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Blog Herding: Community Edition 10/24/13

Few things in life are certain: death, a new Call of Duty every year, and a new installment of Blog Herding at high noon every Thursday. While that might be a slight exaggeration, the fact that there were some great blogs this week is not. Enjoy.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: October 14 – October 20, 2013
Number of User Blogs: 55
Number of User Bloggers: 40
Number of User Blogs Herded: 11

Community Events:

Extra Life 2013 – Team GIO Update #5
With only a few weeks until the Extra Life charity event kicks off, Zachary Pligge is doing an amazing job leading the effort for the Game Informer online community. Check out the current status here.

GIO 2014 Fantasy Football League Scoreboard – Week 6
Hard to believe we're already a third of the way through the football season and that the GIO Fantasy Football League standings are as close as they are. Cerpintaxman summarizes all of the action.

Community Blogs:

Mind-Blown: Minecraft
Servant of God continues his "Mind Blown" series where he discusses particularly amazing features from games. This week's episode spotlights the iconic block-building game, Minecraft.

The Ladies Of Dynasty Warriors: The Fatal Sirens Of The "Other" Kingdom
Azure Moon has nearly completed her Ladies of Dynasty Warriors series with this latest installment focusing on the various characters not associated with a particular kingdom.

Review: Nintendo's 2DS
Nintendo caught everyone off guard when they announced a new handheld device similar to the existing 3DS but without the 3D feature. BLiNDFATES has one and shares his perspective on it.

Backlog Blues – Disgaea 3: Absence Of Detention
JonnyLikesGames suffers from a condition many of us do: a massive backlog of games to play. This week, Jonny did manage to mark one of those games off of his list, having played Disgaea 3.

Brothers's Density Is Its Greatest Strength...And Weakness
Despite a minor spoiler or two, The Rolling Gamer's blog describing Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons provides an entertaining look at this downloadable, story-driven adventure game.

Conquering The Uncanny Valley: An Uphill Battle In Vain?
Tim Gruver dives into the connections we feel with video game characters and the idea that their visual representation can influence and persuade how we feel about them.

10 Xbox Live Indie Games Worth Playing
One of the unfortunate consequences of the growing indie game movement is the influx of so many shoddy games, but there are some jewels to be found as well. Buddy Acker lists some of his favorites.

I Finally Got Pokemon X & Y!
Veteran blogger Oni no Tenshi is just one of the many gamers trying to catch all of the pocket monsters in the newest game in the series. This week she announced her plans to chronicle her adventures in Pokemon X & Y.

Why Dishonored Succeeded Where Bioshock Infinite Failed
It's only natural to compare the highly regarded Bioshock Infinite to its predecessors, but what about other somewhat similarly themed games, like this blog from xl9 that compares it to Dishonored?

Plenty Of Soul, But No Form
Beyond: Two Souls received plenty of media exposure prior to its release, but does it live up to the hype? General Mills44 discusses some of the high points and a few of the flaws he found with the game.

Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad "Wolf Among Us"?
David Chandler composes another brilliant piece, this time exploring the thoughts and emotions he experienced during his playthrough of the latest gem from Telltale Games, The Wolf Among Us.

Community Reviews:

The User Reviews feature remains disabled while the Game Informer IT department works to resolve this disruption. In the meantime, a few community members posted their reviews in the blog forum, so they are being included here.

Metro: Last Light – Chronicles Pack Review
Boss Kowbel submits a thorough analysis of the recently released Chronicles Pack, downloadable content for Metro: Last Light that extends the single-player campaign with 3 new missions.

New Super Luigi U Review: Hey Brother, Can You Spare Some DLC?
Tim Gruver commemorates the Year of Luigi by jumping into New Super Luigi U, one of the few games where Luigi doesn't take a backseat to his famous brother.

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Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (10/14/13 – 10/20/13):
Alex; Azure Moon (2); BLiNDFATES (2); Boss Kowbel; BrokenAngel; Buddy Acker; cerpintaxman; Chelsea Pruitt; Cru Hunter; David Chandler; DJH; DrJoeystein; Epic Professor; Eric Watson; First Warden W.A.Dragon XI; General Mills44 (2); jackson stone; jconner800; Jonathan Harrison; JonnyLikesGames (2); Josh Wagner; Juanolo XI; LetMeGetToACheckpoint; Marco Polo (5); Mike; Oni no Tenshi (2); Orochisama LEVON, Spectre; Postmita (2); Proprietary-Windmill; RezidentHazard (Skeptical Inquirer); Servant of God (2); StonedMagician (3); The Destroyer; The Rolling Gamer; thegodofwine7; Tim Gruver (3); tombot7; WolfPackOf2; xl9; and Zachary Pligge.

Video Game Archives – Quote of the Week:
"We think there's something very compelling about open-world multiplayer." – Dan Houser

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