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    The big takeaways from the Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct #DailyHotTake

    At last, Nintendo has graced eager fans with 40 minutes of info on the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Everyone was hoping for some long-awaited character reveals and for Sakurai to finally shed some light on the peculiarly title Spirits game mode. Are fans happy? Spoiler alert: No, they never are. But here’s what we […] More

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    [UPDATED 10/30] Bowsette and other cool cosplay from LA Comic Con 2018

    Last weekend, I gallivanted around the Los Angeles Convention Center at LA Comic Con 2018 filming for a cosplay video that should come out later this week. While you wait for that, here are some photos of cosplayers who I thought were noteworthy, but who didn’t fit the theme of my video. More

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    Game of the Month Recap: Celeste (Jan 2018)

    We’re trying out an idea we’ve had for quite some time now. Moving forward, all of our Game of the Month winner announcements will be accompanied by a video. Instead of awkwardly starting in October, we’ve decided to catch for the whole year. Expect one Game of the Month video every week through January until […] More

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    What happens when you combine Super Mario Party with alcohol?

    Mario Party has been turning friends into enemies since 1998. Everyone on staff has fond memories of playing the Nintendo 64 entries. Over the years, the game has strayed away from its classic board game formula, but Super Mario Party on Nintendo Switch is a true return to form. So the Top Shelf Gaming staff […] More

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    Rockstar Games is proud of 100-hour work weeks? #DailyHotTake

    This week’s edition of #DailyHotTake is a special rant from our dear Devin Valdivia. He critiques the inhumane working conditions of Rockstar Games whose director Dan Houser expresses that members of his team worked 100 hour work weeks like it was a badge of honor. He had a few things to say about it, which […] More

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    We shake our groove thang in the new Sound Stage mode in Super Mario Party

    Super Mario Party is out now and we tested out Sound Stage, one of the brand new game modes. It’s a mode where you and up to three other players compete in rhythm-based challenges using the Joy-Con. Master of this mode will grant you the Gem of Spirit. Watch our video below to see just […] More

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    God of War director weighs in on the Telltale Closure #DailyHotTake

    It’s a lighter week for news but many conversations regarding the 250 employees laid off by Telltale continue to rage on. Here are our thoughts from the week, including a Tweet for God of War director Cory Barlog. Telltale looks to finishing The Walking Dead despite closure As everyone waits to learn more about the […] More

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    Trust Sircle Podcast Ep. 36: How does Marvel’s Spider-Man compare to the Batman Arkham series?

    It’s not often that the entire TSG staff all plays the same game to completion so that they’re able to talk about it. In another special episode of Trust Sircle, the boys compare the action-packed Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4 to its spiritual successor: The Batman Arkham series. Supplement Reading TSG Asks: What makes Marvel’s Spider-Man […] More

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    Wandersong’s commitment to non-violence is both endearing and frustrating

    Everybody faces conflict. Sometimes these conflicts are mild inconveniences while other times they are unexpected, unavoidable, and life-threatening. The latter is often true in video games, which, by their nature, are filled with obstacles that will impede your progress or end your play session altogether. For decades, mindless violence has been the primary method in […] More

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    Watch the first 19 minutes of the deliciously colorful Wandersong

    I’ve had my eye on Wandersong since I first saw the trailer back in January. Successfully funded through Kickstarter, Wandersong follows a jovial bard in his quest to save the world through song. If it sounds silly, perhaps to the point of absurdity, that’s because it is. Creator Greg Lobanov knows this and addresses this […] More

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