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Blog Herding: Community Edition 03/22/12

It was a volatile week in the world of blogging as numerous gamers penned their thoughts on the contentious ending to Mass Effect 3. Amidst those blogs were some others that you should find equally entertaining and less controversial.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: March 12 - March 18, 2012
Number of User Blogs: 96
Number of User Bloggers: 68
Number of User Blogs Herded: 10

Community Blogs:

How Females Are Negatively Presented
Silvershine08 tackles the delicate issue of being a girl gamer in today's digital landscape and the disparity between how many gamers are female and the way they are represented in most video games.

Lessons In Interactive Storytelling From A Player's Perspective
A short blog by ps2freak about two rather whimsical titles that surprised the industry with their non-traditional approach to providing a unique gaming experience.

The Best And Worst Of The Assassin's Creed Series
There's no denying the fascination with the Assassin's Creed series among the gaming community and it's only slightly ironic that someone with the name Masterassassin would post a great blog about it.

A Look At Nintendo's Upcoming Console
As the potential release of the Wii U gets closer, the more the community shares their thoughts on Nintendo's next generation console set to debut sometime in 2012.

Commander, It Has Been An Honor
Not the first personal letter that's ever been written on behalf of a video game or its main character, but certainly one that is relevant today. Jack, The Quixotic Gamer publicly praises his time serving with Commander Shepard as he reaches the conclusion of the highly regarded series.

10+ Thoughts For The Next Elder Scrolls
The surprise hit blog of the week that's already drawn in 1,000+ views and double digit comments; Biggy Phatts provides a number of suggestions for the next Elder Scrolls. Did I mention it was his first blog?

I Am (Still) Alive
The next game to receive Shootist2600's attention in a photo blog is the recently released Ubisoft survival horror game titled, I Am Alive – a game he says is strikingly similar to Disaster Report.

Taking Control
With advances in technology that have greatly improved the capabilities of the video game console, Jon Gregory aka JMan240 ponders why we're still not able to fully customize our controls.

Don't Lose Hope
Perhaps one of the most in-depth character profiles you will ever read, Joseph Breen explores every personality trait down to the smallest quirk for one of the Final Fantasy characters. 

Time Capsule Review
A few weeks ago, SuperKingC77 posted a blog about his upcoming series where he revisits old games in the modern age. This particular review in the series is for the original Portal.

Community Reviews:

Video Review: Silent Hill Downpour
Cody Gilley posts his latest video review for Silent Hill Downpour and even though he ran into a few challenges with Konami filing copyright lawsuits, he manages to produce a solid review of the game.

Take Earth Back
There hasn't been this many user reviews submitted for a single game since Skyrim, but since its release, Mass Effect3 has been reviewed more than any other game. This video review by Craigaleg is one of the best ever. Read his companion blog here.

Dragon Age II: Back To The Minors
Remo Williams provides a solid review of Bioware's Dragon Age II in which he provides a glimpse of the story and gameplay before awarding the game a final score of 7 out of 10.

Silent Hill Downpour: An Honest Review From A Fan
A very thorough and detailed review for the next episode in the Silent Hill series, Wes Carroll does an outstanding job evaluating the different merits of the game and awards it a final score of 8.5 out of 10.

It Feels Better Than Ever To Be Batman
Who hasn't ever dreamed of being Batman or some other superhero? This review by Colton shares his feelings on how and why he enjoyed Batman Arkham City as much as he did.

A Work Of Art
Journey has been receiving a ton of fanfare with its unique approach to providing a visceral gaming experience, and this review by JealousOfCrows summarizes how the game achieves this.

1940s L.A. Never Looked So Good
L.A. Noire seems to be one of those games either you love or hate and this review by Jonathan Gipson that scores the game a 9.5 out of 10 outlines why you might love it.

Community Podcasts:

The Indie & Mojo Show Episode 26
These guys are known for hosting some noteworthy special guests from the community and industry but this week they've really outdone themselves as they welcome Andy Gavin, video game developer, author and co-founder of Naughty Dog.

Robot In The Corner Podcast: Episode 2-23
This week, Dean and Titus share their impressions of SSX, and Titus and Wes share their impressions of Mass Effect 3. If you think you have what it takes to outscore them on SSX, add them on Xbox Live.

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Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (03/12/12 - 03/18/12):
alex720; Anticitizen-One; awmace5; bartandbucky; Biggy Phatts; Bluecoat09; born4this; Chris Hanna; Chris Mrkvicka; Cody Gilley; Commander Shepard; Craigaleg; DeadManWalking; DJH; Doctor Apozem; DoctorNight; Drym Shyuan; Enigma; footthumb (2); God Of Irony; gogamenerdkid; GoldvsSilver (4); Handman50; Hist; indiejones; Jacen; Jack; Jack, The Quixotic Gamer; JAfan94; Jake H. (2); John Hollingsworth; John Hunter; Jon Gregory aka JMan240 (2); jordanthegamer (5); Joseph Breen; Josh Wagner; Just that Awesome; killjoy115; Koob24; Lflaks; Light Gamebeast23456; Marz; Masterassassin; Matt The Hedgehog; Meta77 (2); Mike (2); Mr. Charmander; OmegaSpartan08; Oni no Tenshi (2); opposedcrow88 (4); Prince of Snark Euphoric Ennui; PRjumpman124; ps2freak; redlitez76 (4); SamuraiZero; ShadowDragyn; shieldbearer; Shootist2600; Silvershine08; slymd83; Stranger; SuperKingC77; The Handheld Tank; the mind of me; thegodofwine7; wayoverdue (2); YepImAPersonWaving (4); and of course yours truly...Saint.

NOTE: The technical anomaly associated with the formatting of certain blogs that prevents older blogs from being viewed occurred on at least three occasions during the week, potentially resulting in the names and blog count being inaccurate. Regret any inconvenience caused by this glitch.

Video Game Quote of the Week:
"If we're all clones, why am I the only one with a sense of humor?" – Scorch, Republic Commando

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