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    Difficulty vs Playability: How Perfect Games Strike the Balance

    Look. We’re gamers. We’ve all been there. We’ve all whispered bad words quietly enough that our parents couldn’t hear them. We’ve all done that weird thing where we squeeze a controller as if we were the Hulk trying to compress an anvil into a diamond. We’ve all screamed, cried, kicked things, bitten our siblings, burned […] More

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    6 Ways The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Embraced the Mainstream

    Admittedly, as an old Nintendo fanatic, I was worried about E3 this year. I was worried that Nintendo would finally drop the cannonball on the hull of its own ship by delaying Zelda again and, instead, might present a Mario Snapchat filter or a Donkey Kong-themed phone book. Boy, was I terribly, terribly wrong. Ladies […] More

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    6 Reasons Why Metroid Fans Will Hate Metroid: Federation Force

    Before you read this, heed my confession: I have not played Federation Force yet. I don’t know anything about the controls or really the overarching story. My knowledge comes from an 18 minute long playthrough of a complete mission in Federation Force, as well as a longtime fandom of the Metroid series. The video is […] More

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    Blastoise to Be a Volunteer Firefighter: GameXplain Analyzes Pokemon Sun and Moon Trailer

    On Friday morning, Nintendo debunked theories surrounding the release of Pokemon Ebony/Ivory, Paper/Plastic, and Mitosis/Miosis by officially announcing the release of Pokemon Sun/Moon. They did so with a short, Nintendo Direct announcement that contained 6 seconds of concept art. Now a normal fan would come upon this concept art, mutter “Huh. Neat,” and continue to […] More

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    Nintendo’s Huge Smash Bros. Announcements

    This afternoon, Nintendo announced that Corrin, from Fire Emblem: Fates, and Bayonetta will be the last additions to the Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS character roster. Though Nintendo made no promises, the characters should be available for download in February 2016. While Corrin seems to have drawn a general “fmeh” from American audiences, Bayonetta looks pretty […] More

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    “Left-Click to Read” An Introduction to Video Game Tutorials

    If you’ve ever played Settlers of Catan for the first time with someone who is way better than you, you are fully aware that there is nothing more frustrating than a game you don’t know how to play. A video game can be nearly perfect, but if the player is not taught how to play […] More

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    Sony Announces PS2 Reverse Compatibility for PS4

    In a Thursday interview with Wired, Sony confirmed that they intend to “bring PS2 games forward to the current generation” by “utilizing PS2 emulation technology.” After throwing that juicy slice of bacon on a string before the ravenous hordes of fanboys cosplaying as Kratos, Spyro, and Crash, Sony jerked it away and ran away giggling […] More

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    A Crash Course in Nintendo Direct Announcements

    Here at Top Shelf Gaming, we like to acknowledge the real heroes out there. We know our readers are probably busy curing cancer, ending poverty, putting a stop to organized crime, or any number of noble pursuits. We also assume that all these heroes are huge Nintendo fans, so instead of weighing you down with […] More

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    Storytelling in Video Games

    If you have come here looking for an argument that explains why video games are objectively better than books or movies, move along. I have something of an addiction to collecting books (I have like three different books about bees; it’s a problem) and I’m a student at a film school, so I’m very fond […] More

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    Activision Pays $6 Billion for Our Grandmas

    Activision has recently paid $5.9 billion for Candy Crush Saga creator King. In other words, if every dollar Activision spent on candy crush was a Starburst, collectively, they would cover the entire surface area of the planet Mercury. That fun tidbit isn’t necessarily true, but it puts things into perspective, doesn’t it? For a while, […] More

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    Nintendo Reveals Their First Mobile… Thing?

    Last night, Nintendo announced to the world that they would release their first mobile app in March of next year. While fans dreamed of Rupee Clicker or Kirby Crush Saga (please no one sue me for quadruple copyright infringement), Kimishima, in his first public appearance as the new president of Nintendo since Satoru Iwata’s passing, […] More

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    Why Your Seven-Year-Old Shouldn’t Play Grand Theft Auto

    Now, to any parent reading this, heed my disclaimer: I know that it’s hard keeping up with what your children are interested in, I know it’s hard to remember whether Ethan asked for Flappy Bird or Birdman, and I know that most of you really are doing the best you can. It takes a tremendous […] More

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