Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host this week! Oddly enough, we have a TON of site related housekeeping worth reviewing this week. So rather than listen to me make lame jokes, or prattle about my impressions about what the community has been up to, let's just jump right into it!
- @fobwashed has a BIG UPDATE regarding the GB PAX West shirts he plans on selling for any Giant Bomb users attending PAX West this year.
- JosiahRenaudin recorded a podcast with Brad Shoemaker and they talk about the GameSpot days, hosting the Bombcast, and games criticism.
- Users were reporting image gallery tabs were not working earlier this week. Mr. Rorie filed an official bug report and will inform us when the issue is resolved.
- Peter D. interview the staff of Giant Bomb East on their favorite books, and created a list of their recommendations on GitHubGist!
Giant Bomb Galleria
Banner - Abby Dabbing In Splatoon 2 (By: moondoggo)
The wonderful banner this week was provided by artist @moondoggo on Twitter. Feel free to check out the many other works of art moondoggo has made over the years.
Drawings Of The Department of New Business (By: JoeLearnsTo)
Over on Twitter, @JoeLearnsTo had the uncontrollable urge to draw the heads of Ben and Abby. I think we can all relate to this problem, but luckily his works of art are fit to air!
Abby R.I.P. (By: JDavidsen)
If you have been following Giant Bomb East's "The Exquisite Corps" premium video feature, then you know Abby met an untimely demise in last week's episode. @JDavidsen created this "tribute" to honor her sacrifice.
Dilbrad #21 To #24 (By: @odd_particle)
Puppies, Destiny 2, and Skynet, OH MY! It was an "eventful" week in the world of Dilbrad. Feel free to get caught up if you missed out on any episodes last week.
Awesome Animated .Gifs! (By: @fobwashed and @Mystic_Mile)
I am debating whether or not to make "AWESOME ANIMATED .GIFS" a recurring feature. Feel free to share in the comments if this is something you would like to see. Either way, Fobwashed and Mystic_Mile on Twitter managed to play around with the two most hilarious moments on Giant Bomb.
Thought the dynamic between @jeffgerstmann and @DanRyckert seemed familiar and I think I figured it out. https://t.co/EvzF7jZqIE pic.twitter.com/qPGNCkFfR7— Steve Kim (@Fobwashed) August 8, 2017
top 10 best anime moments of 2017 pic.twitter.com/GsJkOWSe0j— Mohammed Abdullah (@Mystic_Mile) August 9, 2017
Friendly Season For FIFA 18? [PC ONLY] (By: @coonce)
Coonce (yes, THAT Coonce) is aiming to set up a friendly Giant Bomb community season for FIFA 18! Let out a yelp if you want to join the fun.
Fantasy Football (Soccer) 2016/2017 Thread! (By: @flstyle)
We have a community Fantasy Football Premier League group set up! Learn how you can join the sports-based fantasy fun over here.
Clips Of The Week
THE RUNS: Dan VS Vinny (By: @wallofbricks)
wallofbricks tightly edited this AMAZING video compiling the highs and lows of Vinny's efforts to defeat Dan! Please take the time to thank him for such a wonderfully edited masterpiece.
Manfred's My Friend (By: @gelatinousgelboy)
Gelatinousgelboy hilariously animated a classic clip between Austin and Vinny from the Fog Of Warhammer video feature. Please thank him for all the love and care he put into this video!
Best Of Blogs
Win The Gold... In E-Sports & So I Bought The Breath Of The Wild Guide... (By: @themist997)
TheMist997 breaks down the significance of the IOC's recent exploration of e-Sports as an Olympic sport. TheMist997 also bought a game guide in 2017, and you can read why the guide for Breath of the Wild may be worth the investment.
Quantum Break Is A Mess Of A Game. But It's Still A Decently Fun Time (By: @bigsocrates)
BigSocrates articulates why Quantum Break is a "mess of a game" he couldn't stop himself from enjoying similar to a so bad it's good B-movie.
Pillars Of Eternity, A Second Chance And "Early" Impressions (By: @aronman)
Aronman789 explains why he was mostly unimpressed and disappointed with Pillars of Eternity mechanically and narratively on his latest blog.
Quick Thoughts On Hellblade (By: @egge)
Egge shares his early impressions of Hellblade, including a brief discussion on its depiction of mental illness and combat, and welcomes you to join him.
August Vita Lineup And Upcoming Titles (By: @blacklagoon)
BlackLagoon is back with another wonderfully convenient list annotating every game set to release for the PlayStation Vita this month.
Games Being Held To Different Technical Standards Upon Release (By: @sweep)
Giant Bomb moderator Sweep uses Playerunknown's Battlegrounds and Mass Effect Andromeda as case studies on games being held to different technical standards.
A Tale of Two Walking Simulators (By: @jjweatherman)
JJWeatherman tells a tale of two walking simulators with What Remains of Edith Finch and Tacoma this week, and extrapolates why one resonated better than the other with him.
The Way Splatoon 2 Handles Abilities Is Driving Me Insane (By: @TechnoSyndrome)
TechnoSyndrome has been enjoying Splatoon 2, but the game's many abilities are driving him insane. Discover why he thinks the many choices players can make hurt the game.
The Peaks And Valleys Of Player Empowerment In NieR Automata's Ending E (Spoilers) (By: @turambar)
Turambar discusses Ending E in NieR: Automata this week and why it left him with a sense of empowerment amidst the backdrop of tragedy.
All Aboard the FF Paine Train: Part 1 (By: @thatpinguino)
The time has come for thatpinguino and ZombiePie to play FFX-2. Video games were a mistake.
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-08-12 (By: @mento)
A PS2 The Lord of the Rings game and Zeboyd's Cosmic Star Heroine are what bogarted Mento's attention this week, along with musings about retro game design.
Join The Discussion
No Man's Sky 1.3! Is This Enough To Bring You Back? (By: @oodli)
The 1.3 update for No Man's Sky is out and has a ton of people excited about the game! Check out the patch notes, and discuss if there's enough new stuff to bring you back.
Let's Discuss Hellblade. Spoilers Galore! (By: @mordukai)
Are you interested in discussing story spoilers related to Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice? Well, then this is the thread for you! Feel free to discuss any part of the game, including its conclusion.
Knights of the Frozen Throne Discussion Thread (By: @acura_max)
Hey, Hearthstone fans! What are your impressions of the recently released Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion? Discuss the new cards with other community members on this thread!
Artifact First Gut Reaction Sharing Thread (By: @pyrodactyl)
Valve is making a new game! Join our discussion on what to expect out of Artifact, the Dota collectible card game, and share if you were one of the MANY disappointed members of the internet when the announcement was made.
First Person Perspective vs. Third Person In PUBG (By: @corpsemachine )
Where do you stand in the great first versus third person perspective debate on Playerunknown's Battlegrounds? Discuss your perspective of choice.
Middle-earth: Shadow Of War Will Bless Us With Single Player Microtransactions (By: @bigsocrates)
What's your gut reaction to Middle-Earth: Shadow of War having single player microtransactions? Join the community scuttlebutt on the controversial decision to include them.
Have Any Current Gen Games Broken Into Your Top Five Or In Contention Of It? (By: @liquiddragon)
Have games from this generation cracked your "Greatest of All Time" list? Share and discuss the ones that have or were incredibly close.
Favorite Game Each Year (By: @odysseyrpg)
From 1994 to 2017, Giant Bomb user OdysseyRPG annotates his favorite game from each year he has actively played video games. Check it out, and think about which games would grace your list!
Useful User Reviews
- @riostarwind wrote a review of Splatoon 2 and assess how it's a fun game but in need of mixing things up more next time.