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    Player and Character as One: Why uncensored games are the most impactful storytelling medium

    Classifying a piece of media as “uncensored” colors a more sexual and profane nature to it. It sets an audience up for a cheapened and gaudy experience instead of a subtle and sophisticated one, which is not always true if we rethink what “uncensoring” something means. Using video games as an example, I want to […] More

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    Developers drop Oculus Rift support after Palmer Luckey backs political action committee

    Oculus Co-Founder Palmer Luckey, 24, was outed by The Daily Beast on September 22nd for financially backing a politically conservative “shitposting” political action committee, Nimble America, causing Virtual Reality developers Kokoromi, Tomorrow Today Labs, and Scruta Games to drop Oculus support for future games. Tomorrow Today Labs called Palmer Luckey’s actions “unacceptable” while Kokoromi accused […] More

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    Trust Sircle Podcast Ep. 3: Will virtual reality be the future of gaming?

    Welcome to Top Shelf Gaming’s podcast Trust Sircle, where two gamers discuss weekly topics with a non-gamer and realize just how much of an impact gaming has on larger culture. On Marcus and Devin dive face first into VR at Gamestop Expo, and Valerie and Devin adventure into the world of Dungeons & Dragons. It’s a […] More

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    TSG Asks: Do you like shooters with campaigns?

    Gamers seem to be divided when it comes to shooters. Games like last year’s Star Wars: Battlefront are heavily criticized for lacking a proper story mode while Overwatch is wildly popular despite being multiplayer only. Xbox One launch title Titanfall tried to integrate a campaign mode into its multiplayer but it fell flat in almost […] More

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    Trust Sircle Podcast Ep. 2: Why are people disappointed with the PS4 Pro?

    Welcome to Top Shelf Gaming’s new podcast Trust Sircle, where two gamers discuss weekly topics with a non-gamer and realize just how much of an impact gaming has on larger culture. On this episode, the gang picks apart Sony and Apple’s latest announcements, then dive into a spoiler infested discussion about Playdead’s newest game release, Inside. […] More

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    It’s a Quagmire: The Future of Campaign Mode

    As you’re probably aware (And you more than likely are if you’re skimming a website dedicated to video games and gaming news.) the multiplayer beta for Battlefield 1 recently dropped, allowing players to experience the action-packed melee of trench warfare at a time before penicillin was even a thing. I’ve yet to play it myself, […] More

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    Trust Sircle Podcast Ep. 1: Should video games address social issues?

    Welcome to the very first episode of Top Shelf Gaming’s new podcast Trust Sircle, a comedy show where two gamers discuss weekly topics with a non-gamer and realize just how much of an impact gaming has on larger culture. On this episode the gang theorizes if Nintendo’s perceived downfall means that a brighter future is coming […] More

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