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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 28, 2016)

by Game Informer Editorial on Jan 28, 2016 at 05:32 AM

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We had a great week of blog entries, so there is plenty of good content to indulge in. Plus, this week marks the return of community playdates. Get psyched!

Community Blogs For January 21 – January 27:

Top 10 Games That Still Live Up To Their Name...
StarterPack had me at Super Mario. But really, only so many games can stand the test of time. I may not agree with every entry on this list, but it's a great article to get some debate going. Side note: I would totally put Jungle Beat on that short list. But how good is that number-one series?

I'm Playing Every Legend of Zelda Game for College Credit
Haley Shipley is only eight blogs into the blogging scene, and already she's knocking it out of the park with a story about how she's learning via The Legend of Zelda. She's playing the storied franchise for her American Studies major. Please keep us updated on your findings! 

Ranking Two Decades of Mario RPGs
MightyMagikarp takes on the gargantuan task of looking at the Super Mario RPGs. There have been a lot of great Mario RPGs (by the way, Super Mario RPG is number one, mighty fish). What are your favorites?

5 Things Gamers Used To Think When Playing For The First Time 
GerardoExber writes about what it was like when we first used to play video games. Now, that's different for everyone. For me that's an Atari console and then an NES. For others, that's Halo and complete dominance over my newb skills when playing online. That aside, this blog really does make you think about a bygone era. How long ago were we trading out discs to continue our Final Fantasy adventure? My goodness we're all getting old. 

Press A To Skip Intro
Blogger LukeWalaszek blames Game Informer for a traumatic experience. His first issue of the GI magazine was puked on by his cat. Thanks to that neko, Luke is now an intern at Game Informer. Good luck on your gig. It's a good one! Kitty was just looking out for you.

Writing Challenge Responses:

Community Writing Challenge: Traveling Gaming Worlds
GerardoExber immediately hooks me by writing about airships. Skies of Arcadia comes to mind every time I think about a flying pirate ship. From there our blogger writes about how he graduated to just walking around in the world of Ocarina of Time to not only see it, but soak in the grandeur. For anyone who has played it, you know how epic it was to first set foot in Hyrule's world when 3D games were just becoming a thing. The way we journey through games is supremely important.

Community Writing Challenge: Satisfy Your Wanderlust
Blogger Marco Polo begins by giving us a history lesson on how we used to all travel in games: sideways, from one scene to the next. When it comes to the current generation of games, the blogger likes to take his time. His Witcher image (above) proves why that's the route to go. However, that's also the route that keeps me from finishing many open-world games. But those sunrises, alien planets, cheery grasslands...ahh, you get it. 

Community Writing Challenge: Move Like a Ghost, Sting Like a Scorpion
Cru Hunter admits to loving some Halo 2. So naturally, the game's vehicles have stuck with our writer for a long time. Splattering grunts is just a bonus when it comes to the ability to rev up the engine of a badass tank. But really, I'll always love the Warthog the most. It's just too darn fun to drive (then flip over and scream apologies into your headset as a laser blows you and your teammates to oblivion). 

Community Writing Challenge:

What is your most coveted piece of gaming swag? Heck, maybe you have an entire army of Yoshi plushies. That's okay. I want you all to share your favorite gaming gear, figures, or whatever with the community. Tell us why you enjoy what it is you have, how you snagged a rare amiibo, or whatever you want that's related to the topic. Bonus points for including a picture!

Community Playdate:

We're bringing back community playdates with Rocket League on PlayStation 4. This was a popular one last year, so let's hop online for some footy! We will play this Sunday at 7:00 p.m. CST. Make sure to add me, Louiskensei, to your PS4 friend list and let me know if you're playing in the comments. Beginners and veterans are welcome.

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.