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Blog Herding: Community Edition 02/20/14

by Game Informer Staff on Feb 20, 2014 at 05:00 AM

The world of video games was rattled a bit this week with news Irrational Games, the studio behind the legendary Bioshock series, was downsizing and refocusing its efforts in a different direction. On a positive note, the blogging community was very active this week with another collection of blogs, reviews, and podcasts, provided free of charge.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed: February 10, 2014 – February 16, 2014
Number of User Blogs: 68
Number of User Bloggers: 40
Number of User Blogs Herded: 12

Community Blogs:

Editorial: The Future Of Star Wars Games
While Star Wars has enjoyed some legendary games bearing the brand name, recent games in the franchise haven't been received as well. Dima weighs in on the future of Star Wars video games.

Ten Of The Most Awesomely Bizarre Settings In Gaming
The Destroyer mentions some of the most unusual in-game locations he has experienced and illustrates each example with an image. Do you agree with his picks or have a favorite location of your own?

Enjoying The Little Things
Enuo does a great job highlighting some of the little but memorable moments from a handful of different video games, with only one or two of them being slightly crude.

When Content Can Get Overwhelming
DJH considers the effect of games requiring a steep time commitment to finish them and how this can possibly lead to an overwhelming feeling or prevent you from wanting to play the game.

A Love Letter To Virtual Allies
We don't hear from Kyle Wadsworth as often as we used to, but he graces us with a heartwarming blog this week contemplating the bonds we develop with our computer-controlled comrades.

Um, This Isn't What I Signed Up For...
A clever and witty blog from ADAMMWOOLLEY musing about various employment opportunities and occupations, and the video game characters who might fill some of these open positions.

Bungie's Destiny: Show Us Something We Haven't Seen
Bungie has a lot of eyes monitoring the status of its first title since ending its partnership with Microsoft and the Halo brand that made the developer so famous. Jake Hills hopes we see something new.

Underrated Favorites!
Do you have any games you are fond of that nobody else seems to play or even talk about? Arkayde has a few titles like this, which gamers seemed to enjoy but the games never really took off.

Game Developers Are People Too
LetMeGetToACheckpoint posts another brilliant must-read piece about noticing obscure little details in game and what happens when you ask the developers for an explanation regarding these oddities.

My Opinion Of Hyrule Warriors
One of the most passionate fans of The Legend of Zelda series you'll ever find, Vannah Fox The Triforce Wielder discusses news of an upcoming hack-and-slash action video game called Hyrule Warriors.

Four Months Later: What GTA Online Needs
Has Grand Theft Auto Online already been out for four months? BestNinjaNacho says yes, while sharing some thoughts about what he would like to see added, modified, and removed from the game.

Zombie's Tips To Getting Started In Hearthstone
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard's upcoming free-to-play digital collectible card game, has already attracted quite a few followers. Zombierecon shares some tips on playing the game.

Community User Reviews:

Lightning Returns... With A Vengeance
The Final Fantasy saga continues and Orochisama LEVON, Spectre shares his thoughts on Lightning Returns, the episode that concludes the Final Fantasy XIII storyline.

The Wind Waker: Sailing On A Sea Of Majesty
Thomas Stensland analyzes the original The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker for the Gamecube before closing out the review with a summary of the recently released HD remake of the game.

Shin Kidou Senshi Gundam W: Endless Duel
TidusandYuna1983 starts his quest of reviewing classic games from the past with Shin Kidou Senshi Gundam W: Endless Duel, a 2D fighting game from 1996 available on the Super Famicom.

Community Podcasts:

The JIM Show – Season 2 Episode 31
Having offspring, contracting diseases, and suspicion of felony charges can't keep Daniel, Jack, and Jeremy from returning to the airwaves long enough to debate their favorite games of 2013.

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Happy Blogging!

*NOTE: Due to the truncation error experienced this week, the list of bloggers and total blogs may not be completely accurate. We regret any discrepancies with the accuracy of this information.

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (02/10/14 – 02/16/14):
ADAMMWOOLLEY (1); airbornebovine (1); Alex Excelsior! (2); Arkayde (1); Azure Moon (1); BestNinjaNacho (1); boxcar182 (1); bryantgolden (1); Cameron Koch (1); Cpu Without Hope (1); Dima (1); DJH (1); Enuo (3); Hugo Stiglitz (1); Jack Gardner (1); jackson stone (1); jake hills (6); jeps90 (1); John Wrek (2); JT Ke3bz (1); KillerRabbitsFTW (1); Kyle Wadsworth (1); LetMeGetToACheckpoint (1); Mr. Dr. Professor Movie Critic Juanolo (2); Mray901 (2); Ninja assasin 18 (1); Pizza Koopa (1); RadiantChaos (1); StonedMagician (4); The Destroyer (7); The Gaming Hoodie (1); The RedQueen of Space and (´???') (1); The Rolling Gamer (1); This World Begins With <3 (1); Thomas Stensland (1); TidusandYuna1983 (3); Vanna Fox The Triforce Wielder (1); Zebra3 (1); zombierecon (1); and of course yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week From Twitter:
"What are you doing today that's better than playing a videogame?" @killscreen