Weekly Report - Sugar Cookies

This week we talk about Sound Byte, announce the TF2 Game Night MVP and VIP and the GameSpot Spotlight, and much more!

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Announcements

Sound Byte Radio!
Spread the word: Sound Byte is sharing its video game music library of hundreds of songs for GameSpotters (US only, sorry internationals). Here you will find awesome songs from games like Mario, BioShock, Hitman, SOCOM 4, Mass Effect, and more. Missing one of your favorites? No problem. Just send a message to Sophia through GameSpot Fuse or Twitter with your request! For all your video game music needs, check out Sound Byte Radio!

Pretty in Pink Winners!
After two weeks of time to pore over snippets of photos in hopes of figuring out whom they belong to, we finally have put this activity to rest. That wasn't so hard now was it? The following users proved they were in touch with their inner Pretty in Pink personalities and will be receiving $10 game cards to Rusty Hearts: dark_being, Gelugon_baat, gmax, Dan_Lero, visi0nz, Devil_Spooky, LankyKong, tmaclabi, Sidburn19, NS_NIXON, and DreadDLordD.

Team Fortress 2 Game Night MVP
Well, it took a bit of considering but after a painful number of headshots and some fantastic fragging, we here in the community came to a decision and have decided to award the MVP for the Team Fortress 2 Game Night to lim_ak. There were many a match where his name popped up in several ways (along with dominating several members). We would also like to announce our VIP, which goes out to Bozanimal for letting us puddle jump to one of his servers and saving the game night! So let's hear it for them, folks! Don't forget to check the Game Night Board frequently for updates on upcoming game nights.

YouTube Roll Call
Coming soon to a profile page near you, the Video Virtuoso emblem! How do you get this you may wonder? Elementary, my dear Spotter. We are having a YouTube Roll Call. Simply follow the easy instructions listed in this discussion here. By following the directions and becoming a part of the GameSpot Spotlight Channel, you will be entitled to the Video Virtuoso emblem! This will be an ongoing activity, and there may be multiple emblems available, so make sure you stay tuned and keep informed.

GameSpot AU X-Men Fist Class Contest Wrap-Up
Our friends over at GameSpot AU were getting in with their inner mutant this past week with their "Discover Your Mutant Power" contest . In honor of up-and-coming X-Men: First Class and the superhero 5X Mutant Gum, they bundled together some awesome prizes to give away to four lucky AU GameSpotters. The contestants were asked to tell them in 25 words or less: "What mutant powers would you like to have and what would your mutant name be?" How awesome is that!

IMPORTANT Union Border Contest Tie Breaker!
After dozens of votes were tallied, calculated, and sorted, we have a TIE! The two entries that stood out among the unionists were Sandulf29 and Sonictrainer! If you aren’t sure what their submissions look like, you can check out their submissions here. So here it is GameSpotters, the final countdown. Who will win? Will it be the GameSpace Banner Union with their Classic and Classy Border, or will it be SonicSpot with their Sleek and Sassy Border? Send your votes via private message to GS-Community, Voting is open until Thursday, July 14, at 12:00 p.m. Your votes will be tallied, and we will finally have a winner July 15 in next week's Spam Filter.

Member Spotlight

This week's member spotlight shines on adam1808 for an utterly amazing two-part blog about Mass Effect 2, which he likes to call Vox Populi, meaning "Voice of the People." Here he asked users several questions, including whether or not Mass Effect 2 was better than the original, and presented other thought-provoking questions like "Is the narrowing of focus on humanity the natural evolution of the Mass Effect storyline?"



Featured User Videos

This week's featured GameSpot Spotlight Channel Highlights
- N-REAL takes on the infamous Ruby Weapon
- Dan_Lero shows us the finer points of taking on this boss in Syphon Filter 2.
- kamikaze_pigmy discovers the truth about cake!

User Reviews

PS3
-Resistance: Fall of Man adam1808
-Mass Effect 2 Koi-Neon-X
-Beyond Good & Evil HD benleslie5
-Yakuza 4 ZanarkandTidus
-Duke Nukem Forever ax_prime_basic
-Alice: Madness Returns AK_the_Twilight
-Wipeout HD c_rake
-Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Asagea_888
X360
-Left 4 Dead 2 PSFreak1
-L.A. Noire gamefreak197
-Final Fantasy XIII Garrison_Ford
-Call of Duty 2 xGlenn11x
PC
-Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Gelugon_baat
-Rift Domstercool
DS
-Phoenix Wright 3JustPlainLucas

Blog Bunker

- banderweir and a Love/Hate Relationship with Nintendo Pt.1
- AvatarMan96 discusses Pokemon Rainbow: his idea for a Pokemon Game on 3DS.
- khoofia_pika and Top 10 Current Generation Games (#10 - #6).
- phazer shares the Weekly Roundup for June 27 to July 3.
- starduke talks about Batman: Arkham Asylum.
- biggest_loser with "The Tree of Life" - Film Review.
- Pierst179 and his Legendary Expectations.
- RedHawk4 gives us an overview of Portal 2.
- -Saigo- tells us "Happy 4th" and shares a new banner and a new level!
- ShootumUP26 is Predicting the Outcome of Dead Island.
- Dan_Lero is your host for Round 3 of "Guess That Game Villain!"
- 3116porter wanted to keep us in the loop during his vacation.
- jediknight52501 and Space……………..The Final Frontier.
- Rottenwood discusses funny achievement icons, Brotherhood, Child of Eden, and more.
- benleslie5 warns us that the devil may sulk on your shoulders in his recent review of this animated series.

Staff Fingerprints

Getting their fingerprints on things everywhere, here is what the staff members have been up to this week in the community.
- Shaun McInnis has a few second thoughts about his 4th of July photo op.
- Jody Robinson lists multiple gamer traits she admires.
- Sophia Tong wishes us a Happy Canada Day!
- Tom McShea tells us about six fine games for the first six months of 2011

Tip of the Week

How to send mentions through GameSpot Fuse?
Want to congratulate a player on a good game? How about mentioning that you are also excited about a new release and how you are going to the midnight release? Or maybe you just want to say "hello" but are not sure how to get that message across in GameSpot Fuse. Well, it's as easy as typing the @ symbol followed by the username. This feature will come in handy when you have a song request for GameSpot's Sound Byte Channel, are sending in your entries to future GameSpot Community Activities, and much more!

Discussion

29 comments
phazer
phazer

Kinda late but thanks for the mention! :D

banderweir
banderweir

Thanks for the mention, but the link to my blog doesn't work...

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

@Synthia @JodyR Aww; you two! You're the nicest. @lim_ak You deserve it, you were a madman with a sniper rifle!

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

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fabz_95
fabz_95

Congrats to adam and everyone else mentioned!

DreadDLordD
DreadDLordD

That's a nice bonus to be informed about. Hopefully try out Rusty Hearts soon.

lim_ak
lim_ak

Thanks for the MVP award! Looking forward to whatever's coming up on the next game night.

pokecharm
pokecharm

I tried to get the pink challenge, but dude...I sucked...I could barely get half, so I didn't bother submitting. cool to see a member spotlight that is game specific :)

Domstercool
Domstercool

Thanks for the mention!! Well done winners to!

tmaclabi
tmaclabi

Thanks for the mention Synthia, I never expected to win this :) Also to adam1808 and other winners for pretty in pink.

visi0nz
visi0nz

Wow thank you!!!! Congrats to everyone else and Lim too!!

riou7
riou7 moderator moderator

Congrats to Pretty in Pink activity winners! This proves my knowledge of videogames characters is still lacking :P

RedHawk4
RedHawk4

Huh...never would have imagined that my Portal 2 blog would make it into a list like this. Thanks for the mention.

SiK99
SiK99

Congrats to lim for taking me down at every turn in TF2!

adam1808
adam1808

double mentions? surely there are more deserving people than me

Sandulf29
Sandulf29

Congratz to the winners :D and adam1808

game-ster23
game-ster23

Great read right here. Glad to see quite a few of my friends mentioned.

MuddyMaestro
MuddyMaestro

Congrats to the winners of the gift cards. That certainly wasn't an easy activity. :shock:

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Aww nuts.. I was hoping to have my Shadows of the Damned review mentioned. I wasn't too happy with my Phoenix Wright 3 review. Oh well, thanks for the mention as always. :)

profilia
profilia

-applauds- Congrats to the lucky winners. :P

N-REAL
N-REAL

Awesome ! Thanks for the mention ! More videos coming ! :D

3116porter
3116porter

wow mentioned again WICKED thx Synthia ;)

benleslie5
benleslie5

Wow I've been mentioned twice on here :) one on my blog and the other on my review of Beyond Good and Evil HD (PS3)

SQUALL20XX
SQUALL20XX

Congrats to the winners anyway :).

SQUALL20XX
SQUALL20XX

[QUOTE="Synthia"]We will be randomly selecting 10 individuals and giving them a $10.00 game card to Rusty Hearts an up and coming MMORPG.[/QUOTE] While this sound like they have been chosen rather than random, right?