This week sees an even split in blogs and writing responses – and all of them were fantastic. From oddball eating habits to under-appreciated role-playing games, this week has it all!

Community Blogs For May 11 – May 17:

Why Yooka-Layla Is My Biggest Disappointment of 2017
A Banjo Kazooie-like game sounded great to Zack Burrows. He had been waiting to revisit his childhood, so to speak, with a game like Rare's bird and bear adventure. But then tragedy struck. The game is what Zack remembers loving, but he also remembered how bad some design choices could be. Like the talking and the movement through special moves. This is one game Zack just could not finish.

The Lost Save
Brendon Curzio has fallen victim to something worse than death: a corrupted save. Okay, maybe that's not as bad as death, but it's not fun (thanks a bunch, scratched Final Fantasy VIII disc, for interrupting my save that was in progress and forcing me to start over). But instead of just posing a question, Brendon wonders if it would be a good idea to let players choose what part of a game to play. Like, if you can't manually save before a fun area, maybe you could just play that chunk of the game to relive how great it was. I know I have multiple saves in games to either keep playing it or relive a certain battle.

My Top 5 Favorite, Underrated RPGs
Attackcobra was inspired by the recent RPG lists by GI and IGN. But instead of attempting to pick the best of the best and angering the Internet, the writer focuses on more underrated titles, and ones that didn't make either publication's list. I've actually played just two games on this list, but I definitely like both Tales of the Abyss (there are better Tales games out there) and Dark Cloud. I've actually been thinking about replaying Dark Cloud...if Breath of the Wild ever lets me go.

Writing Challenge Responses:

CWC: Protagonists are Strange Eaters
StarterPack brings up one of my favorite video game eaters: Booker. That guy would open up a trash can, eat three pieces of food, smoke an entire pack of cigs, and then eat some more food and somehow feel better. All of that in seconds. I mean, like our blogger writes, the man eats hot dogs out of trash cans. What kind of hero is that?

CWC: Bizarre Foods Gaming
Qrow Rose goes after some truly iconic, bizarre foods for this blog. Like the floor chicken. I don't get it, but I do enjoy finding it. I honestly find it more nourishing than 50 Cent's Vitamin water. But for real – video games offer up some truly bizarre foods meant to heal players.

CWC: Food in games
I'm not sure what's more odd: my cat's food choices, or those Aaron Bivens writes about. Ever since Pac-Man players have been eating things with video game heroes. But let us all never forget the wall-turkey in Castlevania. A true delicacy. And what's up with Kirby? Bivens hypothesizes that he has a black hole for a stomach. Even worse? Kirby eats his enemies while they're alive. The pink ball is a monster.

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