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Blog Herding: Community Edition 03/20/14

With the Game Developers Conference (GDC) winding down and PAX East just over three weeks away, no doubt we can expect some spectacular coverage and revelations from these events, many of which are likely to be discussed by our community of bloggers. Enjoy the latest collection of some of the best content from the week.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: March 10, 2014 – March 16, 2014
Number of User Blogs: 62
Number of User Bloggers: 34
Number of User Blogs Herded: 10

Community Blogs:

Who Captions Video Game Commercials? Microsoft
As a strong advocate representing accessibility issues in gaming, LetMeGetToACheckpoint shares an intimate personal reflection on an issue that has directly impacted her in this touching blog.

An Inspirational Bully
You might not expect a game set in an open-world school environment that lets you bully your classmates to be a source of inspiration, but that's exactly what Arkayde asserts.

Five Important Video Game Relationships
Behind every good video game character is a cast of Non-Player Characters (NPC) who support them. Dima focuses on a couple of his favorite relationships between video game characters.

Kill/Death Ratio: Traditional Teamwork's Natural Enemy
Whether it's a good metric to gauge performance or not, there is a lot of attention given to a player's kill/death ratio. Jonathan Harrison shares his views on the topic.

The Naked Truth
A fascinating tale from John Wrek about his time spent playing Dark Souls with a literal naked speed run through Sen's Fortress, a place the Wiki describes as, "An ancient proving grounds, created by the gods."

Leaving A World
The Destroyer opens up about the emotional bonds that develop while we play a game and how leaving those worlds behind isn't always as easy as turning the game off and powering the system down.

User Discussion
Trenchmace returns with another episode in this new feature where he collaborates with RedQueen and other members of the community about different issues from the world of video games.

The Goofiest Metal Gear Solid Moments
A bizarre yet comical blog from xl9 showcasing some mildly disturbing moments from Metal Gear Solid. Despite having a few spoilers, it was impossible to pass up the opportunity to feature this blog.

Sic Parvis Magna: Greatness From Small Beginnings
One of the popular personalities from the website, DJH reflects on his past contributions to Game Informer Online while announcing his future plans writing for a different video game website.

The Next BIG Thing
Eric Watson checks another game off of his backlog list with his playthrough of The Next Big Thing, a point-and-click adventure game that takes place in an alternate reality of Los Angeles in the 1950s.

Community Reviews:

Titanfall: The Future Of Multiplayer
A fair and balanced analysis of Titanfall provided courtesy of footthumb, who found the game to be an enjoyable experience before awarding the game a respectable score of 8.5 out of 10.

Year Walk Review
Josh Kowbel explores an obscure title in his latest review with an examination of Year Walk, a haunting adventure game developed and published by the Swedish based company, Simogo.

South Park: The Stick Of Truth Review
South Park: The Stick of Truth has been described as game that essentially lets you play an episode of the widely popular animated adult sitcom and this review by Dima seems to support this claim.

Screw You Guys Im Going Home To Play South Park
One of the most popular games to be reviewed this week was South Park: The Stick of Truth, a game lovemeorshootme describes as a masterpiece and gives a perfect score.

Community Podcasts:

The JIM Show – Role Playing Podcast – Season 2 Episode 34
Daniel, Jack, and Jeremy chat about the Role-Playing Game (RPG) genre with colorful commentary while providing audience members an opportunity to win the dungeon crawler, The Legend of Grimrock,

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 (03/10/14 – 03/16/14):
ADAMMWOOLLEY; Arkayde (2); BestNinjaNacho; Dima (3); DJH; Enuo; Eric Watson; happydude633; Jack Gardner (2); jackson stone; JangleFett; Jeremy Sturgill; John Wrek; Jonathan Harrison; Josh Kowbel (2); KillerRabbitsFTW; LetMeGetToACheckpoint; lordmorales; lovemeorshootme; Marco Polo; Ninja assasin 18; Postmita; Prince of Snark Euphoric Ennui I; Sirpaul54; SporkySpork; StonedMagician (2); Stranger (7); Taylor; The Destroyer (7); Trenchmace (2); xl9 (4); Yusuke Urameshi; Zachary Snader; and of course yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week From Twitter:
"Today I wrote a blog, recorded a podcast, & beat a video game. This is known in comedy as The Disappointed Parent Triple Crown."‏ @JLCauvin

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