Weekly Report Gets Synced!

Today's weekly report gets in sync as we talk about GameSpot Sync, the ever-popular System Wars, and the Webby Awards.

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Announcements

Gears of War 3 Beta Code Activity!
Today is Earth Day! Want a Gears of War 3 beta code? Here's what you need to do. In one witty sentence of 15 words or fewer, what does Earth Day and the Gears of War series have in common? Submit your answers in the comments below by tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT, and we'll select the best 10 statements and grant 10 GameSpotters a beta code!

UPDATE 4/23 at 11:04AM by JodyR: Here are the results! Congrats to xxbloodbathxx, Berack09, goku5595, Mr-Possible, ullarich, charizard1605, turbo737, deershadow, and gmax!

The Tale of the Missing SoapBox
Many of you have noticed that the SoapBox has gone missing from various GameSpot pages. This is simply us experimenting with GameSpot's beta masthead, which you can see via beta.gamespot.com. We'll update you as soon as we have more information.

GameSpot has been nominated for a Webby!
That’s right it’s that time of year again! Time for the yearly celebration of the Internet known as the Webby Awards, GameSpot has been nominated for Games Related category. The Peoples Voice Awards voting ends Thursday April 28, so get out there and show your love for GameSpot!

System Wars Magazine
The most recent issue of the System Wars Magazine reviews the online gaming world's best April Fools' jokes, calls calling things "overrated" overrated, brings you reviews of the 3DS hardware and only launch title that matters, and ties up the running Battle Royal tally.

Portal Kombat Game Night Update
This week's game night was a blast! The GameSpot staff challenged you to Mortal Kombat and Portal. Watch the replay to see what went down.

Getting in Sync With Jody Robinson
GameSpot Sync is your daily download for the world of gaming, brought to you by our very own Jody Robinson. Quick, fun, and always informative, Jody is just what the doctor ordered! So she’ll be seeing you at 4:00 p.m. GMT.

Member Spotlight

This week’s member spotlight goes to dragon_king64 for his amazing three-part video series on the brand spanking new video game bar and lounge, Insert Coins, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Staff Fingerprints

- Sophia Tong : Perfect puppy Bailey poses in a three-part photo series of what Sophia calls “Things I Put on My Dog's Head.”

Blog Bunker

- UltraZero shares the 2010 Union Awards results, as well as the Peoples Choice for Unions.
- AK_the_Twilight Discusses what lessons Nintendo should take from the Wii.
- IslandBros15 talks about the cooperation he’s experienced in the Pokemon games.
- Kbaily takes a stand and reminds us that kids really DO care about Mario.
- SuperfastSonic shares his point of view on the topic of universal handhelds.
- Asagea_888 tosses in his two cents on the new Nintendo Console.
- Biggest_loser is quickly becoming a film critic with his latest review of the new Thor movie.
- gashoe13 talks about the original score to Avatar: The Last Air Bender.
- Cloud_765 posts his 300th blog! Wow that’s a lot to talk about! Shout-outs are given to the his personal top 10 users.
- Lord_Daemon shares with us the photography of T. Enami, whose work is anything but one dimensional.
- JokerPRO10 just got his 1000th achievement! Congratulations on the massive unlock.

User Reviews

DS/3DS

- Okamiden gabuEx
- Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition Reviews JustPlainLucas
- Bust-A-Move Universe JustPlainLucas

PC

- Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos Gelugon_baat
- Portal AlmightyMax
- Shogun 2: Total War Jedo

PS3

- Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People SemiMaster
- Mortal Kombat gunslinger_boy
- Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom AzelKosMos

Wii

- Cave Story Reviews c_rake

Xbox 360

- Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires gamefreak197

Tip of the Week

Creating a review, blog, or a video is a very rewarding experience, but when someone takes the credit for something you worked so hard on, it can be a real bummer. Don’t let other people steal your creativity!

Discussion

28 comments
dirty01
dirty01

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JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Wow... two of my 3DS reviews mentioned! Must not be that many people reviewing 3DS games.

AlmightyMax
AlmightyMax

you guys prop up my reviews, I'll vote for you in the Webbys: fair trade. let's let this relationship continue.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Sync is great Jody! It's great to have some video content each weekday. I'm now hyping Webby voting in my sig. :)

horgen
horgen moderator

Webby voted. :)

UltraZero
UltraZero

My blog settings are now set to everyone.

Nightmare-_-
Nightmare-_-

nice to know that UltraZero stole credits from me.

matastig
matastig

Webby has a very stupid interface, either way I voted for our Gamespot, who wouldn't! :D .

JodyR
JodyR moderator

@xxbloodbathxx @Berack09 @goku5595 @Mr-Possible @ullarich @charizard1605 @turbo737 @deershadow @gmax - Check your PM! You won a Gears of War 3 beta code. I'll add your statements in the news here shortly. and yes, since only 9 of you entered, I'm keeping the other one for myself.muhahahaahahaha!

JodyR
JodyR moderator

Hi @Granpire - We actually check on the users who have the Top 100 or Top 500 contributions list. So, if you'd like to suggest yourself or other GameSpotters, drop by the recommendation sticky thread in the Site Enhancements forum.

profilia
profilia

If you truly want to protect humanity, don't you want to protect the planet too? And I've voted. GameSpot was in 4th yesterday, but is in 3rd right now. Hope it can keep going up, all the way to the top. :)

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

The Escapist is leading in the votes. GS is 5 % lower than it.

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

Voted for GameSpot :) Sadly, Webby has to have the worst voting interface I've ever used... -____-

fabz_95
fabz_95

Thanks for the SWM mention Synthia! Congratulations to everyone mentioned and come on guys, GS are 4% behind in the webby's, we can win this :D.

gmax
gmax

Earth Day is about keeping the Earth a healthy place to live, just like GOW.

riou7
riou7 moderator moderator

Vote for Gamespot, people! :D

Granpire
Granpire

@JodyR How does Gamespot check for cool reviews? Do certain editors/staff members just stumble on them and recommend them, or do they have to be submitted? I was considering making a review of Lego Star Wars III, and I still have an in-depth review of Mass Effect 2 I haven't yet posted. :)

tmaclabi
tmaclabi

I voted for Gamespot because i believe Gamespot is the best game site :D

turbo737
turbo737

Her name was Sera, and she raised the depths to take back the surface.

charizard1605
charizard1605 moderator

You turn off the lights today, and everything's dark. Just like Gears of War

JodyR
JodyR moderator

@Gelugon_baat: There were two weekly reports up because we were having some technical problems. :) Should be fine now.

ullarich
ullarich

Marcus Fenix turns off the faucet when he brushes his teeth... shouldn't you?

Mr-Possible
Mr-Possible

The only person to rival the fury of mother nature is the great marcus fenix!

goku5595
goku5595

They both need soldiers spread the word to win the war!

Berack09
Berack09

Killing baddies helps cut down on CO2 emissions!

xxbloodbathxx
xxbloodbathxx

Earth day...just as important as Pluto day for the planet Sera.