The Roundup: The Circle Speaks

By Harry Rabinowitz I want everyone to give a warm welcome to Matt Gerardi, the newest member of the Critics Circle! You can check out some of his work here at the A.V. Club. You may know Nintendo’s first party studio HAL Laboratory as “those folks who make Kirby”. Not anymore! Anthony John Agnello interviews game director Yasuhiro…

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What The Games World Can Learn From The Whitney Museum

by Harold Goldberg Today heralds the opening of one of the world’s great museums, the Whitney Museum of American Art‘s new home in downtown Manhattan. I attended the museum’s inaugural press event, roaming its wondrous halls and nooks and crannies for hours. It was all so glorious, I couldn’t help but feel I present was…

The Roundup: The Circle Speaks

By Harry Rabinowitz Wherever you are this week, I hope the Circle’s high quality content brightens your day. (Well, except for the Silent Hills thing…) Evan Narcisse reminds us that, although Silent Hills is canceled, the amazing teaser/demo P.T. is still available on the Playstation Store…until Konami pulls it. Dan Ackerman reviews the Origin PC Eon15-X (2015), the powerful gaming laptop…

The Roundup: The Circle Speaks

By Harry Rabinowitz This week’s Roundup, quite a bit of news on the new Guitar Hero. I’ve always been more of a Rock Band man myself, but I will admit the change in direction is quite intriguing and worth the read. Joshua Rivera has his impressions of Guitar Hero Live, the new installment of Guitar Hero…

The Roundup: The Circle Speaks

By Harry Rabinowitz Your Critic’s Circle and Roundup host have been busy doing very different things, with the Circle delivering quality writing (as always), and your faithful host attending this year’s Spring Fighter. As a follow up to last week’s story, Chelsea Stark gives us the Games for Change nominees and voter’s ballot. Ebenezer Samuel…

The Skinny: Why Hotline Miami 2 Wasn’t So Hot

By Jonathan D. Lee It seemingly came out of nowhere. On October 23, 2012, Hotline Miami was released to critical acclaim. it was unapologetically ultraviolent and featured brutal but surprisingly cerebral combat set to a kickass synthpop soundtrack. The cryptic storyline about a secret war between patriotic American vigilantes and the Russian Mafia was an homage…