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Blog Herding: Community Edition 04/11/13

There are some really unique and interesting blogs being featured this week that you don't want to miss out on and many of them are highlighted here, leaving you no reason not to read and enjoy them. If that wasn't enough of a treat, the community has also been turning out some quality user reviews too.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: April 01 – April 07, 2013
Number of User Blogs: 78
Number of User Bloggers: 58
Number of User Blogs Herded: 10

Community Blogs:

XCOM Team GIO VIII: Ashes Of Memories Past
This is the latest chapter in Noobtubin8er's XCOM-themed fan fiction starring various Game Informer Online personalities as the main characters struggling to survive the alien invasion.

Under The Columbia Big Top
Even though Bioshock Infinite is receiving overwhelming praise from pretty much everybody, Kyle Wadsworth points out a few minor annoyances with some of the finer details of the game.

Willful Outsider
Have you ever played a game just so you could relate with other gamers? This blog by GoldvsSilver discusses the culture and pressure sometimes associated with being a gamer and trying to fit in.

5 Characters That Definitely Don't Need An HD Remake
Reboots and the practice of using existing material as the genesis for new games is growing in popularity, but thegodofwine7 thinks there are a few video game characters that don't deserve the attention.

An Issue I May Have With The Next Generation
The next generation of game consoles can be an exciting time for gamers but it also means the potential for a new round of issues, including some of these problems mentioned by AshaMan3000.

The Long Good-Bye To LucasArts
Tim Gruver responds to last week's startling news that Disney was shuttering the doors to LucasArts, one of the most prolific video game studios of our time.

A Beautiful Lie
Somewhat of a video aficionado himself, Craigaleg discusses how video game trailers and animated sequences can look spectacular but often don't truly represent what the game looks or plays like.

Develop For A Day In Their Shoes
With a couple of video game studios closing their doors so far this year and more likely to come, Cru Hunter share his thoughts on the business side of running a development studio.

Outshining The Protagonist
A brilliant blog from Jolt the Cynic exploring our admiration of certain non-player characters who often become more popular than the protagonist of the story. Join the discussion and share your thoughts.

Taking It Easy To Play Hard
What difficulty you normally choose to play your video games on is a popular topic and David Chandler joins the ranks of those who admit playing on normal, but says he might start taking the easy route.

Community Reviews:

A Minor Misstep For A Stellar Series
Reception for God of War: Ascension has been mostly lukewarm and this review provided courtesy of Sabtos seems to agree this wasn't the best chapter in the iconic series.

The Ultimate Hunting Experience
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, an enhanced port of Monster Hunter Tri, was recently released to mostly positive scores, and Torn Pr1nc3 calls it one of the best games he's ever played.

A Hidden Gem Worth Discovering
Tony Sansone examines Beyond Good & Evil HD, an older action-adventure game developed and published by Ubisoft that he describes as an exceptional experience and a heartwarming adventure.

Making Killing Fun Again
If you're looking for a game that's all about having fun, then Doctor Apozem might just have the game for you as he describes the fun he had playing through Orcs Must Die 2.

BioShock Infinite
BioShock Infinite continues to witness an outpouring of positive user reviews including a couple more exceptional ones from Orochisama LEVON, Spectre and J Warrior to add to the collection.

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 (04/01/13 – 04/07/13):
A991807; ADAMMWOOLLEY; afreindofurs; Ali Rapp; AshaMan3000 (2); Azure Moon; blaxar; BLiNDFATES (2); bombstopper; BRAV0 F1VE; Captain Super; Craigaleg; Cru Hunter (2); Daniel Campbell (2); David Chandler; Di5a5terp13ce; Dima (2); Edward Roivas; General Mills44 (2); GoldvsSilver; Irwin529; Jack Gardner; Jeremy.JustJeremy; Jolt the Cynic; Jon Gregory aka JMan240; Josh Straub; Juanolo (3); Kyle Wadsworth; LetMeGetToACheckpoint; Luis E. Morales Falcon (3); Marco Polo; markus1142; Nate77; Noobtubin8er; Odoyel; OneArmedWonder; Ownzoir; Paradigmthefallen; Prince of Snark Euphoric Ennui I (4); Romars; schmidtyfro; Scott; Shipmaster777; Sora Three Ben; Stranger; Thanks4Fish; The Destroyer (2); thegodofwine7 (3); TheSniper; TheWereWolf2k; Tim Gruver (3); Torn Pr1nc3; UltiMat3ProDGy07; Vincent James; warlord5531; xghost777; and xTheCrowing (4).

Video Game Archives – Quote of the Week:
"Come on people, you can't show the player a really big bomb and not let them blow it up." – Gabe Newell

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