The Community Spotlight - 07/04/2014 (The Ryan Davis, New Hire, and America Edition)

You May Be Gone Ryan, but the Memories you Have Provided are Forever

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, I am your host as always. To put it bluntly we had a lot of stuff happen this week. Firstly Dan Ryckert and Jason Oestreicher were revealed to be the new hires for Giant Bomb...something I may have accidentally played a role in. Please if you haven't done so already wish both Dan and Jason a hearty welcome over here. Now, some of you were disappointed with this announcement, and others defended the staff's choice. Between this all horrible stuff was directed towards people on this site and Twitter, and this is beyond unacceptable. Jeff has written a letter on why this is decidedly un-cool. As Jeff states in his letter we are re-examining the current Forum Rules to follow for the staff and moderation team to better handle situations like this. Please however realize that Giant Bomb will always be a place for civil and productive discussions and debates. This week also marks the one year anniversary of Ryan's passing. Patrick has written an incredibly powerful piece on why July 3rd is such an emotional day for him. As with last year feel free to name your favorite Ryan Davis moments here, and learn how you can get tested for Sleep Apnea. This week also saw the Giant Bomb community raising over $6,300 for SGDQ 2014! Also I have now re-named the old GiantBombSquad twitter account to the "GB Duders Feed" to provide a better name as to what the account is about and that it is also completely unofficial. The old GiantBombSquad account has now converted to the "Giant Bomb Mod Squad," it it will keep you updated on policy changes and moderator related news. Also if you are unable to log into your account feel free to DM that account. Now with that housekeeping aside let's get on with the Community Spotlight!

Clips of the Week

We have a bunch of videos this week! Two come from @turboman. The first video compiles the best Ryan Davis moments, and the second shows what happens when Speed Runners and Giant Bomb meet. @theburlaplemur has a new edition of his Bitesize Bomb, and this episode features the start of Jeff's obsession with Game Room as well as some of Brad's best cameos during Quick Looks. Cranzor on the other hand has created a video tribute to all of Giant Bomb, and Ryan especially.

Community Activities

  • GRID: Autosport GB Online Community Meetup Thread - For All Platforms - Post Your Gamertags/IDs Over Here!
  • Shovel Knight Code Sharing Thread - If you Discover Any Fun or Interesting Secret Codes in Shovel Knights Share Them Here!

Wonderful Wikis

So there was jack this week...Divinity was kind of the only big release this week. Also I have the best MOBA on this Spotlight. Finally will someone do more research on this Japanese McDonald's game? I need this.

Best of Blogs

To mark the one year passing of Ryan, Mezmero looks back on where he was on July 3rd. CharlesAlanRatliff on the other hand straight up sat on a cake in honor of Ryan. Finally thatpinguino discusses how Ryan's passing and the ending to Final Fantasy X impacted him emotionally. thatpinguino also has a new edition to his Final Fantasy 8 video series, and this episode examines the secrets in the game. Mento looks back on all of the games he bought during the GOG and Steam sales. Khessed did an "Amateur Bombastica" for The Quest of Rings for the Odyssey 2. Video_Game_King experienced the horrors of war and joys of slicing things up this week, whereas GrantHeaslip blew through a bunch of games on his Summer backlog. A new month means that BlackLagoon has another edition of his monthly Vita release blogs. CottoneUD is still plugging along in Persona 4 Golden with William Rikeru, and FakeKisser returns to blogging on Giant Bombwith a weekly update on the game he played. ArbitraryWater struck Metal Gear 4 from his gaming backlog, and Hailinel got retro by visiting the Seattle Retro gaming Expo. Bobafettajm is still doing great work on the Giant Bomb wiki and Wess has done the unthinkable...he has caught every Pokemon in Pokemon X/Y.

Fantastic Forums

As the 3rd marks the one year anniversary of Ryan's passing we have plenty of threads memorializing the man, the myth, and the legend. The first asks you to post pictures of yourself raising a glass to Ryan. Next we have Cranzor's video tribute to Ryan and the site in general, and finally give Gakon's Taswell Ipsum a shot. If you have been following Dan and Jason before they joined Giant Bomb share what are your favorite videos of theirs. Rorie has been working around the clock to make sure that the jerk posters on the site have been dealt with, so share some cute dog pictures or video to him as a sign of your appreciation. TruthTellah has systematically listed out links to every single archive to Summer Games Done Quick 2014. Feel free to discuss the new Divinity game, Shovel Knights, or what you think is the best format for Giant Bomb livestreams.

Lovable Lists

Jbrite has gone ahead and listed out his ten favorite RPGs released on the original PlayStation. Baalous on the other hand is working on a list of every single game that has drawn from H.P. Lovecraft, and if you can feel free to help him out in finding more examples.

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The Community Spotlight - 06/27/2014 (White Site > Black Site)

WHITE GIANT BOMB IS THE BEST GIANT BOMB! DOWN WITH THE HATERS!!!!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! You may have noticed some issues posting and commenting on the site around Friday. Unfortunately we were having mysql replication issues at the time, but we should be fine now. However, if you are having issues with Giant Bomb being a massive resource hog you should contact @mrpibb over here. Giant Bomb New York is still getting acclimated with their new studio, as seen from their recent test stream. A cool Twitter account worth following is the new "Giant Bomb Quotes" account which repeats the best cites the most memorable Giant Bomb moments. That account is WAY better than the Jeff Gerstmann fan Tumblr account that is a bunch of boob pictures in "dedication" to Jeff....Speaking of Jeff he recently was on an episode of GameSpot's The Lobby where he played and discussed EA Sports MMA with Danny and Ryan McDonald.

Clips of the Week

Remember when Jeff mention that he and Alex were in a rap video? Well that video has been posted...and not since Will Smith's "Nod Your Head" has the world seen such impressive head nodding for the sake of music. Oh and @theburlaplemur has a new edition of his Bitesize Bomb video series which is working to encapsulate the best moments of every Quick Look on the site.

Community Activities

  • Pokémon X/Y League Season 7 - Sign Up for the Next Season Now Over Here!
  • Sniper Elite III Co-Op Partners Thread - Play the Sniper Elite III Campaign with Another User and Shoot Some Dudes in the Balls Over Here!
  • Summer Games Done Quick 2014 Master Thread - Discuss the Speedruns and Learn How to Donate Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Shovel Knight has been getting a lot of attention this week with its impressive 2D pixel art style. Read more about it as well as GRID Autosport on our wonderful wiki!

Best of Blogs

The blog of the week comes from regularassmilk who recently became a father and poignantly discusses how video games have impacted his life and how they will impact the life of his son. GrantHeaslip dabble in the dark arts known as Space Channel 5: Part 2, whereas MikeLemmer fomented his own batch of witch's brew by continuing his adventures in Eve Online. Speaking of ill-fated follies Sparky_Buzzsaw challenged his brother and himself as to who could find the worse game on Steam under one dollar. JasonR86 wrote about why the Journal is a perfect game for anyone who enjoyed Gone Home. CottoneUD is still plugging along in Persona 4 Golden, whereas thatpinguino has a new "Deep Look" of Final Fantasy 8. Video_Game_King not only has his typical blog featuring two obscure or super Japanese games this week, but also has an update to his Let's Play of Katawa Shoujo. amazingafroman extrapolates on how perma-death and procedural generation could be used in the horror genre. dantey blogs about how he is using SCIENCE and statistics to improve his performance in Hearthstone. Bane on the other hand had a beast of a mission in XCOM which he shares for you to gloat about. midnightgreen20 rants about the status and legacy of the Street Fighter IV franchise, whereas devise22 explains why 1001 Spikes "cheap tricks" were not pleasing to him. Finally dankempster's Nuzlocke Challenge blog series may be over, but he has written a final retrospective worth looking over.

Fantastic Forums

eccentrix has created a Giant Bomb community TubeSynch account where he's playing Giant Bomb videos 24/7! Feel free to join and chat while watching some great videos. nivi has another ballad to the Giant Bomb duders, but this one is dedicated to Giant Bomb East, and Alex and Vinny. EA Sports MMA is the big game this week, and not only do we have a discussion thread for the game, but we also have a thread where users are sharing the horrible abominations people have been creating in the game. Feel free to vote on the Battlefield game you think had the best multiplayer; your Summer jams for 2014; and finally the latest update to Titanfall which has added emblems and additional voice acting.

Lovable Lists

smcn is the only list this week, but he makes up for it on creativity alone. smcn is listing all of the games where Jeff has created a virtual version of himself uncanny valley be damned. Help him out if you notice any gaps!

Useful User Reviews

Here's a More "Formal" Thanks to@fobwashed for the Art....

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The Community Spotlight - 06/20/2014

Special Thanks to for @brackynews for Giving Us "DRAKE CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW!"

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, I am your host as always! The site has officially recovered from E3 2014, and we are back in action! Before E3 2014 becomes a complete afterthought our very own @patrickklepek wants to have your feedback in regards to the site's coverage of E3! Whether you had an issue with any of the streams, or felt like their coverage contained gaps share your thoughts, in a civil manner, over here. Speaking of Patrick he recently made an appearance on GameTrailer's Bonus Round, you can get the links to the various streams over here. Patrick has also started a new podcast with @maxistentialist(Max Temkin) which is all about the television show LOST titled the "LOST Rewatch." GB user @eccentrix has set up a tube(synch) chatroom where you can chat while watching Giant Bomb videos 24/7. With that let's get on with the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight!

Clips of the Week

@turboman took time from his wrestling addiction to compile the best moments of Giant Bomb's E3 2014 coverage. @akyho combines Giant Bomb with the Persona 4 anime in a video tribute to Ryan. Finally the top video comes from @wallofbricks that compiles the most hilarious moments of the staff competing against each other.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Playstation 4 Destiny Group - Learn How to Join LINCOLN FORCE Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Ottawa Meetup - Meet Other Canadian Duders In Person By Heading Over Here!
  • Summer Games Done Quick 2014 Master Thread - Donate and Learn About the Event Here!
  • Pushmo World QR Code Sharing Thread - Share Your QR Codes Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Oh yeah...we have hit the Summer Gaming Drought. The notables this week are for WildStar and EA Sports UFC.

Best of Blogs

The top blog of the week comes from MikeLemmer, who decided to do something questionable...that being he decided to play Eve Online. Read all about his adventures and failures on his highly informative and entertaining blog. thatpinguino has two allocutions this week; the first being an extrapolation on how Splatoon is more revolutionary than most are giving it credit for, and the second is a deep look on the junctioning system in Final Fantasy VIII. Video_Game_King stretched his gaming juxtapositioning to a critical state with Penny Arcade and Doraemon as his featured games this week. Taking a note from Video_Game_King, smcn has a picture based Let's Play for 999. Mento's latest Comic Commish is all about the most prominent gaming moments of the first half of 2011. CottoneUD is still plugging along with Persona 4 Golden and has two new editions of his blog series. Despite the stupid title MooseyMcMan's blog enumerating his thoughts related to Watch_Dogs, Destiny, and E3 is worth reading. Speaking of E3 GB mod Marino has the video stats of which game trailers and E3 videos were the most popular, meanwhile DarthOrange listed out the five games that impressed him the most from E3 2014. FLStyle has an event list and itinerary for CEO 2014 for fighting game fans to review. Benspyda delineates why he's still playing Skyrim all of these years after its release. Sarumarine recounts every track in Mario Kart 8 and reviews them. bobafettjm is still doing great work on the wiki and you can read about his wiki related activity this week. Finally ArbitraryWater shares his conflicted thoughts concomitant to Final Fantasy XIII.

Fantastic Forums

The Steam Summer Sale is here! Remember to discuss your purchases and the discounts you are looking forward to on the Master Thread. Please thank both akyho and wallofbricks for making some fantastic Giant Bomb themed videos this week. Join the discussion as to how you think ad revenue for popular live streams and let's plays should be distributed. As already mentioned Patrick and Max Temkin have started a new Lost (T.V. show) themed podcast so discuss the points made during the podcast, or follow them in their journey on the site. Feel free to discuss your favorite new IP revealed during E3, Dead Rising 3 Super Ultra Whatever, and...if you would want free gas for three years or free Air Jordans for life.

Lovable Lists

In an attempt to thumb his nose towards a certain video game publisher/developer DevourerOfTime has annotated every game that had a presence at E3 2014 that featured a playable female character. Kindgineer on the other hand has taken the time to list out his top ten favorite games of all time.

Useful User Reviews

Potent Podcasts

Best of Luck to John Drake in His Future Endeavors!

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The Community Spotlight - 06/13/2014 (E3 2014 Postmortem Edition!)

Thanks Greg Miller....

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! Well everyone it appears that we have survived E3 2014! That said there's something we all need to talk about in regards to E3 and this community. Rorie and the entire Giant Bomb moderation team were truly disturbed by the behavior of many users on the live chat during the Giant Bomb Live! streams. Not only did many of you take the time to insult members of the staff, but many more made it their prerogative to insult our the guest panelists on the chat. If you were not already aware let it be known that the Forum Rules apply to your behavior on the live chat at all times. Flagrant violations on the chat will result in your accounts being warned, or even disabled on the main site. If you disagree with comments expressed by any of our guests during a live stream all of your criticism must be expressed in a civil manner. Rorie would like to remind all of you that Giant Bomb is an English language website. If you comment on the chat in a language that we do not understand we will assume that your comment is in violation of the Forum Rules, and you will suspended from using the chat for the remainder of the day. This may sound harsh in light of the hilarious and great moments that the staff provided all of us during E3. However, every single one of you should know that your behavior is a reflection of this community and this website. Do not do us a disservice on the chat, or anywhere for that matter. Please, abide by our Golden Rule and don't be a jerk. Let's try to lock up all of this inappropriate behavior and throw away the key.

E3 2014 STUFF!

Staff E3 2014 Videos

E3 2014 Bombcast Panels

User Created E3 2014 Blogs

Conference & New Game Discussion Threads

E3 Anticipation Lists

Regular (But Still Awesome Stuff)

Clips of the Week

So Oxyrain on YouTube has created all of the Giant Bomb staff in Tomodachi Life and is planning on making a musical using them The following clip is the first act of his musical. Speaking of Tomodachi Life here's a batch of QR codes from @stiftnuersel that allow you to upload a Giant Bomb staff "Rap Group" to your game. Is Rap not your thing? Well don't worry because @sharkosaur has created the Giant Bomb staff (including Ryan) as Boy Band members.

Community Activities

  • PSN Destiny Clan - Join Clan VinnCo for the PSN Alpha Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Londoner Meet-Up - ALL SET FOR JULY 5th - Get the Details Over Here!

Best of Blogs

Giant Bomb mod Mento decided to provide the entire community with a blog series alternative to the E3 onslaught...which all of you proceeded to not read. So check that out as it is all about games from Legend Entertainment. Video_Game_King tackled Soul Reaver (again) and (not) a Japanese porn game. CottoneUD is still plugging away in Persona 4 Golden, and Sweep shares his opinions on the demographics in video games.

Fantastic Forums

We have nothing but hard hitting questions this week. Like is Dave Lang a meme machine or an actual person? Then there''s this thing called the World Cup that is happening right now. If you want your discussion threads on a video game website to be about actual video games...well we still have you covered. The Steam Summer Sale is drawing nigh, and all sorts of games worth talking about from the Destiny alpha to Tomodachi Life.

Lovable Lists

In effort to challenge the notion that all of the "big" games are coming out in 2015 benspyda has created a "purchasing guide" of the notable games worth purchasing that are coming out this year. FakeKisser on the other hand has a list of games that he plans to strike off from his "gaming backlog" during the Summer.

Useful User Reviews

Potent Podcasts

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The Community Spotlight - 06/06/2014 (Let's Enjoy E3 Together!)

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! The staff have left the building and are moving to L.A. in order to prepare for E3! This year expect full commentary of the console and big developer streams. Speaking of which please remember to check out our E3 2014 guidebook, as seen below, to make the lives of the staff and mods a bit easier. Now on a more somber note this week was Ryan's birthday. Please remember to love Ryan Davis. It was also the birthday of John Drake.

E3 2014 Stuff

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Mario Kart 8 Tournament Code - Join the Fun Over Here!
  • Share Your Mii for Tomodachi Life - Post Your QR Codes Over Here!
  • WildStar PVP Server - Join @snide on Exiles on Warbringer By Heading Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb London Meetup - All Set for July 5th at Meltdown London - Get the Details Over Here!
  • TrackMania 2 Canyon Sever- @ltsquigs is Running a Sever - Find it by Searching for "Unofficial Giant Bomb!"

Community Art

Thanks go to @zgoon @monkeyking1969 @sgtsphynx @icyeyes for all of this great art!

Clip of the Week

A hearty thanks go to @patbaer for re-reminding us all that Ryan was a Golden Girl on top of being a great human being. Second, someone on YouTube has re-uploaded every single episode of the NDX podcast. Here's the first episode for your enjoyment.

Wonderful Wikis

E3 2014 is coming up...I think I said that. Oh, and someone did some great work on the Pump it Up franchise page.

Best of Blogs

Shivoa tackles the prickly issue of consumer protection with the proliferation of digital games and marketplaces. Yummylee breaks down why and how a survival horror Resident Evil game could exist today. Mento re-examines and wraps up a slew of games he previous played as part of his May Melange blog series. Video_Game_King went hot and cold this week with Little Inferno and Snow Brothers. Eccentrix has been playing Wake-Up Club since it came out, and shares why it has replaced his alarm clock. CottoneUD has part sixteen of his picture Let's Play detailing his adventures in Persona 4 Golden. thatpinguino tackled American football with a humorously sarcastic review. Charlie_Victor_Bravo is joining @fobwashed and @chaser324 in a most likely ill-fated folly to make a game featuring the Giant Bomb staff. Pabba has three webcomics that humorously depict the three games he played this week. bonbolapti joins Jeff in expressing slight disappointment in regards to Watch Dogs. MikeLemmer is back with a new edition of his Tropico 5 Let's Play about his efforts to create a tourist empire. GrantHeaslip decided to go back in time with Metal Gear Solid 3 this week. PerfidiousSinn jumped into the next generation with...iOS games. FinalDasa has a June movie preview, and Praxis has a handful of awesome Doom fan map packs. Finally MajorMitch has his monthly wrap up blog, and BlackLagoon has a new monthly list of the Vita games.

Fantastic Forums

Feel free to discuss your thought about the new Live Chat, Mario Kart 64, and which piece of content is the best on the site. Also feel free to explain the game you are hoping to hear more about during E3, what you think about Ultra Street Fighter IV, and the best game with "dog" in the title.

Lovable Lists

FunADOG has started working on a list of every single open world game that he has 100%-ed. Capt_Blakhelm has a massive list of co-op shooters both good and bad. DevourerOfTime on the other hand has constructed a list of of games he intends to strike from his backlog during the Summer.

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 05/30/2014

Special Thanks to gelatinousgelboy for this Charmingly Garrulous Artwork!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! E3 is drawing nigh my friends, and Vinny has officially relocated to New York! Issues with the chat should be fixed, however many of you may have noticed that there are issues with the notification system. For now file a big report over here to keep the engineers updated. Mr. Rorie would also like to inform everyone that he has a survey pertaining to Giant Bomb's subscription model. Mr. Rorie is also polling the community in regards to the status of the "Friends tab" on the Giant Bomb Live Chat. If you hate to see that feature go, tell him! Oh and for those of you that are looking forward to the Giant Bomb Moderator Run E3 Banner Contests...they are coming soon!

Community Art

Many thanks go to @monkeyking1969 @damodar @icyeyes @rustyaries @graboids @monkeyman04 @wrecks @spacedongle @wifipirate @glenmanalo(Tumblr) @grimgrinninggoats(Tumblr)

Community Activities

  • Watch Dogs Community Player List - All Platforms Welcome - Post Your XBL/PSN/UPlay/Steam IDs Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Minecraft Feed the Beast Monster Sever - Join Our Community Run FTB Server Over Here!
  • UK Duder Meetup - Help Plan Out a Potential UK User Meetup Over Here!

Clip of the Week

A big hearty thank you is in-store for @maddenedman for creating a musical ballad in tribute to Ryan! @turboman also continues to nail it with his Best of Giant Bomb video series.

Wonderful Wikis

Great recent work has resulted in impressive wiki pages for the latest Wolfenstein game as well as our Beam Breakers page. Do you know anything about Drakengard games? Because I sure as Hell don't!

Best of Blogs

As indicated above a big special thanks goes to MaddenedMan for creating his tribute ballad to Ryan Davis! thatpinguino on the other hand got meditative with a blog on how player choice allows for gamers to learn more about themselves. TurboMan wants you to provide some input on his latest and awesome Best of Giant Bomb video. bdhurkett went through Hell and back again to just install Microsoft Flight Simulator X, and talks about what went so horribly wrong. FinalDasa discusses the importance that KOTOR has had on him, and why he is interested in re-exploring it. bobafettjm has another wiki update on his GB wiki activity as well as his Steam Card plans. Mento and MikeLemmer both hit it out of the park this week for continuing their respective blog series, and then some. Video_Game_King dabbled in the Land of the Rising Sun, but didn't make any The Vapors jokes...so good on him. Speaking of Japan, DocHaus only partially dabbled in the dark world of "anime," but also has video games on his latest blog. DevourerOfTime wraps up his countdown of games he is excited to play this year, whereas demoskinos summarizes his gaming year thus far. Praxis has another user created map pack that you should read about. MooseyMcMan finished Transistor and shares his mostly positive thoughts about the game. Tarfuin may be playing catch up but he finally finished Dark Souls II and wrote all about his final thoughts on the game. dankempster extrapolates on his victory in Fuchsia City on his latest Nuzlocke Challenge blog, and finally StarvingGamer hosts his own TANG related to Street Fighter: Assassin's Fists.

Fantastic Forums

WE HAVE ENTERED THE UNCANNY VALLEY EVERYONE! That is to say that jman204's attempts at pasting Bard's face on a Dota 2 hero have resulted in..."results." Sweep wants you to join him in discussing what goes into a good in-game mini-map, whereas emofratparty wants you to join him in sharing your ideas for future video content on Giant Bomb, either for GBNY, SF, or Chicago. All that and plenty of discussion thread pertaining to the slew of big games that came out this week.

Lovable Lists

Many of you may be surprised to learn that resident Resident Evil fanatic Yummylee hasn;t actually played every game in the franchise. Check out list to see which games he hasn't played in his "beloved" franchise and why. fisk0 on the other hand has created a comprehensive list of very single games he owns for Nintendo consoles.

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 05/23/2014 (GBNY In Full Force!)

@benspyda Thanks for the Banner This Week!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! As many of you now know our very own Vinny Caravella plans on relocating to New York City in the near future. Vinny will be joining Alex Navarro to provide the site with a deluge of East Coast based content the site and will not be leaving entirely. Vinny has written an article detailing his plans for the future over here. As you might expect Jeff, and the rest of the staff, have plans to "shake things up" for the Bombcast, and the team is already narrowing down the field for the prospective new associate editor position. Now on to bugs! For many of you that have tried joining us on the live chat the last couple of time you may have noticed that there has been a little "funkiness." The engineers plan on ironing out the chat issues so it will be all set for the insanity of E3. Finally join everyone else in thanking Rorie, Alexis, Drew, and Danny for doing the Operation Supply Drop live stream last weekend.

More GBNY Fan Art

Thanks go to @sgtsphynx @monkeyman04 @tom_omb @bulby33 @finaldasa @evophile @beyond_the_infinite @msx2 @zleunamme @selbie @blurienh @graboids @damodar @topcat88 @professoress @purplespandex @screamingghost @chumley_marchbanks @monkeyking1969 for making all of this Great GBNY fanart!

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb New York Banner/Logo Creation Thread - Create Banners for the Newly Expanded GBNY Division Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Hearthstone Community Tournament - All Set for June 1st - Signup Over Here!
  • Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign Giant Bomb Community Guild is Recruiting - Join Other Users in Marvel Puzzle Quest By Heading Over Here!

Clip of the Week

We see the return of animated versions of the Giant Bombcast this week with the staff's war against nature as the featured segment for this clip. Also, we have John Drake singing. There's nothing else to say.

Wonderful Wikis

Transistor is the big game of the week, to be expected there is much love for Supergiant Games' latest hot product. Yummylee (again) threatened to strap me down again unless I showcased some stuff he did on a Resident Evil page...this time he used used Paul W.S. Anderson's films as a threat.

Best of Blogs

The top blog of the week comes from Wrighteous86 who has recently become engaged to fellow Giant Bomb user DuskVamp! So wish them the best in their future! ViciousBearMauling saw the film adaptation of Person 3 and details why he feels it was more successful in adapting the spirit of the Persona franchise than the Persona 4 anime. LordAndrew celebrated the end of Wi-Fi support on the Wii the only way he knew...by playing a bunch of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. bobafettjm is back as to be expected with a summary of his Steam gaming and plans for the Giant Bomb wiki. Also back like clockwork are Mento, with two new editions of his May Melange blog series, and Video_Game_King with a contrarian perspective related to Half-Life 2: Episode Two. MikeLemmer has a blog explaining why the game he's most looking forward to playing is Tropico 5. GrantHeaslip graces us with two blogs this week. The first extrapolates on the flawed but enjoyable Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and the second expands on why he thinks Spirit Tracks may be one of the worst games in the main Legend of Zelda franchise. With some decent sunlight crithon decided to go back to Boktai and blogs about why he still feels conflicted about the game. Praxis has another travelogue related to his dark descent into the mad world of user created maps for Doom. On a similar note asurg blogged about why he loves modding games and messing around with the Steam Workshop. StarvingGamer breaks down Wizards of the Coast's lawsuit against HEX and what this may mean for future Kickstarter and card battle games. Using Super Time Force as a case study TheMasterDS details his penchant for large casts in video games. Fighting game fans should check out FLStyle's blog that has the event list for the tenth and final edition of UFGTX! JJWeatherman stands up for Monument Valley and details why it's a little game worth checking out. Dakempster has a new edition of his Pokemon FireRed let's play, and finally regularassmilk uses Phil Fish to lament the rapid end of artists as game developers.

Fantastic Forums

Transistor is out and you all should feel free to join the community discussion about the game, positive or negative, on our discussion thread. Also join our discussions over which games you would play on an Unprofessional Fridays segment, as well as sharing old games that you continue to find yourself discovering new stuff in. There is also a community effort to develop lyrics for "Barkerville," ala John Drake, and talking Jeff appearance on the latest Bonus Round!

Lovable Lists

Inspired by Transistor Mento has started working on a list of anthropomorphic weapons in video games. If you notice any gaps in his fossil records to chime in with recommendations. Taku128 on the other hand has finally gotten around to listing out the games from the last generation that really struck a cord with him.

Useful User Reviews

Potent Podcasts

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The Community Spotlight - 05/16/2014

davesavedtheday on Tumblr Envisioned Jeff as a Wrestlemania 2000 Character....

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! So you may noticed that this week I bumped the "Clips of the Week" section in favor of the "Community Activities" section. The reason is that Matthes Rorie, Danny O'Dwyer, and Dave Lang all need YOUR HELP in raising money to get games for members of the American Armed Forces! Not only that but all three of them will be hosting 24 hour streams to help raise money for a good cause. So check out the links and hopefully donate money to a good cause. Finally @Trace(Formerly known as PsEG) wants your help to create his iRacing team some cool Giant Bomb themed car art! With that let's move on to the next edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight!

Community Activities

Clip of the Week

Will there be a Kinect-less Xbox One? As this video correctly establishes, NO! Also, JayKayProd on YouTube has created a great radio styled intro for the Giant Bombcast.

Wonderful Wikis

Special thanks go to @wemibelec90 and @bobafettjm for improving the Dysfunction Systems and 4-9n-1 Fun Pak game pages respectively. Finally Super Time Force is the game of the week which you can learn more about on of wiki page.

Best of Blogs

Join me in issuing a big "thank you," to floobar and robtea for both developing awesome apps/extensions for Giant Bomb! floobar has created an extension where you can use a search engine to explore Giant Bomb's video database. Robtea on the other hand has an application that automatically lists/pulls all parts to multi-part videos on Giant Bomb, which makes watching the ExtraLife Stream monumentally easier. Moving on Fobwashed wants to know where you live...for helping him to map out the geographic locations of the Giant Bomb community. Mento has three new parts to his May Madness Melange blog series. Bobafettjm has an update on his awesome wiki editing activity, whereas LordAndrew is back with a progress report on his foray in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as online for Wii gets shutdown. thatpinguino is back to hid old tricks and is talking about Final Fantasy nonsense, but this time it's about sports commentary and blitzball. Video_Game_King plays porn games for the sex, and ArbitraryWater "rambled" about Dark Souls and what his experiences with it have been. Pabba rounds up the games he played this week in three wonderful webcomics. Demoskinos re-kindled his love for Final Fantasy XIV and explains why. Praxis got nostalgic and re-examined some of the good, bad, and downright mean user created maps for Doom. YukoAsho shares her thoughts on the evolution and future of the Xbox Kinect. Ninnanuam played Call of Duty: Ghost and Titanfall and extrapolates on what he thinks both games could learn from each other. Sparklykiss showcases her humorous her feelings related to Stick it to the Man, Trials Fusion, Mercenary Kings. MooseyMcMan played ctach up this week with Spec Ops: The Line being the big game he recently played. emofratparty recently got to interview Patrick and you can check it out on his blog. Finally dankempster is still trying to catch 'em all in his Pokemon FireRed Nuzlocke Challenge playthrough, and DevourerofTime has ten more game that have yet to come out that he is excited to play.

Fantastic Forums

This week Jeffrud gives a break down of where the money he raised for GBC3R went. Next johnbon is looking to organize a Giant Bomb duders meetup for any Dubliners that there may be. Finally feel free to join the discussion threads for Episode Three of The Walking Dead: Season Two, Scram Kitty for the WiiU, and the new Godzilla film.

Lovable Lists

Last weekend was Mothers Day and as a result Hailinel has created a belated list of good mothers in video games. On the other hand ArbitraryWater's list of games he has played extensively in 2014 has gotten "meaty."

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The Community Spotlight - 05/09/2014

Remember to Celebrate Mother's Day by Buying Yourself a Giant Bomb Subscription!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! First off as seen above Giant Bomb is hosting a Mother's Day premium subscription sale where you can buy a yearlong subscription for just $35! Read more about the sale over here. Giant Bomb is also a new Reddit Gold partner! However, this is all avoiding the real big news this week which is Giant Bomb is hiring. If you haven't heard Giant Bomb is looking for an associate editor as well as a summer web design intern. For those asking about video interns, Jeff and the other staff have no plans of restarting the old video internship program from the Whiskey Media days. Finally...may God have mercy on all of us...Jeff has re-enabled anonymous questions on his Tumblr account.

Clips of the Week

@theburlaplemur returns with a new edition of his Bitesize Bomb video series which seeks to locate the best moments of every Quick Look on Giant Bomb. fistop on the other hand has taken scenes from teh Kinect Sports Rivals Quick Look to create a "compelling" commercial for the game.

Community Activities

  • Arma 3 Zeus Giant Bomb Community Game Nights - Join the Fun By Heading Over Here!
  • Share Your WarioWare DIY Content Over Here! [Deadline: May 20]

Wonderful Wikis

The first four pages serve as a "Best Hits" showcase of the great wiki work that @hailinel and @yummylee have done now that they have broken the 200k and 100k point barriers respectively! We also have awesome wiki pages for Mario Golf and Kirby for the 3DS.

Best of Blogs

PAX Prime is also coming up and Fobwashed is going to plan another potentially ill-conceived t-shirt sale for Giant Bomb attendees at the cost of his sanity. We also had two major wiki breakthroughs this week! First Hailinel broke the 200k mark, and shortly after that Yummylee broke the 100K mark! Not to be left behind in regards to the wiki bobafettjm has another update on his weekly wiki activity. Meanwhile Pufferfiz completed his April Game Jam and you can read about his final thoughts on the event, and even play the game he made on his blog. LordAndrew is chronicling the Great Wii Wi-Fi Disconnection by plugging in hours into Smash Bros. Brawl online...and no you can still not have "Project M" on the database, please leave me alone. Video_Game_King got kinky with duck based Anatidae, with Ducktales Remastered and Maui Mallard this week. Mento whipped up two episodes of his May Madness blog series. One examined indie horror games, and the other featured a menagerie of game sequels. SgtSphynx wrote the most "impassioned" blog this week with a plea on how "inverted" controls are the real "normal" controls. MikeLemmer has two blogs examining SMITE. The first details why the core mechanics add some fresh air to the MOBA format, but he also pontificates on how the game's depiction of its female avatars could sway away newcomers from the game. Similarly morecowbell24 breaks down why the Dota 2 online community has completely soured his experience with the game. Hurricanehaines shares his doubt that the next generation of consoles and games will see any improvement in the quality of movie tie-ins. BalineBlaine ponders on the questionable pricing of the Analogue Nt, whereas YukoAsho shares her experiences with the Super Retro Trio. GrantHeaslip articulates why he found Mario & Luigi: Dream Team wanting, and BlazeHedgehog has a wonderfully edited and comprehensive video review of DKC: Tropical Freeze worth checking out. Pezen attempts to exprolate on why he enjoyed Bioshock Infinite despite not enjoy previous entries in the franchise. Finally MajorMitch rounded up the games he played this week, and DevourerofTime lists off the games he's excited to play this summer.

Fantastic Forums

Special thanks go to atholm who has used the Giant Bomb API to create an easy to navigate app on iOS for the Giant Bomb wiki database. It's closer than any of the staff are ready to admit, but feel free to join our 2014 E3 prediction and speculation thread. We also have discussion thread for the Spring Humble Bundle as well as for the Wildstar open beta. Finally join other users in chronicling the best random/impulse purchases you have made.

Lovable Lists

First off Hailinel has a list version of his top wiki submissions that pushed him over the 200k mark. On the other hand WingWithGusto has a list of the games that effectively map out his gaming tastes and preferences.

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The Community Spotlight - 05/02/2014 (Don't Scrape Me Bro!)

Hey There Small Business Man! (By: @hamst3r)

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, I am your host as always. now as you most likely have noticed we have had slowdown issues on Giant Bomb. Unfortunately the reason for this is due to a third party data scraping the site. This activity not only was the reason for the issues related to publishing comments, but also the reason why large forum topics lost many of their comments. The situation appears to have been dealt with and the engineers have IP banned all of the account responsible for this issue. Now on that note let's move onto something different. Vinny has posted an audio recording of the PAX East panel he did with Rich Gallup, "Produced!" now on that note let's move on with the Spotlight!

This Message is Brought to by The Uncanny Valley and @chronicthehedgehog

Clips of the Week

If you haven't seen @hamst3r's "Small Business Man" video...where have you been this week? TurboMan is also back with another edition of his "Best of Giant bomb" video series. Finally Vinny has posted an audio version of the "Produced" panel he did with Rich Gallup about working behind the scenes to make livestreams happen.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Community Mario Golf: World Tour Private Tournaments - Ends May 9th - See Where You Stand Among Your Fellow Users By Joining the Tournament Over Here!
  • Box Office Winner's League: Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Ending This Monday or Tuesday - Guess the Weekend Gross for The Amazing Spader-Man 2 and Win a Copy of Dark Souls II Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb PlayStation 4 Battlefield 4 Company Join the New PlayStation 4 Company Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Special thanks go to @bobafettjm for his fantastical work on The Jetsons and Ultra Golf pages. Remember, just because a game is obscure or odious doesn't mean you can't make a great wiki page! Case and point our E.T. page which has recently been edited thanks to recent events. Also, @lunnington has done excellent work on the Tabletop Simulator page.

Best of Blogs

The blog of the week this time comes from Hamst3r who created the absolutely wondrous "Small Business Man" video seen above. Inspired by by Rich and Vinny's PAX East Panel Mendelson9 has committed himself to watching every episode of "On the Spot." ViciousBearMauling has written a prodigious blog professing his love for Persona 3 and Aigis. Video_Game_King now has added himself to the FBI Most Wanted List with his lecherous blog featuring video game children. Mento has commenced a new blog series "May Madness," and started with three parts featuring inspired by Master's of Magic. bobafettjm has an update on his recent forays on the Giant Bomb wiki. DevourerofTime is excited for Summer and shares his gaming plans for the new season. a new month means that BlackLagoon has an incredibly helpful annotated list of the games this month coming out for the Vita. Reverendhunt noticed some revisions that Nintendo has made to their game icons for their eShop that he thinks will be problematic for consumers. Feel free to prognosticate with Sparky_Buzzsaw over what will be annunciated at E3 which is coming up. MannyMAR shares his opinion over the fabled Project CARS, and please welcome back SparklyKiss to the world of blogging.

Fantastic Forums

As seen above Chronicthehedgehog is the one to thank for the "realistic" Luchadeer fanart. Also, it was GameSpot's 18th birthday and if you haven't done so already wish our sister site a very happy belated borthday. marcusofdown may be Swedish but he didn't let that stop him from interviewing Patrick about internet trolls. PhotovideosampleETC has created a nice summary video of his experience at PAX East. We have a new Dark Souls II Tips and Tricks thread, but this one is for the PC version. Feel free to also join our discussion for Mario Golf for the 3DS, the PS4 update, and mediocre games with good endings. Finally we have another ridiculous user poll this week...this one is a debate over whether or not pizzas are pies. Which they are, and it is a travesty that "False" is the top answer.

Lovable Lists

Yummylee pointed a gun at me and said "if you don't showcase my voice actors list for a second time I'm going to force you to play Resident Evil: Survivor." So yeah...humor him. The more respectable GunstarRed has a list detailing how he "cheesed" his way to victory when completing Fire Emblem: Awakening. Bobafettjm on the other hand isn't just doing great work on the wiki, but is also creating comprehensive lists of every game he has played.

Useful User Reviews

More Staff Fanart

More Art from @hamst3r
Special Thanks to @fobwashed for This!
"Brad the Impaler" (By: @chrisharris)
Drew Covered in roses (By: Crystall Berry on Tumblr)

Not Fanart but Still an Awesome Picture from @dannyodwyer

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