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    5 Skills you didn’t know you could learn from gaming

    Anyone who loves games will likely have come across plenty of gaming skeptics, who will be only too happy to tell you that playing games are a waste of time. Many believe that your time in front of your favorite game doesn’t achieve anything and can even cause addiction and damage your eyesight and other […] More

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    A Brief History of eSports [infographic]

    eSports are still a relatively new phenomenon. Since 2000, tournaments have skyrocketed due to landmark launches such as the World Cyber Games and the Electronic Sports World Cup. The biggest and most successful league currently is Major League Gaming (launched in 2002) which can now afford to hand out sums of prize money that were […] More

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    Trust Sircle Podcast Ep. 21: How You Doin’? #2

    On our second edition of “How You Doin’?”, the gang games the system to get free Taco Bell, learns what it’s like being the ugly stepsister, and offers advice on how to be compassionate people in this tumultuous political season. Supplemental Reading What is the Nintendo Switch and what should it be? Nintendo Switch Presentation […] More

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    What is the Nintendo Switch and what should it be?

    Last week we finally got a clear look at Nintendo’s new console: the Switch. It has been an interesting week since then. I’ve had many friends that I wouldn’t expect to be excited expressing significant anticipation while others have stated mixed opinions. Perhaps one of the most interesting things to come out of the event […] More

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    Trust Sircle Podcast Ep. 20: Who is the Nintendo Switch For?

    Valerie rejoins the group and brings special guest Evan Maier-Zucchino to discuss the Nintendo Switch Presentation from the week before. Meanwhile, Devin climbs deeper and deeper into the realm of Dungeons & Dragons in his pursuit to become the next great Dungeon Master and in a shocking turn of events, meat fanatic Marcus cooks and […] More

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    Games to Play While Waiting for the Nintendo Switch

    The Nintendo Switch launch is only 6 weeks away. Let that sink in for a second. In just a month and a half, Nintendo will release their 7th home gaming console to the world. The console is set to launch on March 3 with four games (which is an abysmally low number for a launch). […] More

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    Was the Nintendo Switch’s predecessor a good console? – A look back at the Wii U

    The release of a new console has historically been a tremendous moment in gaming; whether it offers incredible leaps in graphics technology or a new approach to how we think of “games.” When the Wii U was first demonstrated at E3 2012 it represented the vanguard of the newest console generation yet its seemingly underpowered […] More

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    The Nintendo Switch Parental Controls video portrays Bowser as a single dad and it’s the cutest and creepiest thing I’ve seen all year

    Oddly enough, Nintendo Switch’s supplemental video on the console’s new Parental Control features did what the entire Switch reveal failed to do: It reminded me of Nintendo’s charming quirkiness. The 2 and a half minute video features single dad Bowser monitoring Bowser Jr’s game consumption via a new smartphone app. The app allows you to […] More

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    Nintendo Switch launches March 3 with Legend of Zelda

    Nintendo first made murmurs about their upcoming console, codenamed NX, halfway through the Wii U’s life cycle. Years later, Nintendo unveiled the console during a worldwide live stream of the trailer back in October. The trailer for the new console, officially named the Nintendo Switch, is now the company’s most viewed video on their YouTube […] More

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    Trust Sircle Podcast Ep. 19: Why should you watch Awesome Games Done Quick?

    Valerie decides to see other people and leaves Devin and Marcus alone to discuss Awesome Games Done Quick, a week-long charity gaming extravaganza. The boys then reminisce about the ways they used to make up their own adventures in video games. Watch AGDQ and consider donating: https://gamesdonequick.com/ What’s new on the site: http://topshelfgaming.net/rise-fall-last-guardian/ Follow us on […] More

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    Top Shelf Gaming’s 2016 Game of the Year Revealed

    2016 was an important year in gaming. We saw VR become a reality, we saw old classics given new life in Doom and Ratchet and Clank, we experienced mods on console with Skyrim and Fallout 4, we had our hopes crushed by Mighty No. 9 and No Man’s Sky, we swarmed public parks playing Pokemon GO, […] More

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    The rise, fall, and rebirth of The Last Guardian

    On December 7th, 2016 the world witnessed a miracle. Nobody turned water into wine, a strange comet did not appear in the sky, and there was no imminent proclamation of doom. On December 7th, 2016 The Last Guardian was officially, mercifully, almost unbelievably, released to the public. With an immense legacy and over 7 years of […] More

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