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Blog Herding: Community Edition 01/23/14

A number of new names make the cut for this week's installment of Blog Herding, with discussions ranging from Nintendo's challenges to classic games from the past. With such a diverse collection of blogs and bloggers, there is something for everyone.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: January 13, 20132014 – January 19, 2014
Number of User Blogs: 85
Number of User Bloggers: 49
Number of User Blogs Herded: 11

Community Blogs:

Nintendo's Window Of Hope
Much has been said about the current and future state of Nintendo, and Marco Polo suggests a bold plan he thinks might breathe a little life back into one of the video game giants.

The Pokémon Bank Delay Isn't Just Annoying; It's A Massive Failure
Rapid Chipmunk investigates the truth behind delays of the Pokémon Bank, a cloud storage service that was supposed to be available in Pokémon X and Y that has yet to be implemented.

Going Ghost: Embracing My Sneaky Side
Does age influence our perception of how to play a video game? Exploring a couple of stealth games, lugadi's outlook about sneaking around in the shadows might have changed a little over the years.

The Half-Life Awards!
Just because we haven't heard anything about Half-Life 3 doesn't mean some of us aren't thinking about the game in general. BestNinjaNacho crowns some winning achievements from the original Half Life.

Greatness By Default
The release of the Bravely Default: Flying Fairy demo no doubt lured in fans of the JRPG genre, including Matt-boy, who chronicles his time in this spiritual successor to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light.

Fixing Final Fantasy: Five Easy Steps
With more than a dozen games in the Final Fantasy series, it shouldn't be a surprise fans of the game have their own ideas about the future of the brand, like the ones in this post from Al3ch.

Playstation All Stars Battle Royale vs Super Smash Bros Brawl
Call of Duty and Battlefield aren't the only games with rivalries. This blog by xl9 addresses the matchup between Nintendo's highly regarded fighting game and Sony's somewhat similar version.

Is 2014 The Year Of The RPG?
Many gamers considered 2013 to be the year of the Role-Playing Game (RPG) genre but Cameron Koch wonders if 2014 will be better and presents his case with some potential contenders.

An Ode To Super Smash Bros.
Lots of positive comments for Saturday Morning Replay's whimsical little limerick dedicated to the Super Smash Bros. series, with witty verses like "Falcon punch right in the gut" sure to make you smile.

The Best New Characters Of 2013
This isn't just another end of the year recap blog. The Destroyer profiles a new cast of characters delivered to us in 2013 who are likely to be talked about for years to come.

Do We Enjoy Older Games Simply Because Of Nostalgia?
Is it possible there are some new games we enjoy simply because they remind us of a time or game from our past that we are particularly fond of? Read airbornebovine's thoughts on the subject.

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Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (01/13/14 – 01/19/14):
airbornebovine; Al3ch; Alex Excelsior!; Andrew (3); Arkayde; badmonkey59 (2); BestNinjaNacho; boxcar182; Buddy Acker (2); Cameron Koch; Daniel Moran; DarthKato; DrPool; Enuo; Eric Watson; Jack Gardner; Jack Treese; John Wrek; JonnyLikesGames; JordanTheGamer (2); Jouten; JT Ke3bz; KillerRabbitsFTW; KingOfFighters; Kriandis (2); Kurumi; lugadi (2); Marco Polo; Matt-boy; MSFCyndaquill (2); NacMacFeegle; Rabid Chipmunk; Refle18; RezidentHazard (Skeptical Inquirer); Saturday Morning Replay; schmidtyfro; StonedMagician (5); Stranger; Tac Tac; The (Car Geek) Bro; The Destroyer (7); The Enemy Gate is Down (7); Tim; TOGNick; Trenchmace; Wes Carroll; xl9 (7); Zebra3; and yours truly, Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week From Twitter:
"Remember that every single person in the video game industry is exactly that: a person." @OneOfSwords

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