Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host this week. Let's not beat around the bush: big stuff is right around the corner. In terms of video games, the community is busy playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Soulcalibur VI. Likewise, plenty of people are excited to get their hands on Red Dead Redemption 2. But it's not just about video games. Extra-Life 2018 is getting closer and closer, and even more pressing is the upcoming site re-design. Additionally, the Giant Bomb newsletter is about to issue its first edition. Speaking of which, let's just address some of the site related housekeeping.
- Mr. Rorie was out sick, so please be patient with support requests or emails. The same goes for updates on the email list for the Giant Bomb Newsletter.
- Speaking of which, the first episode of the newsletter should go out to those that signed up for it.
- Later in the week, there will be a live show where the staff and site design team discuss and share more details about the new site design.
Extra-Life 2018 - Can't Stop Won't Stop Doing It for the Kids
Don't forget, Giant Bomb's 2018 Extra-Life team is actively recruiting members RIGHT NOW! The team is already eight pages deep and has raised $3,532, but feel free to join NOW or spread the word.
Get every possible detail you could possibly need on Matt's Extra-Life thread. Check out the FAQ if you do not understand how to join the team, or how you can help. Feel free to use the thread to link to your donation page!
If you know you can join the effort, feel free to add yourself to the team RIGHT NOW! The team has already raised over $14,321! That means they are just just $679 away from raising $15,000 before the event starts!
Riostarwind put together the yearly GB community #ExtraLife chart. Fairly small right now but by the end of the month you won't be able to keep up with all the live streams.
Giant Bomb Galleria
While certainly unorthodox, I decided to showcase some wonderful banners from site designer, Dan Auer. As they have whittled away on the upcoming site re-design, they were also working on these AMAZING banners.
Clips Of The Week
JeremyM is back with another fantastic Giant Bomb compilation video! Here's every time Jeff attempts a benihana in "Jeff Gerstmann's Pro Skater 1," featuring Ben lip synced to ska.
Over on YouTube, Flavius lightly edited a recent back and forth between Vinny and Dan for extra comedic effect. It's so simple, yet so effective. Seriously, it's the funniest minute-long video you'll watch this week.
Tweets Of The Week
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is right around the corner, and here's a link to our platform agnostic online sharing thread! Post your online profile and platform of preference to play the game with other Giant Bomb users.
Calling all Forza Horizon 4 fans! Our community Gamertag exchange thread for the game can be found here! Post your info to play against fellow Giant Bomb users.
Best Of Blogs
LentFilms recently finished Valkyria Chronicles 4 and welcomes you to join their spoiler-filled discussion about its story and cast of characters. Additionally, read why they thought the game made the most of its limited resources.
Wemibelle uses their latest blog to talk about the many creations of David Szymanski and why their works should be considered equals to other legendary horror games like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and The 7th Guest.
Giant Bomb user Ford_Dent bought an Xbox One X and wrote why The Witcher 3was one of the first game they played on the console and why they do not regret the decision for a minute.
Giant Bomb user Raven10 has started a new blog series looking at the many port jobs of developer Classics Digital on Steam. This includes looking at their effort to port Bible Adventures, Daemonsgate, and Alien Rampage.
BigSocrates shares their growing disappointment with the direction of the Nintendo Switch and why they think it is a spectacular handheld, but questionable console.
Moderator Gamer_152 tackles the issue of Steam's concept of an uncurated games platform. Debating the merits and demerits of a system and justifies their conclusion that it's not right for them.
Mento's weekly round-up covers how Indie RPGs focus their attention on what matters, early impressions of Tales of Berseria, a deep dive on Aarklash: Legacy, considers a couple of SNES puzzle games, and checks out Netflix's Maniac.
Join The Discussions
How will recent revelations of business practices and crunch impact your purchase and/or play-through of Red Dead Redemption 2? Join our discussion over here and remember to be respectful to each other.
Which Nintendo racing series do you want to see a sequel out of the most? 1080, Diddy Kong Racing, F-Zero, or Wave Race? The result of our community poll is pretty decisive thus far.
What has YOUR experience been with non-Steam digital video game marketplaces? What are the pros and cons of these services and how do they compare to Steam?
What new Game of the Year categories would you like Giant Bomb to discuss this year? Join our community discussion over here and share the gaming topics of 2018 that deserve their own award.
The franchise always has solid DLC, but what post-launch content do you hope to see for Forza Horizon 4? Several of our users really want to see bikes, but what about you? Share your opinion over here.
Speaking of the Forza franchise, what do you think is the best way to wean oneself off of Forza's driving assists? This is a call for help to every Forza fan on Giant Bomb.
Calling all Hearthstone fans! What is your impression of the recent batch of nerfs hitting the game? What do you make of the current state of the Giggling Inventor card? Are these changes a net positive or negative?
What are the biggest video game surprises and disappointments of 2018? Did an indie game wow you out of nowhere and/or did a big AAA title miss the mark? Share and discuss your picks using the link above.
The release of Hitman 2 is NIGH! Here's a link to our official Elusive Target discussion thread. Share what you hope is accomplished using the feature this time around!
The first game was a banger, but what changes do you hope to see in Hitman 2? Canceling out of animations and co-op are the current front-runners in our community discussion thread.
It's not video game related, but do any of you want to talk about the NBA? Feel free to join our officially unofficial discussion thread for the 2018/2019 NBA season. Discussions about Kawhi Leonard's laugh are also encouraged.
Useful User Reviews
- Check out @extintor's brief but informative review of Frostpunk and see if this city-building survival game is worth checking out.
- @guip1408 uses their review of Dragon Age II to explain why the game is a misunderstood and underappreciated entry in the Dragon Age franchise.
- @guip1408's Mass Effect 3 review details why they think it represents the end of an era for both a video game franchise and developer.