The lights are on
Stop the presses and bust out the trophies. After 80
consecutive episodes of Blog Herding, this was a record-setting week in terms of
blogs featured in this series. 22 different bloggers posted a diverse and
entertaining collection of content from the wonderful world of video games. If
you can't find at least one blog you like, feel free to turn in your gamer card
at the front desk.
February 25 – March 03, 2013Number of User
Blogs: 115Number of User
Bloggers: 64Number of User
Blogs Herded: 22
In honor of the upcoming Bioshock Infinite, Microsoft is having a free Xbox Live Gold weekend with many games offering
special incentives, including Halo 4, Far Cry 3, Borderlands 2, Assassin's
Creed III, and an opportunity to play with Rockstar developers. Find the
full details here.
A special thanks to markus1142 for submitting this information and for
coordinating a number of multiplayer skirmishes featuring members from the Game
Informer Online community. Contact him if
you want to enlist.
Is A Tapir?: The Use Of Game GuidesA clever blog from LetMeGetToACheckpoint comparing and
contrasting traditional strategy guides to in-game aids and the kind of
information you can learn if you take the time to use this resource.
Dissecting The StraightforwardA somewhat controversial piece by Nikolas Davidoff questioning comments made by one of the
creative directors for Dishonored before the conversation escalates into a
heated debate via Twitter.
Accomplishment, And The Future Of GamingWhether you agree with Cameron Koch's perspective
likening microstransactions to cheating or not, he makes a persuasive argument
about how purchasing content can result in unfair advantages.
Games That Have Defined This Generation Of GamingJohn Wrek compiles a list of ten influential games he feels
defined this generation of gaming, while providing a brief summary of each. Join
in the discussion and share your thoughts on the topic.
Games Sold Me On ConsolesMost of us don't purchase a console just to play
one particular game, but as Arnulfo Hermes points out, that doesn't mean there
isn't a game or two that can sell us on a system.
Highly Accessible FranchisesA strong advocate with a personal connection to
accessibility in video games, Josh Straub evaluates five titles that, besides
being all-around great games, also demonstrate a user-friendly experience.
A (Rocksteady) Batman Style TMNT GameThe rumor about a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game being
developed by the studio that created the Batman Arkham games has been
debunked, but born4this dreams of what could have been.
Survivor's Take On Tomb Raider And The Controversy That Will Not DiePerhaps one of the most powerful personal testimonies about
the mature content found in the new Tomb Raider game, Theora Craft exposes her
thoughts on the reimagined Lara Croft.
Resident Evil DefenseFans of the Resident Evil series can be a loyal and
devoted bunch, like xking595x, who weighs in on Capcom considering a major
reboot of the highly regarded zombie survival horror franchise.
Five Characters Nobody Wants To BeIn most of our games we enjoy taking on the lead role as
the hero of the game, but as Kflame210 points out in this blog (with very mild
spoilers), being the star isn't always all it's cracked up to be.
Things The Next Xbox Must HaveAfter Sony made its PS 4 announcement we knew it wouldn't
be long for Microsoft to follow suit. With an announcement on the horizon,
thegodofwine7 considers five must-have features for the next Xbox.
Not ConvincedGeneral Mills44 contemplates the release of the Wii U,
the announcement of the Playstation 4, and the upcoming revelation of the Xbox
successor, while admitting he still isn't convinced which system to get.
You Think Videogames Are Bad?The allegations that video games cause violence are often
absurd, and ADAMMWOOLLEY counters with an admittedly equally absurd argument
that Disney's Peter Pan is a far worse influence.
Broadband War And How It Affects YouMarco Polo considers digital distribution, downloadable
content, persistent online connections, and the demand placed on our broadband
connections, including how it will only increase in the future.
Cat-And-Mouse Alternative To Run-And-GunKyle Wadsworth evaluates the differences between the
tactical approach found in Sniper Elite V2 and other traditional
run-and-gun shooters, with plenty of pics to showcase the action.
Think Someone Up There Wants Me To Be A DevOur resident video game developer in training, Mike
shares a brief glimpse into his personal life and the journey he is currently
undertaking on his quest to becoming more than just a player of the game.
Originality, And FunA new generation of consoles is on the brink of being
released and much has been said about what new features they might offer. AshaMan3000 wonders if we truly want innovation over a proven design.
I Want To See Announced At E3Is it too early to start speculating about what goodness
might be revealed at E3 2013? Not if you're Blade, who mentions a few games he hopes
to see announced at the industry's biggest trade show.
4 Multiplayer Is An Ongoing Love AffairHalo has created a cult-like following, growing larger
with each subsequent release. Vogon5 admits that despite the popularity of Halo
4, his love of the game is bittersweet because of a few flaws in the MP.
Content, Nanotechnology, And YouA truly visionary piece by quasiconundrum, musing about the
future of gaming once it evolves beyond a physical box residing in your
entertainment center and a game confined to design limitations.
And Thegodofwine7 Present: Top 10 Co-Op GamesA joint blog between xl9 and thegodofwine7, which discusses their ten favorite games for cooperative gameplay.
RankAfter conducting exhaustive research into the various
branches of service and ranks of several video game personalities both real and
virtual, markus1142 compiles the list into a roster of those in uniform.
Enemy Unknown Review – A Love Letter To Strategy GamersAndrew Marcos admits he only occasionally plays strategy
games but was smitten by XCOM: Enemy Unknown, naming it one of his favorite
titles from 2012 and recommending it to other gamers.
Now With Friends!A brief review for a potential Game of
the Year winner, Akaroth analyzes Isaac Clarke's latest encounter with the
necromorphs in Dead Space 3, while praising the game's weapons and crafting
And ExecutedMany have hailed Mark of the Ninja as the new benchmark
in the stealth genre and xl9 concurs as he shares a short review of the game, calling it near-perfect and one of the best stealth games ever made.
Review: Project X ZoneProject X Zone is an RPG that's already available in Japan
and slated for a summer release in the USA. Thanks to our unofficial
foreign correspondent, LGAR provides us an early peek of what to expect.
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Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (02/25/13
– 03/03/13):ADAMMWOOLLEY (2);
alex720; Arnulfo Hermes; AshaMan3000 (2); Bizzleboo; bjdbuch; Blade;
blaxarbush911 (4); blaze6106; BLiNDFATES (4); born4this; Cameron Koch; Captain
Super; Caudex; Coachscorner00; Daniel Jones; Dima (4); DJH (2); DrPool; Enigma;
FrankxthexBunny; General Mills44 (7); Ghost; Idostuff; Jack Gardner;
Jeremy.JustJeremy; John Wrek (4); Jolt the Cynic; Josh Straub (2); Kflame210;
Kyle Wadsworth; LetMeGetToACheckpoint; LGAR; Luis E. Morales Falcon (2); Marco
Polo (4); markus1142 (2); maxmaher; Mike; Mr SIye (2); nathan98; Nikolas
Davidoff; NinjaPixel; O'Dell Harmon; Odoyel; Paradigmthefallen (3); Psykologic
(2); quasiconundrum; RFXRage; sastgamer (2); The Destroyer (7); The Doctor; The
Great Cubone (4); thegodofwine7; Theora Craft; TheSniper; Titus212; Vogon5 (2);
warlord5531 (2); Warrior; White Angel Dragon (3); xking595x; xl9 (2);
Zangmaster (3); and of course yours truly...Saint.
Video Game Archives – Quote of the Week:"You're never going to completely please
everyone, so it's more important to be true to your own vision." – Rhianna Pratchett (lead writer of Mirror's Edge, Tomb Raider)
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