It's Tuesday

I've been following GameSpot, reading and listening to Ryan Davis for more than seven years. I have a lot of respect for Ryan and Jeff, otherwise I wouldn't be here. But I never realized how much Ryan meant to me until July 8, 2013, when I learned that he had passed away.

I’m going to miss Ryan’s stories, his laughter, and his enthusiasm. He loved to do what he did, and we loved him.

Whether you agreed with him or not, it was always fun listening to Ryan talk about... anything, really. Video games, food, drinks, whatever. Even while others were talking, the insight and humour he added to the conversation were always welcome. He was also a talented writer, but alas he didn't get to use that skill much at Giant Bomb.

Back in the GameSpot days I would use wget to download The HotSpot in multiple parts over a dial-up connection. I loved the HotSpot, and I did what I needed to be done to get my weekly fix. But something was messed up either on my end or on GameSpot's end, and the audio file I downloaded would skip, repeat, and do other stuff you don’t expect from an MP3. When Ryan said dumb stuff, my download process would repeat it several times just for me. I appreciate it more now than I did back then.

I’m impressed how much love for Ryan the entire gaming community has shown in response to his passing. Of course he's played a key role in the Giant Bomb crew and matters a lot to us here. And it's not surprising to see Double Fine and Harmonix react. But I’m also seeing responses from old GameSpot friends who aren't members here, Ubisoft, Amazon Video Games, Ouya, and more. Ryan Davis was a trending topic worldwide on Twitter. It's a huge response, and well deserved.

Farewell, Ryan Davis. We'll miss the hell out of you.


Want to edit from a mobile device? Now you can. (Android only)

If you use an Android device, you can now use it to edit Giant Bomb.

Here's what you need to do:

  1. Install Firefox if you do not have it already.
  2. Launch Firefox and install the Stylish extension.
  3. With the extension installed and enabled, install my Giant Bomb mobile edit button style.

That's your inital setup, which you only have to once. Now, let's say you're on the go and you want to edit the Giant Bomb wiki. Here's what you do.

  1. Use Firefox to navigate to Giant Bomb and select Request Desktop Site from the menu. This will kick you back to the home page if you're not already there.
  2. Navigate to the page you want to edit the same way you normally would on your device.
  3. Hit the big old edit button at the top to enable editing mode.
  4. Tap the save button to expand the save form, optionally enter a comment, then tap the real save button.

Editing is not optimized for mobile devices. The WYSIWYG editor does not work as well as it does on your computer, the save button might get in your way, you may need to rotate your device landscape orientation to access the real save button, and various other things could be broken. Clearly it was disabled for a reason. But it should work fine for simple tasks, which is probably the reason you'd want to edit on a mobile device in the first place.

Unfortunately, it is only available for Firefox for Android at this time. Other browsers do not support extensions or custom styles. If you wish to continue using a different browser, you can use Flashify to open your current URL in Firefox whenever you need to. Requesting the desktop site will send you back to the Giant Bomb home page, so when that happens just press the back button and refresh the page to see the edit button.

A better solution may appear in the future, but for now hopefully you'll find this satisfactory.


Game over for LordAndrew as he runs out of 1UPs

Lord Andrew


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Though I subscribed to Electronic Gaming Monthly, I did not have a significant online presence on 1UP.

I posted 23 blogs on 1UP from July 2007 to June 2008. I had 13 friends, all people I already knew from GameSpot. It was here that I read Gamingeek Weekly, until it died and was reborn as The VG Press. After that there was little reason for me to stay at 1UP. I could keep track of my friends well enough on GameSpot, Giant Bomb, and The VG Press. As time went on, I left GameSpot and The VG Press behind as well.

My interests consisted solely of "video games". I liked to "play video games" and "read about video games". My tastes were "sweet", "salty", "sour" and "bitter".

As I leave this account forever, I leave behind a inspirational message from my 1UP inbox.

Hello I'm YoGi! ViSit LoveMyL.Com - BeCause Today iS a GoOd Day ^_^

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Letter to brethren

Dear Friend,
I am Mrs. Elizabeth Etters from Canada, married to Late Engr Brown Etters {PhD} who worked with MULTINATIONAL OIL COMPANY EXXON AS A DRILLING RIG SUPPLIER in Kuwait for 19 years before he died on the 22th August 2008. We were married for twenty four years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death, he deposited the sum of USD 2,142,728.00 Dollars with a bank In England and this fund is presently with the bank awaiting my disbursement as beneficiary and next of kin to the funds. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Eight months due to cancer problem. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church, organization or good person that will utilize this money in good faith.

l took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money. I kept this deposit secret till date; this is why I am taking this decision. I don't think i will need any telephone communication in this regard because of the confidentiality of this transfer. Upon your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank. I will also issue a letter of authorization to the bank that will prove you the present beneficiary of this money. Reply to my very confidential email address below {}

Await your responds and God bless you.
Mrs. Elizabeth Etters

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A Quick Look at Question of the Day

Remember Question of the Day? Not Question of the Week, but Question of the Day. Despite the name, it had no set schedule. Questions were posted whenever, and then people wrote blogs which were associated with the question. Responses appeared not only in the user's blog, but on the page for the question. This allowed others to easily read all the responses to the question. There was also an index of every QOTD that had been asked so far, so you could read every single one of them if you really wanted. (I don't think anyone really wanted.)

This feature was silently retired at some point in 2010. There's no longer an index, and links are not provided to this feature anywhere in the current interface. You can only there from blogs that answered these questions. Once you get there you can see the responses, but you can't add your own responses.

Like I said, there's no longer an index. So I created one myself. I also took note of how many responses each question received, and the date range in which those dates occurred. If you want charts and graphs and shit, you won't find them here. Maybe PSEG will care enough to hook you up, but probably not.

What I noticed was that unlike Question of the Week, this feature did get a fair amount of use. Questions were much less frequent near the end, but there was still a good variety of responses. The final QOTD received 57 responses in less than a month. It was as popular as ever. Why did this feature die? Did it need to die? Did they just run out of questions?

Questions of the Day

1. Does the question of the day still work?

9 responses from July 21, 2008 to December 14, 2009

2. What do you think of

447 responses from July 20, 2008 to May 15, 2009

3. What features would you like to see added to profiles on GB?

71 responses from July 31, 2008 to January 1, 2009

4. What videogame franchise took the biggest turn for the worse?

72 responses from August 2, 2008 to January 1, 2009

5. Will you go back and replay your old PS3 games just to earn trophies?

55 responses from August 5, 2008 to January 1, 2009

6. Who's heading to Seattle for Penny Arcade Expo?

27 responses from August 6, 2008 to August 24, 2008

7. What are you playing this weekend?

89 responses from August 8, 2008 to January 1, 2009

8. Your response to Braid: shedding tears, or throwing your controller at the television?

34 responses from August 11, 2008 to August 20, 2008

9. What platform (X360, PS3, PC) are you getting Bionic Commando Rearmed on?

51 responses from August 13, 2008 to August 21, 2008

10. What do you think about all the drama surrounding Too Human?

57 responses from August 19, 2008 to January 1, 2009

11. Which of Capcom's classic games would you like to see remade next?

27 responses from August 22 to March 29, 2010

12. Red Alert 3 Tanya Showdown: Kari Wuhrer vs. Jenny McCarthy. Your thoughts?

13 responses from August 25, 2008 to September 15, 2008

13. Does Nintendo's statement in Edge Magazine about its new "core" games being two to three years away make you want to sell your Wii, or are you going to wait and see how this all pans out?

69 results from August 26, 2008 to January 1, 2009

14. Is Castle Crashers totally busted, or what?

28 responses from August 28, 2008 to October 7, 2008

15. So what do you think this Halo 3 "Mythic" thing is going to end up being?

23 responses from September 3, 2008 to September 7, 2008

16. What do you think of Spore so far?

20 responses from September 8, 2008 to September 13, 2008

17. OK, who did Midway criminally exclude from the MK vs. DCU roster?

23 responses from September 11, 2008 to November 17, 2009

18. What do you think would happen if Google really did buy Valve?

15 responses from September 17, 2008 to September 19, 2008

19. Warhammer Online is alive. What's your experience with the game been so far?

5 responses from September 19, 2008 to September 22, 2008

20. Which video game duo would you like to see in the White House as the President and Vice President of the US?

55 responses from September 22, 2008 to January 1, 2009

21. What would you like to see added to the DS hardware?

28 responses from September 29, 2008 to October 3, 2008

22. Admit it, you're going to buy the new DSi, aren't you?

55 responses from October 3, 2008 to January 1, 2009

23. Which Japanese-developed games are you hoping to hear more about during Tokyo Game Show this weekend?

23 responses from October 7, 2008 to October 10, 2008

24. How do you really feel about Starcraft II being split into three games?

43 responses from October 11, 2008 to January 1, 2009

25. Are you going to give up World of Warcraft for Star Wars: The Old Republic?

30 responses from October 21, 2008 to February 12, 2009

26. With all the new releases over the last two weeks, what game is your number-one priority?

75 responses from October 27, 2008 to January 1, 2009

27. Have you ever waited in line for a midnight game release before? If so, what was it like?

60 responses from November 7, 2008 to December 31, 2008

28. What do you think of the updated Xbox 360 dashboard? What about avatars?

16 responses from November 17, 2008 to January 10, 2009

29. What are your thoughts on how the PS3 and/or Wii have advanced now that both have reached their two-year anniversary?

44 responses from November 19, 2008 to March 17, 2009

30. Did you buy any downloadable content this year?

49 responses from December 5, 2008 to June 23, 2009

31. What did you think of the Spike Video Game Awards show?

20 responses from December 15, 2008 to January 1, 2009

32. What's the worst game you played in 2008?

58 responses from December 22, 2008 to January 20, 2009

33. What are you looking forward to in 2009?

96 responses from December 31, 2008 to July 13, 2009

34. Are you out looking for new 2009 games or are you still playing games you picked up last year?

62 responses from January 14, 2009 to February 16, 2009

35. Which February 2009 releases are you most looking forward to?

44 responses from February 4, 2009 to February 17, 2009

36. Which characters would you like to see added to Street Fighter IV?

43 responses from February 18, 2009 to June 3, 2009

37. What's the funniest game you've ever played?

51 responses from March 8, 2009 to April 3, 2009

38. Do you think that the sale of used games is a problem?

52 responses from April 1, 2009 to August 1, 2009

39. Do you think Duke Nukem Forever will ever be publicly released?

52 responses from May 11, 2009 to May 29, 2009

40. What's your least favorite thing about E3?

55 responses from May 27, 2009 to June 26, 2009

41. How are you going to spend your summer?

41 responses from June 22, 2009 to August 6, 2009

42. Do you care about cell phone games?

56 responses from July 8, 2009 to July 30, 2009

43. What do you think about the relatively recent resurgence of fighting games?

28 responses from July 26, 2009 to August 3, 2009

44. Which 2009-to-2010 delay has bummed you out the most?

24 responses from August 3, 2009 to December 23, 2009

45. Are you ready for some football?

29 responses from August 7, 2009 to August 18, 2009

46. Do you buy downloadable games? Why or why not?

75 responses from August 18, 2009 to October 11, 2009

47. Which upcoming 2009 releases have you deemed to be "must-own" games?

72 responses from September 17, 2009 to October 13, 2009

48. Describe your ultimate handheld gaming device.

21 responses from October 14, 2009 to October 24, 2009

49. What do you think of the new Xbox 360 movie, music, and social networking features?

22 responses from October 24, 2009 to November 30, 2009

50. What's the worst game you've played this year and what made it so terrible?

74 responses from November 6, 2009 to December 9, 2009

51. Do you care any more about games on iPhone or other mobile platforms than you did a year ago?

32 responses from December 10, 2009 to December 22, 2009

52. What's up with you this holiday season? Playing a lot of games or what?

32 responses from December 24, 2009 to January 4, 2010

53. Are you already on the hunt for new games or are you still playing through some of last year's hits?

57 responses from January 5, 2010 to February 3, 2010

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