The Roundup: The Circle & Beyond

by Lucy Ungaro

We’re back with a rainbow assortment of games. (Fallout 4 Week has passed by relatively smoothly.) So let’s get to it!

Ask and you shall receive: the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is heading to the Wii U soon, and it comes with an adorable amiibo surprise. Check out the article by Chelsea Stark for more details.

Speaking of Zelda, guest writer Steven Petite writes and an epic coming of age piece for the Circle – about decades of playing the legendary Miyamoto-created series.

The D&D style MMORPG, Neverwinter, has released a new expansion called Underdark. If you like D&D and MMOs, Jorge Jimenez has got you covered here. It’s a game worth trying out, but it doesn’t really measure up to either D&D or its Neverwinter Nights predecessors, in my opinion (though it would be tough to find a video game that does compare to D&D).

Speaking of Dungeons & DragonsMatt Gerardi compiled some of his reader’s funniest stories about their first character–and that character’s usually swift demise. It’ll give you a good laugh, and get you in the mood for some good ol’ D&D.

The finale to the Game of Thrones Telltale game came out a couple days ago. Time to see the epic conclusion to a game that promises a wonderful butterfly effect. Whether this will actually happen is a little doubtful, but I have faith; the game has been great so far. Check out Samit Sarkar’s article on the matter, along with the trailer for the last episode.

It’s time for some PRACTICE news. For those who don’t know, PRACTICE is an indie developer conference that the NYU Game Center hosts each November. Developers from all around the world come to give and listen to lectures, mingle, and play games. This year, one of the highlights was a talk by the woman who made Jenga, Leslie Scott and you can read about her development process and pains here, as told by Evan Narcisse. 

If you’re interested in the PRACTICE event but couldn’t make it out, stay tuned to the NYU Game Center’s Vimeo account. The videos from this year will be uploaded soon. Right now, you can also see PRACTICE videos from 2014.

OK, I know we got most of the Fallout 4 craze out of the way last week, but the Circle is still pumping out great articles on the game.

Christopher Byrd at The Washington Post says that the game will suck you in–after a while of feeling sort of flat. You just have to push through the beginning. To see why, read the article here.

And now for news outside of the Circle…

On a more somber and serious note, security analysts are considering how terrorists could use video games to communicate. Seems crazy, right? Apparently because of the encrypted messaging technology, it is actually possible. Check out the article here.

Here’s a pick-me-up: a man jumped out of an airplane and played video games on his way down as a marketing stunt. With an entire living room set. This is all to promote an Nvidia product–perhaps a little much, no? Read about it and watch the video here.

Don’t we all love some video game psychology? A new study from the University of York says that we can tell a lot about a person from their online aliases. I’m not sure if I agree, since my online characters tend to be a lot more murderous than I am. But this study is more about people’s usernames than the actual characters they play, and apparently someone with an antisocial name is more likely to be antisocial in real life. Read about it here.

That’s it for this week; see you soon!