As the final hours of October tick away, November is undoubtedly going to be a monumental month for the video game industry, with Microsoft and Sony unleashing their next-generation consoles on the masses. Help pass the time and diffuse the tension with blogs from the Game Informer online community.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: October 21 – October 27, 2013
Number of User Blogs: 64
Number of User Bloggers: 42
Number of User Blogs Herded: 7

Community Events:

GIO 2014 Fantasy Football League Scoreboard – Week 7
Some closes battles and a huge blowout mark this week's GIO Fantasy Football League report. Cerpintaxman brings us a play-by-play look at all of the action, as well as the current standings.

Extra Life 2013 – Team GIO  Update #5
The Extra Life marathon is this weekend! For last-minute information and a link to donate to Team GIO, check out Zachary Pligge's blog. Also be sure to watch the Game Informer editors as they live stream their effort this Saturday – stop by the chatroom and say hi!

Community Blogs:

Ten Games That Once Blew My Mind
In the midst of his 30 blogs in 30 days challenge, Marco Polo lists ten games from the past he found to be mind-blowing. Whether you agree with all of them or not, it's a nice little trip down memory lane.

Does The ESRB Rating Mean Anything Anymore?
Mr. Dr. Professor Juanolo questions the relevance of the ESRB rating system, especially when it's obvious so many parents don't seem to heed the warnings when purchasing games for their kids.

Working Out The Fighting Game Genre
WS-N picks a great game from the fighting genre to be his first as he describes the challenges of playing Injustice: Gods Among Us. He also shares some of his recently learned strategies.

GIO Member Herding Part 59 Of XX...
The latest episode of Member Herding features community member DJH, and thegodofwine7 does a wonderful job asking him some interesting questions. Stop by and welcome DJH to the herd.

Is Being Cinematic A Faulty Goal For Gaming?
A thought-provoking look at games that rely on cinematic elements as a major component of gameplay, RezidentHazard (Skeptical Inquirer) thoroughly examines this approach with his remarkable blog.

The Ladies Of Dynasty Warriors: Conclusion
Azure Moon concludes her seven-part The Ladies of Dynasty Warriors blog series by summarizing the previous episodes before discussing her hopes for the future of the series.

My Top Ten Nintendo DS Games
Eric Watson is the proud new owner of a Nintendo 3DS XL, but before saying goodbye to his DS, he devotes this week's Top Ten list to his favorite games available on that platform.

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.

The Stanley Parable Review
Boss Kowbel discusses The Stanley Parable, the standalone release of a mod built on the Source game engine that might be described more accurately as an interactive fiction story than an actual game.

The Last Of Us Review: Among The Best Of Us
Tim Gruver plays through The Last of Us and agrees with the masses that think it is one of the best games of the year and destined for greatness. Check out his thorough analysis of the game here.

Sin Abounds In The City Of Saints
There was little doubt Rockstar's newest GTA entry would be a huge success, but if you're wondering if the game lives up to the hype, perhaps this review from Orochisama LEVON, Spectre will help.

Community Podcasts:

The JIM Show – David Cage Is M. Night Shyamalan – Season 2 Episode 23
The Jacked Up Indie and Mojo show surprises us with a new episode this week where they "talk about things," including their plans for Extra Life charity event as well as some thoughts on David Cage.

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Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (10/21/13 – 10/27/13):
airbornebovine; Alex Excelsior!; Azure Moon; Boss Kowbel (3); cerpintaxman (2); Chelsea Pruitt; companion_cube123; Cru Hunter; David Chandler; DJH; Drym Shyuan; Epic Professor (2); Eric Watson; First Warden W.A.Dragon XI (3); Gotham's Reckoning; Jack Gardner; Jeremy Sturgill; John Wrek (2); lotrgeek; lovemeorshootme; Marco Polo (6); Michael Merchant; Mr. Dr. Professor Juanolo; Noobtubin8er; Oni no Tenshi (2); Orochisama LEVON, Spectre; Paradigmthefallen; Proprietary-Windmill; RezidentHazard (Skeptical Inquirer); rhotaphota (2); ShamMD (3); StonedMagician (2); Stranger; TeddyAssassin33; The Destroyer (2); The Rolling Gamer; thebassclef626; thegodofwine7 (2); Tim Gruver (4); Trenchmace; VannahFoxTheTrifor; and WS-N.

Video Game Archives – Quote of the Week:
"Games were a big part of my childhood education, but more learning came from engaging in social situations instead of peering at a device."  – Whitney Hills