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The Community Spotlight - 10/29/2016

This week, it's all #ForTheKids. So, put your regular size robot into that giant robot, grab your burning ninja stars, and let's do this thing!

banner provided by Supernormalstep
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Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! This week I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host as we look back on the best offerings from the greater Giant Bomb Community. With less than one week to go, we are in the homestretch before the Giant Bomb Extra Life charity drive is in full swing! November 5th will mark the official start to the charity effort, and this week in the weekly housekeeping section you will find a number of users that plan on participating in the event! As always, thank you so much to everyone participating this year, and best of luck in reaching your goal!

Extra Life Information

Let's all do this together!
Let's all do this together!

The Extra Life 2016 General Thread (By: @matt)

This is the thread that has all of the information on how you can join and support the Giant Bomb Extra Life Team. Feel free to also link to your Twitch channel once you have joined the team as well.

Giant Bomb Extra Life Team

This is the general Giant Bomb Team page for Extra Life 2016. Thanks to our wonderful community the team has already raised almost $40,000 even before the event started! You are all wonderful people!

Giant Bomb Explosive Runs

Explosive Runs is still the one-stop shop for all your streaming needs if you want to watch a bunch of Extra Life live streams at once.

Extra Life 2016 Giant Bomb User List (By: @riostarwind)

Want an easy to use list of every single Giant Bomb user that plans on hosting an Extra Life stream? You are in luck because RioStarwind has created such a list! Check it out to learn who needs your support the most, and get your name on it if you have not already done so.

Clip(s) of the Week

Giant Bomb & Giant Bomb East: Troubleshooting feat. Rich Gallup (By: @mepsipax)

Want to watch a number of grown men struggle at using cables? Around a year ago Jeff resorted to calling Vinny to get a live stream up and running with Jason and Drew out of commission. This week Mepsipax merged the West and East coast periscopes into one for everyone's benefit.

I Made A Giant Bomb/Full House Mashup (By: @chris7626)

Inspired by Bob Buel's fantastic GB/Family Matters video, chris7626 created this Giant Bomb x Full House mashup, and it's a wonderful view.

Giant Bomb Galleria

Banner - Giant Bomb Persona 4 Poster (By: @supernormalstep)

SupernormalStep really outdid himself with the Giant Bomb Persona portraits for the site's social media channels. Look for this amazing banner on Giant Bomb's YouTube Channel.

Jeff X Manjimutt (By: @btns)

Over on Tumblr BTNS created this artwork based on Jeff’s visceral reaction to Manjimutt during the Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits/Fleshy Souls Quick Look.

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Community Activities

Titanfall 2 Networks

You can have fun with Titanfall 2 with other GB users!
You can have fun with Titanfall 2 with other GB users!

The Titanfall 2 Giant Bomb PS4 Community (By: @spaceinsomniac)

The PS4 Giant Bomb Community for Titanfall 2 has its own community thread that you can check out and participate in! Talk all about your pew pew robots.

Best of Blogs

audioBusting and Wrighteous86 are just a few of the Extra Life participants this year.
audioBusting and Wrighteous86 are just a few of the Extra Life participants this year.

Our First Livestream... For the Kids! (By: @wrighteous86)

Wrighteous86 will be hosting an Extra Life stream for the Giant Bomb Team! Read all about why he feels motivated to do this, and how you can support the effort on his blog!

My First Extra Life! (By: @audiobusting)

audioBusting will be running a 24-hour live stream on 5 November 2016 for Extra Life, and wants you to know what inspired him to join the fun this year.

Rockstar Sucks At Multiplayer (By: @dharmabum)

There really is too much Final Fantasy on this website.
There really is too much Final Fantasy on this website.

DharmaBum has a singular, but an ultimately pragmatic issue with Rockstar as a developer: he dislikes every attempt at multiplayer modes in their games. Read how this issue alone has been enough to temper his excitement for Red Dead Redemption 2.

No Place Like Home: On Skyrim's Special Edition (By: @egge)

Egge briefly comments on how he found the Special Edition of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to be a "return to home," that felt otherwise meaningless in the grand scheme of things.

Zeroing In: Explaining Final Fantasy Type-0's Story, Sorta&Sunday Summaries 23/10/2016: Final Fantasy Type-0 (By: @mento)

Giant Bomb moderator Mento is still on the "Final Fantasy Pain Train," and managed to survive Final Fantasy Type-0. This week he wants you to know how crazy its story gets. His usual Sunday column is available for reading too.

Kinda Late But Thoughts On Nintendo's New Console: The Nintendo Switch (By: @eder)

There are plenty of users excited to talk about Red Dead Redemption 2
There are plenty of users excited to talk about Red Dead Redemption 2

Eder may be late, but you should still check out and read what his early impressions of the Nintendo Switch are, and if he plans on purchasing one.

What's In A Name? (By: @morecowbell24)

morecowbell24 used Red Dead Redemption 2 as a case study to examine the video game industry's tenuous relationship with names and franchises.

Ratchet’s Clank Problem (By: @darth_navster)

Darth_Navster uses his foray with the Ratchet & Clank reboot to discuss his issues with the Clank specific scenes and why he finds them to be the series' Achilles' Heel.

Fighting Final Fantasy IX - Parts 27-37: Fearing And Loathing The Ebbs And Flows ofJRPGs (By: @zombiepie)

Ranking every single Legend of Zelda sounds like a monumental task, but MajorMitch did just that!
Ranking every single Legend of Zelda sounds like a monumental task, but MajorMitch did just that!

Final Fantasy IX continues to haunt every waking moment of ZombiePie's life. Read all about how he's slowly coming around to the game, but still wants to set Zidane on fire.

Open World Map Exploration: Organic or Incentivized? (By: @pezen)

Pezen tackles the issue whether or not open world maps work best if exploration is incentivized or organic.

Scumbags: An Analysis of Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days (By: @gamer_152)

Moderator Gamer_152 comments on Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days's commitment in depicting its cast members as terrible human beings.

Ranking of Zeldas (By: @majormitch)

Calling a Quest for Glory game
Calling a Quest for Glory game "horror?" Say it ain't so!

MajorMitch "ranked" the entire Legend of Zelda franchise with a couple of other Giant Bomb users! Here are the results for you to mull over.

Halloween Horror Games: Quest for Glory 4 (By: @mikelemmer)

MikeLemmer's Halloween themed blog series begins with an examination of the "horrifying" Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness.

Join the Discussion

How has the action mayhem of Titanfall 2 been treating you?
How has the action mayhem of Titanfall 2 been treating you?

Titanfall 2 General Discussion Thread (By: @glots)

Regardless of the platform that you are playing it on, what are your impressions of Titanfall 2? Join the rest of the community in discussing the robotic mayhem to be had in the game.

Titanfall 2 Platform Poll and Discussion Thread (By: @rebellion91)

What platform are you enjoying Titanfall 2 on? Share and discuss your platform of preference over here

Where Does Battlefield Go Next? (By: @hoossy)

Where would you like to see the Battlefield go next in its depiction of conflicts and settings? Join our discussion on where you would like to see the franchise go next. How about that Bombcast e-mail pitch of Battlefield Bad Company: 2143 from four years ago?

Is it convenience that
Is it convenience that "breaks" a game? You decide!

The Great Debate: Should Quest Markers Be Included In Open World Games? (By: @xdeser2)

Should ALL open world games include quest markers? That's the debate that has recently absorbed the Giant Bomb community so feel free to share your two-cents worth on the issue.

Applicable Life Skills Learned From Games (By: @ksck26)

What are the most applicable life skills that video games can confer? From typing to mathematics share what games have taught you.

Ashes of Ariandel Impressions Sharing Thread (By: @ivdamke)

Dark Souls III fans unite! Share your impressions of the Ashes of Ariandel DLC with the rest of the Giant Bomb community.

Music That Defines A Franchise For You (By: @turambar)

What game franchises do you feel are defined by their soundtracks and vice versa? Join the discussion over here.

Lovable Lists

Sonic approves of your achievement obsession!
Sonic approves of your achievement obsession!

S-Rank'd (By: @mento)

Mento joins the bandwagon in listing his game achievement S-Ranks! Learn which were especially difficult to acquire.

S-Ranks! (By: @buzz_clik)

Community artist buzz_clik took the time to list every achievement S-Rank he managed to accomplish over here.

StealthRUSH's Top 100 Favorite Simulation Games (By: @stealthrush)

StealthRUSH enjoys a good racing, sport, or vehicle-action simulation video game. Here are his 100 favorites.

PS4 Exclusives You Should Think About Owning (By: @humanity)

Humanity recently picked up a PS4 and decided to annotate the games that best showcase the prowess of the console.

Useful User Reviews

  • @extintor comments on why he thinks Mafia III's pacing is the game's ultimate Achilles' Heel on his review.
  • @riostarwind's NBA 2K16 review assesses the game from the perspective of someone who rarely plays sports games.