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 wonderful week. Hopefully you all celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Giant Bombcast with a proper party. If you didn't, no worries, give the tenth anniversary podcast a listen as an appropriate substitute. Additionally, the Giant Bomb site re-design is right around the corner. In fact, you can see what it looks like in this video, and don't forget to test out the beta in all its glory before the official release. So, without further ado, let's jump into the site housekeeping and news.
- Calling everyone who has tested the Giant Bomb beta! Do not forget to leave feedback about what you like and dislike about the upcoming site re-design.
- Abby had the distinct pleasure of being a recent guest on Jeff Bakalar's "Nope, Sorry" video series on CNET. Give it a view if you need some humor in your life this week. If I told you Vinny was the "judge" would that convince you to give it a try?
- The Giant Bomb Newsletter should be going out to people. Please send an email to email@example.com if you never received an email inviting you to sign-up for the newsletter.
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! Here's some resources and tools to stay on top of the upcoming madness.
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 $23,909! That's just $1,091 away from $25,000 before the event even 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
Cowboy Abby seems to be the big "hit" of the week. Over on Twitter, morehandclaps decided to sketch Abby in the form of this AMAZING fan art! Don't forget to thank them on Twitter using the link above, and remember to support artists if you can.
The master of Giant Bomb t-shirt designs is back with a flurry of 8-bit versions of the Giant Bomb staff. Hopefully you enjoy them and don't forget to thank him on Twitter.
Clip Of The Week
Someone on YouTube created a one hour loop of Jeff saying "UNLIMITED ANIME." I'm not kidding. This exists. It's a deep cut, but a friendly reminder the internet is lovely.
Over on YouTube, Roy Fortitude created a fun compilation video for anyone who enjoyed Giant Bomb's "Mario Party Party" video series. It starts with a compilation of every time Jeff says "Party."
Tweets Of The Week
“Hey, Brad. Why are your production numbers completely inefficient today?”— Brad Lynch (@MarinoV1) October 22, 2018
Probably the 4-hour emotional roller coaster that is the 10 Years of Giant Bomb podcast.
“Okay...but how do you explain the afternoon?”
Oh...I’ve been listening to this on loop.https://t.co/S6zeRGsHDy
Thanks for all the kind words on that bit I did for the @giantbomb 10 years podcast. See you all in 2028 when I’ll be delivering a sermon from my techno-dirigible.— Dave Snider (@enemykite) October 22, 2018
Calling all Soulcalibur VI fans! The first Giant Bomb Community Soulcalibur VI Tournament is set for October 28th (Sunday) at 11AM Pacific on the PS4! Get the details using the link above.
Best Of Blogs
jeffrud's latest NamCompendium blog post is all about the "other" sequels to Pac-Man no one talks about anymore. Like Super Pac-Man and Pac & Pal! Learn why right now!
Archer88 tried to introduce their three-year-old boy to video games using PAW Patrol: On a Roll. You can read why things did not go as well as hoped. In fact, it was a disaster.
Learn all about how the JAM Festival and East Coast Throwdown impacted their respective rankings for the Capcom Pro Tour by checking out Sniffulls' latest blog and seeing the final results.
Raven10 continues their retrospective on Classics Digital's Steam port job library with a look at their efforts to bring Ocean Software Ltd.'s catalog of PC games to the modern era
Moderator Gamer_152 uses the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 to discuss GTA and Watch_Dogs, and how these games think about and depict U.S. society in their open worlds.
Join The Discussion
It seems like such a simple question, but this discussion thread seems to have touched off a bigger discussion about the treatment and depictions of hobbyist culture in general.
While plenty of Giant Bomb users cannot wait to get their hands on Red Dead Redemption 2, the issue of which "version" of the game to get is up in the air. Do the Special or Ultimate editions of the game seem appealing to you?
Do you have any Soulcalibur VI "Create a Soul" character models worth bragging about? Feel free to post a screenshot over here, and remember to keep it clean. Seriously... don't give me nightmares in this thread.
Are any of you holding out for a Red Dead Redemption 2 PC port? What has you on the fence about the console versions? Why do you think Rockstar Games continues to wait months to release a PC port of their games?
Gwent's beta is officially out with the launch of Homecoming! Share your impressions of the game and its structure with the rest of the Giant Bomb community. Will this digital CCG have any chance of sticking around?
What are YOUR impressions of the cutscenes for the Specialist HQ missions in Black Ops 4? Are they bad/good or bad/bad? Right now, the community seems split on whether or not they are "good."
To anyone who has played Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, what are your impressions of Blackout Mode? Does it add enough changes to the Battle Royale format? Join our discussion.
What are YOUR gut-reactions to Intellivision's recently announced console, the Amico? Does it have a shot for success, or is it another folly exploiting a classic video game brand? Join our community discussion over here.
Useful User Reviews
- @snipe91594 reviewed Return of the Obra Dinn and discusses how it is proof that there is greatness and beauty in simplicity.
- Giant Bomb user @bhlaab uses their Sonic Forces review to articulate why they actively hated half of the game, including the level design and story.
- @undeadpool gave the special edition of Dead by Daylight a shot, and you can read who they think it is for in their review.
I am proud to announce that "Inspector Frederick Jenks" finally has a character page in Giant Bomb's wiki. Apologies for this critical lapse of judgment until today.