Free South Park game giveaway, Dark Souls 2, and Vince Zampella on this week's The Lobby

Tune in to GameSpot's weekly live show, The Lobby, to watch Dark Souls 2, ask questions of Titanfall developer Vince Zampella, and win free copies of the South Park game.

What's going to happen on this week's episode of our weekly live show, The Lobby? While we can't reveal all of our secrets, we can tease out some of the big stuff you won't want to miss on Tuesday March 3 at 2PM PST (6PM EDT).

Respawn's Vince Zampella will be in the studio to answer all of your pressing Titanfall questions. You can ask questions through the GameSpot Twitter account, in the comments section for the show, or in the show's Twitch stream.

We'll be showing off Dark Souls II, though we'll try to keep the cursing to a minimum as we play through a small part of the infamously difficult game.

Win a copy of South Park: The Stick of Truth! We'll be giving away two copies each of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions through Twitter during the show. To win, just follow @GameSpot and mention #GSTheLobby. Winners will be announced live on air.

Watch Rambo: the new game!...well, they can't all be winners.

But we do have even more exciting surprises that you'll only be able to see by tuning in live tomorrow (and every Tuesday) at 2PM!

Justin Haywald is a senior editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @JustinHaywaldGot a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

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31 comments
tightwad34
tightwad34

What is this? Something about Dark Souls 2 on Gamespot? Hell hasn't frozen over as far as I know.

quidditch3
quidditch3

Does anyone know if you buy titanfall for 360 will their be stats transfer to xbox one like BF4? Just trying to find out for a friend I already have an xbox one

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

Twitter tracks you around the web and reports relevant aggregates to businesses for marketing purposes. If you don't actively block these web services, you will find yourself stuck in what's referred to today as a filter bubble.

jessie82
jessie82

only for us residents i suppose..

Hurvl
Hurvl

Oh great, they're just giving away console versions of the game. I only play on PC. It's just as well I suppose. I never win anything in these contests anyway and they're usually just for the USA or UK and I'm from Sweden, so I can never even join them. Good thing that I won't have to join twitter, which I have never used before, to get into a contest that I'm not interested in winning.

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

Nice offer if ya like a watered down edited game. If it is or could be the US version which hasn't been touched I would jump on it but I wont even try for a free edited game of any kind.

jeremy-
jeremy-

Anybody else from outside US slightly interested in the show but completely put off by the giveaway not including us. Its like a big f*ck you to everybody who cant enter so it ends up detracting from the show. Literally no longer interested due to a GIVEAWAY, how dumb/ironic is that.


I mean, how hard is it to influence your marketing relationships to strike a deal that doesnt piss off whats at least 25% of your userbase if not more. GS could even pay for the item themselves if it ends up being won offshore... how expensive is that, $50 dollars? I mean FFS cheapskates.


Last week you were giving away ESO keys but 90% of people who actually entered the beta got keys. This is not a Beta, its a free demo. ESO is not a valid runnerup prize.

feared4power
feared4power

i don't know what to do so can i have free game

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

Heh, I supposed that some publishers still have the habit of handing out swag to mainstream gaming sites. Even if the latter hands them out, the publishers still get their products promoted.

(Do read Kotaku's 2012 article:

The Contemptible Games Journalist: Why So Many People Don’t Trust The Gaming Press (And Why They’re Sometimes Wrong))

P.S. I would include a link, but GameSpot's LiveFyre comment system is unreliable when it comes to postings with HTML links.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@berserker66666  

Probably because the editors want to give context to freelancer Tyler Hick's review of the game and emphasize that it is an opinion.

If you haven't noticed already, there are more than a few people pissed that the game could get the same number as Thief, higher than Lightning Returns, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and such other whinings.

jeremy-
jeremy-

A previously comment was deleted. I was trying to bring context to this complaint by explaining that most of the competitions that I have been brought to on Gamespot over the past 6 months have been through email spam.


I click the email competition, then upon entering, I am refused entry. Of course, I could have read the terms and conditions in 8pt Arial down the bottom of the page but somehow missed that.


By deleting that comment you took the away the context for the reply I made to the moderator.

Snakpakk
Snakpakk moderator

@jeremy-  First of all, we get that this upsets some of you. Secondly, we try to get as many digital copies of the game (whenever possible) in order to give everyone a chance to win something and to by-pass international sweepstakes/giveaway restrictions. Which is ultimately the main problem in including everyone. 


The prizes are just a way to thank you guys for watching and not the center of the show. Sorry you are upset with the way things are going and hope venting your frustrations helped you get to a better place. 


Have a nice day. 

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@feared4power  

You must be a USA citizen to qualify. Otherwise, tough luck - GameSpot doesn't do international package-shipping.

Snakpakk
Snakpakk moderator

@Gelugon_baat  hmmmm


I bough this games on Amazon to reward viewers on the day of the show. Which ultimately come out of my community/social budget for the year. Guess, I suck for trying to give something back to the community. 


Wonder how many will be upset over the stuff I purchase to reward PAX East attendees?

ziproy
ziproy

@Gelugon_baat  I thought this paragraph was rather enlightening

Gerstmann was dismissed from his position at 
GameSpot as Editorial Director on November 28, 2007.[5] Immediately after his termination, rumors circulated proclaiming his dismissal was a result of external pressure from Eidos Interactive the publisher of Kane & Lynch: Dead Men which Gerstmann had previously given a Fair rating, which is relatively undesirable, along with critique.[6] This was at a time when Eidos had been putting heavy advertising money into GameSpot,[6] going as far as transforming the entire website to use a Kane & Lynch theme and background instead of the regular GameSpot layout, regardless of which game or page viewers were seeing. In accordance with California State Law and CNET Networks, GameSpot could not give details as to why Gerstmann was terminated.[7] Both GameSpot and parent company CNET stated that his dismissal was unrelated to the negative review.[8] However, a subsequent interview with Gerstmann in 2012 countered this statement, with Gerstmann claiming that management gave in to publisher pressure.[9] Following Gerstmann's termination, editors Alex Navarro, Ryan Davis, Brad Shoemaker, and Vinny Caravella left GameSpot, feeling that they could no longer work for a publication that was perceived as having caved in to advertiser pressure.[6]

jeremy-
jeremy-

@Snakpakk @jeremy-  Also, your comment is completely condescending.


"and hope venting your frustrations helped you get to a better place."


Do you really think talking like that to users is a good idea. If you delete this comment I'll email this feedback to whoever is in charge.


I'm assuming you are just a young person who doesnt understand that reasonable critical feedback is a valid part of running a business/website and that acting in a deliberately beligerant way is inappropriate.

jeremy-
jeremy-

@Snakpakk @jeremy-  I'm not saying life sucks because i cant win a free game. And infact, I wouldnt even be commenting on this post if it wasnt for the fact that i think its an issue you can think critically about the issue and improve as a business.


I'm just saying that this issue is actually ridiculous and the fact a large gaming website is doing this is quite surprising.


Unprofessional: Technically speaking, it is bad practice to be doing this... you could easily not send spam to users about competitions they are not valid for. If you want me to pull up like 3 recent examples it wouldnt be hard.

Lack of interest in minority users: Once you realise its bad practice and wasting your end-users time with competition spam they are not valid for... the lack of motivation to actually fix the problem speaks to how much you actually care about customers. I would expect a response of "Actually yeh that was pretty bad... we'll fix that". Nope, rofl.

Poor Marketing: This is the core takehome. What should be a POSITIVE marketing component as a competition is completely polarising non US end-users. My original point isnt me caring because if i wanted to gamble on 0.0001% id play the pokies and go bankrupt. I'm talking from a marketing perspective that in my opinion its just dumb. The least you can do is not spam your users... plenty of websites run regional competitions but i think you'd struggle to find them spamming non geographic users about it.


Seems like I care more than i do, my interests are in marketing and i think i care less than is apparent. I'm just baffled by this poor decision making.

shadow580
shadow580

@Gelugon_baat @feared4power  Ah the good ol' ineligibility strikes again. I don't suppose they could just give out codes for digital downloads since 60% of their visitors are outside of USA? Nah, f those people. Let's not even disclose who's eligible or not, too much bother.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@ziproy  

You already know that one - you of all people brought up Gerstmann-gate as if it is the penultimate "end-of-argument" statement many times.

I would cite this passage instead:

Other veterans are at the throwing-their-hands-up stage. "Some people have thought that this line of work is inherently corrupt for years," Gerstmann told me, "and whenever they see anything that even smells like impropriety, they pounce and won't let go. Those people's minds are already made up." 

Whenever someone brings up Gerstmann-gate when arguing over critics' opinions on games, this passage is going to come in handy to show that Gerstmann doesn't necessarily agree with them.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@berserker66666 

@lordtidus12  

@deadpeasant

Of course there isn't any standard. Only the naïve think that there is any.

On the part of whoever made the review and the site that hosted it, the ideal is that reviews are intended to "inform" the reader about a game, but really, it's also a way to rope in Internet traffic.

On the part of the viewers, the ideal is supposed to be that they would appreciate the information, how ever it is presented. Yet really, that's wishful thinking - most people just want to see their opinions confirmed.

jeremy-
jeremy-

@Gelugon_baat @jeremy-  comments have been deleted so context is lacking.


Suffice to say he thought by being smug he was opening a can of just deserts to somebody who was "entitled" and deserving of being belittled. (entitled has been over-used in the past few years of gaming journalism.. see jimquisition on entitlement for a level-headed approach).


However, criticisms leveled at an organisation spamming users with competitions they are not valid for is objectively constructive... even with my ill tempered approach.


Ad hominem statements designed to antagonize users is not. Especially in the context of being an appointed representative of a business. Like i said, without the comment following up this one the issue is entirely lacking context.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@jeremy-  

Oh, you are one to complain about others being condescending, after having written all that.

I suppose that suggestions of inappropriateness only work one way, and that your own opinions are ever "reasonable"?

What pompousness.

Snakpakk
Snakpakk moderator

@Rayzakk @Snakpakk @Gelugon_baat  nope not crying. 


Main point here is that everyone will have a chance to win something throughout the year. 


Good times ahead. 

justinhaywald
justinhaywald moderator staff

@Gelugon_baat @ziproy  Also, it's 2014. I literally see Jeff Gerstmann everyday because he works with CBS again. As an ex-1UP.com writer, If I didn't believe in the company, I wouldn't have joined CBS and GameSpot either.