The Community Spotlight - 10/10/2014

Special Thanks to @sanj for This Work of Art!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, I am your host as always! As you may all be aware of our very dedicated site engineer and friend of the site, Alexis, will be leaving us to pursue a new career elsewhere starting two weeks from now. If you have not done so already please join the rest of the Giant Bomb community in wishing him the best over here. For those that are concerned about the status of the Extra Life 2014 feature rest assured that Alexis will be present during the site stream for the event on the 25th! Which reminds me, EXTRA LIFE 2014 IS JUST TWO WEEKS AWAY! Click that link to show your support or get involved with the effort this year. With that let's get on with the latest edition of the Community Spotlight!

Awesome Art

This week we have great works of Metal Gear Scanlon art from @sanj and @twolines. We also have some great stats related to Drew's deaths during the Metal Gear Scanlon feature, and a (potentially) new t-shirt design from @fobwashed

Clip of the Week

Special thanks to @pepsiman for posting a a Japanese translation for Giant Bomb's roller-coaster video and also releasing that translation on NicoNico in attempt to spread the Giant Bomb hilarity even more. Another special thanks go to @thefakepsychic for posting video footage of the Giant Bomb Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Community Tournament to YouTube!

Community Activities

  • Extra Life 2014 Giant Bomb Team -Set for Oct. 25th - Join the Effort to Raise Money for Charity Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Racing League - Sign-up for Season 4 Over Here!
  • Driveclub Community Club Creation Thread - Form Your Own Clubs of Six Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Shadow of Mordor and Alien: Isolation are the big games of the week, and luckily both have impressive wiki pages to boot! Vib-Ribbon has been re-released and if you still have no idea what the game is about check out our page for it.Finally our Drop Target concept page reminds you that Giant Bomb approves of pinball on our database.

Best of Blogs

Metal Gear Scanlon might be done, but that does not mean that the fanart for the series has come to a screeching halt! Just check out Sanj's great works of art featuring Jeff, Dan and Drew; as well as TwoLine's great Drewden/Raidrew artwork! Dantey had the pleasure of witnessing a Hearthstone tournament for the first time and shares why he enjoyed the experience; similarly a certain communist panda attended Eurogamer Expo 2014 and talks about what he saw and experienced there. thatpinguino had two blogs as always this week with one discussing the strategies of deck building in Magic, whereas the second uses the first Mass Effect as a case study of the limitations on the portrayals of relationships in games. Mento has been consistent with his Octurbo blog series with a blog featuring a new TurboGrafx-CD game everyday. If you wish to see previous entries click the link to his directory. Speaking of October themed blogs TheManWithNoPlan played Outlast as part his "Shocktober." MooseyMcMan explains why his interest in Destiny is tapering off and what his thoughts on Shadow of Mordor are. Ford_Dent blogs on why the orcs and the Nemesis system are what are drawing him into Shadows of Mordor, similarly VincentAvatar decided to go back to Lord of the Rings: War in the North given the recent release of Shadow of Mordor and discusses if it is worth going back to. The user run podcast from shinboy630, The Scotchcast, gives you the skinny on the plans for Giant Bomb's Extra Life 2014 event and explains how you can help. Meanwhile MeatsOfEvil shares his week #4 update to his Persona 3 marathon run. Fobwashed has a Vib-Ribbon x Giant Bomb themed t-shirt design that he's thinking on using for PAX East 2015. bobafettjm has a new Wiki Update about all of his awesome wiki related activities, and MajorMitch summarizes his gaming activities for the month of September.

Fantastic Forums

As already mentioned please take the time to Alexis the best in his future endeavors if you have not done so already. Do you have any awesome card designs in Forza Horizon 2, first impressions of Alien: Isolation, or neat finds in Shadow of Mordor's Nemesis system? Feel free to join one of those disccsuion threads, or share who you are maining in Smash Bros. for the 3DS!

Lovable Lists

Eder has taken the time to annotate his favorite consoles this week whereas JeanLucAwesome has created a list ranking the eight main games from the Mega Man X franchise as a die hard fan of the franchise.

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The Community Spotlight - 10/03/2014

Special Thanks to @soap for This Work of Art!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, I am your host as always! If you have been having issues with paying for a subscription on Giant Bomb Rorie has a detailed explanation about the issues over here. In summary, a new payment process is coming in the future. The Giant Bomb engineers plan on retiring the old Giant Bomb API as seen here. Warmachine not only has made some great Metal Gear Scanlon fan-art, but has also made the PSD file accessible for everyone to edit and play around with! With that let's get on with the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight!

Awesome Art

The Metal Gear Scanlon Fan Art thread continues to please as the video series comes to a close this week! Special thanks to @zleunamme @warmachine @gunstarred @randiolo @humanity and @soap(above) for the great works of art this week!

Clip of the Week

  • Special thanks go to @hamst3r for making a promo video for the Giant Bomb Extra Life effort! Also @turboman has a new "Best of Giant Bomb" video worth checking out!

Community Activities

  • The Giant Bomb Forza Horizon 2 Car Club - Learn How you Can Join the Car Club Over Here!
  • Smash Bros 3DS Friend Code Exchange Thread - Hookup with Other Users Here!
  • rFactor 2 Race League - Join the Community Race League Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Dota 2 Fantasy League - Sign Up for Season 2 Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Forza Horizon 2 and Smash Bros 3DS are the big games this week and you can learn more about both on our wiki pages! Also special thanks go out to @yummylee for doing a bang up job on the Resident Evil: Deadly Silence wiki page.

  1. Forza Horizon 2
  2. Resident Evil: Deadly Silence
  3. Super Smash Bros.

Best of Blogs

Raven10 writes about why he thinks The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is one of the most beautiful games he has ever played with pictures to prove his point. With October in full swing Mento has started a new Octurbo blog series all of which follows his entertaining picture format! He is joined by TheManWithNoPlan who used October as an excuse to play Symphony of the Night. A new month also means that BlackLagoon is back with a list of all of the games coming out for the PS Vita. Speaking of great round ups FLStyle is back with a blog about the upcoming events for the FGC. GunStarRed continues to examine the questionable Simple Series franchise with Special Forces this week. TurboMan has his most recent Best of Giant Bomb video in blog form and is asking for suggestions for his next episode. Colorwind discusses the great games from the past he wished would be ported to next generation consoles, whereas Tireyo expresses his disappointment with the social aspects of the Miiverse. Podcasts are back! Well not really, but Sparklykiss is working on a new podcast featuring members of the Giant Bomb moderation team. thatpinguino not only has a "Deep Look" of Brave Fencer Musashi, but also a blog about the inner intricacies of Magic the Gathering. bonbolapti bats for Hyrule Warriors and blogs about why it's a great game for him. billygoat117 extrapolates upon what he thinks are the biggest problems facing Destiny going forward. MeatsofEvil continues to share his Extra Life 2014 Persona 3 experiences. MooseyMcMan played catch up with his PSN+ games, whereas Ford_Dent continues to examine the madness of Killer7. Finally bobafettjm is back with a blog showcasing his work on the wiki.

Fantastic Forums

If you have been playing Smash Bros. 3DS or Cookie Clicker RPG join our discussion threads for both on the site! With the Fall season in full effect talk about the games you are excited to get your hands on, and also feel free to discuss what you think is the best zombie game ever.

Lovable Lists

The always irreverent and nonsensical supermike6 has a list of his seven all time favorite driving games! OF COURSE IT'S A JOKE LIST! TobbRobb lists out the games that are preventing him from making progress with his gaming backlog, a situation we are all familiar with.

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The Community Spotlight - 09/26/2014

Special Thanks to Mashermallow for the Banner this Week!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, I am your host as always! With the summer season officially done the big games are starting to trickle through. However, there is some unfortunate news that needs to be addressed. As many of you have already heard, Jeff's father has passed. If you have not done so already please send Jeff your condolences over here. Jeff has also set up a Giant Bomb Staff Steam Curator page that you can feel free to follow over here. Now with that housekeeping aside let's get on with the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight!

Clips of the Week

Our first clip comes from the Giant Bomb Warframe clan, Heavy Industries, and their efforts during the Operation Cryotic Front Event. The second video is a friendly reminder that way back in 2011 Ryan gave Dan shit for his love of Waluigi.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb FIFA 15 Community Tournament - Currently in the Planning Stage - Sign up for a PC or PS4 Tournament Here!
  • FIFA 15 ID Sharing Thread - Hookup to Play FIFA with Fellow Duders Online Over Here!
  • Fibbage Match Making Thread - Setup a Fibbage Match By Heading Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Giant Bomb moderator @mento has embarked on an ill-fated quest to ensure that every single SNES game page has some form of text on it. The first trio of pages are part of his effort. Also Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is out.

Best of Blogs

Three cheers to Mento for committing himself towards making the Giant Bomb wiki a more awesome place. Mento has a massive blog detailing his latest wiki related project, and he is joined by bobafettjm who has his daily wiki update on his editing activities on the site. regularassmilk may have missed out on the golden era of arcade games, but shares his curiosity about experiencing classic arcade games in their original format. We have plenty of blogs tackling Destiny this week. MooseyMcMan pontificates on Destiny's use and over-use of grinding, whereas JadeGL uses Destiny and Diablo III as case studies in a blog examining loot systems. TheManWithNoPlan played his fair share of Destiny on top of Wolfenstein, and spraynardtatum examines Destiny's troubled launch and consumers' expectations for the game. Drakengard 3 was already a weird game, but wemibelec90 dabble into the game's insane and baffling DLC, and he is joined by GunstarRed who decided to dabble in the "wacky" side of Japanese games with a blog about Paparazzi...the game. wumbo3000 shares a rant on why he thinks Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton was a wasted opportunity, and similarly AlisterCat has another edition of his Phoenix Wright retrospective blog series and this episode concludes the Turnabout story-arc. MeatsofEvil has another update on his Persona 3 Extra Life 2014 livestream. Daneian pontificates on the legacy of Chrono Trigger's game design, whereas thatpinguino details why Chrono Cross features one of his all time favorite game soundtracks. thatpinguino also has a new "Deep Look" pertaining to why he still enjoys playing Banjo-Kazooie all these years after the fact. Sparky_Buzzsaw jumped into the next generation this week with his purchase of a PS4; GranHeaslip nails down what he thinks are Heavy Rains' greatest failure; and Mento concludes his Previous Generation Comic Commish blog series.

Fantastic Forums

Join the rest of the Giant Bomb community in giving marshermallow input on his awesome Giant Bomb East logo. If you are looking for gaming related discussions we have a thread for the Destiny update, Danganronpa 2's story, Hyrule Warriors, and Defense Grid 2. Remember that if you create a discussion thread for any game to link them here so I know where all of the great debates are happening!

Lovable Lists

Mento has a depressing list of Japanese games that received European translations, but never were officially released in North America. Hassun is a bit moribund with a list of fast paced shooting games that feature slow moving projectiles...for the worse.

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The Community Spotlight - 09/19/2014

Thank You for "Making it So" This Week Garudoh

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! Do not adjust your PC monitors, this edition of the Spotlight is indeed a day late, a first in my four year management of the feature, but hey sometimes things happen. Here's Duane Gerstmann to assuage any other recalcitrant feelings. Anyways we have a ton of great artwork this week, and plenty of user created videos worth checking out.So if your day continues to be crappy just laugh like Drew does when he faces adversity. That or watch Dan stab a dude in the junk repeatedly with a cigarette lighter. Anyways with that lets get on with the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight!

Clip of the Week

The Bitesized Bomb is back which means that TheBurlapLemur is back to compiling the best moments of every single Quick Look on Giant Bomb! Nathhaw also has an awesome PAX Prime 2014 video that is filled to the brim with Giant Bomb related footage. Finally our last video comes from the GB Community EVE Online Corp., Kite Co., and shows off their recent adventures in the game.

Awesome Artwork

Special thanks to @bdhurkett for locating some great pie graphs on Drew's Metal Gear Scanlon deaths, @supernormalstep for his staff webcomic, @halidyusein made a crack at desktop art, and someone on Tumblr has a cat that enjoys watching Drew play Metal Gear Solid.

Community Activities

  • EGX Giant Bomb UK Duder Meetup - All Set for September 27th - Get the Details on the Location Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Wasteland 2 and D4 are the two newish games with impressive wiki pages. Also check out @bobafettjm's great work on the Sega Channel and Kinect Sports pages!

Best of Blogs

bdhurkett mad some fancy pie charts for Brad's deaths during his old Breaking Brad for Doom II. NathHaw had gigabytes worth of footage for PAX Prime and has a great, Giant Bomb heavy, video of his adventures. MetasofEvil details how his first week of streaming for Extra Life went, whereas Supernormalstep has a webcomic project featuring the Giant Bomb crew that is worth checking out. MikeLemmer extrapolates on why he thinks leveling is what really prevents him from getting "into" MMO games and uses EVE Online as a case study. ThatPinguino went for a trifecta this week with one blog on his interest in Magic the Gathering, another on the keys to a good video game ending, and finally one advocating that Vivi from Final Fantasy IX is the best FF character ever. noahtheboa999 blogs on how he feels about Destiny now that he has reached level ten, and shares why he doubts he complete anther ten. Ford_Dent rediscovered why Killer7 is one of his favorite games ever made, similarly GrantHeaslip finally got around to playing and completing Final Fantasy VII for the first time. Mento and Sarumarine both discussed the Metal Gear Solid franchise to an extent with Mento sharing his stray thoughts on MGS, whereas Sarumarine joins Dan and Brad in regards to Peace Walker. Regularassmilk also joins the Metal Gear fray with a blog on why the Metal Gear Solid franchise is a part of his gaming DNA. Finally bobafettjm has another great update on his wiki editing work.

Fantastic Forums

As seen in the "Banner," Garudoh deserves a round of applause for meeting Jonathan Frakes and getting the most Giant Bomb autograph in the history of the site. Westill have plenty of Destony discussion threads with one on the ending and another one debating the merit of super in The Crucible. If you still do not have any interest in Destiny feel free to talk about ArcheAge or the Forza Horizon 2 demo. Finally share you dream license game pairing...hopefully it does not involve a grabage anime.

Lovable Lists

audioBusting has what likely is the list of the year, with a list of games when you can play a character that is able to open umbrellas in the rain. Slag laments over his re-purchase of games he already owns thanks to the digital age of video games. Finally FakeKisser is tinkering around with a list of games he plans on playing during the season of Fall.

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The Community Spotlight - 09/12/2014

Special Thanks to @frenden for the Banner This Week!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! Now if you are like me you are wondering where you can get recording of "Inca People" on YouTube that you can put on infinite loop. Well here you go. Speaking of awesome videos the premium page has an updated promotional to try and persuade users to purchase a subscription that have no done so already. You should watch this video even if you are a subscriber already. So finally smelling salts...they are serious business.

Clip of the Week

Watch the following video until the end...I promise that you will not regret it.

Awesome Artwork

@thewonderwaffle @turbo_toaster @giantbombquotes and even @danryckert are all to thank for the art below:

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Destiny Clan - Lincoln Force Has a Clan for Every Version of Destiny - Join a Clan Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Persona 4 Arena Ultimax PSN Tournament - Set for October 4th-5th - Sign Up Over Here!
  • Metal Gear Scanlon Fanart Contest - Read the Rules and Win a Giant Bomb Shirt Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Destiny is the big game of the week and it has an impressive wiki page to boot. Zenonia and The Sims 4 show that the fourth editions of games still can have great wiki pages on the site. Finally you can learn all about what Irotoridori no Sekai now!

Best of Blogs

Join Marino in enjoying a blast from a past with a retrospective on the Whiskey Media trading card system. The community is in a complete buzz about Destiny. MeatsofEvil has some special plans for Extra Life and details them on his blog. LawGamer has a Destiny diary of his first two days with Destiny, whereas benmo316 shares his thoughts on the story now that he has finished it. Fallen189 uses his students to talk about what video games young children are interested in. regularassmilk uses Wolfenstein: The New Order as a case study on modern gaming difficulty settings. noahtheboa999 has decided to bite the bullet and give the Monster Hunter franchise a shot and shares two blogs detailing his progress. thatpinguino continues his dual blog trend as always with one providing a deep look into why Amarant in FFIX is cool, and the other pontificating on the game industry's tenuous relationship with the NFL. GunstarRed has a zombie themed blog with Zombie Virus as his topic. Ford_Dent extrapolates on why he thinks the Kickstarter game Pathologic will absorb his soul, whereas Mento celebrates the twentieth anniversary of Master of Magic. MooseyMcMan finally got around to Shovel Knight and Jamestown, similarly VincentAvatar used this week to strike The Witcher from his backlog. Finally bobafettjm has another edition of his Weekly Wiki Update blog series.

Fantastic Forums

If you have been tinkering around with Destiny feel free to discuss your impressions, or vote on the worth of the game's story and narrative. However, if you have zero interest in Destiny we also have community discussions for Danganronpa 2 and Sentris. In terms of artwork please provide Freden and thewonderwaffle some input on their great works this week.

Lovable Lists

BIGJEFFREY has taken the time to annotate all of his contributions to the Giant Bomb Wiki Database, most notably all of the Visual Novel games he has added. FreezyFrog shares his plans for the month of October with a list of horror games he plans to get around to during the month. Finally we have Mento who has a list inspired by Destiny listing out all of the games that have levels set on the moon.

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The Community Spotlight - 09/05/2014 (We Survived PAX Prime!)

The CD-i is One of Jeff's Favorite Consoles of All Time!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, I am your host as always! So it appears that everyone, including the staff, have survived PAX Prime 2014. More importantly it appears that GameBomb.ru have seen the Giant Bomb panel, I shit you not. Friend of the site, Pat Baer, has posted his archive of his 404ing It PAX Prime 2014 panel which features Alex, Eric Pope, and Maya Kramer "breaking down the internet." bioware continued their rich tradition of sneaking Giant Bomb references on their promotional websites, as seen on their page for Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition. With that let's all take a deep breath from the insanity of PAX Prime and get on with the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight!

Awesome Art and PAX Pics

Special thanks to @saik0u for "outing" the true face of Rorie, and also Rorie for still being crazy about his soda temperature.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Destiny Clan - Lincoln Force - We Have a Destiny Group For Every Platform and Region Over Here!
  • Extra Life 2014 Giant Bomb Team - Help Raise Money for Children Charities Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Metro Redux and Professor Layton both have had some nice work done on them given their recent North American releases.

Best of Blogs

Our top two blogs tap into the more personal side of video games and the positive impact they can have on our lives. evilrazer details how games and Giant Bomb have helped him live through the conflict at his home in Eastern Ukraine. JadeGL on the other hand shares how she uses games to remember a close friend that took their life. On a more positive note Fobwashed has created some really dumb, but great t-shirt designs based on Gamebomb.ru. ArbitraryWater is back this week with a blog detailing the games he played during August which range from Code Veronica to Metal Gear Rising. On a dower note jamesensor expresses his lament on the status of the last family run arcade near him. bobafettjm has a late, but still great update on what he has done on the Giant Bomb wiki, and Mento has a new edition of his blog series on the slew of games he bought as part of the Groupees system. Marino summarizes his PAX Prime experience in 100 words and asks that you join him, whereas Hailinel spared no expense with his massive journal on his PAX Prime 2014 adventures. Sarumarine decided to join Dan and Drew's forays in Metal Gear Solid, but he provides a summary of his best speedruns of the main franchise, similarly TechnoSyndrome continues his Let's Play of the first Metal Gear Solid game. Odie_Esty has started a Let's Play of a messed, but incredibly interesting Sonic the Hedgehog cross Final Fantasy game, whereas thatpinguino's latest Deep Look is all about the world map secrets in Final Fantasy 9. thatpinguino also wrote something about basketball, but he was out-crazied by GunstarRed who wrote a blog about the insanity of Demolition Girl and Stretch Panic.

Fantastic Forums

If you went to PAX Prime 2014 join se1zur3 in posting pictures of what you saw and experienced at the event. Saik0u decided to reveal the "true face" of Matthew Rorie on his latest work of art. dr_kyosho has an application that let's you create spider plots of video game developers on the Giant Bomb database. Also things are animeezy fo' sheezy with the Persona 5 teaser trailer and a new thread recommending anime for Dan. We also have discussion threads for The Sims 4 and the latest batch of Dark Souls II DLC. Finally can you think of game sequels you would buy in a heartbeat, that are never going to happen?

Lovable Lists

Our only list this week comes from Doppelgamer who has taken the time to list off his favorite voice actors in video games.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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