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Blog Herding - The Best Blogs Of The Community (August 4, 2016)

by Game Informer Editorial on Aug 04, 2016 at 07:53 AM

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We took a week off, but that only means Blog Herding has returned like a Saiyan on the brink of death: stronger, faster, and more powerful than you could ever imagine.

Community Blogs For July 21 - August 3:

The Philosophical Implications of Pokémon Go's Success
Instead of pondering why the world is the way it is, Marco Polo gets philosophical on the latest Pokémon craze and what it all means. It's a long read, but stick with it and you'll be rewarded.   

Buswaxer's Bargain Bin Vol. 1
Come one, come all, and step up to Buswaxer25's new feature on bargain-bin games that...well, based on his first entry, royally rock. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning may have been a game I also bought on the cheap, but I would have gladly threw more money at it. What a shame.

Five Games I Played At San Diego Comic Con 2016
Some people like Justin Mikos are lucky enough to go to San Diego Comic Con. I'm just happy he wrote about some very, very cool games. It's a great look at some promising games (Monster Hunter is already out and awesome, by the way).

In Defense of Pokémon Colosseum
While the Poké-conversation is all about Go right now, MightyMagikarp proves that his fish persona is in fact fantastic by writing about an underrated gem. I'm still sad that I lost all of the Coliseum kids during a move, but really did find this to be a different kind of gem. Don't believe us? Watch that intro. Mic drop.

The Agony (and Necessity) of Quitting
While I don't like to quit and start over fresh - ever - Boo makes some really good points that other friends of mine have made about doing so. So maybe stop a game and play something else. Why not?

My Worst Moments in Gaming
I did not expect StarterPack to write such a personal blog. I thought it would be about losing a save point, or something like that, but this is so much better. Give this blog a read; I don't want to spoil it here!

Going For A PokéRun
If you're a runner, Cru Hunter has the perfect blog for you. Heck, I'll only play Pokémon Go when I'm on a run. There are some good tips in here for those who like to go running after Pikachu and company. 

Community Writing Challenge:

What game featuring only, or prominently, multiplayer deserves a single-player mode? Monster Hunter got me thinking about this again as it trudges toward too much single-player shenanigans. But I sure wouldn't mind more story based off of some different multiplayer game lore.

Community Reviews:

Submerged Review: A Beautiful Story Hidden in Repetitive Gameplay
It doesn't seem like many critics gave Submerged the time of day, but according to Haley Shipley's blogs - and friends I've chatted with - it's not so bad. While some dislike the gameplay, it's confusing that many other so-called masterpieces can get away with similar things.

Pokémon Go Critique
Go isn't, uh, going anywhere anytime soon - despite what some gaming blogs might lead you to believe - and General Mills44 generally likes the game. To be fair, I meet way more casual gamers or people who've never played a main game in the series than those who grew up with it. Something tells me they enjoy it just fine. 

I am Setsuna Review: I am a Decent RPG
Not a lot of people think Setsuna is fantastic, or even great... and, well, Refle is pretty much on that same page. I'm glad I turned down my buddy's offer to gift this to me; it doesn't seem to be worth the time investment, though I would try it for a lower price, I suppose. Maybe we're all jaded...or remember Chrono Trigger too much.

Writing Challenge Responses:

Community Writing Challenge #40 Special: Inspiring Video Games
Our blogger GerardoExber credits Persona 4 with helping him to grow and learn as a person. He even writes that it made him reorganize his life to be the best possible version of himself. That's awesome.

Community Writing Challenge: Finding Inspiration in Pokémon Art Academy
The effect the Pocket Monsters have had on people is huge, and Haley Shipley is no different. How often does a video game series get you drawing, remembering what you once loved, and pushing you to keep doing it? 

Community Playdate:

Let's play Monster Hunter Generations. We'll be playing (me and some other veteran hunters) on Saturday at 7:30 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.