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Blog Herding: Community Edition 03/01/12

Mass Effect 3 continues to be a popular topic this week, especially the closer we get to its imminent release date. Also, last week's Blog Herding marked the six month anniversary of its return and recognized thegodofwine7 as the most featured blogger.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: February 20 – February 26, 2012
Number of User Blogs: 82
Number of User Bloggers: 56
Number of User Blogs Herded: 9

Community Events:

Frag Fest March 4th
We're days away from the special edition Frag Fest hosted by Sheriff Warbuff and Alek389, featuring Halo Reach and a number of custom maps and game modes. It's not too late to sign up.

Community Blogs:

Musical Feng Shui
Blogs about video game soundtracks are rather popular around here, and this one posted by GoldvsSilver is right up there with the best of them.

The Real Beauty Of Mass Effect 3
It's been awhile since we've heard from Anticitizen-One, so what better reunion post than a blog about Mass Effect 3, the current hot topic buzzing through the community.

Mass Effect 3's "Online Pass"
A short but important post by Algebraic! about yet another game (this time Mass Effect 3) and the often controversial decision by the publishers to include an online pass as an incentive to purchase the game new, but now take it one step further by requiring you to pay for it.

Why Modern Gamers Should Play The Classics
This blog by Stranger talks about why it's important for gamers of the modern era to return to their roots and play through some of the classics, including a few of the games mentioned in this post.

The 12 Best Flash Games On The Internet
A rather popular piece by Jack, The Quixotic Gamer in terms of views and comments discussing his list of the 12 best Flash games on the Internet. You might find something you like playing, if you're not already playing it.

Lamentations Of A Lefty
An original and interesting blog by Oni no Tenshi that touches on the subject of left and right-handed gamers and how a video game's exclusion of support for both can impact its playability.

What The Mass Effect 3 Demo Really Demonstrates
There was no question Shootist2600 would post a photo-rich blog highlighting a playthrough of the Mass Effect 3 demo, just like there was no question it would be good enough to be featured in Blog Herding.

Top 10 Characters Desperately In Need Of A Good Game
A straight shooting but sincere top ten list by thegodofwine7 listing ten video game personalities who deserve a good game either because they've never had one or it's been far too long since they have.

Mass Effect 3 – Better With Kinect?
Responding to Bioware's claim that Mass Effect 3 is "Better with Kinect," rising star Craigaleg posts another great blog complete with a video capturing his playthrough of the demo while using Microsoft's state of the art motion controller.

Community Reviews:

Not A Necessary Addition, But A Welcome One
In a sea of so many poor user reviews, every now and then you'll find a gem like this solid user review for Square Enix's recently released Final Fantasy XIII-2, provided courtesy of Adym.

Video Review: Alan Wake's American Nightmare
You won't find this user review by Cody Gilley for Alan Wake's American Nightmare in the review section of the Game Informer website, but it's still worth a look. Click the link and you'll find it.

Community Podcasts:

Robot In The Corner Podcast: Episode 2-21
The ever popular and always cheerful cast of the RITC podcast are back right on schedule as they talk about  Ghost Rider 2, the Mass Effect 3 demo, Skyrim, Alan Wake, SSX, The Hunger Games, and more.

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 (02/20/12 - 02/26/12):
Ag3nt Shadow; aidanrinku; Algebraic!; Anticitizen-One; blaze6106; born4this; BreadLoser; christopher; Cody Gilley (2); Craigaleg; Daniel Campbell; DarkeonWarlord; Dean Marchese; Derreck; Devin; DoctorNight (3); Drym Shyuan (2); Enigma; falconIZE (2); gamer2486; GAMERISAY; God Of Irony; GoldvsSilver; Hist; Jack aka gogamenerdkid; Jack, The Quixotic Gamer; John Hollingsworth (3); jordanthegamer; Josh Wagner; Kid Ica; Marco Polo; markus1142 (3); Mike; Mray901; Nintendo Fan; Oni no Tenshi (2); Orochi Assassin LEVON (5); PonstoryGames (4); pvspartan36; SamuraiZero; Shootist2600; snapszach; Stranger (2); Taciturn Tactician; tenzen; the mind of me (2); The Monster Hunter; thegodofwine7; Urahara o; Vampire Nox; VincentV; Vogon5; wayoverdue (4); xXBourne07Xx; YepImAPersonWaving (3); and of course yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week:
"If you want guarantees, buy a toaster."  – Admiral Richard Morrison, Crysis

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