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Blog Herding: Community Edition 04/26/12

by Game Informer Staff on Apr 26, 2012 at 06:00 AM

Before you dive into this week's collection of blogs from the Game Informer community, how about a bit of video game history? On this day back in 1999, Nintendo released Super Smash Bros. for the N64 in North America. Enjoy the blogs.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: April 16 – April 22, 2012
Number of User Blogs: 113
Number of User Bloggers: 63
Number of User Blogs Herded: 14

Community Events:

Play Battlefield 3 with the GIO community. Warbuff's public server for the Xbox 360 is still up and running until June; Ownzoir's Playstation 3 public server was supposed to end on April 22, but rumor has it he extended it for another week. Click the respective links for all of the details and server status.

Game Informer Online FragFest 2012
Frag Fest events have been somewhat sporadic lately, but Archangel eyros2k looks to reboot the series and is soliciting community input to ensure users have the opportunity to contribute to the effort.

Community Blogs:

A Look At Video Game Pricing And Delays
Chris Mrkvicka has a reputation for posting analytical blogs examining the business side of the video game industry, and this one is no different, as he breaks down how much product a publisher has to sell just to break even.

Spartans Never Die; They Just Respawn
A beautifully crafted and heartwarming story by Commander Shepard (no, not THE Commander Shepard) telling the community why Halo means so much to him. What does it mean to you?

Ghost Recon Future Soldier: Beta Impressions
It's been a long time coming, but Ubisoft finally released the Future Soldier multiplayer beta earlier this week, and this blog by JBBs summarizes his thoughts on the latest installment in the Ghost Recon series.

Kick Starters I'd Support
Video game developers seeking funding via Kickstarter are all the rage, and this lighthearted piece by Euphoric Ennui pokes fun at this side of the industry with a laughable list of projects he would support.

My Ten Most Anticipated Games Of 2012
If his explanations don't get you excited maybe the included pictures will, as Masterassassin provides a concise listing of games he is anxiously awaiting to see release in 2012. Is your list similar?

The Top Ten Elements That Encourage Camping
Whether you think camping is a legitimate tactic or gutless behavior, LittleManMordecai's blog about how developers seemingly encourage it through gameplay and design might just make you smile.

Skyrim Character Guide: Assassin
Another week of blogging brings forth another Skyrim character guide from Vampire Nox, only this time he explores the assassin and tells you everything you need to know about this class.

The Ginsu Knife Of Video Games
Having survived Spring break, Shootist2600 makes a welcome return as he provides perhaps his most stunning photo blog to date, dissecting the Epic Games action adventure title, Infinity Blade. Looking for something a little more modern? Then check out his thoughts on Sniper Elite V2.

Why The Downloadable Game Will Change Video Games
There has been much discussion about the influence downloadable games are having on the industry, especially since some of the top games released this year fall into that category. Le Hannibal weighs in on the issue.

Everything You Need To Know About Dota 2
A very thorough and detailed blog by Jack, The Quixotic Gamer, discussing all the important details surrounding one of Valve's newest games, including the title which stands for Defense of the Ancients.

You Know You're A Gamer When...
Not the first time one of these has been done, but always good for a laugh; tutelsongo provides a brief list of behaviors to gauge whether you're a gamer or not (and if so, how big of one). Guilty as charged.

Top 10 Game Endings
With all the controversy surrounding the Mass Effect 3 ending, it's only fitting that thegodofwine7 would give us a top 10 list of his favorite video game endings. How many of them are your favorites?

The Future Of Games Isn't At The Theater
The track record for movie to video game crossovers isn't all that impressive. Noobtubin8er wonders if using books instead of motion pictures would have a higher success rate.

State Of The Publishers
A comprehensive listing compiled by GWNightmare of several notable video game publishers, including their strengths and weaknesses. It's a little long, but very informative and nicely constructed.

Community Reviews:

PC Review – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
An outstanding review of last year's Game of the Year winner, Nick provides a thorough analysis of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the PC. His final score is 8.75 out of 10.

A Detailed Review From a Lucky, Thankful, Early Reviewer
As one of the select few to get an advanced copy of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings – Enhanced Edition, StevoNDaHoodson had an extra day to play the game before turning out a solid review of it.

SuperKingC77 Review: Journey
Another gamer satisfied with the unique experience provided by Journey, SuperKingC77 is the latest to play the game and post a detailed review awarding the game a perfect score.

Community Podcasts:

The Indie & Mojo Show Episode 30
The show notes indicate this week's podcast features GIO community member Matthew Fugere but also carries a Not Suitable For Work (NSFW) warning, so listener discretion is advised.

Don't forget to send your feedback, recommendations, and community events in to my personal Game Informer account located here to ensure this feature continues to provide the content you're eager to read.

Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (04/16/12 – 04/22/12):
aidanrinku; Archangel eyros2k (2); AshaMan3000; blaze6106; Buddy Acker; Caudex (3); Chris Mrkvicka; Chris, the savior of the galaxy? (7); Commander Shepard; Darth Kill; DJH (3); Drym Shyuan (4); FinalFantasy1026; Gesar; gogamenerdkid; GWNightmare; Harry; Hist; indiejones; Jack, The Quixotic Gamer; JBBs; jerseyboy1117; Jolt (7); jordanthegamer (2); Le Hannibal (2); LGAR (2); Light Gamebeast23456; LittleManMordecai; Masterassassin; Matthew Fugere; Mike (5); msharpashotr (2); my pants are on fire (2); nathan98 (2); Noobtubin8er; Oni no Tenshi; Orochi Assassin LEVON; Phlakes; Prince of Snark Euphoric Ennui I (3); redlitez76; Romars202129; Sean Lowery; SgtCreamyDoughnut; Shooterboy23 (2); Shootist2600 (2); sorryjzargo (4); SpiderRyno; Stranger (2); The Great Cubone (3); The Handheld Tank (3); the mind of me; the Mysterious Stranger; thegodofwine7; Tim Gruver (2); Titus212; tutelsongo (3); Vampire Nox; Warbuff; Warrior (2); wayoverdue; xMortalsyn; YepImAPersonWaving; and of course yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week:
"If all else fails use fire." – Villagers, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link