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Blog Herding: Community Edition 03/08/12

by Game Informer Staff on Mar 08, 2012 at 05:00 AM

This was an atypical week in the world of community blogging, which witnessed an unprecedented and record number of unique faces and a rather eclectic collection of blogs. It made the selection process somewhat challenging but you certainly won't go wrong with the posts listed here.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: February 27 – March 04, 2012
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Community Events:

GIO Community Skype Chatroom
Even though technically this isn't a blog about a specific community event, Stranger announces a moderated Skype room that members of the community can join and chat with the community in real time.

Community Blogs:

Changing The Way We Play Games Since 1972
An interesting piece by Stranger that highlights how innovation has evolved gaming over the years, while showcasing some of the systems equipped with the tech from each period.

Time Capsule Review
An interesting idea for a new blog series whereby SuperKingC77 reviews games that are five years or older and evaluates them by today's standards.

Morality And Player Choice
It's been awhile since we've heard from this particular blogger, but Yusuke Urameshi is back with a blog discussing how a few specific games implement ethical decision making as a component of the game.

The Effect Of Piracy On The Video Game Industry
The ever insightful and sometimes controversial Chris Mrkvicka muses about the impact piracy and the preventative measures being considered have on the video game industry.

Lifestyles Of The Rich And Infamous: Jackie Estacado
Shootist2600 selects a rather interesting video game for his latest photo rich blog as he explores the bizarre world found in the recently released The Darkness II.

Assassin's Creed 3: What Should We Expect?
Game Informer stunned the crowd once again when they revealed another spectacular cover hinting at the direction Assassin's Creed is leaning towards. Dean Marchese shares his thoughts on it.

Video Game Realism: A Myth
It's not uncommon to gauge a video game in terms of realism, which is somewhat of a misnomer. Jack, The Quixotic Gamer discusses his perspective and why he doesn't want a truly realistic video game.

Playstation Vita: First Impressions
Playstation released its latest handheld a few weeks ago and if you're still undecided whether to pick one up or not, this blog by Derreck might help persuade you one way or the other.

An Open Letter To Significant Others
A clever (and brave) post by J. Swigart directed at non-gaming significant others who are in a relationship with a gamer and don't understand the attraction to video games.     

A REALLY Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far, Away
Not a big fan of PC gaming, Noobtubin8er talks about his love for The Old Republic and how it managed to change his view of the "other" video game platform.

Community Reviews:

The User Review Herding blog series is taking a break, but fear not, you'll still be treated to a list of the best user reviews posted during the week.

God Of War Collection Review
The God of War series has carved its legacy in the history books of video gaming and this review by straight_edge76 examines the God of War Collection.

SSX, As Good As We Remember?
A simple and straightforward review by rekoin capturing the key points and highlights of the latest installment of the SSX series published by Electronic Arts.

If This Is Our Last Hope We're Screwed
A review for a game you may or may not have heard of, Jonathan Gipson posted a number of worthwhile reviews this week but this one is for Star Ocean: Last Hope International.

Perfectly Uniting Action And The RPG
Perhaps the best user review of the week (that doesn't include a video), Applesteak provides a very thorough and complete look at Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

Cyber Punks
Continuing his exceptional video game reviews, this week Craigaleg evaluates Syndicate, EA's newly released First Person Shooter based on a classic of the same name. Check out the companion blog here.

Video Review – SSX (2012)
This week, you're treated to not one but two outstanding video reviews, as Cody Gilley posts his analysis of the extreme snowboarding game, SSX.

Community Podcasts:

The 4th Floor Season 2 Episode 4
TOGNick is here with the next installment of the 4th Floor podcast. According to the show notes, you can expect discussions on everything from the Oscars to their top ten science fiction movies.

The Indie & Mojo Show Episode 25
After a brief interruption, Indiejones and Mojomonkey12 light up the airwaves once again in the latest episode of their podcast, where they welcome guest host Jack, the Quixotic Gamer as they talk about a little bit of everything including the Playstation Vita, Skylanders, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

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Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (02/27/12 – 03/04/12):
awmace5 (3); bjdbuch (2); blaze6106 (2); Brandon Whiting is back; BreadLoser; Buddy Acker; Chris Mrkvicka; Christopher Williams (2); Cody Gilley; Craigaleg; Cru Hunter; DeadManWalking; Dean Marchese (2); debtcollector; Derreck (2); derth44; Destructur25; Doctor Apozem; DoctorNight; Drym Shyuan; Enigma (2); falconIZE ; febtober swords; FrankxthexBunny; frog2011; Fry0127; gamerchild; gogamenerdkid; GoldvsSilver; GordonFreeman77; H.E. Pennypacker; Harvester of Sorrow; Hut (3); indiejones; J. Swigart (2); Jack aka gogamenerdkid (3); Jack, The Quixotic Gamer; JAfan94; John Hollingsworth (4); jordanthegamer (8); killjoy115; king goldfish; Knapptime; Leon Archer (2); Matt-boy; michael wonderly; Mike (2); Mr. Charmander; Nate77; nick frankfother; Noobtubin8er; Oni no Tenshi; Orochi Assassin LEVON (7); Ownzoir (2); PonstoryGames; poxopas; PRjumpman124; rbarclay77; redlitez76 (4); rekoin; Romars202129 (2); SALOHCIN1; SamuraiZero; Sheriff Warbuff; Shootist2600; Sierra; Skullmanic; Sora3Ben; Stranger (2); SuperKingC77; Supersnake; the mind of me; The Second Musketeer; The Soapbox Lord; thecouchpotato; ThisBlueSquid; TOGNick; trap_the_clap27; Vampire Nox; wayoverdue; xXBourne07Xx (2); ynoT0312Taz (3); Yusuke Urameshi; and of course yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week:
"This is America, where a lying, cheating degenerate like myself can prosper." 
Nigel West Dickens, Red Dead Redemption