The Community Spotlight - 08/29/2014

Special Thanks to @pabba for the Art This Week!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Community Spotlight, and I am your host as always! PAX Prime 2014 is happening this week! That said we still have plenty of great stuff to share that came from the Giant Bomb community. Danny may have finished his Half-Life charity live stream but that doesn't mean you can't donate to his cause if you missed the opportunity! Donate here to help "Project Open Hand" feed needy and malnourished children. Also catch the archives of all of his streams on the thread below...overall it was a "hoot," to say the least. Patrick was interviewed recently and talked about how he thinks developers should approach journalists when it comes to covering their games. Finally @rorie may be on vacation, but he has some big announcements for all users on the site! Firstly there is a new t-shirt from @buzz_clik for sale on the Giant Bomb Emporium. Subscriptions for first timers have been lowered to $35, and we have a new video to "encourage" users to join the premium club! With that let's get on with the latest edition of the Community Spotlight:

Awesome Art

Special thanks go to @maddenedman for the great logos for Giant Bomb West and East, @pabba for his pineapple super solider, and @vierastalo has created a PlayStation controller for Drew!

Clips of the Week

Ryan West on YouTube has taken Drew's challenge of making a timelapse of Episode 2 of Metal Gear Scanlon, but he sped it up by 2500%...it sure goes to show Drew died a lot to Ocelot. @turboman on the other hand has another great edition of his "Best of Giant Bomb" video series. This edition has all of the hilarious moments from the Velvet Sundown Quick Look!

Community Activities

  • Community Steam Icon & Background Trading - Offer or Accept a Trade Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Special thanks to @hailinel and @bobafettjm for editing a bunch game that I have never heard of!

Best of Blogs

The top blog comes from N7 who details his conflicted thoughts on the current status of the Resident Evil franchise. thatpinguino discussed the use of lenticular art/level design in games, as well as The Swapper's use of individuality as part of its narrative. PerfidiousSinn's latest effort to get competent at fighting games online was for the incredibly daunting Ultra Street Fighter IV. Odie_Esty decided to bite the bullet and give No More Heroes a shot and blogs about his bewilderment. regularassmilk recently sold a significant chunk of his game collection, and explains why he's okay with a disc-less future. VincentAvatar struck Killer is Dead from his gaming bucket-list, whereas Vincentvendetta has created a number of awesome game boxes in the style of Criterion Collection DVD cases. bobafettjm has another great update on his activity on the Giant Bomb wiki. Finally, BlaineBlaine shares his Japanese playing card collection, while noahtheboa99 has started to play the first Silent Hill game.

Fantastic Forums

If you missed Danny's Half-Life marathon the thread below has links to all of the archives. MaddenedMan on the other hand has two great logos. One for GBWest, and the other is for GBEast, and he wants your input on them. Feel free to also share your opinions on the latest episode of The Walking Dead, names for your RPG characters, US box art that is superior to the bow arts of other regions, Metro 2033 Redux, and good games to play while listening to podcasts.

Lovable Lists

In an effort to look back on old video game hair Yummylee has a list of video game characters with slicked back hair. Our other list comes from wehrmacht who is working on chronicling every game that will use Unreal Engine 4.

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 08/22/2014

Welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, and I am your host as always. With PAX around the corner Summer has all but drawn to a close. Speaking of Summer Rorie is finally taking his Summer Vacation this week. Please contact giantbombmods@gmail.com if you have any issues with site moderations, and support@giantbomb.com if you have bug or merchandise issues. For those of you that plan on going to PAX Prime 2014 Patrick will be a part of panel titled "Surviving the Internet" on Sunday at 7pm. The Giant Bomb Dota 2 Community Tournament has started! Check out the fun everyone has had thus far on this archive of the first match. Engineer Danny Chi/@mrpibb will be leaving us at the end of the month, but to end this on a positive note Vinny is expecting a second child!

Awesome Art and Pictures

Special thanks to @splodge, @buzz_clik, @koobz, bluthton, GiantBombQuotes, Pootietang, and elGaurdDuck for all of this great art and picture work!

Clip of the Week

LieutenantEddy is back but this time he animated Jeff decalring himself being Donatello. @smurfspunk made his own version of the Giant Bomb Quick Look intro. Finally Dan took the Ice Bucket Challenge and OF COURSE he challenged Jose Canseco!

Community Activities

  • Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition PS4 Friend Exchange - Hookup witH Fellow Users for Co-Op Over Here!
  • Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Xbox One Friend Exchange - Hookup with Fellow Users for Co-Op Over Here!
  • Potential Community Tabletop Simulator Group - George_McBain is Gauging Interest in a TTS Online Group Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Motor Show and 5 In One Fun Pak have had some great work done on them thanks to @bobafettjm. Also Special thanks to @flstyle our Dragon Age: Inquisition page is looking great, and it has come out yet!

Best of Blogs

The top of the blog goes to Turbo_Toaster for coming up with some awesome and creative Borderlands Nerf Gun designs! TheYouthfuls revisited Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and discusses what has and has not aged well in the game, whereas Jeust discusses the morals and philosophy of Planescape Torment. Mento has three blogs, two of which chronicle stray observations on his experiences with Deadly Premonition. The other blog breaks down how Mento was able to achieve a S-Rank in Ni No Kuni. Not to be outdone thatpinguino has one blog about how games have utilized relationships in the past as well as their caveats, and the earlier blog provides a "Deep Look" into Shadow of the Colossus. armaan8014 also wrote two blogs! The first of which defends the Game of Thrones game from 2012, and the second provides his early impressions of Risen 3. IcyEyes conveys his hopes to demo Giant Bomb Jammers at PAX Prime 2014, whereas Rorie talks about the addons he normally uses when playing World of Warcraft. Speaking of WoW noahtheboa999 has his progress report on his adventures in the game now that he has hit the thirty hour mark. MooseyMcMan continues to plow through his PS+ backlog this week, and Marino wants you to join him in being nostalgic over EverQuest with this increased interest in WoW. JadeGL shares how P.T. made her feel and react, similarly _Mattallica discusses how P.T./Silent Hills may usher a new generation of survival horror games. Bonbolapti shares how he and his group finally defeated Titan Extreme in FF14, and bobafettjm has a new log on his great work on the Giant Bomb wiki.

Fantastic Forums

Koobz not only created the awesome banner this week, but he wants you to join him in creating Metal gear Scanlon fanart. Speaking of Metal Gear technosyndrome took a shot at ranking the Metal Gear Solid games from best to worst and is interested to see what your list looks like. smurfspunk has created his own Giant Bomb Quick Look intro, and Fobwashed wants you to join his poll on who will win the PAX Prime 2014 Rumble. tough is in the business of making animated Bombcasts and is taking recommendations for a Patrick themed episode. Feel free to vote on what you think Rockstar's next game will be, your worst gaming disappointments, and provide the_shiniest_meat_bicycle with advice on how to get his dad interested in games.

Lovable Lists

This week Mento has annotated every single Super Famicom game he has added to the database, and bartok rates every Simpsons game he has played from best to worst.

Useful User Reviews

Potent Podcasts

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The Community Spotlight - 08/15/2014

Special Thanks to @humanity for this Work of Art!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! The end of Summer draws neigh with many of you already starting school, or better yet simply continuing the drudgery of work. Well don't fear as PAX Prime is right around the corner! For those you wondering the Giant Bomb panel is Saturday, August 30th, at 8:00 pm. Alex will also be a panelist on the 404ing It Panel on Sunday, August 31st, at 7:30 pm. Vinny is still narrating promos for the TV Guide Network and this week members discovered his promo for "Dating Naked." Yup. ScaryMask on Tumblr is the person behind the Drobot Callin' Animated Bombcast video and he's taking suggestions for a new Animated Bombcast on Tumblr. With that let's get on with the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight!

Clip of the Week

Should Brad Shoemaker have doubted the authenticity of the screams for the P.T. trailer during Gamescom? Fantana doesn't think so:

Community Activities

  • MASSIVE CHALICE: Ryan Davis Tribute Bloodline! Provide Input for Double Fine to Create an In-Game Tribute to Ryan Over Here!
  • Extra Life 2014 Giant Bomb Team - Play Games, Heal Kids - Join the Effort to Raise Money for Kid By Heading Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Give a round of applause to @bobafettjm for doing some great work on the Pac-Man Dash! page, and Degeki Bunko page has had some great work done on it. Speaking of the wiki Jeff would like to remind all wiki editors that parodies and unlicensed appearances do NOT count as a character appearance on our database.

Best of Blogs

The top blog this week comes from LtSquigs who theorizes on the types and classifications of modern and old Roguelikes. Marino has a new PAX Guide, and KoolAid defends the concept of "Free to Play" games from the perspective of an iOS/mobile game developer. lou_chou defends Silent Hills' use of Jump Scare Moments, and the concept in general; whereas dusker extrapolates on why Silent Hills does not look like the Silent Hill game he wants on a modern system. Mento continues his retrospective of the previous generation of console games with a new Comic Commish, on the flip-side IcyEyes announces some big artistic changes coming to Giant Bomb Jammers on his latest Dev Log. GunstarRed "honored" Osamu Tezuka by playing a questionable Astro Boy game while also extolled the virtues of Blood Will Tell. Sackmanjones shares the "dark side" of Dota, including the negative impact the game has had on his personal life. AlisterCat returns to his retrospective of the Ace Attorney franchise with a detailed look at the wacky legal system in the game, and similarly cottoneUD continues his Let's Play of Persona 4 Golden with a new batch of pictures. Speaking of picture blog Let's Plays smcn has a new edition of his 999 blog series. Tarfuin played and completed Batman: Arkham Origins and he shares his thoughts on the game, whereas noahtheboa999 talks about his foray into World of Warcraft inspired by Dan. thapinguino keeps up his track record of providing dual blogs with one Baby Deep look on the "Protect Girls" ability in FF9 as well as a traditional Deep Look on Legend of Legaia. MisterBananaFoam returns to his blog series re-examining the first Jak and Daxter game. Finally bobafettjm has another update on his awesome work on the Giant Bomb wiki, and bonbolapti shares his failed attempts at beating Titan in FFXIV Online.

Fantastic Forums

Special thanks go to citizenarcane for creating a website that chronicles every single ridiculous thing that has exited Dan's mouth, and he's taking suggestions on the thread linked below. Fobwashed has created a "Waiting Room" for impending live streams and anything that appears on the "Coming Up on Giant Bomb" tab. Hailinel wants you to join him in discussing the prospect of a female Link, as well as the event schedule for PAX Prime 2014. Speaking of Link do have you ever wondered why Link usually starts out sleeping during the introductions of a lot of Legend of Zelda games? Well join the speculation and theory thread about that exact topic! Wrestling stuff is on the site and I have no idea what it's about...something about trading cards. Finally have you ever formed long term friendships thanks to online gaming? Share you stories on the thread.

Lovable Lists

TechnoSyndrome (formerly known as taku128) shares his "pile of shame" with a list featuring the greatest games he has never played. Finally look at this nerd "MB," and all of the old D&D games he likes.

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 08/08/2014

Dan Ryckert is Solid Snake, and Drew Scanlon is Raiden!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, I am your host as always! Jeff is back from his week long vacation, but we are still in the troughs of the Summer Game Drought! However, there is one bit of important piece of news worth going over. Twitch recently changed their Terms of Service, and as many of you have show here there are concerns about the status of Giant Bomb's Twitch archives. If there are any streams you are concerned about please do join in the effort found in the previous link, but rest assured that the engineering team and staff are examining the situation and their options seriously. Finally on a lighter note you might want to keep an eye out for Alex or Vinny on the TV Guide Channel as they both provided assistance to network in the form of promo narration. The first example of which has already been found as seen here.

Clip of the Week

@lieutenanteddy/LieutenantEddy(YouTube) has animated the Bombcasts's hilarious discussion about the "Poop Gambit," whereas wiggmortem provides the most recent effort to remix the Bombcast theme with the Space Jam theme song.

Awesome Art

Special thanks to @mortface for a graph mapping the performance of each of the participants of the Mario Party stream; @pabba for continuing to provide web comics based on the food based ignorance of @danryckert, this time related to BBQ sauce; @michaeldim for printing on dollar bills in the name of Giant Bomb; and finally @posh for pointing out that Brad could be a Seinfeld character.

Community Activities

  • DOTA 2 Community Tournament, 2nd Edition: Sign-Ups - Sign You and Your Team Up for the Next Tournament Here!
  • DOTA 2 Community Tournament, 2nd Edition: Team Creation - Send a Yelp to Join a Team for the Tournament Over Here!
  • The Last of Us Remastered PSN ID Trading Thread - Play The Last of Us Remastered Online with Other Users Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Fish breeding is you concept page of the week, and I am here to say that it is here to stay! Also some great work has been done on the Eidolon game page. @yummylee shows how much of an American he is through his detailed wiki work on a couple of gun object pages.

Best of Blogs

supermike6 has the follow up to his incredibly interesting introspective blog series about Deadly Premonition, this episode is about the combat. JadeGL shares how Diablo III and Star Trek Online both made her care about her NPC companions, and IcyEyes continues to detail the rocky and tumultuous road that lead him to creating Giant Bomb Jammers. If you want puns both good and bad then look no further than Mento's puntacular blog about Ni No Kuni, though Video_Game_King provides a close approximation with a blog about Kick Challenger Air Foot and Puzzle Boy(though not really). Yummylee wrote a blog NOT about zombies or Resident Evil and instead has a detailed blog about his foray into the Castlevania franchise. Inspired by his playthrough of Tropical Freeze, Sarumarine decided to go back and give Donkey Kong Country 2 a shot and explains how it has held up. Speaking of throwbacks daneian finally got his hands on Bayonetta and reviews why he thinks its the character action game that has a little bit of everything. BlazeHedgehog not only has a great video review of Mario Kart 8, but he also breaks down the time and effort it took to make the review, whereas MooseyMcMan extrapolates on why he bought a WiiU and what he's been playing on it. Self professed fighting game amateur PerfidiousSinn has written on his effort to get proficient at playing Injustice: Gods Among Us online. dankempster writes about why he's been away from Giant Bomb and what he's been playing, and similarly JensonB returns to the blog scene with a write-up on The Last of Us Remasted and it's morally ambiguous nature. ChampInMaking has his penultimate blog on why KOTOR 2 is better than KOTOR 1 and this time dedicates an entire blog on the character Kreia. MajorMitch has a monthly summary on what he's played ranging from Nidhogg to Valdis Story, whereas bobafettjm has another summation of his great work on the Giant Bomb wiki.

Fantastic Forums

As already mentioned there is an effort to "save" Giant Bomb's old Twitch Streams worth checking out or even supporting if you can. juiceman has some custom ringtones based off of clips from the Bombcast, and we finally have a Dan Ryckert appreciation thread. Finally join the discussion in regards to the best JRPG stories, and what you think the odds are a fish can beat Pokemon.

Lovable Lists

Mento tops the list with a list chronicling all of the examples of sky pirates he has experienced in his gaming history. DevourerOfTime has a list of games he wish he could experience for the first time again. wumbo3000 finally got around to making his GoTY list for the years 2013 and 2012. Finally bloodycanadian1985 wants you to join his effort to annotate every single black female character in video game history.

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 08/01/2014

Special Thanks Go to @y2ken for Creating This Banner!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, as always I am your host. Jeff is away on vacation, but that doesn't change the fact that he celebrated his 39th birthday this week. However, many of you have shown a great deal of concern in regards to the recent GameSpot layoffs. Please do use that link and comment on the discussion thread wishing all of those that have been laid off the best in their future endeavors. However, rest assured that this news has no impact on the current makeup of Giant Bomb, but this does not give you permission to treat those that have lost their jobs disrespectfully on the forums. Now moving onto to something with a bit of levity Vinny has a diagram depicting how the video capture and conversion process works at Giant Bomb East. Also exciting is the fact that we have added three new moderators on the site! If you have not done so already please welcome @jadegl, @finaldasa, and @mooseymcman to the Giant Bomb Moderation Team over here! With that let's get on with the latest edition of the Community Spotlight!

Clip(s) of the Week

As always special thanks go to @turboman for making another great edition of his "Best of Giant Bomb," video series. This one features cricket and drive clubs!

Awesome Art

Special thanks to @helvetica @roomrunner @ragetreb Tessa(Tumblr) and @fobwashed for the awesome artwork this week!

Community Activities

Our Community Extra Life effort for 2014 has officially started! Help raise money for kids by clicking the link below!

  • Extra Life 2014 Giant Bomb Team - Play Games, Heal Kids - Join the Effort Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Some great recent work has been done on the Crypt of the NecroDance and Link wiki pages thanks to @northsarge and @hailinel respectively. Finally we need more examples of "Three-Word Game Title with Conjunction or Preposition," for our concept page.

Best of Blogs

The top blog of this week comes from IcyEyes who talks about the origins and his motivations behind creating "Giant Bomb Jammers," as seen on the UPF from two weeks ago. noahtheboa999 is starting a new blog series chronicling his effort to understand the Kirby game franchise. A new month means that BlackLagoon has an easy to read annotation of all of the games coming out for the PlayStation Vita. thatpinguino keeps up his multi-blog streak with two blogs this week. The first discusses his favorite game concepts and mechanics, whereas the second provides a "deepish" look on the class system for Penny Arcade Adventures 3. Mento got manga fever and he theorizes which games he suspects drew from Berserk as an inspiration. ArbitraryWater dabbled with new and old games this week ranging from The Wolf Among Us and Crash Bandicoot. Video_Game_King is all about music and owls this week with a blog detailing his thoughts on Sequence and Project Horned Owl. Pabba lampoons Dan's food ignorance with two highly entertaining web comics. ChampInMaking is still working to convince the community that KOTOR 2 is better than KOTOR 1, whereas Marokai reminisces on Summoner for the PS2 and details how it is a product of its time. MooseyMcMan theorizes why he thinks he will be putting in 100+ hours into Destiny, and GrantHeaslip defends Killer is Dead as a fine Suda51 joint. EpicSteve passionately explains why Valiant Hearts features one of the most respectful depictions of war. FinalDasa is all about the big movies of August, and BisonHero mulls over his problem with game reviewers playing games on the default difficulty. Sarumarine extrapolates on his time with Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, and lebbmx blogs about why the next Fallout is the game he most wants to see on the next generation of consoles.

Fantastic Forums

As already mentioned please join the community in wishing Jeff a happy birthday and welcoming the new mods. Also discuss Microsoft Bingo if you have given it a shot and post pictures of the Destiny Beta if you have been playing it. Finally Fobwashed is hosting his own "Ask Me Anything" for the Oculus Rift, and helvetica made a chocolate dipped cherry in the shape of the Giant Bomb logo.

Lovable Lists

Our list of the week comes from mod mracoon who has a list of games he thinks have great names, and yes he is taking suggestions.

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 07/25/2014

Special Thanks to Bryan Ward for this Great Banner Art for The PowerBombcast!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, I am your host as always. Brad not only watched The International in person, but he also celebrated his birthday this week. Speaking of The International there are plenty of pictures of not just Brad enjoying the event, but also members of the Giant Bomb community. Special thanks to @matt for flipping the bird on @mattbodega. Things have calmed down as the Summer gaming drought has fully sunk in. @buzz_clik recently shared some concept art for his Gerstmannia t-shirt design. With that let's get on with the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight!

Clip of the Week

Someone on YouTube has compiled of every example of Jeff showing disgust of Dan's opinions in movies and games. I think we can at least partially agree that Dan is a monster.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Warframe PC Clan - Under New Management - Join Giant Bomb Heavy Industries Here!
  • The Crew Community PC Closed Beta Hook-up Thread - Join Other Users in The Crew By Heading Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Community Premier League 2014/2015 Fantasy League - Join Other Users in Some Footie Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Giant Bomb is now your go to source on Don Bradman Cricket 14! No really check out our wiki page for the game. @bobafettjm did some great work on our Steam Trading Card wiki page, and you can thank @mento for taking the time to explain why Troddlers is all about. Ryu is fifty years old, so the least you could do is check out his wiki page. Finally some great work has been done on our recently added The Divide wiki page.

Best of Blogs

The top blog of the week comes from JadeGL who discusses why Super Mario Bros. 2 has a special place in her heart. A close second comes from billymagnum who converted his NES into an awesome looking guitar. tharrington has some awesome Barkerville fanart that you can check out below, but also support him on his blog. We have a record breaking number of multi-blog posters this week. thatpinguino provides a deep look into FTL, and has two introspective blogs on his hopes and relationship with the Kingdom Hearts franchise. Mento has a two part blog series in which he examines various game mechanics from the perspective of a former designer, similarly noahtheboa999 used Mega Man 2 as a case study for the evolution of game design and he shares his first impressions of Shovel Knight. CottoneUD finished finals for the latest part to his Persona 4 Golden let's play, and Video_Game_King topped anime with anime with a continuation of his Katawa Shoujo let's play and a blog on Lunar and Stafy 3. ChampInMaking extrapolates on why he thinks KOTOR 2 is objectively better than KOTOR 1, whereas TheYouthfuls talks about striking Shadow of the Colossus from his gaming backlog. Speaking of backlogs MooseyMcMan played catch up and burned through a number of his PlayStation Plus games. GrantHeaslip shares what it was like and why he digitally imported Project Diva 2. FLStyle wants you to join him in celebrating Ryu's 50th birthday. bonbolapti played a bunch of FFXIV and Soul Blazer this week, and Wess shares his detailed impressions of Contrast. MikeLemmer had the pleasure of spending more time on Outpost Taswell in Eve Online, whereas Raven10 questions if the season pass ruins the balance of Bioshock Infinite. Finally PerfidiousSinn talks about his various attempts to get into GTA Online, and bobafettjm has a new edition of his wiki update blog series.

Fantastic Forums

Be on the right side of history and vote Terminator 2 on the Terminator poll. It's important. In terms of games we have discussion threads for Gods Will Be Watching, The Walking Dead, and the latest DLC for Dark Souls II as well as Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas. Can you think of any hidden gems on Steam, well share them on our discussion thread for buried treasure on Steam. Finally vote on what your Dragon Age: Inquisition character will look like.

Lovable Lists

Our list this week comes from bartok who wants to remind you that not all video games based on television shows are bad.

Useful User Reviews

Special Thanks to Tharrington for this Barkerville Fanart!

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The Community Spotlight - 07/18/2014

Special Thanks to Pabba for This Work of Art

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, and I am your host as always. So stuff happened during one of the livestreams this week that requires a bit of clarification. Even if the Giant Bomb staff discuss items or topics that may be in violation of the Forum Rules, be it pornography or drug use, you will still be held accountable for your comments. With that we have two awesome dedications to Ryan that are worth showcasing. As many have discovered Divinity has a tribute to Ryan. Not to be topped by that the Giant Bomb Eve Online Corp., Kite Co., has finished constructing an awesome outpost christened as "Ryan Davis," as you can see here":

Status: Invulnerable

Clip of the Week

As always you can count on @turboman to hit it out of the park with his "Best of Giant Bomb" video series. This episode about robots interacting pepper grinders and bicycles is no exception.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb East Meetup in Early August - Discuss Times and Places for a Manhattan Meetup Here!
  • The International 2014 - Daily Event Summaries and Discussions - Join Here!
  • Giant Bomb Destiny Clan - Join Lincoln Force to Play With Other Duders Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Abyss Odyssey and Abe's Oddysee both have had some recent, and impressive work done on them. Also, special thanks to @fitzgerald for doing a bang up job on the Adventure Time Card Wars wiki page.

Best of Blogs

We have a myriad of users showing off their creative talents this week! Pabba and Saik0u are both responsible for the works of art that grace this edition of the Spotlight, and StarvingGamer has created an impressive fight stick featuring the female characters in the Street Fighter franchise. The other major trend for this week is that a number of users have started new multi-part blogs. AlisterCat is starting a retrospective of the Ace Attorney franchise from the perspective of a hardcore fan; GrantHeaslip is staring a hunting diary for his foray in Monster Hunter; finally supermike6 is starting a deep examination of Deadly Premonition with a look at its use of exploration. Even then we have plenty of the "usual suspects" for this week. Mento has a new Comic Commish with a re-examination of the Summer and Winter of 2011; Video_Game_King has Hacker Evolution and Bomberman to thank for adding him to the FBI database; and MikeLemmer is now on his third week of plugging along in Eve Online. Speaking of plugging along CottoneUD has two editions of his Let's Play for Persona 4 Golden, smcn has a new edition of his picturelog of his adventures in 999, and bobafettjm still has a showcase of his awesome work on the wiki. GunstarRed is all about hot lead this week with a blog about Bullet Witch and 10,000 Bullets. development on the other hand extrapolates on why he thinks Final Fantasy X-2 could be found to be a war crime in the Hague. FLStyle shares his hopes for Tekken 7 as someone who has an on again, off again relationship with the franchise. theyouthfuls finally struck Ico from his backlog, whereas tarfuin wrapped up every episode of The Wolf Among Us. Ockman explains why the original Xbox is one of his all time favorite game consoles, and BlaineBlaine weaves a tale for Dottori-kun. thatpinguino keeps up his streak of publishing two blogs per week with one about the fall of Rapture and another on the role of randomness in Rogue-likes. Finally SunBrozak and FakeKisser both have their end of the week gaming summaries.

Fantastic Forums

As already mentioned please join the rest of the community is telling the GB community Eve Online corporation, Kite Co., a job well done for finishing their 130 million ISK "Ryan Davis" outpost. There is plenty to discuss about the Destiny beta so feel free to share your thoughts about it. We have a community tips and tricks thread for Divinity, and a discussion thread for Abyss Odyssey. Finally feel free to vote on your favorite game with "cry" in its title, and share games that you never managed to finish.

Lovable Lists

Doppelgamer graces us twice with two creative lists. The first examining games from Japan that were dramatically altered for Western audiences for the worse. The second lists out his least favorite sidekicks and companions in video games. kablammo is seeking to create a list of games that have inspired "-like" terms (i.e. rogue-like) in the industry. Finally, Eder asserts his status as a contrarian with a list of unpopular games from well known franchises that he thinks are the best.

Useful User Reviews

Special Thanks to Saik0u for This Work of Art!

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The Community Spotlight - 07/11/2014

Special Thanks to @viciousreiven For This Work of Art!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, I am your host as always! This week is just jam packed with gaming events! We have The International for Dota fans, EVO for fighting game fans, and even California Extreme for the classically minded gamer. All of which have user created discussion and even summary threads that can be found in the Spotlight below. In terms of housekeeping @edgework is wondering if adding more fields to the site API would break anything for users of the API. Finally those wondering the staff and moderators are still working on that new rule-set that we alluded to last week, however we still do not have an ETA. With that let's put down the pepper grinder and get on with the latest edition of the Community Spotlight!

Clips of the Week

Neon25 has comically edited @patrickklepek's and @alex's Bombin' in the AM discussion about Bot Colony to make it appear as if Alex is giving the game a ringing endorsement.

Community Activities

  • EVO 2014 Stream Directory and Event Discussion Thread - Discuss the Madness Over Here!
  • The International Discussion Summary Thread - Get Daily Summaries of the Event Here!

Wonderful Wikis

If you enjoyed Vinny and Alex's Quick Look of Astebreed please check out our amazing wiki page to learn more about the game. You can also thank the main contributor to that page, @equitasinvictus, for some great recent work on our World End Economica page. Speaking of nice improvements a one "@johnnyv" has updated our John Vignocchi without plagiarizing or advertising. Finally, people seem to filling in Dan Ryckert's wiki page with random facts he has said on various Quick Looks and Bombcasts. For those wondering Dan did mo-cap work for Team Bondi for L.A. Noire.

Best of Blogs

thatpinguino graces us twice this week with his first blog concluding his retrospective on Final Fantasy's use of family and loss, and his second blog provides a continuation of his Deep Look video series with an introspective look at the use of architecture in Bioshock. Hailinel tried his darnedest to breakdown the insanity and "Persona-ness" of Mind Zero. Video_Game_King complemented his tempered disappointment with Metal Gear Solid 4 with the emotional tragedy of To the Moon this week. Mento continues his Let's Play of Mission Critical, and similarly CottoneUD shares his progress with his Persona 4 Golden playthrough. Draugen extrapolates on how he "accidentally" became an evil ruler in Divinity: Dragon Commander, and midnightgreen20 attempted to provide a balanced retrospective on the legacy of Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. granderojo details his experiences with the Next Car Game alpha and what he hopes the final product looks like. MooseyMcMan shot a bunch of Nazis in the face while he also spelunked caves with Wolfenstein: The New Order and PixelJunk Shooter. FinalDasa provides a comprehensive outlook on the big movies coming out in July. MEATBALL joins @rorie in his defense of Dead Space 3 as an honorable entry in the Dead Space franchise, whereas teleri equivocates his discontent with EgoRaptor's latest video series, Sequelitis. Skrunch decided to give Dota 2 a shot in light of The International and shares his perspective of the game as a dedicated League of Legends player. Finally SgtSpynx has a touching story in regards to his recent booting up his SNES, and stcheatum explains how applying to Giant Bomb has improved his odds in the job market and made him a stronger person.

Fantastic Forums

California Extreme and PAX South 2015, OH MY! If you plan on going to either event let out a yelp on our roll call and discussion threads for both. Join the rest of the community in wishing John Drake the best with his new job at Sony, similarly help out user FiZi in locating games he can play with his video game curious wife. Finally, video games! Join the community effort to create awesome photoshop art and .gifs from Vinny's Bot Colony stream, and feel free to discuss episode five of The Wolf Among Us.

Lovable Lists

Our only notable list this week comes from friendly Giant Bomb mod Marino who lists off the characters that could make an appearance in the next Mortal Kombat game, as well as the characters that are clearly dead.

Useful User Reviews

Potent Podcasts

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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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