GB Weekly Feed on Hiatus

I'm not big into these sort of statements so I'll keep this brief. I am putting my GB Weekly Feed blog on (most likely permanent) hiatus. I have two main reasons for this. 

  1. Not enough people really use or even see it, which defeats the purpose of it anyways.
  2. I need to make time for other projects.
 
I initially started the weekly blog in the first place just to keep myself writing a little on a regular basis. I couldn't think of anything to write about, so I decided to promote material by overlooked users. I would still like to promote users somehow, but if I decide on a way to do so, it will not be in a format so similar to The Community Spotlight. 
 
As for contests, I'll keep doing that one way or another. The current contest with three prizes is still going. Keep an eye out for more from me in the future.
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GB Weekly Feed #8: Monthly Special Edition (Feb. 20 - Feb. 26)


*Image by GB user MarkWahlberg 
 

March Contest

I was going to have a recent game as the prize for this month's contest, but I have decided instead to offer several less expensive titles. No designing this month, so entering will be much easier. I had a sudden urge for a Double Fine theme. Note: You're on the honor system to buy the XBLA game with the points. I will follow up with that winner, so don't do anything to taint your name (you also get $5 extra, so don't be a chump).
 

Prizes

  1. Psychonauts (PC/Steam version)
  2. Brütal Legend (X360 or PS3)
  3. Stacking or Costume Quest (actual prize: 1600 Microsoft Points card code - $20 value)
 

Contest

Simply post here stating your most important contribution(s) to Whiskey Media (any site). Blogs, reviews, wiki, paid membership, etc. Also state the game(s) you would like in order of importance (1 being the one you most want, then go from there). Only naming one game does not lower your chances of winning. Please do not list games you do not want, do not intend to play, or already own. Also state if you need a PAL version and I'll see what I can do for you if you win. 
  

Deadline

March 12, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT - 5) 

*One prize per winner. Winners chosen at random. Deliveries only made to actual addresses (no P.O. box).  
   

User Blogs and Topics

Featured User: vidiot

Join Date# of BlogsForum PostsQuest LevelWiki Points
 Day One: Arrow Pointing Down 50-99: Aspiring Writer 1,000-2,999: Outspoken 20-29: I've Got My Robe And Wizard Hat 1-999: Knows A Thing Or Two
 
Featured for a well-written blog entry. He has some other good ones too, so look him up.
 

General Mentions

Frequent Blogs and Series

Contests/Giveaways


User Reviews

Featured User: Apocralyptic

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 Year Three: The Best Is Yet To Come 0-14: Indecisive 0-249: Lurker 20-29: I've Got My Robe And Wizard Hat 1-999: Knows A Thing Or Two
 
Featured for regularly posting reviews worth mentioning and having a nifty score diagram.
 
Bulletstorm 
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds 
Killzone 3 
Dead Space 2 
Others 

User Guides


New From Origina1Penguin

Since I terminated release dates from The Weekly Feed, the calendar is obviously gone too. I had planned to replace it with something, but a lack of feedback and ideas has left me a bit aimless. If I think of something (or someone super cool suggests something great), then I'll edit it in. I'll have more free time to experiment once I'm back in school, or should I say when I stop working full time. I had some free time, so I updated my APB Reloaded thread with more Beta details and general updates.
 
Speaking of free time, I actually did some decent gaming this week. First of all, I've been playing a bunch of Minecraft. I downloaded four texture mods, but have only tried one so far. It is an amazing HD texture pack and it makes the game so much better to me (and I'm no graphics whore). I also got a cel-shaded pack, a Legend of Zelda pack, and a clay pack (makes everything look like it's made of clay). The game has been crashing on me though (even without new textures) since the recent update with beds. Hopefully Notch and Co. will fix that after GDC because it's apparently a widespread problem. 
 
I also jumped back into Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. This is my favorite multiplayer game of all time and I've been dying to play more. Punkbuster has dicked me around a bit while trying to join games, but I have gotten onto a couple servers. I've read Windows 7's UAC settings may be responsible, so I'll see if I can lower that to join more games. Anyways, the game still holds up and is incredibly competitive. It's been a long time since I played, so my skill is a bit off. I did manage to stay in the top 3-5 simply because I played the classes well. Six medics and no field ops is a frustrating site to see, so I played FO a lot even though it's not my favorite class. It's a really good game to train your PC aiming abilities though. It takes more bullets to kill enemies than more modern games so you focus on head shots a lot (even then it takes 3 hits with an smg). Look for GLHB if you happen to be playing next week.
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GB Weekly Feed #7 (Feb. 13 - Feb. 19, 2011)


*Image by GB user MarkWahlberg 
 

User Blogs and Topics 

Featured User: aurahack  

Join Date# of BlogsForum PostsQuest LevelWiki Points
 Day One: Arrow Pointing Down 50-99: Aspiring Writer 250-999: Plain Poster 20-29: I've Got My Robe And Wizard Hat 25,000-99,999: The Other Mother Brain
 
Featured for posting some great blogs on a daily basis. It's usually quite difficult to find frequent blogs that are worth a damn. 


Frequent Blogs and Series

Contests/Giveaways


User Reviews

Featured User: AwesomeSauceScotteh 

Join Date# of BlogsForum PostsQuest LevelWiki Points
 Year Three: The Best Is Yet To Come 0-14: Indecisive 0-249: Lurker 1-9: Basic Questing 0: What Good Are You?
 
Featured for bringing three excellent video reviews to the site this week.
 
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds 
Dead Space 2 
Test Drive Unlimited 2 
 
 

User Guides

No actual guides this week, but there is this: 

 
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds - TNT Archive Page 8 by X19, Devildoll, B0nd07, ZeekDaGeek 
 

New From Origina1Penguin

Holy crap, did you guys write enough reviews this week!? I am glad to see more consistently worthwhile reviews being posted though, so keep up the good work. Let's see some more of those video reviews, too. Oh, and Video_Game_King finally finished his Braid review. Be sure to read it and give it a positive rating. I will probably keep the format I used today for reviews (group multiples, list singles). But, as always, I'll brainstorm ways to improve things and take suggestions as well. 
 
I'm not sure what's up with the emblems not displaying correctly. I did everything the same as always. I'll create an error topic on it tomorrow if I can't get it fixed. You may also have noticed I don't have one for Aspiring Writer yet. Just laziness on my part; I have the design ready, but haven't actually created it yet. I need to finish a few I have lined up actually. To my more faithful readers: Do you think I should distinguish the top-tier emblems from the rest with a different color scheme? For example, Arrow Pointing Down is the "best" emblem for join date. Maybe use red silhouettes for those? 
 
I have a few plans for this week. I'm definitely going to start working on my special GB project again. I also have a couple of topics I need to update in the forums. Next weekend will be the March Preview Edition which means a new contest and prize. I have not finalized a prize decision, so I will consider prize suggestions between now and the next Weekly Feed post. 
 
On a more personal side of things, I bought a new mouse and season one of Archer. That's all for this week! 


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GB Weekly Feed #6 (Feb. 6 - Feb. 12, 2011)



February Contest Results

Winner: MarkWahlberg 
Prize: Alan Wake (X360) Full Game Download Code  

MarkWahlberg posted my favorite design for the GB Weekly Feed (you may have noticed it above). Thanks to all who entered their own designs. Next month's contest will not require designing, so keep an eye out for it if you want to win free stuff.
 

User Blogs and Topics

Featured User: Matt 

Join Date# of BlogsForum PostsQuest LevelWiki Points
 Day One: Arrow Pointing Down 15-49: Journal Keeper 250-999: Plain Poster 20-29: I've Got My Robe And Wizard Hat 1-999: Knows A Thing Or Two
 
Featured for great blogging and for being Pascual.
 

Blog Series and Frequent Blogs

Contests/Giveaways

 
The Community Spotlight - 02/10/2011 by ZombiePie.
 

User Reviews

Featured User: BurningStickMan 

Join Date# of BlogsForum PostsQuest LevelWiki Points
 Year Three: The Best Is Yet To Come 0-14: Indecisive 0-249: Lurker 20-29: I've Got My Robe And Wizard Hat 5,000-24,999: Game Genie
 
Featured for cranking out several great reviews this week.
 
Resistance: Fall of Man 
APOX 
Dead Space 2 
Medal of Honor 
Beavis and Butt-head in Virtual Stupidity 
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood 
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 
Test Drive Unlimited 2 
Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 
Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors 
Treasure Treasure: Fortress Forage 
Dragon Age: Origins 
Prison Break: The Conspiracy 
You Don't Know Jack 
Decay - Part 3 
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 
Half-Life: Blue Shift 
Ghostbusters: The Video Game 
Red Faction 
Stacking 
Braid 

   

User Guides


New from Origina1Penguin

"Wait a minute," you may be thinking, "Where's the new and upcoming releases?" Well, obviously not here. I don't like reporting inaccurate release dates, and I seem to have trouble finding reliable dates. Plus, it is not really relevant enough to what I'm doing here with the Weekly Feed. So, unless there's much outcry for it to come back (I doubt it), it is history. You may also notice some new formatting. I'm not sure I will keep the reviews format exactly this way, but I will keep the games grouped somehow. I'll think about adding something new to make up for lost content. 
 
I played a bit of Stacking and I'm really loving it so far. I thought it would be easier to find all solutions but it was a pleasant surprise to find out how complex some are. I bought Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood yesterday, but I doubt I'll be playing it anytime soon (I have a huge backlog building up). I'm a bit disappointed with how incredible unproductive I was this week, so next week I'm going to try to make up for it. 
 
As usual, please comment and/or give suggestions. What do you want more from the Weekly Feed? Is there anything you don't like? Would like more blogs from me during the week? What would you like to see for the next contest?
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GB Weekly Feed #5 (January 30 - February 5, 2011)

New Releases (January 30 - February 5)

February 1, Tuesday 

February 2, Wednesday 

February 4, Friday 

 

Upcoming Releases (February 6 - February 12)

February 7, Monday 

February 8, Tuesday 

February 9, Wednesday  

February 11, Friday 

  

User Blogs and Topics

Featured User: Vito_Raliffe 

Join Date# of BlogsForum PostsQuest LevelWiki Points
 Day One: Arrow Pointing Down 0-14: Indecisive 1,000-2,999: Outspoken 30-39: The New Brody 5,000-24,999: Game Genie
Featured for releasing some incredible work in his blog this week, and for his generous weekly game giveaway.
 
 
And as always, check The Community Spotlight brought to you by ZombiePie.
 

User Reviews

Featured User: therpgfanatic 

Join Date# of BlogsForum PostsQuest LevelWiki Points
 Year Two: Building A Better Bomb 0-14: Indecisive 0-249: Lurker 1-9: Basic Questing 0: What Good Are You?
Featured for video reviews, yo. It was hard to choose this week, but video reviews aren't common here.
 
 

User Guides 


 

New From Origina1Penguin

Another fairly uneventful week for my gaming. I'm pretty much grinding Flowerz on WP7 for achievements now. The fun has long past. I will definitely be buying Stacking when it comes out and I'll make time to play it even if I shouldn't. I've also made some major strides in my secret project and hopefully it will start developing much quicker once I have a good system going. As is, it's only about 6% done. And no, that number is not arbitrary. 
 
Speaking of stuff I'm working on, I am very disappointed with the turnout on my Alan Wake giveaway contest. If you missed it, it is in last week's GB Weekly Feed and the deadline is one week away. I don't care where you post it as long as I get it. I may have to reschedule when I post the blog so I get more views. 
 
To all readers, I'm still open to suggestions for this weekly blog. If there is anything more you want to see then let me know. Or if there is something that you don't like, too.
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GB Weekly Feed #4 (Jan 23 - Jan 29): February Preview Edition



I know the calendar is basically unreadable. I promise to improve the calendar for next month. 
 

New Releases (January 23 - January 29)

January 25, Tuesday 

January 26, Wednesday 

 

Upcoming Releases (January 30 - February 5)

February 1, Tuesday 

February 2, Wednesday 

February 4, Friday 

 

User Blogs and Topics

Featured User: Gamer_152 

Join Date# of BlogsForum PostsQuest LevelWiki Points
 Day One: Arrow Pointing Down 100-199: Novelist 3,000-9,999: Epic Poster 30-39: The New Brody 25,000-99,999: The Other Mother Brain
Featured for his continuing dedication to Giant Bomb with multiple reviews, great blogs, and regular contributions. I salute you, sir.
 
 

User Reviews

Featured User: TrueEnglishGent 

Join Date# of BlogsForum PostsQuest LevelWiki Points
 Year One: The Wild West 100-199: Novelist 250-999: Plain Poster 20-29: I've Got My Robe And Wizard Hat 1-999: Knows A Thing Or Two
Featured for having well-written reviews presented in a clean and concise manner.

 

User Guides


 

New From Origina1Penguin

After everything you see above, I'm not really in the mood to type more so I'll keep this part brief. I got the board game Dominion + all of its expansions in the mail this week. I look forward to trying that after Will Smith's glowing recommendation. I also bought all of the DLC for Fallout 3 on the PC via GFW Marketplace. I tried playing some but the game crashed and I didn't come back to it. All of my WP7 games are still being played, so no reviews ready for those yet. 
 
As promised, guides are now in the Weekly Feed. I'd like to see more of those from users so I can keep posting them every week. This edition is also a monthly special. I intended to have sales figures for games released in December (the previous month), but I decided to leave that out unless it receives popular demand to be a monthly feature. The preview calendar will return each month but I will definitely make it more readable for the future. 
 
To start speculation and hype, I'm putting this out there: I am working on a super awesome secret project for Giant Bomb. It will hopefully be ready in 1-2 months. It involves something users love dearly and free stuff from me to you. Well, specifically, one of you. Let the rumors begin! 
 
And now, I'd like to present my final monthly special feature... 
 

Monthly Contest

So many users are in the giving spirit; it brings a tear to my eye. The more the merrier, right? Each month I will have a small contest in which the winner will receive a free item or items declared as the prize. Contestants will have two weeks to complete the contest unless stated otherwise. Without further delay, here's contest number one! 
 

Prize

Alan Wake Download Code - Full Game (Xbox 360) 
 

Contest 

Design a banner for my blog series, The Weekly Feed. I will choose a winner directly based on my favorite entry, even if I don't end up using it. Bonus points for making the banner blend well with GB's background gray color. I also like neon against dark colors. Good luck! 
 
Deadline: February 12, Saturday @ 11:59 PM Eastern Time (GMT - 5)
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GB Weekly Feed #3 (January 16 - January 22, 2011)

New Releases (January 16 - January 22) 

January 18, Tuesday
 

Upcoming Releases (January 23 - January 29) 

January 25, Tuesday  

January 26, Wednesday

  

User Blogs and Topics

Featured User: Video_Game_King 

Join Date# of BlogsForum PostsQuest LevelWiki Points
 Day One: Arrow Pointing Down 100-199: Novelist 10,000-19,999: Key-liminator 30-39: The New Brody 5,000-24,999: Game Genie
Featured for beating 1000 games. 'Nuff said.
 

User Reviews

Featured User: ranger5000 

Join Date# of BlogsForum PostsQuest LevelWiki Points
 Year One: The Wild West 0-14: Indecisive 0-249: Lurker 10-19: Rising Star 1-999: Knows A Thing Or Two
Featured for having several quality reviews on the site and being mentioned before in the Weekly Feed. 

 
***The website would not display all of the recent reviews for me, so I will update this section when I can see the rest of them*** 
  

New From Origina1Penguin

Busy with personal stuff this week, so no gaming at home. However, I did get a couple new mobile games including Zombies, a WP7 game which is apparently based off of a board game. I ran some new 16 gauge speaker wire in my bedroom, but I still need to set up the speakers again. Oh, and I bought my ferrets a new hammock. Ooh! AND I watched the entire first season of The Walking Dead on AMC. That show is really good. I hope the rumor of a Telltale game after it is true.
 
For Giant Bomb, I made a thread with APB Reloaded information. Concrete details are scarce right now, so there isn't much to it. I will edit in updates as I see them. 
 
For the Weekly Feed, I have a couple changes. I didn't screw up the dates. I have moved it's release to Sunday and will cover the previous Sunday through Saturday. This is easier for me and it allows me to include any late postings from Saturday that I would have otherwise missed. I've also refined my emblem categories slightly. Starting next week, I'll begin including guides from GB into the Weekly Feed as well. It won't always have something though because I only include items that were released the week I'm covering in the Feed. Sadly, guides aren't posted that often. I'm going to look into listing downloadable game releases as well. 
 
Remember, next weekend will be the monthly special. As always, comments and constructive criticism is welcome. Improve the Weekly Feed to your liking!
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GB Weekly Feed #2 (January 8 - January 14, 2011)

New Releases (January 8 - January 14) 

January 11, Tuesday  


Upcoming Releases (January 15 - January 21)

January 18, Tuesday 

 

User Blogs and Topics

Featured User: TheUnpopularGamer   

Join Date# of BlogsForum PostsQuest LevelWiki Points
 Year Three: The Best Is Yet To Come 0-15: Indecisive 0-249: Lurker 1-9: Basic Quester 0: What Good Are You?
Featured for having three thought-provoking blogs. I enjoyed pondering his points, and although I may not agree with everything written, I still encourage more blogs like it from him and other users.

 

User Reviews

Featured User: C_Rakestraw  

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 Day One: Arrow Pointing Down 0-15: Indecisive 250-999: Plain Poster 10-19: Rising Star 5000-24999: Game Genie
Featured for not only multiple quality reviews this week, but also dozens of others under his belt.
 
 

New From Origina1Penguin

Wow. You guys have been busy. It took a long time to go through all those forum topics and reviews. That's why this is going up Sunday instead of Saturday. Don't be alarmed if that happens again in the future, but I'll always try to have it up on Saturday. 
 
A few changes to the format this week. I'm now picking noteworthy topics as well as blogs. I've also included next week's releases in case anyone wants to investigate them before release. To top it off, another emblem category was added: wiki points. The wiki is very important to the site so I felt it needed to be shown as well. You may also have noticed I don't have the emblem for quest levels 10-19 complete yet, but that should be fixed by next week. 
 
Now on to personal stuff. I have the photo of my Tron controllers as promised. Bask in their glory: 

All done? Have a second take if you need to. The orange controller was the rare one with only 250 made, so it was obviously more expensive. I managed to get both for reasonable prices on eBay though. I'm also waiting on my Back to the Future Trilogy box set to come in from eBay so I can watch them before playing the Telltale game. 
 
I didn't play any games during the work week at home, but I did manage to play some Windows Phone 7 games on Xbox Live. I may may post some impressions or reviews in the future. Today, I finished Dragon Age: Origins and the Witch Hunt DLC. I really enjoyed the last hour of the main game but I was a little bit disappointed by the ending just being text. The end of Witch Hunt gave me a little bit of comfort, but I still think it ended very abruptly and poorly overall. I'll move on to the other DLC next week. 
 
I've been watching the DC Universe Online coverage from several sources and I'm really interested in the game. However, I have never "subscribed" to a game and I'm still not keen on the idea. So, I'm waiting for Champions Online to go free-to-play and I'll try it out. If nothing else, I usually dick around in character creators for hours. Be sure to check out GB user Matt's videos of DC Universe Online (linked above). 
 
That's pretty much it for now. Again, feel free to give suggestions and constructive criticism about the Weekly Feed. I'm still working on improvements on my end though, so expect it to keep coming bigger and better. 
 
Update: Quest emblem is entered now.
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GB Weekly Feed #1

New Releases (January 1 - January 7) 

January 3, Monday 
January 4, Tuesday 
  • Lost In Shadow (Wii) 
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House (DS) 
January 5, Wednesday 
 

User Blogs

  Featured Blogger: AlisterCat
 
Join Date# of BlogsForum PostsQuest Level
 Year Two - Building a Better Bomb 16-50 - Journal Keeper 1000-1999 - Outspoken 20-29 - I've Got My Robe and Wizard Hat
 Featured for three interesting blogs this week: Blog #18, Blog #19, and Blog #20.
 
 

User Reviews

  Featured Reviewer: Popskinz 


Join Date# of BlogsForums PostsQuest Level
 Year Three - The Best Is Yet To Come 0-15 - Indecisive 0-249 - Lurker 1-9 - Basic Quester
 Featured for being a new user who already has several well-written and useful reviews.

 

New From Origina1Penguin

 I couldn't get a whole lot done this week because I was so tired from work. I did manage to keep my promise to myself to start up this weekly blog. I also put up a not-so-successful humorous blog, but we'll just move on from that. Other than that, I was busy playing Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition and creating emblems for this blog. But more on that later. Back to Dragon Age, wow is that a long game or what? I already owned a copy of the game, but during the Steam holiday sale I just had to nab an Ultimate Edition copy. To save time, I've been cheating through the stuff I already did with my last character. I just don't have the time for those long battles. Anyways, I'm having a really great time with the story and characters. I can't wait to finish up the main game so I can start through all the DLC. Then I move back to Fallout: New Vegas
  
I got a few thing in the mail. My Tron Xbox 360 controllers are both in (one blue, one orange). I'll put pictures of that up sometime next week. I also got Deadly Premonition from Newegg as well as the Forza 3 Ultimate Edition copy that I gave to my brother for his birthday. My new 360 slim is hooked up now and all the content I wanted to keep has been transfered to it. It's super sexy. My brother bought my old 360 and is gifting that to his girlfriend along with four great games. Now he'll be able to play co-op with me while he's away, so that's cool. I have an extra download code for Alan Wake, so I might have a contest for that at some point in the future.
 
Now to talk about this Weekly Feed thing. (I thought about calling it Weekly Explosion, but it seemed too cheesy) The purpose of this blog series is to point out noteworthy users in the community so you don't have to dig through the site to find them (like I've been doing). In case you somehow have missed it, ZombiePie has an ongoing project called The Community Spotlight which he also does weekly. I'm not trying to do the same thing exactly, but rather I'm trying to compliment his work by providing an alternate source of community appreciation. He has been doing a great job with for quite a while now, so definitely look for it anchored at the top of the General Discussion board. 
 
I plan on expanding this a little bit. I'll add more emblems and categories for featured users. I just didn't have time for it this week. Also, I will feature a preview calendar at the end of each month as well as more game-specific preview content from myself. I'll make some fancy artwork (or try to, at least) and add more flare overall. Please give me any feedback you have. Would you like to see review scores next to each user review link? More info on featured users? Less links? Any feedback is appreciated, but preferably keep it constructive.
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