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Blog Herding: Community Edition 08/15/13

There were plenty of rookie bloggers submitting exceptional content again this week with several of them being featured here. Of course the veterans who continually answer the call week in and week out were present too.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: August 05 – August 11, 2013
Number of User Blogs: 91
Number of User Bloggers: 60
Number of User Blogs Herded: 13

Community Events:

Extra Life 2013 – Team GIO Update #2
With less than 90 days until the Extra Life charity event, Zachary Pligge provides a status update on the number of contributors and the amount of donations that have been pledged so far.

Community Blogs:

My Top 10 Nostalgic Game Franchises
Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time, but in the context of DrJoeystein's blog, it's reminiscing about games you have fond memories of.

Where Did Nintendo Go Wrong?
Certainly not the only gamer to voice his opinion on Nintendo and the ongoing struggles they are faced with, Marco Polo shares his thoughts and includes a few bold predictions about Nintendo's way forward.

The Dog Days Of Gaming
It's been awhile since we've been blessed by the captivating writings of David Chandler, but he's back with a blog about what we're playing during the historically slow part of year marked by fewer game releases.

The Wii U State Of The Union: A Strike-Out Or A Stepping Stone?
Tim Gruver joins the fray revolving around Nintendo and the growing concerns over the fate of the Wii U with a popular piece exploring how one of the biggest names in the industry is struggling to fit in.

The Grind: The Good And The Bad
The Destroyer is here to discuss the pros and cons of grinding – the practice of wading through waves of lesser enemies in an effort to level up your hero character.

An Overlooked Game Of E3
A short but relevant blog from firedude3663 focusing a game that didn't get a lot of coverage at one of the most contentious E3s in recent history: Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare.

Video Games By The Letter
It's not every day a blog consisting of a few words and a single image gets featured, but this brilliant puzzle from Jeremy Sturgill is worth your attention. Try it out and see how many you get right.

I'm Gonna Miss My Free Time
Captivated by the intrigue found in Terraria, AshaMan3000 raves about the action-adventure role-playing game released by independent game studio Re-Logic.

The Sarkeesian Trope
A provocative piece courtesy of bombstopper focusing on a Kickstarter project created to address the five common and recurring stereotypes of female characters in video games.

Ambitious Title Ideas I'd Love To See
John Wrek briefly discusses a few innovative ideas he would like to see incorporated into the future of gaming while providing a brief summary of each. Join in on the discussion and share your own ideas.

My Thoughts On Some More Games You've Probably Already Played
Valve claims another victim as cerpintaxman reveals a damage assessment from the recent Steam Summer Sale and some of the games he purchased from the irresistible deal.

My Top Ten Video Game Openings
The opening scene to any video game often gives us the first real glimpse of what is to come. Eric Watson lists some of his favorites intros while including a convenient video clip for each.

Top 10 Scariest Clowns In Gaming
What adversary is worse than zombies, aliens, ninjas, and robots? Why, clowns of course! User xl9 compiles a list of the top ten scariest clowns lurking in some of your favorite video games.

Community Reviews:

Less Of An Inferno, More Of A Brush Fire
Although DmC: Devil May Cry received mostly positive reviews, not all fans of the series were as enamored with the latest installment as witnessed  by this unapologetic review from jconner800.

Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale Review
Buddy Acker reviews Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale, the quirky and obscure life simulation game published by Level-5 for the Nintendo 3DS.

Community Podcasts:

The JIM Show Podcast Blow-Out (Again) + Giveaways!
Game Informer's longest-running podcast created by some of the community's finest members is still around. Jack Gardner's latest update tells you exactly where you can find them.

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 (08/05/13 – 08/11/13):
Alex; alex720; AshaMan3000; bombstopper; BrokenFluff; captainfez3 (2); cerpintaxman (2); Chandler Tate (4); Chelsea Pruitt; Chris Mrkvicka (2); codforlife (7); Cru Hunter; Cyndaquill; David Chandler; Di5a5terp13ce; DoZo; DrJoeystein; DrPool (2); Epic Professor; Eric Watson; firedude3663; Gray Hawkes; Hist; Irwin529; Jack Gardner; Jack Treese; Jeremy Sturgill; John Wrek (2); Jon Gregory aka JMan240; Kayla Herrera (3); Kevin Russell (3); lovemeorshootme; Marco Polo; Matt Akers; NO MAN; O'Dell Harmon; Paradigmthefallen (7); Prince of Snark Euphoric Ennui I; pwnmaster109 (2); Redguard Assassin; Refle18; RFXRage; Roxin17; SamuraiZero; Saturday Morning Replay; sorryjzargo; StonedMagician (2); TadorFluff; The Destroyer (2); The Enemy Gate is Down; The Rolling Gamer; The_DASHing_RockMan; thegodofwine7 (2); Tim Gruver; Trenchmace (2); VANNAHFØX THE FLUFFY TRIFØRCE WIELDER; White Angel Dragon (2); xking595x (2); xl9; and Zachary Pligge.

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