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We had a load of fantastic content that came out this week thanks to you GameSpotters. In Tuesday's Blog Bunker we had 24 blogs, Wednesday there were 16 GameFlicks, and Thursday we had 29 gamer reviews with a few focusing on Rage.
Frist Episode of The Controller Reality Show
GameSpot is proud to present a new reality Web series featuring six pros, six noobs, and $50,000. The Controller is hosted by Jonny Moseley and griefed by FreddieW. What's The Controller? Find out all you need to know on The Controller page. For discussions about the show, the pros, the noobs, and a chance to get in on the leaderboard, winning you emblems and prizes, check out this board. And of course, to check out the first episode on the GameSpot YouTube Channel, click this link here.
Predict Who Gets Voted Off The Controller
We're so excited about which teams you think will be voted off that we're creating a leaderboard in The Controller forum. If you sign-up before Monday morning, you'll earn a boost to your level and a unique Early Bird Predictions Leaderboard emblem. Hurry and get your names listed before Monday at 10am PT. We'll start the predictions challenge discussion on Monday, so check back then to post who you think will be voted off in next Friday episode!
BlizzCon 2011 Time!
BlizzCon is here, and they are ready to share a few things with us, like pandas, for example. We're excited to see what additional fun factoids are revealed to us in the coming days. For those of you who were not lucky enough to make it to the BlizzCon party, you can check out our coverage of the event here.
GameSpot Is Halloween Town
By the pricking of my thumb, GameSpot Halloween activities this way come! We have a few activities that have already made their way onto the boards, like this one here, but there will be more announced in Monday's report. There will even be a special board battle scavenger hunt where System Wars and Off Topic will race against the clock and their opponents to find the last tricky treat. Be sure to check back for more details!
This week's Member Spotlight shines on Sebadonut for his winning entry in the Pixel Perfect Emblem creation competition. His emblem will now live on in the GameSpot website for years to come. So thank you Sebadonut for your fantastic contribution.
Union of the Week
This week's featured union is a magical one, where friendship is key. You've seen the meme, and maybe even heard of the show, but there's no denying that these fine folks who have a passion for all things pony have anything less than a fine union filled with activities and creative members. I had the pleasure of having an interview with the union's leader, Overlord93, which you can read here.
Tip of the Week: Video Auto-Switch On or Off
Ever wonder how you turn off the autoplay option for our GameSpot videos? Well you can! Next time you're visiting one of our videos, check the options in the bottom right. You'll see next to the embed button, the volume button and the full-screen button. There is the button that allows you to determine what quality of video you watch. One of those options is one marked "Auto." Simply click this button and the auto feature will be gone with the wind! A bit thanks to dab198 for the reminder!
In this week's episode of You've Been Spotted we challenged you to discuss what you are dressing up as for Halloween in the comments below. You could even share what you would like to dress up as for Halloween, and receive profile points! Bonus points to anyone who includes a picture of them in their costume!
The Controller is a new reality show featuring Battlefield 3. Six pros will be challenged to coach a noob for a chance at $50,000. The first episode is live on YouTube! Later today, you'll have the chance to sign up for a predictions leaderboard, so stay tuned for more details.
We also have The Controller forum ready for your discussion needs, and if you'd like to create some fan art (avatars/blog headers/signatures), you're more than welcome to do so by posting them in the cast discussion threads. We have multiple emblems up for grabs in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep a look out for how you can catch 'em all!
GameSpot will also be bringing you behind-the-scenes videos from our very own Homer Rabara and Ryan MacDonald. You can join the conversation by following @GameSpot on Twitter (#TheController) and by checking our page on Facebook.
dark_being [7.5 - Good] Rage is a fun first-person shooter, but some gameplay limitations and the various visual bugs mar the experience.
bowlingotter [7.0 good] Rage might not be what we'd hoped, but it's a solid ride. That said, the PC is not the platform to play it on.
nutcrackr [6.5 - Fair] Fails with narrative, variety, replay value and ambition. Technical problems at launch didn't help.
-Tomb Raider: Underworld
JustPlainLucas [6.0 - Fair] Lara Croft is beginning to feel as ancient as the relics she hunts for.
Gelugon_baat [8.5 - Great] Galactic Civilizations is the beginning of a surprisingly excellent space-empire-building franchise.
-Garshasp: The Monster Slayer
Domstercool [5.0 - Mediocre] God of War style Persian mythology? I'm up for that, just a shame that Garshasp has too many problems to be good.
-Sideway: New York
asian_pride69 [8.0 - Great] Sideway is a unique, creative take on the platforming genre while managing to still feel familiar.
stephenage [9.0 - Superb] This modern day classic is a beautiful and engaging adventure game that will keep you engaged for hours on end
-Kirby Mass Attack
Pierst179 [9.0 - Superb] Ten times the Kirbys, ten times the cuteness, ten times the fun
-Rondo of Swords
GeekyDad [7.0 - Good] Broken But Not Beaten
Azghouls [8.5 - Great] Max Payne: The Art of Storytelling.
Cunhao [9.5 - Superb] With an undeniable charm and beauty, is easy to fall in love with this simple but amazing game.
-River King: Mystic Valley
Daavpuke [6.0 - Fair] A casual pick-up.
kbaily [9.5 - Superb] I just can't seem to get enough Sackboy.
-ICO and Shadow Collection
TheKungFool [9.5 - Superb] Sometimes less is more.
-Deus Ex: Human Revolution
pokecharm [9.5 - Superb] Spectacular Visuals Accompanied by a Solid Story Make a Deus Ex a Great Game
turtlethetaffer [9.0 - Superb] An insanley fun and original TPS, Vanquish is a game made with skill and care.
Platform Battle: Dead Rising 2 - Off the Record
This week, we take a look at Dead Rising 2 - Off the Record. Which played it better? PlayStation 3 versus Xbox 360: PS3 is represented by vengefulwilberg versus X360 is represented by IgotEpixx. Cast your vote in the comments below. The winning team will receive profile points!
Top 10 Games Out Now
1-Batman: Arkham City
Pierce_Sparrow [9.0 - Superb] Tops Arkham Asylum In Every Way
HailToTheGun [9.5 - Superb] There is no greater feeling of accomplishment in games than there is when playing Dark Souls.
3-Batman: Arkham City
PeterDuck [9.0 - Superb] Evidently…I am batmaaaaaaaan.
4-Might and Magic: Heroes VI
ecilam [9.5 - Superb] If you loved HOMMV, you will love this one.
5-Forza Motorsport 4
Kael555 [9.5 - Superb] Turn 10 Studios return with an awesome sequel of Forza Motorsport 3!
Blue_Tomato [7.0 - Good] Old school game optimized for aging consoles
TheGreyArea [9.0 - Superb] Wow. This certainly taught me a lesson
8-Gears of War 3
Warheart1188 [9.5 - Superb] The Gears of War franchise gets a fitting and satisfying end with plenty of left overs.
Mandalorian_81 [8.5 - Great] Rediculously good visuals and a hell of a lot to do make this game and easily playable fun fest.
10-FIFA Soccer 12
nmenezes92 [8.5 - Great] This is one of the best, if not the very best, Soccer game out yet!! A must play for all soccer fans!
New Releases: Rage
GameSpot fan UnionJackGaming posted this video in response to GameSpot's review of Rage. "RAGE, the first major release title from id Software since Doom 3 has been in the making since 2008 and has finally been released to gamers. The question is, is it a amazing polished id game or will it make you RAGE? Watch the review to find out!"
-Rage "Like a Boss"
Here we see gameplay of a boss battle for Rage.
-WARHAMMER 40K: SPACE MARINES // SLAUGHTER TIME
jlhatland87 posted this video on our GameSpot channel saying: "This game is so F****** funny and brutal! KILL THE ORCS!! The game is Warhammer 40K: Space Marines."
-The Best Of xQuimbo
GameSpot fan MrTommy8100 posted the following video in response to our COD: Black Ops video: "The Best Of xQuimbo what we got recorded, enjoy this video."
-Rusty Hooknail's Metal Gear Something: Episode 3
RustyHooknai shares this video titled:"Everything Snake loves explodes in the thrilling third episode of the timeless saga."
-Max Payne Gameplay
GameSpotter Azghouls shows us this video about finding the secret room in the training grounds in Max Payne.
GameSpot fan A0Gaming shared this Forza 4 Audi R8 gameplay video with us. Enjoy.
-F1 2011 Gameplay Melbourne Ferrari
GameSpot fan AllForUGaming shared this video with our GameSpot channel. "Check out this gameplay clip from F1 2011 of a time trial lap behind the wheel of a Ferrari car, Racing at Melbourne Grand Prix. New Gameplay from F1 2011. Melbourne Grand Prix Gameplay. F1 2011."
-Soul Calibur II Playthrough: Link
GameSpotter nintendoboy takes us on a playthrough of Soul Calibur II as Link.
-Dead rising 2 off-the-record funny gameplay HD
GameSpot fan michaelpro11 posted this Dead Rising video in response to one of GameSpot's videos. Some hilarious gameplay is seen here.
Off the Wall
-Metal Gear Solid 4 - Diamond Eyes (Music Fanvid)
A fanvid music video by Meconate posted in response to the Big Shot Bounty "In Love with a Snake."
-I GOT IT BABY! LBP2
GameSpot fan MyFunnyBrianShow shares his funny video about Little Big Planet 2.
-Metal Gear Solid: Urban Legend Stories
GameSpotter Gamer_4_Fun made this fantastic Metal Gear Solid video.
-FFVII--Death of Ruby Weapon
GameSpotter N-REAL takes on the big, the bad, and the red! The infamous ruby weapon!
-How to create a human cannon
GameSpotter kerk12 shows us how to create a human cannon in Minecraft.
-Mortal Kombat - Fatality Madness
GameSpotter GaminiEntity shares some classic Mortal Kombat fatality action.
Big Shot Bounty: Cosplay Contest
In this week's Big Shot Bounty we're giving away some awesome Final Fantasy collectible figures.
-Gamers Are Not A Stereotype - An Article Response By: Vaivod
-Do Games Illicit Similar Emotional Responses? By: davidalexande11
-Late to the Party: Thoughts on Mirror's Edge By: emtilt
-The Wanderer and the Colossus By: Uesugi-dono
The World of Games and Gaming
-Different types of horror and some good horror games. By: turtlethetaffer
-My first taste of death… By: GeekyDad
-Spending time with my iPhone By: mufujifi
-Channel Update: 17th October 2011: My Progress on Final Fantasy By: AQWBlaZer91
-To celebrate Sonic's 20th anniversary and Sonic Generations… By: nintendoboy16
-Record of Agarest War Impressions By: siberian142
-Notes By: AlmightyMax
-Very early Dark Souls impressions By: kfjl
-Q4 Video Game Preview Part. 1 By: ShootumUP26
-My Top Five Zelda Games By: kbaily
-The best and the worst Series : Developers By: adit942
-Late September 2011 Blog - The Non Gaming Side By: Shy_Guy_Red
-Top 13 Zelda Games: 8 to 10 By: Pierst179
-Sony's customer support did something right By: ChiliDragon
-New Review, New Poll, New Games, and Runner 2 By: kjhg53
-A Level 5 Success By: Setho10
-This looks both cool and lame By: raven28256
Off the Radar
GameSpot is proud to announce "The Controller", a new reality show featuring Battlefield 3. Twelve gamers, guys and girls, the "Pros" and the "Noobs." A seasoned gamer will pair up with a novice for a chance to win as they compete in the dusty "Battle Zone" of So. Cal. But there is a catch: Only the noobs will be allowed to touch the controllers while the professionals coach (or scream) at their teammates from the sidelines.
Starting October 21 on GameSpot's official YouTube channel, the show will bring together the gamers to compete in various challenges both in game and on the field. The show will be an eight-episode miniseries where the six teams will eventually be whittled down to two with the final chance to compete for a $50,000 grand prize. You can expect to see pros like TSquared and Mrs. Violence, along with AyIIIa from Real World Cancun and Chet from Real World Brooklyn, as well as the awesome FreddieW.
GameSpot will also be bringing you daily streams of behind-the scenes videos, thanks to our very own Homer Rabara and Ryan MacDonald. You can join the conversation by following @GameSpot on Twitter or by using #TheController.
Last Friday, we wrapped things up pretty tightly with GameSpotter's Blog Bunker, GameFlick, and Player Review contributions, as well as talking about MLG Orlando, AGDC Online, and the unofficial GameSpot Minecraft block party. We offered a tip about embedding videos and shared a union activity with the code name "Project Pamper."
What happens when you combine the awesome skills of six professional gamers with the blundering of six video game noobs? Starting October 21, GameSpot and EA have teamed up to bring you a new reality show featuring Battlefield 3, where gamers will compete in both gaming and physical challenges for a chance at prizes, cash, and gamer glory. Check out the trailer here.
Facebook GameFly Giveaway
GameSpot is giving you a chance to win a free year of GameFly. Liking us on Facebook simply enters you for your chance to win. Only US and 18 years old or older candidates are entered to win. But act quickly; you only have until October 26 at 12:00 p.m. PT. For more details, check out our Facebook page here.
BlizzCon is less than a week away, and before we know it, the video team along with Maxwell McGee and Tom Magrino will be packing up and heading to the event, with mini murlocs in tote. What are some things we hope to see this year at BlizzCon? Last year's big unveil was the witch doctor for Diablo 3. What will it be this year? DoTA, StarCraft, WoW, Diablo… PANDAS? Only time will tell. If there is something that you are hoping to see during our coverage of the event, be sure to check off in this BlizzCon thread here.
GameSpotter's Contributions: This week's Blog Bunker had quite a few entries with over 20 different blogs. The Gameflicks report was a little quieter than usual, but we shared many GameSpot Spotlight classics to make up the difference. And the Gamer Reviews seemed to favor Xbox 360 titles, though the PlayStation 3 followed close behind, with PC and handheld titles bringing up the rear.
MLG in Orlando
The GameSpot video crew is headed out to the Major League Gaming Pro Circuit in Orlando, Florida, this weekend! MLG provides a chance for professional gamers to live the dream of playing competitive games for a living, while offering ways for players to learn how to improve their skills and socialize with some of the biggest names in competitive gaming. The tournaments include StarCraft II, Halo: Reach, and Call of Duty: Black Ops. As for the e-celebs that will be on the scene, the professional gamers and teams that will make an appearance include SlayerS-Boxer, ST_JulyZerg, Quantic FeaR, eon EnVy, Instinct, and more.
For a chance to check out the action, head on over here. Want more coverage? Then you'll definitely want to consider checking out MLG's LIVE streams all weekend long. To access the high-definition ad-free streams and discounts on competitors or events passed, you'll want to become an MLG member.
BlizzCon 2011 Coverage - Coming Soon
BlizzCon kicks off on Friday, October 21. What are some things that we hope to see? More news on World of Warcraft and some FuFighting? Perhaps even some DOTA action? Some StarCraft perhaps? Well, whatever ends up being shared with the world will be covered by us in full force. GameSpot editors Tom Magrino and Maxwell McGee will be bringing you some excellent coverage. Is there something you want us to cover? Be sure to sound off in our BlizzCon thread here.
GameSpot Minecraft Block Party
As some of you may know, there are a few GameSpot staff members who fancy the game quite a bit. And if you've been paying attention to the good folks over at GameSpot UK, you are already aware that GameSpot is hosting a Minecraft server, and we would like to invite you to join us! For more details on the GameSpot server, check out FearTheCreeper's blog.
AGDC Online 2011 Wrap-Up
Another year at GDC in Austin has come and gone, and it was an interesting time. We've heard doomsday about the end of consoles, microtransation missteps, and calls for game maturity. There were many other exciting stories to read as well. Check out our news coverage of the event at this page here.
Earlier this week, we mentioned that we had a copy of the Battlefield 3 novel The Russian to give away to the GameSpot user who could come up with the best cover art for the novel. We had several entries, and after thinking long and hard, GameSpot editors Carolyn, Maxwell, and Fuse sensation CharlieSpot all weighed in with a unanimous vote. The winner of the Member Spotlight, the book, and the level up is -DaNuTz- for his awesome entry.
Union of the Week
This week's featured union is "Union of Ice and Fire". This union features a community for those who are fans of "A Song of Ice and Fire and the HBO TV version known commonly as "Game of Thrones." This is a new and close-knit community, and I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the leader and GameSpot moderator Artekus. You can read the interview here.
Tip of the Week
Embedding Videos on Your Blog
Ever want to show off a video on your blog? It's as easy as ctrl+C and ctrl+V. If the video is currently on GameSpot, all you have to do is fetch the BBCODE for the video and paste it in your blog. You might think that you need to be a GameSpot Total Access Subscriber for this awesome feature, but all you have to be is a Phoenix Down (a level 10 GameSpot member).
Attention unions! As promised, we'll be starting some union activities to help with your union's level gain. This week is Project Pamper. For more details about this activity, click here.
Top 100 Emblem Holders
-Red Faction II
By: Gelugon_baat [6.5 - Fair] Red Faction II has more action than the first game, but its premise and presentation are more tepid, among other flaws.
By: gdw0908 [8.0 - Great] Resistance 3 ultimately fails at what it set out to do: wrap up a superb series and improve vastly on its predecessor.
By: c_rake [8.0 - Great] A compelling atmosphere and strong, rewarding puzzle design make NightSky a splendid puzzler.
-Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
By: AK_the_Twilight [8.5 - Great] Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is deep, expansive, and finally fulfills the promise that the series made since the start.
-Spider-Man: Edge of Time
By: JustPlainLucas [6.0 - Fair] Spider-Man: Edge of Time is on the edge of being a waste of time.
Top 500 Emblem Holders
-Gears of War 3
By: Garrison_Ford [9.5 - Superb] This epic finale to the Gears' saga is one that gamers will be enjoying for a very, very long time.
By: ZanarkandTidus [8.0 - Great] A very unique and erotic experience that has an entertaining story and gameplay that's fun but hard.
Here, we see some gamer reviews from up-and-coming community stars.
-Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions
By: game-ster23 [8.0 - Great] The iconic gameplay is back for the recent handheld and did not disappoint.
-God of War: Chains of Olympus
By: pokecharm [8.0 - Great] Small Screen Game Keeps Pace with Bigger Counterparts
By: benleslie5 [8.5 - Great] Short on its main story but its multiplayer can be addicting and will keep you busy for hours.
-Final Fantasy I and II: Dawn of Souls
By: AQWBlaZer91 [7.0 - Good] The original 2 games are showing it's age but there's plenty of value for Hardcore Role Playing Fans to experience.
-Deus Ex: Human Revolution
By: bugbag [9.0 - Superb] Deus Ex: Human Revolution stands as one of the best games of the year, despite a few noticeable flaws.
This week we take a look at a charming vacation getaway on Dead Island. X360 vs. PC, which played it better?
X360 represented by Cronosblaster versus PC represented by GroverXpv2. Cast your vote below for which console played it better. The winning team will receive profile points!
Most Popular Out Now
Finally, it's time for the Top 10 games to watch on GameSpot for October 13. There are multiple platforms in the order of which they are presented.
1.Dark Souls (PS3)
- By: skratchmasta [9.0 - Superb] Incredibly challenging and utterly rewarding game-play runs deep in From Software's triumphant spiritual successor.
-2. Forza Motorsport 4 (X360)
By: CarlitosWay [8.0 - Great] If you are a real tuner, you wont be pleased. If you want a fun driving game, this is the one for you!
-3. Rage (PC)
By: spectralmerc [5.5 - Mediocre] id has lost their bearings. Once the most cutting edge PC engine maker, now a console lapdog and all that it implies.
-4. Dark Souls (X360)
By: Stonecutters908 [9.5 - Superb] Brutal, addictive, and incredibly gratifying, Dark Souls is one of this years best games and one of the best RPGs ever.
-5. Rage (X360)
By: ChiefFreeman [6.0 - Fair] Underneath Rage's pretty visuals, lies an extremely repetitive and linear shooter that's dated and dull.
-6. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon (X360)
By: Azail11 [3.5 - Bad] An attempt to place the Ace Combat universe in the real world, but without excitement or real physics
-7. Portal 2 (PC)
By: der_spudmeister [9.5 - Superb] Portal 2 is not a perfect game but it damn well stands at an arm's length of it.
-8. Gears of War 3 (X360)
By: adit942 [10 - Prime] This is exactly the sort of game that makes me proud to be a 360 owner.
-9. FIFA Soccer 12 (PC)
By: nmenezes92 [8.5 - Great] This is one of the best, if not the very best, Soccer game out yet!! A must play for all soccer fans!
Wednesday is here, and that means it's time to grab your ticket to the GameSpot Spotlight.
WARNING: Some of these videos may contain mature content. Viewer discretion is advised.
-Batman Arkham Asylum Xbox 360 Gameplay Pt1
- Mercilious Gameplay Forgotton Library
-Sonic Generations: Sky Sanctuary play through
-The Cannonball Run
-Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition Juri vs Juri
Off the Wall
The Soap Club
Here, we see some quality blogs written by those who thought their stuff was "editorial" material. And they were right!
I'm not a hardcore gamer By: starduke
A Tribute to Game Reviewers By: FrozenLiquid
Fall of an MMO By: poochythegenius
The World of Games and Gaming
5 Reasons why Batman: Arkham City will rock! By: PSFreak1
The Art of Finishing a Game By: scratchisme
Super Update By: Super-Poke-Bros
BioWare Breaks the Camel's Back By: adam1808
Demo Reel By: NeonNinja
A Brief History of Everything By: AlmightyMax
Catherine first impressions+Xenoblade Chronicles progress By: ZanarkandTidus
Dark Souls: Newbie tips from a newbie By: Sebadonut
Late September 2011 Blog - The Gaming Side By: Shy_Guy_Red
Techno Kitten is hungry for your love By: kfjl
Top 10 Third Party Wii Games (Yes they exist) By: kbaily
GameSpot's Top Posters - October 2011 By: Cloud_765
Early Dark Souls thoughts By: nocoolnamejim
Off the Radar
Here, we have our staff fingerprints, and we sure have some messy staff members…
Bluffers of Battlefield - Feedback Post By: dannyodwyer
Pixel Perfect Voting
Don't forget to vote for your favorite blogger emblem here. What will the new blog emblem look like?
Are you curious about what happened last week? There was quite a bit going on, with another Union of the Week chosen, as well as the Member Spotlight. Check out the weekly wrap-up to find out more!
What to Expect!
- MLG Orlando Coverage
Who said so? Why a little bird told us so! While we can't reveal too many details just yet, the GameSpot video crew will head out to Florida later this week. We'll share more details about our Major League Gaming coverage in this Friday's Weekly Wrap-Up!
- Game Developers Conference Online
Giddy-up there GameSpotters! From October 10 to 13 in the Lone Star State, GDC Austin will be happening, and we're already off to an exciting start with some interesting points of view from Atari founder Nolan Bushnell. We will also be streaming the Online Awards on Wednesday the October 12 at 4:30 p.m. PT. So saddle up; we'll be bringing ya'll more interesting tidbits from GDCA in the coming days.
- Return of the Union of the Year Awards
With all the chirping going on in the office about secret plans and teasers, we have one additional note to mention: the return of the Union of the Year Awards. Details are still super top secret, but the good news is it IS happening. Those unions that have been featured as a Union of the Week are currently in the running for the award and there are still a few slots open. Be sure to visit the Council of Unions to make your case about your union's greatness for your chance to be featured as the Union of the Week and a chance at Union of the Year!
Battlefield 3: The Russian
The book is a few mere days away from making its way to store shelves, and we want to see what your cover art would look like for this Battlefield 3 novel. Take a glance at the first few chapters and combine it with your knowledge of the series to create the perfect cover art.
For more information on the activity, check out this activity thread here.
This week's Blog Bunker didn't have too many people on the same page. But, that means it was packed with many kinds of flavors and opinions! The Gameflicks report had one game on the minds of the video creators, Battlefield 3! The Player Reviews also had some games in common, like Gears of War 3, The Witcher, and Renegade Ops, but there were some older games like Super Meat Boy and Devil May Cry considered for a review.
For this week's field trip, we drop by Capcom, Bethesda, Sega, Blizzard, Activision, and EA to see what they have going on in their communities. Find out why ponies are becoming the next big thing, get a pizza recipe, and learn how to win stuff!
Dark Souls Shirt Giveaway
Earlier this week on Twitter and Fuse, Synthia gave away a bunch of Dark Souls shirts to those who could give her the names of the classes you choose from in Dark Souls, Who were the winners? Paul S., Justin P., Pete L., Karl D., Jeff X., James G., and Travis B. Congrats guys!
Ask GameSpot Forum Changes
While subscribers will continue to have access to create topic discussions in the Ask GameSpot forum, free registrants can now post in already created discussions with the changes we've made this week. The GameSpot video team has plans to create a new video series, and this forum will be used much more frequently. If you're a free registrant, drop by to see if there are any discussions you can be a part join!
Mod of the Month Recognition
The mod of the month goes to…. Darthkaiser! He is one of the Modlings 11 who went through training just a few months ago and is now a full-fledged moderator! He still often blogs and contributes to the community in ways other than simply moderation.
This Is Halloween
It's GameSpot community manager Synthia's all-time favorite time of year. The leaves are turning, scarves and jackets are back in fashion, and there is a plethora of candy in the office! Be sure to keep your eyes out for some spook-tacular Halloween activities in the coming days.
This week's Member Spotlight shines on music_guru for his heartwarming tribute to Sophia by sharing some of his favorite "Things I Put on Baily's Head" moments.
Union of the Week
This week's featured union goes to the All-Out Nintendo. This union has been around since early 2009 and is still very active. It deals with any and all things involving Nintendo, be it the people who work there, the company, the history, or the games. It is filled with a devoted officer team that cares deeply for their union. I had the pleasure of having an interview with former GameSpot spotlight member Cloud_765 about the union. For those interesting details, check out this page here.
Tip of the Week
You can win awesome games and prizes by checking out and submitting videos to our Big Shot Bounty on the GameSpot YouTube channel! This week, it's a racing-themed Xbox 360 bundle. For more details, mosey on over to this page here.
Earlier this week, we talked with Kevin VanOrd about his experience with Dark Souls, and after sharing a few words of wisdom, we at the GameSpot community started to wonder. What sagelike advice would you offer to someone new to this despicably dark dungeon delver? Comment below with a tip or comment on the video for some profile points. Check out the video here!
Let's face it: It's never easy to say good-bye, especially when you're saying it to someone who means so much to you. Today is Sophia Tong's last day here in the GameSpot office, but she'll always be a part of GameSpot. We put together this little video with some heartfelt messages, as well as funny Sophia moments. We'll miss you Sophia. Don't be a stranger!
Top 100 Emblem Holders
- Saints Row 2 by JustPlainLucas [8.0 - Great] "The Saints come marchin' in. Again."
- Command and Conquer: Generals by Gelugon_baat [8.0 - Great] "Generals may have shamelessly borrowed the Command and Conquer brand name, but it is plenty fun in its own right."
- VVVVVV by c_rake [9.0 - Superb] "Without a doubt, VVVVVV is one of the hardest platformers around. It's also one of the best of its class."
- Portal 2 by asian_pride69 [9.5 - Superb] "A cleverly-written story and a broader, crazier set of puzzles makes this the definitive Portal experience. "
- Gears of War 3 by PSFreak1 [9.0 - Superb] "Awesome cinematics, cool battles, plenty of variety, great handling, near-to-perfect mechanics: Great, greater, Gears."
- Undead Nightmare Pack by Maluigi [8.0 - Great] "Undead Nightmare's take on the zombie apocalypse is brutally satisfying and outrageously fun."
TOP 500 Emblem Holders
-JellyCar 2 by kjhg53 [7.5 - Good] " Making a car out of jelly makes a solid game. Loved the first one, so you know I had to try this one out."
- Hitman: Blood Money by TechnologoDoom [8.5 - Great] "The environments steal the show in the sandboxy stealth-action game, and the open-ended gameplay shines on replay."
- Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes by Azghouls [7.0 - Good] "A decent turned-based game with a healthy dose of obsession. "
- Halo: Combat Evolved by Bamul [9.0 - Superb] "Halo: Combat Evolved is a revolutionary game - way ahead of its time; everyone should, at the very least, try it out."
- Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures by bowlingotter [5.0 - Mediocre] "Minigames are still fun, but a new overworld that should bring depth instead injects more monotony."
- The Witcher: Enhanced Edition by Cunhao [8.0 - Great] "The Witcher show the way in how an RPG should be, being one excellent example and addition for the genre."
- Gears of War 3 by Dan_Lionheart [10 - Prime] "The culmination of Epic's epic trilogy has arrived, and it's well…epic."
- Kirby Mass Attack by GeekyDad [9.0 - Superb] "Kirby, Kirby, Kirby Doo Wah!"
Here, we see some gamer reviews from up-and-coming community stars.
- Mario Party 4 by Wensea10 [7.0 - Good] "Satisfactory variety of minigames."
- Gears of War 3 by pokecharm [9.0 - Superb]
The Finale to a Great Trilogy of Games That is a Must-Play.
- Suikoden by siberian142 [7.5 - Good] "Poor use of characters flaw Suikoden, but it is a fine, albeit average, role playing experience regardless."
- Devil May Cry by exber [8.5 - Great] "DMC it's so hard that can be really annoying, but awesome gameplay, story and occasionally great camera effects save it."
- F1 2011 by AuzzieGunner [7.5 - Good] "F1 2011 is fun but is disappointing for a Formula One fan. "
Platform Battle: Renegade Ops
Most Popular Out Now
Finally, it's time for the Top 10 games to watch on GameSpot for October 6. There are multiple platforms in the order of which they are presented.
- Rage (X360) by TalSet_11
- Dark Souls PS3 by bulletprfcharm
- Dark Souls (X360) by hellishchild (PS3)
- Rage (PC) by wimboo
- Super Meat Boy (PC) by Pierst179
- Rage by natemic18
- Gears of War 3 (X360) by Ceadre
- NBA 2K12 (X360) by DirtyAl
- NBA JAM: On Fire Edition (X360) by N/A (no user review created!)
- Dead Island (X360) by JokerPRO10
It's time again for a look at our GameSpot Spotlight YouTube Channel! This is where the truly talented can share their vision with the community of GameSpot along with the rest of YouTube!
Life Is a Battlefield
Here, we see some awesome videos from the Battlefield 3 beta.
-Battlefield 3 Beta Multiplayer Gameplay
-Battlefield 3 - The Entrance Hall
-Battlefield 3 - BETA Gameplay ( Sniping )
-BattleFeild 3 Beta - Nice Killstreak
Games, Games, and More Games!
Sometimes we just need some good old-fashioned gaming!
-Gears of War 3's Campaign: Review
-Gears Of War 3 Doms Fate
-DeLorean review - Driver San Francisco
-BLACK OPS random triple kill!
-August Pick-Ups Collection Set up
-A Little Bit Of Red Orchestra 2
-PS3 Contents, ooh la la
It's already time for a community field trip! This week's news is quite time-sensitive, with a game night and a variety of contests, so check them out before they're gone! Let's drop by Capcom, Bethesda, Sega, Blizzard, Activision, and EA!!
Capcom reveals some pony fan art inspired by Chris and Wesker from the Resident Evil series. But it also has some pizza recipes from the Dead Rising game! If you do use these recipes, don't think about the times you chopped up the zombies in the game!
Moving on to virtual goods… Bethesda didn't waste any time in bringing out some new Xbox Live Rage avatars, items, and themes!
Speaking of comics, Blizzard has updated the official Starcraft site with comics that have been released about the franchise for the past few years.
And Activision has a variety of activities for its fans across multiple games. First, its social media manager is giving away a dozen DS games. Next, there's a contest to win the Contingency Panel from Carl Edwards' 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Car! But if that's not enough, Activision and Eutechnyx Limited are hosting a PlayStation 3 game night with the developers of the game on Wednesday October 5 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. EST.
And last but not least, EA has the Need for Speed: The Run demo planned for October 18, so mark your calendars!
Perfect World has the announced the Blacklight: Retribution Closed beta, which will come in two phases. If you'd like to get in the beta, drop by the official game site to find out more.
That's a quick look at this week. If we stumble upon anything else, we'll update this news blog.UPDATE on Oct 5 at 2:45pm PT : Added news about the Blacklight: Retribution beta.
Another Blog Bunker means another week of fabulous blogs brought to you by the amazing writers here at GameSpot.
World of Games and Gaming
-Raging about Rage By: Setho10
-The Gears Trilogy Ends... By: PSFreak1
-Battlefield 3 Beta Impressions and Analysis By: gdw0908
-It's that time of year again! By: VideoGamerNerd
-Demo Marathon By: raven28256
-Professor Layton and The Big Bang Walking Dead Battlefield! By: AjaxNeron
-The future of Art Style Games By: bbkkristian
-Bioware Fail By: Mangaminx
-Why is it a big issue? By: gamingqueen
Off the Radar
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Have a friend who writes some fabulous blogs but might be a little too shy to step forward into the spotlight? Feel free to share your friend's name with the GameSpot Community, and he or she could join the list of amazing featured blog writers!
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Happy Techies Day! As you might know, our Monday check-in reminds you about what happened last week, and we'll share what to expect this week. We notice that some of you have been concerned about technical problems, and we'll explain what we've been told about the problems.
Weekly Report - Last week’s wrap-up will catch you up, but one of the most exciting things that happened was meeting many of you in person during the Battlefield 3 beta tournament we held at our offices. Also, if you want to gain some profile points, we have an activity you can participate in!
Industry Community Returns - We also brought back the community industry news, so you now have another way you can learn about what's happening in other communities.
Game Forecast - The games that will cause lots of hype in forums this week include Rage and Dark Souls. Get ready to rumble, forum posters!
Fuse Emblems Returning - We've been told that the Fuse emblems are returning very soon. With game tracking and achievements making a return, we're in the process of getting these emblems back on your profiles. Keep an eye out for them.
Profile Menu Bug - If you see a hyperlink to the Sidekick brackets on your profile, the technical staff told us they'd get this resolved ASAP.
Profile Level Problems - The level problem is now resolved as mentioned in the technical support forum last Friday. UPDATE at 2:04 p.m. P.T.: Staff have let us know that this bug is "partially fixed." There's another bug that is causing some disturbance. Until that's fixed, the profile levels might have some hiccups here and there.
Collection/Tag Emblems Missing - The emblem problem was never reported by technical staff, but they knew about it. We finally have this bug back on their radar.
We started off things this week with the Battlefield 3 Early Deployment Tournament and showcased 18 blogs from talented GameSpot members. Wednesday, we featured 16 videos from our YouTube GameSpot Spotlight channel. Finally, Thursday, we showcased 28 user reviews and had a platform battle over Catherine.
Gears of War 3 Community Game Night
For this week's Community Game Night, we gathered the GameSpot staff to take on some users in Gears of War in Beast mode for a chance at the Lambency Achievement. No MVP was awarded because all of those who joined just did so well! Perhaps we will gather again and a winner will be announced once and for all! We also decided to stream the game night on On the Spot for those who weren't able to make it.
Field Trip: Industry Community News
You heard right, GameSpot is bringing back the game industry community news, but it's bigger, better, stronger, and faster! OK maybe that's a bit dramatic, but we are bringing it back. We take a trip to see what Capcom, Sega, Blizzard, Activision, and EA are up to this week. Check it out!
GameSpot Moderation Survey
GameSpot is getting ready for a makeover, but we want to hear what you all have to say about the way things are currently here at GameSpot. Are we too tough? Not tough enough? We want, nay…NEED your feedback! Take this survey and make your vote count!
Battlefield 3: Early Deployment Beta Tournament Wrap-Up
Well, that was a long night, but we had a lot of fun. We pit four teams of 12 against each other for the chance to be the victor. We had people lining up as early as 1:00 a.m. for their opportunity to be one of the first in San Francisco to play Battlefield 3. There was food, music, and of course fragging as we played long into the night. The event was streamed live and the videos are available for viewing, and we also have a small photo gallery on our Facebook page that caught many of the behind-the-scenes moments of the event.
This week's member spotlight shines on lim_ak. This member is an unfaltering, devoted, and astounding GameSpot member who took the time and effort to record 15 video blogs and 19 blogs all about his experiences at the Eurogamer Expo. This coverage is seriously extensive, and for all those who are interested in anything that happened during that expo, I highly recommend checking out his blogs.
Union of the Week
This week's union of the week is the Film Appreciation Union. This fantastic union offers a plethora of amazing information and fantastic conversations about, you guessed it…films. Some of the current hot topics include information on The Dark Knight Rises, Boardwalk Empire, and others. I had the pleasure of having an interview with the leader of the union, Jazz_Fan.
Tip of the Week
For this week's tip we're talking about Facebook.
Those who have a Facebook account and a GameSpot account will be happy to know that you can now connect the two and allow your achievements, blogs, and everything in between to be displayed on your Facebook wall.
Clicking the button will make the above pop-up appear. Click the Connect to Facebook button and log in with your Facebook information. Now that your GameSpot account and your Facebook account are connected, the Facebook icon that had been next to your options will move directly onto the avatar that's displayed next to inbox.
And that's it! That's all you have to do to link your GameSpot account to your Facebook account. The application that has been applied to your Facebook account will now act as a go-between, and anything that is shared with a Facebook option applied to it can now be shared on your account. Some of these include:
- Share your blog posts or other blog posts with your friends on Facebook.
- Share videos or images you like with your friends on Facebook.
- Share votes you have made in GameSpot contests or events.
Post your favorite Pokemon from the ORIGINAL Red and Blue series in the comments below and receive a boost in your profile points!
Guess what? We're bringing back the game industry community news, but it's gonna be much more expanded with its own news piece in the Spam Filter each week. Don't worry, though. If you miss out, Synthia will put a link to it in Friday's wrap-up.
We plan to call this little weekly news update the "field trip." So, let's go on a field trip to see what Capcom, Sega, Blizzard, Activision, and EA are doing in their communities this week!
Capcom knows just how important sipping your favorite hot drink is, so it has a set of Resident Evil mugs up for grabs. Head on over to leave a comment about RE Code Veronica X and win!
Sega, on the other hand, likes to keep things limited! Nintendo Wii owners will want to make sure they pick up R-Type, because the game is being removed from the Virtual Console store on September 30.
As we take a tour over to Blizzard, the company has announced that the Foo Fighters will close out BlizzCon this year. Tickets are sold out, but virtual attendees can find out how they can get a BlizzCon virtual ticket.
But wait, it looks like Activision has given TurtleBeach the rights to have Modern Warfare 3 in our ears! Check out what OneOfSwords.com has to say about the Call of Duty: MW3 Special Edition 9mm Earphones.
Lastly, EA has made its fans quite happy this week with the Battlefield 3 open beta available across multiple platforms! Drop by the official site to get in on the action.
That's all I've got for this week! Have a great weekend.