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Blog Herding: Community Edition 07/05/12

by Game Informer Editorial on Jul 05, 2012 at 06:06 AM

Hopefully everybody who celebrated the Fourth of July festivities had a safe and enjoyable holiday. The blogging community witnessed a blast of activity this week with some rather bright and lively posts for your enjoyment.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: June 25 – July 01, 2012
Number of User Blogs: 88
Number of User Bloggers: 61
Number of User Blogs Herded: 12

Community Events:

Extra Life Gaming Marathon
The recruitment effort for Team GIO to support the Extra Life gaming marathon continues and now you can win Ghost Recon Future Soldier just by signing up. Check out the blog for all of the details.

Community Blogs:

A Rabid Fan's Wishlist: Fallout 4
One of the week's most popular blogs, ThisFreakinGuy provides a comprehensive collection of ideas he would like to see incorporated in the next episode of the Fallout series.

The Philosophy Behind BioShock
Almost as interesting as the Bioshock story itself, J Warrior captivates the audience with an interesting look at the philosophical complexities and the inspiration behind Ken Levine's distinguished game.

The Attraction Of Open Worlds
Free roaming games that allow the player to choose a non-linear approach seem to be gaining in popularity and availability. Stranger shares why he enjoys them as much as he does.

Why Co-Op Isn't Meant For All Games
Despite the fact many games historically known as being single player only are starting to offer cooperative multiplayer modes, xx_shimmy_xx still doesn't think it's necessary for all games.

Top 10 Pawns
In his latest top ten list, thegodofwine7 captures his collection of video game characters, who despite their popularity and position, are little more than puppets being manipulated for a higher purpose.

Are Video Games Destroying Today's Youth?
It's never surprising when mainstream media publishes a story claiming there is a link between video games and violence in children. JC responds to one of the latest news reports.

The Impact Of Video Game Reviews
Whether you let them influence your purchasing decision or even read them at all, Jolt the Cynic briefly discusses his opinion on the role of video game reviews.

Battlefield 3: 10 Reasons To Rage
Even self-described fans of Battlefield 3 experience moments where the game causes them to rage. This blog by footthumb cleverly lists his top ten anger invoking causes.

Assassins Creed: The Surprise Trilogy
With the release of Assassin's Creed III nearing and the excitement building, xking595x takes a moment to explain why he's not a fan of the series with a reason that might just surprise you.

Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It
A unique blog by AshaMan3000 that focuses not on the memorable quests or set pieces from your favorite games, but rather those characters responsible for sending you out in the first place.

Consoles: The Next Generation Feat
We're all curious what the next generation of consoles is going to deliver. This collaborative blog by blaze6106 features commentary from Stranger as the duo discusses what we might expect.

Cheering For The Underdog
Without a doubt the best blog you probably didn't read this week but should. At only level 2 and with just his second blog, KingofAutumn muses about choosing the underdog in this ironic yet clever blog.

Community Reviews:

Brave: The Video Game
If you ever wondered if gamers play games based off of Disney movies, the answer is yes. Frosty provides a thorough review of the recently released Brave, based off the Pixar movie of the same name.

A Ride Worth The Frustration
The Uncharted series is without a doubt one of Sony's crown jewels exclusive to the PlayStation and this review by GoldvsSilver explores Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, the latest episode in the franchise.

You Win Again, Technology
Everything you would expect from a review by Craigaleg as he evaluates the recently released Quantum Conundrum. Be sure to check out his Companion Blog to go along with the review.

A Whole New World
Yet again we see an Xbox Live Arcade game captivate the industry with its charming appeal and unique gameplay. This time the game is Fez, and Mike Mahardy scores it an impressive 9 out of 10.

The Best 3rd Person Shooter To Date
Review scores for Max Payne 3 are as scattered as the victims Max leaves in his wake, but this review by born4this rates the game a perfect score and labels it the best third-person shooter to date.

Community Podcasts:

The 4th Floor Season 2 Episode 7
The latest episode of the 4th Floor welcomes a co-host from another of GIO's regular podcasts as Indiejones joins TOGNick to talk about freelance writing, Mass Effect 3, and their GOTY nominees.

Robot In The Corner Podcast: Episode 2-31
The RITC crew shares their thoughts from the world of gaming including the Game Informer Digital edition and the Batman: Arkham City DLC, Harley Quinn's Revenge.

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Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (06/25/12 – 07/01/12):
@ChrisContinues; Anticitizen-One; Applebite; AshaMan3000 (2); atlaw01; benderstrike64; BlackHeartedWolf; blaze6106; born4this; BRAV0 F1VE (3); Cameron Koch; Caudex (2); Chris, the savior of the galaxy? (2); CloudVII; Cody Gilley; Craigaleg; Cru Hunter (2); dadarkheart; DarkKnight40; DeadManWalking; Derreck; DJH (4); Doctor Apozem (2); Drym Shyuan; ebilcanival123; ElGato; Flavious50; footthumb; Frosty (2); Ghost; God Of Irony; gogamenerdkid; GoldvsSilver (7); J Warrior; JC; Jolt the Cynic (3); jordanthegamer; Kate Willaert (2); Knapptime; Le Hannibal (2); LGAR; Mike; new traditionalist; Noobtubin8er; Oni no Tenshi; Romars202129; Silvershine08; SpiderRyno; Stranger (3); The End117; The Great Cubone (2); The Monster Hunter; The Second Musketeer; thegodofwine7; ThisFreakinGuy; TOGNick; wayoverdue; xking595x (2); xx_shimmy_xx; Zebastian von Kane; and of course yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week:
"It is the way of man to make monsters. And it is the nature of monsters to destroy their makers." – Harlan Wade, F.E.A.R.