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    TSG Asks: Do you prefer branching or linear stories?

    One of the most interesting parts about video games is the potential to account for player choice in the narrative. This “choose your own” style of adventure is something video games have aspired to for a long time. From the intimate decisions of the Walking Dead to the trilogy-spanning choices of Mass Effect, games have […] More

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    TSG Asks: What is your favorite console?

    The console is a special thing to gamers. It’s a gateway to other worlds, a tool for connecting to an immersive experience. The loyalty formed through this connection is one of the reasons people can feel so competitive about whether or not their chosen console is the best. This week, however, TSG is ditching the […] More

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    TSG Asks: Who is your favorite developer right now?

    I’m going to give my pick to Rockstar, with some caveats. They are my favorite studio (technically group of studios) not because they are known for the best of business practices or the most affable relationship with their consumers, the press, or each other. But the open worlds they create in their games are so […] More

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    TSG Asks: Which genre do you no longer play?

    Gamers’ tastes change. Whether it’s for personal or social reasons, our preferences for gameplay style, aesthetic, and overall experience develops as we try new things. Sometimes this leads us to explore new kinds of experiences, and sometimes we find ourselves rarely playing games from a genre we loved. This week on TSG Asks we take […] More

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    TSG Asks: What game do you wish was longer?

    This week on TSG we’re talking about games that should have given us just a bit more. Whether providing a small, slow stream of content or being unable to satisfactorily resolve a game’s narrative threads, these games left us unsatisfied. Our question for this week is: I really wish Titanfall 2 had been longer. That […] More

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    TSG Asks: What upcoming game are you most excited for?

    Welcome back to another edition of TSG Asks where we pose a weekly question to the Top Shelf Gaming team and share their responses. With the annual deluge of games hitting store shelves in the coming fall/winter months we decided to answer that most timely of questions: This seems like a pretty generic pick, but […] More

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    TSG Asks: What is a game that you have avoided due to its stigma?

    Even if you consider yourself a hardcore gamer, there are likely some games that you wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole. Outside of financial reasons or lack of means, is there a game or genre that you just refuse to play because of the reputation it garnered?  Or more formally: Every semester, we hire a […] More

  • Do you like shooters with campaigns?

    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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    TSG Asks: What is your favorite Zelda instrument?

    Update: The contest is over. Find out who the winner is at 6am PST at this link! Welcome to another edition of TSG Asks, where we ask a question to our staff and then to all of you. This week is extra special because we are giving away two tickets to the Zelda Symphony of […] More

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