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Blog Herding: Community Edition 07/04/13

by Game Informer Editorial on Jul 04, 2013 at 06:00 AM

We had another fantastic week of user reviews and blogs provided courtesy of the community, with a couple of bloggers appearing in this weekly feature for the first time. For those celebrating the Fourth of the July festivities today, have a safe and enjoyable time.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: June 24 – June 30, 2013
Number of User Blogs: 65
Number of User Bloggers: 45
Number of User Blogs Herded: 11

Community Events:

Extra Life 2013 – Team GIO
A Public Service Announcement reminding viewers Zachary Pligge is the coordinator for Team GIO and this year's Extra Life charity event scheduled for November 02, 2013. Contact him for all of the details.

Community Blogs:

The Evolution Of Ryu
With a history spanning over two decades and having made more than fifty appearances, thegodofwine7 explores the life and times of Ryu, the famed martial artist from Street Fighter.

8 Good Characters For The Up And Coming Girls In Our Fandom
Theora Craft reflects on positive role models found in the form of strong and independent femal characters from a variety of different games you know and love.

Top Ten Video Game Pet Companions
Top Ten lists are quite popular around these parts, and this week marks the first list from darkangelvxvx, who highlights some of the best animal companions that have teamed up with our characters.

Final Thoughts 12: Half-Life 2
Eric Watson returns with another episode in his Final Thoughts series. This time Watson focuses his sights on Half-Life 2, a game regarded by many as one of the greatest video games ever created.

Video Games: The Old And The New
Chances are you didn't see this short but heartfelt blog from a relatively new member to the community, but thedoublem7's post about a workplace chat with a former old-school gamer is worth reading.

Top 5 Moments That Have Made Me Fanboyishly Squeal
Players experiencing an exciting moment in gaming aren't all that different than sports fans who cheer when their team scores a goal. The Destroyer shares some moments that have caused him to cheer.

Multiplayer: A Gamer's Pastime
Multiplayer gaming continues to flourish, and RFXRage discusses a few different reasons why he thinks that's true, while also including the role and impact this mode has had on different genres.

Is The Wii U The Next 3DS?
With sales on the decline and a shortage of new games, Apricot wonders about the future of the Wii U and questions if it might witness a turnaround like the Nintendo 3DS had when it was in a slump.

Cream Of The Crop: 2013
Excited about some of the prospective releases this year, DrJoeystein catalogs a handful of games due out in 2013 and includes a brief summary explaining why they're worth waiting for.

Gaming With Mom Isn't Automatically Lame
Oni no Tenshi takes a break from working, gaming, and her motherly duties long enough to deliver an interesting blog about moms who game and the unfair stereotypes often assigned to them.

The Last Of Us: An Incredible Game
Tons of gamers are voicing their views on The Last of Us, including Masterassassin, whose short blog reveals just enough details to get you excited without spoiling any vital specifics.

Community Reviews:

Alan Wake – A Nightmare Worth Experiencing
Despite a few years under its belt, Alan Wake is still attracting gamers, as illustrated by this solid review from dimension_11, claiming it's one nightmare you won't want to wake up from.

Do You Feel Like A Hero Yet?
Doctor Apozem reviews Spec Ops: The Line, stating it offers more than most shooters by forcing the player into some morally challenging areas that might make you think twice when you pull the trigger.

Bullet Dodge, Shoot, Cover, Burst, Cover, Bullet Dodge, Shoot, Die, Restart
Max Payne 3 received mixed but mostly positive review scores, but Paradigmthefallen awards the game a 10 out of 10, surprising even himself for giving a linear third-person shooter a perfect score.

Mark Of The Ninja Review: Solace & Safety In Shadow
Jeremy Sturgill evaluates Mark of the Ninja, a brilliant game developed by Klei Entertainment and published by Microsoft Studios, credited with redefining the standards in stealth gameplay.

Short But Just As Sweet
After years of taking a back seat to his brother, Luigi finally stars in his own game. The Destroyer tells us all about it in this review of New Super Luigi U for the Nintendo Wii U.

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Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (06/24/13 – 06/30/13):
Alex; alphaomegax3; Andrew Ryan; Apricot; brainraider1; Braydo (2); BTAG; Chelsea Pruitt; codforlife (6); darkangelvxvx; David Chandler; Dima (2); DrJoeystein; Eric Watson (2); falconsfan301; Fry0127; jconner800; Jeremy Sturgill; Joe Fathead (2); John Wrek (2); Kyle Wadsworth; LetMeGetToACheckpoint; lovemeorshootme; Masterassassin; Matt-boy; new traditionalist; Nihlus Kryik; NO MAN; Oni no Tenshi; Paradigmthefallen; Radioactive Deathbat; RFXRage; TeddyAssassin33 (2); The Destroyer (2); The Invertroid; The_Spaz; thegodofwine7 (2); Theora Craft; TheSniper; Tim Gruver (2); Titus212; Trenchmace; UltiMat3ProDGy07; wayoverdue; and yours truly...Saint.

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