Tricks, Treats, and Feats: Dragon Shores

The PS1/PS2 era Insomniac Games really knew how to do bonuses right. They included whole spaces for cut-content in the Ratchet & Clank games, hid demos for Crash Bandicoot in their Spyro games, and the reward for completing those Spyro games was always a special world for their most dedicated players to enjoy. “Dragon Shores”…

Tricks, Treats, and Feats: Yooka-Laylee’s Crystal Skulls

When we used to go trick-or-treating as kids, there was always a surprising element to what kind of candy each house would offer.  Whether good or bad, the surprise was always there, and in a way, sometimes video games offer us a similar experience in the form of secret items we had no idea to…

Tricks, Treats and Feats: Beating Sephiroth in Kingdom Hearts

I feel like Kingdom Hearts is a game of moments. Singular, emotional moments that carry its players through its story and then stick with them long after the game is over. For the most part, they’re happy or endearing events like Sora and Kairi’s heart to heart talk in the secret waterway. However, there are…

Tricks, Treats, and Feats: The Gyrocopter and Philmobile

            If you were to go trick or treating, I bet you’d be mighty surprised if, rather than candy, you were given the keys to a car.  While such a thing would probably not be all that exciting to a young child, who would surely rather a candy bar or peanut butter cup, a vehicle…

Announcing…Tricks, Treats, and Feats!

The spookiest month of them all is almost here, and there’s no way Virtual Bastion’s going to let that pass without making a big deal out of it.  Last October, we celebrated Zelda-ween, where we talked about all things spooky in The Legend of Zelda series.  This year, we thought we’d tackle the fun side…

Overlooked: The Secret Room in Rayman 3’s Tower of the Leptys

You may have noticed by now, but I really like secret rooms in video games.  I love finding something I had never seen in previous playthroughs.  And I rather love bragging at people over things I have found that they haven’t.  Hey, when you’re like me, and you’ve managed to lose 100% of the matches…

Why Some Mysteries Are Best Left Unsolved

By now, there should be no secret that I love games with a sense of mystery, whether this mystery comes from unlocking secrets like the elusive Stop ‘n’ Swop or is simply a result of something that can and will never be explained, like, for example, Stop ‘n’ Swop.  (And I don’t mean in the…

Gaming Secrets and Hoaxes: Can You Tell the Difference?

This month’s community challenge is a most fitting one for the month that is home to April Fools, revolving around the many secrets found in video games, from the ridiculous to the outright fake. I have encountered a good number of these secrets and have managed to unlock many of them, to feelings of great…

Six Favorite Gaming Secrets…Or Maybe Five?

All month long, United We Game is celebrating secrets, hoaxes, and trickery in games with a new writing challenge. Click here for the details and join in the fun! I’m not much of an artist when it comes to discovering secrets in games. While it seems that some players are imbued with a magical honing…

Gaming’s Best Foolery: Secrets and Hoaxes

We swear we’re not fooling around with a new community writing challenge, for it is with a little April Foolery in mind that we offer up a new topic this month about secrets, hoaxes, and general (yet fun) trickery in games! It’s no secret that developers have been hiding some fun and frustrating secrets in…