Going into Among the Sleep, I had no idea what to expect. In fact, I was not even aware the game existed until I was searching for the release date for Little Nightmares 2. Though my search was in vain, I was recommended several horror games, the most intriguing being Among the Sleep, which I held onto for many months in anticipation of recording the game for our Virtual Bastion YouTube channel (shameless advertising is shameless, I know…but the playlist can be found here). I had heard good things about the game, but ultimately, I had no idea what to expect aside from one simple detail. The game is played entirely from the perspective of a two-year old. Continue reading Playing as a Two-Year Old in Among the Sleep
I first became aware of Inmost thanks to a trailer on YouTube. I don’t recall even finishing the trailer because the first few moments had already piqued my interest. The game’s surprisingly beautiful pixel art style and eerie atmosphere was what hooked me. Oftentimes, it is unwise to judge a game based solely on such shallow details, but I am happy to say that Inmost was one poorly-researched game that paid off. Having recently published my playthrough of the game over on our Virtual Bastion YouTube channel, I thought it was about time I wrote a review so you, my dear readers, can decide for yourself if Inmost is worth your time. Continue reading Inmost Is As Beautiful As It Is Eerie
Over the years, I have had an increasingly strong belief that gaming was not quite what it used to be. I was convinced that the “glory days” of the mid-90’s to early 2000’s had come to an end, for one reason or another. I missed old-school platformers like Banjo-Kazooie. I bemoaned the fact that many of my favorite series had either died off entirely or been reduced to husks of their former selves.
Fortunately, in recent months, I have come to shed these pessimistic sentiments, realizing in the process that such thoughts were, well, ridiculous. Modern gaming is no better, and no worse, than it’s ever been. It’s just different. And that’s actually…a really good thing. I mean, if Yooka-Laylee, a game released earlier this year, has taught me anything, it’s that resurrecting an old style of game that we all used to love is not the way to go. That was then. This is now. Go ahead and enjoy the games of the past (I certainly do), but as far as the future of gaming is concerned, I need to stop focusing on what games USED to be like and instead set my sights on what they ARE today. Continue reading Little Nightmares is More Like a Dream Come True
At long last, the long-awaited moment has arrived! Foxy is complete, after nearly a year’s worth of work, not to mention blood, sweat, and tears. Literally, as far as the blood is concerned. Sewing needles are sharp. The tears almost happened on a few occasions, during the more difficult parts of the project. The sweat is just figurative. That’s gross. Anyway, self-indulgent rambling aside, the final steps are detailed below. Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Finishing Touches
Now that Foxy’s head is nearly complete, all that’s left are the glorious details! So let’s not waste any time! First off, the creation of the tuft on the top of his head and the ears were pretty straightforward. The tuft was carved from upholstery foam and covered in red “fur”. It was a bothersome shape to work with, but it was a pretty simple affair otherwise, and I was able to attach it to the top of the head with super glue. The main bulk of the ears were cut out of the largest scraps of upholstery foam I had left over (one ear even had to be made out of two pieces stitched together because I didn’t have a piece large enough for the whole thing), while the rim was also cut out of foam and sewn on. After sewing on the fabric, the ears were largely complete, save for attaching them to the head, which will be described shortly. Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Head Part 4
Based on the number of posts covering this topic, Foxy’s head has obviously been the most involved part of the costume, and I suppose it makes sense. A face is far more important than a leg or a foot, after all, and so I simply must make it perfect. This is also the process I’ve been looking forward to since the beginning, adding the fur and other various details to the head. Now he’s really going to start looking like more than just a foam blob. Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Head Part 3
Well, the Duck has been hard at work constructing the noggin of the frightening, yet also strangely adorable, Foxy the pirate from Five Nights at Freddy’s. Last time I talked about this cosplay, I had described how to make the main frame of Foxy’s head out of plastic canvas. The next step was covering it with upholstery foam. I’ll try not to bore you guys with the details, but this was certainly one time-consuming process. A lot of people glue the foam on, but I hate working with glue, and some glue causes the foam to get hard and puff up, so I just sewed it onto the canvas using lesser-needed colors of thread. I was able to use leftover scraps of foam to cover Foxy’s head, which was pretty nice, as it prevented these pieces from being wasted, and I even managed to avoid opening my final roll of foam. (I bought an extra roll because I thought I’d need it…but I didn’t. Now I can save it for some future projects I have in mind….) Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Head Part 2
Throughout this entire cosplay, Foxy’s head had loomed over me with a mixture of trepidation and anticipation. On one hand, I feared this would be a rather difficult part of the costume. For all prior cosplays, I was able to just, you know, use my own face, but actually making a character’s head seemed a bit tougher. At the same time, I was kind of excited, too, as putting together Foxy’s head sounded like a rather fun prospect. I’d get to make his ears, his nose, and even add his teeth. Plus, I love any part of a cosplay that I can later display in my gaming room, and what’s better than a big Foxy head?
Mainly, though, I was just nervous, so I put this part of the costume off until the very end. Now that everything else is done, save for some finishing details and the like, I had no choice but to create Foxy’s head. I had done some research in the past, and the method for making the head that I thought would work best for me would be to create a frame out of plastic canvas. Even so, this looked like a rather complex process, so I made sure I watched several videos on the topic to see how other people did it. I also looked up how to make a moving jaw, but thus far, the details of that have eluded me. I’d really like to figure out how to do this, but no one seems to want to go into any in-depth detail on how to make this work. It’s a conspiracy, for sure…. Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Head Part 1
All right, time to finish Foxy’s torso. I said it before, and I’ll say it again. This part of the costume was frustrating. I mean, really frustrating. While trimming the torso until it fit me right was tedious, this part really wore my patience thin. So there is a large gash in Foxy’s chest, through which his endoskeleton can be seen. While there were a few little extras I needed to eventually take care of, the main part of his torso I wanted to complete before moving on was this little section of endoskeleton, the materials for which I had already acquired. One, a tough cardboard tube from an aluminum foil box. Two, craft foam. And three, wind chimes.
W-wind chimes, Duck? Are you sure?
Yes, I’m sure! Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Torso Part 2
Foxy’s torso was a rather complex part of this cosplay, and thus the time-consuming process involving its creation must be covered in multiple posts. Part 1…begin! Before I could even start, I had to figure out the shape to cut out of the foam. After quite a bit of pondering, I eventually decided that I would draw out a shirt pattern twice on upholstery foam, where they are joined on one side. (I forgot to take a photo of this.) The concept of making parts of a character out of upholstery foam seems confusing on the surface, but when you really think about it, all you’re doing is making clothes out of thick material. What is the clothing equivalent of a torso? Why, a shirt, silly! Brilliant! So I cut this out and used the spray glue to bond the shoulders together, creating this fairly, well, torso-shaped shell. It appeared my efforts were off to a good start. Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Torso Part 1