The Insight: Game Preservation & The Dying Cartridge

By Harry Rabinowitz “Can I take a look?” Rebecca asks me, gesturing towards the blue-screening copy of Mega Man III. “Sure.” I open the lid of the Nintendo Entertainment System, a piece of equipment a little under a decade older than me, caress the cartridge of Mega Man III out of the system and pass…

The Roundup: The Circle Speaks

By Harry Rabinowitz As we approach the holidays, Circle members have been hard at work bringing you reviews, news, and the latest happenings in games! Jorge Jimenez reviewed the hotly-anticipated Xbox One exclusive, Sunset Overdrive, over on Dualshockers. Jeff Bakalar also reviewed the game over on CNET. Craig Goldstein talked with police to compile a list of law…

The Insight: Was I The George Plimpton of Madden Football?

In which an ardent, young writer channels the ghost of George Plimpton, co-founder of the The Paris Review and legendary participatory journalist. Here’s what he learned. by Jason Tabrys I discovered one thing quickly. Eric “Problem” Wright, Zach Farley and Steve Gibbons clearly have a lot of fun when they play Madden Football, a game that…

The Roundup: The Circle Speaks

By Harry Rabinowitz This week, we have features, interviews, videos, explainers, and reviews, all from the lovely members of the Critics Circle. Harold Goldberg published his long-in-the-making, 5000-word cover story on League of Legends, eSports, and Cloud9 HyperX over at Playboy Magazine. Alex Navarro sat down with Vinny Caravella for another GiantBomb quick look, this time for Duck…

And The Winner Is… The 2014 IndieCade Wrap-Up

By Harry Rabinowitz Held at the Cafe Club Fais Do-Do in the City of Angels, IndieCade 2014 was another resounding success.  Todd Martens’ Los Angeles Times article framed the event nicely, saying that IndieCade proudly hosted bold, experimental new games amidst opposition in the form of #GamerGate. The award winners, which can be found in full on…

The Roundup: The Circle Speaks

By Harry Rabinowitz Read about last week’s gaming happenings from the best in the East! Russ Frushtick makes his debut on The New York Times with his piece on the 10 player arcade game Killer Queen. Over on Kotaku, Evan Narcisse gave his review of the completely over the top action-spectacle Bayonetta 2. Ebenezer Samuel reviewed…

The Roundup: The Circle Speaks

By Harry Rabinowitz With “review season” under way, Circle members have been playing games.  A lot of games! Here are some of our members’ stories in this week’s Roundup! Jeremy Voss started playing Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. About an hour in, he gives us his initial thoughts on his blog Shouts From The Couch. Chris…

Arcade Fire #1: September 15 – 20th ||

Hello, Gamers! This is the inaugural post for our new franchise entitled ARCADE FIRE. By Kevin L. Clark Here, we spotlight the movements, mods, and works of art within gaming culture for your ultimate enjoyment. The weekly post will be your central point to see just how video games influence the world around us. KILL SCREEN‘s Jamin…