With only two more episodes of Blog Herding left before the end of the year, the Game Informer online community has consistently provided exceptional content week after week for the past year. This week is no different; enjoy the content and have a safe and happy holiday.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: December 03 – December 09, 2012
Number of User Blogs: 122
Number of User Bloggers: 62
Number of User Blogs Herded: 14

Community Blogs:

What I Want From A Mass Effect Prequel
With conceptual ideas for the next chapter in the Mass Effect series swirling about, Doctor Apozem considers what a prequel might offer should that be the direction the series decides to take.

Motion Controls Are Dumb
A candid look at the current state of motion controllers from someone who owns products from the big three, Jolt the Cynic shares his colorful mini-rant on why he's not a fan of them.

6 Changes Dark Souls II Can Make Without Sacrificing Challenge
Dark Souls quickly gained a reputation for its brutally challenging game play, but Shrink has a few ideas for the next installment that could make the game more enjoyable without forgoing the difficulty.

Because They Told Me To
Cru Hunter ponders the age old and often-debated subject concerning the impact review scores and industry awards have on influencing purchasing decisions.

The Importance Of Villainy In Video Games
An interesting piece by vonfinell exploring the role the antagonist plays in the overall story and how this has progressed over the years, including discussion on the contributions of some of our favorite villains.

Why Starbreeze's Syndicate Is My FPS GOTY
As the end of the year approaches, the industry is abuzz with naming a Game of the Year winner. While most are considering the obvious candidates, Paradigmthefallen picks a more obscure title.

I Am The Dead Man; Remember Me
DeadManWalking crafts a profound elegy that pays homage to the numerous lives we have embodied in the games we play. This touching tribute is sure to make you pause for a moment of silence.

A Comparison: Halo To Call Of Duty
We've seen plenty of blogs comparing and contrasting Call of Duty to Battlefield, but Jonathan Gipson takes a unique approach by comparing Call of Duty to Halo. Weigh in on the discussion.

No Pain, No Gain – When Games Reward Weakness
We've come to expect games to award us a trophy when we do something spectacular, but maxmaher takes a look at a few specific achievements that reward our less-than-stellar performances.

Superblog Featuring Oni, Saint, Chris, Noob, Shootist, Hanna, And Stranger
Stranger compiles a rather lengthy blog with the collaboration of fellow GIO community members discussing the current generation of gaming consoles and the impact they had on the industry.

Insert Coin(s) – The Video Game Night Club Adventure
Jack Gardner provides a glimpse into the Minneapolis night life as he visits Insert Coin(s), a video game-themed club featuring retro cabinet style arcade games, all in the name of journalism.

Skyrim's Continued Draw
With so much talk about the 2012 Game of the Year race, AshaMan3000 reflects on getting lost in last year's winner as he fires up Skyrim and continues exploring the open world of Tamriel.

The Art Of The Game: Asking The Right Questions
If you haven't had your fill of the video games are art debate, you might enjoy the latest post by David Chandler talking about the Museum of Modern Art's future video game exhibit.

Why You Should Care About Humble Bundle
A public service announcement advertising the THQ Humble Bumble, x-XMantisX-x discusses how your purchase of this collection can benefit charities as well as the indie developers responsible for them.

Community Reviews:

Review – Dishonored (PS3)
A solid review by BLiNDFATES analyzing Dishonored, one of the surprise hits of the year made popular by its dynamic gameplay and varied approach to combat which result in a unique experience.

Far Cry 3
With positive reviews from nearly every media outlet and gamers alike, John Wrek agrees and awards Far Cry 3 high marks for its breathtaking environment and explosive story.

A Game Transformers Fans Have Been Waiting For
A short summary of Activision's Transformers: Fall of Cybertron game which BRAV0 F1VE claims accurately recreates the atmosphere of the original cartoon from the 1980s.

Tread Lightly, And Carry Super Powers
One of the best reviews you'll find for Dishonored that includes a Craigaleg patent worthy video review capturing all the important highlights from a game he describes as an incredibly fun experience.

Persona 4 Golden Review
Steven E. Holland reviews the somewhat obscure title Persona 4 Golden, the Japanese role-playing game ported over to and exclusively available on the Playstation Vita.

Community Podcasts:

The JACKED UP Indie And Mojo Show Episode 52
It's double coupon week on The Jacked UP Indie and Mojo show as the hosts post two episodes this week, including Episode 54 which features indie developers from Brain and Nerd.

Robot In The Corner Podcast: Episode 3-5
The hosts are up to all sorts of shenanigans in this infectiously humorous podcast where they talk about everything and nothing, but at least they have fun while they're doing it.

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Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (12/03/12 - 12/09/12):
ace13; Ali Rapp (2); AshaMan3000 (3); Blade (2); blaxarbush911 (2); BLiNDFATES (3); bombstopper (2); born4this; Cameron Koch; cerpintaxman (2); Comin_4_U; Cru Hunter; dadarkheart; David Chandler; DeadManWalking; DJH (4); Doctor Apozem (3); DoctorNight; Drym Shyuan (2); Enigma (2); General Mills44 (2); Ghost; Glasses; GoldvsSilver; Hawke5 (2); Jack Gardner (4); John Wrek (3); Jojonny17; Jolt the Cynic (7); Jon Gregory aka JMan240; Jonathan Gipson; JordanTheGamer (2); Joyful Penguin (7); Marco Polo; markus1142; Matsuda Tohu; maxmaher (3); Meyphrooz Zocton; Mike (3); Oni no Tenshi; PandaDoom; Paradigmthefallen (2); pressST4RT; PUMA 1192; pvspartan36; S0ryiu; Scopes (2); Shrink; Stranger (2); The Soapbox Lord; TheMichaelJolly; TheSpaniard013; Trenchmace (5); vonfinell (7); Warrior; wayoverdue; Xerix (4); xl9; xTheCrowing; x-XMantisX-x; ynoT0312Taz; and of course yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week:
"I dreamt a field of war...and woke to find myself upon it." – Atropos, Dota 2