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Blog Herding: Community Edition 04/18/13

by Game Informer Staff on Apr 18, 2013 at 06:00 AM

The number of blogs posted this week dipped slightly but the good news is the community posted so many outstanding blogs and user reviews that we have a slightly higher than normal number being featured here. And as you might expect, gamers are still enamored with BioShock Infinite so there was no shortage of that content devoted to the game.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: April 08 – April 14, 2013
Number of User Blogs: 66
Number of User Bloggers: 49
Number of User Blogs Herded: 13

Community Blogs:

Top 10 Female Protagonists
No doubt the new Tomb Raider, featuring Lara Croft like we've never seen her before, reinvigorated the topic of video game heroines. Thegodofwine7 lists his favorite female protagonists.

The Wiiu Miiverse "Hack" Or "Mock-Up" Is Better Than Nostradamus
With Wii U owners growing impatient for new titles to release, Stonecutters908 expounds on the Miiverse mock-up screens, potentially revealing what the future holds for Nintendo's latest console.

My Suggestions For "Microsoft Fighting Game" Characters
Sony and Nintendo both have fighting games featuring characters from their exclusive series, leaving KillerRabbitsFTW to wonder what a Microsoft-themed fighting game might look like.

BioShock Infinite: Bloody And Brilliant
Not so much a review as it is a personal reflection, Cameron Koch chronicles his playthrough of the already legendary Bioshock Infinite in glorious, spoiler-free detail.

Game Wars – Jack VS. Booker Dewitt!
It was only a matter of time before a comparison between the protagonists from the original BioShock and Infinite was made, and BLiNDFATES does just that with this interesting evaluation of the two characters.

The Console Wars: Why They Are Our "Ism"
The Destroyer shares an interesting perspective on fanboyism with this blog looking at otherization, or the concept of "us and them", and how it relates to the various gaming platforms.

Arkham Origins – Success Or Mistake?
Responding to Game Informer's big game announcement and cover reveal, GoldvsSilver chimes in with his thoughts on Batman: Arkham Origins, the next installment in the Batman Arkham series.

An Introspective Look At Video Game Music
Blogs about video game-inspired music are somewhat common but seldom as good as this one from Prince of Snark Euphoric Ennui I, who lists and discusses some of his personal favorites.

The Advantages And Disadvantages Of DLC
Whether you're a fan of downloadable content (DLC) or not, there is no denying there are certain advantages and disadvantages to the format. Apricot highlights some of them nicely here.

Screenshots For Dummies (Like Me)
Kyle Wadsworth has quite the reputation for his photo-rich blogs and now he can be credited with coining the term screenshotographer, as he describes the process of capturing in-game footage.

More Evil Than The Big Evil
Last week Jolt the Cynic posted a brilliant blog discussing the realization some Non-Player Characters (NPCs) are liked more than the main protagonist. This week he returns to evaluate the antagonists.

Does The Box Art Of A Video Game Mean Anything
Warrior questions the significance of box art and the impact it may or may not have influencing sales while including a number of examples to illustrate his point.

Top 10 Spaceships In Gaming
A list not everyone will agree with – especially since it doesn't include the SSV Normandy SR1 – but still entertaining to consider as xl9 offers up a top ten list of his favorite video game spacecraft.

Community Reviews:

Import Review: Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus
Our resident expert on import reviews for Japanese games returns as LGAR summarizes the finer points of Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus, an obscure title you've probably never even heard of.

Roll Back To The Wild West And Save The Villages From Grocks Again
Speaking of titles you've probably never heard of, Apricot evaluates Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger, an action-adventure/tower defense game available for download via Nintendo's online store.

Guacamelee Review: Short But Oh So Sweet
Despite its relatively short campaign, Kflame210 praises Guacamelee!, the recently released 2D action/platformer game with a hint of inspiration from Metroid that was developed by Drinkbox Studios.

Agent 47 Takes One Step Forward, And Two Steps Back
Andrew Marcos's latest review assignment has him exposing the truth about Hitman: Absolution and the most recent exploits of Agent 47, everybody's favorite bald and barcoded assassin.

A Tale Of Vengeance And Honor
Tony Sansone is quickly becoming a regular supplier of quality user reviews. This week he sets his sights on Dishonored, a stealth action/adventure game providing alternative possibilities to each mission.

Luigi's Mansion Mediocre Moon
The long awaited sequel to Luigi's Mansion finally released on the Nintendo 3DS but according to Tuscancow's review of Dark Moon, it fails to live up the standard set by its predecessor.

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Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (04/08/13 – 04/14/13):
afreindofurs; Andrew Ryan; Apricot; AshaMan3000; blaxar (3); BLiNDFATES (2); brainraider1 (2); bunnyking; Cameron Koch (2); Captain Super; cerpintaxman; Dima; FrankxthexBunny; General Mills44 (3); Ghost; GoldvsSilver; Hist; Irwin529; J. Swigart; jackson stone; Jeremy Sturgill (3); Jolt the Cynic; Juanolo; Kflame210; killerguy855 (2); KillerRabbitsFTW; Kyle Wadsworth; LetMeGetToACheckpoint; LGAR; lugadi (2); Luis E. Morales Falcon (2); Mike; Neil Hackel; Prince of Snark Euphoric Ennu (2); Psychedub Dude; Rabid Chipmunk; Roxas; Saturday Morning Replay; Shipmaster777; shmahadle; Stonecutters908; The Destroyer (2); thegodofwine7 (3); TheSniper; triforcekeyblade; Warrior; White Angel Dragon; xl9 (2); and XTrooper.

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