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Blog Herding: Community Edition 02/21/13

It looks like the Game Informer Community took advantage of the long weekend to post and abundance of content, with a near record setting number of blogs and user reviews being featured in this latest episode of Blog Herding.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: February 11 – February 17, 2013
Number of User Blogs: 114
Number of User Bloggers: 67
Number of User Blogs Herded: 17

Community Blogs:

Why The Delay Of Rayman Legends Is A Good Thing
You may be surprised (or not) by the amount of attention generated by Ubisoft's decision to delay the release of Rayman Legends including all of the discussions about it, like this one from Chris Mrkvicka.

Top 5 Videogame Clichés
A cliché is anything that becomes commonplace through overuse. Mike weighs in on his top five list of video game clichés that are prevalent in many of our favorite games. See if you agree.

Video Game Covers Need To Grow Up
A unique but interesting blog by Glasses focusing on video game cover art and the influence it can have on shaping the perception of those who see it, whether they are gamers or not.

What I Want To See In A New Mass Effect Game
One of the most beloved series in the modern era of gaming, opposedcrow88 considers the future of the Mass Effect series after the tumultuous ending witnessed in the third episode. Beware of spoilers.

My Top 10 Favorite Video Game Characters
All of us have our favorite video game characters we love to play as and warlord5531 takes it a step further by listing his top ten favorites while providing a brief summary explaining the fondness.

4 Things That Totally Destroy The Immersion
Immersion is that element of a game that allows us to suspend belief in reality by replacing it with the existence portrayed in the game. As thegodofwine7 shows us, it can be disrupted by a few factors.

Why Nintendo Is The Most Personal Of The Big Three
The Destroyer evaluates the big three video game industry giants of Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony to see which one he thinks is the most dedicated and loyal to its fan base and how they achieve this.

The Future Of Nintendo
Analyzing the latest Nintendo Direct update, blaze6106 considers a couple of the highlights from the news reel and what they mean for the future of the Wii U and the organization.

Originality Or Death?
Nikolas Davidoff is one of a few bloggers publishing a response to Quantic Dream's David Cage and his recent comments regarding the lack of creativity permeating throughout the industry.

Is Ghost Recon Online Worth The Download?
Ghost Recon Online, the free-to-play military shooter from Ubisoft doesn't get talked about a lot but Paradigmthefallen gives it a shot and walks away with a new-found appreciation what it has to offer.

Six Crucial Elements To A Genuine Survival-Horror Game
DrJoeystein responds to a few claims that Dead Space 3 is abandoning its roots for faster-paced gameplay with a summation of key elements he thinks are prerequisites for any good survival horror game.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance AKA Raiden's Resplendiferousness
Kyle Wadsworth publishes yet another photo-rich blog illustrating the essence of the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance demo before admitting his short sampling of the game has him sold on it.

How To Succeed In Love In Video Games
Tim Gruver takes Valentine's Day to a whole new level with his discussion on the dos and don'ts of having a successful relationship, only he tackles it from the perspective only a gamer could love.

Late To The Party
Despite all the warnings about not going back to Ravenholm, some games are worth revisiting even if you have experienced them before, as Ace13 learns in her recent playthrough of Half-Life 2.

Well That Was Awkward
A hilarious and mildly disturbing post courtesy of ADAMMWOOLLEY pointing out some questionable meetings and conversations pulled from a select few games that might just make you go "hmmm."

Do Game Demos Hurt Game Sales?
Cameron Koch responds to comments made by Puzzle Clubhouse CEO Jesse Schell at the 16th annual DICE Awards regarding the possibility and impact demos have on new game sales.

Four Things This Generation Gets Right
Former Game Informer intern Josh Straub muses about a couple of the qualities existing in this generation of gaming that are successfully implemented and well-received by gamers.

Community Reviews:

Decisions With Lasting Consequences
Orochisama LEVON Spectre joins the invasion with a thorough review of last year's sensational alien busting hit title, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, before rewarding the game near perfect marks.

Review – Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)
BLiNDFATES has nothing but praise for Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS), the recently released turn-based strategy game exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS that Game Informer awarded a 9 out of 10.

Rfxrage's Review Of Dead Space 3
Dead Space 3 received mixed scores from many of the expert reviewers, but Game Informer gave it a glowing review and RFXRage seems to agree in his own assessment of Isaac Clarke's latest adventure.

A Frustrating Yet Amazing Chilling Adventure
Dead Space 3 is easily one of the most reviewed games of the past few weeks and The Destroyer takes a turn sharing his thoughts on the game some are already calling a Game of the Year contender.

The Rebirth Of One Of The Greatest Strategy Titles Of All Time
XCOM: Enemy Unknown was one of last year's great games and there are still plenty of people who are playing it, like BRAV0 F1VE, who also expresses his appreciation of the game in this review.

Max Is Back
Nex Gen Reviews offers a thorough assessment of Max Payne 3, analyzing all of the important elements with just enough detail to tell you what you need to know without spoiling the experience.

Absolutely Fantastic
Reviews of Hitman: Absolution were scattered with some loving it while others hated it. Oliver Bautista is one of those who thought favorably of it as detailed in his review of the game.

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 (02/11/13 – 02/17/13):
ace13; ADAMMWOOLLEY (3); Ali Rapp; AshaMan3000 (3); blaxarbush911; blaze6106 (2); Bozzie; BRAV0 F1VE; Cameron Koch; Captain Super; cerpintaxman; Charles; Chris Mrkvicka; dadarkheart (3); David Chandler; Do NOT Read This; Draco; DrJoeystein; El Minty; General Mills44 (7); Ghost; Glasses; Hist; Jack Gardner; jackson stone; Jeremy.JustJeremy; John Hunter; John Wrek; Jolt the Cynic (2); Jon Gregory aka JMan240; Josh Straub (2); Joyful Penguin; Kyle Wadsworth; LetMeGetToACheckpoint; Lycandemon90; Marco Polo (5); Mike (2); Mray901; Nikolas Davidoff; O'Dell Harmon; Odoyel; opposedcrow88; Orochisama LEVON, Spectre; Paradigmthefallen (5); Platysaur; RFXRage; Sabtos; sastgamer; Saturday Morning Replay (3); shadowBack; The Destroyer (7); The Great Cubone (5); The Invertroid; thegodofwine7 (2); TheSniper; Tia mi aven Moridin i; Tim Gruver; Titus212; Vogon5; Walnuts and Drillhands; warlord5531 (3); Warrior (2); wayoverdue; xl9; xTheCrowing; Zachary Hall (2); and of course yours truly...Saint.

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