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.

Useful User Reviews

User Created Podcasts

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Edited by Mento

I think I've finally broken free of SaltyBet's icy cold grip. The odds system is such right now that it's nigh impossible to escape from the salt mines unless you're fortunate enough to gamble everything on an upset. I've thought that fixing the maximum odds value to 1:10 would do it - anything beyond that is going to be a sure thing regardless, and at least you get more than a single dollar for betting on the favorite. Not really the place for this sort of discussion, though.

Some good stuff here. Once this minor kerfuffle with the notifications is dealt with (they've been stellar for a few weeks now) and the late August releases start popping up almost every other day, I imagine this place will start to get crazy again with user content. The big rush of new games, TV shows and stuff to read is why the end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn is always my favorite time of year.

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Edited by Lord_Xp

The Dota 2 Noob guild has officially been named Shoemaker's Army. That link takes you to the topic page. It's been re-vamped so that's why i'm posting this here.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

@mento: I agree. I've won 9 out of 10 matches, bet nearly everything on a regular basis, and still can't crack more than a few hundred on a bet at a time. It's still fun to watch, but I'm slowly managing my addiction.

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Posted by ZombiePie

@lord_xp said:

The Dota 2 Noob guild has officially been named Shoemaker's Army. That link takes you to the topic page. It's been re-vamped so that's why i'm posting this here.

It has been fixed. Best of luck to you.

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Posted by Tireyo

It's been a little bit of a quiet week.

Posted by ZombiePie
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Posted by wemibelec90

@zombiepie: Thanks for the mention! Completely unexpected.

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Posted by Video_Game_King

My computer tried to destroy this blog before I could post it, but I still managed to get it out. (It did, however, completely destroy all my Wand of Gamelon notes right before I was about to finish the game.)

Posted by B0nd07
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Edited by Gamer_152

Here is what I wrote about MMOs and grinding and new MMOs without the grinding.

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Posted by ZombiePie
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Posted by GrantHeaslip

Thanks! I'm not sure what to make of being linked to in the same breath as @video_game_king. Should I give up this charade and start writing about obscure PC Engine games?

Posted by Video_Game_King

Should I give up this charade and start writing about obscure PC Engine games?

Isn't that more @mento's thing?

Edited by Mento

@video_game_king: @grantheaslip: Dude, if you know anything about obscure PC Engine games, have at it. I could use some ideas. That thing was lousy with shooters, which can't really be Screenshot LPed effectively.

I assume by the mention that you have my contributions for this week ZombiePie. They're here and here, just in case.

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Posted by GrantHeaslip

@video_game_king said:

@grantheaslip said:

Should I give up this charade and start writing about obscure PC Engine games?

Isn't that more @mento's thing?

Why did I assume Miracle Girls was a PC Engine game?

@mento said:

@video_game_king: @grantheaslip: Dude, if you know anything about obscure PC Engine games, have at it. I could use some ideas. That thing was lousy with shooters, which can't really be Screenshot LPed effectively.

I assume by the mention that you have my contributions for this week ZombiePie. They're here and here, just in case.

Nope, no PC Engine knowledge here. I had to google it to make sure it was the Japanese name for the TurboGrafx so I wouldn't screw up my botched reference. The most obscure games I could write about with any nostalgic authority are, off the top of my head, Kiwi Kraze and Puss N Boots. And damn, now that I think about it, I should maybe do that.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@video_game_king said:

@grantheaslip said:

Should I give up this charade and start writing about obscure PC Engine games?

Isn't that more @mento's thing?

Why did I assume Miracle Girls was a PC Engine game?

Because it looks that bad?

Edited by GrantHeaslip

@video_game_king said:

@grantheaslip said:

[...] Why did I assume Miracle Girls was a PC Engine game?

Because it looks that bad?

Good answer to my unintentionally rhetorical question.