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Blog Herding: Community Edition 11/07/13

by Game Informer Staff on Nov 07, 2013 at 05:00 AM

November is here and as gamers we have a lot to be thankful for. With next-generation consoles inbound, a collection of blockbuster titles arriving regularly, and a robust assortment of independent titles, there are certainly plenty of enticing choices available. We're also fortunate to have an active community that continues to provide an abundant stream of blogs and user reviews.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: October 28 – November 03, 2013
Number of User Blogs: 75
Number of User Bloggers: 45
Number of User Blogs Herded: 9

Community Events:

GIO 2014 Fantasy Football League Score-BOO-ard – Week 8
Fresh off the heels of Halloween, this appropriately themed edition of cerpintaxman's GIO Fantasy Football League highlights reel brings you up to date on the current member rankings.

Community Blogs:

The Console Wars Of 2013 – A Short Survival Blog
With Sony and Microsoft about to unleash their next-generation consoles, is it possible to write a truly unbiased blog about choosing which one to buy? Cru Hunter succeeds at doing just that.

The Easy Way Out: Are Gamers Becoming Chickens?
Tim Gruver weighs in on the popular topic of video game difficulty levels and the apparent decline in games that are overly challenging like many games from the past were.

Launch Lineups Ain't Got Nothin' On Me!
After sinking a couple hundred dollars on a new console and a couple of games to go with it, General Mills44 wonders if delays in launch lineup titles is really that big of a deal.

On "Cool" Games And "Quality" Games
The Rolling Gamer considers the art of storytelling and how it is masterfully integrated into The Stanley Parable, an independent title developed on the Source game engine that many gamers are praising.

Ranking Kingdom Hearts
How many Kingdom Hearts games are there? Apparently enough to rank them in some sort of order, since that is exactly what blaze6106 set out to do in this blog. Which one is your favorite?

Top 10 Pirates In Gaming
Yo ho yo ho, a pirate's life for me. There are several relatively common player or non-player types in games, including robots, aliens, ninjas, cowboys, and pirates. Here is a list of xl9's favorites.

Opinion: Reveals Are Better In Small Portions
Responding to the recent announcement from Telltale Games revealing the direction they plan to take with the next season of The Walking Dead game, airbornebovine considers the philosophy behind big revelations.

My Top Ten Creepiest Moments In Gaming
A piece fitting for the time it was posted, Eric Watson focuses his latest Tuesday top ten list on his favorite creepy moments from games that aren't necessarily from the horror genre.

VITA – Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate First Impressions
More initial reaction than official review, soulfly666 shares his thoughts on the latest chapter in the Batman Arkham saga with this look at Arkham Origins Blackgate, available on the Vita and 3DS.

Community Reviews:

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Review
Coinciding with the release of Arkham Origins, Boss Kowbel's review reveals how well the caped crusader stacks up on a portable gaming device with his review of Arkham Origins Blackgate.

Dead Rising 2 – "So Many Zombies, So Little Time"
Jeremy Sturgill's brief review of Dead Rising 2 summarizes the strengths and weaknesses found in Capcom's open-world survival horror game that will have you crafting all sorts of crazy weapons.

Ace Attorney 5 Review: Can't Object To This
Who expected a video game starring a defense attorney to evolve into a series of games with a cult-like following? That's exactly what happened, and xl9 is here with a review of the latest episode.

Community Podcasts:

The JIM Show – Parables And Parabolas – Season 2 Episode 24
Do you like free stuff? Of course you do. For a chance to win The Stanley Parable, listen to the latest episode of the Jacked Up Indie and Mojo show and leave them a comment here or at their iTunes page.

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 (10/28/13 – 11/03/13):
airbornebovine; Al3ch; Alex Excelsior!; AllAboutJane; Arkayde (2); blaze6106 (2); Boss Kowbel (2); cerpintaxman; CMLegend; Coachscorner00; Cody LaCrone (3); Cru Hunter; David Chandler; DJH; Drym Shyuan; Eric (2); Eric Watson; General Mills44; God Of Irony; IzzyOtaku (2); Jack Gardner; jackson stone; Jeremy Sturgill; John Wrek (4); Kel El; Luis E. Morales Falcon (3); Marco Polo (4); Master assassin Gida; Mr. Dr. Professor Juanolo; Ninja assasin 18 (4); Paradigmthefallen; Postmita (2); Refle18 (4); RovertNoteek; Servant of God; SimonSaezIII; soulfly666; StonedMagician (3); The Destroyer; The Rolling Gamer; TheSniperXI; Tim Gruver (3); Tren Frost; WolfPackOf2; and xl9.

Video Game Archives – Quote of the Week:
"Saddens me the number of industry creatives I've chatted with over the last year who've confided in me how online negativity has worn them down."  – Cliff Bleszinski