The collective efforts of the Game Informer user community prove once again why it's the premier gamer hangout on the Internet. From renting dedicated servers, establishing a new members group, and posting dozens of stimulating blogs, it's weeks like these that make me proud to be a part of the team.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: April 09 – April 15, 2012
Number of User Blogs: 113
Number of User Bloggers: 70
Number of User Blogs Herded: 14

Community Events:

A couple of members have stepped up to provide an awesome service to the Game Informer community. Warbuff and Ownzoir have procured Battlefield 3 servers, one for Xbox 360 and one for Playstation 3. Read the details and join your fellow community members on the battlefield.

Community Blogs:

My Evolution As A Gamer
Despite being a personal reflection by Kflame210 about growing up as a gamer, the deeper message of the blog is about how limiting yourself to one genre will result in you missing out on some great games.

Wishlist: Xbox "Durango" Launch Titles
With next generation console rumors swirling about more frequently, DLT provides a wish list of launch titles for the successor to the Xbox 360 including the probability each will actually happen.

GIOWG: Member Spotlight!
A number of community members created a group and volunteer their time welcoming new members to the Game Informer website. GoldvsSilver posts the group's first blog announcing the recent additions.

The Better Business Bureau And Gaming
Who knew the Better Business Bureau (BBB) maintained ratings and statistics for a number of the prominent video game companies?  This short but interesting blog by Chris Mrkvicka reveals the scores.

My Top 25 Main Characters        
Everybody has a chosen character or two near and dear to their heart. This post by rookie blogger DJH chronicles his top 25 list of main characters that just might include some of your favorites too.

Skyrim Character Guide: Mage
Even though much of the fanfare surrounding Skyrim has subsided, Game Informer's 2011 Game of the Year still maintains an active audience. This guide by Vampire Nox provides tips to play the Mage class.

Skyrim DLC: Everything I Really Want
Bethesda recently announced news of some upcoming Downloadable Content (DLC) for Skyrim, and footthumb responds with a list of items he'd like to see included in a game he already considers perfect.

GTA Knowledge
In preparation for the eventual release of the latest installment in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Jolt reminds us there have been 14 games in the series while highlighting a few of the most influential.

Top 10 Government Agents
If there was a top 10 list of thegodofwine7's top 10 lists, this one would almost certainly be near the top. This week he explores his favorite video game government agents.  See if you agree.

 If I Were Making The Next Elder Scrolls
For whatever reason, gamers seem to gravitate towards blogs about how to make the Elder Scrolls series better, even though most agree the games are already near perfect. In only his second blog, LittleManMordecai provides some solid recommendations to enhance the series.

Diary Of A Fighter And A Lover
The always witty Hist, who thinks humorous blogs never get included in this feature, will be pleasantly surprised to see the inclusion of his snarky diary entry torn from the pages of his time spent in Fable III.

Dragons, And Wizards, And Spells. Oh, My!
Not your standard blog discussing the elements inherently related to Role Playing Games (RPG), Craigaleg briefly summarizes his struggle with returning to an RPG and continuing on after a brief hiatus.

Comparing Master Chief And Batman
What does Gotham's caped crusader and the legendary Spartan from the Halo series have in common? According to Le Hannibal, much more than you might think. Read and see whether you agree or not.

When The Game Transcends Reality
A very deep and inspirational piece from the profound musings of Anticitizen-One, this time about the emotionally charged connections that often form when we become attached to the games we play.

Community Reviews:

Not Quite A Legend, But Still A Great Story
A solid review for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword provided courtesy of Stranger, who summarizes the game as an enjoyable experience with some minor annoyance before scoring it 9 out of 10.

The Trilogy Goes Out In Style
Despite the controversial Mass Effect 3 ending, gamers continue to issue near perfect to perfect review scores, like this one by Michael that awards the game 10 out of 10.

Bantha Poodoo
Craigaleg provides an outstanding review of Kinect Star Wars, a mediocre game that was also recently featured on Game Informer's live stream. You can view his companion blog here.

Shepard's Greatest Mission
Another satisfied Mass Effect 3 gamer posting perfect marks. In this instance, blaze6106 provides a great summary of the game while providing his thoughts on the overall experience.

Community Podcasts:

Indie & Mojo Show Episode 29
The obvious highlight of the this week's show is that Indie and Mojo continue to impress the community with big name guests, this time featuring Harold Goldberg, author of All Your Base are Belong To Us.

Robot In The Corner Podcast: Episode 2-26
Even if you don't listen to the entire podcast, you must listen to the intro where the hosts belt out their rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. After that epic performance, they also talk about Mass Effect, Infinity Blade 2 and The Game of Thrones.

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Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (04/09/12 – 04/15/12):
Anticitizen-One; AshaMan3000 (3); benderstrike64; BlackHeartedWolf (2); blaze6106; born4this; Brad Tramel; BreadLoser; Caudex; Chris Hanna; Chris Mrkvicka; Chris, the savior of the galaxy (7); Christopher Williams; Craigaleg (2); Darkheath (2); Derreck (2); Destructur25; DJH; DLT; Drym Shyuan; Ed_B44; Enigma (2); footthumb; freezeimacop690; gogamenerdkid (2); GoldvsSilver; GWNightmare (2); hdsun; Hist; hitchhikerwaffle; Jack, The Quixotic Gamer; Joey (2); Jolt (6); jordanthegamer (4); Juanolo (5); KAGEHOSHI-; Kflame210; Le Hannibal (5); LittleManMordecai; m4nd4l0r3; Marz; Meta77; mojomonkey12; Nate77; new traditionalist; Oni no Tenshi; Ownzoir (3); Phlakes; Prince of Snark Euphoric Ennui I (3); Radnen; redlitez76; Romars202129; SaNct17; ShadowDragyn; Sora3Ben; sorryjzargo (3); Soul Eater; Specter; Stranger (2); The Great Cubone; the mind of me; the Mysterious Stranger; thegodofwine7; TheOpethAffinity (3); Vampire Nox; Warbuff; Warrior; xXBourne07Xx; Zero Gravity Ewok; and of course yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week:
"Shave my back and call me an elf!" – Oghren, Dragon Age: Origins