Summer is traditionally a time when video game news and releases slow way down, but you wouldn't know it by the outpouring of exceptional blogs posted by the community this week. If you're looking for something cool to read, you won't go wrong with any of these.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: June 16 – June 22, 2014
Number of User Blogs: 61
Number of User Bloggers: 35
Number of User Blogs Herded: 13

Community Blogs:

Spelunky Is Infuriatingly Fun
Despite the amount of pain and suffering (and loss of lives) Spelunky has caused Doctor Apozem, he still praises the game and encourages everyone who hasn't tried it to give it a shot.

Genres The Halo Series Should Explore
The Halo series is most known for being a first-person shooter (FPS), but Halo Wars ventured into the Real Time Strategy (RTS) genre. Irwin529 has a few ideas about other genres Master Chief should explore.

My Favorite Hearthstone Deck
Hearthstone is one of those games you don't really hear a lot about, but everybody seems to be playing it (including almost everybody at Game Informer). Supersnake reveals his favorite deck.

Diablo III's Unlikely Comeback
Former Game Informer intern Cameron Koch explains how he had all but given up on Diablo III after it was plagued with problems, but somehow Blizzard managed to fix the game and draw him back in.

How To Take The Virtual Console Off Life Support
The Wii U has a feature MightyMagikarp thinks is underused, called the Virtual Console, which allows players to experience a number of classic games that were only available on older systems.

Thomas, Not So Alone
Like so many others, DJH was touched by the beautiful and brilliant design of Thomas Was Alone, an indie puzzle platformer video game that might just surprise you with how powerful it is, despite its simplicity.

Civilization Revolution: 7 Years Later
Civilization Revolution wasn't the first Civ game to be available on a console, but it is one of the first designed specifically for them. Check out just_another_gamer's thoughts on the game here.

The Best FPS I've Ever Played
Jolt the Cynic admits he doesn't know a lot about the first-person shooter genre, but he knows what he likes and something in Wolfenstein The New Order made it the best FPS he's ever played.

Why Can't We Be Friends?
What makes a video game a video game or a gamer a gamer – and does it even matter? Addressing these questions and others, xking595x wonders why we can't all just play nice and be friends.

Five More Franchises That Should Come To The Vita
Trenchmace loves his Vita and is impressed with how powerful Sony's little handheld gaming device is. If he could have his way, however, he'd like to see the following games be made for the PSP's successor.

Nintendo E3 Announcements/Reveals That Have Me Hyped
A lot of gamers who watched E3 thought Nintendo really brought it this year. Now that Jack Treese has had some time to reflect on which parts he liked the best, he's summarized the company's offerings nicely in this blog.

A Necessary Evil
It's been awhile since we've heard from Noobtubin8er but he returns in style with a blog exploring a truth many refuse to acknowledge: The video game industry isn't just about games, but money too.

Seven Improvements I Hope Far Cry 4 Has Over Far Cry 3
Far Cry 4 wowed the audience at E3 with footage of the game looking every bit as spectacular as its predecessor. The Destroyer hopes a number of improvements will be included to make it even better.

Community Reviews:

The Walking Dead: Season Two - Episode Three: In Harm's Way Review
John Wrek survives another day with Clementine as he summarizes the latest dark and gritty chapter from Season Two of The Walking Dead, an episode that left many players stunned by the story.

Mario Kart 8: Same Game, New Feel
Predicting Mario Kart 8 was going to do well was a no-brainer, but it's still a surprise and a relief just how well the game is doing. Many players, like Alto1st, really seem to be enjoying it.

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Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (06/16/14 - 06/22/14):
Alex Excelsior!; Alto1st; BLT; Cameron Koch (2); CodeNameCrono (7); DJH; Doctor Apozem; Enuo (6); Epic Professor; Gamemaniac3434; General Mills44; GerardoExber; happydude633; harry jones; Irwin529; Jack Treese; Jason Oestreicher; John Wrek; Jolt the Cynic; JordanTheGamer; just_another_gamer; MightyMagikarp (2); Mr_Tib; Noobtubin8er (2); Proprietary-Windmill; RovertNoteek; Stranger; Supersnake; The Destroyer (7); TheDarkestLink; Thejourneyman66; Thomas Stensland; Trenchmace; xking595x; and of course yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week From Twitter:
"I'm going to admit something embarrassing here. I didn't realize FIFA wasn't a made-up video game thing until just now." @MsMinotaur