The Community Spotlight - 11/22/2013 (New Console Time!)

Ryan Davis, You Magnificent Man. Making us Laugh from the Grave!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! The Xbox One is here and the "Next Gen," is officially this gen. That's not the only thing notable about this week, as the Giant Bomb Game of the Generation voting has ended with Mass Effect2 being the victor! Regardless of how you may feel about the result let's give @mracoon a round of applause for setting up and managing the whole event on his own prerogative. If you want some more context about the image above, check out Ben Kuchera's Vine recording of the actual reading of Ryan's Tweet. With that I would like to remind you that Giant Bomb is a website about video games.

Clip(s) of the Week

@lackingsaint returns with another Animated Bombcast video, with this episode bringing new life to Jeff's Oculus Rift. @turboman also graces us this week with a "Best of..." clip compiling the best moments from Giant Bomb's PS4 live stream.

Community Activities

  • Xbox One Gamertag Exchange Thread - Grow Your Xbox One Friends List By Posting your Gamertag Here!
  • Giant Bomb Forza Race Night - Set for Thursdays, 9:30 PM ET - Race with Other User Over Here!
  • Spelunky PSN Daily Challenge Friends - Join the Friendly Competition Over Here!
  • Characters of the Generation! Now Accepting Nominations! - Join the Follow Up to the Giant Bomb Community Game of the Generation Event Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Hey the Xbox One came out this week. If you like cars check out our wiki page for Forza 5. If Killer Instinct is intriguing you check out our wiki page for the game to learn about the different tiers of the game. Also, support zombie genocide by checking out our wiki page for Dead Rising 3.

Best of Blogs

GoranP has gone down the game development rabbit hole and shares his experiences on his latest blog. TruthTella provides a breakdown of the Xbox One launch event as well as its insanity. Gamer_152 explains why little changes to console architecture can translate to a lot more than you would anticipate. CharlesAlanRatliff and GERALTITUDE both bought PS4s at launch and detail their thoughts and launch woe experiences. Video_Game_King is here this week with summaries of his impressions and adventures with Planet Laika and Illusion of Gaia. DarthOrange detailed the games of the last generation he was most fond of, whereas SeconPersonShooter looks back at 2013 and the games he thinks are better than Brothers. Cybexx talks about a presentation by Crytek related to Ryse, and how it made him respect the game at least from a technical perspective. Have you ever heard of the Senran Kagura franchise? If not then check out Apathylad's brief synopsis about Senran Kagura Burst for the 3DS. Endrdoug finally got around to playing Element4l, but pontificates on why he liked everything about it, except for the actual "game" part. Mento continues to blast through his Humble Bundle backlog; MooseyMcMan gives you a snapshot of his adventures in Dragon's Dogma; and finally JasonR86 gives you a day ten update on his time with Rocksmith and how it has improved his guitar playing skills.

Fantastic Forums

As mentioned LackingSaint has created a new and wonderful edition to his Giant Bomb Animated series, and you can provide your input about his video on his thread. Also previously hinted was Ryan's "guest" appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show. Read more about the revelatory event on the thread. You can also join in on discussions about the strongest gun in video game history and which is the best hot sauce.

Lovable Lists

Inspired by Hailinel's effort to crown a "Character of the Generation," Mento has decided to create a list of his personal favorite characters from this generation. Sparky_Buzzsaw on the other hand points out that there was plenty to be disappointed about with the 360, PS3, and Wii era of games on his list of disappointments.

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The Community Spotlight - 11/15/2013

If You are not Following the giantbombconfessions Tumblr Account...You are Missing Out

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! Hey everyone the PS4 is out! As a result we have a bunch of PS4 goodies for you to enjoy this week. If you missed out on Giant Bomb's PS4 live stream here's a link to the best part. For those that are fans of Bombin' in the AM Greg Kasavin is going to be the featured guest for this Monday's episode. For those wondering Patrick is working to ensure that every Monday episode has a guest of some sort. For those that wanted an update on the Giant Bomb Extra Life team, the team has now raised over $117,000! Remember you can still donate until the end of the year!

Clip(s) of the Week

Our very own @turboman has created a new edition of his Best of Giant Bomb Quick Look video feature, but this time he has compiled the best moments from the Extra Life stream! The second video is from the YouTUbe account "The Mystery Zone," which has mashed up Giant Bomb with team Fortress.

Community Activities

  • GB Community Game of the Generation Bracket - Round 2 - Join the Community Effort to Elect a Game of the Generation Here!
  • PS4 PSN ID Exchange Thread - Add Fellow Giant Bomb Users to Your PS4 Friends List By Heading Over Here!
  • Season 8 of Star Trek Online! Join the GB STO Guild Space Neon Lobsters in Rediscovering STO Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Hey the PS4 came out. That's kind of a big deal. the wiki pages for Need for Speed and Blacklight Retribution are great pieces of work. Also, learn about why you would want to return to the world of XCOM and what the heck Contrast is all about.

Best of Blogs

With a the PS4 official launched Dalai would like to remind you how weird and raw the first year of a console's lifespan can get, whereas rempresent reminisces about attending the midnight launch of the Wii. MMMman becomes the first and last person to refer to Saints Row IV as "lovely," but defends his words. GrantHeaslip has finally decided to bite the bullet and play the very first Kingdom Hearts game using the 1.5 release. Similarly Hailinel provides his thoughts on Assassin's Creed IV on the WiiU as someone who has never played a an Assassin's Creed game, whereas ArbitraryWater discusses why Assassin's Creed III is "less than the sum of its parts." Blogging veteran Video_Game_King hacked up some fools this week with Hotline Miami and Soul Blazer. Mento has started a new blog series, but this one showcases a slew of Humble Bundle games. thatpinguino's blog series examining the depiction of amnesia in the Final Fantasy franchise is back! Phatmac joins the "Game of the Generation" fray with a blog about his personal favorites of this generation. YukoAsho pontificates upon what she thinks are the real reasons for Blockbuster's closing, and the impact it has on the gaming industry. PerfidiousSinn breaksdown the gameplay mechanics from Sonic Unleashed that Sonic Lost Worlds could have used or learned from, whereas leebmx has a film and game analysis of the similarities between GTA V and To Live and Die in LA. Peezmachine is not giving up on making a Windjammers game featuring the Giant Bomb staff, and Sammo21 explains why he thinks Batman: Arkham Origins is a "lie" to fans of the Arkham games. Finally JasonR86 gives you an update on how Rocksmith is improving his guitar skills.

Fantastic Forums

Everyone has a story about how they lost a save or an important game file got corrupted, so join the therapy group discussion thread about experiencing such misfortune! If you have tinkered around with the latest Burial at Sea DLC for Bioshock Infinite feel free to share your spoilerific impression about the DLC on the discussion thread. Finally Viking_Funeral has taken the time to compile some stats from the Giant Bomb Community Game of the Generation voting that has been going on.

Lovable Lists

We have two very distinctive and well thought out Game of the Generation lists from Sparky_Buzzsaw and Demoskinos. Check them both out and feel free to come up with own lists. Mento on the other hand looks at the best and most well known video game characters named "James."

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The Community Spotlight - 11/08/2013 (Vinny Caravella is the Greatest American)

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I am you host as always and I would like to take this time to thank everyone who participated as well as donated money during the Extra Life fundraiser. For those of you that aren't already aware the Giant Bomb account was able to raise $80,468, and the Giant Bomb team raised $115,888.47 for Extra Life! Great work everyone! Also you may know where to find the stream archives for Giant Bomb's activities are, but here's Pascual's archive. Other major accomplishments this week include the Giant Bomb Forza Race Night turning four. C418 has created a Minecraft track titled "Taswell." Oh and did I mention that I have a bunch of stuff of our very own Vinny Caravella doing stupid stuff? Yeah, well I do!

Clip(s) of the Week

Normally I write a brief description about what the clips are about, but this week is all about Vinny Caravella, America's greatest badass.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Community Game of the Generation Bracket - Round 1 - Vote for the Game You Think is the Best of This Generation Over Here!
  • Call of Duty Ghost - Xbox One Clan - If you Plan on Buying the Xbox One Version of Ghosts Join the Clan Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Call of Duty is the big game of the week and recent work on the Need for Speed Rival pages is equally impressive. One important note about the wiki is that Rorie has announced that the engineers are actively working on fixing many issues associated with that part of the site. Expect some major changes to the wiki within the next month.

Best of Blogs

Everyone on this site should read EpicSteve's taut and powerful blog about how Battlefield helped him deal with his PTSD. TurboMan has finally compiled all of his Best of Giant Bomb Quick Look on one convenient blog post. Gamer_152 decided to try and figure out what Sonic's place is today, and what's been troubling the rodent. Tunderslash is going to pass on the next generation of consoles and instead tackle his backlog, whereas MachoFantastico gives a detailed explanation as to why he's not sold on any of the consoles. Video_Game_King wants you to read about his final thoughts on Persona 3 FES as well as entertain his delusions about being a father. Sparky_Buzzsaw continues to ramble about Disgaea as well as A Wolf Among Us. Wuddle is going to give building a gaming PC another shot, whereas dankempster is back with his effort to play every single Metal Gear game ever made. PerfidiousSin provides his insight into Street Fighter x Tekken as someone who doesn't play fighting games. MajorMitch got around to Pokemon as well as The Stanley Parable, and similarly GrantHeaslip spent the week on the indie hit Hotline Miami, but he details why the PS3 version may not be the version to get. Finally dudeglove has written a blog about how the player agency in Dark Souls is its greatest and worst trait.

Fantastic Forums

Rorie shows off the two awesome figure sets that users have submitted to the staff to play during their Pathfinder sessions. I on the other hand task you with creating or proposing new emoticons for the engineers to program into the chat. Grimmie92 has the corporate logo for VinnCo., the company you should trust for you daily genitalia trauma. PezzMachine taps into his creative juices to create some maddening Winjammers x Giant Bomb fan fiction that you should read. Finally discuss what you are hopeful for for Blizzcon 2013, and the evil video game corporation you would be willing to work for.

Lovable Lists

Aleen634 not only has listed his top ten favorite games on the 360, but has also provided detailed reasons as to why they are his favorites. Mento on the other hand has taken the time to create a comprehensive list of the most notable games featuring "police cops," or whatever slang term you use to refer to your peace officers.

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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

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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.

Useful User Reviews

Potent Podcasts

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