By dankempster 1 Comments
But anyway, I'm not here to talk about Splinter Cell. I'm here to talk about Giant Bomb. The site impressed me from the get-go with its encyclopedic style and wiki editing. At first I was pretty unambitious with my submissions, choosing to add missing blurbs or cover art. Only over the last week or so have I become more adventurous. The reason behind this is my own hatred of grammatical errors. Right now, all I want to do is break the 1000-point mark. When I do, and I gain the ability to live-edit, I'll start perusing the site and fixing up any misspelt words or incorrectly-used apostrophes. Of course, before I can do that, I need to make some sizeable submissions to boost my points count. I started doing this by going through the games I intend to add to My Collection, when the list is working, and add any missing UK releases. It's helpful for the site's database, and also a good way of racking up points.
While doing this, I happened upon the Brian Lara International Cricket 2005 page. At that point, the page was nothing more than a few screenshots and a release lacking cover art (which I promptly added). What struck me as odd, though, was that although BLIC2005 and the other games in the series all had pages, there was no franchise page to link them all together. Deciding to make my first brave submission, I requested a Brian Lara Cricket franchise page. When the submission was approved, I felt a great sense of achievement. It then dawned on me that, with the exception of whoever approved the page, I was the only Giant Bomber to know of its existence. Being a long-time player of the series, I started writing up a history of the series for the page. Approval of the submission netted me a cool 69 points, almost doubling my total point count.
As I was writing up the series' history for the franchise page, I noticed I had a remarkable amount I wanted to say about the 2005 instalment. After my first text submission was improved, I decided to try coming up with something for the page dedicated to what is my favourite game in the series. As a result, I've made the page my own over the last few days. I've added an insane amount of information to the BLIC2005 page, as you'll see if you click the link above. Everything I can think of, I've tried to cover; the gameplay mechanics, the game modes... even the licensing issues present in the game, and the fact that at one point the game's code featured a digital streaker!
As I write this, my point count currently stands at 369 points. I'm ranked 845th out of over 17,000 users. Nearly 300 of my points are Brian Lara-related. But that's not the point. My point is that, while writing up all this useless information that will no doubt only ever be seen by a few people and read by even less, I completely forgot all about points and rankings. What I've done to the BLIC2005 page over the past few days is what Giant Bomb is really all about; the sharing of random game-related information between like-minded individuals. Most of us are fans of at least one niche game; whether it be Brian Lara, or Incredible Crisis, or Herdy Gerdy, or whatever. If all of us come together and fill these little-known pages with tons of random, pointless info, then we can turn Giant Bomb into THE definitive gaming encyclopedia. I'm certainly up for it. How about you?
Currently playing - Splinter Cell (PS2)