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

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

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

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

Clips of the Week

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

Community Activities

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

Wonderful Wikis

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

Best of Blogs

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

Fantastic Forums

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

Lovable Lists

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

Useful User Reviews

More Staff Fanart

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

Not Fanart but Still an Awesome Picture from @dannyodwyer

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The Community Spotlight - 04/25/2014

Special Thanks to DorkyMohr for this Work of Art!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! We have a lot of housekeeping to address so let's get straight into it! The Giant Bomb Endurance Run was a huge success! The effort ended up reaching their goal of @$2,500, and if you wanted to know their Fundly account will still be up for another month! Firstly if you are having issues using the Giant Bomb Roku app don't freak out; the engineers shut down the old API tier as they replace it with the new API. As you may have noticed the @notification system is currently borked. If you are having issues getting issues file your bug report over here, and yes the engineers are aware that everyone is getting notifications for commenting on their own blog. If you are still having issues either logging on or commenting on the live chat for streams to file a full bug report over here. If you noticed a little reverb on the latest Bombcast just know that Jeff converted the audio file on a preset template versus creating a new flat channel. If the differences are bugging you, or you are fine with change, share your input here as this new process is easier for Jeff, but he will stop if the quality is poor. Finally if you didn't know Rorie has been with us for a year now! If you haven't done so already wish him a hearty congratulations on surviving his first year over here.

Clips of the Week

Our clip of the week this week is the first SoundCloud I have embedded! Anyways this clip is an interview of Patrick by Molly Adams and Brian Babylon of the Morning AMp. The talking points include Patrick's coverage of the toxic parts of the internet and an in-depth discussion on why so many people hate Patrick and feel the need to show it.

Community Activities

  • Fireside Gathering: Hearthstone Community Event - Help Other Users Accomplish the Fireside Gathering Event Over Here!
  • MLB The Show 14 League - Join the Community League Over Here!
  • Pokemon X/Y League Season 6 - You Can Still Sign Up for the Next Season By Reading the Rules Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Some great recent work has been done on both the Orcs must Die! Unchained and Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition wiki pages which are worth checking out this week.

Best of Blogs

The top blog this week comes from The_Boots who shares a highly emotional blog on how Ryan's life and death helped save his life. DorkyMohr created the "Small Businessman" fanart seen above. thatpinguino has the first real part to his blog series re-examining the dream books from Lost Odyssey, whereas cottoneud has the foruth part to his Persona 4 Golden Let's Play blog. bobafettjm is committing himself to providing a weekly update of his wiki activity, and Pufferfiz has two new blogs updating you on his preparations for the game jam he plans on participating in. Video_Game_King has gone from being a princess to being a chef this week with a couple of food/cooking themed games this week. Mento is back with a Comic Commish that talks about the notable releases from the Summer of 2010. morecowbell24 recently completed Infamous: Second Son, and discusses why he was not a fan of its use of player choice, and similarly Ethanielrain breaks down why he's done with PlayStation Trophies. Blaineblaine extrapolates why he wants to see Nintendo to continue to innovate console technology. PimblyCharles has a bunch of artwork that he wants you to use for your own purposes. Dalai and NathHaw both have their blogs about their experiences at PAX East 2014. If you wanted to know more about Hatsune Miku or Final Fantasy then Hailinel is the man to turn to this week. PirateNipple details his tempered disappointment with Trials Fusion, and finally dankempsters defends Assassin's Creed Revelation as well as abhors Final Fantasy VIII on his latest gaming update.

Fantastic Forums

I was prepared to just dismiss Sweep's Brad Muir thread...until Brad Muir's father created an account to post in that thread. Also fellow mod @mattyftm has created a Tumblr posting more images of stuff that looks like Brad Muir...it's super dumb. The Bombcast Rewind is down for the count...but don't worry! The Bombcast Rewind: Revengeance is here to fill the void! As mentioned already it's Rorie's one year anniversary as an employee of Giant Bomb. Share your user created songs from Fract OSC, or your screencaps from the PS4 version of Final Fantasy XIV Online. Finally we have discussion thread for the PC version of Dark Souls II and the Revelations DLC for Lords of Shadow 2.

Lovable Lists

Our first list comes from CairnsyTheBeard who has a large list of games that he's given up on for a variety of reasons from game breaking bugs to soul crushing difficulty spikes. Xymox on the other hand has a list of games he has lost or sold.

Useful User Reviews

If You are Not Following or Aware of the "Giant Bomb Blurbs" Tumblr Account, Then You are Missing Out!

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The Community Spotlight - 04/18/2014 (This Blog is [Full of] Art)

Special Thanks to @humanity for the Banner!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I am your host as always, and thankfully it appears that all of you have survived the madness of PAX East 2014. Speaking of PAX East 2014 the site is still "recovering" from the event. The archive for Giant Bomb's PAX Panel is now up, as well as Jeff's talk at NYU, and Patrick's panel with Zoe Quinn (StormCloud/Audio only version can be found here). Also you can find the archive to the 404ing It panel can be found here (featuring @patbaer, Eric Pope, Jeff, and @maxistentialist).

Now with the PAX business out of the way let's go over some Giant Bomb housekeeping. This Thursday Giant Bomb migrated its servers from Amazon Web Services(AWS) to a new service. If you are having any issues in regards to viewing or publishing content on the site please reset your DNS. For detailed instructions on how to do this please refer to this. If you are having or have noticed issues in regards to the Giant Bomb live chat please report your issues here.

Clips of the Week

@turboman is back, but this week he has all of the best moments of the Royal Rumble and Giant Bomb PAX East 2014 panel. Also, someone on YouTube went ahead and used WWE 2K14 to host a re-match between Dr. Tracksuit, John Drake, Dave Lang, and Alex Navarro. The insanity is amazing.

Community Activities

  • GB Community Endurance Run 3 - Gaming and Raising Money - Join Other Users in raising Money for Child's Play Over HERE!
  • Trials Fusion Console Neutral Name Sharing/Leaderboard Thread - Drop a comment so Other Users Can Add you to Their Leaderboards Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Is it a jokey joke wiki week this week? Actually no, even if Jeff may have disdain for Shenmue AND Milon's Secret Castle they both have significant wiki pages on the site. In fact...Jeff was the last person to edit the Milon wiki page, and did so in January of this year. Finally I would like to take this time to recognize that Jeff Gren's wiki page will forever have "He is a real American and fights for the rights of every man," as a trivia fact.

Best of Blogs

Fobwashed gives you a piece of his insane journey to distributing his Papers Please/Luchadeer shirt at PAX East 2014. Marino, Mento, and Sparklykiss give you a snapshot of what they learned from PAX East. PimblyCharles is working on digital painting that will be filled to the brim with Giant Bomb references, and shares the first stage of his digital painting. On a much more serious note gyrfal equivocates on how he was able to related to the characters of Sleeping Dogs in a way he hasn't been able to before. Gamer_152 talks about how the Advanced Edition of FTL has him back being a space captain. GrantHeaslip challenges the notion that Project Diva F is a "guilty pleasure," by breaking down how it's actually a well designed game. morecowbell24 hypothesizes on how other game developers can learn from From Softwares boss design. Video_Game_KIng hits you with two blogs this week with one about fairy princesses, and the other about Japanese porno. Pick your poison because both will kill you. thatpinguino took a break from his Lost Odyseey retrospective and shares his romp through Rogue Legacy. MikeLemmer projects his disdain for being forced to pick an end all be all "favorite game" of all time when discussing games. GunStarRed finishes up his blog series examining the various game adaptations of is favorite movies. Cottoneud was serious about that Persona 4 Golden New Game+ "endurance run" he started last week, and has the second part this week. Wess is still trying to be a Pokemon master, and Hero_Swe is continuing his roleplaying adventures in Skyrim. Finally, bushpusherr explains what Fast Fourier Terrain Transform is, and what its importance is for the video game industry.

Fantastic Forums

Once again a great deal of thanks go to Humanity for creating his great PAX East Royal Rumble wallpaper. Slammers has a "reverse Interview Dumptruck," where he interviewed our very own Patrick Klepek. Nickzonak is the one that "proposed" the soda dating game from the PAX East Q&A...and he wants you to know he's actually going to make it. MB wants you to join him in discerning whatever the Hell happened during Giant Bomb's PAX East panel, and Sweep wants to know how your home network is setup for streaming...it's almost like we want to know more about you. Finally we have first impression/discussion threads for R.B.I. Baseball, Beyond Earth, Trials Fusion, and the NorCal Regionals.

Lovable Lists

benspyda has taken the time to list out the video games that he can hosetly say that he "loves" from the current and last generation of consoles.

Useful User Reviews

MORE GIANT BOMB ART!

FOBWASHED!!!!!!
This One Comes from lcomart on Tumblr.
nhaingen on Tumblr Depicts Vinny Committing Medical Malpractice on Zachary Quinto

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The Community Spotlight - 04/11/2014

Special Thanks to Spam Musubi for Locating This Image!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Community Spotlight! I am your host as always. As many of you already know it is PAX East 2014 this week! As always expect an awesome Giant Bomb panel on Saturday, 9pm EST. This panel will be stream on the site through Twitch. Anyways if you would like to see more embarrassing high school pictures of Jeff, relax! There are indeed more on Spam Musubi's Tumblr account. Speaking of funny images on Tumblr that are Giant Bomb related, GB mod Mento has "envisioned" the staff as contestants in Jeopardy. For many of you wiki editors may have noticed we have a major bug with the wiki system in regards to associations. Please rest assured that the bug has been reported, and if you have any issues report them to the mod team. With that let's get on with the next edition of the SPotlight!

Giant Bomb PAX East 2014 Stuff

Clips of the Week

@turboman is back with another great edition of his "Best of Giant Bomb" video series. This edition has the best moments from the Dark Souls II, Betrayer, Ground Zeroes, and Elder Scrolls Online Quick Looks (with a hint of Rorie). Oh and Dr. Tracksuit is back...remember that Dr. Tracksuit only accepts cash for operations.

Community Activities

  • Luchadeer Crusaders GB Recruitment Thread for a North American Server in The Elder Scrolls Online - Join the Server By Heading Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

If you have any interest as to which games are being shown at PAX East this year check out our awesome concept page for the event. Finally if you want help trying to discern the insanity of Goat Simulator, or the obscurity of Wargame: Red Dragon, check out our game pages for either.

Best of Blogs

Cottoneud has started a new play through of Persona 4 Golden, but this time it's for New Game+ and he's going to blog about it! thatpinguino also started a new blog series, but his is all about Lost Odyssey, and he also shares how his attempt to play Dark Souls II with a "naked" character went. Daneian discusses why Asura's Wrath is the best anime he has "experienced" in a long way. ArbitraryWater played a bunch of games ranging from Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow to FTL Advanced Edition. Mento got a bit creative this week with a blog on games from franchises or developers he considers himself "loyal" to. Mento also circumnavigated the issues with the review system by publishing his negative review of Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall as a blog. Pufferfiz is going to be participating in an April Game Jam and details how he is preparing himself for it. Video_Game_King became a pretty princess this week with Code of Princess and Princess Tomato as the subjects of his latest blog. RJPelonia confesses to having played Viscera Cleanup Detail for over two hours and extrapolates on why. Dankempster languishes on the Rock Tunnel kicking his pants on the latest edition of his Nuzlocke Challenge blog, for Pokemon FireRed. Finally granderojo has written a passionate defense that 2048 is a legitimate game.

Fantastic Forums

First thing, if you haven't seen any of the N64 PAX East 2014 Royal Rumble videos...you are missing out and should check our discussion thread for the videos to catch up. Have games ever caused you to utter "whoa," or are there any big new games that you just don't care about? Well join the community discussions about both issues! That and we have a BUNCH of game discussion threads this week.

Lovable Lists

The first list comes from fisk0 who examines the history and evolution of Westwood's Command & Conquer franchise as well as the games that "borrowed" their gameplay ideas from the franchise. Rays_Gaming_Rantson the other hand is embarking on an effort to list out his favorite games of all time.

Useful User Reviews

Potent Podcasts

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The Community Spotlight - 04/03/2014

Special Thanks to Saik0u for the Banner This Week!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight. Don't freak out, this edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight is early. Now that I have broken a now three year tradition I’m going to go ahead and provide a more detailed explanation as to why. A few months ago my father discovered that he had been diagnosed with a malignant tumor. Luckily it was discovered early, and as a result he is now cancer free so I do not want, nor need your well wishes or sympathy. However, the event did highlight what is important in my life. As a result I’m joining my father in a three day backpacking trip. With that I’ll see you all, hopefully, this Sunday!

From that somber note let’s get on with the site housekeeping! For those of you that are still awaiting your signed Nighthawks posters @rorie has some good news for you. Essentially you should expect to get them sometime next week. @patrickklepek has the full text and video to the "Critical Proximity" talk that he hosted back in March. If you wanted to know Patrick's WordPress says that he is willing to talk at any company or school/university function...so keep that on mind for your next party? The engineering team have recently temporarily disabled the live chat for mobile browsers and browsers other than Chrome, Safari, Firefox and IE11. Again, this is just a temporary thing. On a much more humorous note @dannyodwyer did an April Fool's Day edition of The Lobby, and it features a notable "Toilet Review" from Jeff. With that let's get on with the Community Spotlight! Finally, friend fo teh site, @patbaer will have a 404ing It panel at PAX East 2014, and it will feature the likes of @jeff and @maxistentialist so keep an eye on that!

Clips of the Week

TurboMan has a special Unprofessional Fridays edition of his "Best of Giant Bomb," which features the funniest moments from the staff's time with Dog's Life and LEGO Island.

Community Activities

  • The Elder Scrolls Online Community Guild - Explore the World of Tamriel with Other Users By Joining the Guild Over Here!
  • Ragnarok Odyssey Ace - PSN ID Trading Thread - Hook Up with Other GB Users Over Here!
  • Mercenary Kings PS4 PSN ID Trading Thread - Hook Up with Other GB Users Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

This week we have two awesome Dark Souls II character pages from @yummylee! Also, Jeff has decided to recognize the Amazon Fire TV as a platform on our database. Remember that platform pages can only be added by staff members.

Best of Blogs

This week we have TWO, count them, TWO user created Giant Bomb themed Bomberman clones. Chaser324's game allows you to play as pixelated versions of the Giant Bomb staff, but the advantage goes to Fobwashed whose version let's you play as Dave Lang...that and he was "first" in publishing his game on the site. thatpinguino blogged about another "buried treasure" game this week with Threads of Fate. Mento has a breakdown of the nine major things he has taken away from the Zero Escape franchise. TurboMan has a beginners guide to WrestleMania XXX so you can be "in the loop" for the next PowerBombcast. Video_Game_King clearly was overcome by his insanity considering that he played both Hotel Mario and Bubsy II this week. Gamer_152 challenged himself to try and figure out why the internet was so outraged over FaceBook's acquisition of Oculus. Music maestro Hamst3r has a new music track and YouTube Channel to share, and MajorMitch is back with a monthly wrap-up which his final thoughts on Dark Souls II now that he finished it. Speaking of Dark Souls II MooseyMcMan discusses that and InFamous Second Son on his latest blog, and explains why he prefers Dark Souls over Dark Souls II. Hero_Swe has another highly entertaining edition of his role-playing adventures in Skyrim, and a new month means that BlackLagoon is back with a comprehensive annotation of the big games coming out for the PlayStation Vita. Spiralcut questions the future of The Elder Scrolls Online as someone who has really been enjoying their time in it. Pezen theorizes how more games could break break away from "black and white" morality systems. Finally Vinny_Says shows off how much of a dent he has made on his gaming backlog, and MMMman finishes up his retrospective of Darksiders II and its outdated game design.

Fantastic Forums

The big hero of the week is jebbibelle! She went ahead and created a 24 hour Bombcast Network on Mixlr! So if you need a good laugh or want to experience a nostalgic trip check it out! We have saik0u to thank for the the banner this week, but still feel free to provide your input on his staff fanart. The Bombcast has broken the 400th episode landmark, and we now have a "small businessman" tribute thread! Also feel free to join other users in sharing photos of your framed or un-framed Nighthawks posters. Finally we have discussion threads over whether or not speedrunning counts as an "esport," and which games have done the "New Game+" concept the best.

Lovable Lists

As fellow moderator @mento will tell you the TurboGrafx-16 is an odd console, but do still check out Doppelgamer's list of his all time favorite TG-16 games.

Useful User Reviews

Potent Podcasts

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Spotlight and Personal News

The latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight will be published today as I am going on a back packing trip on Friday and will not return until late Sunday evening.

Sorry for the suddenness of this news, but the revelation that I was going was just as sudden.

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The Community Spotlight - 03/28/2014

Special Thanks to annoyingskull on Tumblr for This Banner!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I know a lot of you never read the introductory paragraph to the Community, BUT i there's one thing that you take away from this Spotlight it's this: Brad is gauging interest in a possible #TeamBrad t-shirt. Send him a reply on Twitter or Tumblr if you would actually buy a TeamBrad shirt, and MAYBE it will happen in the future, key word on "maybe." If you have been on the chat this week you may have noticed that there were issues with profile avatars loading properly. While re-booting the chat it seems like there was an issue with the cache. It shouldn't be an issue in the future. Finally special thanks to MrDapper'sDen on Tumblr for locating a picture of Vinny's long fabled “Skateasaurus” from his DJing days. With that let's get on with the latest Spotlight!

Clips of the Week

As indicated below user @rolkien in a sleep deprived stupor created a video "biography" of the life and times of Jeff Gerstmann. If you want to cross into "That Part of YouTube," this is the video to do it. On a more positive note @shakey1245 has created a TV style into for Giant Bomb in the same style of Red Dwarf. Finally as to be expected with have @turboman and @theburlaplemur warping up the videos this week with continuations of their perpetually entertaining video compilations.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb SMITE Community Clan - Join the New MOBA Community Clan Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Diablo III Community Clan - Play Reaper of Souls with Other Giant Bomb By Heading Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

So Final Fantasy is back in the limelight. That's great but the real wiki based highlight this week comes from resident crazy person @pepsiman for plugging in over 2,000 points on a game page for a pachinko game that never came out in the United States. Help encourage more insanity by check out the page.

Best of Blogs

The "Blog of the Week" (not really an award or distinction, please don't get mad at me) goes to @brewmaster_andy who shares his plan to brew a craft beer for each of the Giant Bomb staff going to PAX East this year! ILikePopCans bought his first Early Access game, Pixel Piracy, and details if it was worth the money. EpicSteve hit it out of the park this week with two blogs! The first being an interview of Polygon's Colin Campbell, and the second pontificating if there will ever be a good "authentic" military game that depicts war realistically. MikeLemmer questions the future of Pokemon after having sunk in over fifty hours in the game, whereas dankempster continues his Nuzlocke Challenge for Pokemon FireRed. Animasta defends his belief that Football Manager is one of the greatest strategy games ever made. Tarfuin expresses his surprise enjoyment of Titanfall despite not being a fan of multiplayer focused shooters. thatpinguino shares the "buried treasure" of Legend of Legaia, and demonstrates why it is an interesting JRPG with plenty of novel ideas. Sarumarine wrote about his latest Dark Souls II experiment where he attempted to get through the game just with punching, similarly shaggydude details his various endeavors to make something out of the summoning system in Dark Souls II. Video_Game_King is back this week with Disney and dynamite, and no I am NOT going to mention his Let's Play of a certain porn game. Mento is back with a continuation of his Comic Commish blog series where he re-examines all of the biggest games and moments from the previous gaming generation. Mento is joined by Pabba who also created a couple of webcomics this week, but his are all about the recent games he played. ThePoark not only extrapolates on his experiences with live streaming, but also talks about what you should and shouldn't do if you plan on becoming a"streamer.: supermike clarifies why he thinks Luftrausers is close to being a "great game." Hero_Swe continues to write about his role-playing adventures in Skyrim. Finally, user Pezen decided that if he is going to play a game that it is "perfect" for him, he's going to have to make it himself. So read all about his gaming preferences and genre commitments on his latest blog.

Fantastic Forums

As seen above special thanks go to shakey1245 and rolkien for making some memorable Giant Bomb related videos. Share your approval or condemnation on the threads they have created to promote those videos! Another special thanks go to rexman64 who has created a comprehensive "Beginners Guide to Pro Wrestling." If you want to follow the wrestling PPV that get discussed on the PowerBombcast feel free to refer to his thread to help you out discern the insanity. Finally on top of all of that the Giant Bomb is still buzzing about Dark Souls II, Battlefield 4, and Bioshock Inifinite!

Lovable Lists

For the first time in a while we have a good number of user created lists! Special thanks to @jagged85 for using the list feature to examine the most influential game designers from the birth of video games to today, as well as examining the ancient history of the most basic concepts that make gaming possible. Mento is back and this week tried to describe every game in the "Tales of..." franchise in ten words. Tizzzzzz finally got around to playing Ico and lists out his favorite Colossi, whereas loc95 got nostalgic about his favorite video game characters and protagonists.

Useful User Reviews

Potent Podcasts

Special Thanks to littlegumshoe on Tumblr for Warming Our Hearts!

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The Community Spotlight - 03/21/2014

Special Thanks to GDC for Memorializing Ryan.

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I am your host as always and goodness has it been a crazy week! Part of this is in large part due to GDC "happening." Many of you are no doubt dealing with Lang Zone withdrawals. Check out @aurahack's video below to help remedy that. For those of you that had issues using our chat during the GDC streams please note that the Amazon Web Service, our cloud server, for the chat crashed thus rendering the chat inert during the event. The problem was not due to the chat being run over-capacity, nor did it have anything to do with an engineering glitch. Web engineer @chrisharris has a major update to his Giant Bomb Live Stream Desktop Alert System. Finally if you have experienced any issues with your poster shipping please contact @rorie at support@giantbomb.com. With that lets get on with the Spotlight!

Clips of the Week

Someone on YouTube has compiled the entire "Australian Thong Debate" from the Bombcast into a single YouTube video. @turboman is back as always to show of the best video moments on Giant Bomb, this week is about Rorie's Puppy Chat and ArmA being crazy. Finally...@aurahack crossed the streams by mixing Dave Lang with K-pop. The results are horrifying.

Community Activities

  • PSN Friend Share Thread for Luftrausers Leaderboards - Fill Your Friends Leaderboard on Luftrauser By Heading Over Here!
  • Kite Co. Indiegogo Shirt Fundraiser - Our Community EVE Corp. Is Attempting to Print off T-Shirts Using Indiegogo! Learn How You can Help Them Out Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

They're coming...the big releases are coming. This week we have Metal Gear? Sorry, lame pun is lame...crap I did it again. Also out this week is inFamous: Second Son.

Best of Blogs

This week Mento has written one of the most comprehensive story and character break-downs of Tales of the Abyss you will ever see. It's almost like it could be on an embarrassingly telling user run wikia. Fobwashed gives you a snapshot into insane process one must go through to print out t-shirts. ArbitraryWater shares the frustrations he's been having trying to get through Bravely Default, similarly ILikePopCans extrapolates on why he feels Fire Emblem Dark Dragon and Tomb Raider (2013) are disappointing games. Also tapping into the underwhelming bandwagon, Wrighteous86 equivocates on how Halo 2 isn't just one of the worst games in the Halo franchise, but how it wrote Halo 3 into a corner. thatpinguino attempted to reconcile the paradox of Dark Souls having clunky controls and obtuse instructions, with still being a "good" game. granderojo also tried to get to the bottom of something. but he worked to identify the misuse of "punditry" in the internet gaming community. Video_Game_King set his target on Killer is Dead and Yume Penguin Monogatari...your guess is as good as mine. Sarumarine has a comprehensive review of his opinion of all of the bosses in Dark Souls II, and speaking of failing MajorMitch has theorized on why more video games should allow and accept failure. GunStarRed has started a blog series examining the video game adaptations of his ten favorite movies, on the flip-side dankempster is still chugging along in Pokemon Fire Red. Marino has anotehr PAX guide on how to not get herpes while attending PAX East in April. halomaste19 wants you to join him in talking about games you enjoy that everyone else hates. Hero_Swe is still continuing his role-playing adventures in Skyrim, whereas RedPanGamer shares his excitement for the release of The Elder Scrolls Online. Finally armaan8014 has written on why he feels comfortable calling Assassin's Creed IV "beautiful."

Fantastic Forums

Big round of applause goes to shouldice for making Vinny's "every picture ever" television a reality. Macks also created some AWESOME Binding of Patrick art. From GDC we have a GDC livestream discussion thread as well as a "Dave Lang Appreciation Thread." What's next? An appreciation thread for rats? demoskinos is hosting a bit of an "Ask Me Anything/impressions thread for Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. Danny O'Dwyer has a discussion thread for the Alt + F1 podcast. Then we have a BUNCH of game discussion threads for Metal Gear SOlid V: Ground Zeroes, Dark Souls II, and Infamous Second Son.

Lovable Lists

Marchantia has a heartwarming list of games that he has had a fun time playing with his children. Hydrogorilla on the other hand lists out his ten favorite video game stories he experienced on his 360.

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The Community Spotlight - 03/14/2014

Special Thanks to @humanity for the Artwork This Week!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! It's hard to fathom, but it has been two years since Giant Bomb was acquired by CBSi. Just think...two years ago Jeff introduced us to Big Bo, creepy right? There's no real going about it--the last two years have been rough. Many users have left us, and unfortunately we lost Ryan, a figurehead and undeniable tour de force on the site. Through all of this we are still here, and while this is not a perfect community it has continued to exist as one. Time and time again I have been humbled by the creativity and sincerity of you, my community. Such events have continually quashed whatever self doubts that may have develop from me being a moderator. For this I thank you, from the bottom of my heart I want you to know that your kindness is greatly appreciated.

With that please note that this week is GDC, so expect late night live streams filled to the brim with guest speakers. For those wondering Jeff has worked tirelessly to book one, @patrickklepek to appear on a live stream to discuss the new Yoshi's Island game.

Clips of the Week

@theburlaplemur decided to dedicate his latest Bitseize Bomb video entirely on the Amped 3 Quick Look, better known as "The Forgotten Endurance Run." @turboman also has a new episode of his Best of Giant Bomb series which features Vinny as a forklift as well as a creepy dude with AR Cards. Finally @wallofbricks has the final "Supercut" which compiles all of his previous video related to Brad's Breaking Brad for Demon's Souls plus plenty scenes from the end of the series.

Community Activities

  • Drangleic Explorer Society: Compiling GB's DS2 Exploration - Help "Chart" and Chronicle All of the Goodies in Dark Souls II Over Here!
  • PlayStation Dark Souls Friends List - Trade PSN IDs for Dark Souls II Over Here!
  • Titanfall Xbox One Players Thread - Hook-up With Other GB Users Online Over Here!
  • Titanfall PC/Origin Players Thread - Hook-up With Other GB Users Online Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Titanfall and Dark Souls II are, predictably, the big games of the week. Also in light of Patrick's review, check out a couple of newly improved wiki pages related to the Danganronpa franchise.

Best of Blogs

Gamer_152 attempts to explain the appeal of watching Twitch play Pokemon and why it's more fun than it has any right to be. Aurahack has a guide on why watching grown men wasting millions of dollars while burning fossil fuels (F1 Racing) is worth your time. Video_Game_King has started his effort to "party all the time" with Sonic Shuffle and Mario Party Advance. FluxWavez wrote about why he think Bravely Default shits the bed so to speak in its latter half. MikeLemmer has started a character log of his adventures in Dark Souls II and starts with the first boss battle. GrantHeaslip extrapolates why he's walking away from Persona 3 despite putting in 70+ hours in it and never having finished it. YukoAsho equivocates her disgust with conspiracy theories about his this generation of consoles will be the last. ILikePopCans played a smorgasbord of games this week ranging from Rsien 2 and Fire Emblem which would make Video_Game_King proud. MooseyMcMan returns to Giant Bomb by blogging about his thoughts on Strider and Tomb Raiders as reboots and self contained games. Shivoa decided to settle the Bombcast's confusion over the 720p vs. 1080i/p debate and other resolution controversies. halomaste19 wrote two blogs, the first asking where all the good dinosaur video games are, and the second contemplates if cut scenes prove how behind games are in terms of telling stories. thatpinguino mulls over what can be gained from understanding our play styles and gaming preferences. FLStyle has the massive event list and itinerary for the fighting game event, Final Round 17. dankempster continued his play-through of Pokemon FireRed, and FinalDasa detailed his attempt to finish up the Infamous franchise up to this point in preparation of Second Son. Yummylee elucidates on why he doesn't like Lone Survivor, despite being a huge fan of the survival horror genre. MMMman takes a humorous bent in using XCOM Declassified as a case example on how game design cannot get over chest high walls. Finally Pabba has a webcomic that exemplifies his experiences with Ben There, Dan That

Fantastic Forums

As to be expected we have a bunch of threads pertaining to Demon's Souls and the newly released Dark Souls II. Humanity provided the artwork that I used for the banner. wallofbricks has compiled all of his "Best of videos..." for Brad's foray into Demon's Souls into one video plus some clips of his ultimate victory. On top of that feel free to share your live stats, tips/tricks, and first death in Dark Souls II. Finally discuss if you have ever been offended from playing a game, and feel free to join the new Fantasy Formula 1 League.

Lovable List

NeoZeon isn't going to wait until the end of the year to list out the biggest gaming disappointments of this year.

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Saving My Work on Screened - German Expressionism

Author's Note: As you all may be aware of Screened.com is dead. Screened launch roughly one year after I had become a moderator on Giant Bomb, which continues to humble me. Anyways during the earlier stages of my modship I could afford spending some time actually editing various wiki pages on both Giant Bomb and Screened. Rather than see a lot of that work just disappear I'm re-posting it here for old times sake and for my own benefit. I was but a teenage when I first published many of these text submissions and have combed over them a bit to buff out the rough edges here and there.

An era of early German cinema (roughly 1910 to 1922), which shows the first implementation of a recognizable national cinema. The movement came about largely as a transition from WWI into the interwar years, however it also contains elements form the long term German cultural mindset, especially the literary fascination

Background

Expressionism is the movement in the fine arts that emphasized the expression of one’s inner self and their angst rather than solely being realistic and fanboyish about the world and life. Expressionism was a reaction to impressionism which projected stark and absolute realities. Expressionists sought to reverse this trend in the arts and wished to portray allegorical worlds which were in themselves metaphors for what people were experiencing at the time. Originally a movement in painting and sculpture Expressionism quickly spread to the fledgling movie industry in Europe. A vast majority of film expressionists came from the nation of Germany, hence why the term “German Expressionism” is commonly used to describe this movement in film. However there were numerous Expressionist filmmakers not from Germany.

German Expressionism, painters

Painters are widely considered to have started the movement now known as German Expressionism. Their influences were: Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and even El Greco. Expressionist painters lead with their emotions, producing subjective interpretations of the world around them. Expressionist painters often created dynamic compositions in vivid or dark colors complimented with broad brush strokes. Kandinsky who was part of a group of painters known as: Der Blaue Reiter said that producing aesthetically pleasing impressions was not as important to him as it was to create powerful emotional reactions. In the world of film many place the start of German Expressionism at the beginning of the 20th century, although the ending for the movement is harder to define. Karl Schmidt-Rottluff who was a very influential member of this movement worked until his death in 1976, whereas Marc Chagall died in 1985. Most consider artists such as Lucien Freud and Hubert Roestenburg part of German Expressionism; with Hubert Roestenburg old but still working and Lucian Michael Freudhaving recently passed away in 2011.

Style and History

When German Expressionism started Germany had just recovered from the consequences and devestations of World War I. Just like their fellow Germans, many German film directors felt disillusioned with reality and the world around them. As a reaction to this these directors created films that with surreal landscapes that were oftentimes warped and distorted. German expressionist directors then toke their disillusionment one step further by having heavy and stark shadows, depressed/dark stories, and corruptible as well as untrustable characters. As many Germans had felt betrayed by their government at the conclusion of World War I many German Expressionist directors projected authority figures as villains to convey the sense that no one could be trusted in the world they were living in. For example, in the movie The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari the main antagonist was a doctor. Further coupled with their mise en scene direction Expressionist directors wanted viewers to look beyond the characters on the screen and examine the world the characters were interacting in.

There were other common motifs with this movement of filmmaking. Movies such as Metropolis conveyed a growing sense of skepticism towards industrialism and the roles that society had placed on its citizens. Other movies projected a sense of persecution that certain ethnic minorities were feeling and witnessing as Germany was trying to recover and rebuild after the Great War. In the movie The Golem: How He Came into the World, a Jewish community feels so persecuted and discriminated against that they create a golem to protect them. This film highlights the growing amount of religious persecution and intolerance many minorities people were facing at the time, especially in Germany. While most German Expressionist films depicted mature and real issues they oftentimes contained fantasy components that allowed the director to over stylize their stories to add greater drama. It was this fantasy component that also freed the director creatively thus giving them free realm to set their story in any time as well as any place.

The End of the Movement and Getting into the USA

Unfortunately, the “Golden Age” of German Expressionism was a short (from ~1920-1933). The reason for this is simple. By the 1930s a certain German dictator had gained complete control of the German government and discredited German Expressionism as a degenerate art and established propaganda as the dominant style of film making in Germany. However this did not mark the end of the road for many Expressionists. As a result of their persecution many expressionist directors left their home nation and found themselves immigrating to a land of glitz and glamor—Hollywood, California. While German silent and sound cinema was arguably far ahead of cinema in Hollywood in terms of cinematography and different in tone and mood, German directors found American movie studios willing to embrace them and find their movie projects. The results of this would shape the backbone of American cinema forever.

Influence on Early American Horror

Hollywood at first saw expressionist directors from Germany as best suited to direct horror movies. That horror genre at the time was just starting to gain popularity in the United States when the first wave of German Expressionists arrived. However, studios like Universal benefitted greatly when it decided to support and publish numerous projects run by German expatriates. Examples of this include Dracula (1931) and The Mummy (1932), by Karl Freund, and The Black Cat (1934), directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, which are now all considered horror film classics. However the number of movies under the direct control of German movie makers was not the full extent of their influence on American horror films. Earlier during the 1920s, when the German movie industry became the forefront of movie making, many American directors visited and learned film making from German institutions and universities.

During German Expressionism's height the German film studio Universum Film AG (UFA), was one of the most significant champions of the movement and the art of film making in the country. There were myriads of foreign staff and directors who worked at and visited the UFA. One of the most important people to have visited UFA would eventually become one of the most important directors of Hollywood— Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock was sent to work on the German film The Blackguard. As a result similarities between Hitchock's earlier films and German Expressionism are quite clear. The direction seen in some of Hitcock’s films like Psycho or The Lodger all feature super saturated shadows and zoomed in camera angles which he learned about while studying at the UFA. Hitchcock himself was very open about the importance of German expressionism on his style of film making even going so far as to say that:

"I have acquired a strong German influence by working at the UFA studios [at] Berlin."

However, Hitchcock is only one example of many, but he stands as one of the most notable examples of a Western director learning from German Expressionism and applying it with Western film making techniques.

Creating the Foundation for Film Noir

Film Noir is oftentimes credited as having made Hollywood—Hollywood, and with good reason. Film Noir has proven to be one of the most important movements in American film history having shaped modern film directing forever. Film Noir established the everlasting imprint of American directors such as Orson Welles, who would go on to inspire numerous filmmakers to come. However, this all would not have happened if weren’t for the helping hand of German Expressionism. As it has already been noted German Expressionists came to Hollywood to find greater opportunities in the film industry, and they did. Josef von Sternberg, an Austrian exile would go onto make films such as Shanghai Express (1932) and The Devil Is a Woman (1935). These two pulpy erotic films would help establish the motif of the femme fatale for American directors. Sternberg also proved to be one of the most influential filmmakers for the aforementioned Orson Welles, especially for his magnum opus Citizen Kane which features numerous film techniques and motifs very similar to Sternberg’s earlier works. Techniques such as low camera angles and strategic lighting had all been well known techniques utilized by Sternberg and later adopted by Wells. The character Charles Foster Kane also shares many similarities to the archetypical German Expressionist protagonist. Kane starts out as an "every man," who feels in some way disillusioned by the world around him just like many of the protagonists in German Expressionist works.

Influence on Modern Day Film

Directors today still point to German Expressionism as the source of their inspiration. The two most well-known examples are Tim Burton, Ridley Scott, and Paul Verhoeven. Tim Burton would go onto emulate the German Expressionist vision for many of his early works and continues to create Expressionist world in some of his later films like Sweeney Todd. The most clear cut example would be Burton's film Edward Scissorhands, who is actually a take on the character, Caesar, from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Ridley Scott would emulate German Expressionism in his epic science fiction movie, Blade Runner. In it we see many of the same themes highlighted in the movie Metropolis and many set pieces that emulate earlier Expressionist works. Paul Verhoeven cited Metropolis as the most important film to him while filming RoboCop, wanting the design of the titular character to be a male version the robot Maria.

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