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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (December 31, 2015)

by Game Informer Editorial on Dec 31, 2015 at 05:00 AM

With 2015 in the rearview mirror, this week was a time to reflect. From the best multiplayer games to the greatest tales told this year, plenty of blogs dissected the best games of the year. Let's hope 2016 also delivers great experiences.

Community Blogs For December 24 – December 30:

Thank You, Game Informer
MightyMagikarp has reached 100 blogs published on Game Informer. To celebrate, he writes about his time on the site, what he's looking forward to in the world of gaming, and if he'll ever evolve into MightyGyarados.

My Favorite Christmas Memory
Rebekah Lang takes us back to 1989, a much simpler time in gaming, but also the year of one of her favorite memories. Spoiler alert: It contains plenty of Super Mario. And really, it should.

Writing Challenge Responses:

My Game Of The Year Is Still Up In The Air
Attackcobra can't quite respond to this past week's challenge to choose the best game of the year. If not for the influx of holiday releases, Batman: Arkham Knight would be the top game of the year. I also enjoyed the game, but felt a little tired after two games in the series. But my love of Batman helped me persevere.

Final Community Writing Challenge Of The Year: My Retro GOTY Winners And Best Game I Played In 2015
GerardoExber is as prolific a blogger as ever. In this piece, he breaks down his awards into different categories for things like best story, listing nominees and the eventual winner. As you can tell, these are games he played in 2015, not games released in 2015, which makes it a little more organic and similar to how I played over the year.

The Most Fun I Had Gaming in 2015
Born4this writes about 11 different games in this blog, crowning a Super Mario title as numero uno. It's a good list, but I haven't played all of the titles. I'm just glad Captain Toad explored his way into the mix.

My Top Ten Games of 2015: Full List and Awards
Eric Watson condensed all of his year-end blogs celebrating his favorite games of 2015 by publishing this tome of a blog. It's a fun read as it looks back at things like his Game of the Year predictions.

Community Reviews:

GameRelays Review – Undertale
Sorryjzargo is clearly into this game. It seems to fit the style that Earthbound lovers enjoy, and will please fans of old-school role-playing games in general. If that sounds like you, dive into this review and boot up Steam.

Fallout 4 Review – I'm A Wanderer
Raging Searchers' name is fitting considering our blogger is always in search of something in the wasteland. Searchers writes that "this game is a no-brainer for all Fallout fans and a winner for RPG lovers and shooter junkies because, ultimately, the gamer is the wanderer." I both fear and love Fallout games because I'm all like, "Oh – pretty rock. Must explore!"

Community Writing Challenge:

It's a new year. This means a fresh start for some. To others it's just the same old days and months tagged with 2016. Whatever you may feel, write a blog that looks forward. Tell us what you expect from games in 2016, which titles you want to play, or trends that may emerge this year. Is it finally time for VR to take over? Will Telltale falter with Batman? Will Nintendo finally release real-life Pokémon it created in a secret lab 12 stories below its Kyoto office? Only time will tell.

Community Playdate:

I'm currently rethinking how to best get the community gaming together, so expect this feature to come back soon in 2016 (holiday weekends traveling to Wisconsin also make this a bit tough to pull off). Everything should be back to relative normalcy at the end of January. In the meantime, please speak up on what would get you engaged with a community playdate.

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.