, actually. It was a kind of boring episode. [audio https://ia902306.us.archive.org/35/items/DisembodiedVoicesEpisode138/Disembodied%20Voices%20-%20Episode%20138.mp3]

 

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

Ending song: Legendary, originally from The Legendary Inazuma Eleven and ReMixed by Brandon Strader.

Episode 134: Dreams and Prophecies

The DV Cast talk about their dreams this week. Not their hopes or ambitions, mind you, but those weird hallucinations they all get when unconscious for the night. These visions involve cowboys, fractured bones, and GameCubes that hold souls of the dead within. Speaking of unsettling glances into the minds of the podcasters, Bryan and Zachary have been playing an online game of Civilization V with new friend Parker. He won't be a new friend for long, unfortunately, as Bryan is a warmongering madman who bathes in blood and brushes his teeth with tears of the innocent. Stephen would be crushed beneath his world-spanning heel as well were it not for World of Warcraft sucking him under the tides of darkness and into the fishy seascapes of Vashj'ir wherein he rides seahorses all day and all night. (This might also be a dream...?) After an update on the Whales are Whales Minecraft server, Bryan rudely yells over Stephen's exciting news and storms out, leaving his brother and Zachary to finish up by themselves. A silly conversation about Sonic Jump Fever evolves into a solemn perspective on today's youth, so there's that. [audio https://ia902506.us.archive.org/16/items/DisembodiedVoicesEpisode134ForReal/Disembodied%20Voices%20-%20Episode%20134%20for%20real.mp3]

 

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

Ending song: Warm Summer Breeze, originally from Wild Arms and ReMixed by Harjwaldar.

Episode 133: The Lava Forge Arises

Stephen and Bryan were clowning around downtown when a comedy of errors led them straight into car accident, garnering concern from the noble Zachary and an uncalled-for The Last of Us jab from Cameron. But hey, not the minor destruction of a vehicle is nothing compared to having no legal way of playing GBA games, so it's a good thing that Joel-bashing aforementioned fool can commiserate with GameCube classics, including Luigi's Mansion, Metroid Prime, and maybe Cubivore? Oh, but gentle sir or gentle madame, the commiseration does not end there, for Zach is now a fellow MMO guy-- DPS, tanking, the whole nine yards. It's just a shame he can't expand his horizons to Minecraft, which now has an official Whales are Whales server (invite-only for now, sorry masses of fans) that the remaining DV Cast members have been plumbing for adventure and lava. Um... it's hard to think up endings to these descriptions, but who really cares, nobody reads them. [audio https://ia902501.us.archive.org/9/items/DisembodiedVoicesEpisode133/Disembodied%20Voices%20-%20Episode%20133.mp3]

 

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

Ending song: Crashed Men, originally from Mega Man 2 and ReMixed by aneurySm.

Episode 128: Bastion's in the Past...ion

From the parting mists steps a man, sallow eyes lit by the neon glow of a hundred distant city lights like a bowl of souls catching fire. He's been to Hell and back, this man, and pain trails him in the night. "Transistor," the man they call Cameron whispers through the dark, "isn't as good as Bastion."

Well, Stephen "Never Shuts Up" Kelly has a more optimistic appraisal of the situation, and he gingerly attempts to step around the spoilers for Bryan's sake. To further disillusion Cameron, Dark Souls 2 has bested him and nobody wants to play Titanfall; they'd rather talk in-depth about TV's Arrow and its distinctly non-Marvel take on superheroes. This bores Cameron, as does brand new segment Stephen's Haphazard Video Game Reviews... Yeah, which invites listeners and a rinky-dink tale of Sonic Advanced and a little bit of pinball. After all of these difficult times, it's a wonder that Cameron wants to extend the podcast past its usual hour mark to discuss the nature of action adventure games and whether or not that genre actually makes any sense.

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

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Episode 127: Velma + Shaggy <3

Welcome to the first episode of Here's the Scoob, a podcast dedicated to keeping you in the groove with everyone's, like, favorite mystery-solving gang. The new Scooby-Doo cartoon gets points for complex character growth and demerits for use of cell phones, but the high jinks eventually (and inevitably) drift into JRPG territory thanks to Tales of Symphonia and Tales of Everything Else. Without Cameron there to implement draconian anti-WoW policies, western RPGs get some room to breath as well-- oh, and Kirby eats multiple trains in Kirby Triple Deluxe, did you know that? It's very cool. Direct link to the episode yaaaaaaay!

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

Ending song: Pixelated Tales, originally from Tales of Symphonia and ReMixed by Showroom Dummy.

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Episode 126: Ooo is Fleeting, Azeroth is Forever

If you're in the niche category of people who play video games, watch movies, or eat food, then your needs will be well served during this episode Disembodied Voices. Stephen just finished an idyllic romp through Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Adventure Time Season 2, leaving him in a cloud of smiling butterflies that won't last forever. Several superhero shows (including The West Wing) are suggested to fill the gap of exciting television drama, but Bryan's only solution for gaming is World of Warcraft because power leveling to 90 is all-consuming. Not to be out-all-consumed, Zachary has devoted his life once again to a JRPG; his newest fancy is Grandia III, a PS2 classic that has been stealthy hanging out on his shelf for years. So then, dear listener, you are invited to stealthily hang out on the shelf of Disembodied Voices by listening in without the express knowledge of the panelists! Direct link to the episode yaaaaaaay!

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

Ending song: GO! GO! GO! (Grand Opening), originally from Kirby: Superstar and ReMixed by Proto-Dome.

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Episode 119: More Like Metal Gear Pallid

Panelist Cameron Nutter is no longer voiced by David Hayter, which wouldn't be so bad if Disembodied Voices didn't sell out and hire Tara Strong for the role of Bryan. All of these voice actor woes make the iffy changes of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes seem like the smallest of potatoes, despite the fact that it facilitates an enormous conversation rife with controversy, conspiracy, and some other enticingly alliterate word. Less infamous and yet vastly more InFamous is PS4 blockbuster InFamous: Second Son, winning over Zachary's embittered anti-Cole mindset. All of this cutting edge technology puts Stephen in the mood to play Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (BLAST PROCESSING) and makes Bryan want to play Hearthstone (because everything makes Bryan want to play Hearthstone). Crazy Taxi is also yelled about, so good on that. Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: Mystical Groove, originally from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and ReMixed by Arceace.

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Episode 118: Waluigi Hates This Podcast

Zachary may have lost his job, but one thing he will never lose is the will to Dark Souls. He leads the group in discussion about this transcendent experience and its uncanny ability to cause those who gaze upon its ebony night-colored glory to weep with tears of despair, and of joy, and of fury. Cameron's crying days are over, however, as is his fanatic loyalty to My Little Pony, which spawns the second most in-depth conversation of this particular episode. While emotions are high, why not remember Remember Me, a game that everyone is yelling about and yet nobody really knows what to think? At least the DV Cast understands Titanfall, even if it's accidentally insulted it a lot without being offered proper defense or even a lousy trial. Speaking of subjects relevant to Cameron, you don't want to miss brand new segment Cameron's News Alert, during which Cameron alerts us of news relevant to him! Afterwards, um... Waluigi happens. Or something. Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: Super Hipster Land, originally from Super Mario Land and ReMixed by Blen.

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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 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 110: Creepy Hozen Hands

The DV Cast have made a collective decision to let the Cameron license expire in order to focus on what's really important: themselves. Although everyone's favorite narcoleptic madman is nowhere to be seen, everyone else gets plenty of time to discuss their favorite Disembodied Voices episodes, moments, and members. Reckless self-indulgence is uninhibited by dignity, as is Zachary's willingness to play through the convoluted, gummy plot of Kingdom Hearts all over again for seemingly no reason at all. But don't worry, there's plenty of Japanese and RPG to go around, for Stephen and and Bryan are busy with a demonic school in which they school demons thanks to Persona 3: FES, even though their in-game MMO pal's identity is spoiled before its time. Speaking of MMO pals, events are topped off with a weird story about a fairly nonsensical encounter in World of Warcraft which acts as the origin story of this episode title. Opening song: Chalupa Pass, from Minimap and composed by coda.

Ending song: Voodoo, Roots 'n Grog, originally from The Secret of Monkey Island and ReMixed by Alex Jones and Diggi Dis.

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Episode 109: Everything is So Super New

2014 has a nice ring to it, does it not? So does the new Disembodied Voices theme song for the new episode of the new year-- and the newness doesn't stop there! This week's episode is all about trying new things, spearheaded by a bout of very stupid New Year Resolutions, followed by a chat about The Stanley Parable's range of unconventional emotions, which is chock full of spoilers and stories to tell. New games that the DV Cast regret trying morphs into a violent argument about Futurama (during which Bryan compares Firefly to "trash"), but the open-minded train finds its open-minded tracks once more to close out the show with a round of Words With Acquaintances based on new words nobody in the world has ever heard before. Unfortunately, Stephen is still stuck in the old ways of 2012 (Animal Crossing, World of Warcraft, Sonic the Hedgehog, etc.) but his daring bedtime redeems some of his fuddy-duddy disposition. Join Disembodied Voices in a new year of zany mishaps yay! And a big thanks to coda who allowed us to use his 100% delightful song Chalupa Pass from his 100% delightful album Minimap! He didn't even force a blood pact or anything.

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

Ending song: The Earl of July, from Minimap and composed by coda. 

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Episode 105: From Accordion Guy to Zombie Shroom

Mario is in the hearts and minds of the DV Cast this week, as are his many friends and enemies. Especially the enemies, but that comes later. You see, Stephen and Bryan have been playing oodles of Super Mario 3D World, a game tells the tail of King Koopa Meow-ser as he hatches the purr-fect plan to cat-ure Princess Peach and whisk 'er away. As for the Wii-U-less Cameron, he's been enduring the Samsara Cheese Wheel of Eternity in his arch-nemesis Dark Souls between long bouts of StarCraft Talk with baneling basher Bryan. History Time looks back on Mario memories, fond and finicky alike, before It's-a Who? takes the world by storm with its quiz-like horrors. If this podcast were a piece of scenery, it would have little cartoon eyes like in the Mushroom Kingdom. It's just that lively. Opening song: Funky Bits by Yoann Turpin.

Ending song: Slide from Super Mario 64.

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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 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 96: A Return to Contention Again

If you're an ardent anti-Stephen activist, this episode will be one heck of a roller coaster. Things start off with some etymological discourse (a par for the course opening) before leaping head first into Rayman Legends, a game which everyone seems to agree is, to borrow a rustic form of old English dialog, the bomb. The aforementioned Stephen isn't there to join in on the camaraderie, however, until returning from his volcano spelunking and/or xenophobe convention trip when the "Cameron is thinking about pirating something" sirens go off again. This is timed perfectly with Zachary's announcement that Puppeteer is so, so wonderful and probably better than both Gunstringer and Puppet Ganon. It's not long before Stephen and Bryan want to have detailed discussions about World of Warcraft locales, which sparks a noisy argument from certain parties who will remain nameless named Cameron. Lastly, there's a new segment that probably won't return: PC TALK. For all your graphics processing unit needs, skip to the end of this episode. Opening song: Electrolytic Man, originally from Mega Man and ReMixed by MaJIN_SaN, ambient, and tomatsu.

Ending song: Hyrule Wimbledon, originally from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and remixed by ktriton.

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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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