Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight. Don't freak out, this edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight is early. Now that I have broken a now three year tradition I’m going to go ahead and provide a more detailed explanation as to why. A few months ago my father discovered that he had been diagnosed with a malignant tumor. Luckily it was discovered early, and as a result he is now cancer free so I do not want, nor need your well wishes or sympathy. However, the event did highlight what is important in my life. As a result I’m joining my father in a three day backpacking trip. With that I’ll see you all, hopefully, this Sunday!
From that somber note let’s get on with the site housekeeping! For those of you that are still awaiting your signed Nighthawks posters @rorie has some good news for you. Essentially you should expect to get them sometime next week. @patrickklepek has the full text and video to the "Critical Proximity" talk that he hosted back in March. If you wanted to know Patrick's WordPress says that he is willing to talk at any company or school/university function...so keep that on mind for your next party? The engineering team have recently temporarily disabled the live chat for mobile browsers and browsers other than Chrome, Safari, Firefox and IE11. Again, this is just a temporary thing. On a much more humorous note @dannyodwyer did an April Fool's Day edition of The Lobby, and it features a notable "Toilet Review" from Jeff. With that let's get on with the Community Spotlight! Finally, friend fo teh site, @patbaer will have a 404ing It panel at PAX East 2014, and it will feature the likes of @jeff and @maxistentialist so keep an eye on that!
Clips of the Week
TurboMan has a special Unprofessional Fridays edition of his "Best of Giant Bomb," which features the funniest moments from the staff's time with Dog's Life and LEGO Island.
- The Elder Scrolls Online Community Guild - Explore the World of Tamriel with Other Users By Joining the Guild Over Here!
- Ragnarok Odyssey Ace - PSN ID Trading Thread - Hook Up with Other GB Users Over Here!
- Mercenary Kings PS4 PSN ID Trading Thread - Hook Up with Other GB Users Over Here!
This week we have two awesome Dark Souls II character pages from @yummylee! Also, Jeff has decided to recognize the Amazon Fire TV as a platform on our database. Remember that platform pages can only be added by staff members.
Best of Blogs
This week we have TWO, count them, TWO user created Giant Bomb themed Bomberman clones. Chaser324's game allows you to play as pixelated versions of the Giant Bomb staff, but the advantage goes to Fobwashed whose version let's you play as Dave Lang...that and he was "first" in publishing his game on the site. thatpinguino blogged about another "buried treasure" game this week with Threads of Fate. Mento has a breakdown of the nine major things he has taken away from the Zero Escape franchise. TurboMan has a beginners guide to WrestleMania XXX so you can be "in the loop" for the next PowerBombcast. Video_Game_King clearly was overcome by his insanity considering that he played both Hotel Mario and Bubsy II this week. Gamer_152 challenged himself to try and figure out why the internet was so outraged over FaceBook's acquisition of Oculus. Music maestro Hamst3r has a new music track and YouTube Channel to share, and MajorMitch is back with a monthly wrap-up which his final thoughts on Dark Souls II now that he finished it. Speaking of Dark Souls II MooseyMcMan discusses that and InFamous Second Son on his latest blog, and explains why he prefers Dark Souls over Dark Souls II. Hero_Swe has another highly entertaining edition of his role-playing adventures in Skyrim, and a new month means that BlackLagoon is back with a comprehensive annotation of the big games coming out for the PlayStation Vita. Spiralcut questions the future of The Elder Scrolls Online as someone who has really been enjoying their time in it. Pezen theorizes how more games could break break away from "black and white" morality systems. Finally Vinny_Says shows off how much of a dent he has made on his gaming backlog, and MMMman finishes up his retrospective of Darksiders II and its outdated game design.
- BomberDuder: Bomberman Clone (By: @fobwashed)
- Rival Bombs: Another GB Bomberman Clone (By: @chaser324)
- Gone but Not Forgotten: Threads of Fate (By: @thatpinguino)
- Get Thee to a Nonary: Ambidex Edition (By: @mento)
- The Beginner's Guide to WrestleMania XXX (By: @turboman)
- The Blog That's in Your Face and Full of Attitude. And Spaghetti (By: @video_game_king)
- Another Set of Eyes (By: @gamer_152)
- Makin' Music Up In Here: Departures & Other Delights (By: @hamst3r)
- Monthly Roundup, March 2014 (By: @majormitch)
- Wuulfräd's Journey (Part 9) (By: @hero_swe)
- Elder Scrolls Online Going Free to Play? (By: @spiralcut)
- April Vita Lineup and Upcoming Titles (By: @blacklagoon)
- The Grey Layers Of Morality And Choice (By: @pezen)
- Second Son, Second Souls, and Second Guessing (By: @mooseymcman)
- I Made a Pretty Good Dent in This Backlog of Games (Part 1) (By: @vinny_says)
- Darksiders II Isn’t Sure Whether the Internet Exists or Not. Sorry, it Does (By: @mmmman)
The big hero of the week is jebbibelle! She went ahead and created a 24 hour Bombcast Network on Mixlr! So if you need a good laugh or want to experience a nostalgic trip check it out! We have saik0u to thank for the the banner this week, but still feel free to provide your input on his staff fanart. The Bombcast has broken the 400th episode landmark, and we now have a "small businessman" tribute thread! Also feel free to join other users in sharing photos of your framed or un-framed Nighthawks posters. Finally we have discussion threads over whether or not speedrunning counts as an "esport," and which games have done the "New Game+" concept the best.
- Bombcast Rewind (By: @jennibelle)
- GB Crew Characters (Art/Illustration) (By: @saik0u)
- The Bombcast has Reached the 400th Episode Milestone! (By: @nightriff)
- Is Speedrunning eSports? (By: @themasterds)
- Small Business Man Tribute Thread (By: @brackynews)
- Show Off Your Nighthawks Posters (By: @hammondoftexas)
- What are Your Favorite New Game Pluses? (By: @hailinel)
As fellow moderator @mento will tell you the TurboGrafx-16 is an odd console, but do still check out Doppelgamer's list of his all time favorite TG-16 games.
Useful User Reviews
- @sparky_buzzsaw's review of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
- @granderojo's review of Threes!
- @vermisean's review of Dark Souls II