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 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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Not So Secret Thanks a Lot Bryan Tactical Espionage Santa Xperience 2013/2014 Results

The gifts have been given. The games have been played. Here now stand four members of the DV Cast in the bright, fresh year of 2014 to conclude the Not So Secret Thanks a Lot Bryan Tactical Espionage Santa Xperience 2013. Stephen embarks on a decidedly Japanese RPG in Ys I, Bryan cautiously peers into the tiger-infested jungles of Far Cry 3, Cameron runs off at the speed of love to meet Sonic Generations and Sonic CD head on, and Zachary cackles with mad glee at the prospect of tearing into bottom-of-the-barrel motorcycle wreck Ride to Hell: Retribution. Will these games become beloved favorites for all of time or will they ruin Christmas forever? Both of these outcomes are profoundly unlikely! Opening/ending song: Christmas in the Village (Silver Bells), originally from Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals and remixed by Dale North.

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Not So Secret Thanks a Lot Bryan Tactical Espionage Santa Xperience 2013

Welcome one and all to the second annual Espionage Santa Xperience! The DV Cast may be taking a little break from regularly schedule episodes of podcastery, but they are a generous lot and have drawn names in secret (se-cret; sēkrit; easily perceived or understood; clear, self-evident, or apparent) to spread the holiday cheer of Steam with one another. Although the results cannot be here divulged, know that each and every gift given is practically a parody of the person giving it-- maybe you can even guess what's underneath the digital wrapping paper! Tune in next week to see how each member took to his assigned slice of Christmas magic. Opening/ending song: Christmas in the Village (Silver Bells), originally from Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals and remixed by Dale North.

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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 92: Return/Revenge of the Cameron

Cameron is no longer sleeping on the floor of an airport, so launch the fireworks and toast your complimentary Capri Suns, celebrate, celebrate. The entire DV Cast has reunited to talk about that most pleasant of subjects (video games), and no dearth of subject matter is to be found. Despite a tense argument over the perceivable cuteness of Wittle Wuna (?), the air is filled with lots of jovial talk about Zachary's continued Tales tale, Cameron's appreciation of Kill Place 3, and Bryan's juggling of strategy games. Stephen just talks about stuff like Pokemon cards and Star Wars LEGOs, which no one really wants to hear. And then Cameron quits. So this is an exceptionally normal episode of Disembodied Voices. Enjoy! [audio https://www.cubby.com/p/_eb423073e6054766874f55a20def4bbb/Disembodied%20Voices%20-%20Episode%2092.mp3]

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

Ending song: Go into the Light, originally from Sonic Colors and ReMixed by Rexy.

Episode 91: Furret is This Episode's Mascot

Cameron is sleeping on the floor of an airport, leaving everyone to pick up his slack (but hopefully not his unsanitary habits). As it turns out, however, a roomful of ferrets is no way to live a clean and virtuous life, and neither is xenophobia, forcing Stephen to confront two very important aspects of his worldview. As usual, Zachary's worldview is firmly focused on Japan; specifically, on Tales of Xillia. Speaking of that country, Bryan has middling things to say about Skulls of the Shogun, which was developed in the west but is totally about shoguns. Fortunately, lots of fun stuff swoops in to save the day, including a spontaneous game of Name That Pokemon, qualitative assessments of Batman graphic novels, and Stephen's RPG Maker title "Lair of Lobster Man". It's an especially good and goofy episode of Disembodied Voices, so don't be a square; enter its domain! If you'd like to experience the shoddy and heart-pounding survival horror game "Lair of Lobster Man" for yourself, here's a download. Your computer will probably say that it's malicious, but it seriously isn't.

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

Ending song: My Friend Mudkip, originally from Pokemon Sapphire Version and ReMixed by halc.

Episode 90: The Podcast of Us

The pseudo-benevolent master shipping people at GameFly decided to send Stephen and Bryan The Last of Us at... well, last. This has triggered an entire episode theme dedicated (for the most part) to the thrilling, shocking, saddening, happening events of this Naughty Dog creation. Combat mechanics, favorite moments, expectations, beginnings, endings, and just about everything in between have a turn in the spotlight in spoilerific fashion, so please watch your step. Of course, there's always time to chat up Ask Yoda and shoot the breeze about Street Sharks, and the DV Cast have been playing games, too. Bryan handed his brother a briefcase of nineteen retro games for his birthday, sparking a violent argument about Chrono Trigger, and Zachary has quite a tale to tell about a terrible JRPG that he loves for no reason. It's an episode you should listen to for sure. [audio https://www.cubby.com/p/_488dceac325b49bfa7bfe2ac40bf8384/Disembodied%20Voices%20-%20Episode%2090.mp3/]

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

Story time song: Weeping Willow, originally from Willow and ReMixed by ilp0.

Ending song: It's Morphin Time!, originally from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and ReMixed by WillRock.

Episode 81: The Lumberjack Slam

With Zachary out the picture, this week's episode of Disembodied Voices becomes a landslide of anti-Metal-Gear-Solid-3 propaganda, complete with critical analysis (emphasis on the "critical") of its many weirdo bosses, missed opportunities, and that one ladder scene. Speaking of being down on things, the Xbox One fails to capture the interest of anyone in the virtual room, unlike the captivating subject of breakfast at Denny's. Thankfully the gears are shifted into positive mode for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, despite shaky pacing thanks to the unacceptably impatient Professor E. Gadd. Speaking of people with near-maniacal obsession to overly complicated hobbies, speedrunners and the speedruns they speedrun are discussed with due respect, concluding with the decision that Cameron will speedrun Resident Evil 4 while Stephen and Bryan speedrun nothing. You really should stick around to the very end. You don't want to miss that Denny's bit, do you? [audio https://www.cubby.com/p/_6a0f9d5b37dd47cebd0464b0b0730c8f/Disembodied%20Voices%20-%20Episode%2081.mp3]

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

Ending song: Thunderstruck, originally from Ocarina of Time and ReMixed by Big Giant Circles and some1namedjeff.

Episode 80: Episode Russia

If you are of Russian descent and have a penchant for video game podcasts, Disembodied Voices will delight and maybe offend you in spades. Not only has Zachary forgone his old hat American accent for something far more majestic, but he talks extensively about Metro: Last Light, wherein his true kinsmen reside. Without straying far from the same country, Metal Gear Solid 3 is put in the uncomfortable place of being simultaneously scorned and praised I have stolen this wordpress post this is Cameron and Stephen will never control my brain for its unconventional unconventionality, emphasized with Bryan's boastful claim of ruthlessly chasing down an old man with a shotgun. That leads neatly into Stephen's new segment, Metal Gear Mad Libs, which immediately goes very wrong. Listening to Disembodied Voices Episode 80, however, is very right, and is a thing you should do! [audio https://www.cubby.com/p/_6dfbace777924267a3553c1b8733f305/Disembodied%20Voices%20-%20Episode%2080.mp3]

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

Ending song: Snake's Revenge, originally from Metal Gear and remixed by Musicalman.

Intermission: The Stephen and Bryan Show

Zach and Cameron are gone; lost in the hustle and bustle of life like so many wayward tumbleweeds. Stephen and Bryan are busy playing World of Warcraft and, without the peer pressure from their esteemed colleagues, have no reason to stop. You, listener, are a special VIP guest on their trip through Shadowfang Keep, a perilous dungeon teeming with ghosts and switches that don't do anything. Although you can't actually see or hear the game and Bryan leaves his brother alone for a full unedited ten minutes, the adventures you'll have in Azeroth will never be forgotten. Monsters and unsanitary kitchens don't phase the two heroes one bit as they depend on each other and moist cornbread to charge forth, never ever giving up until the bitter end, during which they give up. Best of all, Cameron will have a fit that this episode was recorded in the first place. [audio https://www.cubby.com/p/_65939538f8b3455ab76361103d729642/Intermission%20-%20The%20Stephen%20and%20Bryan%20Show.mp3]

Random Encounters: Gone Fishin'

A new series born by necessity, Random Encounters picks a random video game from the void and forces the participants to talk about it. This inaugural episode is off to an exciting start with Gone Fishin', an MS-DOS title that nobody in the world knows about (including the panelists). All sorts of fishing mechanics are explored in great detail, from SEGA Bass Fishing to World of Warcraft, with the entire whirlpool of discussion centering around the classic gem of the good old days, Gone Fishin'. Join Stephen and Bryan for this adventure, listeners. Otherwise they'll be lonely. [audio https://www.cubby.com/p/_22a248447054404fa17a5cc5fb37a424/Disembodied+Voices+-+Random+Encounters+-+Gone+Fishin'.mp3/]

Music: Precious Metals, originally from Pokemon Gold Version and remixed by Benjamin Briggs, Insert Rupee, and halc.

How a Little Podcast Saved (and Nearly Ruined) Christmas

It is Christmastime! Magic and good deeds light the sky of joy like a thousand candles burning with the flame of gingerbread that tastes really great. In this spirit, the DV cast presents a heartwarming Christmas Special that tells a tale of hope, tinged with sadness and teeming with good cheer. The path may be chaotic and even stupid, but a very important lesson is learned in the end. So, if you please, call your friends and family to huddle around the computer as you listen to Stephen, Bryan, Zachary, and Cameron put their fine vocal chords to work in How a Little Podcast Saved (and Nearly Ruined) Christmas. As an extra note, this is the second official Disembodied Voices radio drama, preceded by The Lunatic Murder. If you'd like to hear that one too (and catch all of the jokes in this one), feel free to give it a listen!

Disembodied Voices wishes you all a heartfelt Merry Christmas!

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Episode 23: If Bryan Bakes a Pie, Don't Eat It

The Voices are back yet again, and still Disembodied as ever! Cameron provides some spoiler-free information on Skyward Sword, Stephen reminds everyone that he enjoys Devil May Cry 4, and Bryan gains a new nickname straight from aqua vertebrate slang. The Dreamcast Game of the Month is lame this week, but a downright fascinating discussion about Skyrim's lasting impact makes up for that nicely. Another edition of Games to End All Games focuses on the Mario series, which (d)evolves into a complex debate concerning the objective and subjective greatest titles (2D and 3D counted separately, mind you) in the series. In his heart, Cameron picked Modern Warfare. Rounded out with a short but confusing list of new releases, you're left with a, quite frankly, superb podcast of joyful magic. Download Disembodied Voices Episode 23 and you won't be sorry! [audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/47796264/Disembodied%20Voices%20-%20Episode%2023.mp3]

Episode 18: Peter Molyneux is Dumb

It's podcasting time with Stephen, Bryan, and Zachary! GameFly's new Unlimited PC Play Beta is discussed along with the Dreamcast Game of the Month, Typing of the Dead. A weirdly deep journey through the nature of innovation, originality, and perhaps the human spirit itself comes next, followed by another episode of Because We're Smarter Than Developers. Rounding the show out is the mysterious Kentuckian, back again from his underground bomb shelter to inform everyone about Batman: The Beverly Hillbillies. Be a winner: download Disembodied Voices Episode 18! [audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/24480952/Disembodied%20Voices%20-%20Episode%2018.mp3]