Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host! As the doldrums of work and winter slowly but surely eat away at our enthusiasm for 2016 Giant Bomb has still been up to a bunch of interesting stuff. From finishing off Life is Strange to compiling the votes for our community game of the year voting there’s plenty of stuff worth checking out this week on the site. Before that, be aware that Giant Bomb is NOT going to PAX South as the event conflicts with their incredibly busy schedule. Secondly, Giant Bomb West is still building a new podcast room where they hope to be able to post video podcasts in. With these bits of housekeeping aside let’s get on with the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight!
- The Community Game Of The Year 2015 Voting results are up! Many thanks are in store for Mr. Gerstmann and Mr. Rorie for hosting and compiling the results for this. Even more thanks are in store to all of you who participated!
- Speaking of community voting...the 4th annual "Giant Bomb Anime of the Year" has been declared! The anime pain-train will not stop this week! Choo choo!
- The Giant Bomb's Gunpla Build Club now has a "Newbie Buyers Guide!" And this is all thanks to Austin!
Clip of the Week
- LACKSTREAM 01/03/2016 - Finishing GiantBomb Animated and SOMETHING NEW (By: @lackingsaint) - LackingSaint shows off the finishing touches to his next Giant Bomb Animated video on another great livestream that he hosted earlier in the week.
Giant Bomb Galleria
- BANNER - Iron-Blooded Beasts (Fan Art) & Beast Ep.4 Life is Strange Notes (By: @humanity) - Please tell Humanity "Good Job!" on this AWESOME Gundam related artwork for Giant Bomb East! Humanity also did a hilarious job of sketching notes from Beasts' fourth episode for Life is Strange.
- Jeff vs. Dan in Mario Maker (By: @fobwashed) - After listening to Jeff and Dan talk about Super Mario Maker, Fobwashed was inspired to make this beautiful gem.
- FROM THE ASHES We Have A New Giant Bomb Community Anime Discussion Thread! Join It NOW Over Here!
- Anyone Going To PAX South This Year? Comment Here And See If We Can't Organize A Giant Bomb In-Person Meet Up At The Event!
Best of Blogs
- My Second Attempt At Project B.E.A.S.T. 5... This Time We're Saving Them All! (By: @orzbluefog) - OrzBlueFog had a second go at trying to make a version of spacecraft from Project B.E.A.S.T. 5. See how it went on his latest blog.
- ILikePopCan's GOTY 2015 (By: @ilikepopcans) - 2015 was an incredibly disappointing year in gaming for him, and you can discover why by reading about the ten games from this year that he disliked the most.
- A Personal Video Game Retrospective (1986-2015) 1989 (By: @riostarwind) - RioStarwind takes you back to 1989, and discusses the games of note from that year that mean the most to him.
- Chiaroscuro: A Retrospective on Life is Strange: Episode Five: Part 1 (By: @gamer_152) - Moderator Gamer_152 comments fifth episode of Life is Strange and its depiction of assault, as well as how it made him feel, over here.
- Sunday Summaries: 01/10/2016: Undertale and Fallout 4 (By: @mento) - Moderator Mento continues his introspection of Fallout 4, and shares his love of Undertale's music on his latest blog this week.
- My Preview of 2016; The Best Year In Videogames (By: @zevvion) - Zevvion feels confident in calling 2016 "The Best Year In Videogames," right now! See why on this blog extrapolating on the games he's most excited for.
- Klonoa: Door to Phantomile is Still Great (By: @grantheaslip) - GrantHeaslip explains why Klonoa: Door to Phantomile is a great game that not only has stood the test of time but still packs an emotional punch on this blog.
Join the Discussion
- Is The LAN PC A Thing Of The Past? (By: @huntin 4 games) - Are LAN Parties a thing of the past, or do they still have their place in this post-live streaming world? Join the Giant Bomb community debate for that question over here.
- What's Been Your Most Brutal Moment In Darkest Dungeon So Far? (By: @clockworktony ) - Do you have any Darkest Dungeon horror stories to tell about the Early Access version kicking you in the pants? Comment here if you have a tale to spin.
- That Dragon, Cancer Community Discussion Thread (By: @wallee321) - Have any of you checked out "That Dragon, Cancer?" If you have join our community discussion between Giant Bomb users that are already fans of this game.
- Blade and Soul Community Discussion Thread (By: @silver-streak) - Have any of you checked out Blade and Soul from NCsoft's Team Bloodlust? Join our community discussion over here if you have!
- Tharsis Community Discussion Thread (By: @papercut) - Tharsis came out recently, and if you have any early impressions of the game feel free to share them over here.
- EA Access Launched on Origin Discussion Thread (By: @hassun) - Have any of you tried out EA Access on Origin? Feel free to discuss the service over here
- Dan Ryckert is Playing Dark Souls (By: @artisanbreads) - How have you been enjoying Dan playing and streaming Dark Souls? Share your opinions over here, but please try not to be a jerk about it.
- iOS Goodies (By: @ladyhobbit) - LadyHobbit compiled an annotation of iOS games that they strongly recommend that you should check out this list!
- If Only They Were on PC (By: @bdhurkett) - bdhurkett has developed a list of console games that he wishes would be released on PC. Check it out over here
- My Top 10 Games of 2015 (By: MR_FARADAY)
Useful User Reviews
- @vert_vermillion imported a copy of Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs-Force, and discusses its ins and outs on his review here.
- @jaypb08 discusses why he found Assassin's Creed Syndicate to be a return to form for the franchise on his review, but nothing more than that.