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The Community Spotlight 2022.09.03

A better experience than anyone ever had at a Planet Hollywood restaurant.

Welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host this week as we look back at the best community-made works from the community.

News

Unfortunately, some are reporting that the most recent batch of t-shirts are still not of the quality they would like. Rorie posted an update on what the site is doing about this setback and responding to anyone who has experienced this.

Let the site know by tagging them on Twitter or sending an email to support@giantbomb.com if you are still seeing an old version of the Bombcast in your RSS feed or podcast reader! If it is a third party app, provide the name and hopefully they can try to figure out what's going on! The feed has been updated with the correct file so if your app lets you refresh or redownload that might help?

Good news for wiki editors that submit release data on the site. The full form for "add release" should be fixed on the site. If you still experience issues, drop a comment in the thread below!

Finally, I want to thank everyone for their supportive comments on last week's edition of the Community Spotlight. As I said before, this feature isn't going anywhere as long as I am able to use a computer keyboard. However, it definitely touched me to see so many of you reach out and say that this is something you look forward to during the weekend and that it is an important platform and resource for the community. So, once again, thank you so much for your support.

Tweets

Author's Note: You absolutely MUST click the link to Kone's Tweet. He spliced together clips of the Giant Bomb staff to sing Papa Roach's "Last Resort." Even if you hate Twitter with a fiery passion, this is worth a watch.

Galleria

Sekirochoa But It's Siracha (By: @jearum)

After watching another stream of Jan toiling away at Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Jeff Grubb sent out a request for an artwork that envisioned Jan in the world of Sekiro, but as a bottle of Siracha. Thankfully, jearum was able to deliver.

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Printable Kirby Calendar - September Edition (By: @voidburger)

It's the start of a new month and that can only mean that Jess has a new printable calendar with Kirby emblazoned all over it! If you want, you can even print this and affix it to your wall.

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Activities

As Dusk Falls Is The 16th Selection Of The UUGPGC. Completion Date 9/5/22. Mark All Spoilers! +

Unsanctioned Unofficial Game Pass Game Club FAQ and Game Suggestion Thread (By: @bigsocrates)

This isn't the sequel to Reservoir Dogs I was expecting.
This isn't the sequel to Reservoir Dogs I was expecting.

Don't forget that the latest edition of the Community Game Pass Game Club is for As Dusk Falls! If you have any non-spoiler impressions of the game's look and dialogue system, feel free to drop a comment! Likewise, the Game Pass Game Club is in DIRE NEED for future game picks! Are there any recent Game Pass additions you'd like to discuss with the community? For example, IMMORTALITY just got nominated, but are there any other games you want to see tackled?

The GB Album Club 004 - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz (By: @unclejam23)

It you are down to discuss some bops, there's a thread for you this week.
It you are down to discuss some bops, there's a thread for you this week.

We have a new edition of the community-run Album Club! This time the subject is Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz. If you have any thoughts about this album and its tracks, share them!

Fortnite Duder Crew? (By: @panburgerpartner)

Well, it looks like Abby WON! We now have a thread seeking to create a community-run online crew for Fortnite! If you are interested in joining or running the group, feel free to drop a comment after clicking the link above.

Clips

The Making of Saitama vs. Luchadeer! (By: @jearum)

A while back you may recall jearum imagining Luchadeer as a monster standing in front of One Punch Man's Saitama. The complete work is provided below. This week, jearum went ahead and posted a timelapse showing what it was like making that artwork. Give it a watch and thank them for their hard work.

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Blogs

Game OVA Episode 6: Bubblegum Crash +

Indie Game of the Week 285: Inspector Waffles (By: @mento)

I could have picked a fanservice screencap, but I didn't.
I could have picked a fanservice screencap, but I didn't.

After building up to it since the debit of their game-to-OVA and vice versa series on the site, it's finally time for Mento to talk about Bubblegum Crisis! However, the catch is that they wrote a blog about its sequel, Bubblegum Crash! Also, for this week's edition of their "Indie Game of the Week" Mento wrote about Inspector Waffles! For those of you in the mood for a pixel neo-noir anthropomorphic adventure game, click the second link to see if it is any good!

All PS1 Games in Order: Part 006 (By: @borgmaster)

So, this story concludes with all of us playing Fortnite, right?
So, this story concludes with all of us playing Fortnite, right?

It's time for some PS1 ports of popular PC and arcade games with borgmaster's latest PS1 retrospective on the site! This blog discusses the PS versions of Theme Park, Cyber Sled, WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game, and X-COM: UFO Defense!

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

imunbeatable80 is back to blogging on the site and this write-up is all about the site's new "favorite" game, Fortnite! Read how they think it compares to other multiplayer-only games they have played both new and old!

Spirit Board: Spiritfarer and End of Life Care (By: @gamer_152)

This weekend, moderator Gamer_152 wrote about Spiritfarer's earnest and compassionate depiction of care and death. Read why and how the game gracefully and powerfully tackles the issue of one's end of life.

That’s Good, That’s Bad – BPM: Bullets Per Minute (By: @purpleshyguy)

Definitely give Gamer_152's very frank and honest discussion about death a shot.
Definitely give Gamer_152's very frank and honest discussion about death a shot.

PurpleShyGuy makes their triumphant return to blogging on Giant Bomb with a new edition of their "That’s Good, That’s Bad" series on the site! This episode tackles BPM: Bullets Per Minute. Read all about what they loved and disliked about the game!

Discussion Threads

Halo Infinite's Split-Screen Co-op Has Been Cancelled (By: @rorie)

Well... shit.
Well... shit.

Season Three of Halo Infinite has been delayed until 2023 and split-screen co-op has been entirely scrapped. Who's shocked by this? What do you think this means for the game's long term viability?

Long Time No Speak - TV Size Question (By: @theidlecritic)

For those of you that play games on a television screen, what size do you think is the best? Is 65" too big or too small? Have any of you jumped on getting on getting a 70" or larger television? Share your advice and tips for buying a new television in 2022!

Purchase Strategy for Game Discounts (By: @cornyt)

A lot of FF14 talk on the site and I decided to throw this one out to all the 14 OGs. If you know, you know.
A lot of FF14 talk on the site and I decided to throw this one out to all the 14 OGs. If you know, you know.

How much time and effort are you spending on finding the best deals or discounts for video games? What sites, apps, or Twitter accounts do you follow or use to get discounts?

FFXIV Producer Explains Why They Aren't Doing Free-To-Play (By: @dekkarra)

Naoki Yoshida recently clarified why he does not plan Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn to go "Free-To-Play" any time soon. Read his statement and join the community discussion about what he said.

Which Level Do You Consider the "1-1" of SMW? (By: @peezmachine)

This shouldn't be up for debate.
This shouldn't be up for debate.

Lord help me... but it appears we have a thread debating which level "counts" as 1-1 in Super Mario World. Do you go left or right for the definitive first level in the game?

Running My First D&D Game For Adults (By: @sombre)

We have a someone on the site that is about to DM their first D&D campaign for adults! Do you have any tips or advice for them? For those that have DMed before, what are things you wished you knew during your first time?

Which Is Better Plot Driven Or Character Driven In A Long RPG? (By: @topcyclist)

It's nice seeing this game get some love on the site.
It's nice seeing this game get some love on the site.

For a longer RPG, do you prefer if the story is plot or character driven? Do you feel one or the other is better equipped to maintain your interest across multiple hours? What are your favorite examples?

Sekiro Fan Manages To Beat The Game Without Taking Damage (By: @rorie)

With Jan bringing some love to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice on the site, how many of you have seen the speedrunner who beat the game without taking damage? How far can you get into the game without taking a hit?

User Reviews

A game I think we can all agree will withstand the test of time.
A game I think we can all agree will withstand the test of time.
  • @melodicvirus decided to revisit Hitman (2016) to see if the second and third games have entirely "replaced" the game as a must-play title. Read their review on why they don't think that's the case and the game is still a worthy experience worth having.
  • @melodicvirus continues to look at games they recall enjoying over ten years ago with a review for LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures! Read why they think it is a buried treasure even in the LEGO game series!
  • @melodicvirus rounded off a review trifecta this week with a look at Avalanche Studios' first game, Just Cause. Read why their attempt to return to the game did not go down so well.

Wiki of the Week

Channel F

Definitely ahead of its time.
Definitely ahead of its time.

Oh hey, it's a bit of shameless self-promotion! Jeff Gerstmann once claimed he'd rather play games on the Channel F than the original Intellivision and I got a good chuckle out of that because I put a lot of effort into the Channel F platform page. If you want to read about why this early home video game console was so important to the industry, give the page a read!