The Community Spotlight - 12/19/2014 (GOTY PART III)

Special Thanks Go to @buzz_clik for the Artwork This Week!

The year is almost done, and many of you are preparing to take the next couple of weeks off from school to enjoy the site and video games. As Christmas draws near the community has started its effort to create Santa hat wearing avatars. If you need someone to help you out in that regard just drop a yelp over here. Vinny and Alex have finally gotten acclimated to their new office, and both of them recently made guest appearances on CNET's The 404 Show, which you can listen to over here.

Game of the Year 2014 Stuff!

As with last week, please if you have not yet submitted your list of games to the Community Game of the Year Voting thread, do so when you can and join the effort to crown a Giant Bomb community game of the year!

Blogs

Lists

Regular Content

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Community Elite: Dangerous Private Group - Lear How to Join Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Steam Gift Pack Coop Community Effort - The Gift Pack Team is BACK IN ACTION! Learn About It Here!
  • Steam Holiday Master Thread - Join the Community Discussion and Purchasing Advice Thread About the Steam Sale Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

We have a MASSIVE wiki page for Elite: Dangerous that is absolutely worth checking out, and the same goes for Guilty Gear...yeah I'm not typing out the correct title for that. Finally have you ever heard of a game called "Lisa?" Well you should check out our wiki page because it does a great job of explaining what it is all about for all users.

Best of Blogs

Pufferfiz gave game development a shot, and discusses what his experience at making his first game was like. buzz_clik provided the wonderful art for the banner this week so please do thank him for his work. Dragon Age: Inquisition was MooseyMcMan's first Dragon Age game and he shares his thoughts on the game from the perspective of being an outsider looking in. blzzzrrttt is still making a mad rush to finish as many games on his backlog with Trace Vector and Card City Nights being his most recent targets. The Witcher is the first game in a long time that "beat" thatpinguino as he was forced to bump the game's difficulty down to easy. Mento wraps up his Go! Go! GOTY! blog series after it had such a rip roaring success this week. Instead of playing recent releases Ford_Dent is continuing on with his great Lets Play of Pathologic. Sarumarine finally got his hands on The Evil Withing and shares why he enjoyed the game for the most part. FreezyFrog has a new edition of his wiki shout-out and you can drop a comment with suggestions for his next edition.

Fantastic Forums

Feel free to join our in depth discussion related to the merits of Ken Levine's "Narrative Lego" design theory. Also worth joining is our 2014 gaming backlog progress report, as well as our discussion thread for the new Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer DLC.

Lovable Lists

ArbitraryWater already knows which games from this will be joining his gaming backlog. Jazz on the other hand has listed out all of his Vita and PSP games as well as his impressions of each.

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 12/12/2014 (GOTY 2014 Part II)

Special Thanks to TurboToaster for this Work of Art!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, and I am happy to be your host this week! The community is still buzzing about Game of the Year stuff. In case you were wondering Giant Bomb has recorded their Game of the Year video content, and selected their "pick" last Monday. Dan also tweeted a rather self-explanatory Mario Party related image recently. Woo hoo? The other bit of major housekeeping comes from CBSi, which is looking to employ a new senior UX-UI Designer for both Giant Bomb AND Gamespot! If you are interested in apply check out the position over here. With that let's get on with the latest edition of the Community Spotlight!

Game of the Year 2014 Stuff

As with last week, please if you have not yet submitted your list of games to the Community Game of the Year Voting thread, do so when you can and join the effort to crown a GB community GOTY!

Blogs

Lists

Clip of the Week

While it is not entirely related to Giant Bomb, user @pepsiman has completed a massive undertaking that is worth mentioning this week. Pepsiman went ahead and provided Japanese subtitles to a recent edition of Danny O'Dwyer's The Point. Not only that but he went ahead and posted the video to Nico Nico, thus initiating the "Irish Invasion!"

Community Activities

  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Community Tournament Organization & Planning Thread - Vote and Discuss How what the Next Tournament is Like Here!
  • The 3rd Annual GB Anime Poll for Duders - Vote for the Anime of the Year (But NOT Kill la Kill) - Over Here!
  • The Crew Online Community Hookup Thread - Play the Crew with Fellow Giant Bomb Users By Heading Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

First and foremost a special thanks goes to Ralph Baer who recently passed away. Thank you for creating the spark that paved the way for the games that we enjoy today. We all mourn your passing.

Best of Blogs

Let's all give LCom a warm round of applause for making a match three game featuring Jeff on a whim! Such projects are never easy, and always worth commending. Ford_Dent on the other hand uses Destiny and the Orion launch to discuss the future of space in video games. MikeLemmer unfortunately tells his tale as to why the community behind League of Legends ruined the game for him. ArbitraryWater is back to his old tricks, and by that I mean he's playing an old game like Resident Evil 0 rather than playing recent releases. SuperMike6 discusses how Super Mario 3D World successfully exploits nostalgia to its benefit, whereas VincentAvatar finally decided to knock the community favorite Persona 4 from his gaming backlog. FLStyle has an update on what people can expect from the Capcom Cup as well as his early impressions about Tekken 7 and SF V. N7 pontificated on the best possible game that could come out of Metal Gear Online, meanwhile GrantHeaslip shares his "assorted" thoughts on Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Yummylee explains why he thinks Far Cry 4 feature one of the more fully developed open worlds this year. Finally thatpinguino is still talking about Final Fantasy including a postmortem on his FF8 speed run, and blzzzrrttt has another "December Rush" blog!

Fantastic Forums

We have community discussion threads for recent releases such as The Crew, The Talos Principle, and Mount & Blade. All of these are open to owners of those games, and those who are curious to learn more about them. We also have a thread where users are free to discuss the games that they most would like to see localized for their country.

Lovable Lists

DevourerOfTime challenged himself to construct a gender balanced roster for Street Fighter V based on the pre-existing characters from the entire franchise. Comment how you think he did.

Useful User Reviews

Again, Special Thanks go to TurboToaster for this Awesome Work of Art!

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The Community Spotlight - 12/05/2014 (GOTY 2014 Part I)

Special Thanks to Fobwashed for this Artwork!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I am always happy to be your host this week. We have a few fun items worth going over for the housekeeping this week. First off CBSi is looking to hire a Senior Software Engineer that specializes in bug fixing. Please not that the position is full time. Secondly have you ever wanted Jeff yelling “THE BIG DOG PITBULL IS IN THE BUILDING" as your ringtone? Well burgerwave on Tumblr now has you covered. With that let's get on to the Spotlight after trying to figure out what this is:

Game of the Year 2014!

Well it is that time of the year again...yup it's time to start hitting the Game of the Year content! Just a friendly reminder, if you have not yet submitted your list of games to the Community Game of the Year Voting thread, you should do that now. As is par for the course I am going to forego bios for the Game of the Year section to save me some time, but please do check out and provide your own links on the current Spotlight.

Blogs

Lists

Clip of the Week

Audiopedia, which is a text to speech service for the blind, has a reading of Jeff's Wikipedia pages. The result are...strictly in the uncanny valley.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Community 2014 GOTY List Voting - Join the Effort to Crown a Community Game of the Year Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Persona, The Crew, and Borderlands round out the year as we draw closer and closer to the beginning of a new year. Luckily they both have awesome wiki pages to show for.

Best of Blogs

Bravo to Fobwashed for making yet ANOTHER awesome t-shirt which you share your input on. Also check out regularassmilk who shares his skepticism of The Crew after playing a good deal of the beta. Mento has two blogs this week. The first being his end of the year wrap up, and the other being his boss blog for Dark Souls II. MikeLemmer continues to share his travelogue on his efforts to kill a Titan in Eve Online, whereas perfidioussinn continues to improve his online fighting game skills but this time with Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. MooseyMcMan, MajorMitch, and VincentAvatar all used last week to knock some games off of their backlogs, and you can read all about their awesome impressions of the games they played. Raven10 preps for his 2014 GOTY list by first listing out his favorite games from the last generation. bobafettjm has another awesome update on his work on the Giant Bomb wiki, and a new month means that BlackLagoon has a new blog annotating all of the games coming out for the Vita. ArbitraryWater extrapolates on why you can fully expect to see Bayonetta on his GOTY list, and Cornbredx has a comprehensive unboxing of Kingdom Hearts 2.5 . Finally Yummylee shares why he is not entirely "sold" on Dragon Age: Inquisition, whereas mason20 joins the blogging community by talking about his foray into Bravely Default.

Fantastic Forums

The poll of the week asks if you play bad games to the end, where as our big community debate this week is a brainstorm on good premium content features for Giant Bomb East. Feel free to also discuss the story to Shadow of Mordor, as well as party strategies for Persona Q. Finally was 2014 a disappointing year for you in terms of gaming?

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 11/28/2014

WELCOME EVERYONE

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I am happy to be your host this week, as always. This week we have some major bits of housekeeping to go over. First off Danny and Drew would like to thank your for joining them, if you did, in enjoying the F1 season. The plan is to start up the Alt+F1 podcast when the 2015 F1 season starts. Brad Muir is going to be a father! If you haven't done so already join the rest of the Giant Bomb community in wishing him the best here. Speaking of friends of the site Dave Lang has started a new podcast with Darryl Wisner where they both ruminate over the rise and fall of Midway, and discuss being game developers in general. In terms of our Big Report users, including myself have had issues posting images from URLs. Finally the staff want you to have an impact on their GOTY coverage and awards by voting for five games you want to see them Quick Look or discuss. If you can think of any big games the staff may have overlooked that were released during 2014, vote for them now.

Clip of the Week

Dave Lang is a monster, but he is OUR MONSTER. For those that missed it Mr. Lang discusses his "Giant Bomb Staff Tier List" in the clip below.

Community Activities

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U Nintendo ID Exchange - Compete Against Giant Bomb Users Online By Heading Over Here!
  • Geometry Wars 3 Leaderboard Thread - All Platforms Welcomed - Populate Your Leaderboard with Giant Bomb Users By Heading Over Here!
  • Elite: Dangerous Commander Name Trading Thread - Explore Space with Fellow Users By Heading Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Read all about Smash Bros. and Pokemon this week. Also celebrate Dhalsim's 62nd birthday this week, as well as the original DS' tenth bbirthdayby checking out their awesome wiki pages. Finally who would have guessed that Geometry Wars: Galaxies, the forgotten stepchild of the Geometry Wars franchise, had a well doen wiki page?

Best of Blogs

A big "THANK YOU" needs to be sent bdhurkett's way as he has combed over the entire Mario Party 2 stream to create a document that details every single stat you would ever want to know about the stream. Just to give you an idea as to how monumental this task was, bdhurkett's document is forty pages long and has thirty graphs and tables. takua108 also committed himself to a significant task in that he hosted his own Winjammer tournament and details what the experience was like on his blog. Unfortunately this leads us to IcyEyes who has hit some personal issues that have resulted in Bombjammers being delayed indefinitely. Please wish IcyEyes the best in his future on his blog. Myniceicelife has a short but humorous tale on Nintendo thinking his birth name is inappropriate, whereas Asko25 extrapolates on his inner battle with Black Friday and holiday slaes. TheRealMoot recently got back into Visual Novels and discusses the game that got him. Mento is starting a new blog series sharing his playthrough with Dark Souls II, and thatpinguino has a new Deep Look as well as an archive of his FFVIII Endurance Run. Finally FreezyFrog AND bobafettjm want you to check out some awesome stuff they have found and done on the Giant Bomb Wiki.

Fantastic Forums

Which games are getting delayed, and which ones are getting announced? Share your 2015 gaming predictions on our thread, and hopefully be able to put "clairvoyance" on your resume. We have a discussion thread for the recently released Tales from the Borderlands, as well as a Giant Bomb movie commentary track wishlist thread worth checking out. Finally the community is still a buzz about Dragon Age: Inquisition and we have plenty of thread about the game to enjoy this week.

Lovable Lists

The 2014 Game of the Year lists are starting to trickle and yevinorion has the appreciated distinction of providing written reasons for all of the games on his list. Also, redefaulted boils down the Genesis to five of his favorite games on the platform.

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 11/21/2014

Special Thanks Go to @pimblycharles (aka Jackson Pollock Jr.)

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, I am your host. Remember when I said I was going to send Patrick recommendations last week? Yeah I dropped the ball on that one. Anyways, I promise to get to it this week. Also, please drop a comment on the Spotlight not just linking me to your stuff, but also other user created content. I need help keeping up with the community. Last week the Community Endurance Run ran their charity stream, and if you missed it their Fundly account will still be up for another thirty days. The effort still needs help getting to their $3,000 goal for Pencils for Promise.

Awesome Art

We have a sketch of @pimblycharles's final painting and a sketch of Jeff in a penguin suit from Milkcrates.

Clip of the Week

We have an awesome mash up of Jeff and The Birds from @electricboogaloo, and a "Best of..." of Extra Life from @renegadedoppelganger

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Guilty Gear Xrd Tournament - The NA Release is a Month Away, but Sign-ups are NOW OPEN!
  • Community Humble Jumbo Bundle 3 Insurgency Trading Thread - Share Copies of Insurgency Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Our Dragon Age: InQuisitiion wiki page is truly a work of art worth looking over. Our Far Cry 4 and Super Smash Bros. pages ate no slouches either. Also, the staff do not plan on re-reviewing the status of splitting the Super Smash Bros. page.

Best of Blogs

Special thanks once again go to PimblyCharles for his awesome work of art, <Roscoe>, this week. TheMasterDS decided to host a retrospective of Donkey Kong Country now that the franchise is over twenty years old. Speaking of the twenties, renegadedoppelganger took approximately twenty two hours worth of Giant Bomb and Iron galaxy's Extra Life content and boiled it down to a single one hour video clip. FreezyFrog's wiki showcase blog is still going strong this week, whereas Regularassmilk contemplates on how open world games can improve the quality of their side missions. Ford_Dent shares his comprehensive thoughts on the latest Dragon Age game, and N7 details exactly why Assassin's Creed: Rogue is a passable experience at best. Yummylee continues to pontificate upon the legacy and history of the Dino Crisis franchise with Dino Crisis 2, whereas thatpnguino provides a guide on how to beat Ultimecia from Final Fantasy VIII. MooseyMcMan played a smattering of PlayStation Plus games, and Mento share why he thinks he's playing Smash Bros. games incorrectly.

Fantastic Forums

We have plenty of threads discussing the various new releases this week ranging from Dragon Age to Far Cry 4 and This War of Mine. Feel free to join our discussion over the status of The Master Chief Collection, ecosystems in video games, and the ending you went with in Far Cry 4. Also remember to thank ElectricBoogaloo for his awesome Jeff vs. The Birds video mash up.

Lovable Lists

LackingSaint has the distinction of having the first Game of the Year List for 2014 that I'm promoting. Psykhophear annotates his favorite Shinji Mikami games, and arbayer2 looks back on vague PC games worth checking out in 2015.

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 11/14/2014

Special Thanks to @buzz_clik for This Work of Art!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I'm still on the raod to recovery, but was feeling alright when making this.For those wondering I plan on start re-submitting community recommendations to Patrick this week for his Worth Reading article. However, the big announcement this week that the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run is LIVE THIS WEEKEND! Watch their streams and help them raise money for a good cause over here. @m16mojo on the other hand is looking to set up a Portland, Oregon PDX LAN meet-up. Finally our very own @rorie is holding a lottery to give away his Collector's Edition stuff for Warlord of Draenor. With that let's get on with the latest edition of the Community Spotlight!

Awesome Art!

We have @sanj and @oddbit to thank for the awesome images this week.

Clip of the Week

Our clip this week comes from @theburlaplemur who has a new edition of his Bitesize Bomb video series. For those that do not know TheBurlapLemur's video series seeks to locate the funniest moments of every Quick Look on Giant Bomb.

Community Activities

  • GIANT BOMB COMMUNITY ENDURANCE RUN CHARITY STREAM - LIVE THIS WEEKEND!!!! LEARN MORE HERE!
  • Dragon Age: Inquisitor Multiplayer ID Sharing Thread - Share Your ID (FOR ALL PLATFORMS) Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Halo: The Master Chief Collection Gamertag Exchange - Post Your Gamertag Here!
  • Assassin's Creed Unity Xbox One Club - Learn How to Join It Here!
  • Assassin's Creed Unity PS4 Club - Learn How to Join It Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Halo is here, well kind of. Our wiki page for The Master Chief Collection nicely breaks down the improvements made to the games in the collection. We have @bobafettjm for an almost 200 point wiki page about poker, and finally the PC port of Valkyria Chronicles reminded me that we have an AMAZING wiki page for the game.

Best of Blogs

Once again, thanks are ins tore for buzz_clik for making the "Dan's Diner" artwork this week. Raven10 has a highly technical, but enlightening blog about the new consoles and their ability to process textures.Equally eye opening was StarvingGamer's blog about a recent controversy with the Fighting game Community over an alleged fraud. TheHBK has assumed the responsibilities for our annual Black Friday reporting thread. Ford_Dent extrapolates on how Crypt of the Necrodancer became his latest gaming obsession. As always bobafettjm has a blog breaking down his contributions to the Giant Bomb wiki, and Mento has started a new blog detailing his humorous foray into Metal Gear Solid 2.MooseyMcMan dabbled with Bayonetta 2 and Advanced Warfare this week, whereas Yummylee decided to scratch Umbrella Chronicles from his list of un-played Resident Evil games.

Fantastic Forums

We have discussion threads for birds, assassin's, (NOT)the Spanish Inquisition, and World of Warcraft this week.Our weekly community debate this week discusses the merits of being picky when buying video games.

Lovable Lists

We are starting to enter GOTY territory...I am going to hold off for now in that regard. Moving on MajorMitch has tackled the prickly issuing a personal "Game of the Generation."SMTDante and ILikePopcans both have annotated the games they played this year, whereas skyebaron has a list of his favorite Dreamcast games.

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 11/07/2014

Special Thanks go to @graboids for Making this AWESOME Work of Art!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Community Spotlight! I'm back again, and hopefully on the road to a speedy recovery. This week our housekeeping has to do with recent changes to the site code. Firstly, the site engineers are indeed aware that there have been site instability issues this week. As a result the engineers have released some significant changes to the codebase to help with some of those problems. If you have noticed any issues related to that please report them over here. Otherwise the site should be running smoothly soon. Now with that let's get on with the Spotlight, and preferably without any flare ups.

Awesome Art

This week we have a fancy graph mapping out the placing of the staff during their Mario Party 2 stream. glenmanalo on Tumblr has Jeff in a penguin suit, and @oddbit envisioned Dan as a magical girl anime character.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Community Advance Warfare Clan Creation Thread - Head on Over to Here!
  • PAX South 2015 Roll Call - If you Plan on Going to PAX South Coordinate a User Meetup Here!
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Seed Sharing Thread - Post Your Codes and Descriptions Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Video games are coming out! We have our annual release of a new Call of Duty game, and a re-release of an indie darling from three years ago, what more could you ask for? Special thanks also go to @yummylee for sprucing up the Clock Tower 3 page, and @bobafettjm for his awesome work on Bomberman Quest and Hot Shots Golf 3.

Best of Blogs

The user formerly known as PsEG, Trace, has been hosting Forza Race Nights on Giant Bomb for five years now! Read his touching retrospective about the highs and lows of running a community event. Mento has been plugging along with Wizardry 8 and finally jots down his final impressions of the game. GunStarRed read a book! Crazy I know, but the good news is that the book was about the Genesis and you can read his review on the book. Our resident, Resident Evil expert Yummylee looks back on Dino Crisis which he characterizes as the "red headed step-child" of Resident Evil. wemibelec90 looks back on his gaming "Shocktober" which included the likes of Clock Tower and Alien: Isolation. Speaking of horrorFord_dent confesses to loving Vampire: The Masquerade, but hating vampires as a concept. GrantHeaslip extrapolates on why Tidus and Yuna still remain as some of his favorite video game characters of all time. ArbitraryWater combs over the good and bad, but mostly bad, of the new game from Sid Meier. bobafettjm continues to give you a nice snapshot of his awesome work on the Giant bomb wiki, and BlackLagoon is back with a wonderful list of the games coming out for the Vita. Finally MooseyMcMan played catch-up as well as MajorMitch, and hunkadunkasaurus is still on a journey to collect every single Star Trek: The Next Generation pog.

Fantastic Forums

Special thanks again go to graboids for providing the banner/t-shirt design this week. Feel free to join our discussion for the Evolve Alpha or The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. If you are still playing Destiny share which class you have finally settled on. Finally are you a wizard? If so, can you tell the community which games allow you to be the most awesome wizard in games?

Lovable Lists

We have a trio of simple, but great lists this week. djames216 looks back on his favorite old school adventure games. RadleyDuder annotates the games he has found to be difficult to discuss with people due to their "divisive" nature. Finally, zeeco has a handful of games that he owns...but has yet to play. A gaming sin that we are all guilty of to be honest.

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 10/31/2014

Special Thanks to @tessawracked for the Banner This Week!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! It is my pleasure to once again be your host. As many of you may have noticed, last week was the first time in my four year term that a new edition of the Community Spotlight was not published by myself, and the reasons for which I have already gone over.I hope and plan that I will no longer miss any future editions of the Spotlight. However, as you will see this week my medical leave has left this edition sparse in comparison to what I normally publish. So please bear with me as I try to re-establish my bearings. I promise things will get better from this point forward.

In terms of housekeeping you may have noticed that the Giant Bomb interface has gotten a bit of a facelift. Feel free to discuss and share your input on the new header update over here, and also share any bugs that you have found. Finally THANK YOU to everyone who donated and participated in Giant Bomb's Extra Life event and fundraiser! You all did great work last week!

Awesome Art

We have plenty of GREAT Extra Life and Staff themed works of art this week thanks to @aurahack @darkbeatdk @fram @ericfine @nonekjr @oddparticle @spacedongle and @pixelrat

Clips of the Week

@turboman not only has compiled the best moments from the Metal Gear Scanlon video series, but he is also asking for you input for locating the best moments of Giant Bomb's Extra Life coverage.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Community Destiny Raid Table - Set Up a Raid Group Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Everyone...we are almost there. The Winter game boom is just around the corner. That said this week was no slouch with the oft delayed Dreamfalls Chapter releasing its first chapter, and the much anticipated Xbox One release of Sunset Overdrive.

Best of Blogs

Mento has finished his Octurbo blog series with Dead of the Brain 1 & 2 for the TurboGrafx-CD, similarly meatsofevil finishes his long running Persona 3 blog series for Extra Life this week. Takashichea mixes anime with video games with his latest blog, and SgtSphynx decided to play up "Shocktober" by looking at a handful of Lovecraftian inspired video games. thatpinguino is still chugging along with Final Fantasy VIII and this week discusses what his speed running strategies are for the game. hunkadunkasaurus is an avid pog collector and shares his really awesome, and complete, Star Trek: The Next Generation pog set. With the game now on GOG kevin_cogneto has a highly educationa blog on how he was able to McGuyver TIE Fighter to detect a 360 controller. Ford_Dent and FCDrandy both share their recent forays into Persona 4, and thatthereitalian expresses why he has really enjoyed his time with Beyond Earth. Finally bobafettjm has another great update on his awesome work on the Giant Bomb wiki.

Fantastic Forums

If you have not yet checked out the official .gif, screencap, and image thread for ExtraLife then you need to correct that. Our image thread for the event is an endless supply of delights. Can you also think of the games with the worst hardcore modes, or even the games with the best soundtracks this year? If you can join the community debates for those topics, or one of our many game discussion/impressions threads. Also...begun the haiku, wars have on our fun site of, video game stuff:

Lovable Lists

Resident, Resident Evil expert Yummylee has finally sat down and annotated all of the games from the series that he has played from best to worst. He is joined by Sleepinglesson who has done the same thing, but with the Legend of Zelda franchise, and finally FCDandy has created a top ten list of his all time favorite games.

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 10/17/2014

Special Thanks to @humanity for this Work of Art! And Special Thanks to Alexis for All of his Work!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, I am your host as always! Now the Community Spotlight has, and always will be a personally run blog that seeks to showcase the best of the Giant Bomb Community. However, in light of recent events it is important to link to staff written pieces and articles on the site. Please if you have not done so already read @jeff's "Letter From the Editor," and I really do mean sit down and read it. Understand also that we have a separate discussion thread pertaining to this article over here. If the comment thread is locked please wait for it to become unlocked, as these "breaks" from discussion are temporary. Similarly, please read and review our new Community Rules. These Community Rules are a reformed and improved version of the old Forum Rules, and if you would like to discuss particular rules, notable changes, and/or why this was done to head on over to our Community Rules Discussion Thread here.

With all of this housekeeping completed I would like for all of you to join me in thanking @alexisg for all of his hard work on the site. The current site that we are using right now owes a great deal to him and his team. For those that do not know, this was Alexis's last week as an employee of CBSi, and if you have not done so already please wish him the best here.

Awesome Art

@joshwent made an anime Vinny...@babaoriely has an awesome Dr. Tracksuit poster, and Tina Amini from Kotaku has a screencap from the Destiny live stream earlier this week.

Clip(s) of the Week

@turboman has a new episode of his "Best of Giant Bomb" video series, and this episode features some of the best moments from Unprofessional Fridays. @theburlaplemur is still making episodes of his "Bitesize Bomb" series which seeks to locate the best moments of every Quick Look. Finally someone on YouTube decided to input musical segments from the Bombcast into Vib-Ribbon.

Community Activities

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! Steam Co-Op Hookup Thread - Get a Partner Over Here!
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! PS3 Co-Op Hookup Thread - Get a Partner Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

BIG GAMES ARE STARTING TO COME OUT! The Evil Within, Bayonetta 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-sequel all grace us this week and all feature impressive wiki pages worth checking out!

Best of Blog

The top blog of the week comes from BlazeHedgehog who systematically details the horror game he almost made. Speaking of spooky blogs this week TheManWithNoPlan has Dead Space for part three of his Shocktober blog series, and he is joined by CornBREDX who used October as an excuse to re-play the original Alone in the Dark. Mento published a smattering of blogs this week as part of his "Octurbo" blog series pertaining to the TurboGrafx-CD, ranging from Star Parodier to Strider this week. Speaking of long running blog series MeatsofEvil has another update on his Persona 3 marathon run for Extra Life 2014.TurboMan not only has a "Best of Giant Bomb" video this week, but is also looking for suggestions for a proper tribute to Alexis. Regularassmilk defends Kiefer, but is talking about the new voice actor for Big Boss and not the breakfast yogurt. Having recently played Shadow of Mordor Kierkegaard explains why he enjoys how the game makes even the simplest kills complicated, whereas ZZoMBiE13 extrapolates on the game concepts from Shadow of Mordor that he hopes future games steal. GrantHeaslip decided to give character action games a shot, and Metal Gear Rising is the game he decided to use to help introduce the genre to himself. Demoskinos has an anime nightmare of a game called Shinobi Versus that he is sharing with the community. thatpinguino continues to get introspective about the original Mass Effect and this week he discusses why he enjoys the wonkiness of the combat in the game. Granderojo shares why Contrast is an independent oddity worth experiencing, and finally ArbitraryWater makes his triumphant return to blogging with a couple of recent CRPGs.

Fantastic Forums

We have BabaORiely to thank for the Dr. Tracksuit "Push" sign, which was inspired by an episode of WWE RAW. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is out, and if you have been enjoying a particular character build remember to share your skill tree on our thread. Also, feel free to share your early impressions of the game as well. If Lords of the Fallen is in your radar share why you plan on purchasing the game, and finally we have a discussion thread over what the most "beautiful" open world game is.

Lovable Lists

This week we have joe423 annotating his favorite games of all time, and oraknabo not only takes some of his favorite games, but lists out the flaws to all of them as well.

Useful User Reviews

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