The Community Spotlight - 07/27/2012


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Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! Last week marked the fourth birthday of the site, this week marks the 300th episode of the Giant Bombcast! Again many thanks to the staff for taking the time to make such great content for the site. First thing worth mentioning is that Marino would like to remind you that just because characters appear in certain games doesn't mean they count as part of a franchise. Ryan revealed how he plans on becoming a Super Hero villain. Tony and Sara from Comic Vine guested in a special GameSpot podcast discussing The Dark Knight Rises. Also worth noting is that Brad Shoemaker made a guest appearance on the gaming edition GameSpot podcast. Matt Kessler turned 24 this week so if you haven't already issue your belated birthday wishes to him. Finally everyone should check out and watch the latest edition of GB user BrYN's Bombcast Animated video series:

Game Nights and Activities 

  • Giant Bomb Community SC2 US Tournament #14 - July 29th! - Sign Ups Start Saturday!
  • PC Gaming Hub - Play Those Steam Games You Bought During the Summer Sale with Other Users by Heading Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis 

Yup it continues to be the Summer Game Drought...and there aren't that many Wiki Tasks or big releases that have been capturing the community's attention. That said I'm happy to inform all of you that  Surströmming has been added to the database. Now quick, think of other games to add to the wiki page! David Lang would be happy to know that the community has made the Wreckateer wiki page a nice page. The Fire Emblem community strikes back with the Hector character page, and you can figure out what the heck Super Amazing Wagon Adventure is from its wiki page. 

Best of Blogs 

The highlight for this week comes from user mtmckinley who talks about the heartbreak that came of Warthog and other studios bought to develop games for the Gizmondo. Also Mento hit it out of the park this week by writting not one, not two, but three blogs this week! GB user that pinguino details why he's been playing around with Final Fantasy VIII's leveling system still to this day. Cout_Zero breaks down Arthur Clarke's book Rendezvous with Rama and its video game adaptation. ThePhantomnaut details what it was like going to EVO 2012 in person while Marino looks back to EverQuest and talks about his memories with the game's first expansion pack. RelentlessKnight has written a blog recalling some unorthodox ways developer have done copy protection in video games. Video_Game_King starts a blogging trend by writing yet another blog about killing zombies. Jan has created yet another blog showing off his 3D modeling skills. Jay444111 lists off ten enfuriating bosses he has had to deal with. MisterBananaFoam contemplates if established franchises should risk canging their genres while in tandem Zenogiasu who looks if the transitional period hurts the development of original IPs in the industry. RecSpec gives you an update on his gaming, metalsnakezero continues to play through the Assassin's Creed franchise, and eccentrix tackles his Steam game library backlog. The latest edition of the Knowledge Bomb featuring the best user essays has been published by thatpunguino. User c0l0nelp0c0rn1 Finally got around to Ghost Trick and Deathdealer108 talks about his dark descent into the Xbox Avatar Marketplace. MisterSparkle theorizes why taking violence out of games isn't that big of a controversy and DoctorWelch gives you an update on how his efforts to learn how to program are going. 

Fantastic Forums 

The Olympics start this weekend so if track and field gets your blood pumping head on over there. Also if you plan on getting Persona 4 Arena just note that there's an official spoilerific story discussion thread where you can discuss anything about the game without fear of being cursed.  

Lovable Lists 


Mago looks back at the Steam Summer Sale and lists the dent that it made on his wallet, and MisterBananaFoam has created a humorous list of games that have been ruined for him because of bad DLC and User Created Content. 

Useful User Reviews 


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Posted by ZombiePie

Special Thanks to deathstroke75 for the Banner!
 
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! Last week marked the fourth birthday of the site, this week marks the 300th episode of the Giant Bombcast! Again many thanks to the staff for taking the time to make such great content for the site. First thing worth mentioning is that Marino would like to remind you that just because characters appear in certain games doesn't mean they count as part of a franchise. Ryan revealed how he plans on becoming a Super Hero villain. Tony and Sara from Comic Vine guested in a special GameSpot podcast discussing The Dark Knight Rises. Also worth noting is that Brad Shoemaker made a guest appearance on the gaming edition GameSpot podcast. Matt Kessler turned 24 this week so if you haven't already issue your belated birthday wishes to him. Finally everyone should check out and watch the latest edition of GB user BrYN's Bombcast Animated video series:

Game Nights and Activities 

  • Giant Bomb Community SC2 US Tournament #14 - July 29th! - Sign Ups Start Saturday!
  • PC Gaming Hub - Play Those Steam Games You Bought During the Summer Sale with Other Users by Heading Over Here!

Wonderful Wikis 

Yup it continues to be the Summer Game Drought...and there aren't that many Wiki Tasks or big releases that have been capturing the community's attention. That said I'm happy to inform all of you that  Surströmming has been added to the database. Now quick, think of other games to add to the wiki page! David Lang would be happy to know that the community has made the Wreckateer wiki page a nice page. The Fire Emblem community strikes back with the Hector character page, and you can figure out what the heck Super Amazing Wagon Adventure is from its wiki page. 

Best of Blogs 

The highlight for this week comes from user mtmckinley who talks about the heartbreak that came of Warthog and other studios bought to develop games for the Gizmondo. Also Mento hit it out of the park this week by writting not one, not two, but three blogs this week! GB user that pinguino details why he's been playing around with Final Fantasy VIII's leveling system still to this day. Cout_Zero breaks down Arthur Clarke's book Rendezvous with Rama and its video game adaptation. ThePhantomnaut details what it was like going to EVO 2012 in person while Marino looks back to EverQuest and talks about his memories with the game's first expansion pack. RelentlessKnight has written a blog recalling some unorthodox ways developer have done copy protection in video games. Video_Game_King starts a blogging trend by writing yet another blog about killing zombies. Jan has created yet another blog showing off his 3D modeling skills. Jay444111 lists off ten enfuriating bosses he has had to deal with. MisterBananaFoam contemplates if established franchises should risk canging their genres while in tandem Zenogiasu who looks if the transitional period hurts the development of original IPs in the industry. RecSpec gives you an update on his gaming, metalsnakezero continues to play through the Assassin's Creed franchise, and eccentrix tackles his Steam game library backlog. The latest edition of the Knowledge Bomb featuring the best user essays has been published by thatpunguino. User c0l0nelp0c0rn1 Finally got around to Ghost Trick and Deathdealer108 talks about his dark descent into the Xbox Avatar Marketplace. MisterSparkle theorizes why taking violence out of games isn't that big of a controversy and DoctorWelch gives you an update on how his efforts to learn how to program are going. 

Fantastic Forums 

The Olympics start this weekend so if track and field gets your blood pumping head on over there. Also if you plan on getting Persona 4 Arena just note that there's an official spoilerific story discussion thread where you can discuss anything about the game without fear of being cursed.  

Lovable Lists 


Mago looks back at the Steam Summer Sale and lists the dent that it made on his wallet, and MisterBananaFoam has created a humorous list of games that have been ruined for him because of bad DLC and User Created Content. 

Useful User Reviews 


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Posted by MattyFTM

First.

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Posted by Video_Game_King

@MattyFTM said:

First.

Comments like these violate the rules or something, right? Or am I misremembering that?

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@Video_Game_King said:

@MattyFTM said:

First.

Comments like these violate the rules or something, right? Or am I misremembering that?

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Posted by Video_Game_King

@MattyFTM said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@MattyFTM said:

First.

Comments like these violate the rules or something, right? Or am I misremembering that?

ThatsTheJoke.jpg

I tried flagging your post, but I found out that you can't flag staff/moderator posts.

Posted by wumbo3000

Thanks for the mention!

Edited by Redbullet685

Awesome! My review and page for Super Amazing Wagon Adventure in the Community Spotlight. And a Community Spotlight where the title has a mistake, "7/7/2012".

Posted by Nadafinga

Thanks for linking my review. I'm going to try to keep writing reviews for the games I complete, something new for me to do.

Posted by SexyToad

Times like this make me feel bad for not getting starcraft... I doubt I can get good enough to win in such a short amount of time.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

You know, I bet I could churn out a blog every week if I felt like it. But I don't. Oh well. You can expect something probably 4X or Fire Emblem related in anywhere from 1-6 weeks, depending on how dedicated or bored I feel. Because that's the trend I'm seeing.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@ArbitraryWater said:

Because that's the trend I'm seeing.

I didn't even realize I was setting trends. Besides, I'm setting that Fire Emblem trend in 3.5 weeks.

Posted by Brewmaster_Andy

New episode of The Brewcast is up here!

Posted by Video_Game_King

This may be premature, but I recommend this thread for the spotlight, if only for the strange shit I posted there.

Edited by takashichea

Congrats everyone! Way to go ballistic on the wiki pages!

Whoo, Fire Emblem!

I'm so stoked to buy that new Kingdom Hearts game, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, for my little sister. Despite I haven't play the game due to school and AV wiki, it's a good gift for anyone who love the series.

Edit:

Lyn's new outfit does not really fit her.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@takashichea said:

Whoo, Fire Emblem!

Lyn's new outfit does not really fit her.

It's Fire Emblem: Awakening. Of course the outfits are going to be crazy.

Celice from Fire Emblem: Awakening, looking decked the shit out.
Posted by takashichea

@Video_Game_King:

I missed her old design. Fur does not look good on her. It's like Leon from Kingdom Hearts or FF8 who does not look good with a fur vest.

Yeah, Celice looks tight.

@ArbitraryWater:

Oh man, I wish I can comment on your Fire Emblem blogs. I was overwhelmed by your insight on the games and stats. It left me speechless. I haven't play those games yet. I still got those two GBA games: Fire Emblem and The Sacred Stones and two of Ike's games. I'm still working on the character wiki pages for those games.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@takashichea:

To be fair, she is from the plains of Sacae, if I remember correctly, so it's entirely possible she cut a bear open, tanned its hide, and made her outfit out of that.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

@takashichea: To be fair, I'm a bit OCD about that kinda junk, probably to my own detriment. I blame it on my time spent with the English speaking FE community, who spend what seems to be 90% of their discussion arguing character tier lists for SINGLE PLAYER GAMES and the other 10% revealing their weird anime waifu fetishes when talking about lore and whatnot.

@Video_Game_King said:

@ArbitraryWater said:

Because that's the trend I'm seeing.

I didn't even realize I was setting trends. Besides, I'm setting that Fire Emblem trend in 3.5 weeks.

I made the trend myself. Honestly, if me playing FE Gaiden in a scattered and unfocused manner beats out my will to play 4X games in a scattered and unfocused manner, we could get the third Fire Emblem blog from me in a row. That probably won't happen though.

Posted by takashichea

DLC Roy looks the best, in my opinion. Though, it's disappointing that he's a dual wielder like his possible mother. I still don't like the fur for Lyn's design, but I really like that they gave her both the Mani Katti and the Sol Katti since they are sister swords after all.

Roy's mercenary design from Fire Emblem: 3DS
Posted by Gamer_152
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Posted by Video_Game_King

Not one, but two blogs this week! Rejoice!

Posted by ZombiePie

I have to pick up a friend at the airport so the next Spotlight will go up sometime later today. 

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Posted by Mento

Just a review and a list this week. Working on the blog this weekend.

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Posted by Slurpelve

@Video_Game_King said:

@takashichea said:

Whoo, Fire Emblem!

Lyn's new outfit does not really fit her.

It's Fire Emblem: Awakening. Of course the outfits are going to be crazy.

Celice from Fire Emblem: Awakening, looking decked the shit out.

That outfit looks crazy, I think to play fire emblem. Im probably going to buy the next one.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@BadSniper52 said:

Im probably going to buy the next one.

I'm definitely gonna get the next one, even without "I'm so pimp my coat has these strange frill things" Celice. (The DLC/SpotPass stuff is Japan only, right? Any word on that front?)

Posted by ZombiePie

The latest edition of the Spotlight is up now

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