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The Roundup: The Circle & Beyond

by Lucy Ungaro Hi again, Circle members and followers. This past week, I promised myself I wouldn’t go crazy on the Steam summer sale, which is hilarious. One of my best purchases was a game that’s meant to teach Japanese–want to bet on whether I’ll learn anything? I’ll get back to you.  Street Fighter fans, Chelsea Stark has…

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The Roundup: The Circle & Beyond

By Lucy Ungaro It’s that time of year again, which means that this week The Circle is bringing you massive amounts of E3 coverage, and of course, some indie news as well, because we cover the whole videogame spectrum in these here parts.  First, our Steven Petite covered all of the big E3 pressers and reveals for The…

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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 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…