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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 27, 2017)

by Game Informer Editorial on Jul 27, 2017 at 11:24 AM

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This week brings readers a healthy dose of blogs, and three great community writing challenge responses!

Community Blogs For July 20 – July 26:

Does Not Finishing A Game Make Your Opinion Invalid?
Corvo Attano asks if it's fair that he didn't think Nier: Automata was that good if he hasn't beaten it enough times. I would say that yes, the opinion is fair. If a game is too boring to go through multiple times to get to the heart of it, then that game is boring for you.

The Best Skating Games Of All Time
How many of you remember the hype surrounding Tony Hawk's line of skateboard games? Sibyla Lemoine does. I have to admit that seeing GTA V on this list was a surprise. I haven't played a good skateboard game in a very, very long time.

MightyMagikarp's Top 100 Video Game Characters (#60-51)
MightyMagikarp's list is a nice reminder of how many great characters are in video games. I had totally forgotten about Catherine until reading this post, let alone Justin Bailey. And how awesome was Shadow and Final Fantasy VI in general? This list is a nostalgia overload.

The Peace And Serenity Of Stealth Games
When it comes to sneaking around corners and hiding in cardboard boxes, Refle can't find a more serene activity. "I've always loved the calmness that it brings to me," he writes. I can see where he is coming from, but stealth games can really stress me out. I hate being discovered after sneaking around perfectly for 15 minutes.

Community Reviews:

Hollow Knight Review: An Indie Masterpiece
According to airbornebovine, this hand-drawn game is a gem of a Metroidvania. I was hooked with that single genre descriptor, but reading about the discovery and seeing screenshots really excites me. This is something to put on the wish list if you enjoy Super Metroid or Symphony of the Night, it would seem.

Writing Challenge Responses:

CWC: Stage Fright And Social Links
Qrow Rose loves to sing. Games like Rock Band helped the young gamer become more confident with singing, leading to jamming out at a Karaoke Halloween party. "... I believe Rock Band helped in part to strengthen my confidence." That is super cool to read. I used to sing a lot in Rock Band and Guitar Hero, but I'm still bad at it.

Community Writing Challenge: How Persona 4 Made Me More Passionate About Its Topics
The Persona series is something GerardoExber writes a lot about. This time, Gerardo digs deep within himself to admit that he used to have negative feelings towards some things. Persona helped him grow as a person and understand the world a little bit better.

CWC: I Love History
StarterPack is a fellow lover of history. Interestingly enough, the Call of Duty series has also impacted him when it comes to getting psyched for history via video games. I had always been interested in the World Wars, but something about Call of Duty made me want to dive into more specific battles and obscure details.

Writing Challenge:

Nothing this week.

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