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The Community Spotlight 2022.05.21

We love bad decisions over here at The Community Spotlight.

Welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host as we look back at the best community-created works from the previous week. With the warmer weather starting to kick into high gear, we are edging perilously closer towards the perennial "Summer Game Drought!" However, that does not mean the site will stop belting out awesome content. As many of you are already aware, Jess and Jan wrapped up another successful season of Run for the Hills! If you are wondering what other shows can fill the void until the third season, remember to check out the Programming Schedule and Show Notes page which gets updated at the start of every week!

In case you were wondering what warming up an IP address might entail.
In case you were wondering what warming up an IP address might entail.

In terms of pleasant surprises, Rorie went ahead and published a review on the site for Horizon Forbidden West, but you'll have to catch it on the game's user reviews section. If you have been asking for ore written-based staff content, then this should be right up your alley.

Finally, some of you have been asking about the state of the Giant Bomb newsletter. If you have not received one in a while, be aware, the newsletter has not gone out in a while. The site recently switched email providers and the marketing emails aren't set up yet to send a newsletter. Rorie revealed on the Discord that RedVentures is still warming up the IP address for the newsletters which means he has to send emails every day for 20 days to a steadily increasing number of people. The good news is that there should be some new newsletters from staff in a few weeks, but this new system has taken a few months to set up. With that in mind, let's jump into the Spotlight!

Tweets

Galleria

The Giant Bomb Iceberg, Explained (By: @thepickle)

All the other "COOL" websites have one, so Giant Bomb user ThePickle decided to make a "Giant Bomb Iceberg!" Here it is and if you want to discuss what's on it or have ideas for extra topics, click the link.

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Fancy Cat Run For The Hills Photoshop (By: @rainydayjules)

Over on Twitter, rainydayjules celebrated another successful season of Run For The Hills with a photoshop that Jan requested during one of the earlier episodes. Remember to click the link to thank them for their hard work.

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Activities

Trek To Yomi Is The 9th Selection Of The UUGPGC! Complete By May 30 To Join In! Mark All Spoilers! +

Exo One Is The 8th Selection Of The UUGPGC! May 16 Completion Date. Spoilers Are Now Open! (By: @bigsocrates)

Everyone was talking about this game a few weeks ago, for better or for worse, and now you can join the discussion!
Everyone was talking about this game a few weeks ago, for better or for worse, and now you can join the discussion!

You asked, and the Giant Bomb Community Game Pass Game Club delivered! Trek to Yomi is the next game for the club! Complete by May 30 to join in its discussion about he game's ins and outs! Likewise, discussion thread for Exo One is officially open for spoiler discussion! If you have played the game, what did you make of its story and twists?

Blogs

Front Mission 3 - On Emulator +

When Video Game Characters And Stories Go Public Domain (By: @monkeyking1969)

Oh, what I would do for a proper reboot of this series.
Oh, what I would do for a proper reboot of this series.

monkeyking1969 messed around with their Duckstation set up and decided to test out Front Mission 3! Read why they wanted to go back to it and what they had to do to get it working on modern technology! Also, they thought to themselves recently when we might see the first video game go into public domain. If you are interested in discovering the answer, click the second link.

The Quest For The Worst Adventure Game Puzzles - The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime (By: @zombiepie)

Moderator ZombiePie has a new episode of their "Quest for the Worst Adventure Game Puzzle" blogs and this one is all about The Journeyman Project! Give it a read using the link and see if they recommend this FMV adventure game!

Indie Game of the Week 270: Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock +

Mega May Madness: Shadowrun (By: @mento)

First, the latest episode of their "Indie Game of the Week" is about Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock and you can discover if this experimental adventure game is worth you time! Remember the Sega Mega Drive / GenesisShadowrun game? Mento sure does and they even wrote a massive write-up about the game and why the game's grind ended up... well... grinding their gears.

The Very Best, Like No One Ever Was - Phase Three (By: @danielkempster)

I sure was not expecting to be reminded of Fuse this week.
I sure was not expecting to be reminded of Fuse this week.

danielkempster has another episode of their blog project chronicling their efforts to complete an "ultimate playthrough" of the first generation of Pokรฉmon games! This time, read how Cerulean and Vermilion cities treated them across three playthroughs!

Game Pass Gambols 7: Citizen Sleeper Is A Visual Novel With Tabletop RPG Elements That Captivated Me +

Strider 2 Is Still A Great Time And An Example Of The Kind Of Game I Hope Sony Brings To Its New PS+ Classics Collection +

I Played Fuse In 2022 Because I'm A Dummy. It's Just As Generic And Boring As Everybody Says. (By: @bigsocrates)

It might not look like much, but apparently this has the makings of pure video game torture.
It might not look like much, but apparently this has the makings of pure video game torture.

bigsocrates has been playing games on Game Pass outside of the ones they curate for Giant Bomb's Game Pass Game Club, and Citizen Sleeper is one such game! Read all about why they found it absolutely captivating! They also checked out Strider 2 and pens how it still holds up remarkably well and why it is a perfect example of a less-reported game that should be available on Sony's new PS+ classics program. Finally, they capped off their week with a long session with Fuse, Insomniac Games' oft-forgotten multiplatform release during the 7th generation of consoles.

What's the Greatest Video Game: Flying Soldiers (By: @imunbeatable80)

imunbeatable80 examined Flying Soldiers for their latest "What's the Greatest Video Game" blog post on the site and you can use the link below to read why they consider it one of the worst things they have ever played.

How has Microsoft updated their harassment policies? Read Gamer_152's blog to find out!
How has Microsoft updated their harassment policies? Read Gamer_152's blog to find out!

Harsh Words: Xbox LIVE and Online Harassment (By: @gamer_152)

Expectations for online communication have changed a lot over time, and that leaves Microsoft between a rock and a hard place. Read why on Gamer_152's latest blog on the site.

Discussion Threads

Has anyone played around with V Rising? How is Emacs Resurgent shaping up as well?
Has anyone played around with V Rising? How is Emacs Resurgent shaping up as well?

V Rising Early Impressions (By: @bladeofcreation)

Are there any users out there that have checked out the Early Access of V Rising? For those that have, feel free to use the link to share what you thought of the game and if you think it is shaping up well.

Halo TV Series Impressions [Season 1] (By: @spacemanspiff00)

The first season of the Halo TV series is done and you can join the community in discussing final impressions of the show! Did you like or hate it? What do you think is in store for the second season? Use the link below to share!

Big Letter From The Star Citizen Chairman - Server Meshing And The Persistent Universe (By: @selbie)

Holy shit!
Holy shit!

Star Citizen recently got another big letter about the roadmap for its critical systems and path forward for reaching true MMO capabilities. And, uh, well, it sure is something!

How Would You Fix Mobile/Gacha/Pay2Win/Money Mechanics In Free To Play Games (By: @monkeyking1969)

If you were to make a mobile game, how would you monetize it? What are the best ways to provide a free-to-play experience on mobile? Share in the thread what you consider to be better alternatives to gacha or loot box systems

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown Has Been Delayed Until 2023 + PS4 & Xbox One Version Cancelled (By: @gtxforza)

Bonus points if anyone in the comments identifies this game.
Bonus points if anyone in the comments identifies this game.

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown has been delayed until 2023 and the PS4 & Xbox One version is cancelled. Do you think more games will follow suit in phasing out previous generation consoles?

The New PlayStation Subscription Tiers Have Been Revealed And I Am Very Underwhelmed. Maybe Good For Newbies. (By: @bigsocrates)

The game lineup for the new PlayStation subscription tiers has been revealed! What's your reaction to the program's collection of classic titles? Does this seem like a good deal for PlayStation newcomers?

WRC Generations Announced! (Kylotonn's Final WRC Game) (By: @gtxforza)

This sure seems like a bummer.
This sure seems like a bummer.

WRC Generations has been announced and it will mark the FINAL WRC game developed by Kylotonn Entertainment! Are you excited for the series' future? What do you think will be the legacy of Kylotonn's tenure with the WRC IP?

Pen & Paper RPGs - Modern Settings Do Not Seem to Work as Well (By: @monkeyking1969)

For those of you that play tabletop and pen and paper games, why do you think it is so hard to create a tabletop experience in a modern setting? Is it escapism? Is it the enduring legacy of D&D?

Reviews

The best part of this thing was easily the shoutouts to the many European demoscene crews.
The best part of this thing was easily the shoutouts to the many European demoscene crews.
  • @yyninja penned a three star review for Persona 5 four years ago that got a great deal of scrutiny. Today, they use their Persona 5 Royal review to reflect on that review and why Royal convinced them to stand by it to this day.
  • @retrogimp decided to check out Linger in Shadows on PSN before it possibly becomes lost media. Read \why they found it to be a disappointing demo-scene art project.
  • @moonlightmoth wrote a sizable review for King Arthur: Knight's Tale and you can read why they found it to be a passable but forgettable entry in Neocore Games' King Arthur catalogue.

Wikis

Giant Bomb Reference

The rabbit hole goes deep.
The rabbit hole goes deep.

Here's something to also put a smile on every Giant Bomb fan's face, especially those of you that enjoyed the iceberg! Check out the "Giant Bomb Reference" concept page to get an exhaustive list of every single known video game to reference the site in-game!