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Blog Herding: Community Edition 12/20/12

Regardless of whether you've been playing naughty or nice, the GIO community turns out an impressive amount of content this week for you to enjoy during the holidays. Now you better watch out, and go read them for goodness sake. Have a happy (and safe) holiday.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: December 10 – December 16, 2012
Number of User Blogs: 127
Number of User Bloggers: 73
Number of User Blogs Herded: 13

Community Blogs:

Welcome To The Jungle: My Late-Entry GotY
Another gamer blown away by Far Cry 3, AshaMan3000 pleads to rescind his previous Game of the Year vote, instead opting to cast it for the latest installment in the Far Cry series.

The Elder Scrolls: Letters From A Thief
An interesting personal narrative from Matt-boy chronicling his salacious behavior as a member of the Thieves Guild and his time spent lurking around Morrowind's seedier neighborhoods.

Grand Theft Auto And The Sandbox Of Violence
With the upcoming release of GTA V right around the corner, quasiconundrum reflects on the series, why he's not a fan of it, and what it is about the game that draws so many players in.

The Significance Of "The Walking Dead" Winning A GOTY Award
Some were surprised while others were shocked, but the fact is The Walking Dead won Spike TV's VGA Game of the Year. DrJoeystein weighs in on the meaning of this achievement.

How Do You Like Your Multiplayer?
A short but rather popular blog from born4this, who forgoes the weekly podcast this week and instead discusses the differences in multiplayer modes used by various games and which he likes best.

Analyzing Upcoming Releases
John Wrek briefly summarizes his personal thoughts while providing relevant links to GI articles about a few upcoming releases that he is keeping an eye on and you probably are too.

Hard Moments In Gaming – "Save The Rest"
Blogs with spoilers don't typically get featured, but this brilliant piece by Theora Craft covering a few of the older Halo titles and focusing on a critical but disregarded plot line is worth making an exception for.

Mass Effect Meets X-COM: Enemy Unknown
Paradigmthefallen envisions a game that borrows elements from two popular titles and what a Mass Effect 3 and X-COM mash-up might mean for fans of either game.

This Is Why Journey Deserves To Win A Grammy
Never in the 55-year history of the Grammy awards has a video game been nominated until now. x-XMantisX-x shares why he feels Journey deserves a shot at best score soundtrack for visual media.

How I Would Change Multiplayer In Halo 5
A self-proclaimed fan of the Halo series, Blade discusses the merits of multiplayer and how a few minor tweaks in Halo 5 would improve an already popular and successful online experience.

A Far Cry From Your Typical FPS
Kyle Wadsworth captures the beauty (and danger) found in Far Cry 3 with this exceptional blog demonstrating why so many people are captivated by this shooter that transcends the FPS genre.

How Dark Souls Spat In The Face Of Modern Gaming Conventions
Ever since Spike's VGA show aired, Dark Souls has been getting a lot of coverage, including multiple blogs from Shrink. This one discusses how the game broke all the rules to achieve success.

Achievement Do's And Dont's
Love them or hate them, if you're playing a video game from this generation then chances are you're earning some form of achievements. Thegodofwine7 has some thoughts on how they should be implemented.

Community Reviews:

Assassins Creed 3 Review: The Pieces Come Together
The reception for Assassin's Creed 3 has been mostly lukewarm. Bombstopper's review explains why he gave the game a decent score but how his satisfaction for the series is on the decline.

An (Almost) Completely Missed Opportunity
Adding to the ever-growing list of failed movie-to-video game crossovers, Cameron Koch is a tad kinder with his review of Game of Thrones than most of the others, but the game still doesn't fair well.

ZombiU – I Hope You Enjoy Swinging A Cricket Bat
One of the exclusive titles to launch alongside the Wii U, ZombieU received mediocre scores from a majority of the industry reviewers. Nathan Powers seems to concur with that conclusion in his review.

The Flame Burns, But How Brightly Is Up To Whoever Is Watching It
The activity demonstrated by the independent developer community has flourished this year and SuperKingC77 shares his thoughts on Little Inferno, a game he compares to the likes of Journey.

Don't forget to send your feedback, recommendations and community events in to my personal Game Informer account located here to ensure this feature continues to provide the content you're eager to read.

Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (12/10/12 – 12/16/12):
Ali Rapp (2); AshaMan3000 (4); attackcobra; awmace5; Azure Moon; Blade (2); blaxarbush911; blaze6106 (2); BLiNDFATES (3); born4this; Cameron Koch (2); Coachscorner00; David Chandler; Dima; DJH (2); Doctor Whovian; DrJoeystein; Drym Shyuan (2); Enigma (2); FAMESREVENGE; footthumb; General Mills44; Ghost; Glasses (3); GoldvsSilver (2); Jesus23 (2); John Wrek (3); Jojonny17; Jolt the Cynic (2); JordanTheGamer; Joyful Penguin (7); Juanolo; Kinsey; Kumbafu; Kyle Wadsworth; Level Headed Gamer; Luis E. Morales Falcon; markus1142; Matsuda Tohu; Matt-boy; Mike; Naulziator; nightcrawlerash13; Oni no Tenshi (2); Ownzoir (2); Paradigmthefallen (4); Proprietary-Windmill (3); quasiconundrum; Rich (4); Romars202129; S0ryiu; Scopes (4); SEALteamdpett; Shrink (2); The Monster Hunter; The Santa-Sniffing Carson; The Seventh Lord; thegodofwine7 (2); TheMichaelJolly; Theora Craft; Trenchmace (3); UltiMat3ProDGy07; vonfinell  (6); Warrior; wayoverdue (3); Wes Carroll; White Angel Dragon (2); Xerix; xking595x (2); xTheCrowing (2); x-XMantisX-x; Zachary Pligge; and of course yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week:
"Five fierce guards of the isle we be! Watch for a foreign man, said he! With ears and nose, tongue, hands, and eyes. Its nature cannot be disguised. If man it be, then man it dies." –Gnomes, Kings Quest V

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