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    Video game consoles sales suggest a resurgence in home console popularity

    Consoles are back in style, or are at the very least, enjoying a resurgence. Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft are all benefiting from strong console sales, helping to alleviate fears that mobile devices and games would drive business away from home consoles. This fear was reinforced by low-earning console debuts such as the Wii U, that […] More

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    Ultimate Movie Trivia Schmoedown review

    Trivia games. They’ve been around for a long, long time and whether you’re playing in a Trivial Pursuit championship, an online quiz that determines your level of nerd cred, or an old Scene-It from 2005, you’ve probably experienced the burst of excitement when you blindly guess correctly or the crippling despair when you’re picturing the […] More

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    Are loot boxes gambling? The UK doesn’t think so

    The UK Parliament has finally issued a response to a massive petition from concerned UK citizens to classify video game loot boxes (here classified as in-game purchases that allow players to randomly get a new, potentially rare in-game item) as a form of gambling. The petition itself outlined a plan to at the very least, […] More

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    Late Shift: The Video Game/Film Singularity is Coming

    Video games and films may be coming closer together. On Oct. 11, Paramount Studio executives hosted a screening of the experimental “interactive” film, Late Shift, for an audience of around one hundred film executives and students on the Paramount lot. While Late Shift is not the first interactive film, it is one of the most […] More

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    Where the Water Tastes Like Wine: Story time with Johnnemann Nordhagen

    Several weeks ago, I went to IndieCade with the other writers in Top Shelf Gaming. The convention was amazing and there were several games that caught my eye, but none truly intrigued me as much as Where the Water Tastes Like Wine. In the game, you play as a vagrant making your way across the […] More

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    How Civilization VI (Mis)Represents Government

    First released in 1991, Sid Meier’s turn-based strategy games, the Civilization series, quickly captured the attention of gamers everywhere. Though not the first strategy game to allow players to play as historical civilizations and certainly not the last, it did allow players the unique opportunity to control a civilization from its beginnings in the Stone […] More

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    Racist mobile game “Dirty Chinese Restaurant” pulled before release

    An offensive new game from Canadian production company, Big-o-tree Games (yes, it is a pun), has been cancelled and pulled from release from iOS and Android app stores. The game in question, Dirty Chinese Restaurant, was pulled on October 5th with Big-o-trees Games releasing a short statement saying that they have pulled the game and […] More

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    International Olympic committee currently testing video games as future events

    Competitive video gaming just got one step closer to becoming an Olympic sport. The Olympic Council of Asia officially included competitive video gaming, also called Esports, in a demonstration event held in its Asian Indoors and Martial Arts Games venue. Here, nine countries competed in four different games including Starcraft and Hearthstone to a crowd […] More

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    Gatorade punished for app that encouraged kids not to drink water

    This past Thursday, the Gatorade Company settled a 2012 lawsuit against its mobile game, “Bolt,”  that will prohibit the company from making disparaging comments against the consumption of water. If you think that first sentence sounds crazy, you are not alone. The lawsuit in question came about with the release of Gatorade’s mobile game, “Bolt,” […] More

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    The Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator: Not Quite Utopian

    Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enter — I mean, Artemis. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations that are just legally different enough to avoid a lawsuit, to boldly go where no one has gone before (except for all the […] More