A lot of blogs covered Castlevania's animated Netflix show this week, while other offer blogs on art, as well as masterpiece that is Portal 2. Enjoy!

Community Blogs For July 6 – July 12:

The Essentials Challenge: Starter Pack – Portal 2
Poor StarterPack had a rough time finishing Portal 2 (check out the post comment). But even though it nearly melted his PC, it is still a marquee game experience. I have fond memories of the solo experience and the cooperative experience, even if both puzzled me at times. Oh, and insert the obligatory 'cake is a lie' joke here!

So I watched "Season 1" of Netflix's new Castlevania show
Brendon Curzio compares the first season of Castlevania to a movie trailer. For him, it really isn't much of a show. But Brendon did enjoy the show, calling it well done. I would disagree, as I thought the show was mostly bologna, but it had its moments, getting quite a bit better and actually enjoyable in the final episode.

Eight Games I Played At Anime Expo 2017
Justin Mikos had me at the image of Super Saiyan Goku. But don't stop there (I know it's hard not to gaze at the glorious Goku). Mikos writes about the Anime Expo games on exhibit in LA. There is a lot of good info here on games that range from anime brawler to Metroid with RPG elements. Plus, we get to read about some other events the writer enjoyed.

4 Art Styles I Want To See More Of
Haley Shipley writes that an art style can make or break a game for her. Because she is so into artistic styles, this list is a look at ones she would like to see more of. What I am mostly interested in is Takashi Murakami art, as she describes his art as "kind of like a more post-apocalyptic version of Splatoon meets Katamari Damacy." That sounds so rad.  

Why I thought Castlevania sucked (and why it probably won't bother you at all)
Katzenbalger is here to also write about the Castlevania show. As a fan who has played much of the series, Katz knows the gothic, somewhat goofy games well, and enjoys them. But the blogger watched the show and "was sort of baffled and confounded by it," deciding it was a mess. Fingers crossed that the second season is much, much better.

The Best Games Period – Episode 68 – Crash Bandicoot
While the Bandicoot fever seems to be dying down, Jack Gardner is here with a podcast to muse a bit more on the wombat. The question he wants to specifically answer is whether or not Crash Bandicoot is one of the best games ever made. I remember enjoying it, but the second and third games were definitely much better.

Writing Challenge:

Nothing this week as I brainstorm some solid topics. Please feel free to send some in the comments below.

I hope you enjoy the blogs! Please contact me via my Game Informer page or on Twitter at @LouisGarcia12 with any blog news or playdate suggestions.