Special and Collector’s Editions: What Makes You Want to Upgrade?

Last month Rockstar Games announced its special and ultimate editions of Red Dead Redemption 2. If spending your standard sixty dollars on the regular game isn’t enough, for eighty bucks you can get the special edition that includes a side mission that’s not in the regular game (and one that’s not integral to its story,…

An Interview with 2013

This month we’re celebrating Virtual Bastion’s 5-year anniversary by sharing our favorite memories of the site, blogging, gaming, and our online friendships. Join us as we take a trip down memory lane! Any year is a good year to start a gaming blog, but starting one in 2013 was especially good. Maybe it wasn’t obvious…

It’s Not a Game. It’s a Service.

It’s finally taken hold, hasn’t it? This notion of video games as a service. It was only a few years ago that many of us were mocking the idea. “Treating games as a service? Like that would ever happen!” we scoffed. “Nobody will support that” we jeered. Yet, here we are. After years of getting…

My Year with the Elgato Game Capture HD

Almost year ago I stepped into the capture card ring with the Elgato Game Capture HD. It was a crazy idea, frankly…when in the world was I going to find time to make game videos?! But with UWG’s YouTube channel just finding its legs, it seemed like the perfect time to get in on the…

Petitions and Video Games Don’t Mix

Like many series, the Paper Mario games have been caught in a downward spiral from which they don’t yet seem capable of recovering.  While Super Paper Mario was certainly not the most popular game in the franchise, it was not until Sticker Star that I believe the series’ decay became clear.  Not long ago, I…

Why Play Destiny?

Fallout 4 is finally out and we finally have the chance to fulfill our dreams of roaming around the Commonwealth Wasteland! It’s a release that many of us were (perhaps a bit more than) eagerly awaiting, and one of those games that I thought I would immediately get lost in once started. Heck, I was…

When the Music Misses the Mark

While playing through Xenoblade Chronicles, I’ve been reminded of the synergy between a game and its music. This game is filled with lush, harmonious, and exciting sounds that play well off of whatever stage you’re in. From music that envelopes you in sweeping plains, ponders the existence of snow-capped hills, and mourns loss in valleys…

The Big Question: What Really is a Video Game?

When we decided on the topic of “defining a video game”, it seemed rather easy at first. If you’re even here reading this, that means you have an interest in the subject, and in this day and age, if someone told me they didn’t know what a video game was, I would be rather shocked….

Metroid Prime remains, and the question of “beating” games

Last month, the fine folks of A Most Agreeable Pastime posted a thoughtful article titled From The Armchair: Leaving Things Unfinished. As someone with a plentiful backlog of started-but-not-yet-completed games, which I made mention of in that article’s comment section, the post deeply resonated with me, especially considering my grand promise of 2014 to finally complete…

The Life of a Adventurer

Image by Flickr user: tlwmdbt (cc) The life of an action/adventure protagonist really seems like a blast doesn’t it? That’s what it seems like to me at least. Adventure games all seem to have a escapist angle to them in least some measure. We’re not ourselves in these games, but instead these improbably powerful and capable people;…