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Blog Herding: Community Edition 02/02/12

Of course there are a diverse collection of blogs again this week, but one of the prevailing topics breaking the headlines and being debated around the community is the focus on purchasing new video games versus used video games and the various techniques used by the industry to persuade the consumer to buy new. Read the blogs and join the discussion on an issue that affects us all.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: January 23 – January 29, 2012
Number of User Blogs: 78
Number of User Bloggers: 55
Number of User Blogs Herded: 8

Community Blogs:

Do Incentives Work Better Than Punishments?
Oni no Tenshi provides a clever and colorful perspective on the sometimes controversial topic of buying new games versus used games and which technique yields the best results.

It's NOT The End Of The World
EA's Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning continued to be a topic of discussion and contention with the announcement it would include content exclusive to new game purchases. Chris Mrkvicka voices why this practice isn't the end of the world.

Tanks For The Memories
The ever popular and always creative Shootist2600 dissects another game with his "show and tell" format, this time examining THQ's Saints Row: The Third.

Top 10 Game Developers
You know who (thegodofwine7) is back with you know what (another top ten list). This is one where you'll probably agree with the list but maybe not the order. Check it out to see if you approve.

Squashing One Next Box Rumor Under My Boot
A short but important blog by Sheriff Warbuff discussing the rumor that Microsoft's next generation console and Xbox 360 replacement could link any new game to the console it's activated on.

Know Your Role And Play Your Game
Many video games claim to be roleplaying games (RPG) and others have elements characteristic of an RPG; this blog by markus1142 discusses his thoughts on the genre that's getting a lot of action in 2012.

Getting On My SOPA Box
Just because the SOPA legislation was shelved doesn't mean we should let our guard down just yet. This blog by stormfront warns of potential future action and deserves more attention than what it's currently received.

The Great And Powerful Blizzard
A great blog by ShadowDragyn that is technically about the future release of Diablo III but contains some fascinating facts about one of the most successful video game developers in the history of gaming.

Community Reviews:

User Review Herding – 01/28/12
SamuraiZero is reporting a slow week in the user review department, but still manages to discover a few worth your attention including reviews for Rochard, Infamous, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Portal 2, and Skyrim.

Classic Platforming Fun Meets Modern Elements
A fantastic review of Super Mario 3D Land provided courtesy of Apricot. The review also includes some strategy tips to help achieve 100% completion as well as a few comparisons to other Mario games.

Community Podcasts:

The Armchair Gamer Podcast Episode Ten
A podcast featuring Gamebeast23456, Thejourneyman66, Jeremy Brown, and Elisha Muir as they talk about various video game topics including Final Fantasy, Kingdoms of Amalur, The Darkness II, and much more.

The Indie & Mojo Show Episode 22
Indiejones and Mojomonkey12 are known for hosting some rather special guests and the latest episode features none other than Kyle Hilliard, an official member of the Game Informer staff.

The 4th Floor: Season 2 Episode 1
Liz and Nick were a little under the weather this week but soldiered on to bring us the next installment of The 4th Floor, featuring more movies, music, and mayhem.

Robot In The Corner Podcast: Episode 2-17
The RITC crew talks about their week including discussions on Assassin's Creed Revelations, Forza 4, and the Netflix Instant Queue movie review for The Good Son.

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 (01/23/12 - 01/29/12):
2D (Stranger); Aiden118 (2); alpacaman15; Andrew SiNiSTER; born4this; BreadLoser (2); Chris Mrkvicka (2); cornerstorefacade; DeadManWalking (2); debtcollector; Delancey The Mad; Destructur25; Di5a5terp13ce; Enigma (3); firedude3663; frog2011; GoldvsSilver; Hut; indiejones; Jack; Light Gamebeast23456; luciablee; magiccoffeepot; markus1142; Masterassassin; Matt The Hedgehog; Matt-boy; metalmatchel; Michael; Mike (4); mohawkman5; Noobtubin8er; OmegaSpartan08; Oni no Tenshi (2); Pump Man; RadiantChaos; SamuraiZero (2); ShadowDragyn; Sheriff Warbuff; Shootist2600; Still_Insane22; stormfront (2); The Legendary Ewok King; The Monster Hunter; the Mysterious Stranger; thegodofwine7; ThisBlueSquid (2); Thomas; TOGNick (2); trap_the_clap27; Valerie Figueroa; wayoverdue ; YepImAPersonWaving (3); ynoT0312Taz (4); and of course, yours truly...Saint.

NOTE: Blogs posted between Jan 23, 2012 at 07:10 PM and 8:23 PM may not be viewable due to a technical anomaly with the website potentially resulting in the names and blog count being inaccurate. Regret any inconvenience caused by this glitch.

Video Game Quote of the Week:
"Wow, this is just like Counter-Strike!" – Louis, Left 4 Dead

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