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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (June 16, 2016)

by Game Informer Editorial on Jun 16, 2016 at 06:00 AM

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The glorious (or horrible depending on your view of such things) E3 dominates most of the blogs this week, but writing challenge responses also rolled in like an ocean of all powerful Magikarp on the precipice of level 20. Enjoy!

Community Blogs For June 9 – June 15:

My Wishlist for Zelda 2017
Timothy Repasky wrote this before the E3 reveal that made me break my "no watching trailers to spoil anything ever" rule. Aside from the sword beam (and really, the sword beam should be in every game with a sword because sword beams), I think our blogger was pleasantly surprised during the Zelda announcement. I just want to be a pink bunny again.

Pre-E3 Rituals
Rebekah Lang doesn't just sit around to wait for E3. Instead, she gets all Chibi Robo and cleans to prepare...and a number of other things that may not make sense to those who've never had a ritual for something. I have some, but I feel like Lang is super prepared when it comes to consuming her video game news.

The Girls of Summer: Toren
Shipley's summer series makes its way to a lesser-known game, but that's alright since it seems to be pretty darn cool. Not only is the brief game a nice escape for a while, but it also features a female protagonist that just isn't a super woman, but a more realized character – which is what you should strive for with your heroes. This one is officially on my radar.

Community Reviews:

Mirror's Edge Catalyst Review – First Person Platforming Perfection
Thomas Loughney really enjoys the sequel we all thought we wouldn't get. Not a lot of people seemed to, but he backs up his reasoning with some solid points. I haven't played it yet, and I'm sad that the story doesn't seem to be much to write home about, but I need to get my parkour on.

Community Writing Challenge:

Let's do an easier challenge this week; let's write about what E3 means. Is it a hollow show? The best gaming event ever? The event that made you cry tears of joy when a new Pokémon was announced? The place you gave Shigeru Miyamoto a bear hug? Share your story in a blog.

Writing Challenge Responses:

Community Writing Challenge: My Game Script – Experiment Ber –
GerardoExber's intro paragraph to his game idea contains all the staples of a triple-A title: role-playing elements, over-the-shoulder gameplay mechanics, and a character that reflects the way you play. Read through to the end for quite the twist.

Community Writing Challenge: Vendetta's Bane
StarterPack's game scripts also aims high, focusing on a futuristic western setting. The concept of America's expansion, original owners, and would-be suitors makes for a super interesting read. I'd see this as a game with different factions, an interesting world, and the potential for sequels.

Blog Herding Challenge – The Legend of Zelda: Reign of the Shadow Queen
Marco Polo doesn't create his own IP for the challenge, but instead takes the writing reins for Reign of the Shadow Queen, a take on Zelda that is rife with despair – and an older Link. Spoiler: Zelda is dead. Impa is taking on evil in a pub, and Link is scarred, bitter, and willingly murdering his enemies. I believe the proper phrase is, "Shut up and take my rupees!"

Community Writing Challenge: Stranded
Brendon Curzio's blog is both short and sweet. For starters, the community seems to love its sci-fi. And horror. Yes, definitely horror. Everyone seems to like placing their game heroes in horrifying situations.

Community Writing Challenge: The Legend of Zelda: Sheik's Legend
Shipley also gets on board with the Zelda-themed take on the writing challenge this week. All I know is I love Sheik/Zelda. A game that's kind of a retelling or true-history take on Ocarina of Time with her as the actual hero would make for a heck of a game, especially in light of Nintendo's comments about why Link can't be a woman.

Community Playdate:

None this week!

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.