Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! Yup it's that time of the year again...as Christmas draws near so does Giant Bomb's Game of the Year content. This Spotlight merely the tip of the iceberg as the staff and community really start to crank out the Game of the Year lists and blogs. For those wondering Paul Barnett will have his own GotY podcast. However, on a sadder note designer Ian Kelly of "Big Knob" fame will be leaving CBSi to join Dave Snider in his new venture. If you haven't done so already wish Ia the best on this thread here. If you had issues with embedding videos on the site that bug should be fixed, and you can embed as much as you want as long as it is not spam. Finally, it appears that Jeff's Gaming Minute is still playing during Rush Limbaugh.
Clip of the Week
@flavbot decided to cross Giant Bomb with Zelda and dubstep. The results are...baffling but also amazing. @turboman has another video of the best moments of Vinny being Vinny while playing Dark Souls.
- Giantbomb Community Forum GOTY 2013 List Aggregation!! - Join the Effort to Crown the Community 2013 Game of the Year Over Here!
- Bravely Default Friend Code Trading Thread - Enjoy the Multiplayer Features with Other Users By Posting your Codes Here!
- VinnCo. Phantasy Star Online 2 Ship #02 Recruitment Thread - Join VinnCo NOW Over Here!
- Christmas Hatify Your Giant Bomb Avatar - If You Feel Inclined Feel Free to Have Someone Put a Christmas Hat on Your Giant Bomb Avatar Over Here!
Where do you stand in the great "Is Ryu a wizard," debate? Well read over our wiki page for Ryu to help you decide for yourself! Also, "Take a Break" is your awesome concept page of the week.
Best of Blogs
Jesus...that's million blogs. Luckily everyone is a little bit different and they are all worth reading over. Marino for example has the stats of every single site review with fanciful pie charts to boot! That said we have plenty of notable non-GotY related blogs this week. tamrillin has written a massive and impassioned plea in support of Final Fantasy XIII. MMMman pontificates upon the potential impact user input may have on the next Assassin's Creed game. Video_Game_King continues to examine the oddities of Japan with Pandora's Tower and Dynamite Dux as his victims this week. Mento on the other hand continues to look at the generation that was with a Comic Commish about the notable events and games of the first half of 2008. Winternet isn't just making a "Game of the Generation," blog. Instead he breaks down his entire thought process in creating his shortlist. Machofantastico and TandyQ both played the first episode of the second season of The Walking Dead and share their impressions of it. PerfidiousSinn is still working on being good at fighting games online and shares his efforts to learn Soul Calibur II HD Online. Chavtheworld participated in this year's Ludum Dare and you can watch the archive to his livestream as well as play the game he made! JClane explains how a mod for Warhammer 40K helped him warm up to the entire RTS genre. Vinny Carravella inspired MikeLemmer to give Dark Souls a shot and Jeff Green inspired him to detail why playing the game was an incredibly humbling experience for him. Finally MajorMitch has a blog with clips of his favorite video game themes of the year, and we have SO MANY Game of the Year blogs!
- 2013: A Year in Reviews (By: @marino)
- My Obligatory Game of the Year 2013 Blog (By: @demoskinos)
- My 2013 Games of the Fuckin' Year List (By: @jumbs)
- The Top Ten Game Series of the Generation (By: @gamer_152)
- Internet Piracy: We’re All Making the Next Assassin’s Creed (By: @mmmman)
- A Case for Final Fantasy XIII, Or: Why It's One of the Better Final Fantasies (Combat Edition) (By: @tamriilin)
- Pandora's Ducks (By: @video_game_king)
- Hyrule Warriors: Rampant, Unrestrained Speculation! (By: @hailinel)
- The Comic Commish: The Previous Generation (Jan-Jun 2008) (By: @mento)
- ArbitraryWater's Best Games of 2013 That Actually Came Out in 2013 (By: @arbitrarywater)
- StarvingGamer's Games Worth Starving For (or Otherwise) in 2013 (By: @starvinggamer)
- The Making Of My GOTG List Vol. 1 [Vol. 2] (By: @winternet)
- Thoughts On: The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode One: All That Remains (By: @machofantastico)
- Games I've Played: Gone Home (By: @grantheaslip)
- Telltale Diary - All That Remains (TWD) [Spoiler Warning!] (By: @tandyq)
- I Suck At Fighting Games: Soul Calibur II HD Online (By: @perfidioussinn)
- Dan's Blogvent Calendar - December 17th [More Entries Found Here] (By: @dankempster)
- The "I Didn't Play Last of Us So Deal With It" jakob187 Top Eight Games of 2013 (By: @jakob187)
- Obligatory GOTY List Over Here! (By: @jasonr86)
- My Favorite Video Game Music of 2013 (By: @majormitch)
- Prepare to be Humbled (By: @mikelemmer)
- How I Became an RTS Believer/Why you should Play This Mod (By: @jclane)
- I Made a Game LIVE (Again)! (By: @chavtheworld)
Superkenon has compiled every single piece of Giant Bomb Game of the Year content on one convenient forum post. Also, when the 2013 GotY starts hitting the site feel free to join the discussion thread. Feel free to also join our discussion threads for the Winter Steam Sale, your Christmas Jams, and Hyrule Warriors. Core647 beat Jeff to it! He went to Japan and filled two duffle bags full of Japanese video games. Finally as mentioned before comment on flavbot's insane Giant Bomb x A Link Between Worlds video and wish Ian the best in his future ventures.
- Giant Bomb GOTY Central 2013 (By: @legion_)
- Giant Bomb Game of the Year Database (By: @superkenon)
- I Went on THE RAID (By: @core647)
- Ian Kelly is Leaving CBSi, Wish Him the Best (By: @ilikepopcans)
- Steam Holiday Sale 2013 Master Discussion Thread (By: @treetrunk)
- Hyrule Warriors Discussion Thread (By: @forcen)
- I Had to Make This, I'm Sorry (By: @flavbot)
- What's Your Christmas Jams? (By: @rekt_hed)
Boy...you all made a lot of Game of the Year lists this week. As exhausted as this may make me, I couldn't be happier. Honestly, keep up the good work Giant Bomb. Just remember that if you make a Game of the Year list to drop me a link to it and add it to @thatfrood's community list aggregation Google Doc.
- GOTY 2013 (By: @thatfrood)
- Top 10 Games of 2013 (By: @xcl)
- Best Games of 2013 (By: @slowbird)
- My Ten Favorite Games of 2013 (By: @sgtsphynx)
- GOTY 2013 (By: @mento)
- adam1808's Super-rad Games of 2013! (By: @adam1808)
- GOTY 2013 (By: @shenstra)
- 2013 Pile of Shame (By: @shenstra)
- Top 5 Games I Played in 2013 (By: @adzpearson)
- Legend's Top 30 Games of 2013 (By: @legend)
- GOTY 2013 (By: @wuddel)
- GOTY 2013 (By: @recspec)
- GOTY 2013 (By: @ltsquigs)
- GOTY 2013 (By: @siroptimusprime)
- Game of the Year 2013 (By: @atlas)
- MY FINAL(maybe?) GAME OF THE YEAR LIST FOR 2013!!! (By: @phatmac)
- These are the Best Games of 2013 (By: @matt)
- GOTY 2013 (By: @tobbrobb)
- Top 10 Games of 2013 (By: @haruko)
- My Favorite Games of the Year 2013 (By: @bulletproofmonk)
- GOTY 2013 (By: @make_me_mad)
- Best of 2013 (By: @fobwashed)
- Best of 2013 (By: @pseg)
- Best of 2013 (By: @themasterds)
- Best of 2013 (By: @marino)
- Games I Liked That Came Out In The Year 2013 (By: @ajayraz)
- Best of 2013 (By: @spilledmilkfactory)
Useful User Reviews
- @mildmolasses's review of Episode One of The Walking Dead Season Two
- @_mattallica's review of Episode One of The Walking Dead Season Two
- @vermisean's review of Ryse: Son of Rome
- @dimsey's review of Ryse: Son of Rome
- @video_game_king's review of Pandora's Tower