Uncanny Accounts: Escaping a Curse in What Remains of Edith Finch

Venerating deceased loved ones is a tradition that dates practically to humanity’s beginnings. From creating simple family shrines to erecting monumental monuments, the act of marking the passing of those we once held dear is an important part of the grieving process. So once it became clear in What Remains of Edith Finch that its…

Uncanny Accounts: Poltergeists and Red Lyrium in Dragon Age II

In the Dragon Age series, “lyrium” is a mysterious mined substance that plays a large role throughout the games. Regular lyrium, in its raw, turquoise blue form, is extremely volatile to nearly all races, and it can only be safely extracted by dwarves of the mining caste. Processed lyrium, however, is used (delicately, though sometime…

Join us this month for “Uncanny Accounts”

Here at Virtual Bastion, we love the fall and everything that comes with it, including the spooky aura of October. Traditionally, we’ve used this month to share with you our own stories about scary games, haunting moments in games, games that make things go bump in the night! Though 2020 has been challenging, our October…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #129

Up this week: Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch, 2019) – This week only, some spoooooky levels to celebrate this spoooooky time of year! Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage (PS4, 2018) – enjoy more fiery fun from this second game on the Spyro Reignited Trilogy Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (Wii, 2009) – tackling the further adventures of…

SCP: Containment Breach – A Unique Horror Experience

The horror genre is fairly sparse in the Duck’s household, so as I pondered the topic of my final Spooktober post, I had very few options available to me.  It then occurred to me that I have never written about the spooky PC game, SCP: Containment Breach, a truly unique horror experience!  So let’s rectify…

Why I Love Luigi’s Mansion

As you may already know, for the month of October, we’re going to be covering spooky games.  While the Duck enjoys things of the spooky variety, if this post concerning Half Life 2’s Ravenholm is anything to go by, I like my spooky on the mild end of the spectrum.  (Unlike my salsa.  Make it…

Rare Scares: Kackle from Haunted Hall

Halloween is just around the corner, and for the Duck’s final Rare Scares post, it’s about time we dialed the spook-meter up a notch.  Donkey Kong Country 2 is one of my favorite games, what with the pirates and the awesome team of Diddy and Dixie, not to mention my favorite world of the game,…

Rare Scares: A Mysterious Encounter in Conker’s Bad Fur Day

This next Rare Scares post focuses on a game I don’t believe I’ve ever discussed before, Conker’s Bad Fur Day.  Having missed my chance to purchase this game on the N64, I finally ended up buying the Live and Reloaded version on the XBox.  The reason I never speak of this game is because it…

Rare Scares: Creepy Sounds in Creepy Castle

The Duck’s newest Rare Scares illustrates just how much one’s own imagination can be their worst nightmare.  Seeing as today’s post focuses on Donkey Kong 64, it should come as no surprise that the specific world I have in mind is Creepy Castle.  I have had an increasingly rocky relationship with this game, as the…

Rare Scares: The “Unforgettable” King RedEye

In video games, boss fights are often meant to be an epic affair where our heroes face off against a foe that is, more often than not, super powerful, huge, or both.  For these reasons, only the most memorable of boss encounters can be chosen for our Unforgettable series, as we simply can’t pick them…