The Community Spotlight - (02/13/2015)

Many Thanks to @aurahack for Creating This Wonderful Art!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, and I am honored to be your host as always. This week let's all enjoy a box of Good and Plenty together!

State of the Site and Housekeeping

As hinted in the link provided above fellow moderator @sparky_buzzsaw is being a big fat poopy head. After I shared my personal love for Good and Plenty he went ahead and used a forum thread to try and mock me. That is why my fellow Giant Bomb users I ask that you join me in voting up Good and Plenty on his travesty of a poll. Even if you dislike the taste of "true" licorice, join the forces of good and dispel this bully. Also worth noting is that @rorie is hosting another edition of his always fantastic "Box Office Winner's League!" Head on over to the thread and try to win some wonderful prizes! Finally, @krullban noticed that a recent Teens React video used Giant Bomb as a source of information.

Clip of the Week

On the YouTube side of things Brenton Bagley has given a shot at creating the Giant Bomb team in #IDARB. Check out his effort and feel free to pause the video to capture his QR codes.

Awesome Artwork

Once again special thanks go to @aurahack for the Puyo Puyo Tetris themed artwork. @bbalpert is the user to thank for the WWE themed Valentine's Day Cards inspired by The Powerbombcast. arlenpringle created a cool Dr. Tracksuit Japanese inspired t-shirt design. Humanity has a poster reminding you that PAX East, and the return of Dr. Tracksuit, is nigh. spacedongle envisioned Jeff as a character in Persona 5. vintagespiffy has Jeff and Brad dressed as their respective Mario Party compatriots. Finally the Giant Bomb Blur account reminds you of Alex referencing Haze during the Gravity Ghost Quick Look.

Community Activities

  • Evolve Online Gamertag, Steam ID, and PSN ID Exchange - Hookup with Other Users Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb MH4U Hunters Guild - Hunt With Other Users By Heading Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Evolve and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate are the recent releases that have attracted the most amount of attention from the wiki editing community this week. Also worth noting is that last week marked the 25th anniversary of the U.S. release of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Best of Blogs

Please join the rest of the community in thanking aurahack and BBAlpert for the artwork that they have provided this week. DevourerOfTime continues to countdown the big 2015 games that he is interested in. Colorwind asks some pointed questions about Capcom's game design and future. Mento is back with dueling blogs this week. The first provides a more in-depth examination of Harvester, whereas the second plots out his wiki plans for a handful of TurboGrafx-16 games. Speaking of dueling blogs thatpinguino has a Deep Look about FFX's use of blitzball to depict sports culture, and his thoughts on Grim Fandango as a newcomer to the game. JBG4 has a new weekly gaming update, and this episode discusses his thoughts on a smattering of horror games. Also worth noting is that JBG4 is starting a weekly blog series examining the weekly offerings from the WWE. MooseyMcMan reminisces about the tough as nails difficulty of Link to the Past. Shindig and nophilip both have belated, but still awesome summaries of their gaming last month. Finally nophilip went to a concert that played a setlist of Final Fantasy themed music and shares his thoughts on the experience.

Fantastic Forums

For those of you that have played and completed Dying Light, what are thoughts about the game's ending? If you have thoughts share them on our ending discussion thread for the game. We also have an impressions thread for IDARB, as well as the upcoming movie adaptation of the Hitman franchise. Can you think of the best story in an open world game, or how about the ethnicities of Waluigi and Wario? Finally AlisterCat is hosting his own edition of "Ask Me Anything" for the new 3DS XL.

Lovable Lists

LisaTiffany is and always will be a console gamer, but a handful of PC games have caught her attention lately as seen on her latest list. Brodehouse looks back upon 2002 and lists off the biggest and best games of that year. Finally Zapbrader introduces himself to the community with a list of his favorite games of all time.

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The Community Spotlight - (02/06/2015)

Special Thanks Go to @saik0u for the Artwork This Week!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, and I am honored to be your host as always. Let's enjoy our very own Mario party this week!

State of the Site and Housekeeping

Unfortunately there appear to be a handful of issues on the site worth mentioning. Firstly, if your premium subscription has mysterious disappeared the staff are asking that you contact support@giantbomb.com. If you have received a "The CSRF token is invalid," message on the site please let out a yelp over here. Finally the engineers are working on getting the notification system back to where it needs to be. With all of that noted let's get on with the latest episode of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight!

Clip of the Week

Special thanks go to @turboman for yet another awesome episode of his "Best of Giant Bomb" video series. Also...Oxyrain on YouTube added all of the Giant Bomb staff to his Tomodachi Life game plus Dave Lang and recorded a cafe conversation they had...for twenty minutes straight.

Awesome Artwork

A big THANK YOU goes out to @lcom for making an awesome batch of Dave Lang themed Valentine's Day Cards which allow you and your partner to enter the "Lang Zone" during the aforementioned February holiday. Paul Ryckert discovered how to use Photoshop. The Giant Blurb Tumblr account is still hitting it out of the park. spacedongle made a work of art featuring Drew wearing the Crocodile Hat from Metal Gear Solid 3. @humanity created an awesome banner for Dan's new "Danswers" feature, and @kirlia is the one to thank for the animated shouting/angry Drew this week.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Magic the Gathering Group - thatpinguino is Trying to Start a Community Online Group Over Here!

  • Giant Bomb Warframe Clan - Read All About the NEW UPDATES for the Clan Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Our wiki for #IDARB is here to tell you what all of the hashbombs in the game are. It's still winter so you know what that means! Yup it's another HD Remaster Hyper Edition that exploits your nostalgia for financial gain! This week it's Majora's Mask and Grim Fandango!

Best of Blogs

Saik0u is the user to thank for the banner this week, whereas LCom made the awesome Dave Lang Valentine's Cards! BlazeHedgehog has a video and blog post sharing his review of Sonic Boom and the last year in games. Gruebacca questions the purpose and point of Far Cry 4's story considering how little care was put into it. Mento wrapped up his blog series pertaining to Lightning Returns and shares his final impressions on the game. DevourerOfTime blogs about the games getting released during 2015 that he is most looking forward to. JBG4 not only provides a weekly update on his gaming, but he also shares his thoughts on the status of WWE's RAW brand. Mario Galaxy and Geometry Wars 3 absorbed MooseyMcMan's last week, and he is joined by TonicBH who spent his week with Counter Strike, Borderlands 2, and many other games. thatpinguino is still tinkering around with his Magic the Gathering deck, but he also has a new "Deep Look" about why his play style for Dark Souls 2 is so wrong, but so "right." Ford_Dent explains why he thinks the themes of lose and decline are what really set apart Kentucky Route Zero from any other games he has experienced. Finally a new month means that MajorMitch is here to give a monthly gaming update, and BlackLagoon has a list of all the games coming out for the PS Vita.

Fantastic Forums

Feel free to join the Giant Bomb Community's intense discussion about the latest Persona 5 trailer...it's almost as if there are a lot of Persona fans on Giant Bomb. If spoilers are something you are interested in exposing yourself to you might want to check out Game of Thrones or Apotheon discussion threads. Finally share your impressions of the end of the Club Nintendo Rewards club, as well as your last video game themed dream or nightmare.

Lovable Lists

LisaTiffany has a problem, LisaTiffany has a bunch of untouched PS3 games that have never been played, and you can read all about it. chilibean_3 on the other hand has taken the time to list his favorite games of all time.

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The Community Spotlight - 01/30/2015 (MARIO PARTY EDITION)

Special Thanks to @bboymaestro and @aurahack for the Banner THis Week!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, and I am honored to be your host as always. Let's enjoy our very own Mario party this week!

State of the Site and Housekeeping

A lot of users have been reporting issues in regards to the Giant Bomb chat and live stream systems. If you have been having issues site engineer @jslack would like for you to click a link that he has to try and locate/determine the source of the issue. @rorie wants for all users that were not able to purchase a premium account during at any point last week to send him a yelp at support at giantbomb.com. Finally, friend of the site Pat Baer has posted the video recording of his 404ing It panel during PAX South which features Jeff, Samantha Kalman, and Trin Garritano.

Awesome Artwork

This week we once again have a slew of emblems from the Giant Bomb Warframe Clan, but this time they are asking for YOUR INPUT on which emblem they should use. @saik0u has created a banner for the Mario Party 3 stream, whereas @fobwashed gives Dan the victory he secretly wants in his wrestling inspired artwork. jackelzxa has an idea of what Dan's two favorite things are in a pencil sketch. jrdizon went to PAX South and took pictures of himself with the GB staff and the Dr. Tracksuit alpaca toy he made. Finally arcanesylph is on a roll with great artwork about the staff and their feelings about another Mario Party stream.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Guild Thread Mk. III - Lincoln Force Has Been REBOOTED - Check out the New Guild Thread Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Mario Party 3 is a good game, and I enjoy playing Mario Party. There I said it. So if you have a heart and a soul check out our awesome Mario Party 3 page as well as our well done Waluigi page. Also, good work has recently been done to our Teslagrad page.

Best of Blogs

It is all about the artwork this week, and as you can see one of the big highlights comes from @aurahack and @bboymaestro. Mento and thatpinguino both have the distinction of creating multiple blogs this week. Mento spent the week pontificating upon Lightning Returns, whereas thatpinguino shared his thoughts on Magic the Gathering and his progress as a blogger and a writer about video games. Yummylee has written the MOST COMPREHENSIVE breakdown about the good and bad of the recent Resident Evil HD Remaster. JBG4 once again welcomes you with a weekly update on what he played in the last week, in the meantime FLStyle welcomes you to discuss the latest Fighting Game Community event. armaan8014 finally completed Assassin's Creed: Unity and details his final thoughts on the game, and why he disliked it overall. el_tajij admits to being a League of Legends fan, and from that perspective writes about his thoughts on his time with Heart of the Storm. Finally, Ford_Dent has the second part to his blog series about visiting a modern arcade and the sorry state of them.

Fantastic Forums

Do you think we will ever see a Mario Party 4 stream? Join the degenerate bet thread below. On top of that Resident Evil expert Yummylee wants to see which save room theme you think is the best in the series. Did you pick up any of the PS+ games for February, or have any of you had any luck running Dying Light on PC with reasonable settings? If none of those threads tickle your fancy we also have discussion arenas for Life is Strange, the Indigo Prophecy re-master, and the latest expansion for Guild Wars 2.

Lovable Lists

Well I'm pretty sure that I said that I was going to put the kabosh on more 2014 GOTY list, but here we are and I still have some to share! Please check out joe423's and Karkarov's lists as they are worth reading over.

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The Community Spotlight - 01/23/2015

Someone Held an Air Force Gator Sign During a WWE Smackdown Event....

State of the Site and Housekeeping

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, and I am honored to be your host as always! Firstly most of the staff were away to attend PAX South, and unfortunately the Giant Bomb panel was not available to be livestreamed. However, if you are interested in a different "type" of archive Jeff has recently re-uploaded every episode of his NintenDownload X-press Podcast to his SoundCloud Account. Also the results to the Giant Bomb Community Anime of 2014 are in...and I just want to say that you all have terrible tastes. With that lets get on with the Community Spotlight!

Clip(s) of the Week

Both of our clips come from @rapid as he shares two events hosted by our Warframe PC Clan, which you can join over here.

Awesome Artwork

@humanity is the user to thank for all of the Heavy Industry banner art for the community Warframe clan. @rokkankitten listened to a recent Bombcast and created the Mario fanart as a result, and the GiantBombBlurb Tumblr account has another hilarious quote publishers could use on their boxart.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Call of Duty: Advance Warfighter Community Clan - The Clan Recently Tied For First Play in the Recent Clan War & Unlocked the Centurion Exo! See What Else They have Planned Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Special thanks go to @bdhurkett for dumping 900+ wiki points into our SCRAM game page, which he admits is a "mediocre nuclear power plant simulator." In other news you can also learn more about the new releases Grey Goo, Citizens of Earth, and...well...HuniePop. The people who made that game need Jesus.

Best of Blogs

Brewmaster_Andy is really going to hit it out of the park for PAX Prime in 2015 by brewing a beer catering to Dan's tastes, and you can read all about it on his latest blog. Sparky_Buzzsaw on the other hand got a bit off topic and discussed his thoughts on Z Nation, and why he really enjoys the program. MooseyMcMan AND JBG4 both gave the Evolve beta a shot and share their detailed thoughts about what they enjoyed and disliked about it. Are you in the mood for some of the best Final Fantasy based puns in blogging history? Then you should give Mento's blog a read! GrantHeaslip is still having a romp of a time in FFXIV Online, and talks about making the transition to the PS4 version of the game. DarthOrange got a bit nostalgic by re-examining his favorite gaming moments on the PS-One, and he is joined by Ford_Dent who had the "displeasure" of visiting an actual modern day arcade recently. thatpinguino has fallen down the Magic the Gathering rabbit hole again, and extrapolates upon the Wisperwood Elemental deck. tiathyme is calling all Might and Magic fans, and wants your help in figuring out why he's bored playing Might and Magic VI. Resident Resident Evil aficionado, Yummylee, used the re-release of the Resident Evil remake to discuss how a proper remake for Resident Evil 2 can be done. Farkas has a compilation of the title cards for the Dream Card 101, and roomrunner has what I hope is the last GOTY blog until December.

Fantastic Forums

The true highlight of the week comes from tbk who has created the most comprehensive FAQ for anyone interested in playing Warframe. If fighting games are more your speed then you should go ahead and share your thoughts about the lineup for EVO 2015. Can you think of the most recent game that you added to your "Top Ten Games" list? If so then discuss the game on our thread about recent favorite games. Finally we have discussion threads for Grey Goo and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection.

Lovable Lists

brodehouse decided to go ahead and list what he thinks are the best games released during 1991, which is considered by some to be the best year for games. Kindpixel was also a bit nostalgic this week and went and listed the games that he is confident he will never forget.

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The Community Spotlight - 01/16/2015

Dr. Tracksuit is READY for 2015!!! (By: Bryan Ward)

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, and I am honored too be your host as always!

State of the Site and Housekeeping News

Firstly, for everyone that may be a non-American it is important to note that this week is a three day weekend, and as a result you should not expect to see the standard supply of content on the site. Also, halfway into next week Jeff and Dan are both leaving to head on over to San Antonio to attend PAX South so this may further truncate staff content this week. For those of you that rely on the Giant Bomb YouTube account to watch Quick Looks, understand that the engineers are aware that videos are not posting to the account and people are working on the case.

Clip(s) of the Week

@turboman is back with another great edition of his "Best of Giant Bomb" video series, and this episode is all about the best moments of Metal Gear Scanlon 2. Twin Peaks is coming back, so fans of the show should check out the second video...trust me, it may be a slow burn but it is worth it.

Awesome Artwork

@papercut is the one to thank for the awesome Giant Bomb X Bullet Club T-Shirt design seen below. @pakattak on the other hand created the two Metal Gear Scanlon 2 Codec portraits below.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Warframe PC Clan - Check out the NEW AND IMPROVED Giant BomB Alliance for Warframe Over HERE!
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris Online Matchmaking Thread - Enjoy Your Puzzle Import Game With Fellow Users Over HERE!
  • Giant Bomb MH4U Hunters Guild - Hunt With Other User By Heading Over HERE!

Wonderful Wikis

Thus far Puyo Puyo Tetris, which has proven to be the right kind of crazy for the Giant Bomb staff and community, and Ironclad Tactics are the recent releases with well done wiki pages. CAPCOM'S MAKING A NEW VIDEO GAME Y'ALL! It's Resident Evil!

Best of Blogs

A special award goes to duncankeller who did the impossible and made Jeff's "Bike 2" game pitch a reality that you can actually play, though he makes no guarantees of quality. Papercutt made a great Giant Bomb X Bullet Club t-shirt cross-over, and pakattack made a couple of great Metal Gear Scanlon 2 codec portraits. jaqen_hghar pontificates on his first foray into Elite: Dangerous, whereas MooseyMcMan tried his hands on two games that pushed his comfort zone, those games being Battlefield 4 and Mirror's Edge. thatpinguino is back with dueling blogs, with the first providing a "Deep Look" into the world of Brutal Legend, and the second providing an introspective look into DDoS attacks. Speaking of going outside of ones comfort zone ArbitraryWater recently played and completed Final Fantasy XIII-2, and shares his conflicted thoughts on the game. Meanwhile bonbolapti also found himself enjoying a game that he had issues with, though his game was Sunset Overdrive. JBG4 is back to wishing you to have a good Monday while you read about his thoughts on the games he played this week. Finally Shivoa, knifeyspoony, granderojo, and zevvion all finally got around to sharing their favorite games of 2014. Better late than never!

Fantastic Forums

With PAX South just around the corner feel free to join our "roll call" for the event to hook up with other users going to the event, and also check out the PAX East version if you were one of the lucky few that got a ticket to that event before they sold out. Beyond that we have plenty of community discussion threads ranging from the new PlayStation Now service to the recent game releases of the week, like the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate demo, worth checking out and participating in.

Lovable Lists

spraynardtatum plans on using 2015 to knock off all of the games on his gaming backlog list, and brodehouse took the time to list out all of his favorite gaming experiences during the last generation of consoles.

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The Community Spotlight - 01/10/2014

State of the Site News and Housekeeping

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, as always I am honored to be your host! Anyways, as the new year finally starts to settle in, and the staff content starts to flow things are starting to get back to normal. Vinny recently published an article detailing how the New York staff have been setting up their new office, and what he has been up to recently. The article is well worth reading as it provides a lot of "behind the scenes" information about what is going on at the New York offices. That and I know many of you are excited at getting Vinny and Alex back on the site and want to see what the master plan is to make that happen. For those that do not know @rorie has been known to really enjoy World of Warcraft, and he recently published a blog detailing his thoughts and impressions with Warlords of Draenor. If you must known...yes it has images of puppies. Giant Bomb have closed their Community List system down for the community's 2014 GOTY, and you can expect the results any time this week. In terms of bugs on the site @jslack is the one to contact if you are having issues with the live stream player or chat. He and the remaining engineers are working to address the issue of streams pausing and stopping this and next week. It is important to note that they are asking that you file an official bug report if you experience this issue over here. Other users have been reporting that they are unable to create and/or publish reviews on the site, and if you are having this issue please file a report here. With that we have covered all of the major bits of housekeeping, so let's get on with the Community Spotlight!

Clip(s) of the Week

THE CLIP(S) OF THE WEEK ARE BACK! Not only that but we have three clips worth checking out! The first is a guest review that @drewbert for, and I am not kidding this is a real website, "KnobFeel.co.uk." If you are wondering, the owner of the site reviews the knobs on electronic devices, usually audio equipment, and grades the quality of the knobs without actually saying anything. The second video features @alex's foray into the world of speed running, and his guest appearance on AGDQ 2015! Alex played Big Rigs! and was able to show how you can beat the game in minutes. Finally @turboman is back with a new edition of his "Best of Giant Bomb" video series and this edition includes a touching and fun tribute to Patrick.

Awesome Artwork

All of the artwork this week came from Tumblr, as did our wonderful banner this week from @humanity. The sketches came from spacedongle who provided the Patrick banner artwork from last year. The source for the "Stages of Dan" comes from GiantBombQuotes. The Motion Sports "Back of the Box Quote" artwork is sourced from giantblurb.

Community Actvities

  • PAX South 2014 Roll Call - Hook Up and Plan How to Meet With Other Giant Bomb Users Going to the Event Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

We have two surprisingly good wiki pages this week to bide us over as we deal with the post-Christmas Winter game drought also known as "Fuck You it's January." The first page, Zombie Shooter, comes from @bdhurkett who sunk in over a thousand points in the game page making it a MUST SEE! @finaldasa on the other hand put in over three hundred points into a Yu-Gi-Oh wiki page, and I want you to join me at pointing and laughing at him as we all shout "NEEEEEERD!"

Best of Blogs

As is the case last year...wow I can actually say that...we still have plenty of belated users that are excited to share the highlights of their 2014 gaming year. These users include MooseyMcMan, who is holding his sixth annual Moosies; believer258, who mapped out the highs and lows of his entire year; supermike, who details four games that he thinks are the most important that he played last year; and the always artistic buzz_clik, who finally got around to creating his top ten of 2014. As 2015 completes its first true week various members of the community are looking forward to what the future holds for gaming this year. morecowbell24 and sparky_buzzsaw both plotted out their predictions and hope for the new year, and you should check out their blogs to get ideas for your own predictions. As you can see in the videos section TurboMan is back and he has a new, and AWESOME, edition to his "Best of Giant Bomb" video series. This edition includes a nice and touching tribute to Patrick. The other major highlight this week comes from DonChipotle who wrote a massive blog explaining why he continues to renew his Old Republic account, despite not actually liking the game. Mento has a progress report on his new "Wiki Project," and dankempster is up to his old tricks by playing an old game like Tom Raider Chronicles rather than any recent releases. CornBREDX finally played his first Wii game and confesses why it has taken him this long. Pezen has written an incredibly engaging piece on how setting in games is what sucks him into the games he most enjoys, whereas hamst3r discusses how he let anime suck his soul. thatpinguino is back, as always, with two notable blogs this week. The first is a "Deep Look" at the much forgotten Threads of Fate, and the second is about Nintendo's use of "Lenticular Design."Finally bdhurkett details an interesting project that he has committed himself to related to the Bombcast, and he wants YOUR input about the idea and how it is being implemented.

Fantastic Forums

JBG4 thinks Drew deserves to be the "Giant Bomb MVP" of 2014, but welcomes any other members of the community to nominate who they think deserves the title as well. Haz went ahead and created our first "What Are You Playing" thread for January, and if you can think of the first game you played in 2015 then name it and discuss it on the thread. Finally we have a "2015 Gaming Resolutions" thread where members of the community are encouraged to share which games or gaming feats they are hoping to complete this year.

Lovable Lists

As you can see we still have plenty of 2014 GOTY lists with MikeLemmer, lando81, superkenon, zaxex, liquidus, and isomeri joining the fray this week! As is the case with the blogging scene, with the last stragglers publishing their 2014 GOTY lists, members of the community are starting to look at 2015 and the future of gaming! patanu and dirtytea both map out their expectations and predictions for 2015 on their lists this week. agent_york on the other hand annotated his favorite games on the original GameBoy.

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The Community Spotlight - 01/02/2014 (Inaugural 2015 Edition)

Thank You For Your Years of Hard Work on Giant Bomb Patrick!

Hello and welcome to the future! That's right it is 2015 and I hope that you have been enjoying your state issued hoverboards and Jaws 33 as much as I have. Well anyways I am happy to be your host as always, and lets get on to the first bit of site housekeeping this year. As you all have already have heard Patrick is leaving Giant Bomb to assume a position at Kotaku. The Giant Bomb moderation team would like to remind you that while Patrick may not be a member of the staff he still is, and always will be, a member of this community. Patrick has left the site on good terms, and with the blessings of all of the Giant Bomb staff. Negative, rude, and hostile comments directed towards him or related to him will not be tolerated as they violate our Community Rules. Giant Bomb and CBSi are actively seeking out a new news editor that can work in the New York office. With that be aware that 1/5 will mark the full return of Giant Bomb in terms of content. Let's try to survive this new year together.

Awesome Artwork

All of the sketchwork, including the banner for this week, came from spacedongle on Tumblr.

Clip of the Week

Let's start the year off with Brad singing like the true vocalist that he is.

Community Actvities

  • Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 - All Set for January 4th - 10th - Help Raise Money for Cancer Charities and Enjoy People Speed Running Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Here's to you Patrick! Thank you for providing this community with hours of entertainment and enjoyment.

Best of Blogs

As it's the new year I am going to go ahead and combine all of the Game of the Year blogs with the general discussion blogs. If you still have not gotten around to writing your GOTY blog never hesitate to share your thoughts and share a link here to get some promotion for your content. The real notable this week comes from ZanzibarBreeze who has compiled the best moments of The Bombcast into a single, albeit 12 hour, two part audio file that you can download and enjoy. N7 finally got around to playing The Last of Us and comments on how it made him feel, whereas TheAcidSkull got his hands on the Halo 5 beta and shares his early impressions of what he played. veektarius sat down and played a full days worth of Dynasty Warriors games and shares why he enjoyed the experience, similarly morecowbell24 is nearing the 2,000 hour mark on Dota and details why he has no regrets. MooseyMcMan entered the modern era with a smartphone this week, and Mento is starting a new wiki project that involves the popular GameCenter CX television show. BlackLagoon starts the month the only way he knows how to, and that is with a list of all the games coming out for the Vita. We have all of those blogs and plenty of wonderful Game of the Year blogs to toot as well!

Fantastic Forums

As to be expected join the rest of the community in listing the best and funniest moments featuring/containing Patrick. We also have discussion threads pertaining to the best cover-art, best multiplayer, and community impressions for Halo 5.

Lovable Lists

As with the logs there are still plenty of users getting around to their GOTY lists. TheMaterDS has his GOTY list and a few special distinction awards worth checking out. Also, Mento has compiled the games of his "pile of shame" that he is committing himself to getting around to this year.

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ZombiePie's End of the Year Awards for Video Games, T.V Shows, Anime, and Other Stuff

Author's Note: Every year I hand out a number of "Special Distinction" awards to the personal highlights that I had in the last year. Truthfully always struggle to create top ten lists at the end of the year in large part because I usually fail to play ten truly notable games by the time the year comes to a comforting close. So three years ago I decided to cheat and start a new type of GOTY Awards show that discusses the gaming, television, anime, and even food related events I think are worth discussing. It is important to point out that few of these awards are for the mush sought after "Best of" nature, and instead are simply for things I wish to talk about before the ball drops and we have yet another year to drudge along to. So without further ado, and I know that you have been oh so waiting for this, it's my YEAR IN REVIEW EXTRAVAGANZA!

Biggest Disappointment Award - Season Four of The Boondocks

Goodness who would have thought that one of the most anticipated television returns of the year would have self imploded so unceremoniously? The fourth season of The Boondocks was such sham in comparison to the wonderful first three seasons of The Boondocks. As fans of the original run of the show can testify, the show went on an extended hiatus for four years. During this time fans were practically begging Cartoon Network finance a return of the show. Then this year we got it, but everything was wrong. The vulgarity and characters were there, but not the heart and intelligence. The voice actors were all the same, but gone was the caring guidance of Aaron McGruder. The last season of The Boondocks truly failed to continue the series' penchant for intellectually engaging real social issues that are present in American society, and instead set its sights on easy targets and re-hashing already classic moments that the series had done before. Instead of tackling mass media in a witty satire like "The Hunger Strike," season four gave fans yet another origin story for Uncle Ruckus, and yet another return of Sinkmeaner who once again possessed Thomas Dubois. So it is on that note that the show has died in a whimper, and not a ball of fire as it should have.

What really shows off the problems that I personally had with the fourth season was the final episode of the season, "The New Black." The title “The New Black,” suggests that the satirical thrust of the episode was related to the perception that gay rights are being treated as the “next step” for activism, and how this movement is often compared to the Civil Rights Movement of the sixties. Almost immediately after proposing this topic the episodes moves on to mock the mentally handicapped with Ruckus just hanging around during the episode, being racist. That is the gist of the entire episode, and it proved to be a disappointing and undeserved end to an otherwise fantastic series.

Also this last season of American Horror Story has been nothing but disappointing.

Food Revelation of the Year Award - BLACK LICORICE IS GOOD Y'ALL, AND I LIKE GOOD & PLENTY

IT IS GOOD BUT THERE ARE NOT PLENTY!

Every year I discover a new food related item that draws me into it and I embark on a gluttonous journey that usually last for about three to four months. This year it was Good & Plenty. On a relatively consistent basis I have been eating a box and a half in a week. It all started when my parents invited me to watch a movie at a local, family run, movie theater. When we went to buy concessions we discovered that they had four possible concessions: Snickers Bars, Juicy Fruit, Kettle Corn, and Good & Plenty. Not knowing what Good & Plenty where, but knwoing that Juicy Fruit was for punks, I ponied up the three dollars to buy a box and I haven't stopped eating the candies ever since. Might I add that this experience occurred in June and right now as I type this blog there are two empty boxes of Good & Plenty in front of my computer screen.

Join the fight against the communist and reject that the "one true licorice"is red. Do this for freedom!

Yoshi's Island Moment of the Year Award (i.e. Everyone is Crazy, and I'm the Only "Right" One) - Kill la Kill

I have gone on record as saying that I do not, have not, and never will like Kill la Kill. I will even go on further and say that I think Kill la Kill is a bad anime. Now what makes this my "Yoshi's Island Moment" was my attempt to continually express this valid and logical sentiment on the internet. Now to the internet's defense I did verbally attack and decry every piece of Kill la Kill artwork and mashup that appeared on my Tumblr account vitriol and misplaced anger. Now to MY DEFENSE certain members of the Kill la Kill community, who will go un-named (i.e. @aurahack, @daveyo520, and @aaox), innundated my Tumblr account with Kill la Kill related bullshit.

Someone Sent Me This Image in My PM Box.

If we are being honest the show fell apart halfway in, and not immediately at the beginning. The lack of character progression in regards to Matoi was a continual disappointment. The need to cram in references to previous works was oftentimes baffling. The reveal of what the Life Fibers were and where they came from was…beyond stupid. I just feel thoroughly disappointed and cynical about the show. And those references, every single time Kill la Kill referenced another anime from the past it came across as lazy and pretentious. Good writing endeavors to stand on the laurels of its own content and not the content of others. Making continual references without engaging and discussing those references essentially elevates yourself to Seth MacFarlane’s standard for humor and storytelling….and FUCK THAT! It doesn’t help that everything that is related to the original Kill la Kill canon really falls apart with the introduction of Nui. To be honest that’s really when I started to dislike the show.

I found Kill la Kill’s narrative incongruity unbearable. A hammy and heavy handed dark period where Matoi is a mopey protagonist undergoing an existential crisis is really out of place when you have a character like Mako acting like a doofus. Honestly if you want a nostalgia trip then just go to Netflix and stream some Dragon Ball Z, EVA, or Tenchi Muyo. You are better off doing that than watching this nonsense.

I'm a Terrible Human Being Award - Bad Rats: the Rats' Revenge

I Deserve This

This year I gifted seven copies of Bad Rats: the Rats' Revenge to various members of the Giant Bomb moderation team and community. When the game went on sale on Steam for the paltry sum of $.19, I spent around a dollar buying these copies of the game which I could I spent on an actual game that I most likely could have enjoyed. As part of this in-authentic gift giving I sent messages claiming that Bad Rats would lead them to salvation. If you are looking for a summary of Bad Rats the game...it is bad, and just bad.

I am a bad person for doing this. This award is in dedication to all of the victims of my Bad Rats giveaway. I am sorry but you will not be saved if you play Bad Rats, you will just question your humanity and the the purpose of your existence as part of an existential crisis.

Funniest Piece of Entertainment Award - Jazzpunk

Or How About Best Quake Reference?

I really enjoyed the mind shattering irreverent nature of Jazzpunk. The game had a ton of style and knew had to use it. It may not have been the most "interactive" game of the year, but it was one of the few games that actually made me laugh. I was thoroughly impressed at how the game continued to subvert my expectations and surprise me with its lunacy. The game also played on my tendency to look through every nook and cranny when playing games by complimenting that quirk with even more mini-games and in-game events. Also, can we award Jazzpunk the award for best use of Street Fighter II in 2014? Sorry Fighting Game Community, and EVO. I also played the wedding themed Quake parody game way more than I'm willing to admit.

The Giant Bomb staff have credited much of their enjoyment of Jazzpunk to its "style," but I think a large amount of credit should be given to the writing. There are endless dialogue "streams" that all conclude in hilarious and irreverent ways, and that is a monumental accomplishment.

Quickest & Least Painful Installation of a Piece of Hardware Award - Amazon Fire TV Stick

Also It is a Pretty Good Product.

It took eight minutes to set up my Amazon Fire TV Stick, and it would have been shorter if I hadn't decided to watch the introductory video that automatically plays when you hook up the device to the internet for the first time. Is it unfair to compare this limited device to the likes of the Xbox One or PlayStation 4? I sure think so, but it was a pleasant surprise to finally have a piece of hardware seamlessly install itself without issue. Another nice touch on Amazon's part? They pre-install your Amazon account into the device meaning that the only thing you really need to input into it is the password to your internet and/or Netflix account. Also I would like to echo that the Amazon Fire TV is a terrible gaming platform. I did not bother to buy Amazon's beleaguered game controller, because I am not a crazy person, but trying to play games using the default remote is about as enjoyable as kicking a hornet's nest, and those hornets are on fire.

Flatout the Worst Piece of Entertainment of the Year Award - Season Two of The Following

Oh BOY, the second season of The Following may well be one of the worst experiences I had short of contracting shingles. Who would have thought that anything could remove the charisma and energy of Kevin Bacon and force him to be yet another hard-boiled cop with no personality. The first season of The Following was not that great of a viewing experience if I am being entirely honest, but the show was so weird in its last three episodes that I felt a sense of obligation to watch season two. Well...that proved to be shortsighted.

Fuck You Kevin Bacon!

The problem is that the show never really committed to what type of person Joe Carroll was. In the first season, he was megalomaniacal and felt that he should answer to no authority other than himself. In this season, he’s oddly measured and dare I say “logical.” This problem is compounded when Ryan Hardy decides to do everything “off the books” in his attempt to bring down Carroll and the FBI decides to do nothing to stop Ryan and his oftentimes obsessive and dangerous attempts to bring Carroll down for good. You add-on a love triangle which depicts the power of love curing the mental instability of a bi-polar patient of his symptoms (i.e. “The Twins”), and some terrible acting on the part of Connie Nielsen and her cadre, and you have the makings of one of the worst television shows I have seen in a while. The fact that there is going to be a season three for this show is beyond baffling, and just downright terrible.

The "Big" Game I Enjoyed the Most Award - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Assassin's Creed Unity was a major bummer this year.The interface has become incredibly cluttered and the map is nigh impossible to use because no one at Ubisoft wants to condense all of the icons they have into a handful of easy to distinguish symbols. To go from Assassin's Creed Unity to Shadow of Mordor was a shocking experience to say the least. Yes, the story in Mordor is not that great and sure to infuriate those dedicated to the Tolkien brand, albeit that anger should probably be directed at Christopher Tolkien. That said Mordor makes up for that by being fun to play and straight to the point when it comes to its best parts. The Nemesis System opens up almost immediately when you get into the heat of things and it never lets up. The Nemesis System is without a doubt the best part of the game, and interestingly deal with a big problem that I have with open world role playing games. That problem is that I never really feel motivated to tackle minions and underlings if I can avoid them. Each minion usually falls into a category and can be dealt with using the same exact techniques as the last one. In Mordor each enemy feel random enough to where you feel like you have to spend a bit more thought to tackle down these enemies, especially the ones with nametags.

You top the Nemesis System with a combo system that is easy to use and makes sense, albeit it came from Batman, and a certain amount of randomness that ensures that no one play-through will be exactly the same, and you have what was for me a great gaming experience. I'm not ignoring that there are shortcomings to Mordor, but those shortcomings were easy to ignore and did not detract from my experience.

Factory Sealed Shame Award - Dishonored

The "Factory Sealed Shame Award," is an award that I bestow to the game that I bought at the beginning of the year, and it has remained untouched and factory sealed by the end. Last year I was able to avoid this distinction on account of me buying most of my games digitally. This year this badge of shame is back and I am sorry to report that it is for the entirely acceptable game, Dishonored. A while ago the 360 copy of the game was on sale for $9.99 and figuring that it was worth the risk I bought a copy. That happened around February, and as you are going to quickly discover I had the time to actually play through this game and potentially enjoy it, but that didn't happen and that's on me and not this game.

I Followed This Image and It Didn't Help!

Oh God I just looked at the box and it looks like it has a healthy layer of dust on it.

This of course also leads me to the Steam games that I have bought and still have not played...which for me is beyond shameful. These games are: Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Aquaria, Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians, The Binding of Isaac, Closure, Dead Space, Deadly Premonition, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Fez, Game Dev Tycoon, Gemini Rue, Gish, Gone Home, Gunpoint, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Mark of the Ninja, PixelJunk Eden, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Sleeping Dogs, The Swapper, Teleglitch, XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

Jesus...someone send help.

Ostrich Moment of the Year – Dota 2

The Only Black Holes in My Life are Based on SCIENCE!

I still own a copy of Dota 2...and I still have not touched it!

I have no regrets about this fact.

I'm Still Playing This Game from 2004, Please Help Award - Rome: Total War

I have this unorthodox tradition of beating the "Short Campaign" of Rome: Total War every year, and that tradition once again continued this year. Julli, Hard , Hard. What makes this tradition ridiculous is that I have superior strategy games to play, and as you already know plenty of un-played games on my Steam account that I need to get around to playing. Instead of playing those games I am playing this outdated, ten plus year old RTS game. So I am asking the Giant Bomb Community to help me...please convince me to stop playing this game. I need help.

My Ridiculous Idea for 2015 Award - Watching Animes Based on Video Games

No I'm Not Joking, This is a Real Thing!

I have a pretty ridiculous idea that I have been tinkering around with for a while. For the last month I have been thinking about starting up a new blog series where I attempt, and I put extra emphasis on "attempt," to watch every single anime that is based on a video game. That includes watching Pokemon, and other shameless promotional tie-ins for that matter, on a bi-monthly basis. Part of this idea started when @unastrike mentioned the Fatal Fury anime on a live-show, and also when I was discussing how bad SiN: The Movie is (hint: it's really bad). I make no guarantees that this feature will become a reality, but I will confirm that I am thinking about making it a reality.

Also, I'm pretty sure that if I did this feature that it would kill me, because OH MY GOD I do not want to watch the Halo anime again.

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The Community Spotlight - 12/26/2014 (Community GOTY 2014 Part IV)

Special Thanks to @humanity for This Wonderful Work of Art!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, and I am honored to be your host as always! The staff's Game of the Year content has officially begun! The number of guest Game of the Year lists is at an all time high this year with guests coming from all sorts of backgrounds and places of origin! The Giant Bomb Moderation team however would like to remind you to treat every guest and their lists with the respect that that is expected of you and to always abide by the Community Rules when replying to a guest list. With that please enjoy the latest episode of the Community Spotlight!

Community Game of the Year Content

The staff Game of the Year content has officially started! Expect to see a "Giant Bomb Community Game of the Year" pick at the end of the Game of Year stuff.

Blogs

Lists

Regular User Created Content

Awesome Art

The "Thinking Bomb" comes from @themanwithnoplan, the stats for Metal Gear Scanlon 2 all come from @oscar_explosion, and the Dan button comes from maxbeckart on Tumblr.

Clip of the Week

Some of you may recall that Giant Bomb hosted an Avalon stream for premium subscribers a while back. Someone on YouTube has finally compiled all of the best moments from the stream into an eight minute video clip.

Wonderful Wikis

It is a bit of a fighting game corner while we wrap up the wiki showcase fro 2014. The re-release of KoF 98 and Omega mode for Ultra Street Fighter IV have ensured that both pages for those games are nicely detailed and worth checking out.

Best of Blogs

The few blogs that were not Game of the Year related were notable in their own regard! You can thank Oscar_Explosion for all of the stats and graphs related to Metal Gear Scanlon 2 in the community art banner. eroticfishcake wrote a love letter to Valkyria Chronicles, and details why it's an overlooked gem worth experiencing. Mento wraps up his "Bosswatch" blog series examining the good, the bad, and the ugly boss battles in Dark Souls II. Ford_Dent finally made his first foray into the new generation of video game consoles, but not really, and shares his early impressions with the PlayStation Vita. FreezyFrog's latest Wiki Shout-Out blog examines the best wiki pages MMORPGs ranging from World of Warcraft to of course EverQuest. CornBREDX recently watched Video Games: The Movie and shares why he thinks it was a bit of a missed opportunity.Finally thatpinguino is back with a new Deep Look video and blog series, but this episode is about The Witcher 2's wonderful use of moral ambiguity in its world and story.

Fantastic Forums

Most of our discussion threads this week are about GOTY related matters ranging from what people are anticipating for next year to discussing the game they THOUGHT would have topped their lists right now. It's not all good news as we do have a discussion thread over the biggest disappointment. The second major talking this point is for Metal Gear Scanlon and the conclusion of the second season of the series. Fan of the series should discuss their favorite moments as well as join the community debate on whether or not Drew should play Peace Walker. Tangentially related to all of this is our discussion and impressions thread for Kojima's Christmas, chicken hat announcement.

Lovable Lists

RainVillain is embarking on an ambitious effort to list and review every single game that he played this year.

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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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