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Blog Herding: Community Edition 08/29/13

A broken laptop power supply and all of the shenanigans leading up to the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) weren't enough to end the blog herding streak this week as the series presses on with another installment featuring fantastic blogs from the greatest online community of gamers ever to hold a joystick.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: August 19 – August 25, 2013
Number of User Blogs: 68
Number of User Bloggers: 44
Number of User Blogs Herded: 8

Community Events:

Extra Life 2013 – Team GIO Update #2:
With less than 90 days until the Extra Life charity event, Zachary Pligge provides an updated status on the number of contributors and the amount of donations that have been pledged so far. 

Community Blogs:

Why Aren't There More Games Based On A True Story?
Of course there are a few possible explanations, but codforlife ponders why there aren't more video games based on real-world events before briefly discussing the options this setting could provide.

Divekick: A Serious Joke
Each new fighting game seems to become more complex, with additional buttons to press and longer combinations to pull off. Then along comes Divekick with its 2 buttons. Cameron Koch tells us all about it.

An Interview With Sidekick Books' Jon Stone
David Chandler's posts are always intellectually stimulating. His latest one about Coin Opera 2: Fulminare's Revenge, a "new collection of poetry inspired by or about video games," continues his trend.

4 Things I Want From The Next Tomb Raider
Not three or five, but four "pleasant suggestions" from thegodofwine7 that he would like to see implemented in the next Tomb Raider game, even though he thought the latest installment was great.

Finding Time To Be A Gamer
A short but relevant blog courtesy of M. Sourman addressing something many of us are challenged by: finding the time to do everything we want to do including playing video games.

Series That Need To Come Back As Downloadable Series
Refle18 has an interesting perspective on why some older retails games should make a triumphant return as downloadable games while giving us a few examples to illustrate the point.

My Top 10 Game Informer Covers of All-Time
Game Informer has a reputation for creating stunning images to grace the cover of their magazine each month and John Wrek highlights some of his favorites in his latest top ten list.

Top 5 Locations In Zelda
Continuing on with a 31 blogs in 31 days challenge devoted to the Legend of Zelda series, VANNAHFØX THE TRIFØRCE WIELDER has a number of interesting topics each day including this one on locations.

Community Reviews:

Shadowrun Returns: Fantasy Cyberpunk Noir Tactical CRPG
Eric Watson submits a thoroughly entertaining analysis of Shadowrun Returns, the recently released cyberpunk roleplaying game from Harebrained Schemes inspired by the older tabletop version.

Payday 2 Review: A Heist Gone Right
If robbing banks and pulling off heists interests you, check out Andrew Marcos's review of Payday 2, the cooperative First Person Shooter (FPS) video game developed by Overkill Software.

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Review
Buddy Acker reviews Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, a game many consider a must for those who own a Nintendo 3DS. It's a hard one to pass up since technically it is the Year of Luigi.

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Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (08/19/13 – 08/25/13):
Alex; Arano; blaxar; Buddy Acker; Cameron Koch; Chandler Tate (2); Chelsea Pruitt (4); codforlife (7); Cyndaquill (3); David Chandler; Di5a5terp13ce; drawesomemd; Eric Watson (2); Hannibal; Hawke; Hist; jackson stone (2); jacktheirish; Jellosnake; Joe Fathead; Joe HeartSock; John Wrek; Juanolo; Leo Vader; LetMeGetToACheckpoint; Louis Garcia (2); Luis E. Morales Falcon (2); M. Sourman; McLain Tate; Paradigmthefallen; Refle18 (2); robotprincessbubblegum; Spencer; stealth____; StonedMagician (2); The Destroyer (2); The Enemy Gate is Down; The Rolling Gamer (2); The_DASHing_RockMan; thegodofwine7; TheSniper; Tim Gruver (2); Tren Frost; and VANNAHFØX THE TRIFØRCE WIELDER (4).

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