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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (May 26, 2016)

by Game Informer Editorial on May 26, 2016 at 06:03 AM

There was a lot of writing on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night this week, which is odd, but more than okay. Luckily, it's not all vampires this week, with one highlight coming from a deaf player writing about what it's like to play video games without sound.  

Community Blogs For May 19 - May 25:   

Top 6 Best Boss Battles  
StarterPack's list of insanely awesome boss battles starts off with The Legend of Zelda, so you know it's as good as Link's heroing skills. Actually, Link, Zelda, and Ganon make up the majority of the list. Best list ever.  

Bloody Hell: The Catharsis of Rage in DOOM 
From what I gather, Thomas Loughney grabs, rips, and tears through a lot of demons in Doom, and it feels good. While I'm not really sure I've ever been relaxed while tearing around a game, I do get a sort of relaxation from becoming totally absorbed. But mostly I just rage at Star Wars: Battlefront.  

A Gamer Renewed 
GerardoExber writes about his game completion progress for the year (and one of Konami's best games) in this short blog about what he's been up to. I've ramped up my completion numbers this year for games, recently finishing Until Dawn and earning its "best" ending... and...that's it. 

10 Nintendo Games that Could Make the Move to Mobile 
Haley Shipley chooses all the right titles in this list of Nintendo games that should be on mobiles. WarioWare makes perfect sense, and if Nintendogs were on my phone, chances are I'd remember to give them a bath.  

My Favorite Current-Gen Soundtracks 
Edwinjoe450 chooses an eclectic mixture of game soundtracks, but all of them have something in common: they rock. But really, you can't mess up a Darth Vader theme. Or he'll force choke you.  

A Case For Subtitles
LetMeGetToACheckpoint writes about being a deaf gamer trying to play Quantum Break. Our blogger brings up things I've never really thought of when it comes to video games, but it is eye-opening. It shouldn't be this challenging for all gamers to enjoy a game, but it is, and it that's a bad thing.  

Writing Challenge Responses:  

CWC – Are You Not Entertained? 
Lugadi has one metric for figuring out if a game is satisfying: Is it fun? Our blogger has no problem playing games that aren't perfect because they're fun. I've been there, but in a different way. I've played many a JRPG because I found the story interesting or immersive, although the gameplay might have been ho-hum. At the end of the day, they were still fun and satisfying.  

Community Writing Challenge: What Makes Games Satisfying? 
GerardoExber gives us a total breakdown of the different elements that make a game fun and satisfying for him. It's amazing how games can be emotionally moving, but remain fun. Heck, even the horror of Until Dawn was a joy to play through, even if it was super stressful trying to keep those teens alive.  

Community Writing Challenge:  

Have you ever connected with a video game character? I've liked a lot of characters, but unless it's someone I've sculpted to look like me, and a game that gives me plenty of choices, I'm not sure I really identify or connect with most characters. What about you?  

Community Playdate:   

Join me for Star Wars: Battlefront on PS4 on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. CST. Add me, LouisKensei, and please let me know in the comments if you're playing.  

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.