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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 14, 2016)

by Game Informer Editorial on Jul 14, 2016 at 06:10 AM

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Pokémon Go was as popular with bloggers as it was everyone else this week, while others remembered a man from Nintendo who did some wonderful things for the company.

Community Blogs For July 7 – July 13:

Pokémon Go Review
Haley Shipley's photo of her messy room containing a Pokémon (just kidding, Haley!) shows how trainers across the land are finding pocket monsters. Haley actually has a fun angle on the game's popularity, writing about how it works in a small town (I began playing the game in my hometown of 120 people, so I get it), and I implore you all to read it. 

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Pokémon Go!
This GameStop worker knows a lot of Pokémon fans, but Brendon was totally shocked by how the latest Poké craze took control of people. His blog is a first impressions look at what the app has accomplished, both good and bad.

This is Not A Review of Pokémon Go
Thomas Loughney makes something very clear right away: The newest game featuring Pikachu and company is not a game, but a social app. And one that barely works, which has been my experience so far.

Gaming With My Player Two
GerardoExber met his significant other through video games, which is probably pretty typical for people on this site. However, what is atypical is that his special someone doesn't actually play games. Like, ever. This is a sweet read, capped by a poem, so eat it up like Kirby-san.

The Legacy of Satoru Iwata
Death is terrible, and Thomas Loughney knows this, but he wants to make sure you know about what Nintendo's Satoru Iwata had accomplished while he was alive. Simply put, Nintendo's main man was Super Mario, Kirby, and Samus all wrapped in one kick-ass person.

Remembering Satoru Iwata
Iwata's legacy is remembered in yet another blog from GerardoExber. He writes another poem, of course, but also gives us plenty of words that force us to ponder what this man gave us, and what he could have still given us. But like our blogger writes, Iwata already did more than most in the gaming world. We should all be thankful for that.

Writing Challenge Responses:

Community Writing Challenge: Pokémon Snap Go
Haley writes about a game that totally deserves the treatment Pokémon Go has received, and I agree with her completely. A new Pokémon Snap would sell a lot of units...but I am unsure about it happening now that Go has taken the world by storm. But how fun was it to take snapshots of Pokémon?

Series That Should Get the Pokémon Go Treatment
Refle hits all the right notes in this blog, especially when it comes to Resident Evil needing a game like Go. His other choices may surprise you, but they will definitely provide some food for thought when it comes to new, creative ideas. 

Community Writing Challenge:

Share some more Pokémon Go experiences with me. We had a host of blogs on the game this week, but tell me how you found a starter Pokémon while in the restroom of an Iowa Subway (that happened to me), or how you'd love the game if it would only work for more than five minutes before the server crashes into the planet like the fiery meteor from Final Fantasy VII.

Community Playdate:

Monster Hunter Generations is here. As a fan of the series since the very first game, this pleases me like you cannot even begin to understand.  We'll be playing (me and some other veteran hunters) on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. CST. Newcomers and veterans are welcome. Please leave your Friend Code in the comments if you haven't played with us before. We'll keep players updated throughout the play session via the comments below. Let's get this playdate off to a good start, and train some hunters!

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.