The lights are on
Summer is in full swing and even though we often see a
decline in video game activity as gamers spend more time outside
or off vacationing, you sure wouldn't know it by the community's output this week.
The number of blogs featured this week marks a 4-month high and includes a
multitude of diverse topics.
July 01 – July 07, 2013Number of User
Blogs: 91Number of User
Bloggers: 45Number of User
Blogs Herded: 16
Life 2013 – Team GIO Update #1Zachary Pligge provides an update on the preparations for
the Extra Life charity event coming up in November. See how many people signed
up already and how many donations have been made.
Night With Co-Op GamingThe traditional arcades might
not be as prominent as they were in the '80s, but they still exist. LetMeGetToACheckpoint chats about his experience hanging out at an arcade with his
Of The Best Video Game Voices Of This GenerationMike Presler's blog about the
best video game voices of this generation reminds us of the real people who
often go unmentioned despite breathing life into our favorite
Games Need A Woman's Touch?The discussion regarding the
needed presence of more female protagonists is certainly not a new
one, but Tim Gruver's perspective on the subject is relevant and worth reading.
Ways To Play Games On A BudgetGame Informer intern Matt
Akers provides a handful of creative methods for gaming on a budget that you might
be able to use to play all the newest games without spending a small fortune to
Day Call Of Duty FailsWhether you love Call of Duty
or not, there is no denying it's grown into a colossal series. With each
successor breaking record after record, Cameron Koch wonders what happens when
I Were In Charge Of Nintendo's GamesIt's common for us to imagine
what we would do if we were the boss, which is exactly what Saturday Morning
Replay does with this blog about his business plan for Nintendo.
I Will Never Tire Of The Post-Apocalyptic GenreDesert Rat's first blog at Game
Informer is a good one, exploring our fascination with the "end of the world"
setting littering the landscape of video games and why he is okay with that
10 Living Suits Of Armor In GamingEven xl9 would agree this is
one of his most unusual top ten lists, as he catalogs his favorite animated
suits of armor in a blog that's sure to leave you surprised there are even that many
titles to choose from.
Cheaper Games Are Often Better GamesNeon Pixels discusses how some
independent titles are cheaper in price and shorter in length but still provide
an entertaining experience rivaling games produced by larger studios.
Vs. Nilin, The ShowdownPitting two leading heroines
against one another in a competition comparing everything from outfits to
athletic ability, ADAMMWOOLLEY compares and contrasts Lara Croft with Nilin.
A Game Change Your Life?Marco Polo hammers out a
thought-provoking narrative exploring the impact video games can have on a
person while asking if they can actually change your whole outlook on life
Long Shot RPGs I'd Like To See AnnouncedAshaMan3000 mentions a few
Role-Playing Game (RPG) titles he'd like to see sequels to, even
though he knows the likelihood of it happening is improbable.
I Want In A Wrestling GameIt's interesting how
every few months or so we see a member write about what they'd like to see in a
wrestling game, just like Michael has done here. Who knew there were so many
fans of the genre?
Awful Game Features (Done In The Name Of Realism)With a bit of a wit and
sarcasm, thegodofwine7 vents his frustration over a few techniques developers use to inject a degree of realism into their games, and why
he's not a fan.
Top Ten Rebel LeadersInspired by Independence Day
celebrations, Eric Watson lists his favorite groups of rebels and those who
have taken on the responsibility of leading these insurgents in various
Problem With Loving Story The MostMost would agree that story is
an important element for most video games. The Destroyer takes it a little
bit further with his thoughts on how loving the story most can be both good and
On The Content, Heavy On The SubstanceThe follow-up
to last year's surprise hit from Telltale Games, The Walking Dead: 400 Days
doesn't quite live up to the praise of its predecessor. Check out Orochisama
LEVON, Spectre's review to see why.
Me ReviewBuddy Acker
posts an impressive review for a not so impressive game as he evaluates
Remember Me, an action-adventure title developed by Dontnod
Entertainment and published by Capcom.
In A Game Never Felt So GoodHard to
believe Playdead's debut game Limbo is nearly three years old. Mansour's
brief review of the game is a great reminder how special this dark and gloomy
puzzle-platformer truly is.
'80s Strikes Back With A Vengeance: First Blood Part IIA review as colorful as the game
itself, jconner800 provides one of the best critiques you'll find for Far Cry 3:
Blood Dragon, a standalone expansion to last year's big First Person
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Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (07/01/13
– 07/07/13):ADAMMWOOLLEY (2);
Ali Rapp; Angry Adam; AshaMan3000; badmonkey59; blaxar; brainraider1; Cameron
Koch; codforlife (6); Cru Hunter; darkangelvxvx; Desert Rat; Eric Watson (2);
Estonia; firedude3663; GunslingerD7; Jellosnake; Joe Fathead (2); John Wrek
(2); Josh Straub; Kinsey; LetMeGetToACheckpoint; Light Gamebeast23456;
lovemeorshootme; Marco Polo; Matt Akers; Michael; Mike Presler; Neon Pixels
(2); NO MAN (2); Paradigmthefallen; Rabid Chipmunk; Radioactive Deathbat;
RFXRage; Saturday Morning Replay (7); stealth____ (3); TeddyAssassin33; The
Destroyer (7); The enemy gate is down (3); thegodofwine7; Tim Gruver (8);
Vogon5; xl9 (7); Zachary Pligge; and yours truly...Saint.
Video Game Archives – Quote of the Week:"A game
is an opportunity to focus our energy, with relentless optimism, at something
we're good at and enjoy." – Jane
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Thanks for the mention Saint! I'll have to get started on reading some of these, because they all look great.
Great work, guys. You're the ones who make GIO the greatest gaming website around!
Heeey, everyone doing 31/31's got herded! 11 days down, 20 to go! Thanks for herding my story blog as well! :)
Nice list of blogs!!!
Whoa, is it Thursday already!? Thanks for the herd, Saint. These were some great blogs, and how in the heck did I miss AshaMan's RPG blog? Thanks for herding these blogs, as I did miss a few of them. Time to get reading!
Oooh! A lot of these look interesting! I can't read them right now, but I'll be sure to when I can. :)
Aw, I thought my User Review blog was cool enough to be on the list. Too bad, so sad :( Oh well.
There were some absolutely great blogs this week, and it is an honor to be counted among the ones herded. Thanks for my first herd Saint! And congrats to everyone else!!!!
Thanks for the herd, Saint!
Glad to be herded again at long last. It's only my fault for not blogging for so long, but I suppose it's a narcissistic pleasure to see my name back up. I definitely give a shout-out to all of other fellow 31/31 bloggers this summer. Check us out!
As always, thanks for the herd and work here Saint!
Congrats everyone! I was particularly impressed with Desert Rat's piece on the significance of post-apocalypse in storytelling - it's a heck of a first blog and I can't wait to read more.
Wow! I forgot about this. Congrats to the herdies.
Excellent herds. Grats to everyone.