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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 2, 2015)

by Game Informer Editorial on Jul 02, 2015 at 06:01 AM

Hello, dear bloggers, and welcome back to another edition of Blog Herding. This week's offerings feature writers lamenting gaming mistakes, pondering what a Last of Us sequel should be, and a very personal story about death and Fallout 3.

Now read up, vault dwellers.

Community Blogs For June 25 – July 1:

My Top 20 Favorite Games: #3: Odin's Sphere
Enuo ends his march to revealing his favorite game of all time, making a pit stop at number three with Odin's Sphere. He even calls it the best role-playing game on the PlayStation 2. His favorite game? Well, that's also a RPG!

How Fallout 3 Helped Me Cope With Death
My eyes filled with dust and tears (I swear it was dusty) while reading Chris Federmann's blog post about how playing Fallout 3 helped him cope with the loss of a family member. Grab a box of tissues and give this blog a read.

Nintendo Screen Shot Scrap Book #5
Happydude633 returns with another edition of Scrap Book. He's managed to snap some great shots (Cat Bowser is looking handsome as ever) and make me want to replay a ton of games.

Ponderings: The More of Us?
Sam_Lincoln doesn't want a sequel to The Last of Us if it has to do with Joel and Ellie, heroes of the first game. News of a sequel has him pondering if we'll diminish the experience of the first one, though he wouldn't mind if it dealt with Joel's life after the outbreak, or two entirely different characters.

Writing Challenge Responses:

Community Writing Challenge: My Biggest Mistake
Sam_Lincoln has faced some gaming mistakes. In his sad tale about Spider-Man 2, we are reminded of the dreaded memory card, and how it is so easy to destroy lives (games) by accidentally saving over files.

Community Writing Challenge: Buyer's Remorse
Jon_G has experienced buyer's remorse. Not by purchasing games he shouldn't, but by missing out on titles that ended up being rare and worth a lot of rupees. I've actually missed out just like Jon, putting a Villager Amiibo down after looking at it and even passing up a brand-new Suikoden copy for $5 at Sears.

Community Writing Challenge: The Gaming Mistake I Didn't Know I'd Made...Until After I'd Made It
In Rebekah Lang's blog we learn about her very sad tangle with corrupted data. It's how she lost her high-level Borderlands character...all because the game froze. In the end, she learned about save backups, so all was set right in the world.

Community Writing Challenge: Goodbye, GameCube
Irwin529 committed a mistake many a young gamer has: He traded in his console and classic games. A GameCube and over 30 games netted him the Legendary Edition of Halo 3 – something he absolutely cherishes – but at a great cost. Irwin says it best when he writes, " can't put a dollar amount on sentimental value."

Community Writing Challenge – That Time I Traded In A Copy of Mega Man X2
A lot of people rue their decision to trade in classic games; Jack Treese is no different. After an ordering mishap landed him with Mega Man X2, he traded it in for about $25. It now sells for much, much more.

Community Reviews:

Review: Star Fox Command – Fox and Friends
Reviewer Jack Treese explores Star Fox's DS outing and finds it to be an enjoyable game in the series. Some highlights include the narrative and level varieties, though the controls may leave players wanting.

Batman: Arkham Knight Review: Show Them What True Fear Is
Lovemeorshootme doesn't think Rocksteady's final Batman game is the perfect swansong, but he thoroughly enjoys it – including the Batmobile.

Community Writing Challenge:

If you could spend one day in a gaming world, which one would you choose? I want to know where you'd go, why, and what you'd do there. I'd choose to visit the world of Skies of Arcadia; I have a thing for flying pirate ships and floating islands.  

Community Playdate:

Since it is the July 4 weekend we will not host a playdate, since many of you will likely be setting off fireworks and celebrating the holiday.

I hope you enjoy the blogs! Please contact me via my Game Informer page or on Twitter at @LouisGarcia12 with any blog news or playdate suggestions.