Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (September 15, 2016)
No game or gaming news seemed to dominate this week of blogs, meaning we've got a fix for just about everyone.
Community Blogs For September 8 – September 14:
My Fix-It List For No Man's Sky
Marco Polo has a list and he's checking it twice. Okay, he's not Santa, but he has a list of ways to improve what was highly anticipated, and now highly controversial, game. Polo still believes the game my reach its true potential. It just needs some updating.
Jolt the Cynic come out of hibernation to deliver a blog about remasters and what he thinks about them. Like a lot of bloggers, there's a bit of hesitancy about remasters, but when done right, they can be great ways to explore old gems.
Issue of Length in RPGs
Game length is something of a divisive opinion, according to Refle. For some, role-playing games can be too long, but our blogger argues that some games need to take the time to establish the world, the characters, and, well, tell the story. It's hard for me to finish long games these days, but I definitely get that sometimes those 40-plus hours are needed.
Zero Dawn: I am all over this hype train
Hype can be a dangerous thing. But Brendon Curzio is totally eating up the hype for Horizon Zero Dawn. And he's okay with that. I hope this game turns out to be everything it seems to be, but you never know. Even more importantly, I hope hype is ignored when it comes out so people give honest viewpoints on the game.
What happens to you when you're just done playing a game, when the collectibles are too much, and the game just isn't doing it for you? GerardoExber weaves a tale of what it's been like for him to play through some recent games, and sometimes it's just better to move on or play a game series out of order. Why not?
Writing Challenge Responses:
Writing Challenge: My Favorite Weather/Season Inspired Pokémon
Haley Shipley finds a way to connect Pokémon with the seasons challenge, and it is a darn good approach. As a huge fan of Snover (he'd totally exist in Wisconsin), I totally dig this blog. You should all read this.
Writing Challenge: RWBY's Four Maidens
So, this isn't about gaming. Instead, Brendon Curzio is writing about an animated series. You know what? I can dig it. Especially when one of the parts of the story is title, The Story of the Seasons. It seems like an interesting show, and it may be worth a watch.
Marco Polo scores a hat-trick of blogs this week, but this may be the most personal of everything he's written. "Gaming has been my particular brand of medicine for a very long time now." Damn. This blog isn't messing around when it comes to touching your emotions.
Community Writing Challenge:
How would you change a game's story to be the perfect story? Would certain characters stay alive? Would a final boss see the error of his ways? I always wished Cloud in Final Fantasy VII would have had a different role in life; it pained me so much to see how warped his version of his life and the world became.
I'll be away spending time in Minneapolis, so I won't have a gaming console to play on! But I do need some monster hunters...