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Blog Herding: Community Edition 09/24

You probably noticed Blog Herding has been absent from the site over the past few weeks. Yours truly has been out of the office for work-related purposes, but that doesn't mean I haven't been keeping tabs on the user blog space. Check out our picks from the past few weeks! Blog Herding will now resume it's regularly scheduled posts.

PAX Photo Galleries
It seems DJTAAAAM makes it to just about every public gaming event, and as usual, brought his camera and snapped some pics to share with the rest of the class. Check out not one, not two, not three, but four photo galleries live from PAX Prime.

Why We Love Them #1: First-Person Shooters
Why is going on a rampage on a battlefield with your favorite weapon and decimating your friends online so satisfying? o_JMan240_o explains.

Why Game Ratings Are Terrible
Apozem rips apart the ESRB's rating system and proposes some new ideas. Do you agree with his thoughts on the game rating system? Read the post and join the discussion in the comments section.

In Defense Of Mediocrity
“I've always said I have a high tolerance for mediocrity, at least by most people's standards. Video games certainly are no exception. In that spirit, I've decided to defend a few much maligned titles.” Shootist2600 explains his list of mediocre games that he still enjoyed playing.

Video Game Heroes: The Strong Silent Type
Saint highlights gaming's men of little words.

Foldit: The Game That Wants You To Help Cure Diseases
“Earlier today, as I was listening to NPR, I heard them mention a game that was designed to help cure diseases.  I missed the report on the radio, but after getting home I did some digging.” TOGNick details this unique title that aims to help scientists create better medicine.

Realism In Games
Once upon a time we wondered how photorealistic video games could get in the future, now we find groups protesting titles because the violence depicted is just a little too real. Where do you draw the line? This and more on video game realism addressed in TOGNick's blog.

Video Game Protagonist Makeovers
“I put all this down to ask a question: Does it really matter what our lead looks like? Look at the few examples I gave: did the games suffer from character change, or was it because it was a bad game?” Cody Gilley shares some examples of other video game characters who have changed over the years.

RE: Capcom's Inafune: "Japan Is At Least Five Years Behind"
dbull620 responds to Keiji Inafune's comment on Japanese Game Development. What do you think about the current state of development in Japan? Put in your thoughts in the comments section!

Editor blogs you may have missed: Dan wastes a friend's day with Mortal Kombat: Deception, dreams about Reiner, and does Civ V completely wrong. Reiner talks fantasy novels and thinks you should give emo Dante a chance. Sean pitches Rockstar on GTA 5 ideas and Jeff A hates on save points.

Have you produced or read a blog post on gameinformer.com that you think should be considered for upcoming installments of Blog Herding? Send over an e-mail with a link to annette@gameinformer.com. I also accept bribes.

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