By Marino 25 Comments
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 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.
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
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.
- E3 1995 -- E3 1996 -- E3 1997 -- E3 1998
- E3 1999 -- E3 2000 -- E3 2001 -- E3 2002
- E3 2003 -- E3 2004 -- E3 2005 -- E3 2006
- E3 2007 -- E3 2008 -- E3 2010 -- E3 2011
- E3 2012 -- E3 2013 -- E3 2014
The Penny Arcade Expo
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.
- Penny Arcade Expo
- PAX 2008 -- PAX 2009 -- PAX Prime 2010 -- PAX Prime 2011 -- PAX Prime 2012 -- PAX Prime 2013
- PAX East 2010 -- PAX East 2011 -- PAX East 2012 -- PAX East 2013
- The PAX 10 -- Boston Indie Showcase
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:
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?
Here's some of the pages I enjoyed making a page for.
- Car Wars - My most played TI-99/4A for sure.
- EverQuest Next - Cautiously optimisitc. Lots of fundamental changes to the genre.
- EverQuest Next Landmark - You got some Minecraft in my EQ.
- Forza Motorsport 4 - You're welcome, @pseg. Otherwise I'm sure there would never have been a page for this game.
- Forza Motorsport 5 - Probably my only Xbox One launch title.
- Guacamelee! - One of the best Vita games.
- inFamous: Second Son - Probably my most anticipated next-gen title right now.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us - I don't know shit about DC really, but I love MK.
- Killer Instinct - Played it at PAX. Still feels like KI to me.
- Lethal League - Pure insanity. Best game at UFGT9.
- Magic Darts - Apparently this NES is fairly rare. Darts games are always terrible, but we played the mess out of it since my step-dad was a tournament level darts player.
- Massive Chalice - Will you be in the credits?
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - Are we really sure what this is yet?
- Paper Toss - Best iOS time waster.
- Rock Band Blitz - Man I love this game.
- Samurai Gunn - One of the best from the Indie Mega Booth this year.
- Skins Game - Did you know Midway gave the Blitz treatment to a golf game?
- Sportsfriends - Super Pole Riders is where it's at!
- SSX - SSX3 is my favorite PS2 game ever. This one was alright.
- Star Wars Battlefront - This might get released one day, right?
- Super Smash Bros. - This...might get released one day, right?
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - I just created it, so I can say the amount of work on this page is amazing.
- Titanfall - I can't think of a game in all my E3's and PAX's that I had a better immediate positive reaction to. And I don't even play FPS games much.
- Tsumu - The world needs more games featuring hamsters that drive forklifts to build puzzles.
- WWE 2K14 - That Attitude mode was pretty great.
- You Don't Know Jack - Still gonna break this out during Christmas I think.
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.
- Battle B-Daman: Fire Spirits - You know what they say about anime.
- Ben 10: Omniverse
- Beyblade: Metal Fusion
- Brooktown High - I wonder if Drew worked on this.
- Brunswick Pro Bowling - It's not like the Wii came with the best bowling game possible.
- Danny Phantom: The Ultimate Enemy
- Darts vs. Zombies - Okay...we're done with zombie games now.
- Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey
- Enchanted: Once Upon Andalasia
- ESPN Great Outdoor Games: Bass 2002 - Fish on GBA while fishing on the lake, I guess?
- Fire Pro Wrestling - As a fan of Fire Pro, this game makes me so sad.
- Gumby vs. the Astrobots - Pretty sure anyone under 30 doesn't even know who Gumby is.
- Hamster Drop
- Herbie: Fully Loaded - Remember Lindsay Lohan?
- High School Musical: Makin' the Cut!
- Holly Hobbie & Friends
- Hunter's Trophy 2: Europa
- Just Dance 3 - It's sad that these outsell Dance Central.
- Konami Kids Playground: Toy Pals Fun with Numbers - There's a whole series of these.
- Le Tour de France 2012 - There's a bunch of good cheats for this game.
- Let's Sing and Dance
- MajiTen: Maji de Tenshi wo Tsukutte Mita - Japan-only Xbox 360 games. Who knew?
- Mark Davis Pro Bass Challenge
- Mary-Kate and Ashley: Crush Course - Is pizza involved?
- Mort the Chicken
- Parfait Station - Definitely not what you think it is.
- Requiem of Hell - You forgot the Ngage was a thing, didn't you?
- Space Station Tycoon
- The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree
- The Cheetah Girls: Pop Star Sensations
- Top Hand Rodeo Tour - And it's for Kinect! Gross.
- Touch Darts - You probably shouldn't.
- Walt Disney Pictures Presents Enchanted
- Zumba Fitness Core
- ラブトレ Mint
These are pages for games that never actually came out. Yes, that is allowed on the wiki.
- A Boy and His Blob DS - Oh, Majesco.
- ALFA: Antiterror
- B.C. - Another incomplete idea from Mr. Molyneux.
- Eight Days - Remember all those PS3 press conference games. Not this one.
- Fear Effect: Inferno - I actually liked Fear Effect.
- Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - I played this at E3 and it was pretty fun. Sort of Devil May Cry-ish, which so many games were in 2002.
- Kirby Adventure - This is why the only Kirby game you got on Gamecube was Air Ride.
- Lizzie McGuire & That's So Raven - Two great tastes!
- NBA Live 13 - Ugh.
- Nintendo Pennant Chase Baseball - Probably for the best. It was terrible at E3.
- Raven Blade - Retro was working on this before they got Metroid I think.
- Taxi Driver - You cancelin' me?
- The Getaway 3 - Lean on this wall for a while. You'll be okay.
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:
- Alcohol Tolerance - Probably some of my best work in terms of default images.
- Armor Dye - Not just color customization, but actual use of dye.
- Barefoot - Like Superfly.
- Behind the Waterfall - When is there not something back there?
- Color Cartridges
- Conjoined Twins
- Conning - This page glowers dubiously at you.
- Consolation Game - For when shit goes bad.
- Conveniently Obscured Nudity - Thanks, Raiden.
- Demo Included with Blu-ray Movie
- Discontinued MMO - Reminding @matt that The Matrix Online is gone forever.
- Fictionalized Real Holidays
- Foil Box Art - Oooh, shiny!
- Friendly Encouragement - Generic page for all types of Autolog.
- Graphics Overhaul - For when a game gets a new coat of paint without a rerelease.
- Inappropriate Attacks - Because someone needs to stop these snakes from kicking me!
- Invisible Bridges - Anyone got an ether medallion?
- Kobolds - We didn't have a page for kobolds? WTF?
- Lenticular Box Art
- Level Up Health Refill - Made this one while playing Diablo III.
- Manual Custom Soundtrack Support - This might be my favorite weird thing.
- Ordering Food - /pizza
- Pottery - I made so much damn platinum in EQ using this tradeskill.
- Pre-Match Movement - Quit jumping around!
- Raining Blood
- Retro Graphics Toggle - One of the coolest features in the last few years.
- Rolling Horizon - You know, like Animal Crossing.
- See Invisible
- Sequel in a Different Genre - Dynasty Warriors 1 was a fighting game.
- Throwing Weapons - I just like my choice of default image on this one.
- Versus Screen - There is no knowledge that is not power.
- Walking Through Walls - Get your Copperfield on.
- Yaks - Look, this is important.
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.
Most of the location pages I've started were specifically for EQ as well.
- Augusta National Golf Club - Hey, I like golf. Okay?
- Kelethin - Quite possibly the best midi music ever created.
- Kerafyrm's Lair - So much history in this zone both in terms of lore and players.
- Macon - My home town was in The Walking Dead.
- Netherrealm - I created pages for the other realms in MK too, but no one remembers those.
- Plane of Mischief - The weirdest, most fun zone in EQ while it lasted.
- Plane of Sky - One of the most unique zones in all of EQ.
- Rivervale - Home of the halflings. My home in EQ.
- The Great Wall of China - Bart Simpson skated it once.
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.
- Breezeboot's Frigid Gnasher - One of the rarest items ever in EQ. It's basically a gun. A BFG.
- Earring of the Solstice - I made hundreds of thousands of platinum because of this quest/item.
- Fuzzlecutter Formula 5000 - Just pure nostalgia for me.
- Hairband - Because Hitomi and Yukiko are the best.
- Jumjum - So versatile.
- Kilt - Not the utility version.
- Mead - We didn't have a page for mead? Come on, people.
- Paw of Opolla - One of the first quests I spent a ton of time on in EQ.
- Track Jacket - One out of ten doctors approve.
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?
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:
- Alan Drummer - I met him a couple times at E3. Most memorably he was the voice of "URNOTe" campaign for the original PlayStation.
- Andrew Pfister - He hates that default image from what I hear.
- Danny McBride - Shut the fuck up, Stevie.
- David Ellis - Needs a new image since he looks nothing like that anymore.
- Dr. Phillip Ahn - Did you know Shang Tsung is a doctor?
- Emma Stone - For Matt Rorie.
- Lauren Bleszinski - 1337.
- Leigh Alexander - <>
- Lia Montelongo - Another MK actor.
- Nick Suttner - That beard.
- Phil Hartman - So sad that Blasto was his last project.
- Stephen Toulouse - What a shill.
- Tom Wilkinson - How can one guy play both General Cornwallis and Benjamin Franklin?
- Ving Rhames - What does he look like?
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.