2000 Pages: 5+ Years of the Giant Bomb Wiki

It's been a long road.
It's been a long road.

It's been about five years and three months since Giant Bomb fully launched, and it's no secret that I spend most of my time here on the wiki, whether that be working on it myself or moderating submissions. In those five years, we've built a database of 40,000+ games, 27,000+ characters, 106,000+ people, 5700+ objects, 4300+ locations, 8800+ companies, 7300+ concepts, and 130+ platforms. Yesterday, I passed somewhat of a milestone by creating my 2000th new page.

Now, to be honest, I don't actually know if it was my 2000th page for sure. The List feature on the site, while better than it was, is still kinda wonky. Looking through it now, there seem to be a few duplicates here and there for some reason, and a few pages that don't seem to show up in the list but do show up on that particular item's page. So...I dunno. But it says 2000, so I'm going to take this opportunity to share some of my favorite pages that I started.

Take note that many of these pages were filled out by other people. I may have just created the page to get it started. But, there's plenty of them where I did a lot of work on it as well. I did a blog like this a couple years ago when I hit 1000, so I'm going to reuse a few things from that to save time. Anyway, here's a bunch of red text...

You Always Remember Your First

The Attack
The Attack

The first thing I ever did on the wiki was add Hyrule as a location to the Link to the Past page, but the first page I ever created was for The Attack. The TI-99/4A was the first game system that I had, so there's a lot of nostalgia there. That's why my first project on the wiki was to fill out the the library of TI-99/4A games like this one, Blasto, Car Wars, and Chisholm Trail.

PlayStation Underground

Issue #1 Front Cover
Issue #1 Front Cover

This was my first big page. I wasn't really sure there was a place for it on the site, but luckily Jeff gave me the go ahead to add it as a concept. Back in 1997, I received the first edition of PlayStation Underground because I had registered my PlayStation with one of those post cards that you get in the box with any new system. At the time, the idea of being able to play demos of games that weren't out yet and getting high quality video content was unheard of. The Internet was still fairly new, and you certainly weren't going to be downloading all this stuff like you can today. I had been teaching myself basic HTML at the time, so I decided to create a site about it. While in an AOL video game chat room trying to get people to check out my site, I got an IM from a guy claiming he worked on PlayStation Underground. Of course I didn't believe him, but when he sent me an email from a Sony domain, I couldn't argue with that. Turned out that he was the producer of the whole thing, Gary Barth. I kept working on the site, which became fairly popular with fans of the CD magazine thanks to inside information provided by Gary pertaining to what was coming in each next issue. When Gary found out that I lived in Georgia, he invited my friend Christopher and myself to E3 in Atlanta. I was only 16 at the time, so we were told that if anyone asked, to tell them that we had won a contest from Sony. The site pretty much ended in 2001 when the magazine stopped being produced, so I'm happy that some of the site's content found a new home here.

Electronic Entertainment Expo

E3
E3

When I ran the Underground site, I built a sub-site specifically for E3. I was able to attend the show for 10 years from 1997-2006, so I had a lot of documented info and thousands of photos from my old site, but I had to create a bunch more especially for the years I didn't attend. Trying to find documentation online for an event that happened in 1995 isn't easy. Despite not having been to the show in a while, E3 is still one of my favorite times of the year.

The Penny Arcade Expo

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I've been to every PAX since 2008 except Australia. I hope that those that aren't able to go can get some benefit out of the hundreds of pictures I take.

EverQuest

Norrath
Norrath

For over three years, the world of Norrath was pretty much my life. It sounds crazy now, and maybe a little sad, but I enjoyed just about every minute of it. I've come to terms with the fact that EverQuest is likely the most fun that I will ever have in any game for the rest of my life. Nothing will ever match that first MMO experience and sense of community in a virtual world. It's hard to convey to people that didn't play it at the time.

Out of the 2000 pages I've started, about 800 of them are EverQuest related. That's a lot of places, characters, and items, so I created a separate list for all that. But here's some of the highlights:

  • EverQuest Next - Currently in development at SOE.
  • Norrath - The world in which EverQuest exists has a ton of lore and history behind it.
  • I've spent a considerable amount of time creating pages for all the zones in the original EverQuest. There's too many to list individually here, but you can easily see them all from these continent pages:

The Games

When you spend a ton of time trying to document everything that was at every E3 and PAX, you end up creating a lot of game pages. Some of them are pretty big named, exciting games while others are...not. But, we can't just make a Skyrim page and forget about Cheetah Girls now can we? What kind of database would we be if we did that?

The Good

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Here's some of the pages I enjoyed making a page for.

The Bad

Real games for real girls.
Real games for real girls.

Here's some of the pages that I started because they needed to be documented. Some of them though are still debatable as to whether they should be.

The Non-Existent

That Tarantino shot in Eight Days.
That Tarantino shot in Eight Days.

These are pages for games that never actually came out. Yes, that is allowed on the wiki.

Concepts

/pizza
/pizza

Finding weird concepts to make pages for is probably one of my favorite things on the site. Deleting really dumb ones is also one of my favorite things on the site. Where do we draw the line? Come over to the Delete & Combine forum to find out. Here are some of my favorite ones I've started:

Characters

He's coming to save Uranus.
He's coming to save Uranus.

I've made hundreds of pages for important and not-so-important EverQuest NPCs, but I've created other ones as well. Here are some of my faves:

  • Captain Blasto - Grab a mop, because there's gonna be guts on the ceiling.
  • Dan Amrich - You may know him as OneOfSwords. I know him as a bunny eared basketball player.
  • Ed Boon - Ed Boon can jam with the best of them.
  • Firiona Vie - That elf lady you see on the cover of every EQ game/expansion.
  • Kerri Hoskins - If you were a teenager in the 90's, how could you not have a crush on Kerri Hoskins? Okay...I still do.
  • Lord Doljonijiarnimorinar - Yes, I spelled that right.
  • Mistress Helga - See two entries above.
  • Nillipuss - I hate brownies.
  • Pained Soul - I camped this asshole for 19 straight hours.
  • Polygon Man - I was so happy that PS All-Stars gave me an excuse to make this page.
  • Prince Edmund - Great job, Jeremy.
  • Rodcet Nife - The god that my EverQuest server was named after.
  • Sahasrahla - The 1000th page I made.
  • Sal DiVita - Did you know Nightwolf can dunk?
  • Skarlet - False MK rumors that become real is one of my favorite things ever.
  • Zordak Ragefire - My claim to fame in EQ.

Locations

The Plane of Mischief was a delightfully weird place. Yes, this picture is oriented correctly.
The Plane of Mischief was a delightfully weird place. Yes, this picture is oriented correctly.

Most of the location pages I've started were specifically for EQ as well.

Objects

Hairbands are important, y'all.
Hairbands are important, y'all.

I haven't made too many object pages in relation to everything else. That's probably because I haven't got that detailed into my EQ zone pages...yet.

Companies

This thing is/was legitimately cool as hell.
This thing is/was legitimately cool as hell.

I end up making a bunch of company pages during PAX every year primarily because of the Indie Megabooth. There over 80 companies in it for PAX Prime 2013 and about half of those didn't have pages I think. There's nothing particularly special about those though, so here's a couple weird ones.

  • Moby Dick Studio - This page might should be deleted actually. I don't know. Kojima's weird.
  • Phantom Entertainment - Also maybe shouldn't be a page, but we have to document that lapboard somewhere, right?

People

Emma Stone is not impressed with this blog.
Emma Stone is not impressed with this blog.

I don't generally do a lot of work on credits. There's a few saints in our community that do though and they don't get the credit they deserve. Here's a few of my favorites that I've started:

Well, that's about it I guess. Thanks for checking it out. If you need any help with what should or shouldn't be a page on the site (or any other wiki-related question), feel free to contact me or one of the other moderators. There's a button/link over on the right side of the forums.

And if you're interested at all in skimming through all 2000+ pages I've started, there's a list for that.

Until 3000...
Until 3000...

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