Apparently today is the most depressing day of the year, so here's the Carnival of Video Game Bloggers to cheer you up! As always there's a lot of great articles to read through and new sites to discover.
The first entry goes to the baglady over at schlaghund's playground, who looks at Rock Band's uncanny valley. There's quite a distinct degree of separation between fantasy and reality when playing games with a keyboard or a control pad, but games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band can blur the line. An interesting look at how this convergence of the game world and the real world can effect the playing experience.
Next up is Blue Skelton, who looks at The Best Video Games of 2007. It's a video that showcases some of the best video games from last year. With so much quality in 2007, it's easy to get overly excited about what this year will offer.
If you're a fan of multiplayer games, then you'll love Danogo's fascinating History of Online Games With a Big Featured Gallery. All of the classics are there, such as Neopets and RuneScape, as well as mentions of the Dreamcast which always earns bonus points in my book ;)
Chris George presents a review of Phantasy Star at Retro Gaming Hub. The original Phantasy Star really pushed the Master System, with 3D effects in the dungeons and an epic story. Be sure to check out the other reviews on the site too for a real dose of nostalgia.
Scott Davis from ZombieChatter.com is next in line with two articles. The first is a very positive Contra 4 Review, and the second looks at The worst NES games of all time. It's part one of a series, and the first featured game is "Cybernoid".
As if psychically alerted to Scott's list of bad games, the old-wizard (from Old-Wizard.com, of course) gives us his own list of the Top 20 Worst Video Games of All Time. I don't agree with all of them, and it's quite obvious which game is at number one, but it's always nice to be reminded that terrible games are not a modern phenomenon.
Dale from The Gamers' Chronicle submitted "Dan Hsu versus The Video Game Industry", which looks at how 1UP.com's Editorial Director, Dan Hsu, responded to Midway, Sony, and Ubisoft's banning of Electronic Gaming Monthly from receiving press material for coverage in their magazine.
John M takes a slightly different approach to video game blogging, with the "would you like to use the Internet to earn a PS3?" project at Earn a PS3. There's a lot of ways to make money online, but if you've thought of giving it a go you might like to read John's blog.
And finally, Write the Game's K Peney gives us A History of Computer Games: The Multiplayer Years. There seems to be a lot of excitement about MMPORPG's these days, but it's nice to look at some of the older games and see that they're still kicking around.
You can submit an article for the next carnival of video game bloggers using the carnival submission form, and view past and previous editions at the blog carnival index page. The deadline for submissions is February 22nd, so play some games and get some inspiration!