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Hello Prototype 2 fans!
Check out the Prototype 2 Elite Club challenge. The contest will run from May 10 - 24. Participants need to complete all 10 Xbox 360 achievements or all 10 PlayStation 3 trophies on one platform to be eligible for a prize.
Prizes: 1 Grand Prize: $500 gift card
10 Runner-Up Prizes: Prototype 2 Blackwatch Collector's Edition
Winners will be chosen at random from the pool of entrants at the end of the contest.
We have four more Community Check-Ins before E3 2012! Yesterday was National Teacher Day, which means we should pay respects to the unsung heros known as video game tutorials! Love them or hate them they’re there to help you get through the games you love to play. Now on to the latest updates!
The new live show featuring GameSpot Editors Brendan Sinclair, Tom Mcshea , and John Davidson , the LIVE news discussion show where they engage in polite argument and occasional snark about video game news. The show starts at 1:00pm PT and we want you to be a part of the LIVE show magic ! How do you take part? Do you need to be sawed in half? Nope simply tweet us at #GSQFT with your questions, comments, queries, and moral objections. What will they be talking about this week on Quoted for Truth? Diablo, Artsy PS3 owners, Super Meat Boy, $99 Xbox, and more, for the full line up check out this link here .
Aside from the recent commenting system upgrade and the game boards , there’s even more! These features include a much improved Google based search functionality which will allow you to actually find what you’re looking for in under a second. You may then sort by plenty of other option.
We’ve also released our new mobile site that works in tandem with the main site. To check this out, go to m.gamespot.com.
Tournament TV is fast approaching, and on May 22nd GameSpot will be streaming its live tournament. Don’t forget, we’re also opening up this invitation to online players as well. So if you want to take part in the return of Tournament TV simply send an email with the subject "Tournament TV" to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited so act quickly! Only 10 members will be chosen. For more updates about this event, be sure to watch On the Spot.
May is Video Game History month, as we're sure many of you are aware that great games only get older with age, this week we’re going back in time with Fallout Fallout in celebration of their 15th anniversary. Be sure to join us Live here or on Twitch if you miss our stream don’t worry we’ll be doing another one every Wednesday during the month of May at 11:00am PT. Here are the other video games that we will be featuring this month:
Metal Gear25th Anniversary
Zelda 25th Anniversary
Wolfenstein 20th anniversary
In case you haven’t noticed, Rockstar has announced their crew forming functionality inMax Payne 3. You can team up with GameSpot editors by joining the GameSpot crew. Any crews created in Max Payne 3 are functional across multiple platforms--private crews have a limit of 250 players, but public crews have no such limit. Find out about hiw this online feature works with the game by reading our recent news story .
Sneaking in again to bring you the latest behind the scenes for this weeks On the Spot , this week we discovered that they’ll be talking about Renaissance heros, Max Payne at MLG, and a Diablo 3: Will it Run segment. This weeks trivia prize will also be an awesome addition to any Diablo fans collection, and a second prize for those of you who have a fondness for Devil May Cry.
CAUTION! Hunting for real life Pokemon is serious business and should not be taken lightly. The stunts performed in this video were done by trained youtube professionals, do not attempt to catch’em all.
The next phase in our GameSpot and GameFAQs breakup has been made this morning. Some of you will notice the following:
- All games now have a game board, thanks to everyone's feedback. You will still see some genre boards and series boards around the site, but for the most part there should not be anymore confusion about a missing game board.
- The GameFAQs crossover boards will no long be accessible, but you may continue to read the discussions. With this change, you will no longer be confused about why you received a moderation mark in your moderation history.
Exciting news! We'll be taking down the old commenting system and replacing it with a new one this morning at 11am PT. Some of the major improvements you'll immediately notice include the following:
- Threading functionality. Respond to other people’s comments to carry on a discussion.
- Instant Notifications . If you are scrolled to the top of the page, you'll receive a notification if someone replied to a comment of yours. You also receive this same notification when you "follow" a conversation and you happen to visit that specific page today or at a later time.
- Option to Follow Conversations. Members using the @ sign + USERNAME will no longer receive a PM notification. In order to receive updates you must follow a conversation.
- Who is subscribed to the page. Clicking the “follow conversation” option will have your avatar displayed on the top of the page.
- Others are watching the page! You can now see how many other people are reading or watching the shows where it displays the number of users "listening".
- Social Capabilities. While logged into Facebook Connect or Twitter, you can now share the page with friends on Twitter or Facebook by using the @ symbol in the comments. They will receive a notification about being mentioned. You will have to login via the prompt to grant this functionality. You can also share a user's comment via Twitter or Facebook by clicking the SHARE option.
- Positive Ratings. Comments no longer have negative ratings that will hide your posts.
- Change Notification Settings. To ensure that you receive timely notifications about content in the comments or if you’d like to disable it, you’ll need to go to the Fuse settings located here. Scroll to the options near the bottom of the page and change them to your preferences. IMPORTANT: If you do not change these settings you should expect to see a flood of notifications via Fuse.
- Old Comments Returning Soon. You might see the past 8 days worth of comments once the new commenting system is on the site. The older comments data will get imported over time.
- How to Report Abuse. If you are curious about what we'll moderate in the comments, drop by the Moderation Clarification Station.
Belated Happy May Day! Did you know that May Day is an ancient spring festival celebrated by a great many cultures such as Ireland, France, Germany, and even Sweden? **The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in the Pre 16-Bit days, when gamers across the world would gather in masses to pray for new and exciting IP's to be born into the world. May Day falls exactly half a year from November 1st (which in gamer traditions translates to Q4) when great titles are released into the wild for gamers to play and enjoy.
The most common way to celebrate May Day is to create a May Basket, filled with bargain bin gaming gems, swag, hot pockets, and various energy drinks. These baskets are then placed on someone's office desk. The giver then screams out whatever meme is relevant to the year and runs away. The person receiving the basket tries to catch the fleeing giver. If they catch the person, they must fight to the death in a game of Quake. And that my dear readers, is the history of May Day. Now onto some real news.
Whispers around the office
I overheard plans to make changes to the commenting system. The comments will be down for a short maintenance on Thursday starting at 11:00 am PT and will be down for a short period of time (about an hour). You will also find messaging on the comments system during this time. More details will likely surface as early as this afternoon or tomorrow morning in theSite Enhancements or Technical Support forums.
5 Seconds to E3
Klondike is back again to give GameSpot members a chance to win a trip to E3. But you don't have to worry about embarrassing yourself this time. It will only take you 5 seconds to sign up and be entered to win a pair of tickets to E3 2012.
Ghost Recon Future Soldier Tournament TV
On May 22nd we'll be bringing back Tournament TV! Now, before you old school GameSpotters get too excited, there won't be a tournament leading up to a Friday live stream of the final match. If you live near the San Francisco Bay Area drop us a line at email@example.com with the subject title Tournament TV. Please don't forget to share if you can make it to our office to compete in person or if you'd like to be on a standby list to try for a slot to compete online.
Mass Effect Pixel Art Winner
There were some awesome submissions for our Mass Effect Pixel art contest, but in the end there could only be one winner, and that winner was yeah_writes submission, BEWARE! The following link contains massive amounts of awesomness!
Street Fighter X Tekken X Winner
A few weeks ago during On the Spot we did trivia a little differently, asking viewers to submit altered images of GameSpot staff members photo shopped as Street Fighter or Tekken characters. The staff argued and debated over their favorite entry until finally deciding on edubuccaneer's entry.
On the Spot Teaser - Rumor Has It
Sneaking in again to bring you the latest behind the scenes for this weeks On the Spot, we discovered that the fantastic fantasy Game of Thrones will be cutting across the screen during our live demo. Along with Starhawk, and Way of the Samurai. And as always we'll have our Maxwell McBargins to show of yet another gem from XboxLive Arcade. As for the trivia goodies, there will be some random t-shirts and Forza Motorsport 4 'Top Gear' DLC pack codes. Don't forget to join us on Twitch or Youtube at 11:00am PT to get in on the chatroom action because commenting system will be down for maintenance.
May is Video Game History month and many of you are aware that great games only get older with age. This week we will be showing off Street Fighter in celebration of their 25th anniversary. Be sure to join us during our live stream on Twitch today, May 2nd at 11am PT. Curious what else we'll be checking out? Here are other anniversaries we'll celebrate this month.
- Fallout 15th anniversary
- Metal Gear 25th Anniversary
- Zelda 25th Anniversary
- Wolfenstein 20th anniversary
Stay tuned for more details about how we'll celebrate these game franchises and more!
Video Game Forecast
Seems to be yet another strong week for most platforms. PC users will be delighted by sunny weather, TERA's release means it’s the perfect time to break out the multiplayer, but if you're looking to play alone in the dark during May Day, keep yourself company (and creeped out) with Call of Cthulu: The Wasted Land. Things are getting a little cloudy for the Vita but there is a slight reprieve with the release of Mortal Kombat. Short rainfall can be expected for the Xbox 360, you can expect to see a drizzle of arcade titles like Fable Heroes. And finally, Sony and Microsoft will both want to get their shades because the awesomeness of Awesomenauts is practically blinding. For more information on this weeks releases you can check out the extended forecast
This Week's Raffle Reward…
GameSpot community is introducing a new activity to our Community Check-In, the "Raffle Reward" program. How does one play the game? Simple. Just comment in the section below, seriously that’s it. What do you get in return? Well that’s where it will get interesting. This week we’re giving away a copy of Spyro Skylanders starter kit for the Playstation 3. All you have to do is finish the following sentence in the comments below:
"Incredible glide, Spyro. I thought I'd be stuck in here forever
with those ugly ___________________"
Check out this Portal parody called "If I were a Core", WARNING: some mild spoilers.
Want to go to E3? Better yet, want to go to E3 and get flown out to Los Angeles, California, with a friend and have your hotel paid for? Of course you do! All you have to do is enter to win. It will take only 5 seconds! Klondike is giving you a chance to win a trip to one of the biggest gaming shows of the year, and entering is easy.
First, log in to your GameSpot account. Next, go to this page here and follow the instructions to enter. It takes only 5 seconds!
The prize is a trip for two to Los Angeles, California, during the week of E3. This includes flight, accommodations, and, of course, passes to E3 2012.
But you'll have to hurry, because the sweepstakes lasts only until May 7, 2012. The winner will be notified after the sweepstakes ends.
Some of the biggest news that came out on the social universe is the copycat of Pinterest, well, that’s what people were saying until they figured out otherwise. Facebook "Pinview" is a Facebook app that reformats your account into a pinboard format. Moving on to social console-quences, System Wars posters might find this news interesting. Reports say Nvidia smartphone graphics are set to out beat Xbox 360 by 2014. Speaking of console wars bragging rights, Microsoft’s record revenue reports also appear to be slipping, according to mashable.com "Microsoft also took a hit in its Xbox division, with revenues dropping 16%, which Microsoft blames on a soft game console market." If that wasn't bad enough news for the little lemmings out there, according to a recent article from Bloomberg.com, Motorola Mobility recently won a ruling on Microsoft Xbox 360 patents. But there is hope, with free-mium games being the super trend that they are, the Xbox 360 might be the next platform for these fun freebies.
This week in Game-ology we take a look at some ancient code, ancient graphics, and old republics.
First up Wired.com shared a report on "The Geeks Who Saved Prince of Persia’s Source Code From Digital Death". Apparently Jordan Mechner saved everything, and we mean EVERYTHING to read where they found this ancient history read on here. While we're on the subject of digging up ancient history… the "Game Archaeologist" asked a thought provoking question, "Are graphical updates worth the hassle?" Speaking of games that get cosmetic changes, we’ll talk about the stylized glory of Star Wars the Old Republic and how their subscriptions are not dropping despite lighter server loads. In an article on pcgamer.com we read that "Bioware lead writer Daniel Erickson said the game's subscription numbers are not dropping despite the somewhat emptier servers". While industry watchers speculated the loss of subscriptions, I find their lack of faith disturbing.
Why so Serious
Now for something a little different, and somewhat serious news. Google’s "vulnerability program" ups the payout for discovered weaknesses from $3,000 to a maximum of $20,000. Alright, that wasn't too serious, but here's something that might freak you out a bit, if your car has a Black Box it is likely "spying" on you according to Forbes. Next, there is a lot of debate about copyright infringers and whether or not they are "pirates" or "thieves" , and here is an insightful article on the subject. Speaking of copyright debates, recent changes to copy protection can mean that those of you who have DirecTV might need new gear to watch shows on HBO. In the world of patents, Arstechnica.com explains that Samsung is targeting Apple in the US with eight more patents. On a related note Apple wants to go to trial to defend itself against accusations in regards to e-book price-fixing.
As if you needed another way to procrastinate at work here’s a nice little twist on the classic Mario game. Mario not quite your thing? Thinking to yourself if you wanted to play the original Mario that you’d just do it? Well fine! I have a few other goodies up my sleeve, first is The Secret World Social Web- Game but for those of you who aren’t a fan of Facebook here is the Indie Game Rambo: Last Blood a cute little 8bit browser game that you can play . Why should you be playing all these games? Simple really, in addition to being awesome, studies show that computer games helps with depression. And if the games aren’t enough to put a little smile on your face you could try a slice of Legend of Grimrock - Blueberry pie thanks to the gaming gourmet.
Classic and rare Star Wars photos
Run Yoshi Run!
Mega64 - Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Jedi Junkies video
Ideas for a valve gaming console
Tribute (Huge Pixel Art Poster)
10 Epic Movie Gadgets You Wish Were Real
Here’s just a little teaser to this week's’ Geeky Gimmies: Retro Edition you can see that on Synthia’s blog she’s gathered quite a long list of pixel perfect retro gaming items. Gimmies from games like Space Invaders, Mario, Pac-Man, and other awesome retro classics. For example you can see this awesome Mario amp and guitar as seen on globalgeeknews.
Gamers are some crafty people, for example we have this amazing 6’10" statue of Samus Aran made out of paper and glue. But if that’s a little out of your league you can try this nifty apple puzzle But be warned, if you lack the proper knife skills to try this at home DO NOT try this! In addition to awesome crafts here is some great Star Trek Origami on Takei’s Facebook page. And for those of you who need a little incentive before your creative juices can start flowing, there is a propaganda art contest for the upcoming Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter movie.
Socially Weird, Terrific, or Frightening
First up the weird, here we see a piece on neatorama.com about what’s exactly in a hot dog, but be warned…. Ignorance is bliss for those of you who are Frank Furter fans. Next we have the Terrific, we’re sure some of you have seen this awesome Valve employee handbook with awesome tips about their company standards written in an extremely witty fashion, if only every work place could be so cool. And finally for the absolutely frightening, recently in China a young girl was swallowed by pavement, seriously here’s the video and the girl just vanishes under the concrete.
Fave Find and it's time for some Geekapella, Enjoy this Final Fantasy VII Chocobo Theme Song from the comedic team of Max and Sam.
Bulletin: Security and Tech Deck
Jumping right in about the latest and greatest happenings on the internets, there was a massive outage of Gmail which affected up to 35 million users. Another outage that occurred affected up to 10 percent of its global user base, meaning no email for them. Next up we ask the age old question: “Is switching to a different OS a security fix?” Well according to PC World they have some serious doubts, saying “ The reality is that Linux is not more secure. It is simply less targeted.” For example, as you can see based on this chart, the number of Apple rigs effected by various Malware attacks since last year.
Speaking of security issues, according to Zdnet there is a fake Instagram app on Android that is actually malware and VentureBeat has a story about a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights recommended by the US government and the European Union. Companies may be required to get consent from their readers before storing advertising cookies. In other news there are a few new protests targeting the US cyber intelligence legislation. Civil liberties groups started their protests against US cyber intelligence laws that would let police and other officials check out people's private online information.
Shifting into entertainment, Xbox Live is proud of their apps line-up and depending on your region you can unlock HBO GO, iHeartRadio, Last.fm, Syfy, TODAY, UFC, VEVO, and much more. Microsoft isn’t the only one getting frisky with entertainment, MGM has hooked up with Youtube and Google Play to provide a rental program with 600 titles. Lastly, IKEA plans to sell electronics to expand your furnishing needs.
Better late than never, Skyrim’s Arrow to the knee meme appeared in a recent episode of NCIS. But, I bet you’re wondering why that meme won’t go away, after all it's used to the point of nausea by everyone (even by those who've never picked up the darn game). Well, WhatCulture.com gives us nine reasons why people still play Skyrim which helps one to better understand this phenomena, but if you already knew these things here's a funny video of the "original" arrow to the knee adventurer. And speaking of old trends, Bitmob has an article about the demise of local arcades, saying "Global communications and the internet, while invaluable assets, have afforded people the opportunity to isolate themselves from tangible communities".
Enough about the old, let's talk about some new things! PlayStation Vita has 3 free apps, but maybe you don’t have a Vita, you have a mobile phone! Bozanimal tells us why it’s okay to play mobile games In his words: “Mobile gaming is hot right now; hotter than platform or PC gaming, in terms of hype. Every developer and mom-and-pop is vying for a multi-million dollar success story like Angry Birds, Jetpack Joyride, or Temple Run. The majority of these games are simple, quick to learn, and as easy to put down as they are to pick up.” Now, get out there and try some of the games he mentioned to find out why.
Time to check out the creative findings on the internets. First we take a look at how to make your own Tron Light Cycle, then we danced in amusement about this Star Wars LEGO Diorama that plays theme music. But, getting down to the why so serious, there's an interesting idea of defending the “meme” as a work of art . By some definitions they do fall under the umbrella of art, whereas others might disagree. Next up are a pair of caring parents who built this Minecraft case mod for their kid and a Gourmet gamer has cooked up some Minecraft mushroom shaped stew. Speaking of computers, if you have room for a cute paper craft you should consider checking out this cut out of Gomez from Fez to add to your paper craft collection. And if you're have having a hard time solving some of those tricky puzzles some researchers claim that a bit of beer can help.
Socially Weird, Terrific or Frightening (WTF)
Have you ever found yourself standing in an elevator thinking to yourself “Man I really wish this wall had a flavor” well good news! At the Engine offices in London they’ve installed an elevator called the “Lick-able Lift” which takes people to their 16th floor and while they wait they’re invited to take a lick at the wall. While we are on the subject of senses, who doesn’t love the scent of a newly purchased tech toy. Air Aroma has decided to to create a new fragrance called “De Facto Standard” that smells like printed ink on cardboard, paper and plastic inside cardboard, and a certain apple product. Finally for those of you who like to spend your time getting spooked by various things that go bump in the night. On the Level Gaming shared this game created by BlitzMax called SCP-Containment Breach, a new free to play survival horror game. And finally, your awesome dose for the day, enjoy this amazing video game rock medley!
The Internet is always pumping with fresh hype, trends, and legal e-drama. This week's Facebook acquisition of Instagram seemed to be the most talked about. Other topics that surfaced include accusations that CISPA is SOPA in disguise and embedding third-party videos or images war. Moving out of the greedy and on to the giving, Spotify now lets you share free music on personal blogs and Pinterest has new buttons on Ebay or Amazon.
Digging deeper into the realm of social and gaming-related topics, Gaikai plans to the cloud gaming service for Facebook users. The Facebook app beta launches with Saints Row: The Third, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, and more. In other areas around the Internet, FrugalDad declares that gaming is good for you, Avault shares why World of Warcraft gets too much credit, Wired defines asynchronous gaming (think Words With Friends/Draw Something), and Massively contemplates MMO hotbar combat versus action combat.
For some awesome geeky gimmies, check out Synthia's latest blog. We've got everything from glasses and tables to accessories and more. Oh, we do take donations of any of the items mentioned. Thanks in advance! (We're kidding…kind of…but the items are pretty nifty and you should check them out.) If you find, make, or know of any other awesome Geeky Gimmies, feel free to send me a message.
Here are a few funny images and videos.
- In the Zone: VG Cats
- Robotic rings turn your fingers into a face
- Real Life Simpsons
- The Emo Kid, Troll, and Hacker in All of Us
- Jedi Grandma
- Nintendo's Attempt at making a viral video.
Socially Weird, Terrific, or Frightening
First up, Jessica Nigri gets asked to leave PAX for exposing too much skin. Fun fact: the PAX community is apparently fairly anti-booth babe. In this recent PAX experience, Jessica Nigri (a big hit among cosplayers) showed up as Juliet Starling from Lollipop Chainsaw wearing a pink jumpsuit zipped down far below her belly button, she was asked to leave after receiving a "number of complaints." What do you guys think: Are booth babes at risk of going extinct? Speaking of things going extinct, your privacy! Just take a look at some of the 10 creepiest apps for phones, Facebook, and more We found this interesting albeit terrifying piece about apps for creepers, and not the cute and cuddly minecraft ones. Not even tinfoil hats will save you from some of these bad boys. For example Recognizr: this little gem lets you point your smartphone camera at somebody's face, after which their contact info and social network updates pop up. Fun huh? Last but not least, here's this awesome fan-made Mega Man X Movie. It cost $700, two green screens, and some pro-bono actors. It's amazing what hard work and passion can do for an indie movie.
TheRealDuckie and a couple of his friends have started working on a functional replica of Walt Disney World in Minecraft. He frequently posts his updates on Reddit, and currently there are rideable rides, working restaurants, and other park features. Take that, Kinect Disneyland Adventures! Another heart-warming tale of a crafty kid, some cardboard, and a dream in "Caine's Arcade."
Spring is here and you know what that means, we’re switching up the Community News format! We’ve decided to introduce a new feature into the mix known as Field Trip Friday, where Jody will be bringing to you some of the latest industry news such as events, goodies, giveaways and job opportunities. Then on Wednesdays we will be starting our "Social Share" Community News, featuring gaming highlights, here you'll also find user blogs, reviews, art, videos, podcasts and anything else that you guys cook up, so be sure to check that out tomorrow. For news on how to enter in our Raffle Rewards program for a chance at some gaming swag, keep scrolling to the bottom of the report.
To Do List: Community Activities and Contests
GameSpots Been Nominated
We're at it again this year, GameSpot has been nominated for a Webby, to find out how you can spread the word be sure to check back on Friday.
Mass Effect Pixel Art Contest - Wrapen it Up!
You still have time to get in your submission to the Mass Effect Pixel Art contest! Deadline is April 13th so if you haven't sent us your submission be quick about it! Once the deadline hits we’ll be posting the submissions and letting the community weigh in on which image they want to see take the cake (all Portal references will result in moderation, seriously we don’t need to go there). So be sure to check the Activities and Competitions forum for your chance to cast your vote.
GameBoard Break Up and Rebound Party Challenge
Only one more week to chat it up in the forums and be automatically entered to win our Rebound Party Challenge. Just as a reminder, everyone is invited to play for a chance at this reward and we mean EVERYONE!
PAX East(er): Let there be Swag!
This last weekend we asked you to switch your signature to include news about our PAX East coverage! To those of you who did, your names were entered in a chance to win some nifty swag from the PAX show floor. Who won? Drum Roll please……. DALGER21! Congrats and thanks for taking the time to spread the word about PAX East. Well be doing more of these as the events season kicks into high gear so be sure to check out the Activities and Competitions board. Additionally, anyone who switched their signature should now change it back to the appropriate signature.
GameSpot @ PAX East
Over the weekend GameSpot was over in the great bean state of Boston to cover PAX East(er). As you can see there was quite a bit to check out, news on Minecraft, Torchlight II, GameSpots MLG Heartthrob Kelly Kelly, and of course no PAX would be complete without a little bit of Indie Game coverage.
Prototype 2 Awesome Exclusive Trailers
Looks like GameSpot will be showing off some exclusive Prototype 2 trailers. We will be releasing trailer after trailer after trailer up until the games release(April 24th)! We've already shown off the first of many trailers "Kicking Ass #1" be sure to track Prototype 2 to stay up to speed.
Now Playing: The Witcher 2- Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
This weeks Now Playing we'll be showing off The Witcher 2 on the X360 (set to release on April 17th). And sure we could turn this episode into a long debate about graphics and the comparison between the two but this Now Playing should be so much more than that! In addition to the claims of "No Quality Compromise" The Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition also promises all previous improvements and DLCs , new cinematic's and cutscenes, new characters, locations, user interface, adventures and more! This isn't just some HD remake, this is enhanced!
On the Spot Teaser - Rumor Has It
GameSpot Community Managers risk life and limb to share what's going on this weeks eposide of On the Spot. Looks like this there are going to be a few awesome features, a live demo of The Walking Dead, a demo of "Fez" (rumored to be spoiler free) as well as Infinity Blade 2 with a special GameSpot exclusive announcement that you won't want to miss. As always, we'll be taking your questions in the comments, the chat room, on Youtube and on TwitchTV. Before being caught by the video team we managed to snag this image:
Rumor has it this GameSpot fight stick set up is related in some way to this weeks On the Spot prize. What could it be? Well you'll have to tune in to find out!
Video Game Forecast
This weeks gaming forecast we have a downpour of fighting games with a light drizzle of puzzlers. As you can see, Tuesday we'll be experiencing a Phantom Breaker (X360)
Storm, as you can see it is about a mysterious organization known as Phantom which pits players against each other. What’s the prize? the winner of the tournament will have their wish granted. Moving on to Wednesday the light drizzle of Fighting Games turns into a downpour with Skullgirls hitting XBLA and PSN hard, better grab your umbrellas' those hand drawn high rez frames are a doozy. We'll see a slight break with Max Payne Mobile (sorry Android, you'll get your chance later). And then lastly Friday grab your Fez 'cause there's nothing but sunshine in this brightly rendered 2D world. For more information on this weeks releases you can check out our Extended Forecast here..
Introducing: Raffle Rewards!
GameSpot community is introducing a new activity to our Monday Check-In, the "Raffle Reward" program. But I'm sure you're all just wondering how you can get your mits on some super easy and awesome swag, right? Here's how to play the game, its super simple. Simply finish the sentence in the comments section below, seriously… that's it. There is however, one catch. To unlock the prize there must be at least 50 entries to unlock the prize.
So according to today’s reports you guys are super excited about Xenoblade Chronicles, and heck why wouldn’t you! It’s a Superb game (literally… it got a 9.0) so this week we’ve decided that we’ll be giving away a copy.
Let the game begin: Finish the following sentence in the comments below:
"We'd appreciate it if the supporting actors would just ________"
This weeks Fave Find is this awesome Skyrim inspired music video. One voice, One Violin, can you say Fus Ro D-AWESOME!
We've revamped the blog format to make it easier for you to get to the stuff you actually want. These reports will also be scheduled to come out each Friday thanks to Synthia's fabulous suggestion. As always, if you have some game industry community news worth sharing send me a PM or @GSJody on Twitter. Happy Friday!
Events & Activities
Is 2012 the year you plan to socialize or network with other gamers in person? We'll be keeping an eye out for events, gatherings, and other attractions you can attend in person. If you can't attend in person, we'll share if there's live streaming of the event. Here are some recent gatherings that were announced, or maybe they're actually happening soon! You can also discuss upcoming events by dropping by the Events & Attractions Forum.
- PAX East April 6-8, Boston, MA, $35+ [coverage]
- House of LAN April 20-22 San Diego, CA $35
- Game Hack April 28-29, London, UK, est. £6.00 [open registration]
- GBLAN 5 May 4-6 Green Bay, WI $30 [scroll to bottom for pricing]
- Ottawa Game Conference May 29 Ottawa, Canada, CA$187+
- SOE Live Oct 18-21 Las, Vegas, Nevada [formerly known as Fanfaire]
With the number of amazing kickstarters that have surfaced, we figured it is about time we share some creative ones established by people who have been in the industry. Because there are so many, we'll also have another mention to other kickstarters in our new social media reports that you'll see every Tuesday. This week's kickstarter goes to Jane Jensen's Pinkerton Road: "A Year of Adventure." This developer offers three adventure game opportunities. Watch the promo below, drop by the kickstarter page, and visit the game studio's official website.
We'll share some virtual stuff like new map packs, DLC, and beta offers in this area.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic is available for free this weekend.
- World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria beta opt-in and FAQ.
- Gears of War 3 Forces of Nature adds five multiplayer maps and weather conditions.
- UNCHARTED 3 Drake’s Deception new multiplayer map pack announced.
- Secret World preorder will guarantee access to exclusive beta in May.
- Tera beta is happening here!
- Sony's Season 3 of the Tester reality show has tts finale
- Little Big Planet's Sackboy wanders into Wonderland.
- War Thunder Closed Beta combat MMO has started.
- Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion preorder and get in the beta.
Goodies & Activities Bin
Here we'll share freebies, product announcements, and other activities you can check out.
- Sega’s Free Stuff Friday has Yakuza, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Sonic, and more!
- Get a free copy of Fallouton GOG.
- World of Warcraft: Noblegarden activity from April 8 - April 14.
- Blacklight Retribution is now in its open beta phase.
- Win a Prototype 2 Camaro SS and Foam blade arm on Activision's community site.
- Devil May Cry wallpaper available in celebration of the HD Collection version.
- Create a Blockbuster Movie Poster and win some City of Heroes goodies.
- Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (X360/PS3) multiplayer beta from April 19 to May 2.
- Mega Bloks World of Warcraft product line announced.
If you're trying to get your foot in the game industry door, we'll share some game industry jobs every now and then!
Time again for the weekly Monday Check-In. There is a bunch to look forward to, awesome new game releases, community activities, and, of course, PAX East.
Here is your weekly forecast for games for the week of April 2-8:
I Am Alive (X360 and PS3)
Ubisoft new survival horror title set in a hazardous and crumbling world.
Shoot Many Robots (X360, PC, PS3)
Work with your friends to fight through the chaotic evil robot uprising.
Skullgirls (X360 and PS3)
The fact-paced 2D fighting game, developed by Reverge Labs, features femme fatales in a Dark Deco world.
Kinect Star Wars (X360)
Use the Force, race some pods, boogie down, and learn to wield a lightsaber all while taking on the darkside.
The highly anticipated North American release of this AAA JRPG.
Blacklight: Retribution (PC)
A first-person shooter based in a futuristic urban war zone.
PAX East is fast approaching, and on Friday April 6, Boston will open its doors for gamers of all sorts to peruse the floor. There are a ton of things to see this year, and of course we'll be there to bring you quality coverage. To get the play-by-play, you can check out our PAX East page or follow PAX on Twitter. What can you expect to see? Well, here is some of the coverage from 2011. Check it out! We’ll also be taking your suggestions on what to cover during PAX in this thread here.
PAX East - Signature Showdown
GameSpot will be giving you a chance to get in on some PAX East schwag. You might be wondering how! Change your signature, link to GameSpot at PAX, and Roll Call. For more details about this activity, check out this page here.
Pixel Art Contest
We've gotten in a plethora of pixel masterpieces for our Mass Effect 3. Haven't sent in your submission? Don't worry, there's still time to get your submission to the GameSpot Community team. Remember that the more submissions entered, the bigger the prize pack will become.
Rebound Party Challenge
GameSpot is excited about finally getting to spread its wings a bit from GameFAQs by giving users a chance at $150's in Best Buy Gift Cards. For more information check out this announcement.
Are you new to the Fuse experience? Just getting your feet wet and need to know whom to follow? Well. we're here to share with you the top 15 Fusers.
perkinsj26, Sefrix, Rydia241, BloodMist , Soothsayer42, Spinnerweb, phoenixgaiangel, Smokescreened84, Ghanima_A , Xandoom, CUDGEdave, superfalcon1234, robdingo, GunBladeHero, and Joshua2222
GameSpot's Top 7 April Fools' Day Stories
We all know that April 1 plagues game news sites with various pranks, monkeyshines, and general tomfoolery. Here were some of GameSpot's favorite foolish finds.
Did you find a particularly interesting April Fools' prank? Comment in the section below and share your snarky find for some profile points to go toward your user level.
GameSpot is celebrating the GameFAQs breakup with style by offering GameSpot members a chance at a special treat! Over the next two weeks, GameSpot members posting topics in the new boards on the game page will receive tickets that we'll add to a fishbowl! We are not kidding, we have a real fishbowl!
The challenge starts March 28 at 3:30 p.m. PT, and you have until Sunday April 15 at 11:59 p.m. PT to participate and automatically be entered. The three ticket holders chosen randomly will each receive a $50 Best Buy gift card as a reward! Get your name in the fishbowl enough times, and you could end up with the whole shebang!
Everyone is invited to play, and we mean EVERYONE! Otherwise it wouldn't be a party!
Each user who creates a topic will receive a ticket.
Every topic that becomes a hot topic (the read/unread icon gains flames) becomes five tickets
You can find all the boards needed to participate in this blog entry here. Keep in mind we'll be adding more boards as we go along. But make sure the board does NOT SAY "powered by GameFAQs."
- A user can have only one eligible topic per hour. If a user chooses to create more than one topic in a given hour, staff will select the topic.
- Topics must be a MINIMUM of 20 words in length.
- Duplicate content / plagiarism will not be tolerated. Violators of this rule will be disqualified and moderated.
- We'll be operating on a raffle system. The more topics, the better your chances. If your name is drawn multiple times, you can receive multiple rewards.
- Forum games (YLYL, Hurt/Heal, etc.) or lounge-type discussions will not count as a submission. We do, however, welcome these activities, but they will not be eligible.
- Forum topics created in boards powered by GameFAQs will NOT be counted.
Winners will be announced via a video announcement.
- The better crafted the topic, the better your chances of making it a hot topic.
- Adding visuals such as video or images might increase interest in your topic.
- The more topics you post, the better your chances.
Be sure to check back for other ways you can earn profile points and emblems.
Got a question? Post it in the comments below.
Hello GameSpot members.
It had to happen at some point. We lived in separate universes. Our moments together were often fragile, but today is the day we had to break it off.
GameSpot has split off from the GameFAQs mirrored forums on all gamespaces, and the GameFAQs logo no longer has GameSpot. You will now be directed to one of the following depending on whether or not a series or game board was created: genre board, game series board, or game board (all platforms). However, you can visit the GameFAQs mirrored boards by going to a gamespace and clicking the platform boards.
We also have a board requests forum dedicated to your suggestions.
With these changes you should notice the following:
- You'll begin to notice familiar faces from other forums on GameSpot.
- New boards dedicated to your favorite genres!
- Embed video enabled, but use the newer embed codes.
- Quick quote and reply on these boards function properly!
- GameSpot community team can assist you with requests or moderation issues.
- GameFAQs members will no longer report you for broken spoiler tags, and more!
The re-return of the daily community news is slowly gaining steam. This week, there were several fascinating blogs to choose from, 25 to be specific. And hopefully with the slow season of games ending, there will be a greater pool of gamer reviews to pull from.
GiantBomb - Comin' Home
This was a big week at GameSpot. If you haven't heard the news, GiantBomb will once again be joining forces with us at the GameSpot offices. But that's not all: we're also welcoming aboard the good folks over at Comic Vine. Beers all around! (only if you're of legal drinking age...of course.)
Getting to Know GameSpot Delayed
This feature should be launching some time next week, so be sure to stay tuned to the community news. To help tide you over until then, however, please feel free to reintroduce yourselves to Jeff Gertsman.
This week's Member Spotlight shines on MrSelf-Destruct for his awesome (though spoiler-filled) blog about "How Mass Effect 3 should have ended - According to a fan" . For those of you who have played the game, or for those who don't mind the spoilers, you should go check out this insightful read.
Mass Effect Project Pixel
As promised earlier in the week, GameSpot is having a pixel art contest! GameSpotters will have two weeks to become massively inspired or, dare we say, affected by BioWare's latest release. For the full details and nitty-gritty of the contest, follow this link.
Mass Effect 3 Community Game Night
It's finally here! It's the first community game night of 2012 and what better choice than Mass Effect 3 and its spiffy multiplayer mode? Don't have a copy of the game? You can join in on the chat room and hang out with your fellow GameSpot member. Can't make it to the event? Never fear, your friendly community manager will be capturing the event (well, at least a part of it) and will be uploading it to the GameSpot Spotlight channel. If any other ambitious GameSpotters choose to capture their experience, share it with firstname.lastname@example.org to get your video added! Also, check out Chris Watters' top three tips for Mass Effect 3 multiplayer.
Mass Effect Mayhem
WARNING: Some of these blogs may contain spoilers about Mass Effect, so read at your own risk!
Mass Effect 3 (zero spoilers!) By: Hellfire-1
Mass Effect 3: Wait, The Multiplayer ISN'T Horrible! By: Rottenwood
Three-Headed Monster - Mass Effect: Infiltrator Review By: WTA2k5
GC Podcast Episode 2: Mass Effect 3 Edition By: stephenage
Anything Popular Will Get Hate By: fantasyfacade
How Mass Effect 3 SHOULD Have Ended - According to a Fan By: MrSelf-Destruct
The World of Games and Gaming
About Those Trailers By: Setho10
The Business of Video Games. By: Sefrix
Going Bananas By: Pierst179
Adit942's Guide to Videogames By: adit942
Ajax's Ultimate Guide to Minecraft: The Legend of the Herobrine By: AjaxNeron
Almost, but not quite #21: Spore By: Doomguard3
So underrated "under-appreciated" By: DR-ZMBK
Alice: Madness Returns - A Critical Reflection By: TechnologoDoom
Nostalgia makes everything better- and worse By: Bozanimal
A Bit of a Legend - Dev Diary 1 By: persianlink
Off the Radar
GameSpot and eSports By: Erick
Episode 6 - Retrospective By: CarlosRodela
A Game of You and Me: Reflections on Love and Friendship in Game Design By: carolynmichelle
Remembering Game Nights By: JodyR
Boy, it has been a while since we've done one of these so it's time to dust the old girl off and get her going again. There was quite a bit going on this past week with GDC in full swing. There were a great many sights to be had, games to be played, and panels to be…erm…planked? With all the chaos buzzing around the office, we're happy to finally have a moment to stop and relax with our favorite community news piece.
To start things off, we welcomed GDC 2012 visitors with some classic 8-bit style. Sure, it took us nearly five hours and over 6,000 Post-its to create, but we thought it was worth it.
We also decided that we would feature some of the wild indie games that we caught wandering the show room floor in last week's episode of On the Spot.
And last but not least, in episode six of Screen Tear, we follow Carlos to the Microsoft bar to see if any of his "multiplayer" pickup lines works on the female developers at GDC.
Silent Hill: Downpour
Silent Hill returns with the eighth installment in its long-running horror genre series.
Tales of Graces f
The new story from the Tales of Grace series comes to the PlayStation 3.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations combines characters from both of the series timelines for players to battle it out.
After much deliberation and consideration amongst various GameSpot staff and certain valued GameSpot members, we are going to be attempting to make GameSpot trivia a regular thing in the GameSpot Competitions & Activities forum. Recently, we had our Umbrella Day trivia, which featured questions from the Resident Evil franchise. Those who took part in the activity and managed to answer enough questions correctly were awarded the Umbrella Emblem. This activity was so well received that we will be making this a reoccurring feature. Have a suggestion on a game that should have a trivia page? Have a great and difficult question that you want included? Submit your contribution to GS-Community.
Ranger Casting Call
Do you fancy yourself a helpful member of the GameSpot community? Perhaps you have a creative spirit just begging to be released? Is your knowledge of gaming considered nothing short of impressive? We're looking for helpful GameSpotters with gaming knowledge that reaches beyond that of the average user. Send GS-Community a private message explaining what games or platforms are your specialty.
Getting to Know GameSpot
Long ago in an office not unlike the one we sit in now, there was a GameSpot staff member who would post videos to help GameSpotters get to know their editors, new guys, content creators, and even community managers. That man was Aaron Thomas, and some of his interviews were with GameSpot superstars like Ricardo Torres, Greg Kasavin, Andrew Park, and more. GameSpot community manager Synthia Weires will be rebooting this feature, and in honor of National Women's History Month, the first to be featured will be GameSpot's Carolyn Petit. We want to include some of your burning questions for Carolyn so feel free to mention them in the comments below.
The Return of Game Night
It has been a while since we've done one of these…perhaps it was the business of the holidays or the odd time-zone differences. Or maybe everyone was too distracted playing other games. Whatever the reason, one thing is certain: we're long overdue for one of these bad boys! So to get started, we'll be having a Mass Effect 3 Community Game Night on Saturday starting at 3:00 p.m. PT. For more details, check out this page here. UPDATE: If you'd like to create an emblem for this game night drop by the Emblems union!
World of Games and Gaming
More gender choice and new ideas badly needed in the industry By: Smokescreened84
A demo, a trial and a beta By: Doomguard3
Next Gen Gaming, You're Doing It Wrong. By: Sefrix
My Idea for Assassin's Creed III By: NightFox313
So far in my new games Community Manager job By: wonderboy_46
My Friday soapdish -- Video Games and Hollywood By: Asagea_888
Wii U - Control Interfaces Reworked Yet Again. By: Haziqonfire
Catherine Spends Her Birthday In Europe By: Daavpuke
Ten Most Badass Protagonists Introduced this Gen By: NeonNinja
If we didn't like it then… By: yeah_write
Off the Radar
Figuring it out By: CarlosRodela
Video Blog Bonus!
GameSpot Ranger Dragonps created a video blog expressing excitement about the new Metal Gear Solid.
MLG New York Coverage
If you've been wondering what the hype is around e-sports, check out this article and then head over to check out coverage of MLG New York. Slasher checks in with the players of MLG New York, and you'll find the daily wrap-ups for day one and day two. Check back later for day three coverage early this week.
Screen Tear tore up our screens last week with some real-life interruptions of games like Angry Birds and GoldenEye. Carlos also shows us how much of a fan he is of Stevie Wonder.
Skyrim PC Modification
Fans will be happy to see the second edition or our Top Five Skyrim Mods of the Week. Shaun McInnis shows us how much he enjoys BBQd chicken and more.
Now Playing Episodes
We have plenty of Now Playing episodes planned this week for some big game titles. Be sure to watch the front page or drop by the Now Playing hub each day for the latest.
If you've wondered why we've changed the way we do things over the years, some of it might have to do with the way the game industry changes. Read what Justin Calvert has to say about working for GameSpot for 12 years now.
Ranger Casting Call!
Do you fancy yourself a helpful member of the GameSpot community? Perhaps you have a creative spirit just begging to be released? Is your knowledge of gaming considered nothing short of impressive? We're looking helpful GameSpotters with gaming knowledge that reaches beyond that of the average user. Send gs-community a private message explaining what games or platforms are your specialty. Find out more about what a Ranger is all about here.
I Chooo-Choo Choose You! I know you've missed these activities! Send gs-community a PM with a user you believe should be a Ranger. You may notice a little boost to your level for contributing in such a manner!
As some of you know, we have a "friendly mascot" at the GameSpot office. Capture this image by leaving your comments below for a slight boost in profile points.
Screen Tear Ep 3
This week's Screen Tear isn't exactly for the faint of heart. It features the fabulous Carlos Roland, and we'll be taking a look at some...interesting clips this week. This is the third episode of the series about the videos you love to watch (for whatever reason that might be).
RE: Tournament Recap
The fight was long and the setting was like something out of an '80s horror movie (only without the CRT's and big hair). In the middle of the tournament, we also had several other highlights, including a costume contest, trivia for a chance at downloadable content, and even a zombie-themed wedding where the weird couple pledged to love one another well into un-death. Check out the recap of the Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City - First Line of Defense Tournament.
Thanks to all of those users who participated in the Umbrella Day Trivia. Results will be tallied and the winner of the Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City Tournament bundle will be announced during next week's Blog Blunker!
On the Spot - As Always, Taking Your Questions!
For the past few weeks, On the Spot has been going to greater efforts to provide answers to your burning questions about the games featured during that week's show. But with the flow of questions from Twitch, YouTube, and of course Chitty Chat, it is only natural that some of those questions will be missed. Didn't hear your question read on air? Send a PM to your community manager Synthia, and she will do her best to find an answer for you. You can also get a sneak peek at an upcoming episode's features by checking out CharlieSpot posts on Wednesday!
Every Friggin' Game Sweepstakes (Facebook)
Are you a big Ubisoft fan? Do you need to spruce up your gaming library? You can enter for a chance to win every Ubisoft game released in 2012 on the console of your choice by entering in this contest here.
This week's Member Spotlight shines on the fabulous Deershadow for creating the popular Umbrella emblem that many of you are currently enjoying on your profiles.
The Importance of Relationships in Gaming. By: ZenesisX
Top 10 Worst Video Game to Movie Translations By: wolfbm
Do publishers have a moral right to prevent second hand game sales? By: Chickan_117
Final Fantasy XIII - 2 By: chronoblaster
[7.5 - Good] Mild-mannered school teacher by day. Dragon-slaying, behemoth-crushing time-traveler by night.
Twisted Metal By: SilentAssassin
[8.5 - Great]Twisted Metal is BACK!!!!
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning By: NadCAtarun
[7.5 - Good] Amalur is a hack'n'slash. It will lift you up with its gameplay and let you down with its universe, or lack thereof.
Valentine's Day has come and gone, and what better way to reflect on the subject of love than to revisit the bloody wedding ceremony from that faithful Tuesday evening in San Francisco? If you could have some kind of theme wedding, what would it be?