The Community Spotlight – 04/16/2016

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PAXAMANIA II is nigh! (Banner By: HavocHQ)

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host. There were a smattering of news worthy events on the site worth buzzing over. Last weekend was the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run where the Giant Bomb Community worked tirelessly to raise money for Pencils of Promise. Earlier in the week we witnessed the end of a year and a half experience with the last episode of Metal Gear Scanlon being published. While there are certainly other Metal Gear games out there, both Dan and Drew have been very public about closing the books on the feature that kept on giving great content on the site. Well, with these two bits of news item let’s go ahead and tackle the site related housekeeping:

  • As hinted at, the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run was this weekend! If you missed the event, but are still interested in supporting the charity drive for Pencils of Promise they will still be take donations for at least a week after it’s over.
  • Mr. Walker presented a keynote address at the 2016 Different Games Conference! Here’s the archive, and Austin’s speech starts around the twenty minute mark.
  • Giant Bomb user Jensa won the first Street Fighter V Community Tournament! Congratulations to Jensa, and if you are interested, here’s his tournament winning matchup!

PAXAMANIA PROMOS

So let’s move onto mindless nonsense. With PAXAMANIA set to land on the world next week a smattering of promos have been cut by various participants. Here are links to just a few of the “wonderful promos,” that you can enjoy:

  1. Pat Baer Interviews Austin Walker
  2. Pat Baer Interviews Alex Navarro
  3. Dirty Dan Ryckert babbled about honor and the American Dream or some nonsense.
  4. Dave Lang mourned the “death” of RUN GFB.
  5. Greg Miller “attacked” Dirty Dan Ryckert (Hairy Man-Belly Warning!)

Clip(s) of the Week

Giant Bomb TV Intros: Giant Bomb’s Law & Order! (By: @somestickguy_)

You asked and Somestickguy_ obliged! He’s finally mashed-up Giant Bomb with Law and Order, and the end results are so good that they would make Dick Wolf proud!

VinnyVania: Rondo of Blood All Deaths Supercut (By: @mepsipax)

Mepsipax created a supercut featuring every single one of VinnyCaravella’s deaths whilst playing Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. Remember to wait until the very end of the video…there’s a “surprise.”

Giant Bomb HD Remix – Endurance Run: Persona 4 – Part 06 (By: @stordoff)

Part 6 of stordoff’s effort to convert the Giant Bomb Persona 4: Endurance Run is available for your enjoyment! Re-live the magic with crisper pixels!

Giant Bomb Galleria

BANNER – PAX EAST 2016 PAXAMANIA II POSTER – A HURRICANE APPROACHES (By: @havochq)

PAX East 2016 is drawing nigh which means one thing…PAXAMANIA II IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER BROTHER! WHAT CHA’ GONNA DO WHEN PAXAMANIA ROLLS OVER YOU?!

Also, if you plan on going to PAX East 2016 drop a comment on HavocHQ’s post above. She’s offering prints of the awesome poster if you comment in the post above, so check it out and read the directions to see how you can make it happen.

Updated Powerbombcast Banner (By: @graboids)

graboids has updated his previous banner for The Powerbombcast in order to include the DOCTOR OF PAIN, AUSTIN WALKER!

Giant Bomb Meets Clefairy Says (By: @btns)

Inspired by Dan Ryckert speaking of the wonders of Clefairy Says, BTNS created this artwork which features an overexcited Dan and… a considerably less excited everyone else.

Community Activities

Summon some other GB duders to help you save Luxendarc.

Dark Souls III Community Password! (By: @mirado)

We now have a Giant Bomb Dark Souls III Community Password! Head over here to see what it is so you can enjoy the game with other Giant Bomb users.

Bravely Second Friend Code Exchange (By: @xenonick)

Don’t forget to post your Nintendo ID over here to get help from other Giant Bomb users in Bravely Second: End Layer!

Best of Blogs

Kanttai Collection…to think that I almost blocked its inclusion in the Giant Bomb database…what could have been.

KanColle Arcade (By: @darkbeatdk)

DarkbeatDK tries his absolute best to decipher what in the world is Kantai Collection…he’s a better person than me so please pray for his soul.

Dark Souls (Day 9) – First Full Run (Seath in One & the Priscilla Homicide) (By: @flashflood_29)

The Dark Souls pain train isn’t stopping for FlashFlood_29! Read all about his efforts to beat Priscilla, and get through the Crystal Cave on his latest blog detailing his first full run through the game!

Wiki Project: Super ’95 Q1 & Sunday Summaries 10/04/2016: The Witcher 3 & Sideway: New York& SoundTreks: Hitoshi Sakimoto (By: @mento)

Fellow moderator Mento’s exhaustive plans for the Giant Bomb wiki shall not be stopped! Read the quarter one reports summarizing his efforts on the wiki, as well as a summary on his great work from last week on his two blogs. He also produced an examination of the games that one-time Squaresoft composer Hitoshi Sakimoto worked on, and how his musical compositions enhanced said games.

Dark Souls 3: Breaking the Tank (By: @ltsquigs)

Friend of the site, LtSquigs, does some math to explain why you might not want to build a tank in Dark Souls III!

Some (Additional) Thoughts on Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (By: @egge)

How many of you are nostalgic for Cubivore? No? Well still check out RioStarwind’s blog about it!

Egge provides his additional thoughts regarding Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture on his latest blog where he tackles some of the game’s deeper elements.

A Personal Video Game Retrospective (1986-2015) 2002 (By: @riostarwind)

RioStarwind reviews the highs and lows of his gaming catalog and memories from 2002 on his latest “Video Game Retrospective” this week.

Do We Have To Talk About It? (Firewatch And Things) (By: @bonbolapti)

bonbolapti converses how the quest to hear everything in Firewatch dampened his opinion of the game ever so slightly on his latest blog.

Adventure Afterlife – A journey through 20 years of Adventure Games [ Part 2 ] 1993 (By: @azuresama)

azuresama continues to venture into the depths of 90s era adventure games with Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers and Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle being the primary targets for her retrospective this week.

On MGSV and Kojima (By: @xerseslives)

The end of an era has finally happened!

xerseslives finally played and completed Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and comments on how he found the the game, like most of the words and works of Hideo Kojima, to be a massive contradition of sorts.

Join the Discussion

This non-committal thumbs up doesn’t exactly summarize the Giant Bomb Community’s reaction to Dark Souls III

Dark Souls 3 General Discussions Topic (Minor Spoilers) (By: @militantfreudian)

You can feel free to join our general community discussion for Dark Souls III, which includes boss talks and overall impressions with the game, over here.

Dark Souls III – Tips, Tricks and General Help (By: @mordukai)

Do you require help in Dark Souls III? Let out a yelp on our official “Tips and Tricks” thread for the game here! There are plenty of Dark Souls experts that are willing to help you.

Dark Souls III Character Creation: Hot or Not? (By: @golguin)

Where do you stand regarding Dark Souls III’s character creation system? Share your two cents related to the feature for the rest of the community to marvel over.

What Platform Are You Playing Dark Souls III On? (By: @mattschwabby)

What platform did you end up going with for Dark Souls III? Share why you went with that, and your impressions of that specific version/port of the game on this discussion thread.

Doom Open Beta Discussion Thread (By: @conker)

So that Doom multiplayer beta, huh? You can join the rest of the Giant Bomb Community in discussing it over here!

Has the Battleborn Beta Changed Your Mind? (By: @squidc00kie)

Oh that’s right… new games were released this week.

Has the beta for Battleborn changed your opinion of the game? Feel free to share your early impressions with the rest of the Giant Bomb community.

Ratchet & Clank Discussion Thread (By: @jorjor)

Do you have any thoughts related to the new Ratchet & Clank game that just released on the PS4 this week? Feel free to join the community discussion about the game over here.

What Is The Dumbest Story Moment You Have Seen In A RPG (By: @chocobodude3)

What is the dumbest story related moment you have ever experienced in an RPG? Share the “best” stupidity over here. I would also like to mention that the fact that 90% of the comments and replies are for JRPGs…which I find to be oddly comforting.

Useful User Reviews

You all seem as conflicted about Quantum Break as Jeff.
  • @lucien21’s review quickly summarizes his conflicted thoughts and impressions with Quantum Break.
  • @lucien21’s review of The Division shares why he thinks it’s a fun time with plenty of rough edges.

Lovable Lists

What Video Games Taught Me (By: @warcat777)

At some point I’m going to need to play this…OH NOOOOO!

Who ever said that video games are bad for you? They’re crazy because warcat777 has listed ten important facts that he has learned from a variety of video games.

Games With Incredibly Disorienting Motion Blur (By: @fisk0)

Fellow moderator fisk0 is working on a list of games with “incredibly disorienting motion blur!” Check out the first draft, and provide more suggestions, over here!

StealthRUSH’s Top 100 Favorite PC Games (By: @stealthrush)

StealthRUSH pontificated upon what his top one hundred favorite PC games were, and developed this list as a result! Feel free to check it out.

Wonderful Wikis

Star Fox Zero

You can learn all about the new mechanics that one can experience and expect to see in Star Fox Zero by checking out our nicely done wiki page for the game.

Star Fox 64

And now for a wiki page the deserves a medal! Our Star Fox 64 wiki page details every bit of minutia related to the game that you could ever possibly want to know! No really check it out because it’s one of the best pages on the site!

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