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Blog Herding: Community Edition 07/24/14

Nintendo dominated the theme of many blogs this week, with a number of the community bloggers talking about Pokémon, Smash Bros., and Club Nintendo. Don't worry though, there are plenty of other unique blogs, including a few from bloggers being featured here for the first time. Enjoy.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: July 14 – July 20, 2014
Number of User Blogs: 70
Number of User Bloggers: 46
Number of User Blogs Herded: 13

Community Events:

Team Game Informer – Extra Life 2014 Update #1
Zachary Pligge provides the first community update in preparation for this year's Extra Life 24-hour gaming marathon to benefit charity. The event is currently scheduled for October 25, 2014.

Community Blogs:

Things I'd Like To See In Alpha Sapphire And Omega Ruby
The Game Boy Advance titles Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire are getting a makeover this fall. Lotrgeek mentions some changes he'd like to see when they are released as Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby.

Club Nintendo Platinum & Gold Rewards 2014: Disappointingly Digital
A very thorough assessment from Apricot analyzing this year's Club Nintendo Platinum & Gold Rewards for 2014, including a personal perspective on why this year wasn't the greatest.

Who Will Get Cut From The Smash Bros Lineup?
Parker Lemke evaluates the previous rosters from other Smash Bros. games and comes up with his list of characters that could get cut from the upcoming title, including the probability they'll get canned.

Ranking The Current Super Smash Bros. Newcomers
The highly anticipated Super Smash Bros. game has a lot of people excited about the upcoming launch, which is still a few months away. That doesn't stop MightyMagikarp from ranking the character roster.

If I Were In Charge Of Pokémon
What would you do if you were in charge of the Pokémon franchise? That is exactly the question Saturday Morning Replay considers in this piece about Nintendo's pocket monsters.

"Kojima-San, You Disappoint Me."
An ardent fan of the Metal Gear franchise, Marco Polo admits he is a little disappointed with the creative direction being taken with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

A Game Worth Sharing: Space Station 13
If you like quirkily little indie titles, then pwnmaster109 might have just the game for you. Check out his blog exploring Space Station 13 and see if it's something you're interested in.

Why Censoring Manhunt 2 Turned Out To Be A Good Thing
The launch of Manhunt 2 a few years ago was a bit controversial due to its graphic violence and mature content. Now that he's played it, xking595x thinks censoring it was the right decision.

Exploring Freedom In Gone Home
Inspired by Game Informer's Fourth of July "Exploring Freedom" feature, OriginalClint selects Gone Home as his game to examine because of its freedom to influence the game's narrative.

Nostalgia: Good Or Bad?
Nostalgia, or that longing for something from the past, is a popular theme among gamers. Raging Searchers weighs in on what it means to him, and whether it's a good thing or bad.

Joining The Next Generation – A Bumpy Start
This blog about joining the next generation of gaming after purchasing a Playstation 4 might say it was posted by whovian223, but you all know and love him as Hist, one of Game Informer's featured bloggers.

Colors And Creatures: Magic For Beginners
The highly regarded trading card game known as Magic: The Gathering is also available on various game platforms. Bluubeetle covers the basics you can use regardless of how you're playing it.

What Makes Someone A Good Game Critic?
While there are a lot of thoughts about what makes a person qualified to critique a video game, нawĸe5 (мr. мonday nιgнт) reveals a few traits he believes are important in this line of work.

Community Reviews:

The Last Of Us Case Study/Review
Sakaerion posts an exceptional review of The Last of Us just in time for the upcoming release of the re-mastered edition of arguably one of the greatest games of our time.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review
Josh Kowbel published a couple of great reviews this week, including this one for Valiant Hearts: The Great War, a puzzle adventure game developed by Ubisoft Montpellier.

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 (07/14/14 – 07/20/14):
Adam Kaye; Alex Excelsior!; Alto1st (2); Apricot; Bluubeetle (3); Chris Mrkvicka; DJH; Enuo; Eric Watson; Gamemaniac3434; General Mills44; GerardoExber; happydude633; Hawke5 (Mr. Monday Night); IzzyOtaku (2); Joker; Jonathan Harrison; Josh Kowbel (2); KillerRabbit; lotrgeek; Marco Polo; MightyMagikarp (3); Mike; nathan98; OriginalClint; Ownzoir; Parker Lemke; Platysaur; pwnmaster109; Raging Searchers; Sakaerion; Saturday Morning Replay (3); Shady Missionary; Still_Insane22; Stranger; The Destroyer (7); Thejourneyman66; This World Begins w/ Omniscience; Thomas Stensland; Uesugi-dono (2); whovian223 (3); widdowson91; xking595x; xl9; Zachary Pligge; and yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week From Twitter:
Twitter is 50/50. Either hating on ESPN2 for showing a video game tournament or mind blown. Get over it world. This is now & the future #TI4 ‏@CaitlinV3NUS

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