Weekly Wrap-Up: Aloha Edition

It's time for the weekly wrap-up. Join us as we say good-bye to Sophia Tong.


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The Recap

GameSpotter's Contributions
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.

Field Trip
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.

Member Spotlight

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.

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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.

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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!

Saying Good-Bye

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!

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