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Blog Herding: Community Edition 09/13/12

by Game Informer Staff on Sep 13, 2012 at 06:00 AM

Before you check out this week's selection of user blogs, it's worth noting today is somewhat of a memorable day in the history book of video games. On this day back in 1993, Mortal Kombat was released for the Super NES, Genesis, Game Boy, and Game Gear game systems in the United States on what was dubbed "Mortal Monday".

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: September 03 – September 09, 2012
Number of User Blogs: 151
Number of User Bloggers: 89
Number of User Blogs Herded: 19

Community Events:

There are only 37 days left until the Extra Life charity event is upon us. If you're not sure what the occassion is all about or if you're interested in supporting it, contact Mojomonkey12 or Noobtubin8er for all of the details.

Community Blogs:

Walking With The Dead
TellTale's new episodic video game series based on The Walking Dead was the hot topic of the week, inspiring quite a few blogs and reviews, like this one from J Warrior summarizing the scope of game.

Lament Of An Offline Gamer
With games requiring a persistent online connection becoming standard practice, Stranger talks about what gaming is like when you don't have access to the Internet and have to play offline.

Pre-Order Bonuses Finally Ticked Me Off
A popular blog from born4this with mixed perspectives from the audience regarding the recent release of Darksiders II and how content hidden in the game isn't available unless you got it from GameStop.

Home, Hearth, And Hub In Our Virtual Worlds
It's said that "Home is Where Your Heart is" and quasiconundrum applies this philosophy to the realm of video games and those that offer the player a hub to relax at until the next mission or quest.

Name Analysis: Characters Of Metal Gear Solid
What's in a name? Hannibal answers that question as it pertains to Metal Gear Solid as he evaluates the various character names, how he felt when he first heard each name and what he thought afterwards.

Dissecting The MGS: Ground Zeroes Trailer
Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes caused quite the commotion when a trailer for the game was released at PAX 2012. Supersnake diffuses any tension with this lighthearted analysis of the footage.

What Constitutes A Good Game?
Knapptime details the requirements he thinks a video game needs for it to be considered a good game and then provides a thorough analysis of each of these elements.

Video Games And The Legacy Of Genre Fiction
You won't find this blog on the front page since David Chandler was only Level 4 when he posted it, but this is an exceptional piece comparing the relationships found in literature and video game genres.

Persona 4 Arena: Join The Fight
A rookie in the realm of fighting games, Applesteak admits many of the innovative features found in Persona 4 Arena like simple command mapping and an auto combo system make him feel like a champ.

The Flawed Beauty Of Dead Island
On the one year anniversary of Dead Island's release, DJH revisits the game only to discover this time around many of the flaws aren't nearly as bad now that the hype has died down.

Voicing My Opinion
Responding to a question broached by Andy McNamara asking whether Gordon Freeman should have a voice in Half Life 3 or not, Jolt the Cynic devotes this blog to responding to the question.

What We Know About BO 2 Multiplayer
Black Ops 2 is generating lots of excitement and this blog by Tren Frost captures his thoughts on the information that has been released so far regarding the multiplayer component.

Apocalypse Hats
God Of Irony is known for creating (and coining the term) draw blogs and is committed to posting a new drawing for his 30 Blogs in 30 Days project. They're all creative, but this one on hats is awesome.

Games Today Are Depressing
Kflame210 opens up about how a lot of the games we play have depressing themes and do little for making us feel happy after we play them, and how games like Banjo Kazooie have the opposite effect.

Get Busy Living Or Get Busy Dying
A great summation of The Walking Dead: Episode 3 provided courtesy of markus1142 who shares what an emotional rollercoaster it is playing TellTale's highly regarded zombie adventure game.

Five Criminally Underrated Characters
Not every character can be the star of the show (or game) but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be recognized for their contributions. Joyful Penguin recognizes a few underappreciated characters.

The Seven Greatest Moments Of Mass Effect 3
Orochi Assassin LEVON is devoting every one of his 30 Blogs in 30 Days to the Mass Effect Universe, and to date they have all been spectacular. This one is particularly exceptional.

Custom GI Avatars: The Avatars Ride Again!
It's been far too long since TurdFurgy posted new custom Game Informer avatars, but he's back with a new collection that includes Deadpool, Lobo, Pikmin, and my personal favorite, Minecraft's Steve.

Looking Ahead: Borderlands 2
The Borderlands 2 release is just a few days away and Jon Gregory aka JMan240 discusses what the first game achieved and what the sequel can do better. We're about to find out whether it does.

Community Reviews:

Review: Dark Souls
A solid first review by Crayonmuffin evaluating the unforgiving and brutal nature found in Dark Souls, the action role playing game from Namco Bandai Games released in in 2011.

Fall Of Cybertron: Welcome To The End
Applesteak has encouraging words about the Transformers: Fall of Cybertron game, comparing it more to the 1980s cartoon translation than the modern era movie version.

A New Perspective On Videogame Possibilities
Yet again a seemingly simple game captivates the video game industry with its creative design and artistic approach. Orochi Assassin LEVON highlights the elements that make Fez such a rare experience.

Resident Evil: Revelations
Reviewing one of the latest episodes in the Resident Evil series and one of only two you can play on your Nintendo 3DS, Sam Reha examines the key components of the game in great detail.

The Walking Dead Episode 3 Review
First there were the comics, then AMC's hit television show, and now the video games. Fans can't seem to get enough zombie games and this review by WF1 helps explain why this one is worth it.

The Big Finale
Grand Theft Auto fans are getting restless waiting for Part V. In the meantime, Doctor Apozem recounts the last episode in the series with this playthrough of Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony.

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Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (09/03/12 - 09/09/12):
2pacalypse; AbsoluteDeicide; alex720; Applesteak; AshaMan3000; bjdbuch (2); BlackHeartedWolf; born4this; cerpintaxman; Charles; Cru Hunter; cybertronian assassin; dadarkheart; Darth-Carbonite; David Chandler; Dawson Wyckoff (2); DJH (3); Doctor Apozem; DrJoeystein; Drym Shyuan (7); Enigma (3); FAMESREVENGE; FrankxthexBunny; freezeimacop690; Frosty (2); Ghost (2); Glasses; God Of Irony (7); GoldvsSilver; Gorow The Maverick; Gunfire (2); GunslingerD7; Hannibal (2); Hist (2); hitchhikerwaffle; Irwin Guevara (2); J Warrior; Jack Gardner; Jason Pfitzer; Javier; JBBs; Jolt the Cynic (2); Jon Gregory aka JMan240 (2); Joyful Penguin (2); Kate Willaert (4); Kflame210; Kill The Messenger; Kinsey (2); Knapptime; Kupo (3); Kyle Wadsworth; Long.Live.Play (2); Louis Marcos; maeso22 (2); magiccoffeepot; Marco Polo (2); markus1142; Masterassassin; Mike (7); Mr_Tib; Nightwing; Nolan Swart; Orochi Assassin LEVON (7); Phlakes; playerofgames11 (2); quasiconundrum; Reptar7; Ric White; Sam Reha; sevennewworlds; Stranger (3); Super Scuba Steve; Supersnake; The Invertroid; The Man With Many Dogs, Blake; thegodofwine7 (2); TheMichaelJolly; TOGNick (3); Tren Frost; TurdFurgy (2); UltiMat3ProDGy07; Vanlinkenstein; Warner; wayoverdue (3); xking595x; YungDaVinci (3); Yusuke Urameshi; and of course yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week:
"There are things at play here we can't hope to understand." – Dunban, Xenoblade Chronicles