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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (June 9, 2016)

by Game Informer Editorial on Jun 09, 2016 at 06:01 AM

I know summer is here, but take some time to read this past week's wonderful blogs. And keep in mind that there is one week left to our very different writing challenge.

Community Blogs For June 2 – June 8:

How Random History and Crazy Myth Collide in Child of Light
I'm a sucker for mythology, so Haley Shipley's blog on the myths that Child of Light is inspired by roped me in. She really digs into how Austria and a duke share similarities with the fiction of the game. What about you, bloggers? Are there any games that tap into myths or real history that you really dig?

The 5 Spices That Create a Memorable Story in a Game...
StarterPack writes a recipe for what makes a video game story pack just the right combo of flavors to make it memorable. What do you think of his spices? I think this recipe includes all the right stuff.

The Future of Naughty Dog: IP or Sequel?
Drmuffin1080's blog asks an important question: new intellectual property or sequel? For companies as large and successful as Naughty Dog, a sequel is a safe bet if done right. But every so often you can strike gold with The Last of Us. Leave your comments on muffin's blog with your thoughts! 

DOOM Does Self-Reference Right
I love when games reference prequels or other games, and so does LukeWalaszek. Here he writes about Doom and all the ways it successfully references itself. I've yet to play the new FPS, but I'll be looking forward to diving in and finding the references for myself. When I'm not stomping demons from Hell, that is. Oh, what fun.

Video Game Death: Connecting with Characters
Brendon Curzio gets all moody with talk about death and Heavy Rain. Even if you get the game's best ending, you're going into a depressing situation. If you're like our blogger and get a sadder ending, you can become quite jarred emotionally with the outcome of the characters you've grown with throughout the hours of playtime. I'm still not over (SPOILER, but really, if you don't know this...) Aerith's death.

It Doesn't Always Matter When Choices Don't Always Matter
Thomas Loughney doesn't think every choice in a game needs to have a satisfactory outcome, or one at all. This is an interesting take on choice in game. I've taken less liking to choices in multi-game sagas since my choices don't always transfer over, leaving me much more relaxed in games with choices that lead to small story changes. Except for Until Dawn. I was a little nutso about getting the best ending on that one, but was always wowed by how choices played out.

Seven Greatest Romances In Video Games, And Seven Of The Not-So-Great
MzCHaNaNDLERbong can't answer what is love, but the blogger does know a good romance when he sees one. This list is quite good, and I definitely agree that the Emily and Matt romance is everything that is wrong with high school flings. I feel like Monster Hunter's hunters and giant gobs of monster meat should be included. I have never seen people eat such a large portion of food so frequently and with such ease. If that's not love, I don't know what is.

Community Writing Challenge:

We are still running the challenge from last week before rounding up blogs. Please leave a comment below linking to your blog so I don't miss it! Original challenge: We like to write about games, gaming culture, and how we all want Pokémon as pets (OK, maybe just me). But let's do something different this week – write a brief video game script. Not a tome, but something brief. Maybe the opening dialogue to a video game idea you have. Or perhaps one to a dystopian Super Mario game. It can be for any part of your game idea, written any way you'd like. Maybe it's the pivotal scene that should kick off a game series that's been on too long of a hiatus. Have fun with this one. 

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.