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The Pause Menu: PS4 in 2014 and Beyond

This weeks episode of The Pause Menu focuses on the PlayStation 4 and its upcoming lineup. The panel talks about its software, or lack-thereof, for the coming months and whether or not the Xbox One can close the gap this holiday season. The team also discusses the possibility of potential bundles, a future price cut, and the outlook for 2015. Make the jump to check out this weeks panel discussion.

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Succeeding the Nintendo 3DS in a Smartphone World

Smartphones take the “pick-up” out of “pick-up and play.”

We live in a society where peoples’ cameras, music-players, maps, e-mails, phones, and pretty much every other electronic task you can think of, are all functions of the one device: smartphones. With games for sale on their app-stores, Android and Apple iOS smartphones are even considered portable gaming consoles to many of our modern generation.

This November marks a decade since the original Nintendo DS model was released. With the 3DS continuing the DS namesake to this day, we are left to wonder what will eventually replace the 3DS, and the DS family. Where will Nintendo take portable gaming from here?

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Smash Bros 4 Players Banned Thanks to a Glitch

It has been two days since the release of Super Smash Bros 4 on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan and already there is a glitch in the system. As with fighting games, the online matches are moderated to prevent cheating but for some reason, players who are using Peach online in Smash have been banned.

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Rumor: Super Smash Bros Wii U Could Release on November

It has been a long crazy set of weeks for Super Smash Bros 4. First, the game leaks through the internet and the entire roster is revealed. Secondly, the game releases a day early in Japan, confirming said roster and finally, the release date of Smash Bros 4 for the Wii U may have just been revealed.

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Shovel Knight – Mutton Chop Game Critiques

Mutton Chop Game Critiques is a show where I look at video games past and and present and grade them as academically as possible based on the narrative, the aesthetics, the gameplay, and how the game make one feel through those three aspects combined. This week, I’m looking at Shovel Knight!

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Nintendo MiiVerse: Directing Gamer Frustration

Nintendo’s MiiVerse is a central aspect to the Wii U console’s operation and it has not only changed how we interact with one another, but how we interact with our games. Modern gaming is taking full advantage of society’s social media obsession, finally eliminating the stereotype of the gamer as an isolated recluse.

What is most telling on Nintendo’s MiiVerse is how players vent their frustrations. No longer do gamers have to scream in solitude and fling their controllers to the floor, through the window or at the television screen. Today we whine about everything online and now with MiiVerse we can do that without ever even leaving the game.