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Moving Pixels Podcast: Exploring the Alien Frontier of 'Bastion'

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Monday, Aug 15, 2011
It's high noon at the Moving Pixels blog as the podcast crew set their sights on Supergiant Games's charming Western action RPG, Bastion.

With one Chris out and another Kris stealing his chair again, the members of the Moving Pixels podcast discuss the game which kicked off Xbox Live’s 2011 Summer of Arcade, Bastion. This debut title from the small development team at Supergiant has garnered plenty of attention for its lush visuals, solid gameplay, and unique “dynamic narration.”

Join us as we discuss Bastion‘s place within the Western genre, the role of its soundtrack and narrator, and how the player brings himself to the gameplay through the game’s unique challenges. We also dig into the game’s multiple endings, so those averse to spoilers should watch their step.


This podcast is also available via iTunes.


More discussion of Bastion:

Review of Bastion by Kris Ligman

In Bastion, Narrative’s Stranglehold on Life and Death is “Jus’ Foolin’” with You by Kris Ligman

A Bastion of Emotion Part 1 and Part 2 by Mike Schiller


Our podcast contributors:

Rick Dakan is a regular contributor to the Moving Pixels blog as well as to the Gamma Testing podcast.

Nick Dinicola is also a regular contributor to the Moving Pixels blog.

Kris Ligman is the Associate Multimedia Editor at In addition to contributing weekly to Moving Pixels, she is an editor for both Critical Distance and The Hathor Legacy.


You can follow the Moving Pixels blog on Twitter.

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