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The Community Spotlight 2019.02.09

Celebrating ten years of bad omelettes, getting bent, punting tanks, and casting bufu.

THE. BEST. VIDEO. FEATURE. ON. GIANT. BOMB. PERIOD.
THE. BEST. VIDEO. FEATURE. ON. GIANT. BOMB. PERIOD.

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host this week! This edition of the Spotlight is a curious one. There are dozens of reviews to choose from and plenty of online communities to join! Additionally, we have two AWESOME videos worth checking out that together are OVER TWO HOURS LONG! Plus, with the launch of Apex Legends and the beta for Tom Clancy's The Division 2, the community has been playing an assortment of great online video games together! So, without further ado, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping.

Tweets Of The Week

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Yelling Abby (Work In Progress) (By: @IdaScarzilla)

Over on Twitter, IdaScarzilla is trying to hone their sketching craft by working on a drawing of Abby yelling. Why did I include a piece of art that was obviously a work in progress? Because I enjoy haunting your dreams.

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Giant Beast x Resident Evil (By: @morehandclaps)

morehandclaps used Giant Bomb East's recent Resident Evil 2 stream as inspiration for a warm-up sketch! Check it out and use the link to support the artist in question however you can!

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Community Activities

Learn how you can play Apex Legends with your fellow Giant Bomb users RIGHT NOW!
Learn how you can play Apex Legends with your fellow Giant Bomb users RIGHT NOW!

Giant Bomb Apex Legends Meetup Thread And Discord (By: @brackstone)

Are YOU interested in joining the Giant Bomb community Discord server for Apex Legends? Here's the link so you can hook up with other Giant Bomb users!

Lunar New Year Steam Key Giveaway! (By: @alistercat)

Are any of you interested in picking up a free game? AlisterCat is hosting a "Lunar New Year Stream Giveaway!" If you see anything you want, drop a comment using the link!

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Duders - PS4 GB Community (By: @borklund)

Calling anyone interested in playing the PS4 version of Tom Clancy's The Division 2! The Giant Bomb community is already trying to create an online group for that version of the game!

Final Fantasy XIV fans rejoice! Our online community is getting a new coat of paint for Shadowbringers!
Final Fantasy XIV fans rejoice! Our online community is getting a new coat of paint for Shadowbringers!

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers - Giant Bomb Free Company Thread (By: @snakelinksonic)

Calling all Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers players! The Giant Bomb community Free Company wants YOU to join them for the Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers expansion! Get the details on how to be a part of the fun by clicking the link above!

Clips Of The Week

Every Time They Make A Bet in Steal My Sunshine (By: @jeremym)

Video maestro JeremyM is back with their most in-depth video to date! Even with all the fancy editing the video still ended up clocking in at fifty-two minutes! This compilation video shares every time a bet was made in Steal My Sunshine!

Best of Giant Bomb's Persona 4 Endurance Run: The B-Sides (By: @clagnaught)

The Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 Endurance Run turned ten this week. It's odd and deeply troubling that ten years ago Vinny and Jeff were sitting on a couch as they played one of the best entries in the Persona franchise and made one of the best video series in Giant Bomb history. Regardless, Clagnaught took the best moments that did not make their "Best Of..." feature for the series and compiled them into a single video for your enjoyment. However, be warned, this video is over ninety minutes long!

Best Of Blogs

We are all very old people now....
We are all very old people now....

The Persona 4 Endurance Run Turns 10 Years Old (By: @clagnaught)

As mentioned in the video above, the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4Endurance Run turned ten last week. Giant Bomb user Clagnaught blogs about what continues to drive them back to the feature, as well as why they started a video series compiling its best moments.

Menagerie: An Analysis of Zoo Tycoon (2001) and Its Expansions (By: @gamer_152)

Not a lot of people would take the time to analyze Zoo Tycoon and its many expansion packs, but that's precisely what Moderator Gamer_152 did today! Give their blog a read to learn more about an era of PC games that no longer exists.

Moosey's SPOOOOOOOKY January! (Soma and RE(make)2) (By: @mooseymcman)

MooseyMcMan provides a detailed examination of the spooky video games they played last month, as well as a tour of the various video game toilets they experienced.

Assassin's Creed Hotyssey (By: @sparky_buzzsaw)

Sparky_Buzzsaw has fallen in love with Assassin's Creed Odyssey and uses this short write-up to share how its mix of strong characters, Greek mythology, and history charmed their cold, dead heart.

Who plays Zoo Tycoon in 2019? Ask Gamer_152!
Who plays Zoo Tycoon in 2019? Ask Gamer_152!

A Record of Mortality #1: Resident Evil 2 (By: @knockingnick)

KnockingNick uses the Resident Evil 2 remake as a case study on how counting your deaths in video games can make for unintentional, but memorable moments and experiences.

Saturday Summaries 2019-02-09: Ranks For Everything Edition (By: @mento)

Mento considers what they would "rank" and why, were they to create a feature like Ranking of Fighters. They also spent time with Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero and Assassin's Creed Origins, and tiered the last of the Valkyria Chronicles 4 recruits.

Join The Discussion

It's the game everyone is talking about this week, but what are YOUR thoughts about Apex Legends?
It's the game everyone is talking about this week, but what are YOUR thoughts about Apex Legends?

Dealing With Multiplayer Anxiety (By: @bmccann42)

Here's an important discussion worth sharing. What are good ways to approach multiplayer-focused games while managing anxiety? Join our community advice sharing thread and share your tips and tricks.

Apex Legends Discussion Thread (By: @big_denim)

Respawn's Apex Legends is available to play and people seem to like the game! If you have run the game through its paces, feel free to shake an ApeLeg and share your impressions using the link above!

What Percentage Of Your (Console) Game Time Is Spent On Games Too Advanced For Prior Generations? (By: @bigsocrates)

Our community poll of the week is an interesting one: What percentage of your console games are too advanced for prior generations? Do you believe a majority or minority of your games are not possible on previous generations?

Will Apex Legends Revive Titanfall 2's Online Multiplayer? (By: @kknialler)

Here's an exciting community discussion worth sharing your two cents' worth! Do any of you think Apex Legends has the chance of reviving Titanfall 2's online community? Share why or why not using the link below.

The Division 2 Beta Discussion (By: @subterfudge)

The Division 2's beta seems to be drawing supporters and detractors, but where do you stand?
The Division 2's beta seems to be drawing supporters and detractors, but where do you stand?

Have any of you checked out the beta for Tom Clancy's The Division 2? Join our discussion and share or pick up any free beta keys you or other community members have or need!

Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Torment, NWN All Coming To Consoles This Year (By: @rorie)

What do you think about Skybound Games and Beamdog bringing Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment, and NWN to modern consoles? Is the Nintendo Switch a good fit for these types of games?

Capcom Have Retconned The DMC Timeline; Acknowledges The Existence Of DMC2 (By: @flstyle)

Calling all Devil May Cry fans! What are your impressions of the newly updated timeline for the Devil May Cry franchise and the series' sudden acknowledgment of DMC2's existence?

EA Is Not Done Making Need For Speed Games (By: @tds418)

What do you make of EA's recent announcement that they have a Need for Speed planned in the future? What direction do you think the franchise should take after its previous struggles to remain relevant?

Lovable Lists

They speak the truth!
They speak the truth!

Favorite Games (By: @tk_frampt)

Giant Bomb user TK_Frampt took the time to list their thirty favorite video games of all-time! Give it a read and be entertained, and here's a taste of what you can expect.

Ranking the Marvel vs Capcom Games (By: @guip1408)

guip1408 uses their latest list to rank every game in the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise scientifically! Give it a read and think about hosting your own SCIENCE!

Useful User Reviews

Playing the PS2-era Castlevania games in 2019 seems like one of the circles of Hell, but that's exactly what RioStarWind did this week!
Playing the PS2-era Castlevania games in 2019 seems like one of the circles of Hell, but that's exactly what RioStarWind did this week!
  • @pauljeremiah cannot recommend Celeste enough and you can check out their review to discover why they feel the game has options for every possible gamer.
  • @neutralx2 struck Arizona Sunshine from their video game backlog. Check out their review to find out if they found the zombie-themed first-person shooter worth their time!
  • Giant Bomb user @solarco bought the 2014 game Bound By Flame on a whim and uses their review to share why they regret every minute they played the game.
  • @junior_ain uses their review of New Super Luigi U to discuss how it is the one game that PERFECTLY summarizes the lifespan of the Wii U.
  • Giant Bomb user @stantongrouse reviewed the planetary settlement game, The Colonists! Give their assessment a read and discover why they were enamored by its charm!
  • People love the Castlevania franchise, but Giant Bomb moderator @riostarwind wanted to see if the PS2 games deserve their hotly negative reputation by playing and reviewing Castlevania: Curse of Darkness.

14 Comments

FLStyle • 

The P4 B-sides video is going straight onto my Watch Later list. I'll have it watched within the next 24 hours.

Undeadpool • 

It just occurred to me the P4 Endurance Run was about 10 years old a few days ago, as I was reading the latest Mass Alex comments. The more things change...

I feel like that ER was a real lightning in a bottle situation: it seemed like it really hit Vinny and Jeff at the time, and obviously meant a lot to the community, myself included, for various reasons. I'm glad we have video records of what the funniest parts were, but I always remember the parts where the game ACTUALLY started getting to them emotionally.

Sanj • 

I know it's cliché, but I can't fucking believe it's been 10 years since the P4 endurance run.

KnockingNick • 

Hey, thanks for mentioning my first ever blog on this site! That was a fun little experiment of mine. :)

Zleunamme • 

Jeez, its been ten years since the Persona 4 Endurance run. Those were good times. You guys are unofficially one of the reasons why Atlus will not allow streaming or recording screen shots of Persona 5.

SuperC0llider • 

I think I'm on my 4th or 5th viewing of the P4 ER, its the greatest! I hope Vinny and Jeff (and Drew) are proud of that series because it's brought so much joy to so many people over the last ten years.

Bats • 

man... 10 years... I didn't realize it had gone by that fast. the Persona 4 ER was what completely sold me on this site, got me to upgrade my account from free to premium because I just enjoyed it that much that they had to get my money, and they've been getting it since, with no regrets. This site is the best. I'm gonna do the ER again daily when the episodes pop up in the Carousel. The toughest part so far is trying to not skip ahead... at least the b-sides will tide me over some, cheers!

pauljeremiah • 

Thanks so much for the mention for my review of Celeste, felt so nice to get such a positive reaction to it after about a year of being in a creative black hole.

grazilla • 

The P4 Endurance Run was the first Giant Bomb content I saw and it immediately made me a fan. I just started rewatching it last month (on episode 83 now), can't believe it's been 10 years. The episode where they grind for like an hour and then get a game over still makes me laugh and cry simultaneously. Yip!

Enigma_2099 • 

... does anyone else want to punch Dan Ryckert in the face?

Puddingbrummsel • 

Weird, I started a rewatch of the P4 endurance run either just before the anniversary happened, or shortly after.

....and I almost bought a copy of P4 for PS2 for 30 bucks on ebay today. Almost.

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