The Community Spotlight highlights some of the best articles that didn't quite make the front page. This week, we've got quarter-gobbling arcade games, hard-rocking 8-bit sounds, a tough-looking Ghost of Sparta, and even more Pokémon. Plus, one writer wants to put the "final" in Final Fantasy. Read on to find out why.
Beating arcade games at the arcade
By Samir Torres
How much money did you drop on the old arcade standards like X-Men, The Simpsons, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? I plugged in plenty…but never enough to beat them. Read Samir's reminiscence, then share your own.
Why Final Fantasy should die
By Stojan Jovic
The name of the well-known role-playing series has been a joke for a long time. How can something that's been around for 20 years be "final?" Stojan argues that the most recent Final Fantasy games barely have anything in common with each other. He wants "a new brand, a new name, and a new focus, with many of those brilliant minds that worked on the previous titles."
Fan-made 3D model of Kratos
By Jan Neves
Bitmob's artist-in-residence shares his latest project with us: a bad-ass, blade-wielding, animated Kratos. Nice work, Jan. Just try not to make him angry. The Ghost of Sparta can kill gods; he can certainly take down our servers.
8-bit sound isn't going anywhere
By Antonio Byrd
Antonio checks out "Nintendocore" band I Fight Dragons and their melding of rock and chiptunes. "I'm glad 8-bit music still has a place in our world and that it hasn't been forgotten," he writes. Good to know I'm not the only one who likes the old sounds, Antonio.
A simplified history of Pokémon's metagame, part 5
By Marcel Hoang
Marcel wraps up his excellent series on the strategy of making cute little critters fight to the death. New wrinkles in Pokémon Black and White include the Dream World and reviewing your opponent's team before you battle. I've learned a ton from Marcel's articles…mostly that I should never play Pokémon competitively with anyone. I'm out of my league.