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.

Useful User Reviews

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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.

Useful User Reviews

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

Special Thanks to TurboToaster for this Work of Art!

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

Game of the Year 2014 Stuff

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

Blogs

Lists

Clip of the Week

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

Community Activities

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

Wonderful Wikis

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

Best of Blogs

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

Fantastic Forums

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

Lovable Lists

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

Useful User Reviews

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

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

Special Thanks to Fobwashed for this Artwork!

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

Game of the Year 2014!

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

Blogs

Lists

Clip of the Week

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

Community Activities

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

Wonderful Wikis

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

Best of Blogs

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

Fantastic Forums

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

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 11/28/2014

WELCOME EVERYONE

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

Clip of the Week

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

Community Activities

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

Wonderful Wikis

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

Best of Blogs

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

Fantastic Forums

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

Lovable Lists

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

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 11/21/2014

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

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

Awesome Art

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

Clip of the Week

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

Community Activities

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

Wonderful Wikis

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

Best of Blogs

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

Fantastic Forums

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

Lovable Lists

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

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 11/14/2014

Special Thanks to @buzz_clik for This Work of Art!

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

Awesome Art!

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

Clip of the Week

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

Community Activities

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

Wonderful Wikis

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

Best of Blogs

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

Fantastic Forums

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

Lovable Lists

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

Useful User Reviews

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