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The E3 Moment: Microsoft Ups Its Game!

By Steven Petite   Heading into E3, Microsoft was a publisher that seemed to be losing its identity. Perhaps this has been amplified by the growing consensus that, not three years into the current console lifecycle, the Xbox One has already “lost” to the PlayStation 4. Sony’s console is more powerful and user friendly and…

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The E3 Moment – At Least EA Had Fe & T2

By Stephen Petite Fe-fi-fo-fum EA Play showed little to none—except for the reason behind this incorrectly spelled hopefully clever nod to Jack and the Beanstalk that I will address in a bit. EA went away with traditional E3 fodder to deliver an L.A. to London cross-continental stream dedicated to showcasing their upcoming games. Opening with…

The E3 Moment – Bethesda Brings Franchises Back From The Dead

By Steven Petite For the second year in a row, Bethesda demonstrated the right way to showcase current and upcoming products effectively. First impressions are very important, and Bethesda kicked off the show with a clever command prompt reveal of Quake Champions. It was only a short teaser with no actual gameplay footage, but when…

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The Moment: The Sheer Emptiness of Overwatch

by Steven Petite   The scene: the majestic remains of the Shimada Castle in Japan’s Hanamura suburb. Tight lanes and streets are decorated with the occasional lonely vehicle. Numerous open buildings feature spacious rooms at their core, a luxurious staple of Japanese architecture called the “moya.” Rooftops are visually dominating, eaves extending past walls held…

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Breaking: The Loot Crate Recall

Yesterday, we received info from Loot Crate stating that an Marvel oven mitt is unsafe and being recalled. In other words, don’t use it. Since many gamers and some Circle Critics have Loot Crate subscriptions, here’s what Loot Crate said: “Loot Crate has recently been made aware of isolated incidents with the Infinity Gauntlet Oven Mitt…

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The Circle Interview: Nix Hydra

By Lucy Ungaro I recently interviewed Lina Chen and Naomi Ladizinsky, the co-founders of a game company called Nix Hydra that makes feminine, egg-oriented, non-aggressive videogames. Their first game, Egg Baby, was a breakout hit. Now, Egg!, the sequel that releases today, promises to be “the world’s most eggstravagant pet game.” Read about how these…

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The Roundup: The Circle & Beyond

by Lucy Ungaro Welcome back to the Roundup! After this blisteringly hot weekend, relax with a glass of lemonade and read about worlds with much more tolerable weather patterns.  Last week, I shared Jeremy Voss’s glowing thoughts on Uncharted 4. This week, his opinions have changed. As time passes, the glamour of Nathan Drake’s latest adventure diminishes, while Doom becomes more…