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Are You Ready for the Upcoming Dave and Patrick Quick Look for Fire Emblem: Awakening? The Community Probably Isn't....

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! The big news this week is that the beta site is now open to everyone including those without a subscription! So long as you signed up for an account prior to Thanksgiving go ahead and see what the fuss is all about and try to break some stuff so the site can get better. If you do manage to break anything on the site idbloc is the guy to talk to for any issues related to the forums. For issues related to the wiki ltsquigs is the man to talk to. squigs and rchen are the people to talk to if you have any issues related to the new beta chat, which might I say is going to be up for the weekends. So have fun and be free, because the honeymoon wont last forever! Finally hold the presses! Someone on YouTube is posting fake videos of GameBomb.ru...someone call the copyright police!

Game Nights and Community Activities

  • Dota 2 House League Community Tournament - The Teams Have Been Selected - Watch the Tournament Livestream Saturday 12 EST & 4 EST Here!
  • Let's Make a Game 2013 - Join the Let's Make a Game Community Project and Make an Actual Video Game - Get the Details and Sign Up Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Skulls of teh Shogun is finally out! After incorrectly dating it two or three...or maybe even four times the game is finally coming out! Anyways check out the wiki page if you are still interested in learning about all of the mechanics in the game. The wiki pages for Ni No Kuni as well as Proteus have improved in the last week. Finally in anticipation for the release of Fire Emblem: Awakening the Fire Emblem wiki community strikes again with two new and wonderful character pages.

Best of Blogs

The true highlight this week comes from EpicSteve who has written a highly personal and emotional blog about the role that video games have played in him dealing with depression and PTSD after leaving the combat zone in Afghanistan. People are still playing everything related to Devil May Cry ranging from Yummylee breaking down exactly why DMC 2 is such a bad game to ArbitraryWater who played DmC as well as Valkyria Chronicles II. Another popular video game was Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Sparky_Buzzsaw discusses why he was completely enthralled with the game on his blog whereas Sarumarine explains his disappointment with Ni No Kuni, but satisfaction with The Walking Dead. Mento is starting up a new blog series showcasing twelve notable Turbografx-16 games, whereas Wrighteous86 continues to provide reviews and summaries to all of the Halo novels that Halo 4 expected you to read before playing it. GrantHeaslip wrote up another entry in his blog series of him attempting to play through the entirety of Final Fantasy XIII, but he also wrote and incredibly interesting blog about how collectibles hurt atmosphere and worlds in video games. Mikey2D provided an extremely comprehensive breakdown of his thoughts on the Dead Space 3 demo, and Mago applied the same formula to the Pokemon X/Y news and trailer. C0V3RT discusses how he's going to use the impending release of Wind Waker HD to reassess his feeling about the game. Video_Game_King graces the site with another blog of dubious historical accuracy, and aurahack vents about why you it was a giant waste of money for him to purchase a season pass for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. heatDrive88 tackled the idea of how moral ambiguity makes for more compelling video game stories, and jakob187, one to never shy away from controversial issues, points out how even video game fans need to be more open minded in regards to the debate of violence in games. There are plenty of other wonderful and readable blogs, so go forth find them and tell me all about them.

Fantastic Forums

Antichamber has been hanging out of the Top Sellers list on Steam for a while, and if you are one of the many people who bought but have found yourself stuck on a puzzle or have hints for the game then comment on the Official Antichamber Puzzle Hint Thread. The Dota 2 community has been running a House Tournament for the last week and if you have missed any of the matches check out the Dota 2 Community Spotlight. We have other official discussion threads for the 2013 update of Street Fighter X Tekken, games with confusing menu interfaces, the ending of Proteus, and the best Pokemon games that aren't from the Pokemon franchise.

Lovable Lists

For lists this week we have Super___Sam creating an alphabetical version of the usual "favorite games ever" list. The maestro of lists, Mento, on the other hand has created a highly humorous list of damsels in video games that are young or even children.

Useful User Reviews

User Created Podcasts

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#1 Edited by ZombiePie (5672 posts) -
Are You Ready for the Upcoming Dave and Patrick Quick Look for Fire Emblem: Awakening? The Community Probably Isn't....

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! The big news this week is that the beta site is now open to everyone including those without a subscription! So long as you signed up for an account prior to Thanksgiving go ahead and see what the fuss is all about and try to break some stuff so the site can get better. If you do manage to break anything on the site idbloc is the guy to talk to for any issues related to the forums. For issues related to the wiki ltsquigs is the man to talk to. squigs and rchen are the people to talk to if you have any issues related to the new beta chat, which might I say is going to be up for the weekends. So have fun and be free, because the honeymoon wont last forever! Finally hold the presses! Someone on YouTube is posting fake videos of GameBomb.ru...someone call the copyright police!

Game Nights and Community Activities

  • Dota 2 House League Community Tournament - The Teams Have Been Selected - Watch the Tournament Livestream Saturday 12 EST & 4 EST Here!
  • Let's Make a Game 2013 - Join the Let's Make a Game Community Project and Make an Actual Video Game - Get the Details and Sign Up Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Skulls of teh Shogun is finally out! After incorrectly dating it two or three...or maybe even four times the game is finally coming out! Anyways check out the wiki page if you are still interested in learning about all of the mechanics in the game. The wiki pages for Ni No Kuni as well as Proteus have improved in the last week. Finally in anticipation for the release of Fire Emblem: Awakening the Fire Emblem wiki community strikes again with two new and wonderful character pages.

Best of Blogs

The true highlight this week comes from EpicSteve who has written a highly personal and emotional blog about the role that video games have played in him dealing with depression and PTSD after leaving the combat zone in Afghanistan. People are still playing everything related to Devil May Cry ranging from Yummylee breaking down exactly why DMC 2 is such a bad game to ArbitraryWater who played DmC as well as Valkyria Chronicles II. Another popular video game was Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Sparky_Buzzsaw discusses why he was completely enthralled with the game on his blog whereas Sarumarine explains his disappointment with Ni No Kuni, but satisfaction with The Walking Dead. Mento is starting up a new blog series showcasing twelve notable Turbografx-16 games, whereas Wrighteous86 continues to provide reviews and summaries to all of the Halo novels that Halo 4 expected you to read before playing it. GrantHeaslip wrote up another entry in his blog series of him attempting to play through the entirety of Final Fantasy XIII, but he also wrote and incredibly interesting blog about how collectibles hurt atmosphere and worlds in video games. Mikey2D provided an extremely comprehensive breakdown of his thoughts on the Dead Space 3 demo, and Mago applied the same formula to the Pokemon X/Y news and trailer. C0V3RT discusses how he's going to use the impending release of Wind Waker HD to reassess his feeling about the game. Video_Game_King graces the site with another blog of dubious historical accuracy, and aurahack vents about why you it was a giant waste of money for him to purchase a season pass for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. heatDrive88 tackled the idea of how moral ambiguity makes for more compelling video game stories, and jakob187, one to never shy away from controversial issues, points out how even video game fans need to be more open minded in regards to the debate of violence in games. There are plenty of other wonderful and readable blogs, so go forth find them and tell me all about them.

Fantastic Forums

Antichamber has been hanging out of the Top Sellers list on Steam for a while, and if you are one of the many people who bought but have found yourself stuck on a puzzle or have hints for the game then comment on the Official Antichamber Puzzle Hint Thread. The Dota 2 community has been running a House Tournament for the last week and if you have missed any of the matches check out the Dota 2 Community Spotlight. We have other official discussion threads for the 2013 update of Street Fighter X Tekken, games with confusing menu interfaces, the ending of Proteus, and the best Pokemon games that aren't from the Pokemon franchise.

Lovable Lists

For lists this week we have Super___Sam creating an alphabetical version of the usual "favorite games ever" list. The maestro of lists, Mento, on the other hand has created a highly humorous list of damsels in video games that are young or even children.

Useful User Reviews

User Created Podcasts

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#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@ZombiePie said:

Are You Ready for the Upcoming Dave and Patrick Quick Look for Fire Emblem: Awakening? The Community Probably Isn't....

You're damn right I'm not! I don't even have the game yet, and I don't want to spoil a damn thing.

#3 Posted by Sarumarine (2244 posts) -

Oh man, that bootleg Encyclopedia Bombastica is... something else!

#4 Posted by Hailinel (24830 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: I don't think you'll have to worry about that. The game comes out on Monday and I'm sure you'll have blown right by wherever Dave's QL save file is by the time it's actually posted. :P

#5 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@Hailinel:

That's not the only issue. Even saying "this game looks amazing" is a spoiler.

#6 Posted by Hailinel (24830 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@Hailinel:

That's not the only issue. Even saying "this game looks amazing" is a spoiler.

It really isn't.

#7 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@Hailinel:

It kind of is, at least in terms of forming an opinion. Things get much worse when the opinions get more specific (and you know they will).

#8 Posted by Hailinel (24830 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@Hailinel:

It kind of is, at least in terms of forming an opinion. Things get much worse when the opinions get more specific (and you know they will).

Nothing's preventing you from forming your own.

#9 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@Hailinel:

But being exposed to another's opinion before you form your own certainly makes it more difficult. There's the risk that you could either just steal their opinions outright without knowing, or reacting to it apropos of nothing.

#10 Posted by GrantHeaslip (1604 posts) -

I keep forgetting to chime in, but thanks for featuring my stuff in here, and for highlighting some of the lesser-known community blogs. It's very much appreciated!

#11 Posted by Hailinel (24830 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@Hailinel:

But being exposed to another's opinion before you form your own certainly makes it more difficult. There's the risk that you could either just steal their opinions outright without knowing, or reacting to it apropos of nothing.

Opinions aren't made in vacuums.

#12 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@Hailinel:

I'd rather keep them as atomistic as possible.

#13 Posted by Hailinel (24830 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@Hailinel:

I'd rather keep them as atomistic as possible.

It doesn't work that way. Opinions often evolve based on the arguments and opinions of others.

#14 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@Hailinel:

And yet there is still some individual element to an opinion. That much is harder to deny. I simply wish to maximize that individual element wherever I see it, and that much I see.

#15 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6198 posts) -

Love that Rec_Spec blog. I'd managed to forget just how terrific the music was in Heavy Rain.

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#16 Posted by bonbolapti (1612 posts) -

Seeing, TL;DL always on these lists usually gets me pumped to do another one the next day. #goodtimes!

#17 Edited by takashichea (353 posts) -

Congrats everyone! Oh, we're ready for Fire Emblem's newest arrival. Like Video Game King, I avoided wiki binging on the Awakening characters.

My bad, Groose is a Zelda character and one of my favorite ones in the franchise. I couldn't pull off two FE characters that night.

Edit:

Thanks ZombiePie for putting the Awakening Banner up!

#18 Posted by Breadfan (6590 posts) -

Thanks for the feature. Wasn't expecting that.

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#22 Posted by Mento (2547 posts) -
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#23 Posted by ZombiePie (5672 posts) -
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