Best of Giant Bomb 78 - I Am Become Mega

I was getting behind, so I just decided to mix and match two planned videos together just in order to be on top of GB videos. Hopefully now I'll be able to start out fresh and keep up with it.

The "Good Idea/Bad Idea" thing came from Maffew from Botchamania fame doing it years ago, and I've always wanted to take a stab at it. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

As always, if you see something that you feel should be in these videos, feel free to give me a @turboman call out in the comments and give me a time stamp. It really helps (thanks to @dudeglove)

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Best of Giant Bomb 76 - I Have No Keyboard

There was a weird moment in my life where I was playing HellDivers and then stumbled into a quick look (and fucking crushed it, I might add). It was super fun to be a part of something that I've viewed and edited around for years and I'm so happy that it happened.

The Bloodborne GBEast video is something that's really worth checking out fully if you're a premium member. Watching the way Vinny interacts with the Souls games really makes me second guess my hatred for those games. I love being able to live through Vinny's experience with them.

I remember being super pumped about Playstation Home when it was first announced and was on board with the idea of ditching the XMB for the virtual world at first. However, after ten minutes of anybody messing with it, it was clear that there was nothing to do except dance around in whacky costumes. Anyways, I could of probably made a whole video around the Playstation Home livestream Giant Bomb did, so I suggest people to watch that full video if they haven't already.

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Here's the full playlist if you haven't seen any of my videos in the past.

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Wrestling Thread's Best of 2014 Awards: Day 4

A special thank you to papercut for coming up with our "Brass Ring" trophies.

As with every year in wrestling, there have been numerous ups and downs throughout the year. We have decided to come together for the first time ever and selected the highlights and lowlights of 2014. The polls opened a couple of weeks ago and we were met with over 130 total entries, so thank you to everyone who went out of their way and voted. With the WWE and NJPW completely changing their revenue models, pro wrestling has become much more affordable to get into and enjoy, and we hope that those from the outside who don't quite know where to begin would try and take the plunge with this list that will be shown in the next few days. Thank you for taking the time to read these and please feel free to discuss in The Wrestling Thread.

Recap of Day One

Recap of Day Two

Recap of Day Three

Best Female Wrestler of the Year - Charlotte

You've got big shoes to fill if you happen to be a descendant of Ric Flair, and it's looking like Charlotte might be up to the task. In the few matches that she was in before 2014 began, you could definitely tell that she was athletic and had some sort of potential if she had a few more years of experience under her belt.

Then she had a match against veteran Natalya during NXT Takeover that might be one of the best women's matches WWE has held in years. Charlotte has been able to have consistently great matches throughout the year since then on NXT PPVs. She has exceeded everyone's expectations very quickly, which has me very excited about her future in pro wrestling.

Runners-Up: Candice Lerae, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Paige

Best Male Wrestler of the Year - Sami Zayn

The best thing you can say about a wrestler is that you can pair him up with absolutely anybody and you will still get at least a good match. Zayn has done exactly that with everyone at NXT and has proven that he will steal the show no matter where he is placed on the card. He also possesses that rare quality of just being a naturally likable person and has grown tremendously in his ability to cut a promo over the last two years. With the way that 2014 ended, it's looking like Sami Zayn will have another great year in 2015 when he starts his feud against Kevin Owens(once again).

Runner-Ups: Kazuchika Okada, Ricochet, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose

Best Non-WWE Match of the Year - Okada vs. Nakamura

First of all, do yourself a favor and if you haven't watched any of NJPW's G1 Tournament from this year, try and fix that. There are dozens of extremely great matches that took place during it. However, the final match was something special. Shinsuke Nakamura and Kazuchika Okada are two of the three biggest stars in NJPW, and they almost have never fought each other before (due to being in the same stable).

The match was a spectacle, managing to fill up a baseball stadium worth of fans who wanted to see the finals. When the match gets into the final stretch, there are a number of brilliant moments that will leave you with your jaw open. One of the best moments of wrestling all year is when Nakamura counters Okada's "Rainmaker". I have probably watched the gif of this counter hundreds of times just to figure out what in the hell even happened, it's something to behold.

If anybody needs any kind of introduction into alternative styles of professional wrestling there is outside of the WWE, this is a pretty great place to start.

Runners-Up: AJ Styles vs. Minoru Suzuki, Kota Ibushi vs. Ricochet, The Throwbacks vs. The Devastation Corporation, The Young Bucks vs. World's Cutest Tag Team

Best WWE Match of the Year - Shield vs. The Wyatt Family

Whenever you have a sold out arena chanting "This is awesome" before the match even begins, you know you've done something right. These two stables that dominated throughout 2013 finally crossed paths in the beginning of 2014. The story was pretty simple: There can only be one dominant group in WWE.

  • This was a match where everybody involved looked like a mega star by the end of it.
  • Eric Rowan continued to prove a lot of people wrong and could perfectly handle his share of the load
  • Luke Harper might be one of the most talented big men of all time
  • Bray Wyatt could be a huge deal if he is used right
  • Roman Reigns is very exciting to watch and is believable when he's kicking ass
  • Seth Rollins isn't going to be left in the dust when The Shield breaks up (something that definitely became true once The Shield did break up)
  • Dean Ambrose is a fucking crazy man

This might not be the best technical match of the year, but it's probably one of the best examples of telling a story during a match, and everybody was more respected by the crowd after this match.

Watch Wyatts vs. Shield on WWE Network, it has much less butt rock than the video below.

Runners-Up: Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, Charlotte vs. Natalya, Sami Zayn vs. Adrian Neville, Adrian Neville vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Tyler Breeze

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Wrestling Thread's Best of 2014 Awards: Day 3

A special thank you to papercut for coming up with our "Brass Ring" trophies.

As with every year in wrestling, there have been numerous ups and downs throughout the year. We have decided to come together for the first time ever and selected the highlights and lowlights of 2014. The polls opened a couple of weeks ago and we were met with over 130 total entries, so thank you to everyone who went out of their way and voted. With the WWE and NJPW completely changing their revenue models, pro wrestling has become much more affordable to get into and enjoy, and we hope that those from the outside who don't quite know where to begin would try and take the plunge with this list that will be shown in the next few days. Thank you for taking the time to read these and please feel free to discuss in The Wrestling Thread.

Recap of Day One

Recap of Day Two

Promotion of the Year - NXT

The idea of NXT is to be a developmental promotion to get their wrestlers ready for the main roster in the WWE. Over the past year, it's quite clear that there are probably seven or eight talents that are definitely ready for the next step, the only problem is that nobody writing for the WWE seems to know what they're doing anymore and the people that are responsible for NXT are knocking it out of the park. They've got some of the best wrestlers in the world in the main event picture, they have the best women's division in the world, and they are blessed with a very good crowd of fans every week.

One of the best reasons to have the WWE Network is to be able to watch NXT and their PPV's.

Runners-Up: NJPW, PWG, ROH, Chikara

Best Wrestling Game of 2014 - The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

I vanished.

— ec3 (@EthanCarterTNA) August 12, 2014

Runners-Up: WWE Supercard, Crazy Taxi ft. Hulk Hogan, WWE 2k15, Gang Beasts

Best Feud - Daniel Bryan vs. The Authority

Feuds like Bryan vs. The Authority are so great because after watching the hero having to go through so much hell for nine months, he finally wins the big one.

Daniel Bryan was not scheduled to be in the main event in WrestleMania 30. It all started when he wasn't even in the Royal Rumble which caused the crowd to turn on the winner, Batista. CM Punk deciding to quit also left Triple H without an opponent for Wrestlemania. So due to those things happening along with the audience at every live WWE show giving them shit for not getting what they want, we got to have Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan along with Daniel Bryan being shifted into the main event of Wrestlemania match with Randy Orton and Batista. That night people was able to have the exact conclusion that they all wanted by having Daniel Bryan win the main event.

Runners-Up: Sami Zayn vs. Adrian Neville, The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family, Kazuchika Okada vs. AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

Worst Match of the Year - Cameron vs. Naomi

Either Cameron has been in pro wrestling for three years and still doesn't understand basic rules or she is secretly the second coming of Andy Kaufman. There's definitely been worse matches in the Diva's division over the years, but I don't think I've ever in my life somebody go for a pin with their opponent laying on their stomach before.

The rest of this match is awful. There are about four or five spots where Cameron looks like she legitimately hurts Naomi, including one place where she sends Naomi face first into the ropes. If you watch the match back again, you see that Naomi was trying to go for the finish of the match but then Cameron cuts her off and then sets up a dropkick (where Cameron lands on Naomi after the dropkick) and then they repeat the set up for the finish of the match again. I'm counting down the days until we just decide to ditch all of the WWE Divas and go to the women in NXT (along with the people putting the matches together in NXT).

Runners-Up: The Gracie Brothers vs. Nakamura & Sakuraba, Naomi/Summer Rae/Layla vs. Rosa Mendes/Cameron/Eva Marie, Bully Ray vs. Bobby Roode, Big Show vs. Eric Rowan

Come back tomorrow for the conclusion of our awards!

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