The Community Spotlight - 05/30/2014

Special Thanks to gelatinousgelboy for this Charmingly Garrulous Artwork!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! E3 is drawing nigh my friends, and Vinny has officially relocated to New York! Issues with the chat should be fixed, however many of you may have noticed that there are issues with the notification system. For now file a big report over here to keep the engineers updated. Mr. Rorie would also like to inform everyone that he has a survey pertaining to Giant Bomb's subscription model. Mr. Rorie is also polling the community in regards to the status of the "Friends tab" on the Giant Bomb Live Chat. If you hate to see that feature go, tell him! Oh and for those of you that are looking forward to the Giant Bomb Moderator Run E3 Banner Contests...they are coming soon!

Community Art

Many thanks go to @monkeyking1969 @damodar @icyeyes @rustyaries @graboids @monkeyman04 @wrecks @spacedongle @wifipirate @glenmanalo(Tumblr) @grimgrinninggoats(Tumblr)

Community Activities

  • Watch Dogs Community Player List - All Platforms Welcome - Post Your XBL/PSN/UPlay/Steam IDs Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Minecraft Feed the Beast Monster Sever - Join Our Community Run FTB Server Over Here!
  • UK Duder Meetup - Help Plan Out a Potential UK User Meetup Over Here!

Clip of the Week

A big hearty thank you is in-store for @maddenedman for creating a musical ballad in tribute to Ryan! @turboman also continues to nail it with his Best of Giant Bomb video series.

Wonderful Wikis

Great recent work has resulted in impressive wiki pages for the latest Wolfenstein game as well as our Beam Breakers page. Do you know anything about Drakengard games? Because I sure as Hell don't!

Best of Blogs

As indicated above a big special thanks goes to MaddenedMan for creating his tribute ballad to Ryan Davis! thatpinguino on the other hand got meditative with a blog on how player choice allows for gamers to learn more about themselves. TurboMan wants you to provide some input on his latest and awesome Best of Giant Bomb video. bdhurkett went through Hell and back again to just install Microsoft Flight Simulator X, and talks about what went so horribly wrong. FinalDasa discusses the importance that KOTOR has had on him, and why he is interested in re-exploring it. bobafettjm has another wiki update on his GB wiki activity as well as his Steam Card plans. Mento and MikeLemmer both hit it out of the park this week for continuing their respective blog series, and then some. Video_Game_King dabbled in the Land of the Rising Sun, but didn't make any The Vapors jokes...so good on him. Speaking of Japan, DocHaus only partially dabbled in the dark world of "anime," but also has video games on his latest blog. DevourerOfTime wraps up his countdown of games he is excited to play this year, whereas demoskinos summarizes his gaming year thus far. Praxis has another user created map pack that you should read about. MooseyMcMan finished Transistor and shares his mostly positive thoughts about the game. Tarfuin may be playing catch up but he finally finished Dark Souls II and wrote all about his final thoughts on the game. dankempster extrapolates on his victory in Fuchsia City on his latest Nuzlocke Challenge blog, and finally StarvingGamer hosts his own TANG related to Street Fighter: Assassin's Fists.

Fantastic Forums

WE HAVE ENTERED THE UNCANNY VALLEY EVERYONE! That is to say that jman204's attempts at pasting Bard's face on a Dota 2 hero have resulted in..."results." Sweep wants you to join him in discussing what goes into a good in-game mini-map, whereas emofratparty wants you to join him in sharing your ideas for future video content on Giant Bomb, either for GBNY, SF, or Chicago. All that and plenty of discussion thread pertaining to the slew of big games that came out this week.

Lovable Lists

Many of you may be surprised to learn that resident Resident Evil fanatic Yummylee hasn;t actually played every game in the franchise. Check out list to see which games he hasn't played in his "beloved" franchise and why. fisk0 on the other hand has created a comprehensive list of very single games he owns for Nintendo consoles.

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 05/23/2014 (GBNY In Full Force!)

@benspyda Thanks for the Banner This Week!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! As many of you now know our very own Vinny Caravella plans on relocating to New York City in the near future. Vinny will be joining Alex Navarro to provide the site with a deluge of East Coast based content the site and will not be leaving entirely. Vinny has written an article detailing his plans for the future over here. As you might expect Jeff, and the rest of the staff, have plans to "shake things up" for the Bombcast, and the team is already narrowing down the field for the prospective new associate editor position. Now on to bugs! For many of you that have tried joining us on the live chat the last couple of time you may have noticed that there has been a little "funkiness." The engineers plan on ironing out the chat issues so it will be all set for the insanity of E3. Finally join everyone else in thanking Rorie, Alexis, Drew, and Danny for doing the Operation Supply Drop live stream last weekend.

More GBNY Fan Art

Thanks go to @sgtsphynx @monkeyman04 @tom_omb @bulby33 @finaldasa @evophile @beyond_the_infinite @msx2 @zleunamme @selbie @blurienh @graboids @damodar @topcat88 @professoress @purplespandex @screamingghost @chumley_marchbanks @monkeyking1969 for making all of this Great GBNY fanart!

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb New York Banner/Logo Creation Thread - Create Banners for the Newly Expanded GBNY Division Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Hearthstone Community Tournament - All Set for June 1st - Signup Over Here!
  • Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign Giant Bomb Community Guild is Recruiting - Join Other Users in Marvel Puzzle Quest By Heading Over Here!

Clip of the Week

We see the return of animated versions of the Giant Bombcast this week with the staff's war against nature as the featured segment for this clip. Also, we have John Drake singing. There's nothing else to say.

Wonderful Wikis

Transistor is the big game of the week, to be expected there is much love for Supergiant Games' latest hot product. Yummylee (again) threatened to strap me down again unless I showcased some stuff he did on a Resident Evil page...this time he used used Paul W.S. Anderson's films as a threat.

Best of Blogs

The top blog of the week comes from Wrighteous86 who has recently become engaged to fellow Giant Bomb user DuskVamp! So wish them the best in their future! ViciousBearMauling saw the film adaptation of Person 3 and details why he feels it was more successful in adapting the spirit of the Persona franchise than the Persona 4 anime. LordAndrew celebrated the end of Wi-Fi support on the Wii the only way he knew...by playing a bunch of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. bobafettjm is back as to be expected with a summary of his Steam gaming and plans for the Giant Bomb wiki. Also back like clockwork are Mento, with two new editions of his May Melange blog series, and Video_Game_King with a contrarian perspective related to Half-Life 2: Episode Two. MikeLemmer has a blog explaining why the game he's most looking forward to playing is Tropico 5. GrantHeaslip graces us with two blogs this week. The first extrapolates on the flawed but enjoyable Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and the second expands on why he thinks Spirit Tracks may be one of the worst games in the main Legend of Zelda franchise. With some decent sunlight crithon decided to go back to Boktai and blogs about why he still feels conflicted about the game. Praxis has another travelogue related to his dark descent into the mad world of user created maps for Doom. On a similar note asurg blogged about why he loves modding games and messing around with the Steam Workshop. StarvingGamer breaks down Wizards of the Coast's lawsuit against HEX and what this may mean for future Kickstarter and card battle games. Using Super Time Force as a case study TheMasterDS details his penchant for large casts in video games. Fighting game fans should check out FLStyle's blog that has the event list for the tenth and final edition of UFGTX! JJWeatherman stands up for Monument Valley and details why it's a little game worth checking out. Dakempster has a new edition of his Pokemon FireRed let's play, and finally regularassmilk uses Phil Fish to lament the rapid end of artists as game developers.

Fantastic Forums

Transistor is out and you all should feel free to join the community discussion about the game, positive or negative, on our discussion thread. Also join our discussions over which games you would play on an Unprofessional Fridays segment, as well as sharing old games that you continue to find yourself discovering new stuff in. There is also a community effort to develop lyrics for "Barkerville," ala John Drake, and talking Jeff appearance on the latest Bonus Round!

Lovable Lists

Inspired by Transistor Mento has started working on a list of anthropomorphic weapons in video games. If you notice any gaps in his fossil records to chime in with recommendations. Taku128 on the other hand has finally gotten around to listing out the games from the last generation that really struck a cord with him.

Useful User Reviews

Potent Podcasts

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The Community Spotlight - 05/16/2014

davesavedtheday on Tumblr Envisioned Jeff as a Wrestlemania 2000 Character....

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! So you may noticed that this week I bumped the "Clips of the Week" section in favor of the "Community Activities" section. The reason is that Matthes Rorie, Danny O'Dwyer, and Dave Lang all need YOUR HELP in raising money to get games for members of the American Armed Forces! Not only that but all three of them will be hosting 24 hour streams to help raise money for a good cause. So check out the links and hopefully donate money to a good cause. Finally @Trace(Formerly known as PsEG) wants your help to create his iRacing team some cool Giant Bomb themed car art! With that let's move on to the next edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight!

Community Activities

Clip of the Week

Will there be a Kinect-less Xbox One? As this video correctly establishes, NO! Also, JayKayProd on YouTube has created a great radio styled intro for the Giant Bombcast.

Wonderful Wikis

Special thanks go to @wemibelec90 and @bobafettjm for improving the Dysfunction Systems and 4-9n-1 Fun Pak game pages respectively. Finally Super Time Force is the game of the week which you can learn more about on of wiki page.

Best of Blogs

Join me in issuing a big "thank you," to floobar and robtea for both developing awesome apps/extensions for Giant Bomb! floobar has created an extension where you can use a search engine to explore Giant Bomb's video database. Robtea on the other hand has an application that automatically lists/pulls all parts to multi-part videos on Giant Bomb, which makes watching the ExtraLife Stream monumentally easier. Moving on Fobwashed wants to know where you live...for helping him to map out the geographic locations of the Giant Bomb community. Mento has three new parts to his May Madness Melange blog series. Bobafettjm has an update on his awesome wiki editing activity, whereas LordAndrew is back with a progress report on his foray in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as online for Wii gets shutdown. thatpinguino is back to hid old tricks and is talking about Final Fantasy nonsense, but this time it's about sports commentary and blitzball. Video_Game_King plays porn games for the sex, and ArbitraryWater "rambled" about Dark Souls and what his experiences with it have been. Pabba rounds up the games he played this week in three wonderful webcomics. Demoskinos re-kindled his love for Final Fantasy XIV and explains why. Praxis got nostalgic and re-examined some of the good, bad, and downright mean user created maps for Doom. YukoAsho shares her thoughts on the evolution and future of the Xbox Kinect. Ninnanuam played Call of Duty: Ghost and Titanfall and extrapolates on what he thinks both games could learn from each other. Sparklykiss showcases her humorous her feelings related to Stick it to the Man, Trials Fusion, Mercenary Kings. MooseyMcMan played ctach up this week with Spec Ops: The Line being the big game he recently played. emofratparty recently got to interview Patrick and you can check it out on his blog. Finally dankempster is still trying to catch 'em all in his Pokemon FireRed Nuzlocke Challenge playthrough, and DevourerofTime has ten more game that have yet to come out that he is excited to play.

Fantastic Forums

This week Jeffrud gives a break down of where the money he raised for GBC3R went. Next johnbon is looking to organize a Giant Bomb duders meetup for any Dubliners that there may be. Finally feel free to join the discussion threads for Episode Three of The Walking Dead: Season Two, Scram Kitty for the WiiU, and the new Godzilla film.

Lovable Lists

Last weekend was Mothers Day and as a result Hailinel has created a belated list of good mothers in video games. On the other hand ArbitraryWater's list of games he has played extensively in 2014 has gotten "meaty."

Useful User Reviews

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The Community Spotlight - 05/09/2014

Remember to Celebrate Mother's Day by Buying Yourself a Giant Bomb Subscription!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! First off as seen above Giant Bomb is hosting a Mother's Day premium subscription sale where you can buy a yearlong subscription for just $35! Read more about the sale over here. Giant Bomb is also a new Reddit Gold partner! However, this is all avoiding the real big news this week which is Giant Bomb is hiring. If you haven't heard Giant Bomb is looking for an associate editor as well as a summer web design intern. For those asking about video interns, Jeff and the other staff have no plans of restarting the old video internship program from the Whiskey Media days. Finally...may God have mercy on all of us...Jeff has re-enabled anonymous questions on his Tumblr account.

Clips of the Week

@theburlaplemur returns with a new edition of his Bitesize Bomb video series which seeks to locate the best moments of every Quick Look on Giant Bomb. fistop on the other hand has taken scenes from teh Kinect Sports Rivals Quick Look to create a "compelling" commercial for the game.

Community Activities

  • Arma 3 Zeus Giant Bomb Community Game Nights - Join the Fun By Heading Over Here!
  • Share Your WarioWare DIY Content Over Here! [Deadline: May 20]

Wonderful Wikis

The first four pages serve as a "Best Hits" showcase of the great wiki work that @hailinel and @yummylee have done now that they have broken the 200k and 100k point barriers respectively! We also have awesome wiki pages for Mario Golf and Kirby for the 3DS.

Best of Blogs

PAX Prime is also coming up and Fobwashed is going to plan another potentially ill-conceived t-shirt sale for Giant Bomb attendees at the cost of his sanity. We also had two major wiki breakthroughs this week! First Hailinel broke the 200k mark, and shortly after that Yummylee broke the 100K mark! Not to be left behind in regards to the wiki bobafettjm has another update on his weekly wiki activity. Meanwhile Pufferfiz completed his April Game Jam and you can read about his final thoughts on the event, and even play the game he made on his blog. LordAndrew is chronicling the Great Wii Wi-Fi Disconnection by plugging in hours into Smash Bros. Brawl online...and no you can still not have "Project M" on the database, please leave me alone. Video_Game_King got kinky with duck based Anatidae, with Ducktales Remastered and Maui Mallard this week. Mento whipped up two episodes of his May Madness blog series. One examined indie horror games, and the other featured a menagerie of game sequels. SgtSphynx wrote the most "impassioned" blog this week with a plea on how "inverted" controls are the real "normal" controls. MikeLemmer has two blogs examining SMITE. The first details why the core mechanics add some fresh air to the MOBA format, but he also pontificates on how the game's depiction of its female avatars could sway away newcomers from the game. Similarly morecowbell24 breaks down why the Dota 2 online community has completely soured his experience with the game. Hurricanehaines shares his doubt that the next generation of consoles and games will see any improvement in the quality of movie tie-ins. BalineBlaine ponders on the questionable pricing of the Analogue Nt, whereas YukoAsho shares her experiences with the Super Retro Trio. GrantHeaslip articulates why he found Mario & Luigi: Dream Team wanting, and BlazeHedgehog has a wonderfully edited and comprehensive video review of DKC: Tropical Freeze worth checking out. Pezen attempts to exprolate on why he enjoyed Bioshock Infinite despite not enjoy previous entries in the franchise. Finally MajorMitch rounded up the games he played this week, and DevourerofTime lists off the games he's excited to play this summer.

Fantastic Forums

Special thanks go to atholm who has used the Giant Bomb API to create an easy to navigate app on iOS for the Giant Bomb wiki database. It's closer than any of the staff are ready to admit, but feel free to join our 2014 E3 prediction and speculation thread. We also have discussion thread for the Spring Humble Bundle as well as for the Wildstar open beta. Finally join other users in chronicling the best random/impulse purchases you have made.

Lovable Lists

First off Hailinel has a list version of his top wiki submissions that pushed him over the 200k mark. On the other hand WingWithGusto has a list of the games that effectively map out his gaming tastes and preferences.

Useful User Reviews

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

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

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

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

Clips of the Week

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

Community Activities

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

Wonderful Wikis

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

Best of Blogs

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

Fantastic Forums

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

Lovable Lists

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

Useful User Reviews

More Staff Fanart

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

Not Fanart but Still an Awesome Picture from @dannyodwyer

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The Community Spotlight - 04/25/2014

Special Thanks to DorkyMohr for this Work of Art!

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

Clips of the Week

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

Community Activities

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

Wonderful Wikis

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

Best of Blogs

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

Fantastic Forums

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

Lovable Lists

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

Useful User Reviews

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

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

Special Thanks to @humanity for the Banner!

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

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

Clips of the Week

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

Community Activities

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

Wonderful Wikis

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

Best of Blogs

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

Fantastic Forums

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

Lovable Lists

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

Useful User Reviews

MORE GIANT BOMB ART!

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

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The Community Spotlight - 04/11/2014

Special Thanks to Spam Musubi for Locating This Image!

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

Giant Bomb PAX East 2014 Stuff

Clips of the Week

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

Community Activities

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

Wonderful Wikis

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

Best of Blogs

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

Fantastic Forums

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

Lovable Lists

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

Useful User Reviews

Potent Podcasts

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The Community Spotlight - 04/03/2014

Special Thanks to Saik0u for the Banner This Week!

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

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

Clips of the Week

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

Community Activities

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

Wonderful Wikis

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

Best of Blogs

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

Fantastic Forums

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

Lovable Lists

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

Useful User Reviews

Potent Podcasts

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Spotlight and Personal News

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

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

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