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. With the tomfoolery of Game of the Year entirely behind us the community and staff have been in a perpetual buzz about the prospects of 2017. Vast swaths of the community shared their excitement for the new year by sharing their most anticipated releases, and initial impressions of the Switch. Beyond this two major talking points much of the community used the doldrums of Winter to tackle their gaming backlog. With that, let's get on with the site related housekeeping:
- The 5th Annual Giant Bomb Anime Discussion for AOTY results are up! Check out which anime took the Giant Bomb community's top prize, and total rankings for the endeavor.
- Join the rest of the Giant Bomb Community in wishing Mary Kish the best in her future endeavors after her announcement she will be leaving GameSpot.
- Because Jason Oestreicher doesn't want any of us to sleep anymore, he went ahead and posted this on Twitter:
Clips Of The Week
Did you have a feeling of déjà vu while watching Metal Gear Scanlon Rising? Mepsipax's latest compilation video backs you up and annotates why.
Giant Bomb Galleria
Giant Bomb user Humanity tried to envision what the Giant Bomb logo would look like if it were born in the boroughs of New York City. This is what he came up with and it is PERFECT!
Perpetual friend of the site, Fobwashed, thoroughly enjoyed Giant Bomb East's "This Is The Run" video series so much he felt inspired to create this artwork.
Best Of Blogs
Despite being a competitive online multiplayer shooter, meteora3255 articulates why he envisages Overwatch as a "casual" game. meteora3255 also tinkered around with NBA 2K17's trading system. Read how he had a romp exploiting the game's A.I. incompetent use of the system.
Giant Bomb user sonatar surfaces his absolute love for the Sly Cooper franchise, and what continues to draw him to it to this day.
After mulling over the launch window for the Switch BigSocrates highlights his major concern of software support for Nintendo's next console.
Darth_Navster shares his extensive thoughts on Mafia III, its many cathartic showdowns, and the game's personal convictions throughout its story.
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past on the 3DS is the first Dragon Quest game KogX has ever played. Check out his formative opinions regarding the game and franchise.
D-Man123 is entirely on-board with Nintendo's Switch after deliberating over the consoles' presentation this past week. Additionally, D-Man123 started an extensive community discussion about highly desired video game sequels on a blog highlighting sequels which will never happen.
InfiniteSpark shares a highly introspective look at his relationship with fighting games, as well as the culture surrounding the fighting game community in general
ZombiePie wrote a 20-page blog on how the third disc of Final Fantasy IX almost killed him. Feel free to read the ramblings of a madman if you dare.
Join The Discussion
Before the next chapter in Mass Effect comes out, Mass Effect: Andromeda, feel free to participate in this community poll about your final thoughts on the original trilogy.
Nioh unleashed a new visceral demo/trial full of samurai and yokai action. Talk about your impressions of it, especially regarding its difficulty, over here.
It has been a divisive point of contention between the staff, but where do you rank and rate Super Mario Sunshine? Participate in this poll to throw in your lot.
The Long War 2 mod for XCOM 2 is out now! How have the extra mission types and a new world map been treating you?
During the doldrums of January to March, which game in your backlog do you especially wish to play and complete? Feel free to share the targets on your backlog you really want to get rid of.
The master of lists, Mento, "re-ranked" his 2014 GOTY list. Trust me, it makes more sense after you check it out.