Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Community Spotlight! The big announcement for this week is that Patrick got married! Anyways best wishes to Patrick and his fiancee. If you haven't done so already wish him your best wishes over here. A GB user has uncovered footage of a 16 year old Jeff Gerstmann from CES 1992. Matthew Rorie wrote a blog the size of an article about his thoughts and experiences with Alan Wake. Finally in a bit of sad news, friend of the site Greg Miller of IGN fame has been diagnosed with cancer. If you can wish him a safe surgery and speedy recovery over here. With that let's start the Spotlight off with this nightmare inducing livestream clip:
Game Nights and Activities
Giant Bomb Community Sound Shapes Level Sharing Thread - Share Your Levels or Play Other User Creations Here!
Official Persona 4 Arena Thread of Creating Social Links - Share Your Gamertag to Play Persona 4 Arena with Other Users Over Here!
It has been a slow week for the wiki seeing how it's the Summer Game Drought and all...despite this the wiki page for The Political machine 2012 has come along nicely after being set up as a Wiki Task. The wiki page for The Sword of Hope II improved leaps and bounds this week and the Defenestration (aka "Throwing Dudes out of Windows") concept page has plenty of examples on it now.
Nostalgia was the odd theme for blogs this week as Hunter5024 has written a massive blog about going back to Final Fantasy V while buzz_clik wrote a significant love letter to Impossible Mission. Hasmt3r made an awesome remix of a track from Rise of the Triad and Sparky_Buzzsaw disappoitingly details what it was like going back to the first Quest for Glory game. Marino continues to talk about his crazy adventures with EverQuest back in the day this time explaining why one should not sleep in "The Hole," whereas TrashMustache detailed why HD Collections and other games exploiting nostalgia depress him. MisterBananaFoam continues to break down his effort to re-experience Dinkey Kong 64 while MajorMitch explains why Dark Souls is the "hardcore" spiritual successor of Zelda and not Darksiders. Video_Game_King went through Call of Duty: Black Ops and Cho Aniki thanks to his manliness. Vinny_Says compares how his expectations for this gaming year back i January compare to how things came out in reality. Continuing is trend of examining problems associated with writing about video games thatpinguino such as getting through side quests and detailing game mechanics. Fattony12000 gives you a monthly update as well as Ahmadmetallic and Sackmanjones. Gamer_152 defends the creation of GaymerCon and ahoodedfigure lists his final thoughts on The Old Republic now that it has officially gone free to play. Lies explains why he feels Alpha Protocol has a better sense of scale than the Mass Effect games whereas Dalai elaborates upon why his enjoyment of Xenoblade Chronicles does change his view on the state of JRPGs and online petitions. Finally jakob_187 blogs about why paying $10 to join the closed beta for Path of Exile is worth it and Alaska_Gamer relates why the downloadable titles Malicious and Dyad are worth it.
GB user Fattony12000 has created a a properly titled waiting and comment room for TNTs on the site. Now that Persona 4 Arena is out if you plan on discussing anything story related to the game check out the spoiler discussion thread. Finally GB user BaconGames has created a screengrab posting thread for any insanity you capture during livestreams that you'd like to share with the rest of the community.
GB user Hunter5024 has created a video game bucket list after a friend of his passed away. Mento continues his tradition of creating lists heavily reliant on bad puns with a list inspired by Pokemon Conquest. Finally GB user Brackynews has created a slew of lists this week. One listing games that were released broken (which if you can think of more examples help him out!), another listing video game characters that doodle in their games, and finally a list of video game box art that is so bad it's good.