The lights are on
With the exception of the industry news gleaned from PAX
East, it was a relatively quiet week in the world of video games. Many of the
community members took advantage of the lull in the action to post a remarkable
assortment of blogs covering the past, present, and future of gaming.
April 02 – April 08, 2012Number of User
Blogs: 88Number of User
Bloggers: 50Number of User
Blogs Herded: 9
GIO Server On Xbox 360 – Coming SoonWarbuff announces that in the near future he will be
renting a Battlefield 3 server (Xbox 360) with the intention of making it
available for the Game Informer community.
Heavy Rain Changed My Mind About QTEHeavy Rain succeeded in a couple of different ways, like
providing a truly unique gaming experience. Matt Brooker shares how the game
made him reevaluate his outlook on Quick Time Events (QTE).
Your HeritageIt was American Philosopher George Santayana who said,
"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." This exceptional
post by Noobtubin8er explores a similar concept and how it relates to the video
Is The RP In My RPGs?A short but interesting blog by Nate77 questioning the
approach found in some role-playing games that offer you the opportunity to
make decisions, but decisions that don't seem to have any consequences.
The PastMojomonkey12 imparts upon us a history lesson from the
world of video games in this message where he talks about Dr. William
Higinbotham, a brilliant man who played a pivotal role in the development of
what many claim was the first video game ever.
Feels Good To Be A GamerStepping away from his top ten list blogs, thegodofwine7
proves he can blog with the best of them in this heartfelt piece about what it
feels like to be a gamer. No doubt many will echo his sentiment.
Wow FactorMany of us have a game or two under our belts that we
appreciate for their "wow" moments. This blog by Prince of Snark Euphoric Ennui
I mentions a few games that had this effect on him.
Top 5 Video Games Of 2012Sticking with video as a medium to circulate his thoughts
with the community, this week Cody Gilley skips reviewing a game and instead chronicles
his top five video games released in 2012.
Online GameplayA thorough blog by BlackHeartedWolf exploring the merits
of online gameplay and five measures he thinks would make the overall
experience more enjoyable. Also, be sure to check out his reboot of the GIO
Writer's Guild Weekly Challenge series.
Wars: The Old Republic ImpressionsThe Old Republic certainly has some steep competition in
the MMORPG genre, but stayedstar provides a comprehensive analysis of what sets
it apart from the rest of the existing titles.
Effect 3 – Collector's Edition: Xbox 360 ReviewProof that good user reviews do
exist, this outstanding review of Mass Effect 3's collector edition by Nick
covers every little detail including all of the special items contained in the
steel box case.
Final Journey Is A Thrilling And Provocative ConclusionDespite the controversy surrounding Mass
Effect 3's ending, the community as a whole really seems to have enjoyed the game
as another glowing review is posted, this one expertly crafted by Orochi
Galaxy at War – Mass Effect 3 ReviewYes, another Mass Effect 3
review to be featured this week. But this one by DeepBlueMyst is every bit as
detailed and complete as the others, and easily earns a spot on this week's top
Journey Is The DestinationLooking at the user reviews for
Journey, you would see of the six reviews, four of them are 10s and two of them
are 9s. Joseph Breen explains why he is one of the readers who gave it a perfect
ReviewA brief but compelling review
for a title you might not have heard of, Frosty describes it as a "solid
puzzle-platformer with an artsy approach," while comparing it to Limbo and Lost
Icarus: Uprising, Reviving a Fallen HeroThis review by JiroGamer SGS
covers Nintendo's recently released Kid Icarus for the 3DS, the latest installment in the series that some consider a cult
classic. The review scores the game 8.75 out of 10.
In a Blog Herding first, there
were no community podcasts posted this week.
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ensure this feature continues to provide the content you're eager to read.
Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (04/02/12 – 04/08/12):aidanrinku (2);
benderstrike64 (2); BillyBobJoe234 (3); BlackHeartedWolf (3); Buddy Acker;
Chris, the savior of the galaxy (8); Cody Gilley; Cru Hunter; dagnastyep; Dan
Talarico; DJH; Enigma; firedude3663; footthumb; freak24; Frosty; GoldvsSilver
(3); Handman50; hdsun; Jolt (6); jordanthegamer; Le Hannibal (5);
LittleManMordecai; Marco Polo; markus1142; Marz; Matt Brooker; maxiboy77;
Meta77; Mike; mojomonkey12; Mray901; my pants are on fire (2); Nate77;
Noobtubin8er; Oni no Tenshi; PickleMan4258; Prince of Snark Euphoric Ennui I
(3); sorryjzargo; stayedstar; Stranger (3); The Handheld Tank (2); The Monster
Hunter; thegodofwine7 (2); Tom; Warbuff (2); wayoverdue (2); xXBourne07Xx (2);
Zero Gravity Ewok; and or course yours truly...Saint.
Video Game Quote of the Week:"So, who is this guy Freeman?" – HECU
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