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 this being the week of PAX West 2018, I hope you all have had your fill of informative and hilarious games industry panels. With that in mind, a ton of preparation went into Giant Bomb's panel and you can expect an archive of the event soon. While you wait, may I entice you with some site related housekeeping?
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Clips Of The Week
Giant Bomb sure does love Star Trek, and I'm right there with them! There's something perpetually novel about Star Trek's notion of a peaceful and idealistic future. That said, Brad murdering everyone in the Enterprise D was endlessly hilarious, and this week JeremyM compiled every time Brad shot someone during the UPF where they played the Enterprise recreation.
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It's only a matter of time until they play Salty Bet during Ranking of Fighters.
CALLING ALL USERS! We now have a Giant Bomb community Rocket Club for Steam! Learn how you can join the online community group by clicking the link above.
Tweets Of The Week
It seems like most people got their challenge coins this week, so here's what various people on Twitter thought of the newest piece of Giant Bomb merchandise.
My @giantbomb challenge coin and my first GB hoodie just arrived. This website and the people who made it changed my life. Still can’t quite believe I got to actually be on it from time to time. Love all those folks, here’s to their continued success. 🤟🎉🥃 #Bioforge4Eva pic.twitter.com/mtvktKPvhw— Danny O'Dwyer (@dannyodwyer) August 31, 2018
Thank you so much @giantbomb @VinnyCaravella @jeffgerstmann @PackBenPack @bradshoemaker @DanRyckert @unastrike @ybbaaabby @austin_walker @patrickklepek #scoops and everyone else that has come through their doors. Here’s to 10 more years! @GBDudersFeed pic.twitter.com/vYwjAcZcjC— Carlos (@ElRealCarlito) August 31, 2018
Best Of Blogs
jeffrud's latest NamCompendium blog post annotates the lesser known Pac-Man spin-offs like Pac-Man Plus and the terrible garbage that is "Professor Pac-Man," over here.
ValorianEndymion fell in love with Stranger of Sword City and wants YOU to give the game a shot! So, check out their guide on how you too can be successful in the game.
Mago has another convenient update on the Capcom Pro Tour rankings! Give it a read to stay up to date with the recent goings-on in the fighting game community.
It's not just about video games on Giant Bomb. Sometimes we like to talk about things like anime or Beanie Babies, and this case, TurboMan started a new podcast series about wrestling! Each episode rates and ranks a different wrestling match claimed to be "the best."
This week, BlackRedGaming has TWO blogs for you to enjoy! The first compiles the five games they cannot wait to play this month, and other reviews why Switch Galaxy Ultra is a game you should avoid at all cost.
For their latest introspective blog series about video game mechanics, Gamer_152 wrote about puzzles in non-puzzle games and how they clue us in to their solutions.
Mento looks back on some old "lists of shame" to see how they've been tackling their backlog. They're also all about cyberninjas, Zeldalikes, fantasy pirates, and cutting pizza with scissors this week.
Join The Discussion
Marvel's Spider-Man is probably the biggest release of the upcoming week, so are you excited to play to play the game? When the game finally comes out, feel free to use this thread to share your impressions of it.
The title says it all, with the release of Kingdom Hearts III conceivably a few months away, what do you make of the franchise's initial offering? Are there any Gummy Ship defenders out there? Did its popularity owe a lot of its success to being released in the right place at the right time?
Let's be blunt about the community poll of the week: Is there any hope it will see the light of day? Is it doomed to become the next Half-Life 2: Episode Three?
Have any of you played Donut County this week? Have you enjoyed the game's whimsical physics, or is it a thoroughly frustrating affair? Join our discussion and share your two cents' worth!
We have another community debate that has the Giant Bomb user-base divided. Inspired by "Mass Alex," is Ashley Williams irredeemable? Do Garrus Vakarian and Tali'Zorah nar Rayya get a pass on their intolerance?
Are you still using your phone to play mobile games? If you answered "yes," what are some of the games currently taking up your time? Share and discuss your time wasters and indie darlings over here.
Calling all Raspberry Pi owners! We now have a Raspberry Pi community thread! Join our conversation about the well known family of microprocessors, as well as their game playing potential.
Over the past few years, have you noticed your use of Steam change? Do you buy more or fewer games on the platform? Share how your usage of Steam has evolved.
What do YOU make of the recent Cyberpunk 2077 footage? Did it make you excited for the game's eventual release, or are you concerned about the game's status? Share your thoughts with the rest of the Giant Bomb community.
How does everyone feel about the recent Streets of Rage 4 announcement? I know there are a lot of you who have strong opinions about DotEmu's track record. Share your positive or negative reactions to the reveal trailer over here.
So... I guess this was a forum topic being debated on Giant Bomb. You're welcome.
Some Namco licenses have been abused over the years. Case and point, check out jeffrud's ranking of the non-Namco Pac-Man games.
GalaxyCurse uses their latest list to show which ten games defined their childhood and made a lasting impact on who they are today.
Useful User Reviews
- jeremyf reviewed Donut County on the PS4! Read why they thought the game is a great introduction to gaming concepts for younger audiences.
- morecowbell24's Chasm review highlights how the game's procedurally generated levels end up being becoming its Achilles' Heel.
- On a whim, riostarwind played and reviewed Pokémon Moon. Read why they think the game's narrative focus elevates it above most Pokémon games.
- Inspired by the recent influx of community interest toward the series, guip1408 uses their review of Mass Effect 2 to articulate how the game is a modern video game masterpiece.
- ValorianEndymion wrote a review for Blue Reflection and explains why it ISN'T entirely the magical girl JRPG you might think it is.
Our wiki page for the crossover fighting game, Blade Strangers, is surprisingly detailed! Give it a read whenever you have the time.