Having survived the holidays and the first week back to work, we're already witnessing some exciting news of what's in store for us in 2014. With the bloggers active again, you can expect some great content on behalf of Game Informer's online community in the weeks ahead.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: December 30, 2013 – January 05, 2013
Number of User Blogs: 60
Number of User Bloggers: 29
Number of User Blogs Herded: 10

Community Blogs:

2013: My Year In Gaming
Eric Watson recaps the year month by month including big events and even the games he played in his detailed synopsis of 2013. The feature serves as a good reminder of the events you may have already forgotten about.

It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times
It isn't clear whether 2013 was the age of wisdom or foolishness – perhaps a bit of both. Tim Gruver muses about key moments from the year in artful fashion.

Replay Value: Why It Needs A Break
Turkey's blog on replay value and what it means for games stirred up some conversation from other members of the community and is worth reading. Be sure to share your thoughts on the topic.

My Most Anticipated Games Of 2014
On a quest to blog every day this year, The Destroyer devotes one of his blogs from this week on games releasing in 2014 that he's excited about, reminding us of what he have to look forward to.

2013 Top 10 Disappointments In The Gaming World
While 2013 was certainly a noteworthy year for the video game industry, there were still some low points. Soulfly666 highlights some of the ones that made his list.

Memories: Gaming Cartography
Cartography is defined as the production of maps, and Saturday Morning Replay discusses what can happen when you combine the love of video games with the love of cartography.

Opinion – Remove Unlockable Difficulties
Rookie blogger ajwilkie shares an interesting perspective on games that feature locked difficulty levels that require you to complete the game in order to proceed to more difficult settings.

10 Games That Defined My Childhood
The end of the year or the beginning of the next is often a time of reflection and xking595x does just that with a look at the most influential games from his childhood. See any you are familiar with?

Why I Respect Zelda More Than Any Other Video Game Series
A brief commentary courtesy of airbornebovine discussing the respect and admiration he has for the Zelda series, one of the most beloved and seldom criticized IPs you'll ever find.

Cerpintaxman's Game Of The Year Countdown
It was a busy week for Game of the Year discussions and cerpintaxman clearly put a lot of thought into his list with a few titles you'd expect to see and a couple you might not.

Community Reviews:

Heroes Of Dragon Age Review
Josh Kowbel has choice words for Heroes of Dragon Age in this candid review of EA's mobile free-to-play game that borrows the lore and uses alternate scenarios from the Dragon Age series.

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Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (12/30/13 – 01/05/13):
airbornebovine; ajwilkie; Alex Excelsior!; cerpintaxman; Cody LaCrone (2); Eric Watson; Isaac Perry; jeps90; John Wrek (3); Josh Kowbel; KillerRabbitsFTW (2); LetMeGetToACheckpoint (2); Mr. Dr. Professor Movie Critic Juanolo (2); Nickywhat; RadiantChaos (2); RezidentHazard (Skeptical Inquirer); Saturday Morning Replay; soulfly666; StonedMagician (4); The Chair Leg of Truth; The Destroyer (5); The Enemy Gate is Down (4); Tim Gruver (3); Timothy Repasky; Turkey (2); xking595x; xl9 (5); Zebra3 (4); and yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week From Twitter:
"RIP Greg Martin, the guy who drew like every video game box cover you had as a kid..." ‏@frankcifaldi