So as of 9/18/2011 I have hit a milestone I am very proud of, hitting 100,000 points on the Giant Bomb wiki. I haven't been a member of this site for as long as a lot of the other people around here, but have come to love this website a lot. One of my biggest passions in life is video games, not just playing them but knowing about them, the industry, the people who make them, and the people who write about them. There has been other video game wiki sites out there, but Giant Bomb was the first one that I really got hooked into.
I love the sense of community involvement by the staff here. When I first started to think about working on the wiki I was nervous. I was nervous that I would not do something right or that I would screw something up so at first I just read through the wiki. However once I started reading through it and finding things I could write about that weren't on the site yet I started to want to work on it even more.
I started working on it finally and I was hooked immediately. The thought of being able to take pride in my work and that I was helping out a great website at the same time is what really hooked me. Once I started doing my editing I was amazed at how helpful the mods were in giving me tips and pointing me in the right direction, which honestly helped me out a lot in my wiki editing.
Over the course of my time here working on the wiki I have given my self some tasks or initiatives to work on. I have found that doing these has really helped me not only fill in a lot of missing info here on the wiki, but has really bolstered my knowledge on some subjects.
Fallout New Vegas
Fallout New Vegas was the first thing I really set out on. I started to add a lot of information on locations, characters, and even specific objects from the game. I was fairly obsessed for a while on working on this, and speaking of which I need to go back and work on some more.
I had noticed in my time here on Giant Bomb that there was a section for pinball machines. Well after doing some reading I also noticed a lot of information was absent from pinball machines, so I decided I would try and find a bunch of pinball machines that were missing from the wiki. I ended up adding a ton of machines, as well as filling in credits for many of them. By filling in the credits I also learned a ton about not only the machines but the interesting people behind them.
Game Boy Color
Working on Game Boy Color games is my newest and current initiative. My ultimate goal is to have some sort of page for all Game Boy Color games I can find that exist. I have already made it through quite a few game, but I have a long, long way to go. Because of this initiative I have already found some games that I quite enjoyed playing, while on the other hand I have discovered quite a few stinkers as well, I am looking at you Arthur's Absolutely Fun Day!
For a while I was intimidated by the wiki tasks. I would always find one that seemed interesting, but would worry I wouldn't do a good enough job at it so I wouldn't do it. Fast forward to now I think some of my best work has been because of a wiki task. I especially love it when classic games get a wiki task because I like to think of that as more of my specialty. Perhaps my favorite and the wiki task page I am most proud of would be Donkey Konga 3: Tabe-houdai! Haru Mogitate 50 Kyoku. I started working a little on the page, then I would do a little more and a little more until it ended up being a lot more in depth than I had originally planned.
Theres also the wiki task I did for the PC game Team Yankee. That game turned out to be a game that I did not really enjoy at all, but I did enjoy working on the wiki page for it. That is however the page that made me start copying my work before submitting it as I had almost the whole thing done and I got an error and had to start all over again.
Some of My Favorite Pages
So since it seems to be the cool thing to do now days I will make a list of some of my favorite wiki pages I have had a hand in working on.
- Pokémon Pinball - I spend so much time working on this game it's not even funny. I had the game and manual out and I documented pretty much everything I could possibly find to.
- Pokemon Gym - Another one I spent quite a bit of time working on. However this is also one that I still have more information to add, someday I guess.
- Arthur's Absolutely Fun Day! - While this game was incredibly boring to play through, I am proud that I slogged through it for Giant Bomb. This game was also the inspiration for a blog series I am thinking about starting.
- Nellis Air Force Base - This is one of the Fallout pages that I spent a lot of time working on. I would like to go back to this now with the new editor and tweak the layout, but I am still proud of the content.
- Game Chest: Solitaire - This is one I put more work into than I ever thought I would considering it's pretty much a compilation of very common solitaire games.
The Wrap Up
I just have to say thank you to the awesome community and staff who are on this site. Without this place being the cool place it is there is no way I would have ever put this insane amount of time into something that I do completely for free. I feel like I have grown and improved as a wiki editor a great deal since starting and have many people who offered advice and help to thank for that.
Any other possible budding wiki editors out there if you have any questions or need any help feel free to PM me any time and I will try my best to help.
Heres to another 100k.