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! Holy crap, there's so much to talk about this week, that's I'm cutting out my ramblings about my feelings about recent events on the site so we can just jump straight into the "good stuff."
- Community voting to crown a Giant Bomb Community Game of the Year has begun!
- An ad complaint has been filed for scam ads on the podcast page. This has been impacting users trying to give Giant Bomb's podcast versions of the GOTY discussions a listen.
- Drew was named "Meme of the Year." That happened.
- Thanks in large part to Giant Bomb's Extra Life streams from two weeks ago, the Giant Bomb Team is now the second biggest fundraiser for #EXTRALIFE! Many thanks to everyone who made this possible!
2017 GOTY User Created Content
Author's Note: I most certainly missed something. If I missed your GOTY blog and/or list I sincerely apologize, but drop a link on this edition of the Spotlight and I promise it will not happen again.
User GOTY Lists
Okay, I did not just track down dozens of user created GOTY lists only for all y'all to not read them. So, let's turn this into a "game." I have heard you like those. Anyway, you have to randomly select one of these lists,, read it, and then post a positive reply on it. There's no reward for doing this. You are doing this because it is a nice thing to do, so see if you can "do it."
- Tomomb's Miiverse Memorial Game of the Year List 2017(By: @tom_omb)
- Best of 2017 (By: @marino)
- Make Me Mad's Games of the Year, Two-Thousand and Seventeen (By: @make_me_mad)
- GOTY 2017 (By: @ronindrummer200)
- TFP's Top 17 Games of 2017 (By: @thefakepsychic)
- 2017 GOTY (By: @dethfish)
- 2017 GOTY (By: @rmanthorp)
- Video Games of 2017: Fated Retribution (By: @lastbesthope)
- Top 20 Games For The PC In 2017 (By: @dray2k)
- Rio Starwind's Top 10 Games of 2017 (By: @riostarwind)
- Best Of 2017 (By: @lazyaza)
- Game Of The Year 2017 (By: @thechadster789)
- GOTY 2017 (By: @lentfilms)
- GOTY 2017 (By: @beachthunder)
- My Favorite Ten Games of 2017 (By: @mezmero)
- GOTY 2017 (By: @chaser324)
- Top Ten 2017 (By: @jaqen_hghar)
- The Ones That Made It Through 2017 (By: @briarpack)
- 2017 Game of the Year (By: @ozone)
- Top Ten Games I Played in 2017 (By: @cornbredx)
- The 2017 List of Games Which Sgt Sphynx Really Enjoyed, aka Sgt Sphynx's 2017 Game of the Year List (By: @sgtsphynx)
- Top 10 of 2017 (By: @aistan)
- BBAlpert's Ordered List of the Top 10 Games of 2017 (By: @bbalpert)
- GOTY 2017 (By: @nickieroonie)
- Best Of 2017 (By: @natedagr811)
- The Best of What I Played in 2017 (By: @sparky_buzzsaw)
- Navster's 2017 Game of the Year List (By: @darth_navster)
- Game of the Year 2017 (By: @noobsauceg7)
- GOTY 2017 (By: @wemibelle)
- HT101's Top 10 Games of the Year of 2017 (By: @ht101)
- My 2017 GOTY List (By: @valorianendymion)
GOTY Blogs And Threads
Want a scientific/mathematical analysis of the Giant Bomb staff's GOTY lists? Well, Giant Bomb moderator Marino has you covered in one of the best blogs of the year.
DocHaus says "goodbye" to 2017 the only way he knows how, and that's by looking back on the video game entertainment he consumed throughout the year.
Jazz crowned your typical "Game of The Year" on his year in review blog, but you should also see who won his "Favorite Musou of the Year" or "WTF is Happening in This Game?" awards
Redhotchilimist's MASSIVE 2017 GOTY blog is a thing of beauty you should certainly check out! Each game receives an essay worth reading.
MisterBananaFoam exhaustively discusses his gaming highs and lows on his 2017 year in review blog. Discover his favorite and least favorite gaming experiences from the year that was 2017.
There were ten games that rocked TheMist997's socks off and you can read all about them on this wonderfully written GOTY blog.
elmorales94 wrote about his favorite games from 2017 in blog form! Who would have thunk it? Anyway, check out which games he most enjoyed this year.
Clagnaught's 2017 GOTY blog kind of came out of nowhere, but luckily it isn't something you'll want to pass by.
DarthOrange has a great and varied list of games on this exhaustive 2017 GOTY list! Check it out over here.
ArbitraryWater thoroughly enjoyed the games released in 2017 and his latest blog proves it! Give it a read and discover the recipients of his "Best Sad Existential Robots" and "Most Looking Glass" awards.
Zuldim just could not limit himself to ten games, so his 2017 GOTY blog ranks his favorite twenty games from the year.
2017 was a good year for video games, hence, why Joe423 struggled to crown a number one on his 2017 GOTY blog. Check out his "creative" solution.
Giant Bomb user Ciremo2 recently published an impassioned plea for everyone not to forget about Hollow Knight during GOTY deliberations.
Giant Bomb moderator ThatPinguino finally got around to publishing a 2017 GOTY list! Check it out over here, and find out which game I may have played a role in forcing him to play.
XenoNick got around to publishing a 2017 GOTY blog, and it is well-versed in several games you may have forgotten released in 2017.
kubqo's 2017 GOTY blog only has five games, so that's why he included hilarious special distinction awards like "Game whose flaws made me angry because of how good the rest of the game is!"
Sessh shares the games that almost and didn't make his 2017 GOTY list, as well as the games that did over here.
Sunjammer extrapolates his 2017 in gaming on his latest blog. Give it a read, and discover the highs and lows from the year.
dudeglove discusses his favorite trends and games from 2017 on his latest blog! Give his humorous blog a read over here.
Assassin's Creed Origins won Howardian's Game of the Year award and you can read why it resonated so well with him on his blog.
mrroach annotates the games he wanted to enjoy, but simply couldn't. Check out his list and feel free to share the games you felt the same way
Clips Of The Week
Here's a fun little ditty NyahNyahNya made out of Dan's email song from a while back.
Giant Bomb Galleria
Giant Bomb user thejhawk's Christmas gift to the community is a pixel art portrait of Jeff that is bound to haunt your dreams for years.
Sometimes I know exactly how Jeff is feeling in this picture. I know the feeling all too well.
Over on Twitter, RayndScarab shared this wonderful Christmas present he got from his girlfriend.
Tweets Of The Week
Anime is still a threat. Feel free to join the community effort to determine the "gravest" anime threat from the year.
Best Of Blogs
In what can only be described as a "Christmas present" for the Giant Bomb Community, Giant Bomb moderator ZombiePie wrote another blog on why Final Fantasy X-2 made him question his own humanity.
Egge welcomes you to join him in discussing the third episode of Life Is Strange: Before the Storm. Did you like or hate how it progressed the story?
Moderator Gamer_152 wrote about Fallout 4's Nuka-Wolrd, its faction system, how it realises its setting, and what that setting's role is in the game
Join The Discussion
Before the advent of the internet, how did you discover optional or "hidden" content in video games? Game guides are the current front-runner, but can you think of any other gaming go-to's?
What is your favorite video game console "flop?" Vote and defend your favorite console that didn't set the world on fire.
When did games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds make unfinished games more acceptable? Why do you think attitudes towards Early Access have changed in the past year?
Have any of you tried out Area 34's latest strategy game, Tiny Metal? If so, join our discussion for the game over here.
Life Is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 3 Discussion [SPOILERS!] (By: @acidbrandon18)
What are your impressions of episode three of Life Is Strange: Before the Storm? Feel free to share them, spoilers included.
Everyone seems to be in a tizzy about it, but feel free to share your Star Wars films "Power Rankings" with the rest of the Giant Bomb community.
What are YOUR impressions of Gorogoa? Share your experiences with the hand-drawn action/puzzle game with others that have taken it for a spin.
There are ten solid games BeachThunder is excited to get his hands on in 2018! Read all about them, and think of the games that would go on your own list.
2017 wasn't all about positive gaming experiences, and MeesterO certainly knows. On this list, MeesterO guides you through eight games that utterly disappointed.
DarkbeatDK annotates the ten games he is most most excited to play in 2018 on his latest list over here.
Useful User Reviews
- Giant Bomb moderator @riostarwind reviewed Neon Chrome and discusses how loot and random levels weren't enough to maintain his interest.
- @riostarwind also wrote a review for Never Stop Sneakin' and discusses how it stretches a cool concept to a breaking point.