The Community Spotlight - 11/01/2013

Be There or Be EVIL!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! As you can see from the Banner this weekend is all about Extra Life! For those that don''t know Extra Life is a yearly livestream fundraiser where the proceeds go to help buy toys and games for sick kids! It is a great charity and every little bit counts. Also, there will be plenty of users and staff playing games for your own entertainment! Beyond that the site issues from earlier in the week have been remedied. Also if you already have a Christmas themed avatar...you are a bad person.

Clip(s) of the Week

We have yet another edition of TurboMan's Best of Giant Bomb Quick Look video series! This one is all about Brad playing Doom II and falling asleep. The other video comes from TheBurlapLemur whose BiteSize Bomb video series is still going through every single Quick Look to discover the best moments of each.

Everything Extra Life

  • Extra-Life 2013 Giant Bomb Team! - Play Games, Heal Kids - Join the Effort and Find the Streams Here!
  • Giant Bomb Staff Plans of Extra Life - Get the Times for Brad, Alexis, Drew, Jeff, and Rorie Here!
  • Giant Bomb Animation Live - Watch LackingSaint make An Animated Movie for Extra Life Here!
  • Rock Band 3 Career Mode Livestream - Help IrrelevantJohn Finsih the Career Mode in Rock Band 3 for Extra Life Over Here!

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Official Battlefield 4 Server - Join and Support the Server Here!
  • Battlefield 4 Origin ID Trading Thread - Hook Up with Other Users Here!
  • Assassin's Creed IV PS3 Friends List - Join the List for Online Play Here!

Wonderful Wikis

The big games are finally coming! This week we were graced by Battlefield 4 and Assassin's Creed IV, which both have awesome wiki pages! Finally we have officially changed the "Xbox Live Arcade/Marketplace" platform page to "Xbox Games Store" as per Microsoft's re-branding of the service.

Best of Blogs

If Drew were an alpaca would you still love him? Well know you can find out because Seroth has made a plushie llama version of pilot Drew. jakob187 is back this year to do his annual Black Friday blog! Help him create a comprehensive guide of the best Black Friday deals this year. BackLagoon on the other hand is back to share his monthly annotation of the games coming out for the PlayStation Vita. isomeri presents his early impressions of the next generation of consoles as someone who has played with both. MooseyMcMan decided to heed the advice of Vinny and played Sleepy Dogs, and has written up a blog of his insane adventures. Video_Game_King has a Halloween themed blog, but also completed Dragon Quest V. Similarly, Mento has finished his Octurbo blog series with Splatterhouse, but starts up a new blog series about the previous generation of games. PsEG reminds you that he has not stopped playing iRacing, but has just had a couple of speed bumps. Music maestro Hamst3r has a new music track for you to listen and enjoy. Sarumarine has been having a good deal of fun with GTA Online and breaks down exactly how. ArbitraryWater has been all about his 3DS this week with Pokemon and Phoenix Wright taking up most of his time. On the flip side Hailinel comments on Ouendan being the high water mark of developer iNiS and shares which are his favorite levels from the franchise. MisterBananaFoam has decided to go back to the first Jack and Daxter game and comments on how well the game holds up. Finally, check out Wuddel's blog(s) about his efforts to build a gaming PC for some good old fashioned schadenfreude.

Fantastic Forums

The Sega Genesis/Mega Drive is now over 25 years old! Celebrate the occasion by discussing your memories with console and reminisce upon how this makes you feel really old. Do you have a style or type of boss battle that you prefer? Well talk about on the discussion thread about what makes for fun boss battles. Finally, Jeffrud is wondering if any of you would be interested in joining a community Pathfinder session via Skype/Google Hangout. If you are interested in joining the fun drop a yelp.

Lovable Lists

Did you ever notice how a lot of the original 150 Pokemon were kind of creepy? Well I_Stay_Puft sure did and has made a list articulating this point. HallwayGiant decided to call it early and has a tentative Game of the Year List for 2013...Jesus I have to start think about that already.

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The Community Spotlight - 10/25/2013

Special Thanks to B0nd07 for teh Banner and Best of Luck to the Giant Bomb Racing League!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! As seen below Patrick's TEDx talk went well. For fans of the Bombcast that are looking for a recording of Vinny's Bombcast remix, here you go. Also from Tumblr is Jeff inverting your understanding of the Giant Bomb reviewing system. For those of you that may have had issues with the site earlier they have been fixed, and were a result of the operations layer shutting down. @alexisg would like you to know that if the font on the site look weird or poorly compress that's because of the Windows Chrome dev team. Now with that housekeeping done let's get on with the Spotlight, as you will quickly see we have a myriad of event coming up, most notably for raising money for charity!

Clip(s) of the Week

The first clip of the week that we have is Patrick's TEDx talk, which is a must see for everyone who hasn't seen it yet. If everyone on the internet obeyed Patrick's logic I wouldn't have to moderate the forums....The next clip comes from @turboman with yet another episode of his Best of Giant Bomb Quick Look, with this one being themed about the next generation of consoles. The final clip is a compilation by @questionmarkman of every single on of Brad's deaths from his Volgarr livestream:

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run 2! - October 26th - Help Raise Money for Child's Play THIS WEEKEND!
  • Extra-Life 2013 Giant Bomb Team! - Play Games, Heal Kids - Set for Nov. 2nd - Join the Community Effort to HELP SICK KIDS Here!
  • Giant Bomb Official Battlefield 4 PC Server (Details Inside) - The BF 4 Company Needs YOUR Help in Raising Money for a Community Server Here!
  • Giant Bomb Community Pokémon X/Y Trading Thread - Propose or Complete Possible Trades Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Importer Community Thread - Hook Up with Other Users that Plan on Importing the Game Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Batman: Arkham Origins is the big game of the week this week and it has an appropriately detailed wiki page. The same can be said of Sonic Lost World. Finally we have the concept page of the week which is "Butt Attack."

Best of Blogs

Everyone give Marino a round of applause for officially adding his 2,000th wiki page to the Giant Bomb database! This is an accomplishment five years in the making. dain22 decided to throw in his hat with the Bombcast remixes and has created a spicy Latin inspired remix. GrantHeaslip is getting around to a couple of games that he's been meaning to play such as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and his first Kingdom Hearts game. Mento is still dabbling in the dark arts known as TurboGrafx-16 games, with Parasol Stars being his most recent adventure. Menace to society Video_Game_King played a couple of action bullet hell games in the form of Liberation Maiden and Ikaruga and breaks down why he recommends both. MarkWahlberg has written a blog explaining why he felt compelled to write a review for GTA V, and also what he thinks of Gone Home and The Stanley Parable. halomaste19 pontificates upon how long it will be until we see a Next-Gen only Call of Duty game, seeing how FIFA 14 is still coming out for PS2. Phatmac has finally bit the bullet and decided to buy his first Pokemon game in a while and discusses how he perceives the evolution of the franchise. Stubbleman has the third part to his blog series about the voice acting credits of Liam O'Brien. MooseyMcMan has struck out a slew of games from his gaming backlog from GTA V to Ico. TepidShark has created a video mashup of singing a short song eloquently titled "Race Truckin.'" The_Nubster has finally completed Minerva's Den for Bioshock 2, and explains why the experience is well worth the price of admission. Finally Granderojo examines the first episode of The Wolf Among Us as a fan of the Fables comic book series.

Fantastic Forums

IrrelevantJohn is joining the ExtraLife fundraiser next week but he wants YOU to join him as he plays Rock Band 3 as part of his 24 hour pledge. PAX East 2014 has already sold out all of its three day passes, so how many of you are going? If you are join the roll call and possibly hook-up with other users going as well. Not be left out the next PAX Australia has been announced, and Aussies should feel free to talk about the new location on the discussion thread. Candy Box 2 has rolled out and if you need help with a quest or riddle drop a yelp on the thread. iRacers should feel free to talk about the new season, and everyone else should join the war against those that are racist against mustard.

Lovable Lists

If you are in the mood for something a little on the NSFW side alo81 is working on a list of every commercial game released with an AO ESRB rating. Mento on the other hand...should be shot for the title of his list about video game ladies with spears.

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The Community Spotlight - 10/18/2013

Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Number One in the Hood G!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! First off wish @patrickklepek the best of luck on his Tedx lecture this weekend. If you are going to be in or around Dearbourne, Michigan this Saturday go ahead and join Patrick for a dinner and drink at Howell's Bar on 10pm. Patrick will try to have a link to the stream this morning so keep an eye on his Twitter account. Art master @aurahack has created an awesome banner for the iRacing Race Night crew.

Clip(s) of the Week

  • Video making machine @turboman still is crazy for Patrick and has compiled a best of video of Spookin' with scoops a la his latest edition of his Best of Giant Bomb Quick Look video series. Also cloud rap producer Friendzone has created a song in tribute to Ryan Davis.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Community Pokémon X/Y Tournament - Get the Details on When You Can Sign Up Here!
  • Pokémon X/Y Friends Code Trading thread - Hook Up with Other Giant Bomb Pokémon Masters Here!

Wonderful Wikis

The industry is a buzz about the Stanley Parable, but let me take the time to explain the differences between the two pages. One is for the original source mod, which the staff deemed to be significant enough to warrant having a wiki page. The second is what formerly had been known as the "HD Remix," but as it is now being sold as simply "The Stanley Parable," the title has been changed. The demo version of The Stanley Parable, while significant in its own right, does not warrant its own wiki page. With that aside we also have a fantastic wiki page detailing what is new in the director's cut version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and also a detailed list of the villains and heroes in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Finally your oddball wiki concept page of the week is "Fictional Real Holidays."

Best of Blog

FluxWavez shares his thought process when deciding on a main when playing fighting games. GunstarRed mounts a slight defense for Sonic Lost World, while admitting to many of the games' faults. MMMman has taken up the mantel of compiling the most important video game news of the week and adding his thoughts on them. Mento is still playing TurboGrafx-16, and this week he keeps with the Halloween theme with a picture Let's Play of Ghost Manor. Video_Game_King wasn't exactly a fan of Halo or Tomb Raider, but that didn't stop him from playing Halo 4 and Tomb Raider III. buckybit decided to check out most of the games that the Giant Bomb Flight Club has played, but in 3D! ArbitraryWater completed Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, but as a fan of the franchise explains why he feels iffy about the game. Wrighteous85 tell you about his ghost problem, even though it disappoints The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe. MajorMitch tries to figure out why video game backlog form in the first place for him. Marokai explains exactly why you should avoid Dewy's Adventure, and also why he rage quit on the last boss in the game. The_Nubster finally got around to playing Minerva's Den for Bioshock 2, whereas Nekusakuraba finally played through The Witcher.

Fantastic Forums

As seen from the banner the smash hit of the week is Giant Bomb being referenced in Aqua Teen Hunger Force. As Jeff explains, ATHF was a major inspiration for Time Trotters. How good of a father is bobface? He posted a video of his 16 month year old dancing to the Bombcast theme! we have discussion threads for The Stanley Parable, the first episode of The Wolf Among Us, and the new Dota patch. Also share you stance on Steam Early Access, and games that scared you when you were a child.

Lovable Lists

Remember when Nintendo of America replaced alcohol references with milk? Well Mento has a list of all the examples of that white washing and other attempts to censor alcohol use in Western releases. Pepsiman has a list of games that have not and very likely will not be released in the West that he would love to translate himself. Jacksukeru has his favorite Pokemon now that a new Pokemon game has come out. Finally ArbitraryWater decided to bang on a keyboard like a toddler.

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The Community Spotlight - 10/11/2013

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I am your host as always, and it's time to rejoice! The new GameSpot has been launched! Now a majority of the Giant Bomb engineering and design team will be moved back to fix the bugs and issues related to the site. A new revision of the video player is coming soon, but in the mean time try out the GameSpot 404 error mini-game. For those wanting their minds blown someone on YouTube has discovered that Jeff referenced Ryan's cake sitting story two years before the tale was actually told. Finally for some reason I have a lot of fan art inspired by the Pathfinder video. So I'll put a gallery of the best ones right here:

Clip(s) of the Week

Another unusual thing about this week is that I have more clips and videos than I can shake a stick at. So go ahead and pick your poison, they are all great!

Community Activities

  • Pokémon X/Y Friend Code Sharing - Join the Collective Pokemon Madness Here!
  • The Giantbomb 1.2 Terraria Community Server - Join the Server Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Crew GTA: Online Meet-up Thread - Hook Up with Other Users Here!

Wonderful Wikis

POKEMON! Catch them all!!!! Also Skylanders and Beyond: Two Souls have good wiki pages, as well as the Mondo Zappa character page.

Best of Blog

Bravo to Gold_Skulltulla for "making it!" His non-trolling blog matching game consoles to Game of Thrones characters was reported on Kotaku and a top post on Reddit! wemibelec90 has been playing a good deal of FFXIV and shares a slice of the roleplaying fun he has been having in the game. Sparky_Buzzsaw wants you to enjoy the Disgaea as much as he does and provides an introductory course on the franchise. TurboMan has another great edition of his Best of Giant Bomb Quick Look feature and this one is filled to the brim with Dave Snider and the GB Flight Club. Marokai decided to finally strike Dark Souls from his backlog, similarly dankempster lists out which games are on his end of the year bucket list. Vermisean questions if RockStar was a game studio that should have attempted to tackle the prickly issue of torture. Gamer_152 on the other hand discusses why Trevor is quickly becoming a fan favorite, but is still problematic. SharpShotApollo discusses his thoughts and experiences with free to play games. In lieu of recent events Hailinel shares his thoughts on the current state of Capcom and what he really wanted to see in Resident Evil 6. GrantHeaslip played Fire Emblem and Super Mario Galaxy this week, whereas Video_Game_King wrapped up Bioshock Infinite and Disney's Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Quest. Verendus shares what he though of the Battlefield 4 beta, and stubbleman details why Ridge Racer 4 is his favorite racing game. Finally Mento continues to write up daily blogs about TurboGrafx games and the gamut runs from dungeon crawlers to Japanese porn games.

Fantastic Forums

datarez has created a Great Guide for iRacing! Now you drive like a pro just like @pseg! Jayzz on the other hand has a compilation video of Vinny being a jerk while playing GTA V. As mentioned there's a new GameSpot! Share what you think of their new site on the discussion thread. Hopefully you've been watching Patrick as he hosts weekly Spookin' with Scoops, and if you have a favorite moment go ahead and share it on the discussion thread for the feature. Finally feel free to share what you think of Beyond: Two Souls if you have been playing it.

Lovable Lists

If you still haven't bought a PS3 Humanity has a list of games that would instantly justify the platform. AsgardWulf39 introduces himself by sharing a list of his fifteen favorite games of all time.

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The Community Spotlight - 10/04/2013

Special Thanks to mrcakeisaspy for this Work of Art!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I am your host as always, and the doldrums of Autumn are drawing nearer. For those that are interested in some site insanity Jeff has posted his phone number for his Google voice account, it's 707-925-BOMB. Maybe he'll do something with the messages you leave, but no guarantees. Former Whiskey Media intern and Giant Bomb butt monkey, @mattbodega has gotten a job over at Sony! If you can wish him your congratulations. Matthew Rorie on the other hand had his PS3 die on him, but you can read about his efforts to fix his doomed consoles.

Clip(s) of the Week

We have two big and awesome clips for this week. One comes from a Giant Bomb themed mod for Pac-Man CE DX+. That and we have another animated Bombcast video segment with this one about Vinny's Terrible Wii Club Party.

Community Activities

  • Official Giant Bomb GTA V Online Crews (360 / PS3) - Sign Up for a Crew Here!
  • Warframe GB Clan Taiko Drum Contest - Help the GB Warframe Community Win the Taiko Drum Contest By Signing Up Here!
  • Extra-Life 2013 Giant Bomb Team! - Play Games, Heal Kids - Help Raise Money for Kids Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

The Giant Bomb staff aren't the only ones to jump into the insanity of ArmA III, look at what the Giant Bomb community has done on the wiki page. Windjammers is the surprise game of the week. Finally your awesome new wiki concept page of the week is "Loot Pinata!"

Best of Blogs

GTA V has been out for a while now, but the community is still a buzz about it. Mintyice discusses the trials and tribulations that he has had in trying to play Grand Theft Auto Online. Meanwhile xxizzypop shares a slice of the role playing madness that he has been engaging in while playing GTA V. MMMman on the other hand explains why he feels like GTA V and the violence in it does not work for him. Gamer_152 wants to remind you of the significance of The Sims franchise on the gaming industry, whereas Atlas extrapolates on why Half-Life 2 is still a great game despite being over nine years old. Video_Game_King decided to delves into world of high fantasy with Magika and The Wing of Madoola as the victims of his weekly video game blog. ArbitraryWater still hasn't touched GTA V, but played a slew of indie RPGs this week and shares which ones are worth your time. Mento ends his TurboMento blog series, but still keeps his TurboGrafx pain train a rolling. Stubbleman continues his blog series about video game voice actors with the second part of his retrospective of Liam O'Brien. The perennial starts of a new month means that BlackLagoon has annotated what's coming out for the PlayStation Vita, but he also shares what it has been like doing his Vita games lists for a year now. Matthew has another breakdown of a Bombcast with annotations of the best moments, and rmanthrop breaks down what he saw at the 2013 Eurogamer Expo. OneKillWonder_ points out his favorite games from this long generation cycle. GrantHeaslip finally played through Saints Row IV, but details why he was disappointed with it. On top of that a new month means plenty of monthly gaming updates and Sparky_Buzzsaw has plenty to say about GTA V; dankempster has struck out plenty of games from his backlog; MajorMitch rounded out Pikmin 3 and Rayman Legends; and finally Hailinel is still talking about Vocaloids.

Fantastic Forums

TheThirdRLM is making fan art based off of the Pathfinder characters the staff have "created" for their livestream. The_Vein on the other hand is the person responsible for sending the staff the Pathfinder beginners pack in the first place, and he wants to convince YOU to play Pathfinder as well. Beyond that we have Jimmyfenix sharing his first impressions of GTA Online and an impressions board for Battlefield 4.

Lovable Lists

With the new consoles months away ZZoMBiE13 has taken the time to list out his favorite games from this generation of consoles. TobbRobb on the other hand has listed out his favorite games of all time.

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The Community Spotlight - 09/27/2013

What Time is it? VINNY TIME! (Special Thanks to TheManWithNoPlan for This Banner)

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I am your host as always, and we have a lot to talk about in terms of the state of the site. First off the moderation team has noticed an increasing trend of users responding to and quoting spam bots on the site. Please stop doing this. Starting this week the site got @ltsquigs to process all of the bug reports on the site. If you have a major issue on or with the site contact him. On top of that check out his Giant Bomb/Comic Vine changelog to keep track of all of the major fixes being published. One of those changes means animated .gifs now work through the Giant Bomb image uploader, so everyone can stop embedding, or copying and pasting .gifs directly! Is there still a nagging Wiki or Forum bug that is bothering you? Go ahead and file it on Rorie's blog over here, and he'll fine a direct report to the engineer(s). Now, with that let's get it on with the Spotlight!

Clip of the Week

This week we have another edition of the Bitesize Bomb from TheBurlapLemur! For those that don't know the Bitesize Bomb works to showcase the best moments of every Quick Look into compilation videos! Here's the 46th episode:

Community Activities

  • Join the Armored Core: Verdict Day Online Team - Join the Team Here!
  • ExtraLife 2013 GiantBomb Team! - Play Games, Heal Kids - Join the Effort to Raise Money for Kids Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Have you heard of a game called Top Landing? If not give the wiki page a shot as some excellent recent work has been on it. Keep the sports game Quick Look team busy with more pages like FIFA 14! Finally your interesting new concept page for this week is "Birthday Acknowledgement." If can think of more examples of games wishing you a "happy birthday," put them on the page.

Best of Blog

The blog of the week goes to JeanLuc, who made his own Persona 4 Arena arcade cabinet which is a marvel worth seeing. Phatmac has a problem, he's liked the twenty or so hours he's had playing Shin Megami Tensei 4, but as he explains he's not the biggest fan of the story or characters. Our very own Matthew Rorie's PS3 died. YukoAsho shares a number of digital distribution systems that he thinks should get more love by the gaming press. Is there a correct mindset to have when playing Dark Souls and with approaching Dark Souls 2? announakis thinks so and has some examples on his latest blog. Video_Game_King went for the base sensibilities with a blog about Duke Nukem 3D and Ghost Sweeper Mikami and you can read all about them. DocHaus isn't a jerk, but he has an update on an anime you should keep track of. BlackLagoon has another lineup list for the Playstation Vita for September. Mento has the latest episode of his funny monthly Giant Bomb themed webcomic. ArbitraryWater has done anything but play GTA V, and instead has been toying around with Might and Magic IX as well as King's Bounty. Someone who has played GTA V is Hailinel, and he talks about the game as someone who hasn't played a game from the franchise since Vice City. After GrantHeaslip completed Metroid: Other M he shares why he doesn't feel like he can recommend the game, but also can't recommend it as well. Finally music maestro Hamst3r has a hot new music track that he wants you give a listen to.

Fantastic Forums

There are still plenty of threads centered on picking apart all that can be found in GTA V. For example we have an Easter Egg reporting thread as well as a poll and discussion thread related to the ending(s) for the game. To cap it all off there's a GTA V edition of the "100+ Things You've Learned Playing..." available to anyone who has played the game. We also have a Mortal Kombat Legacy Season 2 discussion thread, and a discussion thread related to the Call voting initiative for Might No. 9.

Lovable Lists

Mento points out how there are plenty of in game cities that are perpetually stuck in the night with his cleverly titled list. Yummylee on the other hand has started to create his Game of the Year list with plenty of highlights through out the year.

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The Community Spotlight - 09/20/2013

No Jeff, That's Not How You Use Bubble Wrap.

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I am your host as always, and as the ominous launch of new consoles looms near the community keeps on trucking! New code has been pushed on Giant Bomb and Comic Vine to make both sites more stable. Contact @ltsquigs if you are still noticing latency or other quirks. As you all likely are aware of the Giant Bombcast is now sponsored. If you are a premium subscriber an ad free version is available on the Premium podcast portal. If you are having issues with the Premium Podcast feed try using your username, not email when accessing the feed. If you are still having issues post a bug report over here. Finally on a more humorous note, Rap Man is on Rap Genius giving you all a chance to annotate this wonderful composition.

Clip(s) of the Week

Both of the clips of the week go to @pepsiman for taking the time to translate creeper Jeff into Japanese to spread the love. Not only that but both videos have been posted to Nico Nico...with most complaints being about Jeff not standing up for his Waifu and breaking down in tears on the creeper cam.

Community Activities

  • The Unofficial GiantBomb NHL 14 Club Thread [Xbox 360] - Join the Club Over Here!
  • Persona 4 Arena PS3 Tournament - Sign Up to Fight Other Users Here!
  • Official Giant Bomb GTA V Crews (360 / PS3) - Get Ready to Play GTA V Online By Joining a Crew Here!
  • Giant Bomb Community GTA V PS3 Social Club - Join Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Community GTA V 360 Social Club - Join Over Here!
  • Humble Indie Bundle 9 Giveaway Thread - Post Any Spare Codes You Want to Giveaway Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

GTA V is a game...I think? The most heavily scrutinized Zelda game has an HD remix, and it also has a great wiki page detailing the differences. Finally your wonderful/odd concept page this week is for "Gorillas with Sunglasses."

Best of Blogs

Hailinel wants YOUR help in improving all of the character pages for fighting game characters. librariangmr uses Michael to discuss GTA V's depiction of masculinity, whereas Sweep shares another case of the Daily Mirror being exploitative about video game violence. CCforUA on the other hand talks about being a worker on the Washington Navy Yard, and not being in the right mindset to play GTA V. Mento has four parts to a blog series breaking down all of the games apart of the LA Game Space Experimental Pack. Video_Game_King has a blog about bacteria and aliens, and FluxWavez has his opinion and hopes for the sequel of Persona 4 Arena. Jan, the master of computer models, shares his own model of the 2DS, whereas yeah_write talks about his modifications to his Sony controllers and peripherals. Matthew makes you nostalgic with a breakdown of the Spore specific Bombcast which includes time stamps of the funniest moments. MMMman explains his video game design theory of the "Difficulty Mill" by using Bulletstorm as a case study. Hailinel defends Hastune Miku with a blog about the diversity of tracks in Project Diva F. Stubbleman continues with his blog series about video game voice actors, but this edition is about Liam O'Brien. GrantHeaslip continues o play through Persona 3: FES, whereas fistfulofmetal continues to truck through Amnesia and Outlast. PerfidiousSinn explains why he likes Assassin's Creed Revelation, but hates Assassin's Creed III. and finally jclane extrapolates why he think Metroid Prime 3 is a great horror game.

Fantastic Forums

The top forum post comes from Maddenedman who has created his own jazz version of the Giant Bombcast theme. Beyond that we have a bunch of threads and forum topics related to GTA V, and share your thoughts of the Godus beta if you paid for it. The PC Gaming Hub is gauging interest in a BF4 server and the Warframe online community has a video of their latest hijinx.

Lovable Lists

Megalowho has a list of old school PC games that time has forgotten that he enjoyed. Whereas SParky_Buzzsaw has a list of video game characters and concepts he wishes he could punch in the face.

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I Ate the Fungus from The Last of Us

When it comes to food I have a general rule of thumb of trying things at least once, and if I don't like it I wont ever eat it again. So, lo and behold a friend of mine took me and another friend to a high end Chinese restaurant recently, and I discovered that they served edible fungus, most notably Cordyceps. That is to say the same fungus that destroys the whole world in The Last of Us.

ANYWAYS...it turns out that this fungus is a high end delicacy in China, and on a dare by the host to try it out I ate some. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of it because I felt like it would be unbecoming of me to pull out my cellphone in a suit and tie restaurant.

To be absolutely honest I kind of liked it. I had it stuffed inside duck and it added an earthy but "warm" flavor to the meat. The one side effect? Turns out that cordyceps when mixed with duck has the same affect as ginseng but more intense. The results of which I will let you speculate upon.

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The Community Spotlight - 09/13/2013

Special Thanks to Humanity for the Banner This Week!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I am your host as always and hopefully the pending release of GTA V and other big games has you anything but "depressed." With the impending launch of the new GameSpot site next week the top men plan on moving two engineers to work on Comic Vine and Giant Bomb bugs and improvements exclusively. Our very own Brad Shoemaker was on a livestream with djWHEAT which you can watch on Twitch.tv. For fans of the Bombin' the AM feature look forward to a guest appearance of TotalBiscuit soon! Now with that let us get on with the Spotlight!

Clip of the Week

The latest edition of TheBurlapLemur's Bitesize Bomb video feature, which showcases the best moments of every Quick Look on Giant Bomb is up! Check it out and enjoy:

Community Activities

  • ExtraLife 2013 GiantBomb Team! - Play Games, Heal Kids - Join the Effort to Raise Money for Kids Here!
  • Official Giant Bomb GTA V Crews (360 / PS3) Sign Up to a Crew Over Here!
  • GB Fight Night Guilty Gear XX Λ Core Plus - Get the Details and Sign Up Next Week Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Giant Bomb and hockey? Yeah who would have guessed that those two would ever mix, but check out the NHL 14 wiki page for proof! Want to read more about Hatsune Miku and her plot to use and army of vocaloids to take over the world using Skynet? You wont read about that on Giant bomb but you can still learn more about them. That and Da Ji.

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Gamer_152 takes up the insurmountable task of trying to breakdown the recent controversy about Penny Arcade and why it's important. Video_Game_King played Metro 2033 and Zombie Nation this week, and Sparky_Buzzsaw has a similar weekly update. Hamst3 and fistfulofmetal both are scaring their pants off with Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. MooseyMcMan has had some PlayStation Plus madness and talks all about it, whereas Pufferfuz talks about programming a realistic lock. Lordgodalming explains why he's a fan of Final Fantasy XIII and Flappybat shares his early and endgame thoughts on FFXIV. Blazehedgehog talks about making a mod that makes a mod better. Librariangmr on the other hand explains why he thinks Deadpool is one of the most boring fun games ever. Mento talks about the most common ways that loot is treated in video games, and Marino breaks down the Streetpassing that he did at PAX Prime. Halomaste19 lists his favorite Star Wars game as the prospect of a new trilogy becomes more real. Demoskinos explains why he thinks Vocaloids and Killer is Dead will be on his game of the year list. MMMman shares his detailed thoughts about Remember Me and how it would have been better not as a game. Finally AjayRaz talks about all of the DOA 5 he has been playing...and he has been playing a lot.

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MarkJW created a fake magazine version of Giant Bomb and talks about passing them out at PAX Prime. Humanity gives you an idea of what Jeff would be like if he were in GTA V, as seen in the banner. Have you had a bad Dota 2 match? Go ahead and talk about it on the Dota 2 bad match venting thread. Are you ready for some "real" football talk? Then join the NFL football thread.

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Has something Giant Bomb said ever sold you on a game? Well that has happened multiple times to Autumn_Thunder and as such he's created a list of plenty examples of this. Selfconfessedcynic on the other hand has a list of the game that have emotionally impacted him during and after playing them.

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