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. Ten years. It's been ten years since the full launch of Giant Bomb. It's crazy to think Giant Bomb is actually older than members of my family, but it is. Now, I'll spare you the usual rigmarole about good times and bad times on Giant Bomb. Instead, I just want to thank every staff member, designer, engineer, moderator, and user who made the past ten years of Giant Bomb possible. I want to thank the users who are still actively sharing their works of art and writing, and those that may no longer be active or with us anymore. Ten years is a long amount of time to wrap your mind around, but hopefully we can all come together and enjoy another ten! With that in mind, let's review the site housekeeping this week.
- Bug Report: 1) There are issues with franchises not appearing in search or when searching the wiki, and 2) Forum search results are coming up with zero results. Rorie has filed a bug report for both issues and will keep us updated.
- There are two new t-shirts in the store! These are pre-order shirt and available for pre-order until Friday, July 27th! Click the link to learn every possible detail about the two designs!
- Did you know Jan likes wrestling? No? Well, Jan was a guest on a wrestling podcast called "Kayfabe Forever" and if you give it a listen you can learn all about his wrestling upbringing.
- Don't forget to check out the "10 Years of Giant Bomb" portal! It's a wonderful trip down memory lane!
10th Anniversary Thanks/Congratulations Around the Web
We used to have a bot post our internal chatter messages to private Twitter account. It’s mostly benign things like, sites down, who has the bar key, wfh, and messages from @bradshoemaker about KFC pic.twitter.com/Puc06U7dr5— Alexis Gallisá (@alexisg) July 21, 2018
Huge congrats and love to @giantbomb on their 10 year anniversary. So glad to have worked alongside everyone there. They took a huge chance on me, and I was lucky enough to not only have a good time working there, but to genuinely feel like we were family. https://t.co/JC1gKD6qai— austin walker (@austin_walker) July 20, 2018
Giant Bomb is 10 years old today! It was @jeffgerstmann, @VinnyCaravella and so many more from that GameSpot generation who showed me that covering games was something I could aspire to. Giant Bomb will always have a massive piece of my heart. https://t.co/3F3IpLP34Z— Danny O'Dwyer (@dannyodwyer) July 20, 2018
Congratulations to @giantbomb on 10 years. Giant Bomb changed my life and career, introducing me to a wonderful community and lifelong friends. I'm so glad I hated my job enough to send a random email to @bradshoemaker and @taswell on why Giant Bomb should do more news.— Patrick Klepek (@patrickklepek) July 20, 2018
I appreciate everyone there, and it's a hell of a thing to make a game website successful for ten years. So congrats to you, @giantbomb ❤️— Mary Kish (@MerryKish) July 21, 2018
It's crazy to think Giant Bomb is 10 years old.— Matt Pascual - The Original Bad Boy of PUBG (@MattPascual) July 20, 2018
I've made life long friends through the community and I'll be forever grateful.
Here's to many more years and no more Mario Party Party.
Hey everyone, I know I never place the "Community Activities" at the start of the Spotlight, but I just want you to be aware, IT'S TIME TO JAM! Giant ROM 5, the Giant Bomb community game jam, returns in two weeks! Click the link and learn how you can join the fun!
Our very own Mr. Rorie wants YOU to join the Giant Bomb community World of Warcraft Alliance/Horde groups as they get through Battle for Azeroth! Learn how to join the fun.
Giant Bomb Galleria
Inspired by Giant Bomb's anniversary, buzz_clik combined one of his favorite Giant Bomb moments with his love for the Commodore 64.
Clips Of The Week
As the Giant Bomb Street Fighter V FGC wraps up its third season of weekly events, here's a video promoting their top eight finalists.
Tweets Of The Week
Best Of Blogs
This week moderator Gamer_152 wrote about six ultra short and ultra raw indie games you might not have played before. Give it a read and see which games they recommend you check out. Also, Gamer_152 and I watched the Halo Legends anime. It's honestly one of the worst anime I have ever seen.
MooseyMcMan wrote an exhaustive examination of Prey's DLC, Mooncrash, and articulates why it is deserving of the hype it has received by most main-stream gaming circles.
Did you ever want to learn about the long and storied history of the home ports of Ms. Pac-Man? Well, jeffrud has the blog for you! Seriously, give this exhaustive write-up a read, Keep in mind this is just the Atari stuff, and even then we've already got six companies in play.
TheMist997 Ranking of Assassin's Creed blog series continues with Assassin's Creed Revelations! Read why they think it ranks the lowest of the Ezio-era games and lower than Assassin's Creed's first offering.
DarkbeatDK wrote a quick blog about Koei Tecmo's recent investments in virtual reality. Give it a read and watch videos about their VR Sense project, and if this project bodes well for the company's future.
JeremyF continues their exploration of the Nintendo Switch with a blog about Super Mario Odyssey. Read why they enjoyed the game but felt collecting moons hampered their overall impressions. JeremyF continues their romp through the Nintendo Switch's game library with Yoku's Island Express! Read how it avoids the usually issues with the Troidlike genre.
danielkempster is starting a new blog series titled "The Keyblade Chronicles!" Starting soon, he'll be playing the Kingdom Hearts series until it burns him out! This isn't bound to backfire at all!
Mento ruminates on ten years of Giant Bomb by highlighting ten games that the site pointed them towards, or otherwise enhanced their enjoyment thereof. They also talk more about Yakuza 5, gives their impressions of Halcyon 6, and delves into Sega Genesis history with another "Mega Archive" rundown.
Join The Discussion
Giant Bomb's 10th Anniversary portal is live! What videos contain your favorite Giant Bomb memories? Are there any missing videos you'd like to see get added? Join the discussion and reminisce with the community!
Calling all Octopath Traveler players! What are your impressions of the classically-styled Switch role-playing game? Is it a return to form for Square Enix you hope they continue to replicate?
What are YOUR IMPRESSION of the Nathan Fillion and Stephen Lang Uncharted fan film going around the internet? Should a Hollywood executive greenlight the project?
The Giant Bomb community is practically BUZZING about the No Man's Sky NEXT trailer! How do you feel about the trailer? Share your impressions and hopes for the future of No Man's Sky.
What console generation introduced you to video games? Did you start during the heydays of the Atari 2600, or was the console newcomer Xbox your first? Share your initial foray into the video gaming hobby over here.
Have you ever purchased a special or limited edition console or handheld? Are there any limited edition gaming platforms you wished you own? Which ones have had the best designs?
Here's an interesting question. With attitudes changing about game reviews and total news coverage of the industry, why has "Game of the Year" coverage remained the same? Why does every gaming website need to crown a GOTY in a list of ten?
BeachThunder uses their latest list to run down the games with the best Styyyyyyyyle from 1993 to 2017! See which games they think visually stand out the past twenty-five years.
Rekcut challenged themselves to look back at the games that came out for the NES in 1986 and rank them from best to worst. Using only the most scientific assessment tools, they were able to do it!
Useful User Reviews
- @morecowbell24's Enter the Gungeon review discusses why it's a fantastic game that more often than not makes its quantity over quality gameplay work.
- @riostarwind uses their Donkey Kong (Game Boy) review to highlight how great remakes are not a new thing, and how this game is a forgotten triumph in game design.
It provided plenty of laughs during the 7/20/2018 UPF, but you might be surprised by how detailed our wiki page is for the survival racing game, Guts and Glory!