Community Gaming Outlook - 1/13/2012 (Test Entry 2)

Welcome to the Community Gaming Outlook! This week's entry is being posted to the forums in the hopes it will elicit additional feedback and suggestions. If you have and comments or criticism, most especially on the formatting, please don't hesitate to let me know!

There aren't any new events that I can find this week, but the PC Gaming Hub's efforts continue to pay off with plenty of offerings for game nights. If you're a PC gamer and you love first-person shooters, quite a few of their multiplayer gatherings should make you very happy. Also, we're adding a section for clubs, guilds, and groups this week! Read more about that below the weekly schedule.

Finally, these outlooks (for lack of a zazz-ier term) are kind of dull with only text, aren't they? If you take part in any of these community gaming events, I'd like to see your screenshots of the action! If your images are shared automatically through services like Steam or My Forza, just post a link to your gallery in the replies and I'll have a look at them. Otherwise, feel free to post the images directly into the replies. Thanks!

Friday, January 13th

Battlefield 3 Bombing Runs

Battlefield 3 (PC), 8:00 PM GMT for Europe, 6:30 PM PST for North America

Details here – The European server drew a good amount of people last week, and the North American server hit its 64-player cap not long after its start time. Some of that popularity might be from last week's TNT, but I have a sneaking suspicion Battlefield 3 is just that good. Seriously, if you have the game, you need to try and join your fellow Giant Bomb mates. It looks like loads of fun.

Saturday, January 14th

Battlefield 3 Community War

Battlefield 3 (PC), 3:30 PM PST

Details here – If Tuesdays and Fridays weren't enough for your Battlefield fix, the North American and European communities collide for yet another battle on the weekend! This currently alternates between Saturdays and Sundays each week.

Sunday, January 15th

Counter-Strike: Source Game Night

Counter-Strike: Source (PC), 2:00 PM PST

Details here – From the sounds of last week's event, wild and crazy times were had by a bunch of Giant Bombers. If you enjoy a little Counter-Strike in your life, then surely such claims are appealing to you! This event's a part of the PC Gaming Hub, and will be running on a bi-weekly basis, alternating with a Team Fortress 2 game night.

Monday, January 16th

SSFIV: AE Game Night

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (PC), 8:00 PM GMT for Europe, 6:30 PM PST for North America

Details here – Apparently, there was a small turnout for this last week, so there's talk about moving this to another day and time. Be aware of potential schedule changes in your fighting game glory, but please join these dudes. There has to be more than a couple interested SSFIV PC fans.

Tuesday, January 17th

Battlefield 3 Bombing Runs

Battlefield 3 (PC), 8:00 PM GMT for Europe, 6:30 PM PST for North America

Details here – Another night dedicated to the Battlefield 3 excitement. This appears to be decidedly smaller than the Friday Battlefield event, so if you're looking for a smaller, more personal bout of military warfare, check it out.

Wednesday, January 18th

Trackmania 2 Race Night

Trackmania 2: Canyon (PC), 6:00 PM PST

Details here, server details here – Dubstep, duders, and Dolemite. That's pretty much a given any night of the week in Trackmania 2, but Wednesday nights are the scheduled night for Giant Bomb to show up in force. You'll usually find a decent gathering during prime time hours on any night, though.

Thursday, January 19th

Red Orchestra 2 Game Night

Red Orchestra 2 (PC), 8:00 PM GMT for Europe, 6:30 PM PST for North America

Details here – Another scheduled event from the PC Gaming Hub initiative. I hear nine Giant Bombers joined at the European time to wreak havoc against randoms last week, so here's yet another decently-populated PC gaming night for you to join and enjoy.

Thursday Night Throwdown

??? (???), 4:00 PM PST

Live on Giant Bomb – Who knows? Ryan tweeted a picture of a card game, so next week's TNT may not have any community involvement. That shouldn't stop you from watching, of course. Also, pay attention to Ryan's Twitter account in case plans change and there's a game you can participate in, as friends lists can fill up fast. Turf toe.

Giant Bomb Forza Race Night

Forza Motorsport 4 (360), 7:30 PM PST

Details here – Race Night's numbers continue to thrive, and there are always a couple of spots open for people who want to enjoy our crazy brand of racing action. We're experiencing a few loading issues that limiting our ability to start specific races, but don't let that stop you from joining.

Clubs, Groups & Guilds

This section's brand new this week! While community gaming events are nice and dandy, some games also have community groups, either in-game or on Steam, that users can join to gather up for gaming fun times, any times. Every week, I'll list as many of these groups as I can find that are currently trying to gather users. As you might imagine, I'm going to miss quite a few of these at first, so if I overlook a group near and dear to your heart, just post a reply letting me know about it, and I'll list it next week. Please note that I'm trying to avoid simple gamertag exchange threads here, since most of those threads end up becoming overwhelming or outdated lists of users that aren't nearly as beneficial or manageable as a dedicated in-game group.

I should also note that while the Uncharted 3 group sort of falls astray of what I just said I'm trying to avoid, I'm listing them here in the hopes they'll get a recurring community event up and running. Seriously, people: pelvic thrusts and transforming into spiders. How can you say no to that?

  • Battlefield 3: Join the Battlefield 3 Steam group to keep up to date with the community!
  • EVE Online: Sounds like they're up to something in the community hub over here!
  • Forza Motorsport 4: The Giant Bomb Car Club is accepting requests to join! Warning: You will be spammed with lobby invites every Thursday night.
  • Minecraft: Read the rules if you want to join the Giant Bomb server's whitelist.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Kessler Run (Imperial) and Good Luck Have Bothans (Republic), both on the Mind Trick server.
  • Super Monday Night Combat: It might be an invitational at the moment, but the GB SMNC Steam group welcomes all Giant Bomb fans with SMNC access for outings.
  • Uncharted 3: The Uncharted 3 Hub's looking to gather people for game nights. If you're game, post your name in the player list and X19 will add you to the matchmaking PM.

Did I miss any community events or groups in these listings? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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Edited by PsEG

Welcome to the Community Gaming Outlook! This week's entry is being posted to the forums in the hopes it will elicit additional feedback and suggestions. If you have and comments or criticism, most especially on the formatting, please don't hesitate to let me know!

There aren't any new events that I can find this week, but the PC Gaming Hub's efforts continue to pay off with plenty of offerings for game nights. If you're a PC gamer and you love first-person shooters, quite a few of their multiplayer gatherings should make you very happy. Also, we're adding a section for clubs, guilds, and groups this week! Read more about that below the weekly schedule.

Finally, these outlooks (for lack of a zazz-ier term) are kind of dull with only text, aren't they? If you take part in any of these community gaming events, I'd like to see your screenshots of the action! If your images are shared automatically through services like Steam or My Forza, just post a link to your gallery in the replies and I'll have a look at them. Otherwise, feel free to post the images directly into the replies. Thanks!

Friday, January 13th

Battlefield 3 Bombing Runs

Battlefield 3 (PC), 8:00 PM GMT for Europe, 6:30 PM PST for North America

Details here – The European server drew a good amount of people last week, and the North American server hit its 64-player cap not long after its start time. Some of that popularity might be from last week's TNT, but I have a sneaking suspicion Battlefield 3 is just that good. Seriously, if you have the game, you need to try and join your fellow Giant Bomb mates. It looks like loads of fun.

Saturday, January 14th

Battlefield 3 Community War

Battlefield 3 (PC), 3:30 PM PST

Details here – If Tuesdays and Fridays weren't enough for your Battlefield fix, the North American and European communities collide for yet another battle on the weekend! This currently alternates between Saturdays and Sundays each week.

Sunday, January 15th

Counter-Strike: Source Game Night

Counter-Strike: Source (PC), 2:00 PM PST

Details here – From the sounds of last week's event, wild and crazy times were had by a bunch of Giant Bombers. If you enjoy a little Counter-Strike in your life, then surely such claims are appealing to you! This event's a part of the PC Gaming Hub, and will be running on a bi-weekly basis, alternating with a Team Fortress 2 game night.

Monday, January 16th

SSFIV: AE Game Night

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (PC), 8:00 PM GMT for Europe, 6:30 PM PST for North America

Details here – Apparently, there was a small turnout for this last week, so there's talk about moving this to another day and time. Be aware of potential schedule changes in your fighting game glory, but please join these dudes. There has to be more than a couple interested SSFIV PC fans.

Tuesday, January 17th

Battlefield 3 Bombing Runs

Battlefield 3 (PC), 8:00 PM GMT for Europe, 6:30 PM PST for North America

Details here – Another night dedicated to the Battlefield 3 excitement. This appears to be decidedly smaller than the Friday Battlefield event, so if you're looking for a smaller, more personal bout of military warfare, check it out.

Wednesday, January 18th

Trackmania 2 Race Night

Trackmania 2: Canyon (PC), 6:00 PM PST

Details here, server details here – Dubstep, duders, and Dolemite. That's pretty much a given any night of the week in Trackmania 2, but Wednesday nights are the scheduled night for Giant Bomb to show up in force. You'll usually find a decent gathering during prime time hours on any night, though.

Thursday, January 19th

Red Orchestra 2 Game Night

Red Orchestra 2 (PC), 8:00 PM GMT for Europe, 6:30 PM PST for North America

Details here – Another scheduled event from the PC Gaming Hub initiative. I hear nine Giant Bombers joined at the European time to wreak havoc against randoms last week, so here's yet another decently-populated PC gaming night for you to join and enjoy.

Thursday Night Throwdown

??? (???), 4:00 PM PST

Live on Giant Bomb – Who knows? Ryan tweeted a picture of a card game, so next week's TNT may not have any community involvement. That shouldn't stop you from watching, of course. Also, pay attention to Ryan's Twitter account in case plans change and there's a game you can participate in, as friends lists can fill up fast. Turf toe.

Giant Bomb Forza Race Night

Forza Motorsport 4 (360), 7:30 PM PST

Details here – Race Night's numbers continue to thrive, and there are always a couple of spots open for people who want to enjoy our crazy brand of racing action. We're experiencing a few loading issues that limiting our ability to start specific races, but don't let that stop you from joining.

Clubs, Groups & Guilds

This section's brand new this week! While community gaming events are nice and dandy, some games also have community groups, either in-game or on Steam, that users can join to gather up for gaming fun times, any times. Every week, I'll list as many of these groups as I can find that are currently trying to gather users. As you might imagine, I'm going to miss quite a few of these at first, so if I overlook a group near and dear to your heart, just post a reply letting me know about it, and I'll list it next week. Please note that I'm trying to avoid simple gamertag exchange threads here, since most of those threads end up becoming overwhelming or outdated lists of users that aren't nearly as beneficial or manageable as a dedicated in-game group.

I should also note that while the Uncharted 3 group sort of falls astray of what I just said I'm trying to avoid, I'm listing them here in the hopes they'll get a recurring community event up and running. Seriously, people: pelvic thrusts and transforming into spiders. How can you say no to that?

  • Battlefield 3: Join the Battlefield 3 Steam group to keep up to date with the community!
  • EVE Online: Sounds like they're up to something in the community hub over here!
  • Forza Motorsport 4: The Giant Bomb Car Club is accepting requests to join! Warning: You will be spammed with lobby invites every Thursday night.
  • Minecraft: Read the rules if you want to join the Giant Bomb server's whitelist.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Kessler Run (Imperial) and Good Luck Have Bothans (Republic), both on the Mind Trick server.
  • Super Monday Night Combat: It might be an invitational at the moment, but the GB SMNC Steam group welcomes all Giant Bomb fans with SMNC access for outings.
  • Uncharted 3: The Uncharted 3 Hub's looking to gather people for game nights. If you're game, post your name in the player list and X19 will add you to the matchmaking PM.

Did I miss any community events or groups in these listings? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

Moderator
Edited by AhmadMetallic

Awesome new entry! Moderator support for the various community gamenights is just what we need. 
 
My feedback: 

  • You should add the TF2 run even if it's scheduled for next week, so people don't think it was canceled or something. Also if you mention that it's, surprisingly, not getting any love, maybe that'll get some more people to install/play it! 
  • Maybe you can add to the Hub's description that it also has some MOBAs and strategy games in the works? Sure the current gamenights are all for FPS but the purpose of it is to be comprehensive and include any PC game nights. The non-FPS games need as much spotlight as they can get because sadly they're not doing too well at the moment.
 
Also, everyone, the schedule up there is a calendar, NOT a "this game is played on this day" kind of thing, since the schedule is dynamic and the games take turns week after week.
Edited by X19

We are organizing some three man co op events this weekend. Anyone interested in completing adventure maps on crushing or collecting treasures in arena here's your chance. It's all happening in the PM so add your name in the hub and I will add you to the PM. 
 
The more regulars we get the more likely competitive custom matches will occur too. During UC2 we used to make videos of those matches which was always a good laugh.
 
Anyone new to the multiplayer can read up on the basics in the hub. Also you can ask me questions in the PM about anything regarding the game because there's little I don't know or haven't tried.
 
There's my pitch :) 
 
@PsEG Your link is dead for the page in the OP. The Giant Bomb Uncharted 3 Hub
 

Posted by AhmadMetallic
@PsEG: Friday is now dedicated to ArmA II Free.  
 
That means BF3 gets a bombing run on tuesdays and a Community War saturday/sunday alternately.
Posted by drevilbones

This is a great post! Thanks for putting all this stuff in one place.

Perhaps a google calendar or similar free tool would be useful for keeping track of these things?

Posted by PsEG

@AhmadMetallic: I've added a note about the CS:S/TF2 trade-off, and I'll have ArmA II Free set for next week's outlook. Hopefully the dates have made it more evident that this is always intended to be a "week ahead" glance, looking only to the next seven days rather than stating "all Thursdays will be like this" or the sort.

@X19: Thanks for pointing out the link issue! It seems most of the links I pasted in break the instant this changes from a blog post to a forum post, since the parchment shortens them a little (replacing "http://www.giantbomb.com/" with "../" a few times over -- directory/folder commands and all that don't stay consistent if the post changes locations, if my obtuse explanation makes any sense). I'll see if I can find a better way of fixing that in the future, or failing that, whine at gpbmike and see if it's something the Top Men can work on in the future.

@drevilbones: A Google calendar might be nifty, but given the volatility of these sorts of gaming events, I'd be a little hesitant to project too far ahead. Still, it's something I'll look into tinkering with, since I quite like Google Calendar.

Moderator
Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

This is a hell of a neat thing to do, PsEG. I cannot wait until I've got a better PC to jump into some Old Republic with the gang. Thanks for doing this.

Moderator
Edited by X19
@PsEG: Yeah this started happening when they brought in the new version of the site. My TNT Archive was originally a blog post but all the links didn't work if viewed in the forums. There was a guy who always used to help in the Bug Report section who told me to shorten the command line, worked perfectly after that.
 
Will test it here as it's been a while.
 
http://www.giantbomb.com/profile/pseg/
 
/profile/pseg/
 
Edit: Yeah try the direct link without the Giant Bomb at the beginning.
 
Btw it appears from the UC3 PM a couple of duders will be playing UC3 tonight.