The Community Spotlight - 08/08/2014

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

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

Clip of the Week

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

Awesome Art

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

Community Activities

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

Wonderful Wikis

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

Best of Blogs

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

Fantastic Forums

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

Lovable Lists

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

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 08/01/2014

Special Thanks Go to @y2ken for Creating This Banner!

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

Clip(s) of the Week

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

Awesome Art

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

Community Activities

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

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

Wonderful Wikis

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

Best of Blogs

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

Fantastic Forums

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

Lovable Lists

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

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 07/25/2014

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

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

Clip of the Week

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

Community Activities

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

Wonderful Wikis

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

Best of Blogs

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

Fantastic Forums

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

Lovable Lists

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

Useful User Reviews

Special Thanks to Tharrington for this Barkerville Fanart!

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The Community Spotlight - 07/18/2014

Special Thanks to Pabba for This Work of Art

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

Status: Invulnerable

Clip of the Week

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

Community Activities

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

Wonderful Wikis

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

Best of Blogs

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

Fantastic Forums

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

Lovable Lists

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

Useful User Reviews

Special Thanks to Saik0u for This Work of Art!

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The Community Spotlight - 07/11/2014

Special Thanks to @viciousreiven For This Work of Art!

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

Clips of the Week

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

Community Activities

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

Wonderful Wikis

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

Best of Blogs

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

Fantastic Forums

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

Lovable Lists

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

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 07/04/2014 (The Ryan Davis, New Hire, and America Edition)

You May Be Gone Ryan, but the Memories you Have Provided are Forever

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, I am your host as always. To put it bluntly we had a lot of stuff happen this week. Firstly Dan Ryckert and Jason Oestreicher were revealed to be the new hires for Giant Bomb...something I may have accidentally played a role in. Please if you haven't done so already wish both Dan and Jason a hearty welcome over here. Now, some of you were disappointed with this announcement, and others defended the staff's choice. Between this all horrible stuff was directed towards people on this site and Twitter, and this is beyond unacceptable. Jeff has written a letter on why this is decidedly un-cool. As Jeff states in his letter we are re-examining the current Forum Rules to follow for the staff and moderation team to better handle situations like this. Please however realize that Giant Bomb will always be a place for civil and productive discussions and debates. This week also marks the one year anniversary of Ryan's passing. Patrick has written an incredibly powerful piece on why July 3rd is such an emotional day for him. As with last year feel free to name your favorite Ryan Davis moments here, and learn how you can get tested for Sleep Apnea. This week also saw the Giant Bomb community raising over $6,300 for SGDQ 2014! Also I have now re-named the old GiantBombSquad twitter account to the "GB Duders Feed" to provide a better name as to what the account is about and that it is also completely unofficial. The old GiantBombSquad account has now converted to the "Giant Bomb Mod Squad," it it will keep you updated on policy changes and moderator related news. Also if you are unable to log into your account feel free to DM that account. Now with that housekeeping aside let's get on with the Community Spotlight!

Clips of the Week

We have a bunch of videos this week! Two come from @turboman. The first video compiles the best Ryan Davis moments, and the second shows what happens when Speed Runners and Giant Bomb meet. @theburlaplemur has a new edition of his Bitesize Bomb, and this episode features the start of Jeff's obsession with Game Room as well as some of Brad's best cameos during Quick Looks. Cranzor on the other hand has created a video tribute to all of Giant Bomb, and Ryan especially.

Community Activities

  • GRID: Autosport GB Online Community Meetup Thread - For All Platforms - Post Your Gamertags/IDs Over Here!
  • Shovel Knight Code Sharing Thread - If you Discover Any Fun or Interesting Secret Codes in Shovel Knights Share Them Here!

Wonderful Wikis

So there was jack this week...Divinity was kind of the only big release this week. Also I have the best MOBA on this Spotlight. Finally will someone do more research on this Japanese McDonald's game? I need this.

Best of Blogs

To mark the one year passing of Ryan, Mezmero looks back on where he was on July 3rd. CharlesAlanRatliff on the other hand straight up sat on a cake in honor of Ryan. Finally thatpinguino discusses how Ryan's passing and the ending to Final Fantasy X impacted him emotionally. thatpinguino also has a new edition to his Final Fantasy 8 video series, and this episode examines the secrets in the game. Mento looks back on all of the games he bought during the GOG and Steam sales. Khessed did an "Amateur Bombastica" for The Quest of Rings for the Odyssey 2. Video_Game_King experienced the horrors of war and joys of slicing things up this week, whereas GrantHeaslip blew through a bunch of games on his Summer backlog. A new month means that BlackLagoon has another edition of his monthly Vita release blogs. CottoneUD is still plugging along in Persona 4 Golden with William Rikeru, and FakeKisser returns to blogging on Giant Bombwith a weekly update on the game he played. ArbitraryWater struck Metal Gear 4 from his gaming backlog, and Hailinel got retro by visiting the Seattle Retro gaming Expo. Bobafettajm is still doing great work on the Giant Bomb wiki and Wess has done the unthinkable...he has caught every Pokemon in Pokemon X/Y.

Fantastic Forums

As the 3rd marks the one year anniversary of Ryan's passing we have plenty of threads memorializing the man, the myth, and the legend. The first asks you to post pictures of yourself raising a glass to Ryan. Next we have Cranzor's video tribute to Ryan and the site in general, and finally give Gakon's Taswell Ipsum a shot. If you have been following Dan and Jason before they joined Giant Bomb share what are your favorite videos of theirs. Rorie has been working around the clock to make sure that the jerk posters on the site have been dealt with, so share some cute dog pictures or video to him as a sign of your appreciation. TruthTellah has systematically listed out links to every single archive to Summer Games Done Quick 2014. Feel free to discuss the new Divinity game, Shovel Knights, or what you think is the best format for Giant Bomb livestreams.

Lovable Lists

Jbrite has gone ahead and listed out his ten favorite RPGs released on the original PlayStation. Baalous on the other hand is working on a list of every single game that has drawn from H.P. Lovecraft, and if you can feel free to help him out in finding more examples.

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The Community Spotlight - 06/27/2014 (White Site > Black Site)

WHITE GIANT BOMB IS THE BEST GIANT BOMB! DOWN WITH THE HATERS!!!!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! You may have noticed some issues posting and commenting on the site around Friday. Unfortunately we were having mysql replication issues at the time, but we should be fine now. However, if you are having issues with Giant Bomb being a massive resource hog you should contact @mrpibb over here. Giant Bomb New York is still getting acclimated with their new studio, as seen from their recent test stream. A cool Twitter account worth following is the new "Giant Bomb Quotes" account which repeats the best cites the most memorable Giant Bomb moments. That account is WAY better than the Jeff Gerstmann fan Tumblr account that is a bunch of boob pictures in "dedication" to Jeff....Speaking of Jeff he recently was on an episode of GameSpot's The Lobby where he played and discussed EA Sports MMA with Danny and Ryan McDonald.

Clips of the Week

Remember when Jeff mention that he and Alex were in a rap video? Well that video has been posted...and not since Will Smith's "Nod Your Head" has the world seen such impressive head nodding for the sake of music. Oh and @theburlaplemur has a new edition of his Bitesize Bomb video series which is working to encapsulate the best moments of every Quick Look on the site.

Community Activities

  • Pokémon X/Y League Season 7 - Sign Up for the Next Season Now Over Here!
  • Sniper Elite III Co-Op Partners Thread - Play the Sniper Elite III Campaign with Another User and Shoot Some Dudes in the Balls Over Here!
  • Summer Games Done Quick 2014 Master Thread - Discuss the Speedruns and Learn How to Donate Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Shovel Knight has been getting a lot of attention this week with its impressive 2D pixel art style. Read more about it as well as GRID Autosport on our wonderful wiki!

Best of Blogs

The blog of the week comes from regularassmilk who recently became a father and poignantly discusses how video games have impacted his life and how they will impact the life of his son. GrantHeaslip dabble in the dark arts known as Space Channel 5: Part 2, whereas MikeLemmer fomented his own batch of witch's brew by continuing his adventures in Eve Online. Speaking of ill-fated follies Sparky_Buzzsaw challenged his brother and himself as to who could find the worse game on Steam under one dollar. JasonR86 wrote about why the Journal is a perfect game for anyone who enjoyed Gone Home. CottoneUD is still plugging along in Persona 4 Golden, whereas thatpinguino has a new "Deep Look" of Final Fantasy 8. Video_Game_King not only has his typical blog featuring two obscure or super Japanese games this week, but also has an update to his Let's Play of Katawa Shoujo. amazingafroman extrapolates on how perma-death and procedural generation could be used in the horror genre. dantey blogs about how he is using SCIENCE and statistics to improve his performance in Hearthstone. Bane on the other hand had a beast of a mission in XCOM which he shares for you to gloat about. midnightgreen20 rants about the status and legacy of the Street Fighter IV franchise, whereas devise22 explains why 1001 Spikes "cheap tricks" were not pleasing to him. Finally dankempster's Nuzlocke Challenge blog series may be over, but he has written a final retrospective worth looking over.

Fantastic Forums

eccentrix has created a Giant Bomb community TubeSynch account where he's playing Giant Bomb videos 24/7! Feel free to join and chat while watching some great videos. nivi has another ballad to the Giant Bomb duders, but this one is dedicated to Giant Bomb East, and Alex and Vinny. EA Sports MMA is the big game this week, and not only do we have a discussion thread for the game, but we also have a thread where users are sharing the horrible abominations people have been creating in the game. Feel free to vote on the Battlefield game you think had the best multiplayer; your Summer jams for 2014; and finally the latest update to Titanfall which has added emblems and additional voice acting.

Lovable Lists

smcn is the only list this week, but he makes up for it on creativity alone. smcn is listing all of the games where Jeff has created a virtual version of himself uncanny valley be damned. Help him out if you notice any gaps!

Useful User Reviews

Here's a More "Formal" Thanks to@fobwashed for the Art....

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The Community Spotlight - 06/20/2014

Special Thanks to for @brackynews for Giving Us "DRAKE CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW!"

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, I am your host as always! The site has officially recovered from E3 2014, and we are back in action! Before E3 2014 becomes a complete afterthought our very own @patrickklepek wants to have your feedback in regards to the site's coverage of E3! Whether you had an issue with any of the streams, or felt like their coverage contained gaps share your thoughts, in a civil manner, over here. Speaking of Patrick he recently made an appearance on GameTrailer's Bonus Round, you can get the links to the various streams over here. Patrick has also started a new podcast with @maxistentialist(Max Temkin) which is all about the television show LOST titled the "LOST Rewatch." GB user @eccentrix has set up a tube(synch) chatroom where you can chat while watching Giant Bomb videos 24/7. With that let's get on with the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight!

Clips of the Week

@turboman took time from his wrestling addiction to compile the best moments of Giant Bomb's E3 2014 coverage. @akyho combines Giant Bomb with the Persona 4 anime in a video tribute to Ryan. Finally the top video comes from @wallofbricks that compiles the most hilarious moments of the staff competing against each other.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Playstation 4 Destiny Group - Learn How to Join LINCOLN FORCE Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Ottawa Meetup - Meet Other Canadian Duders In Person By Heading Over Here!
  • Summer Games Done Quick 2014 Master Thread - Donate and Learn About the Event Here!
  • Pushmo World QR Code Sharing Thread - Share Your QR Codes Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Oh yeah...we have hit the Summer Gaming Drought. The notables this week are for WildStar and EA Sports UFC.

Best of Blogs

The top blog of the week comes from MikeLemmer, who decided to do something questionable...that being he decided to play Eve Online. Read all about his adventures and failures on his highly informative and entertaining blog. thatpinguino has two allocutions this week; the first being an extrapolation on how Splatoon is more revolutionary than most are giving it credit for, and the second is a deep look on the junctioning system in Final Fantasy VIII. Video_Game_King stretched his gaming juxtapositioning to a critical state with Penny Arcade and Doraemon as his featured games this week. Taking a note from Video_Game_King, smcn has a picture based Let's Play for 999. Mento's latest Comic Commish is all about the most prominent gaming moments of the first half of 2011. CottoneUD is still plugging along with Persona 4 Golden and has two new editions of his blog series. Despite the stupid title MooseyMcMan's blog enumerating his thoughts related to Watch_Dogs, Destiny, and E3 is worth reading. Speaking of E3 GB mod Marino has the video stats of which game trailers and E3 videos were the most popular, meanwhile DarthOrange listed out the five games that impressed him the most from E3 2014. FLStyle has an event list and itinerary for CEO 2014 for fighting game fans to review. Benspyda delineates why he's still playing Skyrim all of these years after its release. Sarumarine recounts every track in Mario Kart 8 and reviews them. bobafettjm is still doing great work on the wiki and you can read about his wiki related activity this week. Finally ArbitraryWater shares his conflicted thoughts concomitant to Final Fantasy XIII.

Fantastic Forums

The Steam Summer Sale is here! Remember to discuss your purchases and the discounts you are looking forward to on the Master Thread. Please thank both akyho and wallofbricks for making some fantastic Giant Bomb themed videos this week. Join the discussion as to how you think ad revenue for popular live streams and let's plays should be distributed. As already mentioned Patrick and Max Temkin have started a new Lost (T.V. show) themed podcast so discuss the points made during the podcast, or follow them in their journey on the site. Feel free to discuss your favorite new IP revealed during E3, Dead Rising 3 Super Ultra Whatever, and...if you would want free gas for three years or free Air Jordans for life.

Lovable Lists

In an attempt to thumb his nose towards a certain video game publisher/developer DevourerOfTime has annotated every game that had a presence at E3 2014 that featured a playable female character. Kindgineer on the other hand has taken the time to list out his top ten favorite games of all time.

Useful User Reviews

Best of Luck to John Drake in His Future Endeavors!

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The Community Spotlight - 06/13/2014 (E3 2014 Postmortem Edition!)

Thanks Greg Miller....

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! Well everyone it appears that we have survived E3 2014! That said there's something we all need to talk about in regards to E3 and this community. Rorie and the entire Giant Bomb moderation team were truly disturbed by the behavior of many users on the live chat during the Giant Bomb Live! streams. Not only did many of you take the time to insult members of the staff, but many more made it their prerogative to insult our the guest panelists on the chat. If you were not already aware let it be known that the Forum Rules apply to your behavior on the live chat at all times. Flagrant violations on the chat will result in your accounts being warned, or even disabled on the main site. If you disagree with comments expressed by any of our guests during a live stream all of your criticism must be expressed in a civil manner. Rorie would like to remind all of you that Giant Bomb is an English language website. If you comment on the chat in a language that we do not understand we will assume that your comment is in violation of the Forum Rules, and you will suspended from using the chat for the remainder of the day. This may sound harsh in light of the hilarious and great moments that the staff provided all of us during E3. However, every single one of you should know that your behavior is a reflection of this community and this website. Do not do us a disservice on the chat, or anywhere for that matter. Please, abide by our Golden Rule and don't be a jerk. Let's try to lock up all of this inappropriate behavior and throw away the key.

E3 2014 STUFF!

Staff E3 2014 Videos

E3 2014 Bombcast Panels

User Created E3 2014 Blogs

Conference & New Game Discussion Threads

E3 Anticipation Lists

Regular (But Still Awesome Stuff)

Clips of the Week

So Oxyrain on YouTube has created all of the Giant Bomb staff in Tomodachi Life and is planning on making a musical using them The following clip is the first act of his musical. Speaking of Tomodachi Life here's a batch of QR codes from @stiftnuersel that allow you to upload a Giant Bomb staff "Rap Group" to your game. Is Rap not your thing? Well don't worry because @sharkosaur has created the Giant Bomb staff (including Ryan) as Boy Band members.

Community Activities

  • PSN Destiny Clan - Join Clan VinnCo for the PSN Alpha Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Londoner Meet-Up - ALL SET FOR JULY 5th - Get the Details Over Here!

Best of Blogs

Giant Bomb mod Mento decided to provide the entire community with a blog series alternative to the E3 onslaught...which all of you proceeded to not read. So check that out as it is all about games from Legend Entertainment. Video_Game_King tackled Soul Reaver (again) and (not) a Japanese porn game. CottoneUD is still plugging away in Persona 4 Golden, and Sweep shares his opinions on the demographics in video games.

Fantastic Forums

We have nothing but hard hitting questions this week. Like is Dave Lang a meme machine or an actual person? Then there''s this thing called the World Cup that is happening right now. If you want your discussion threads on a video game website to be about actual video games...well we still have you covered. The Steam Summer Sale is drawing nigh, and all sorts of games worth talking about from the Destiny alpha to Tomodachi Life.

Lovable Lists

In effort to challenge the notion that all of the "big" games are coming out in 2015 benspyda has created a "purchasing guide" of the notable games worth purchasing that are coming out this year. FakeKisser on the other hand has a list of games that he plans to strike off from his "gaming backlog" during the Summer.

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Potent Podcasts

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The Community Spotlight - 06/06/2014 (Let's Enjoy E3 Together!)

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! The staff have left the building and are moving to L.A. in order to prepare for E3! This year expect full commentary of the console and big developer streams. Speaking of which please remember to check out our E3 2014 guidebook, as seen below, to make the lives of the staff and mods a bit easier. Now on a more somber note this week was Ryan's birthday. Please remember to love Ryan Davis. It was also the birthday of John Drake.

E3 2014 Stuff

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Mario Kart 8 Tournament Code - Join the Fun Over Here!
  • Share Your Mii for Tomodachi Life - Post Your QR Codes Over Here!
  • WildStar PVP Server - Join @snide on Exiles on Warbringer By Heading Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb London Meetup - All Set for July 5th at Meltdown London - Get the Details Over Here!
  • TrackMania 2 Canyon Sever- @ltsquigs is Running a Sever - Find it by Searching for "Unofficial Giant Bomb!"

Community Art

Thanks go to @zgoon @monkeyking1969 @sgtsphynx @icyeyes for all of this great art!

Clip of the Week

A hearty thanks go to @patbaer for re-reminding us all that Ryan was a Golden Girl on top of being a great human being. Second, someone on YouTube has re-uploaded every single episode of the NDX podcast. Here's the first episode for your enjoyment.

Wonderful Wikis

E3 2014 is coming up...I think I said that. Oh, and someone did some great work on the Pump it Up franchise page.

Best of Blogs

Shivoa tackles the prickly issue of consumer protection with the proliferation of digital games and marketplaces. Yummylee breaks down why and how a survival horror Resident Evil game could exist today. Mento re-examines and wraps up a slew of games he previous played as part of his May Melange blog series. Video_Game_King went hot and cold this week with Little Inferno and Snow Brothers. Eccentrix has been playing Wake-Up Club since it came out, and shares why it has replaced his alarm clock. CottoneUD has part sixteen of his picture Let's Play detailing his adventures in Persona 4 Golden. thatpinguino tackled American football with a humorously sarcastic review. Charlie_Victor_Bravo is joining @fobwashed and @chaser324 in a most likely ill-fated folly to make a game featuring the Giant Bomb staff. Pabba has three webcomics that humorously depict the three games he played this week. bonbolapti joins Jeff in expressing slight disappointment in regards to Watch Dogs. MikeLemmer is back with a new edition of his Tropico 5 Let's Play about his efforts to create a tourist empire. GrantHeaslip decided to go back in time with Metal Gear Solid 3 this week. PerfidiousSinn jumped into the next generation with...iOS games. FinalDasa has a June movie preview, and Praxis has a handful of awesome Doom fan map packs. Finally MajorMitch has his monthly wrap up blog, and BlackLagoon has a new monthly list of the Vita games.

Fantastic Forums

Feel free to discuss your thought about the new Live Chat, Mario Kart 64, and which piece of content is the best on the site. Also feel free to explain the game you are hoping to hear more about during E3, what you think about Ultra Street Fighter IV, and the best game with "dog" in the title.

Lovable Lists

FunADOG has started working on a list of every single open world game that he has 100%-ed. Capt_Blakhelm has a massive list of co-op shooters both good and bad. DevourerOfTime on the other hand has constructed a list of of games he intends to strike from his backlog during the Summer.

Useful User Reviews

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