The lights are on
This was an atypical week in the world of community
blogging, which witnessed an unprecedented and record number of unique faces
and a rather eclectic collection of blogs. It made the selection process
somewhat challenging but you certainly won't go wrong with the posts listed here.
February 27 – March 04, 2012Number of User
Blogs: 125Number of User
Bloggers: 84Number of User
Blogs Herded: 10
Community Skype ChatroomEven though technically this isn't a blog about a
specific community event, Stranger announces a moderated Skype room that
members of the community can join and chat with the community in real time.
The Way We Play Games Since 1972An interesting piece by Stranger that highlights how
innovation has evolved gaming over the years, while showcasing some of the systems
equipped with the tech from each period.
Capsule ReviewAn interesting idea for a new blog series whereby SuperKingC77
reviews games that are five years or older and evaluates them by today's
And Player ChoiceIt's been awhile since we've heard from this particular
blogger, but Yusuke Urameshi is back with a blog discussing how a few specific
games implement ethical decision making as a component of the game.
Effect Of Piracy On The Video Game IndustryThe ever insightful and sometimes controversial Chris
Mrkvicka muses about the impact piracy and the preventative measures being
considered have on the video game industry.
Of The Rich And Infamous: Jackie EstacadoShootist2600 selects a rather interesting video game for
his latest photo rich blog as he explores the bizarre world found in the
recently released The Darkness II.
Creed 3: What Should We Expect?Game Informer stunned the crowd once again when they
revealed another spectacular cover hinting at the direction Assassin's Creed is
leaning towards. Dean Marchese shares his thoughts on it.
Game Realism: A MythIt's not uncommon to gauge a video game in terms of
realism, which is somewhat of a misnomer. Jack, The Quixotic Gamer discusses
his perspective and why he doesn't want a truly realistic video game.
Vita: First ImpressionsPlaystation released its latest handheld a few
weeks ago and if you're still undecided whether to pick one up or not, this
blog by Derreck might help persuade you one way or the other.
Open Letter To Significant OthersA clever (and brave) post by J. Swigart directed at non-gaming significant others who are in a relationship with a gamer and don't
understand the attraction to video games.
REALLY Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far, AwayNot a big fan of PC gaming, Noobtubin8er talks about his
love for The Old Republic and how it managed to change his view of the "other"
video game platform.
The User Review Herding blog
series is taking a break, but fear not, you'll still be treated to a list of
the best user reviews posted during the week.
Of War Collection ReviewThe God of War series has
carved its legacy in the history books of video gaming and this review by straight_edge76
examines the God of War Collection.
As Good As We Remember?A simple and straightforward
review by rekoin capturing the key points and highlights of the latest installment
of the SSX series published by Electronic Arts.
This Is Our Last Hope We're ScrewedA review for a game you may or
may not have heard of, Jonathan Gipson posted a number of worthwhile reviews
this week but this one is for Star Ocean: Last Hope International.
Uniting Action And The RPGPerhaps the best user review of
the week (that doesn't include a video), Applesteak provides a very thorough
and complete look at Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.
PunksContinuing his exceptional video
game reviews, this week Craigaleg evaluates Syndicate, EA's newly released
First Person Shooter based on a classic of the same name. Check out the
companion blog here.
Review – SSX (2012)This week, you're treated to
not one but two outstanding video reviews, as Cody Gilley posts his analysis of the extreme
snowboarding game, SSX.
4th Floor Season 2 Episode 4TOGNick is here with the next
installment of the 4th Floor podcast. According to the show notes,
you can expect discussions on everything from the Oscars to their top ten
science fiction movies.
Indie & Mojo Show Episode 25After a brief interruption,
Indiejones and Mojomonkey12 light up the airwaves once again in the latest
episode of their podcast, where they welcome guest host Jack, the Quixotic Gamer
as they talk about a little bit of everything including the Playstation Vita,
Skylanders, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.
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Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (02/27/12 – 03/04/12):awmace5 (3); bjdbuch (2); blaze6106 (2); Brandon Whiting is back;
BreadLoser; Buddy Acker; Chris Mrkvicka; Christopher Williams (2); Cody Gilley;
Craigaleg; Cru Hunter; DeadManWalking; Dean Marchese (2); debtcollector;
Derreck (2); derth44; Destructur25; Doctor Apozem; DoctorNight; Drym Shyuan;
Enigma (2); falconIZE ; febtober swords; FrankxthexBunny; frog2011; Fry0127;
gamerchild; gogamenerdkid; GoldvsSilver; GordonFreeman77; H.E. Pennypacker;
Harvester of Sorrow; Hut (3); indiejones; J. Swigart (2); Jack aka
gogamenerdkid (3); Jack, The Quixotic Gamer; JAfan94; John Hollingsworth (4);
jordanthegamer (8); killjoy115; king goldfish; Knapptime; Leon Archer (2);
Matt-boy; michael wonderly; Mike (2); Mr. Charmander; Nate77; nick frankfother;
Noobtubin8er; Oni no Tenshi; Orochi Assassin LEVON (7); Ownzoir (2);
PonstoryGames; poxopas; PRjumpman124; rbarclay77; redlitez76 (4); rekoin;
Romars202129 (2); SALOHCIN1; SamuraiZero; Sheriff Warbuff; Shootist2600;
Sierra; Skullmanic; Sora3Ben; Stranger (2); SuperKingC77; Supersnake; the mind
of me; The Second Musketeer; The Soapbox Lord; thecouchpotato; ThisBlueSquid;
TOGNick; trap_the_clap27; Vampire Nox; wayoverdue; xXBourne07Xx (2);
ynoT0312Taz (3); Yusuke Urameshi; and of course yours truly...Saint.
Video Game Quote of the Week:"This is America, where a lying, cheating degenerate like
myself can prosper." – Nigel West Dickens, Red Dead Redemption
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Quite a list you've assembled here! Great work, Saint! Now take a breather as the swarm of Mass Effect 3 reviews come in next week
Yay, another herd! :D
Also, thanks for putting the Skype chatroom up there, hopefully it gets it even more active.
These are some great blogs, and I still need to start blogging again.
awesome, my first blog got herded! thanks saint :D
YES, my review was herded! thanks saint, and hope everyone else enjoys!
Thanks for including The Indie and Mojo Show Saint! Glad to get episode 24 behind us...finally! Episode 25 is great, Jack was an awesome guest(again).
We have a real treat for the GIO community, as next week Andy Gavin is on the show, we are giving away some digital copies of his book, 'The Darkening Dream' so please listen!
Andy Gavin is the co-founder of Naughty Dog and co creator of Crash Bandicoot.
Congrats to all, wish I could find the time and motivation to read them all myself. Sorry, but finishing my video game backlog is important to me. And even then, I still haven't written anything else on this site. I still don't feel like the one I made deserved to be herded... Well, I'll still be on the GIO regardless.
Writing is tough...
It's late here but I had to check out a few of these. Hopefully with get to the rest later. In the meantime, nice selections Saint. And thanks again for the kind recognition.
Gi has some of the greatest users on the web, way to go people!
Oh wow I didn't see this when it was first posted. I'm glad you liked my Kingdoms of Amalur review, thanks for the mention Saint!