It was a busy week in the world of video games and the GI community was just as active, with more blogs, reviews, and podcasts than we've seen in quite some time. Regardless of your gaming interest and platform preference, there is something here for everyone to enjoy.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: March 03, 2014 – March 09, 2014
Number of User Blogs: 79
Number of User Bloggers: 45
Number of User Blogs Herded: 12

Community Blogs:

GIO Member Herding: Part 64 Of XX
Another community member joins the ranks of the herd as thegodofwine7 chooses a well-deserved candidate and asks him a number of unique questions in this fan-favorite feature.

Video Game News? A Little Bluebird Told Me.
LetMeGetToACheckpoint joined Twitter a few months ago and is already praising this popular social media channel for uniting gamers with industry personalities, including a few channels she follows.

The Art Of Death
Dark Souls earned a reputation for being brutally difficult, and while John Wrek doesn't think it's ever an easy game to play, he does suggest it gets more tolerable once you gain a little experience with it.

Top Five Zelda Combat Systems
With over a dozen games in the Zelda franchise, airbornebovine selects the five he thinks demonstrate the best combat system and then explains why he chose them over the other games in the series.

Cream Of The Crop: 2014
There are a ton of great games scheduled to release in 2014, including all of the ones DrJoeystein mentions in his blog about the games he is looking forward to the most this year.

A Beginner's Guide To Competitive Pokémon
If you thought Pokémon was a game for kids you've been doing it wrong. Pokémon has a huge competitive scene, and now thanks to Still_Insane22's beginner's guide, you'll be ready to join the fight.

Come On Nintendo, Make This Happen
Nintendo continues to be a hot topic as the company tries to regain its footing. ADAMMWOOLLEY introduces a new idea that could help, if they would allow third-party companies access to their titles.

Elder Scrolls Online Beta Impressions
Jon Gregory was the lucky winner of a Game Informer giveaway and received a key to participate in the Elder Scrolls Online beta. After playing the game for a bit he posted his thoughts about the experience.

Evolving Views
Even in the video game industry, change is inevitable.  RezidentHazard (Skeptical Inquirer) focuses on certain gaming beliefs and behaviors, and how they have changed over time.

Put It All In the Box
Arkayde reflects on the days when you purchased a new game or console and didn't have to immediately install an update. Whether you agree or not, the blog is still an interesting read.

I Don't Need To Know A Is Jump: My Disdain For Tutorials
The Destroyer acknowledges the importance of tutorials for some games, but vents his frustration with games that force you to play through them whether you need the help or not.

Final Thoughts 21: Deponia
Eric Watson says his blog isn't so much a review as it is him just musing about his playthrough of Deponia, a point-and-click adventure game developed and published by Daedalic Entertainment.

Community Reviews:

Clem's Future Is Bleak, Yet Promising
The Walking Dead adventure series returns with Season Two, and Orochisama LEVON, Spectre succinctly summarizes all of the action as you play through the new episodes as Clementine.

The Walking Dead Season Two: "A House Divided" Review
Josh Kowbel's reviews are some of the finest and his assessment of the latest episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two is no exception. He awards the game four stars and really seemed to enjoy it.

Prepare For Despair – Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Review
One of the best elements of the user review feature is finding out about games you may have missed, like this review from General Mills44 for Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.

Thief (2014) Review
After hiding in the shadows for a number of years, one of the most iconic stealth-based games returns. John Wrek is here to chronicle Garrett's exploits as a master thief in Thief.

Earth Defense Force 2025 Review
Earth Defense Force 2025 recently released to North American and European audiences. Dima answers the call to combat the invasion in this game that he says is fun but not without a few kinks.

Community Podcasts:

The JIM Show – Battlefield Nintendo – Season 2 Episode 32
Daniel, Jack, and Jeremy debate the fate and future of Nintendo in their latest podcast. They're also offering one lucky listener the opportunity to win a copy of Space Hulk. Check out episode 33 here.

The 4th Floor: Season 3 Episode 2: The Decisions We Make
TOGNick introduces his girlfriend and the new co-host of The 4th Floor, a podcast about games, movies, and other cool and trendy topics you're sure to enjoy.

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Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (03/03/14 – 03/09/14):
Adam Kaye; ADAMMWOOLLEY (2); airbornebovine; Alex Excelsior!; arachnida95; Arkayde; attackcobra; Bayonetto; Dima (2); DrJoeystein; Enuo; Eric Watson; General Mills44; happydude633; Jack Gardner (4); john kellogg; John Wrek (2); Jon Gregory (3); JordanTheGamer; Josh Kowbel; Jouten (2); Katie Seville; Kayla Herrera; LetMeGetToACheckpoint; lordmorales (2); Michaiah Vosberg (2); MrPopadopoulis; Postmita; Prince of Snark Euphoric Ennui I; Psykologic; Redguard Assassin; RezidentHazard (Skeptical Inquirer); rhotaphota; seb100172; SporkySpork; Still_Insane22; Stranger (7); The Destroyer (7); thegodofwine7; Thomas Stensland; TOGNick; Trenchmace; Whirz; xl9 (6); and of course yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week From Twitter:
"When life gives you medikits prepare for a boss fight." @DkChrissie