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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (March 2, 2017)

by Game Informer Editorial on Mar 02, 2017 at 05:11 AM

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This week brings us a great amount of writing challenge responses, and some ruminations of games everyone is playing. Dig in!

Community Blogs For February 23 – March 1:

Everything Wrong with Battlefront
This blog was one I homed in on immediately because, as Game Informer editor Matt Kato can tell you, I'm a bit obsessed with this game. Here StarterPack writes about what's wrong with the game (and trust me, there is plenty). Honestly, I'm fine with zero single-player modes (I also bought the game for $20). I do disagree with multiplayer. It's fun, most of the DLC added great modes and heroes that force you to change tactics in certain modes, and I can't get over the feel of every epic battle. Plus Vader.

My Favorite Games To Unwind With
I'm guessing that like Irwin, we all have games to unwind with. While I haven't played any on this list, they all sound like great ways to just relax after a long day at work. I play Pro Evolution Soccer and Battlefront to unwind, which...kind of does the opposite now that I think about it.

Games Journalism and Lessons Learned
Daniel Jones takes us through his time as a video game journalist. It's an interesting read, and it reminds me of just how hard it is to break into writing in any field.

Writing Challenge Responses:

CWC: The Laundromat Tournaments
Laundromat tournaments, the subject of StarterPack's blog, definitely had me intrigued. It's a take on the challenge I didn't expect but I really enjoyed reading. It transported me to a different time and place – one that sounds both fun and familiar.

Community Writing Challenge: 3rd Time's the Charmed Snake
Qrow Rose took a long – and I mean long – time to play and beat Snake Eater. The first play session ended with our blogger uninterested. But eventually another playthrough became a revelation, and the game is now one Qrow loves. This led to a Metal Gear awakening of sorts.

CWC: Classic Turn-based without the Grind
Brendon Curzio's biggest gaming moment of 2016? Playing The Legend of Dragoon. He doesn't like grinding, which made Dragoon something he could enjoy, unlike other turn-based classics. I remember playing it for the first time the day it launched. I really dug it.

CWC: Late to the Party In Gaming
TheFoolArcana isn't afraid to admit that games can fall through the cracks of life. Returning to "missed" games is fun for Arcana, and he even intends to play Red Dead Redemption to completion soon. I'm slowly forcing myself to beat more current and old games. It's going alright, but it's definitely tough.

Community Writing Challenge: When Classics Find Their Way
This listicle from GerardoExber is like a greatest hits of yesteryear. He even breaks down each game with how he felt before playing it, when playing it, and after beating it. There are some gems on this list, and I implore everyone to play Symphony of the Night if you haven't.

CWC: My True Love, Zelda
StarterPack had a revelation thanks to his father buying Twilight Princess. Little did his father or StarterPack know, this would set this gamer on a love affair with Link and co.

Writing Challenge:

So spring has been kind of crazy with game releases, yeah? Write about how fall is no longer king for game releases, or let's see some words on games that have recently come out. I want to read about how much ramen you eat in Yakuza 0, the best battle you've had against a robot dino, or how much gravity doesn't affect you.

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.