The Community Spotlight - 01/04/2013

 

Special Thanks to BBAlpert for Creating LucasArt Sprite Versions of the Staff! 

 Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and the first Spotlight for 2013! It's a new year and hopefully the latest wave of staff content has you excited to see what is in-store for the future. Also Game of the Year stuff is done so let's talk about the now! The surprise staff of the week was Alex who debuted his first Encyclopedia Bombastica as well as his top ten movies of the year. If you have a Twitter account and always wanted to follow the lead devloper of Giant Bomb, who surprisingly enough is NOT Dave Snider, check out @dannichi

Community Events and Game Nights

  • Official Dota 2 Key Giveaway Thread - Post your DOTA 2 Key(s) to Giveaway Over Here!
  • The Giant Bomb PC Gaming Hub Serious Sam 3 Game Night - Set for Saturday Night at 10pm GMT - Get More Details on the Event Over Here!
  • GB Anarchy Reigns Tournament - Set for January 14th - Sign Up and Discuss the Event Over Here!
  • Gerstmas 2013 - Start the Year on a Good Foot and Join the Community Game Giveaway Event over Here!

Wonderful Wikis 

Have you every heard of Paper Galaxy, Chronovolt, or Anarchy Reigns until now? Well I didn't  and these wikis are all surprisingly well done and worth a look.  

Best of Blog

The big winner this week was STATS! Marino hit it up with a double whammy this week by giving the year end stats of the Giant Bomb community's Xbox 360 achievements as well as the end of the month community stats. Unfortunately this month will mark the final edition of the data dump as the community activity metrics are being dropped with the site redesign. However that's not all, Cincaid took the time to provide all of the stats based on the Quick Looks on the site and dantey tabulated the staff Game of the Year rankings. Also embarking on an ambitious end of the year project was ZanzibarBreeze who has an 8 hour long MP3 of the best moments of the Giant Bombcast from 2012. Mento sets himself up for failure with his 2013 gaming resolution blog and ANt610 discusses why he enjoys having a significant gaming backlog. thabigred explains why he wasn't entirely impressed by Analog A Hate Story, simultaneously Sarumarine pontificated on why Borderlands 2 didn't make his Game of the Year list despite having played a significant portion of the game. Gamer_152 listed the major events and controversies of 2012, and to be expected there are plenty. Finally we have what I suspect will be the last batch of Game of the Year stuff until December. 

Fantastic Forums

With the year over the final results of ThatFrood's Community Game of the Year project are in! See which games made the top ten or twenty on the spreadsheet. BBAlpert has created sprite versions of the staff as if they were in a LucasArt adventure game. Finally debate and discuss the game that got cut from your GOTY list, appreciation of jam, and the validity of realistic water physics. 

Lovable Lists

Lists are lists are lists. Thiago123, MajorMitch, and amlabella will be the users with the last Game of the Year lists on the Community Spotlight until December. Finally listman Mento provides a tabulation of every game he played in 2012 as well as a brief summary of his thoughts on them. 

Useful User Reviews

User Created Podcasts

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Posted by ZombiePie

 

Special Thanks to BBAlpert for Creating LucasArt Sprite Versions of the Staff! 

 Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and the first Spotlight for 2013! It's a new year and hopefully the latest wave of staff content has you excited to see what is in-store for the future. Also Game of the Year stuff is done so let's talk about the now! The surprise staff of the week was Alex who debuted his first Encyclopedia Bombastica as well as his top ten movies of the year. If you have a Twitter account and always wanted to follow the lead devloper of Giant Bomb, who surprisingly enough is NOT Dave Snider, check out @dannichi

Community Events and Game Nights

  • Official Dota 2 Key Giveaway Thread - Post your DOTA 2 Key(s) to Giveaway Over Here!
  • The Giant Bomb PC Gaming Hub Serious Sam 3 Game Night - Set for Saturday Night at 10pm GMT - Get More Details on the Event Over Here!
  • GB Anarchy Reigns Tournament - Set for January 14th - Sign Up and Discuss the Event Over Here!
  • Gerstmas 2013 - Start the Year on a Good Foot and Join the Community Game Giveaway Event over Here!

Wonderful Wikis 

Have you every heard of Paper Galaxy, Chronovolt, or Anarchy Reigns until now? Well I didn't  and these wikis are all surprisingly well done and worth a look.  

Best of Blog

The big winner this week was STATS! Marino hit it up with a double whammy this week by giving the year end stats of the Giant Bomb community's Xbox 360 achievements as well as the end of the month community stats. Unfortunately this month will mark the final edition of the data dump as the community activity metrics are being dropped with the site redesign. However that's not all, Cincaid took the time to provide all of the stats based on the Quick Looks on the site and dantey tabulated the staff Game of the Year rankings. Also embarking on an ambitious end of the year project was ZanzibarBreeze who has an 8 hour long MP3 of the best moments of the Giant Bombcast from 2012. Mento sets himself up for failure with his 2013 gaming resolution blog and ANt610 discusses why he enjoys having a significant gaming backlog. thabigred explains why he wasn't entirely impressed by Analog A Hate Story, simultaneously Sarumarine pontificated on why Borderlands 2 didn't make his Game of the Year list despite having played a significant portion of the game. Gamer_152 listed the major events and controversies of 2012, and to be expected there are plenty. Finally we have what I suspect will be the last batch of Game of the Year stuff until December. 

Fantastic Forums

With the year over the final results of ThatFrood's Community Game of the Year project are in! See which games made the top ten or twenty on the spreadsheet. BBAlpert has created sprite versions of the staff as if they were in a LucasArt adventure game. Finally debate and discuss the game that got cut from your GOTY list, appreciation of jam, and the validity of realistic water physics. 

Lovable Lists

Lists are lists are lists. Thiago123, MajorMitch, and amlabella will be the users with the last Game of the Year lists on the Community Spotlight until December. Finally listman Mento provides a tabulation of every game he played in 2012 as well as a brief summary of his thoughts on them. 

Useful User Reviews

User Created Podcasts

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Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

I love how creative users got with their top ten and game awards this year.

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Posted by Video_Game_King

@Sparky_Buzzsaw said:

I love how creative users got with their top ten and game awards this year.

Regardless of what you meant, I can't help but read that sarcastically.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

@Video_Game_King: Haven't we covered that before? Or was it with someone else? Anyways, no, I'm being serious. People really did a good job of changing up their formats or making them way more fun and interesting to read this year.

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Posted by ZombiePie

I'm going to draw a line on the ground and say that I'm not going to showcase anymore Game of the Year stuff.

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Posted by Gamer_152

Kind of weird to see GoTY stuff still coming. Anywho, here's a thing I did yesterday, I know it's easy for lists to get lost in the shuffle.

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Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

@ZombiePie said:

I'm going to draw a line on the ground and say that I'm not going to showcase anymore Game of the Year stuff.

Is it a squiggly line? Does it zig and/or zag? Is it some kind of weird string theory line that I'll never completely understand? Will the line involve dancing? I demand details!

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Posted by Fattony12000

@ZombiePie: Thanks your Royal Pieness!

Posted by RelentlessKnight

my first review in the last ?? years... Dishonored

Posted by Mezmero

Whoa I forgot I even posted that last week. Yes it was a year of regrets in gaming but now that it's over I've got nothing. Looking forward to quite possibly the craziest year in gaming in 2013. New consoles and a thriving digital industry? Things are going to get ugly from here.

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Posted by ZombiePie

I am going to have a small get together with friends and family today, so maybe expect the next Spotlight to come out late again.

That said I could use a bit more input for the next edition as I have been away for a bit.

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Edited by Mento

Hopefully not too late: Comic Commish and Miscellany. (Also, a list.)

As for other stuff to put forward, it's been kind of quiet around here of late. The only thing I can think of is Branthog's Gerstmas giveaway thing that's about to start. Checking my followed user blogs window, I see RecSpec and MajorMitch each had a weekly update. The rest is either mod stuff or VGK, all of which I assume you already know about.

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