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Blog Herding: Community Edition 06/27/13

Not since Bioshock: Infinite have we witnessed a game draw in huge crowds of gamers like The Last of Us. The game was the subject of numerous blogs and user reviews this week with some of them being featured here. If you're not a fan of the game or tired of reading about it there is plenty of other content to choose from.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: June 17 – June 23, 2013
Number of User Blogs: 85
Number of User Bloggers: 54
Number of User Blogs Herded: 15

Community Events:

Extra Life 2013 – Team GIO
A Public Service Announcement reminding viewers that Zachary Pligge is the coordinator for Team GIO and this year's Extra Life charity event scheduled for November 02, 2013. Contact him for all of the details.

Community Blogs:

Square Enix: Big Franchises And Big Financial Loss
Despite releasing a few big titles recently, Square Enix is reporting some financial struggles that has LetMeGetToACheckpoint concerned about the future of the Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy series. 

Finding Your Target Audience
Mecha Turkey shares an interesting perspective on video game genres and how the traditional understanding of the concept shouldn't be used to target specific games towards a particular audience.

New Challengers Approaching!
Nintendo surprised Super Smash Bros. fans by revealing some of the characters in the next game would include Villager, Mega Man, and the Wii Fit Trainer. GoldvsSilver adds others he'd like to see.

Top 5 Pokémon Generations
With the release of Pokémon X and Y getting closer, VannahfoxTheTriforceWielder reflects on the previous generations of a franchise that has literally captivated gamers of all ages.

When Will The Wow Factor Be Gone?
The Destroyer wonders if there will ever be a time when big game announcements or revelations don't elicit an excited response from the audience, especially from major trade show events.

Walking The Line Between Good And Bad Free To Play
Free-to-play games can get a bad rap when they almost force you to invest in the game to unlock the content you want. Cameron Koch reveals how well Marvel Heroes implements the F2P strategy.

Concentrated Fire: Over The Shoulder With Laser Sights
The Resident Evil series has witnessed its share of changes over the history of the franchise and chanceisshane examines a few of them, specifically addressing the camera angle and perspective.

Take My Privacy, Please.
With real-world news focusing on the NSA and its PRISM surveillance program, AbsoluteDeicide tackles the often-contentious topic of security and how it relates to next-generation consoles with finesse.

5 "Metroidvania" Games That Got It Right
Half the list you normally get from thegodofwine7 but still a great collection, this time focusing on some of his favorite games borrowing features from the Metroid and Castlevania series.

Five Classic Games The Wii U Eshop Needs
Jack Treese dreams of classic Nintendo games from years gone by, like the original Star Fox on SNES,  and how he'd like to see them in Nintendo's eShop and available for play on the Wii U's virtual console.

Chrono Trigger – Sans Nostalgia
Timothy Repasky revisits one of the great classics with this blog about Chrono Trigger as he evaluates how well the game's reputation has withstood the years and follow-on role-playing games since then.

The Last Of Us And Devotion To Craft
Kyle Wadsworth works his magic with words and images as he explores The Last of Us with great prose and professionalism in a piece worth publishing in the pages of Game Informer magazine.

My Top Ten Nintendo 64 Games
With different consoles and generations of gamers who have played a Nintendo game at some point in their life it's always a treat to look back at some of the best, like this post from Eric Watson does.

Combined Top 10 Shooter Games!
Shooters: Whether you love them or hate them, there is no denying there are plenty to choose from and people have their favorites. TheSniper highlights ten of his chosen first- and third-person shooters.

The Last Of Us: This Generation's Swan Song
Another gamer expressing the emotional impact playing The Last of Us can have on a person as ShadowDragyn admits the game completely redefined how he plays video games.

Community Reviews:

A Kungfu Panda Of A Ninja Game
Mark of the Ninja was praised by many for the way it implemented stealth mechanics into the game, but that wasn't enough to save it from the mediocre score Paradigmthefallen awarded it.

Out Of Hope, And Better For It
There were plenty of reviews pouring in this week for The Last of Us, but this one from jackson stone is one of the bests, offering just enough details to intrigue you without spoiling any vital story elements.

A Beautiful Apocalypse
The Last of Us has accumulated perfect scores from numerous industry journalists and fans alike, adding another 10 out of 10 score from OG NIK, who claims its one of the greatest games ever.

Naughty Dog Creates The Greatest Post-Apocalyptic Adventure
Nex Gen Reviews didn't give The Last of Us a perfect score but still ranked it fairly high in this very thorough review carefully analyzing every element of the game, from game play to story.

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Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (06/17/13 – 06/23/13):
AbsoluteDeicide; Alex; ATOMIC (2); BIGGER Boss; blaxar (4); Bony4D; brainraider1 (2); Cameron Koch (3); chanceisshane; Clear Sarcasm; Crawlingvx; David Chandler; demax51; Drym Shyuan; Eric Watson (3); falconsfan301 (2); GameboyJonesXP (4); General Mills44; GoldvsSilver (2); Gorow The Maverick; Irwin529; J Warrior; Jack Treese (2); jackson stone; Joe Fathead (3); Juanolo; Kal-El; Kanin usagi; Kayla Herrera; Kyle Wadsworth; LetMeGetToACheckpoint; Lflaks; Luis E. Morales Falcon; Marco Polo; new traditionalist; Oni no Tenshi (2); Paradigmthefallen; PT99; Radioactive Deathbat (2); Radnen; Saturday Morning Replay; ShadowDragyn; shmahadle; Super Turkey; The Destroyer (4); The enemy gate is down (2); thegodofwine7 (2); TheGuyThatsAlwaysRight; TheSniper (2); Timothy Repasky; Vanlinkenstein; VannahfoxTheTriforceWiel; Whirz; and yours truly...Saint.

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