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Blog Herding: Community Edition 07/18/13

Next week marks a milestone in the history of Blog Herding, with the 100th consecutive weekly episode of this feature. In that time, we've witnessed plenty of exceptional and provocative content and this week is no different. Support the Game Informer Online community by reading their blogs.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: July 08 – July 14, 2013
Number of User Blogs: 88
Number of User Bloggers: 50
Number of User Blogs Herded: 13

Community Events:

Extra Life 2013 – Team GIO Update #1
Zachary Pligge provides an update on the preparations for the Extra Life charity event coming up in November. See how many people have signed up already and how many donations have been made.

The GIO Half World Tour
DJH makes a 6,400 mile trek across the country visiting various personalities from the Game Informer Online community before returning home safe and sound to blog about the experience.

Community Blogs:

Where Is All Of The Gaming Cash?
It's easy to overlook the video game industry isn't just about playing games but is full of studios needing to make money in order to survive. LetMeGetToACheckpoint examines the business side of gaming.

My First Ever Top 10
The master of Top Ten Lists, thegodofwine7 dusts off his first ever list blog and reposts it after making only a few minor cosmetic improvements. Check it out and see if you remember this one.

If Only These Games Existed...
Reminiscing about the past, ADAMMWOOLLEY considers a handful of older cartoons many of us grew up watching and how he would like to see them translated into the world of video games.

Why We Enjoy It
The Destroyer tackles one of the most common and controversial topics in the video game industry as he targets violence and what it is about human nature that attracts us to it.

I Spy With My Little Kinect
One of the most clever and witty perspectives you're likely to find regarding security concerns associated with the Kinect watching you, provided courtesy of Triller.

Game Preview: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
Josh Straub discusses accessibility concerns with The Bureau: XCOM Declassified but seems optimistic the game will offer plenty of opportunities to all despite its migration from turn-based to real-time.

Ladies Night At The GOTY Cafe?
AshaMan3000 makes some early predictions about this year's Game of the Year contenders and how some of the initial front runners feature exceptional women characters.

When Is Silence Golden?
Tim Gruver voices his opinion on silent protagonists versus voice actors and how both can succeed or fail at communicating with the player depending on how well they are implemented.

Fitness Games Are Lame, But They Don't Have To Be
Although this blog didn't get a lot of attention, Vogon5 presents a unique discussion on fitness games, like the ever popular Wii Fit, and what they can do better to appeal to a wider audience.

The Essential Nintendo DS RPG Guide
Over the course of the week, stealth____ posted a number of guides including this one for brand-new RPG games released on the Nintendo DS that fans of the genre should look into purchasing.

Top Ten Tuesday 26 – My Top Ten Soundtracks
Eric Watson does a great job not only listing his favorite video game soundtracks, but also including a handy link so you can listen to each of them for yourself and see if you agree.

Games To Play Before And After You See Pacific Rim
Movie goers aren't flocking to Pacific Rim in large numbers as predicted, but it doesn't mean gamers won't be among those going. Cameron Koch discusses games similar to the movie to play before and after you see it.

The Truth About Strategy Guides
Azure Moon aims to dispel many of the myths associated with strategy guides with this candid blog explaining the value and benefits gained by those who purchase them.

Community Reviews:

Video Game Review: The Last Of Us
In his review, Zachary Hall joins the long list of those praising The Last of Us, the blockbuster hit from Naughty Dog and solid contender for a Game of the Year nod this year.

Lara Reborn
Andrew Marcos posted a couple of great user reviews, including this one exploring the newest Tomb Raider game that chronicles his adventures and highlights his impressions of Lara Croft's new look.

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 (07/08/13 – 07/14/13):
AbsoluteDeicide; ADAMMWOOLLEY; Andrew SiNiSTER; Apricot; AshaMan3000; Azure Moon; Bony4D; born4this; Brandon Whiting is back; Braydo; Buddy Acker; Cameron Koch; Chelsea Pruitt; Chris May; codforlife (4); David Chandler; DJH; England; Eric Watson (2); Estonia; haitian88; Hawk_hotlips; jackson stone; Jeremy Sturgill; Joe; Jon Gregory aka JMan240; Josh Straub; Juanolo (3); LetMeGetToACheckpoint; Matt Akers; NO MAN; Paradigmthefallen (2); RadiantChaos; Redguard Assassin; rekoin; Saturday Morning Replay (6); Servant of God; SimonSaezIII (2); state_of_shock (2); stealth____ (4); Steve Barfoot; The Destroyer (7); thegodofwine7 (2); theMarriottPlayer; Tim Gruver (7); Triller; Vogon5 (2); xghost777; xl9 (6); and of course yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Archives – Quote of the Week:
"Be open to good ideas no matter who and where they come from."  Scott Rogers

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