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30 Sep

Carnival of Video Game Bloggers, September 2010

Welcome to the September 2010 edition of carnival of video game bloggers. Let’s get straight to the action this month.

Casual Girl Gamer presents Ten games that make you think about life posted at Casual Girl Gamer, saying, “Games might not yet be recognized as art but they are increasingly being used to explore the kind of deep themes that were previously the preserve of artists and philosophers.” Here you’ll find a list of ten flash games that take a look at different areas of life and similar ideas. There’s a good selection of games, along with why you’d want to play them.

Redwave presents Indie-Fund posted at Redwave. A group of successful indie developers have started a fund to help out struggling indie developers. Take a look at Redwave’s post for the details.

James Newton presents Learning about my character posted at The Collected Writings of James Newton, saying, “Been a while since I submitted anything to this carnival! Here’s how Fable II taught me about myself as well as the importance of not killing prostitutes.” Welcome back to the carnival James! Here we have an article that looks at something not easily done in video games, but which is a familiar feeling to me as I play many a pen and paper rpg. It’s great to see that video games are starting to jump into this area of letting characters grow organically as the player plays through the game and it’s many interactions.

NerdCyclone presents The Value of “Nerd Factor” posted at Nerd Cyclone, saying, “A little article on the increasingly popular trend of Collector’s Editions of video games.” A nice post about what makes collectors tick, and why they like the collector’s editions of video games. While I almost always want to just play the game, I do have a collector’s edition or two sitting around somewhere, so I do see the appeal.

Douglas Byrd presents Is this cliche enough for you? posted at Novacorp, saying, “An article with some advice on making games seem less cliche.”  Here we have some ideas to make games seem less cliche. So far, I’m not too disappointed with the games I’ve played, but some of these suggestions certainly wouldn’t hurt a game’s chances of doing better.

Dixon Marino presents Top 10 Casual Web & Facebook Games That Will Make You Smarter posted at Top 10 Online Universities Blog, saying, “Recent research has suggested that there are games that can help improve brain power. This list of 10 games could actually make you smarter.” Pretty straightforward, there’s a list of 10 puzzle games that will hopefully get you thinking better. No idea if these specific games will do the trick, but I do know it takes some thought to play many of them. Definitely some fun games in there too.

And now, for the Robert Chapman section. As there are tons of articles by this gentleman, I’ll let his writing speak for itself:

Robert Chapman presents Thoughts / Red Dead Redemption posted at Bob’s Blog, saying, “I recently played through Red Dead Redemption and just had to write about it. This article covers my thoughts on the game. from it’s open-world wild west action to the online multiplayer.”

Robert Chapman presents Final Fantasy XIV fans freak out, SE responds. Also, new FFXIV Video! posted at Bob’s Blog, saying, “I’ve been reading a lot of negative feedback posts on sites about the EXP system currently in beta testing for Final Fantasy XIV. I wrote this article to explain how I feel about it and Square-Enix’s response. As well as the new FFXIV video that was released.”

Robert Chapman presents Parasite Eve on PSN before 3rd Birthday posted at Bob’s Blog, saying, “Square-Enix higher ups have tweeted information regarding The 3rd Birthday for the PSP. Also, they make mention of the original Parasite Eve for PS1 releasing as a PS1 Classic before The 3rd Birthday’s 2011 release.”

Robert Chapman presents Castle Crashers incoming! (finally) posted at Bob’s Blog, saying, “Castle Crashers information regarding the Playstation Network release.”

Robert Chapman presents Thoughts / Borderlands posted at Bob’s Blog, saying, “These are my thoughts on the PS3 game Borderlands.”

Robert Chapman presents Preview / Little Big Planet 2 posted at Bob’s Blog, saying, “My very detailed preview of LittleBigPlanet 2 for the PS3”

Robert Chapman presents Preview / DC Universe Online posted at Bob’s Blog, saying, “I wrote a detailed preview of DC Universe Online (PS3, PC)”

And a section for The De Element:

The De Element presents Zombie 101 — A Real Class Offered in University posted at The De Element, saying, “Video Game, Zombie”

The De Element presents Front Mission Evolved — More Possible Crossover Color Variations posted at The De Element, saying, “Square Enix has teamed up with Konami to give gamers a Metal Gear Solid: Peacewalker decals for the Front Mission mechs. What if Square Enix teams up more companies…”

The De Element presents [Imagination] What if Bayonetta become Dante… posted at The De Element, saying, “If Bayonetta have a cameo in Devil May Cry. I replaced Dante with Bayonetta on Devil May Cry 3 boxart, but still keeping the same costume~~ In result, I think she is sexy like hell, just like the drawing I have at the bottom…”

The De Element presents Take All the Fun Out of Making Video Games posted at The De Element.

That concludes this edition of the Carnival of Video Game Bloggers. Join us next month for more great gaming info. You can use the carnival submission form to submit posts for next month’s carnival, to be hosted on October 28, 2010. Be sure to check out some of the posts of other submitters and perhaps leave a friendly comment or two if you like their work.

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