Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, I am your host as always. Brad not only watched The International in person, but he also celebrated his birthday this week. Speaking of The International there are plenty of pictures of not just Brad enjoying the event, but also members of the Giant Bomb community. Special thanks to @matt for flipping the bird on @mattbodega. Things have calmed down as the Summer gaming drought has fully sunk in. @buzz_clik recently shared some concept art for his Gerstmannia t-shirt design. With that let's get on with the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight!
Clip of the Week
Someone on YouTube has compiled of every example of Jeff showing disgust of Dan's opinions in movies and games. I think we can at least partially agree that Dan is a monster.
- Giant Bomb Warframe PC Clan - Under New Management - Join Giant Bomb Heavy Industries Here!
- The Crew Community PC Closed Beta Hook-up Thread - Join Other Users in The Crew By Heading Over Here!
- Giant Bomb Community Premier League 2014/2015 Fantasy League - Join Other Users in Some Footie Over Here!
Giant Bomb is now your go to source on Don Bradman Cricket 14! No really check out our wiki page for the game. @bobafettjm did some great work on our Steam Trading Card wiki page, and you can thank @mento for taking the time to explain why Troddlers is all about. Ryu is fifty years old, so the least you could do is check out his wiki page. Finally some great work has been done on our recently added The Divide wiki page.
Best of Blogs
The top blog of the week comes from JadeGL who discusses why Super Mario Bros. 2 has a special place in her heart. A close second comes from billymagnum who converted his NES into an awesome looking guitar. tharrington has some awesome Barkerville fanart that you can check out below, but also support him on his blog. We have a record breaking number of multi-blog posters this week. thatpinguino provides a deep look into FTL, and has two introspective blogs on his hopes and relationship with the Kingdom Hearts franchise. Mento has a two part blog series in which he examines various game mechanics from the perspective of a former designer, similarly noahtheboa999 used Mega Man 2 as a case study for the evolution of game design and he shares his first impressions of Shovel Knight. CottoneUD finished finals for the latest part to his Persona 4 Golden let's play, and Video_Game_King topped anime with anime with a continuation of his Katawa Shoujo let's play and a blog on Lunar and Stafy 3. ChampInMaking extrapolates on why he thinks KOTOR 2 is objectively better than KOTOR 1, whereas TheYouthfuls talks about striking Shadow of the Colossus from his gaming backlog. Speaking of backlogs MooseyMcMan played catch up and burned through a number of his PlayStation Plus games. GrantHeaslip shares what it was like and why he digitally imported Project Diva 2. FLStyle wants you to join him in celebrating Ryu's 50th birthday. bonbolapti played a bunch of FFXIV and Soul Blazer this week, and Wess shares his detailed impressions of Contrast. MikeLemmer had the pleasure of spending more time on Outpost Taswell in Eve Online, whereas Raven10 questions if the season pass ruins the balance of Bioshock Infinite. Finally PerfidiousSinn talks about his various attempts to get into GTA Online, and bobafettjm has a new edition of his wiki update blog series.
- Choosing to be Someone Like Me - How it Gave Me a Voice Beyond the Game (By: @jadegl)
- Deep Look: FTL- Randomness (By: @thatpinguino)
- Trying to Articulate My Problems with Kingdom Hearts (By: @thatpinguino)
- My Kingdom Hearts Crossover Wish List (By: @thatpinguino)
- My NES-Guitar Project (By: @billymagnum)
- Welcome to Barkerville: Updated! (By: @tharrington)
- Lost Potential: A KOTOR Retrospective (By: @champinmaking)
- Thoughts on Shadow of the Colossus (By: @theyouthfuls)
- I (Digitally) Imported Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd (By: @grantheaslip)
- Mento + The Mechanics: Part 1 [Part 2] (By: @mento)
- From the Moon and the Stars, This Blog I Deliver Unto You (By: @video_game_king)
- The Screenshot Ballad of Heartbreakin' Hisao Nakai. Episode 5: End of the Tropes (By: @video_game_king)
- PlayStation Plus Catch Up! (By: @mooseymcman)
- Happy 50th Birthday to Street Fighter's Own Wandering Warrior, Ryu! (By: @flstyle)
- Persona 4 Golden New Game Plus -- The Continuing Adventures of William Rikeru (Part 31 7/22/2014) [Part 30] (By: @cottoneud)
- Observations on Old Game Design (and Some Thoughts on Mega Man 2) (By: @noahtheboa999)
- Shovel Knight Thoughts: 1 Hour of Playtime (By: @noahtheboa999)
- Ganbare Bon: Game Related Things I've Felt Like Typing About (By: @bonbolapti)
- My Thoughts on Contrast (By: @wess)
- Season Pass Ruins Balance? (By: @raven10)
- 4 Weeks in Eve: Taswell vs the Russians (By: @mikelemmer)
- GTA Online: 100 Tiny Cuts (By: @perfidioussinn)
- Weekly Wiki Update - Saturday, July 19th 2014 (By: @bobafettjm)
Be on the right side of history and vote Terminator 2 on the Terminator poll. It's important. In terms of games we have discussion threads for Gods Will Be Watching, The Walking Dead, and the latest DLC for Dark Souls II as well as Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas. Can you think of any hidden gems on Steam, well share them on our discussion thread for buried treasure on Steam. Finally vote on what your Dragon Age: Inquisition character will look like.
- The Terminator Poll (By: @wrecks)
- Gods Will Be Watching Discussion Thread (By: @mikaelboogart)
- Dragon Age: Inquisition Player Character Poll (By: @yummylee)
- Naxxramas Discussion (By: @fredchuckdave)
- Hidden Gems on Steam (By: @bad_karate)
- Dark Souls II Crown of the Sunken King DLC Discussion Thread (By: @drmechano)
- The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 4 - Decision Discussion Thread (By: @andrewb)
Our list this week comes from bartok who wants to remind you that not all video games based on television shows are bad.
Useful User Reviews
- @junior_ain's review of Need for Speed: Undercover
- @plasticpals's review of The Divide: Enemies Within