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Blog Herding: Community Edition 10/03/13

Plenty of new names gracing the Blog Herding this week as a fresh wave of bloggers has picked up the torch and continues supplying the community with user content. This week's topics range from the recent Valve announcements to Star Wars 1313.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: September 23 – September 29, 2013
Number of User Blogs: 37
Number of User Bloggers: 28
Number of User Blogs Herded: 10

Community Events:

Game Informer Online 2014 Fantasy Football League Scoreboard – Week 3
Another week of football means another week of wins and losses for members of the GIO Fantasy Football league. Cerpintaxman highlights the results with his latest scoreboard blog.

Extra Life 2013 is just around the corner and Game Informer's online volunteer coordinator Zachary Pligge posts a pair of blogs about the event including Update #3  and the Prize Blog.

Community Blogs:

Top Seven Series I Want To Work On
Some of us play games, some of us build games, and some of us want both. The Destroyer mentions a handful of video game series he would want to work on if given the opportunity.

Why Visceral Can And Must Save Star Wars 1313
Despite every indication Star Wars 1313 has been relegated to nothing more than a canceled project and concept art, Tim Gruver holds out hope that somebody can save the game from the dark side.

Solving The "Guns/Games Are Bad!" Debate
A remarkable albeit potentially sensitive first blog you probably didn't see this week, as gamer and gun owner Ben Hayward discusses the perceptions and misconceptions about video games and violence.

Why Can't We Love Nature As Well As Video Games?
An interesting perspective about the great outdoors found in real life and how some gamers think about it in the virtual world. You may or may not agree with airbornebovine, but it's still an interesting piece.

Why Gun Monkey Is Worth Your Time
Paradigmthefallen plays Gun Monkey, a game described as a "procedurally-generated, physics-based, online deathmatch platform game" developed by independent studio Size Five Games.

What Happens In Vegas...
John Wrek takes advantage of the offer provided to Xbox Live Gold Members that allows them to download Rainbow Six Vegas for free, before coming back here to discuss the experience.

Things That Would Help Nintendo Now
Nintendo continues to be the topic of discussion for many as the company struggles to regain its footing in the industry. Lil J Moore shares his perspective on a number of potential ideas that might help.

My Top Ten Game Boy Advance Games
With the regularity of Old Faithful, Eric Watson's latest Top Ten Tuesday list focuses on a collection of his favorite Game Boy Advance games. Come on, you know you want to see which one is number one.

The Potential Of The Valve Steam Box/Steamos
Valve caused a disturbance in the Force this past week with multiple announcements about a number of hardware and software solutions they are introducing. Dan Talarico responds to the news.

Top 25 Most Memorable Levels In Gaming
Favorite levels – most of us have one. Soulfly666 tackles the daunting task of picking 25 of his most memorable levels and includes a brief comment of what makes it so special. How many do you agree with?

Community Reviews:

FEZ Review: Think Outside The 2D Box
Blogging newcomer airbornebovine not only makes the list with a great blog this week; he also wrote a wonderful user review for Fez, the highly regarded indie puzzle/platformer.

Irrational Takes A Legendary Name To The Skies...
Six months ago it seemed like everybody was talking about Bioshock Infinite and praising the game. The cheers might've subsided, but Nex Gen Reviews reminds us why it is still a great game.

Community Podcasts:

The JIM Show – Nostalgia, Cajones, And PAX – Season 2 Episode 18
With a podcast schedule that always keeps you guessing and content that might make you cover your ears, Daniel, Jack, and Jeremy are back with what might be one of their most colorful episodes yet.

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 (09/23/13 – 09/29/13):
airbornebovine; ATOMIC; Blue blood outbreak; Buddy Acker; cerpintaxman; Dan Talarico; Eric Watson; Gaming Warthog; Gorow the Driller; HEEELS88-XI; Jack Gardner; jackson stone (2); Jeremy Sturgill; John Wrek (7); Lil J Moore; Matt Akers; MSF codforlife; Paradigmthefallen; Postmita; Redguard Assassin; RezidentHazard (rides again); Servant of God; soulfly666; StonedMagician (2); TeddyAssassin33; The Destroyer; thegodofwine7; and Tim Gruver (2).

Video Game Archives – Quote of the Week:
"Violence in games if it adds to the gaming experience is fine, but if it's just to cause controversy and gain some extra PR, absolutely NOT." Debbie Bestwick

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