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Blog Herding: Community Edition 01/26/12

The recent delivery of the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning demo had the community buzzing this week, as a number of blogs and podcasts focused their attention on Electronic Art's upcoming roleplaying game scheduled for a February 7 release. If that doesn't interest you, there are plenty of other excellent blogs from a wide array of topics to pick from.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: January 16 – January 22, 2012
Number of User Blogs: 103
Number of User Bloggers: 77
Number of User Blogs Herded: 11

Community Blogs:

My Top 10 Favorite Games Of 2011
How amazing of a year was 2011? Well, we're already a month into 2012 and some gamers are still talking about 2011, like this first blog by xghost777 that lists his favorite games of 2011.

Amalur Confidential
Whether you played the demo for the recently released Kingdoms of Amalur or you've never heard of the upcoming roleplaying gaming from 38 Studios, this exceptional blog by Shootist2600 will show and tell you pretty much everything you need to know.

So I Started Playing Team Fortress 2
Some video games withstand the sands of time better than others, as Doctor Apozem finds out after trying his hand at an old classic that's only gotten better the older it gets.

The Truth About PC Gaming
The video game industry has been reporting the death of the PC for years now, but this remarkable first blog by Abertix24 debunks some of the myths associated with the demise of the "other" platform.

Top 10 Video Game Ninjas
It's a universally known fact that ninjas are cool and thegodofwine7 strikes again with his list of favorite ninjas that have appeared in video games. Read the blog and see if you agree.

What Are You Playing? – Game Informer Community
I was hoodwinked into featuring this new blog series by SamuraiZero that spotlights a member of the community and chats about the games they're currently playing. The series is certainly worth featuring, but I wasn't too keen on the inaugural candidate.

Putting Words Into Motion – Video Reviews
Do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to watch this rather short video review for The Old Republic provided courtesy of Craigaleg. Its quality products like these that make this community so amazing.

Put The Assassin Back In My Creed
Not just a blog with a catchy title, Ed_B44 delivers an interesting read on what elements he enjoys from the Assassin's Creed games and his disappointment with the direction the series has taken.

What I Want From Dead Island 2
Inspired by her "undying love of the undead," luciablee muses about the features she would like to see in a Dead Island sequel that would make the game even better than the first. 

Opinions Are Forever
An insightful blog by GoldvsSilver applying a little logic to the process of projecting your opinion online and being respectful of others in the process. Knowing is half the battle.

Discovering A Legendary Series
A short and sweet blog by Masterassassin chronicling his recent discovery of the legendary Zelda series of video games and the ensuing adventures he's been on playing through the various games.

Community Reviews:

User Review Herding – 01/21/12
SamuraiZero scours the user reviews so you don't have to. This week's collection includes reviews for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Torchlight, Ico/Shadow of the Colossus, Batman: Arkham City, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Rage.

Have You Ever Seen A Portal?
A brief review by Soren Hough capturing the finer points of Portal 2 and what led to awarding the game a score of 9.25 out of 10, compared to Game Informer's review score of 9.5 out of 10.

Community Podcasts:

The Indie & Mojo Show Episode 21
The regular hosts, sans a special guest this week, talk about the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning demo, the trailer for Resident Evil 6, and their thoughts on Metacritic. They also field a few questions from their Twitter followers and give their community shout outs. Listener discretion advised.

Robot In The Corner Podcast: Episode 2-16
This week the hosts talk about Bulletstorm, NBA2K12, and their Netflix Instant Queue Movie Review for Outbreak. In other news, Titus is going to be a dad, Wes is not, so congratulations guys!

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 (01/16/12 - 01/22/12):
2D (Stranger); Abertix24; AESUPREME1; Aless Ale; Andy; Bald-Guy-With-A-Cape; benderstrike64; Billy; born4this; BreadLoser; Bryan M. Stafford; Cody Gilley; Cogito Splicer; Craigaleg; Darth Kill (4); DeadManWalking; Derreck; Di5a5terp13ce; DJX25968; Doctor Apozem; durararaGO95; Ed_B44; Enigma (2); Ezio9heAssassin; FamilyGuyGuy7; firedude3663; freezeimacop690; GoldvsSilver (3); GunslingerD7; indiejones (2); Jack; Jack, The Quixotic Gamer; JC; Jendon; John Jones (3); Jonathan Harrison; Kflame210; luciablee (3); Masterassassin; Matt The Hedgehog; Matt-boy; Mike (2); mohawkman5 (2); Mr.MudHole Man; Mray901; Nate77 (2); Nintendo Fan; Noobtubin8er (3); o_JMan240_o; Oni no Tenshi; PRjumpman124; RadiantChao; redlitez76; reidloS doG (2); Reptar7; RezidentHazard (rides again); SaintofGaming; Samurai Zero (2); Sawadashan (2); Shootist2600; Something Creative; Spyro Conspiracy Theorist; stormfront; The Legendary Ewok King (3); TheBen; thebrazilian27; thecouchpotato; thegodofwine7; ThisBlueSquid; TOGNick; trap_the_clap27; Valerie Figueroa; wayoverdue (3); xghost777; YepImAPersonWaving; ynoT0312Taz (2); and of course yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week:
"I didn't say I left the Jedi Order. It left me!" – Jolee Bindo, The Old Republic

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