A gaming update, updated…oh, you get the idea

It’s been a couple months since my last one of these, right? Yeah, I could probably go back and check, but my mind’s set on doing another gaming update regardless, and I can’t say that I have much more to say than that, so…tally ho!

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Listmas 2017: Five “New” Discoveries I’ve Made While Replaying Dragon Age: Inquisition

It’s Listmas, y’all! Yes, it’s that fanciful time of year where we take a break from our regularly scheduled programing into order to have fun with lists! Over on Virtual Bastion, we kicked off #Listmas2017 with some great stuff, and here’s my first entry for the month. As I’m quite thoroughly replaying Dragon Age: Inquisition, here’s my list of some of the “new” things I’ve discovered while revisiting Thedas.


In early 2015, I ran through Dragon Age: Inquisition — quite literally, I mean, at about fifty hours of play. I sped around Thedas, did away with all the enemies, and saved the day. That was that, and I moved on. I didn’t give the game much thought again until recently when I replayed Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II. Both replays proved to be much richer than my initial playthroughs, so I wanted to see if the same might happen with DA:I. So for my second time with Dragon Age: Inquisition (which will, this time, include all the DLC) I’m doing a far more thorough playthrough. As such, I’m discovering all sorts of small surprises that I had overlooking, ignored, or otherwise missed. The game remains an unfortunate slog at points, but uncovering new bits and pieces of its world has helped the slog become…well, less sloggy…

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Ac!d Commander: Final Thoughts

I don’t know if I could really explain why I felt compelled last year to play a PSP game. Our poor PSP was lost somewhere in the house, and even if I found it, did I really want to invest in games for a defunct device?

(P. S. We found the PSP several months back! Sadly, it’s power cord remains AWOL.)

But still, I had never played the PSP all that much, and after finding a good emulator of it, along with a relatively fun, turn-based title called Brave Story: New Traveler, I thought that it might be worth exploring what the handheld once offered. With help from the community, Metal Gear Acid (yes, I’ll stop with the “Ac!d” now) rose to the top. I tried out a couple levels before fully committing. It was only then that the idea of recording the game came into play, mainly because I couldn’t fathom at the time how I was going to write multiple posts about a strategy, turn-based card game.

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My Gaming Nemesis: Kingdom Hearts

There are games that you love, and then there are games that you *want* to love but don’t. Like, no matter how hard you try, the two of you just cannot get along. That’s how it is with me and Kingdom Hearts, as I wrote about in this post for Virtual Bastion. It’s long been a game (a series now) that I want to enjoy so much more than I do. And like any good nemesis, it will remain as such until I defeat it. And I shall defeat it! Someday. Oh yes. I will.


Last week, The Duck of Indeed published a great article on tackling her gaming nemesis, Super Mario World. She was not wrong in recounting just how difficult a game it was…and still is. (I tried my hand at it not too long ago, and oh, it’s cute, but it is not as easy as I remember.) Her article inspired me to regale the Internet (lucky you) about my current gaming nemesis:

Kingdom Hearts.

Yes, that spirited mash-up of Disney and Final Fantasy that captured the hearts and minds of many a PlayStation 2 owner not too long after the turn of the millennium. I was certainly among them, though not immediately. I found myself with a copy of Kingdom Hearts sometime during aught-three, right when I was on the cusp of starting grad school. At the time, Kingdom Hearts provided me with a great outlet for any…

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Five on Shuffle, #11

Welcome to my new monthly series called “Five on Shuffle” where I attempt to reconnect with my iPod by using it regularly throughout the year and using it only and continuously on “shuffle.” Once a month I’m going to stop at a completely random interval, snap photos of five songs in a row, and then post and write about them here. The writing may be heavy or light, depending on whether or not I’ve anything remotely clever to say about any given song in the moment.

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Listmas 2017 is Right Around the Corner!

It’s that time of year once again. It’s…LISTMAS! *glorious droves of fanfare*

As we’ve done in the past, Virtual Bastion is celebrating this super fun blogging holiday with a month of gaming lists of all sorts. Join the jam with lists of your own. Tag them #Listmas2017, and we’ll share them with the community! Merry Listmas!


Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone once again, and that means everyone’s favorite blogging holiday is right around the corner. That’s right, Listmas is back! For those who haven’t celebrated Listmas before, it’s something that’s become a tradition here at the Virtual Bastion. In celebration of the holiday season, we dedicate the month of December to lists of every shape and kind! Some are holiday themed. Some are winter themed. Some aren’t even related to winter and holidays at all, but they’re all made in celebration of our shared pastime!

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Ac!d Commander: The Final Battle Ends

This is my new game project: “Ac!d Commander.” It involves Metal Gear Ac!d for the PSP. Rather than being in written form, I decided to do an actual Let’s Play, making videos and everything. I’ll be posting one to three new videos every Friday from today until the game is over. I welcome any comments and discussion. Apologies in advance for any audio hiccups, video malfunctions, or other jackassery, which will surely ensue.

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I like The Orville

I like “The Orville.”

There, I said it. It’s all typed out and I’m not taking it back. And yes, I’m talking about that new sci-fi-Star-Trek-rip-off-whathaveyou from Seth MacFarlane.





J’aime l’Orville!

Ich mag die Orville!

Me gusta el Orville!

No matter how you say it, I like the stupidass show, The Orville.

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