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Blog Herding: Community Edition 05/17/12

by Game Informer Staff on May 17, 2012 at 06:00 AM

Today marks the day J.C. Padilla scored the highest video game score ever recorded, when back in 2003 he reached 2,181,619,994,299,256,480 points in Giga Wing 2 for the Dreamcast. If that doesn't excite you, perhaps one of these blogs by the community will.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: May 07 – May 13, 2012
Number of User Blogs: 90
Number of User Bloggers: 53
Number of User Blogs Herded: 10

Community Blogs:

Weird Should Be A Compliment
Doctor Apozem talks about how weird shouldn't necessarily have negative connotations when referring to an atypical video game design and challenges us to seek these games out and give them a try.

Cutting Corners – Tricks Of The Trade
Community blogger xking595x examines techniques used by the developers in the construction of video games while wondering if part of the science is creative ingenuity or simply cutting corners.

Video Game Addiction: The Brutal Truth
An interesting and potentially provocative blog by PatManDude101 providing his scientific explanation of why we enjoy playing games as much as we do and why they can be so addictive. See if you agree.

Are We Doomed To Repeat The Past?
Noobtubin8er muses about past events from the world of video games and questions whether the industry has learned from them or if we're doomed to repeat them.

Skyrim: From Riften To Markarth
Ever wonder how extensive Skyrim is? Community member footthumb chronicles his travels on foot from Riften to Markarth in this fascinating journal that sheds a little light on how big the game really is.

Top 10 Healers
The support characters who often patch up their wounded teammates are often under-appreciated and seldom thanked – until now. This top ten list by thegodofwine7 recognizes some of our favorite healers.

How Special Is Spec Ops?
In what has become an almost weekly feature, Kyle Wadsworth provides stunning details from the demo on the soon-to-be released third-person military shooter that is said to challenge your morality.

Apple Console Speculation
The recent rumor that Apple was joining the video game console fray was short lived and not widely discussed, but Zachary Pligge has a few comments on the issue including his overall expectations.

My Thoughts On The Elder Scrolls Online
Fans of the Elder Scroll series continue to weigh in on the recent announcement of the MMO. Drym Shyuan has a few reservations that he discusses with the community.

The Wii-U Is Going To Break The Tradition
As the release of Nintendo's next generation console draws closer, more gamers are wondering how well it will be received. Stonecutters908 shares his thoughts on the lineup of titles available at launch.

Community Reviews:

This Experiment Is A Success
A solid review by one of the regular contributors to the user reviews, Orochi Assassin LEVON provides a thorough analysis of Radical Entertainment's Prototype 2 before awarding the game 8.25 out of 10.

L.A. Noire Review
SamuraiZero posted a number of reviews this week, including one covering L.A. Noire, a game that seems to be hit or miss. The review provides the highs and lows of the game and scores it 8.50 out of 10.

Mass Effect 2: Blastoise Review
While reviews of Mass Effect 3 keep arriving fairly regularly, Roxin17 posts one for its predecessor, a game that many feel is every bit as good. He gives Mass Effect 2 a very respectable 9.25 out of 10.

From Hero To Zero
Craigaleg gives the first attempt by Lionhead Studios to publish an Xbox Live Arcade title based off the Fable series his video review attention. Check out the companion blog here: Video Review – Fable Heroes.

Community Podcasts:

The Indie & Mojo Show Episode 33
Indiejones and Mojomonkey12 welcome a new host (and future Game Informer intern) to their team as the group talks about Darksiders, The Walking Dead, Dark Souls, Minecraft, and League of Legends.

Robot In The Corner 2-28
This week the hosts talk about The Avengers movie before sharing the answers to their listener question, "Which developer are you most anxious to see a new game from (sequel or new IP)?"

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 (05/07/12 – 05/13/12):
aidanrinku; Anticitizen-One; Black Rook; born4this; bros6sis2; Caudex (5); Chris Mrkvicka; Chris, the savior of the galaxy?; Christopher Williams; Craigaleg; Cru Hunter; DarkKnight401; Derreck; DJH; Doctor Apozem (2); DrJoeystein; Drym Shyuan; footthumb; GoldvsSilver (2); Harry; indiejones; J Warrior; Jack, The Quixotic Gamer; JC; Jolt the Cynic (5); jordanthegamer (3); KAGEHOSHI-; Kyle Wadsworth (2); Le Hannibal (4); LGAR; Mike (3); my pants are on fire; nathan98; Noobtubin8er; Oni no Tenshi; PatManDude101 (2); PonstoryGame; Prince of Snark Euphoric Ennui I; Rabid Chipmunk; Romars202129 (2); Senshuro; sorryjzargo (4); Stonecutters908; Stranger (7); The Great Cubone (3); the Mysterious Stranger; thebrazilian27; thegodofwine7; ThisBlueSquid; UltiMat3ProDGy07 (2); xking595x (3); Zachary Pligge; and of course yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week:
"Anyone who disagrees with me is mentally ill and should be shot." – Pastor Richards, GTA: Vice City