The Community Spotlight - 09/06/2013

Ryan We Still Miss Your Laugh!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Community Spotlight! I am your host as always and PAX Prime 2013 has ended! For those of you that like John Drake related nonsense you should really check out the Sexy John Drake Tumblr for a good laugh. So there's this "Men of Game Development 2014" calendar, which thanks to friend of the site Dan Teasdale, aka @deliciousbees, you can get with a special bonus if you mention that you are a "duder" in the purchasing comments. On a downer note there will not be a Big Live Live Show Live this year. For those of you that had issues with the site earlier in the week the engineers rolled out a new beanstalk server for the site and it took them a day to find out why nothing was talking to it.

Clip of the Week

For the clips of the week I just want to thank Dan Teasdale, again, for making this wonderful testimonial of Ryan for his Drake Tracker app. That and the Card's Against Humanity Tribute Panel to Ryan is nothing short of amazing:

Community Activities

  • ExtraLife 2013 GiantBomb Team! - Play Games, Heal Kids - Join the Effort Over Here!
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn - Official Giant Bomb Company - Join The Company Here!

Wonderful Wikis

So yeah PAX Prime 2013 totally happened. Total War: Rome II might be a technical mess, but that doesn't stop it from having a great wiki page. Rayman Legends also has a welcoming wiki page filled with detail and the same can be said about the Puppeteer. Finally you might not have ever heard of Katsuhiko Suzuki, but a friend of his has taken the time to try and explain his video game career on the Giant Bomb wiki.

Best of Blogs

Wow a lot of you went to PAX Prime this year. big_jon, combot, and fobwashed all have pictures of the panels and games that they saw at PAX Prime. Hailinel and Asmo917 have written all about the panels and games that they saw and experienced at PAX Prime. However, Hailinel also played The Wonderful 101 and explains why he thinks it is so wonderful. CornBREDX takes the time to explain his personal history with Castle of Illusion and why he likes the remake. jclane talks about why he thinks Demons Soul may be one of the best horror games of the modern generation of video games. For those of you that have been having technical issues with Total War: Rome II buckybit breakdown how RAMDisk can help you make the game look better and run more stable. Music maestro Hamst3r has another video game remix and let's play for you to check out, whereas Mento explains why Illusion of Gaia is a forgotten classic in terms of video game scores. Video_Game_King played a couple of oddball racing games with Uniracers and Crazy Taxi as the subject of one of his blogs, and the other blog starts a new screenshot adventurelog series related to Dragon Quest V. Speaking of old school JRPGs Sparky_Buzzsaw decided to go back to Wild Arms 3 as part of his RPG Retrospective, and he talks about whether or not it still hold up. ArbitraryWater has made it a habit of playing bad games and explains why Grabbed by the Ghoulies is a terrible game by Rare. Vaancor, Major_Mitch, and Archlightbirealis all give you an update on what they have been playing. GrantHeaslip has finally finished Final Fantasy XIII-2 and takes the time to explain why he feel unsatisfied with the game, whereas kai333135 talks about how Divekick is a great game if you take the time to try an learn all of its mechanics. morecowbell24 has 40 songs he thinks would be perfect for the next Siants Row gameand Daneian may be late to the game, but he's finally gotten around to Saints Row: The Third. Finally Gamer_152 discusses how the Ouya fails to tap into the idea of a true "indie console," and BlackLagoon has a list of all of teh games coming out for the Vita.

Fantastic Forums

Major thanks goes to patbaer this week for getting "Bob Ducca" to talk about all of the games he enjoyed playing with Ryan and publishing a n audio only version of it on the forums. In terms of discussions we have one for Final Fantasy XIV and another discussing the ending to Outlast, Patrick's favorite game of the year. Do you think WWII shooters should come back? Well talk about why or why not on the thread pontificating upon their return in the next generation. Finally as this console generation comes to an end which game soundtracks do you think were the best?

Lovable Lists

Think about this for a moment, how many games that you have played have featured rolling balls as part of the game? Probably more than you are willing to admit, but Mento has created a list detailing plenty examples of this trope. Klinkcow tries his best to match drinks to various video game characters he thinks would be down to party. Finally ArbitraryWater has been playing so many "bad" games that he felt motivated to create a list numbering his video game follies.

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The Community Spotlight - 09/06/2013

Ryan We Still Miss Your Laugh!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Community Spotlight! I am your host as always and PAX Prime 2013 has ended! For those of you that like John Drake related nonsense you should really check out the Sexy John Drake Tumblr for a good laugh. So there's this "Men of Game Development 2014" calendar, which thanks to friend of the site Dan Teasdale, aka @deliciousbees, you can get with a special bonus if you mention that you are a "duder" in the purchasing comments. On a downer note there will not be a Big Live Live Show Live this year. For those of you that had issues with the site earlier in the week the engineers rolled out a new beanstalk server for the site and it took them a day to find out why nothing was talking to it.

Clip of the Week

For the clips of the week I just want to thank Dan Teasdale, again, for making this wonderful testimonial of Ryan for his Drake Tracker app. That and the Card's Against Humanity Tribute Panel to Ryan is nothing short of amazing:

Community Activities

  • ExtraLife 2013 GiantBomb Team! - Play Games, Heal Kids - Join the Effort Over Here!
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn - Official Giant Bomb Company - Join The Company Here!

Wonderful Wikis

So yeah PAX Prime 2013 totally happened. Total War: Rome II might be a technical mess, but that doesn't stop it from having a great wiki page. Rayman Legends also has a welcoming wiki page filled with detail and the same can be said about the Puppeteer. Finally you might not have ever heard of Katsuhiko Suzuki, but a friend of his has taken the time to try and explain his video game career on the Giant Bomb wiki.

Best of Blogs

Wow a lot of you went to PAX Prime this year. big_jon, combot, and fobwashed all have pictures of the panels and games that they saw at PAX Prime. Hailinel and Asmo917 have written all about the panels and games that they saw and experienced at PAX Prime. However, Hailinel also played The Wonderful 101 and explains why he thinks it is so wonderful. CornBREDX takes the time to explain his personal history with Castle of Illusion and why he likes the remake. jclane talks about why he thinks Demons Soul may be one of the best horror games of the modern generation of video games. For those of you that have been having technical issues with Total War: Rome II buckybit breakdown how RAMDisk can help you make the game look better and run more stable. Music maestro Hamst3r has another video game remix and let's play for you to check out, whereas Mento explains why Illusion of Gaia is a forgotten classic in terms of video game scores. Video_Game_King played a couple of oddball racing games with Uniracers and Crazy Taxi as the subject of one of his blogs, and the other blog starts a new screenshot adventurelog series related to Dragon Quest V. Speaking of old school JRPGs Sparky_Buzzsaw decided to go back to Wild Arms 3 as part of his RPG Retrospective, and he talks about whether or not it still hold up. ArbitraryWater has made it a habit of playing bad games and explains why Grabbed by the Ghoulies is a terrible game by Rare. Vaancor, Major_Mitch, and Archlightbirealis all give you an update on what they have been playing. GrantHeaslip has finally finished Final Fantasy XIII-2 and takes the time to explain why he feel unsatisfied with the game, whereas kai333135 talks about how Divekick is a great game if you take the time to try an learn all of its mechanics. morecowbell24 has 40 songs he thinks would be perfect for the next Siants Row gameand Daneian may be late to the game, but he's finally gotten around to Saints Row: The Third. Finally Gamer_152 discusses how the Ouya fails to tap into the idea of a true "indie console," and BlackLagoon has a list of all of teh games coming out for the Vita.

Fantastic Forums

Major thanks goes to patbaer this week for getting "Bob Ducca" to talk about all of the games he enjoyed playing with Ryan and publishing a n audio only version of it on the forums. In terms of discussions we have one for Final Fantasy XIV and another discussing the ending to Outlast, Patrick's favorite game of the year. Do you think WWII shooters should come back? Well talk about why or why not on the thread pontificating upon their return in the next generation. Finally as this console generation comes to an end which game soundtracks do you think were the best?

Lovable Lists

Think about this for a moment, how many games that you have played have featured rolling balls as part of the game? Probably more than you are willing to admit, but Mento has created a list detailing plenty examples of this trope. Klinkcow tries his best to match drinks to various video game characters he thinks would be down to party. Finally ArbitraryWater has been playing so many "bad" games that he felt motivated to create a list numbering his video game follies.

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The Community Spotlight - 08/30/2013

Special Thanks to Dominic Sodano 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 for this week the staff are having fun at PAX Prime! If your at the convention, what are you doing reading this article?! Also try to find Rorie, because he's giving all sorts of gifts to people who can complete his challenges. For anyone that isn't at PAX Prime, don't worry! Rorie is handing out surplus coupons and codes for the Giant Bomb Store over here. Fr fans of the technical side of things the engineers and developers plan on returning to processing your API requests and ideas once the GameSpot re-design is released which should be around the beginning of October. There's a fun, but unexpected treat for sharp eyed users on the Bldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition website. Sports fans can also watch a Vine video review for Madden 25 by Alex. Finally the VMAs happened...and if you want to read one of the greatest rants about Miley Cyrus's performance check out Jeff's Tumblr about it. With that let's get on to with the Spotlight!

Clip of the Week

TurboMan is back with another excellent edition of his Best of Giant Bomb video series! Less talk and more seagull!

Community Activities

  • Labor Day iRacing Community Race - Set for Sept. 2nd 10 AM PDT (5 PM GMT) - Sign Up Here!
  • ArmA III Community Online Co-Op Session - Saturday @ 4 PM EST - Get the Details Here!
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn - Official Giant Bomb Company - Join the Guild Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Great work has been recently done on both the Gods Will Be Watching and Avan Hardins pages. Uwe Boll hate Obama. Lost Planet 3 is the big game of the week and Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn defies expectations by coming out and having a massively detailed wiki page.

Best of Blogs

The blog of the week goes to Pepsiman for yet another dissertation, but this one about the sue of language and characters in Hate Plus. Menace to society Video_Game_King is celebrating his birthday this week and gives you a gift in the form of a video review of The Faces of Evil. Hailinel played some vocaloid horseshit, but explains why Project Diva F isn't the next attempt at Hastune Miku's inevitable take over of all of humanity. Asmo917 is at PAX Prime, and has a blog about his first day on the show floor. PsEG continues to share his foray in iRacing, including what it's to host the iRacing events, whereas do_the_manta_ray breaks down the stresses and hardships of hosting the recent Dota 2 community tournament. GranHeaslip continues to chug along with Final Fantasy XIII-2, and talks about why he still thinks the game is too easy, on that note Mento continues to look at TurboGrafx games with Bloody Wolf as his featured game this week. MMMman has some initial thoughts on the panned game, Remember Me, and talks about why it's a game with great ideas. MooseyMcMan talks about the disparate insanity of Divekick and Siants Row IV, similarly FLYStyle discusses his difficulties with Divekick online as a Mr. N player. Pezen having completed Gone Home explains why he's perfect fine with more short games with smaller scopes and more narrow foci. With Brad having recently completed the first Devil may Cry ArbitraryWater took up the challeneg of explaining exactly why Devil May Cry 2 is a bad game. Finally, Egge shares his attempts of taking on Splinter Cell: Blacklist's horde mode on highest difficulty setting using only a taser gun.

Fantastic Forums

We now have a staff .gif compendium! It's amazing to think that we didn't have one until now when you think about it. VincentVendetta wants you to join him in creating Criteron Collection inspire Quick Look and Bombastica box art. johe0 had the cojones to cosplay as the Giant Bomb logo at a convention he went to, so give props where props are due. Finally join the Giant Bomb DivekickTier List and strategy group in discussing the merits and weakness of each of the Divekick characters.

Lovable Lists

List maestro Mento has humorous ideas for the sequel to Gone Home, Gone Home 2: Electric Boogaloo, on his list. _brojangles_ looks back on the video game things and people that freaked him out when he was a kid. Finally ThePickle is creating a list of ever game that has been featured on Unprofessional Fridays. Help him fill out the blanks and nail the dates to every game on his list.

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The Community Spotlight - 08/23/2013

Many Thanks to ScreamingGhost for the Banner!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I am your host as always and we have video games this week! Actual games worth talking about! Anyways this week is PAX, meaning that the staff will be gone and away from the site mid-week. As such Unprofessional Fridays is cancelled for this week. For those that don't know the site engineers are working with the GameSpot engineers to make both sites amazing. Here's Alexis's hint as to how the GameSpot relaunch is going to look like. Brad finally has finished Devil May Cry, but where were you when he lost his shit? Well with that let's get the Spotlight started!

Clips of the Week

I have more clips than I could have ever hoped for. We have the return of the Animated Giant Bomb video clips, an animated rendition of the "Ready to Ride" moment from the Bombcast, and some Unprofessional Fridays madness. All good stuff to say the least!

Community Activities

  • Splinter Cell Blacklist Spies vs. Mercs Friends List - Hook Up With Other Users Here!
  • Divekick - Steam/PSN Friends List - Play Online With Fellow Users By Heading Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Games are coming out everyone! Do you want to know the amazing thing about our wiki page for Divekick? It's a better explanation of the characters and mechanics in the game than the actual tutorial! Where is Dave Lang now?

Best of Blogs

Despite being "bad at fighting games" perfidioussinn decided to give Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 a shot, and addfwyn did the same with the Hearthstone Beta. GrantHeaslip has started a new blog series discussing the good and bad of Final Fantasy XIII-2. BigHeart711 shares a Japanese card game that he recently played, and Video_Game_King has another blog discussing the merits of two games you probably have never heard of. lethalk11ler actually went to Gamescom and details all of the demos he did and didn't get to play. GunstarRed explains why he think The Wonderful 101 is equal parts wonderful and equal parts frustrating controls, whereas ArbitraryWater has the challenge of explaining the insanity of Bayonetta. CornBREDX, Asmo917, and granderojo all share their spoiler filled thoughts about Gone Home and you can join the emotional gravy train on their blogs. LordofUltima breaks down how you to can do your own speedrun of Castlevania III using Trevor. after having finally sunk in 100+ hours into Borderlands 2 machofantastico has his final impressions of the game. Mento takes females in video games but add some humor when talking about the ways female protagonists are utilized in video games. Finally, Gamer_152 defends Super Mario 2.

Fantastic Forums

The "hero" of the week easily is LackingSaint, the creator of the latest Giant Bomb animated ass seen above. Take the time to tell him if you liked his clip or not. ScreaminGhost created the Nighthawks cross Giant Bomb banner as seen on this week's Spotlight as well and you can have Wallpaper version on his forum topic. If you have been playing Divekick talk about your main character. If you got in the FFXIV open beta discuss that as well. Finally, if you are one of the many users that has completed Gone Home join the discussion about the game and talk about your favorite moments in it.

Lovable Lists

List master Mento is on twice, once for talking about birds in video games and another time for taking the time to detail all of the JRPGs he has played. TurboMan takes up Brad's challenge and lists all of the games he thinks are better than Brothers. Finally C0V3RT has his video game bucket list.

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The Community Spotlight - 08/16/2013

Special Thanks to b0nd07 for the Banner!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I am your host as always, and Summer is slowly but surely coming to an end. If you are a premium subscriber give the official Giant Bomb Wrestling Discussion podcast, The Power Bombcast, a listen to. If not here's a brief clip of the podcast to give you an idea of what you are missing out on. If you have artistic talent our very own Patrick Klepek wants user created art to be the banner for the new "Bombin' in the A.M. With Scoops and the Wolf" podcast. Oh yea, notifications are back in action! With that let's get on with the Community Spotlight:

Clip of the Week

Fellow community moderator @pseg has been going steady with with efforts to be good at iRacing. Here's his video of the latest community race for the game. If you like what you see feel free to join the madness, I mean the racing league for the game here. Does this Spotlight have an agenda? Well yes, they all do.

Community Activities

  • Official Giant Bomb GTA V Crews (360 / PS3) - Get Ready for GTA V Online Over Here!
  • Humble Bundle Key Trading and Gifting Thread - Trade or Giveaway Your unWanted Humble Bundle Key Over Here!
  • Melbourne Australia Board Game Meetup - Sign up for this Community Board Game Match Over Here!
  • Fantasy Football, ESPN Giant Bomb League - Join the Legaue Here!
  • Shoemaker's Army Steam Group - Join the Steam Group for New Players Here!

Wonderful Wikis

DuckTales and Gone Home are the big releases this week with informative wiki pages. Games for Windows Live is dead, much to the delight of many PC gamers so I guess check out our wiki page for teh service for the last time.

Best of Blogs

PAX Prime is looming and that means Marino has another PAX Survival Guide for newcomers and veterans of PAX alike. Gamer_152 tackles the thorny issue of repetition in MMORPGs and fox01313 talks about Wizardy Online and what it's like. Fobwashed made his own Picross game and you can read about the development process. SgtSphynx discusses how Go Home impacted him emotionally, whereas Artie defends why he thinks Go Home isn't worth its price of admission. buzz_clik got the Salty Bet bug, but takes the time to explain why he thinks it's no different from a masocore game. Granheaslip pontificates upon why he is not a fan of Rayman Origins, and Video_Game_King played two bad game from the 90's. Machofantastico spent over +50 hours with Dota 2 and has his thoughts of the game thus far. Mento has his monthly MS Paint webcomic for your enjoyment. Soulharvester45 and YukoAsho both have blogged about Microsoft's continual flip flopping. Granderojo explains why fans of Hotline Miami and the new wave of roguelikes should give Teleglitch a try, and animasta shares his play through with Europa Universalis as Finland. ArbitraryWater blogs about KIngdoms of Amalur and Quest for Glory, but you'll have to read his blog to find out which one he actually liked. wemibelec90 felt that Papers, Please struck a cord with him and explains why. MooseyMcMan knocked a slew of games form his backlog and Astonish sides with Brad about hos graphics aren't as mind blowing as they use to be. Finally MMMman wonders where video game violence will be going in the next generation and daneian talks about his recent play through with Super Mario World.

Fantastic Forums

What do your custom Saints Row IV characer look like? Post pictures of your character on the Inauguration Station thread. StarvingGamer has early access to SolForge and if you have any questions about the game ask them on his "Ask Me About..." thread. Tireyo has done a jukebox of anime music this week. Share your thoughts about the endings to Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and Papers, Please as well as your thoughts about Payday 2 on top of that if you feel inclined to do so.

Lovable Lists

Mento this week has a list of games with clowns in them...how horrifying, no? drath has updated his list of games that feature surviving in the wilderness with plenty of new examples of the trope. believer258 on the other hand has a list of games that he has for his laptop.

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The Community Spotlight - 08/09/2013

Special Thanks to Hamst3r for the Banner! (Which you can Also See on the YouTube Channel)

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I am your host as always. As some of you may be aware there have been a couple of annoying bugs on the site. All bugs and issues with being unable to delete blogs from the site. Issues with the "Recent Topics" on the front page have recently been fixed. Issues with the notification system are still being worked on and will be addressed. If you are still getting e-mails for notifications feel free to give @rorie a yelp. On a happier note this Monday will feature the first edition of the Giant Bomb Wrestling podcast, the Powerbombcast, which is planned on being a monthly podcast.

Clip of the Week

Today we have Jeff threatening Alex with an energy drink which you can view on Vine.

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb iRacing Racing League - Join Other Users in iRacing Over Here!
  • Warframe Community Event Operation Arid Fear Event - Help the Heavy Industries Clan Over Here!
  • Dota 2 Noob Guild - Play Dota 2 with Other Users That are New to it Over Here!
  • Official Scrolls Friends Thread - Post Your Scrolls Names Over Here!
  • Fantasy Football (Soccer) 2013/2014 Premier League - Join the Fantasy League Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Surprise! The wiki page for EverQuest Next is absurdly detailed! I wonder which maniac is responsible for that? Paper's Please is the sleeper hit of the week and you can learn more about it on the wiki. The character pages for Ness's Mom and Dad didn't exist until this week, and the character page for Faldio Landzaat is new and improved. Finally we have two new interesting wiki pages: "Echolocation," and "Hide In a Container to Get Past Security."

Best of Blogs

SaltyBet has taken the site, and the community, by storm! Tycobb wants your help in creating Google Doc stats sheets for the insanity. Phatmac explains why he has had a great time betting money of AI controlled Mugen characters. Mento, on top of the games he actually played, dabbled in the dark arts known as SaltyBet. That didn't stop Video_Game_King and GrantHeaslip from giving a weekly update on what they have been doing. Music maestro Hamst3r has a song and banner to share to you. PsEG is now at day 76 in playing iRacing. Halomaste19 questions whether or not we can, or should criticize old games. Buckybit completes his three week journey to download 50 games to his Linux computer. tidel discusses the art of Dragon's Crown from the perspective of a gay male. MooseyMcMan went back and played Super Mario RPG, whereas Alaska_Gamer directed his attention to Devil May Cry IV and Shin Megami Tensei IV. blueneurosis has finally completed Dark Souls and shares his postmortem thoughts. CharlesAlanRatliff has a blog and video of him playing the Oculus Rift. Finally MajorMitch has gotten back to blogging with a monthly update and BlackLagoon has an annotated list of all of the games coming out for the Vita.

Fantastic Forums

If you haven't already seen the Ryan Davis Community Art Memorial, then have at it. It's the most comprehensive archive of all of the art made in honor of the late Ryan Davis. Also in tribute to Ryan is the This Year's Ryan Davis Summer Jam Memorial. Altairre has already created the entire Giant Bomb staff using the character creator in Saints Row IV. brianfolchetti has his idea of the tier one t-shirt reward for backers of Vinny's magnet based arcade cabinet moving Kickstarter. Finally we have discussion threads for Tales of Xillia and the insanity that is SaltyBet.

Lovable Lists

The list master returns! Mento has a list of the best and prominent waste disposal professionals, aka garbageman/gentlewomen in video games.

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The Community Spotlight - 08/02/2013

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Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I am your host as always and we have a good deal of stuff worth going over this week. Ryan now has his very own Wikipedia article! Please do not try to fill it in with ridiculous information. If you are the artistic type Rorie is interested in user created banner art for the Giant Bomb YouTube Channel. Finally for any of you that were fans of teh NDX podcast Jeff has posted a .zip file containing every episode over here.

Clips of the Week

TheBurlapLemur has the latest edition of his Bitesize Bomb video feature that works to encapsulate the best moments of every Quick Look on Giant Bomb. Also, and I am going to go to Hell for this, here's the ending to Man Enough," as seen on this week's Unprofessional Fridays:

Community Activities

  • The Giant Bomb iRacing Racing League - Learn How to Join the Driving Madness Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis

There have been issues with the wiki so all I have is the wacky concept page of the week which is "Windshield Wipers."

Best of Blogs

Silentz0r created the banner for this week. Video_Game_King on the other hand played Bit.Trip Runner and 3-D Worldrunner and shares his thoughts about them MarkWahlberg finally struck The Witcher 2 and Castlevania Lords of Shadows whereas Colourful_Hippie discusses why he's ready for the next generation. Hamst3r went on another roadtrip and has a video of his latest adventure for you to enjoy. ArbitraryWater played a bunch of random games including Shadowrun Returns, whereas Mento took a note from him and played a handful of old PC games. Chaser324 gives you a list of games from a recent Game Jam. Sparky_Buzzsaw confesses his love for Omerta and Blackwell Legacy. Gamer_152 tries his best to give comprehend and respond to the Phil Fish controversy, whereas RecSpec gives a summary of a recent Fighting Game controversy. Stubbleman decided to give Death by Degrees a shot, and similarly MooseyMcMan revisited Dead Rising to complete some unfinished business. Having finally gotten around to BioShock Infinite GrantHeaslip discusses his disappointment with the game part of the game. Pufferfiz recently participated in a game jam and shares what he was able to make. Buckybit is still trying to download 50 Steam games on his Linux computer and gives a status update, similarly dietomaha shares how he plans to make enough money to buy a full priced game selling Steam Cards.

Fantastic Forums

What happens when you mix Napoleon with Ryan? Check out Rexcellent's work of art to find out! jgray on the other hand has created a musical tribute to BioForge worth giving a listen to. TurboMan has created a new and improved version of the Wrestling Discussion Thread. If you have been playing Cloudberry Kingdom talk about the crazy levels that you have seen or experienced on the discussion thread. Also feel free to talk and discuss the release of Super Drake Tracker 2000 EX and support stalking John Drake. Finally name and explain your favorite video game characters that have never been playable.

Lovable Lists

Sparky_Buzzsaw has a problem, he's noticed a recent trend in games that he thought would be bad are actually good and has started creating a list of said games that you can check out. l33t_haxor on the other hand ranks every single game in the Mario franchise in order of his preference.

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The Community Spotlight - 07/26/2013

Thanks Jeff and Alex...I Guess.

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I am your host as always and as the Summer weeks draw frightening close to their conclusion the community remains active as ever. Unfortunately for undisclosed reasons the re-issue of the "Fuck Ryan Davis" t-shirts have been cancelled. For those of you that purchased a shirt your money will be refunded. For many of you that have been having issues using site fixes for posting comments, editing releases on wiki pages, reviews displaying the incorrect scores, and user avatars not displaying have all been rolled out! If you are still having issues contact @rorie or @mrpibb. If you see someone trying to convince you that there's a papal conspiracy...just flag the guy or send us a PM...don't bother trying to respond to him/her/it. Even more baffling are users re-discovering Jeff's old Google Group, alt.sports.gerstmann. If you want to read the insane and vulgar ramblings of the staff and friedns of teh site when they were twenty...well there you go!

Clips of the Week

We have two clips for this week. The first is the latest user created Bombcast Animated clip, but this one is for the e-Shop rabbit sequence from the 7/23/2013 Bombcast. The second clip comes from the GB PC Gaming Hub and showcases the insane fun that they have been having with the Just Cause 2 multiplayer beta, hint, there were vehicles:

Community Activities

  • Giant Bomb Divekick Tournament (PS3 & Vita) - Friday, August 23rd to Sunday, August 25th - Sign Up to Fight Over Here!
  • Giant Bomb Steam Divekick Tournament - Friday August 23rd-Sunday August 25th - Sign Up and Fight Here!
  • Official Giant Bomb Warframe Clan - Join Heavy Industries, the Official Clan, Over Here!
  • Summer Games Done Quick [Raising Money for Doctors Without Borders] - July 25th-29th! - Help Raise Money or Donate Here!

Wonderful Wikis

Learn about Shadowrun Returns' journey from being a Kickstarter to finally coming out as a purchasable product. There's Dynasty Warriors sub-community on Giant Bomb! How else can you the explain the new improve wiki page for Zhang Chunhua. Alex's latest Bombastica is all about Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! which unsuprisingly has a well done wiki page. Finally, your new oddball amazing wiki concept page of the week is "Villainous Moon."

Best of Blogs

Hailinel takes Jeff's challenge and explains why he likes Dynasty Warriors and why that's not as weird as you may think. Gamer_152 talks about why he misses 1 vs. 100 and why it was a missed opportunity for Microsoft. Despite "sucking" at fighting games perfidioussin gave Tekken Tag Tournament 2 a try and explains what his experiences were. Mento gives you his latest monthly MS Paint webcomic as well as a blog about the obscure TurboGrafx game Genji Tsuushin Agedama. stoo99 recently played through Little Inferno and shares why he thinks it is one of the better examples of satire in video game writing. Inspired by EVO Fat OfNever has fallen down the STreet Fighter IV rabbit hole and explains which character he likes from what he has played. Similarly PsEG continues to play iRacing and has been doing so for 58 days now. Video_Game_King explains why he wasn't impressed with 999's story and also discusses Cadash is all about. DarthOrange only owned six SNES games, but shares his top five games for his first video game platform. Phatmac pontificates upon why he has fallen in love with Animal Crossing: New Leaf and his animal neighbors. Sparky_Buzzsaw finally decided to give Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen a shot and reveals why he's willing to overlook all of the problems in the game. Marino presents the sneakers that he got custom made with "Baller Time" written on them as well as his VHS recordings of E3 2004. Lydian_Sel went to PAX Australia, but wonders if it was a "real PAX," like in the US. briggs713 talks about spending and enjoying his summer with the Souls franchise. Finally dankemspter writes about his latest attempt to clean out his backlog, and Alaska_Gamer discusses his thoughts about The Binding of Isaac.

Fantastic Forums

What are your thoughts about monsters joining you as party members in RPGs? What if they talk? Share you thoughts about them on the discussion thread about the matter. If you have been playing the WiiU version of Earthbound, as a vet or newcomer, discuss the port on the discussion thread about the game. Finally DetectiveSpecial has pictures from the community Ryan Davis memorial Chicago meetup, and you can check out the things the users did to honor Ryan over there.

Lovable Lists

This week believer258 has a short list of three game, but games that are really important to him. Landmire on the other hand joins the many users with Steam backlog lists on the site.

Useful User Reviews

User Created Podcasts

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The Community Spotlight - 07/19/2013

Special Thanks to darknessandstarlight on Tumblr for the Banner!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight. I am your host as always. As the staff and community still reels from the death of Ryan the site is slowly but surely moving towards normalcy. Ryan will always be in our thoughts as the show goes on. For those of you that are wondering about the Ryan Davis t-shirts, they have been pulled from the marketplace. Also, if you have any suggestions on how to make the video player better, or are experiencing bugs/issues with it drop a comment over here, and Rorie will get to the bottom of it! With that all said it's the Summer Game Drought! Luckily it's also the Steam Summer Sale.

Clip of the Week

@turboman strikes again with another great Best of Giant Bomb Quick Look video! This video concludes his retrospective of the best moments from the Backflips 'n Bioforge feature:

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Wonderful Wikis

This week the big game releases are Shin Megami Tensei IV and Civ V: Brave New World, and you can learn more about them on their wonderfully detailed wiki pages. The same goes for increasingly popular Rogue Legacy. Finally, your interesting new concept page of the week is "Company's Name in Title."

Best of Blogs

This week jouseldelka talks about finally giving New Vegas a playthrough and discusses why he enjoyed it. ShawnS talks about why he hates the Clickers from The Last of Us, but how they could be better. StarvinGamer performed for Video Games Live, but also shares the worst Burger King he has ever been to. In honor of Ryan Granderojo has created a list of his favorite 2013 Summer Jams and asks you to join him. Video_Game_King stomached through a South Park and Tiny Tunes game and you can read about his pain on his latest blog. Sparky_Buzzsaw talks about the time he has sunk into Brave New World, and he is joined by ArbitraryWater who in addition to Brave New World played Resident Evil 6. EarlessShrimp explains why you should give Tyrian 2000 a try since it's free on GOG.com. Sooty blogs about why the announcement of Street Fighter IV Ultra isn't that big a deal, but YukoAsho talks about why he doesn't plan on buying Ultra. Finally RecSpec pontificates upon who he thinks the fifth new character will be and you can humor his insanity on his blog. Finally CharlesAlanRatliff has a video of him playing a demo for the Oculus Rift and Mento commemorates Ryan's death with a blog about Planscape: Torment.

Fantastic Forums

EpicSteve, Pascual, and Bodega got to interview Dave Lang and asked him questions about Divekick and you can listen to their descent into the Lang Zone. If you have been made any big or notable Steam purchases thanks to the Summer Steam Sale talk about them on the discussion thread. Have you ever screwed up while playing a game and it bit you in the ass? Share your story on the community discussion thread about such screw ups. Have you been playing Shin Megami Tensei IV? If so talk about your experiences with the other Giant Bomb users on the first impressions thread for the game. Finally...why am I recommending the "Do Moderators Get Paid?" thread? Well, it's funny.

Lovable Lists

If you have a bunch of un-played Steam games before and thanks to the Steam Sale take comfort that you are joined by Rorie and The_Nubster. Also, Mento marks the 30th anniversary of the Famicom with a list of the best obscure games of the platform.

Useful User Reviews

User Created Podcasts

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The Community Spotlight - In Honor of, and For, Ryan Davis

Here's to Thinking About You Ryan, Forever and Always.

Hello everyone and welcome. As you most likely already know now Ryan has passed away earlier this week. Many of you and the staff are still struggling to deal with this news, and there's nothing that I can say or do to stop this grief. In light of this unfortunate news the Spotlight is going to be amended as a tribute to Ryan in order to showcase the words, videos, and works of art that you have all produced to honor and dedicate to Ryan. For those of you that wrote gaming related blogs, review, or lists; the Spotlight will be back next week in its original format. Also, a separate reporting/linking thread will be created next week for all of you to bring anything that you have written or made on the site to my attention for the next Spotlight.

Now I want to thank all of you. What you, as a community, have created in this short amount of time is nothing short of amazing. You talked about crying, laughing, and struggling in relation to Ryan's death These are all important things to feel. The sheer number of blogs further proves how we are and always will be a community. I wont speculate on what Ryan would want you to do, but I will say this. It was great to see so many of you write, draw, edit, and channel your abilities to honor someone that was truly important to you. It is that sort of creativity, humor, and dedication that will help make this a better world to live in. Find comfort in this, and as Matt Rorie pointed out hug your friends and family...and maybe pour a bottle of water on their head to show that you love them even more. With that here's the Ryan Davis Community Spotlight!

Tributes and Dedications From Friends of the Site

The Ryan Davis Memorial Galleria of Art

Words Tributes from the Community

Community Memorial Efforts

Community Memorial Meetups

Videos Tributes From the Web

Author's Note: It goes without saying that this Spotlight is not complete. With over 200 requests of blogs, images, and videos there is still more to come for this Spotlight. However, due to a bought of hunger and tiredness I elected to publish the Spotlight prematurely with the intention of adding more to it another time. If I missed you just drop a comment and I'll get you on here immediately. Oh God...I have all of the user Tumblrs to put on this........

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