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Giant Bomb Has A Rat Problem

We've sent this Sunday morning cartoon team to fix the issue.


 Almost as cool as these guys.
Hello Bombers. The fine folks here at Whiskey Media have thrown together a new feature for you to play around with this weekend. Cue drum roll... The Quest System. 

Quests are essentially an achievement system for the site with an XP / Leveling component. A lot of them are based on actions you've come to enjoy such as starting your blog or posting on the boards, but a good portion of them are based on more goofy scavenger hunt tasks like finding a bunch of famous game personalities on the site. The even stupider ones we've dreamed up have you completing quests for completing games in our X360, Steam and WoW tracking. Pretty meta huh? Hopefully it should be fairly familiar to anyone who plays games but it's  also crazy weird because hell -- this is a freaking web site.

As you'd imagine we've adjusted some of the UI on the site to show off the new chrome. You'll notice there is now an XP bar across the bottom of the page and that we've moved a lot of your profile stuff down there as well. Crusty curmudgeons out there should note that if you think all this is a  little ridiculous and hey -- "you just come here for the videos" -- you're free to hide the XP bar and avoid quests altogether. Remember, this is Whiskey Media and we take pride in "not pissing off the Internet since 2007."

As with any new system there are bound to be bugs and weirdness from time to time. Please report any such problems in the Bug Reporting forum where Whiskey's newest engineer Josh Yanchar (NeoShodan) will be on hand to take all comers. Before you comment though please know the following about the Quest System:

  1. Quests are not retroactive. You'll need to initiate a new action to earn them, but in most cases it will tally up your previous work if you had any. So if you edit and save a previous list for example, you should earn that quest without having to create a new one. Wiki edits are the exception.
  2. The notifications for Javascript actions (like writing a comment) will only happen after you view a new page. We're working on better instant gratification, but for now know that some quests might lag behind a page-view or two.
  3. Achievement S-Rank quests will be awarded the next time your achievements get run. There is no need to re-add your accounts.
  4. This is supposed to be fun! Please don't post spoilers on the forums. You're welcome to give people vague hints, but we'd like to try to not spoil things for everyone.

Now that you know the basics it's time for this tutorial to end! A good place to start is the Rat page. We'll be adding new quests weekly into the system and expect a lot more different types of quests to be introduced shortly. We'll also be adding a passive XP system to things like forum posts, comments, wiki edits and the like but for right now we just wanted to take it easy and see how everything goes before concentrating too much on point values. As a lot of you know already, we didn't do such a great job with points the first time around with the wiki system, so we're gonna take our time trying to figure out the best way to take it on. We will retroactively award XP based on wiki submissions though once we make that switch so you old timers don't worry about losing your place on the leader boards.

Oh. One last thing. If you're wondering where all the goofy artwork came from, look no further than Giant Bomb's own Kat Smith (Turbo_Toaster) who's been having to make some regular silly out of the team's stupid clues and pun-based titles since way back in October.  Dave Snider on Google+
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Posted by snide

 Almost as cool as these guys.
Hello Bombers. The fine folks here at Whiskey Media have thrown together a new feature for you to play around with this weekend. Cue drum roll... The Quest System. 

Quests are essentially an achievement system for the site with an XP / Leveling component. A lot of them are based on actions you've come to enjoy such as starting your blog or posting on the boards, but a good portion of them are based on more goofy scavenger hunt tasks like finding a bunch of famous game personalities on the site. The even stupider ones we've dreamed up have you completing quests for completing games in our X360, Steam and WoW tracking. Pretty meta huh? Hopefully it should be fairly familiar to anyone who plays games but it's  also crazy weird because hell -- this is a freaking web site.

As you'd imagine we've adjusted some of the UI on the site to show off the new chrome. You'll notice there is now an XP bar across the bottom of the page and that we've moved a lot of your profile stuff down there as well. Crusty curmudgeons out there should note that if you think all this is a  little ridiculous and hey -- "you just come here for the videos" -- you're free to hide the XP bar and avoid quests altogether. Remember, this is Whiskey Media and we take pride in "not pissing off the Internet since 2007."

As with any new system there are bound to be bugs and weirdness from time to time. Please report any such problems in the Bug Reporting forum where Whiskey's newest engineer Josh Yanchar (NeoShodan) will be on hand to take all comers. Before you comment though please know the following about the Quest System:

  1. Quests are not retroactive. You'll need to initiate a new action to earn them, but in most cases it will tally up your previous work if you had any. So if you edit and save a previous list for example, you should earn that quest without having to create a new one. Wiki edits are the exception.
  2. The notifications for Javascript actions (like writing a comment) will only happen after you view a new page. We're working on better instant gratification, but for now know that some quests might lag behind a page-view or two.
  3. Achievement S-Rank quests will be awarded the next time your achievements get run. There is no need to re-add your accounts.
  4. This is supposed to be fun! Please don't post spoilers on the forums. You're welcome to give people vague hints, but we'd like to try to not spoil things for everyone.

Now that you know the basics it's time for this tutorial to end! A good place to start is the Rat page. We'll be adding new quests weekly into the system and expect a lot more different types of quests to be introduced shortly. We'll also be adding a passive XP system to things like forum posts, comments, wiki edits and the like but for right now we just wanted to take it easy and see how everything goes before concentrating too much on point values. As a lot of you know already, we didn't do such a great job with points the first time around with the wiki system, so we're gonna take our time trying to figure out the best way to take it on. We will retroactively award XP based on wiki submissions though once we make that switch so you old timers don't worry about losing your place on the leader boards.

Oh. One last thing. If you're wondering where all the goofy artwork came from, look no further than Giant Bomb's own Kat Smith (Turbo_Toaster) who's been having to make some regular silly out of the team's stupid clues and pun-based titles since way back in October. 
Posted by WUNDABAR

Oh sweet!

Posted by Jeffsekai

OH MY GOD

Posted by Zaph

Awesome!
 
PS: Rat link doesn't work.

Posted by JJOR64

Dude, best feature on the site yet.  Keep up the good work!

Posted by AjayRaz

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! 

Posted by natetodamax

Rat page link thing doesn't work!

Posted by dbz1995

WOAH DUDEE

Posted by VIGGO123

SWEEEET! Great work guys...

Edited by ObsideonDarman

This is the coolest Website ever made!

Posted by SoothsayerGB

Oh Snap!

Posted by cap123

i just shit my pants again

Posted by VicRattlehead

holy shit

Posted by JarenFace

Combing my love for achievement points and Giant Bomb can only end very very badly.

Posted by MattyFTM

Awesome work guys. I've only had a brief look at it so far, but it seems awesome awesome and more awesome.

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Posted by Sanryd

FUCK YES.

Posted by Titl

Oh dude! You guys will not stop being awesome! i love everyone at whiskey media! no exceptions. this is some kind of internet revolution.

Posted by papercut

there goes my life

Posted by Rabid619

Oh god... exp on  GiantBomb? What have you done? 
 
'Scuse me, I've got some quests to complete.

Posted by TurboMan

rat page ain't workin.

Posted by swamplord666

well done whiskey media! you have gained a new dedicated fan!

Posted by weegieanawrench

This is really cool. I'm relieved to read point number 3.

Posted by fwylo

Nice more achievements! Haha, thanks for the update.  And the rat link doesn't work.

Posted by DiscoDuck8k

I approve of achievements.

Posted by stephengotlost

Could this XP bar be shown at the top of the screen and not follow you as you scroll?

Posted by Fallen189

Is there a way to report bugs, IE a specific thread? Found a few.

Posted by eroticfishcake

It's like a videogame! On a website! About VIDEOGAMES! 
 
Thumbs up lads! I'll look into this and holler if I find anything dodgy.

Posted by misterpope

AWESOME
Posted by V_Ben

Wow. this is glorious :-D

Edited by Death_Burnout
@stephengotlost said:

" Could this XP bar be shown at the top of the screen and not follow you as you scroll? "

Yeah anything other than that thing at the bottom, it's ever so slightly annoying. Even when shortened
Posted by mracoon

So it was what I thought it was going to be. Also, I'm the first person to finish 'Sonny Listn'' quest set, which is quite cool. Great work dev guys.

Moderator Online
Posted by Dport

Awesome,  what a great site

Posted by Metal_Mills

Oh god, what have you created? AHHHHH!

Posted by GeekDown

I was expecting some minor update to the site, but this is crazy. Good job guys!

Posted by JJWeatherman

UH-MAY-ZING

Posted by spiceninja

I don't think I'll be leaving this website ever again.

Posted by CrimsonClown

This is awesome. 
 
Rat page doesn't work for me either. Just teething problems I'd imagine.

Online
Posted by JesseG

This is cool.

Posted by SirPenguin

This is absolutely fantastic and I have no idea why. Awesome.

Posted by snide

We're fixing the rat page. Typical of me to have a typo on the one quest I wanted to highlight!

Posted by Death_Burnout

I have one worry! and just one...could this lead down to elitist dickery? or is everyone gunna treat this as fun, becuase i bloody hope so!

Posted by Chadster

Woo, finished the Canucked on the First Day quest!

Posted by snide

Rat page is fixed.

Posted by s7evn

Excellent work, now I'll have to be on the site more than I was before :)

Posted by stalefishies

So Giant Bomb is now a video game about video games?

Posted by natetodamax
@stalefishies said:
" So Giant Bomb is now a video game about video games? "
Good one. 
 
@Fallen189 said:
" Is there a way to report bugs, IE a specific thread? Found a few. "
I made a thread for it in Bug Reporting.
Posted by wefwefasdf

This is incredible.

Posted by gbrading

Giant Bomb is a game about games. How meta. And also how totally awesome. Bravo!
Posted by Shibbles

Great, because if I weren't already addicted to this place.

Posted by Seraphim84

Andrew Dice Clay is gonna love this.