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The Community Spotlight 2019.01.12

The save file for this week's Community Spotlight is "AlexNavarro."

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 the first week of 2019 under our belts, I hope you are all safe and well. Hopefully 2019 shapes up to be a more comfortable and pleasurable affair than the previous year. On Giant Bomb's side, the return of Brad from his illness and a few recurring video series is a welcome return to form. In terms of the Giant Bomb community, things have been quiet though still entertaining. Rather than go with the separated categories for any GOTY blogs or lists they are combined with the normal categories. For anyone who is still mulling their favorite games from 2018, feel free to drop me a link! I'm always happy to showcase a good list or blog.

  • Earlier issues with the search engine should be fixed! If you experience any further issues this week, use the link and file a bug report.
  • Some users are reporting issues with downloading videos. Before filing a report try Mr. Rorie's troubleshooting steps: 1) try a different Browser, 2) check your VPN settings if you are using one, 3) try a download manager, and 4) check if you have hit your download/data limit.
  • Again, if you are still meaning to get around to your 2018 GOTY blog or list, I'm always open to putting them on the Spotlight! You do you, and get to it when you can!

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Community Activities

Books and Giant Bomb? Say it ain't so!
Books and Giant Bomb? Say it ain't so!

Giant Bomb Goodreads Group Revival Effort (By: @cocabis)

User cocabis is trying to revive the Giant Bomb goodreads community group! If you are a user and want to join a community book club, click the link below and help them set things up!

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Bearded Giant Bomb Logo (By: @IdaScarzilla)

Over on Twitter, IdaScarzilla thought the Giant Bomb logo would look better with some facial hair. This is the result of their thought experiment and I hope you enjoy it.

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Best Of Blogs

"SMBUD." As in, "I like Mario, he's muh bud."

A Year One Review of the Nintendo Switch NES Library (By: @riostarwind)

Do the games that Nintendo picked for the new NES subscription service still hold up? Are some you can skip without a care in the world? Moderator RioStarwind played through them all in varying amounts to see which are worth your time.

Toby: The Secret Mine Is A Competent Game That Mostly Made Me Realize What A Masterpiece Limbo Is & Nintendo Should Embrace The Series Terrible Names And Call The Next Game New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe 2 (By: @bigsocrates)

Giant Bomb user BigSocrates recently played Toby: The Secret Mine and comments on why it just reminded him how much more he enjoyed Limbo. Is plagiarism the sincerest form of flattery in this regard? Read their blog to find out! Also, BigSocrates shares why Nintendo's history of terrible names for Mario games is the best-worst thing in modern gaming.

Yeah, I included anime in a Giant Bomb article! What are you going to do about that?
Yeah, I included anime in a Giant Bomb article! What are you going to do about that?

Florence, Relationships And The Puzzle Of Life (By: @pezen)

Giant Bomb user Pezen uses their latest blog to review Florence, the power of using puzzles to represent life, and the potency of including realistic relationships in video games.

Redhotchilimist's ~*ANIME*~ Of The Year 2018 (By: @redhotchilimist)

Who said anime couldn't be covered on Giant Bomb? Redhotchilimist wrote all about the anime they watched last year, and discusses which ones they thought were most worth watching.

An Important Thank You... (By: @mightyduck)

To everyone who has a little time to brighten the day of another user, MightyDuck recently lost their first child due to complications from childbirth. Please send them your positive thoughts.

Florence is once again rightfully getting the attention it deserves from the Giant Bomb community.
Florence is once again rightfully getting the attention it deserves from the Giant Bomb community.

Sergeant Sphynx's Favorite Games Of The Year 2018 That May Or May Not Have Originally Released In 2018. AKA GOTY 2018 (By: @sgtsphynx)

Moderator SgtSphynx wrote a MASSIVE year in review blog last week and you should give it a read to learn all about their gaming highs and lows!

Clagnaught's Games of the Year, 2018 Edition (By: @clagnaught)

Giant Bomb user clagnaught reviews every conceivable gaming award category you can think of during their 2018 GOTY blog! Give it a read when you can!

My Slightly Late Game of the Year Awards (By: @thewildcard)

Giant Bomb user TheWildCard is slightly late with their 2018 GOTY blog, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't check it out! Give it a read and find out which games topped their list!

Saturday Summaries 2019-01-12: Invisible Ascent Edition (By: @mento)

Mento's new slim-sized Saturday Summaries covers their ongoing efforts with "3-star game" Mass Effect: Andromeda, the solidly-made challenge of Battle Chasers: Nightwar, and the success of AGDQ this year.

Join The Discussion

What does the Bungie news mean for the future of the Destiny franchise? Share your hopes/predictions in our discussion thread!
What does the Bungie news mean for the future of the Destiny franchise? Share your hopes/predictions in our discussion thread!

Bungie & Activision Splitting Up Discussion Thread (By: @frytup)

It is the news that is by far the biggest talking point of the week, but what are your reactions to the news of the split between Bungie and Activision? What does this news mean for the Destiny franchise?

Q1 2019 Most Sought-after Game (By: @s0mewh4td4m4ged)

Quarter one of 2019 has begun! Which games set to release during this time are you most excited to play? There are some heavy-hitters in the year's opening months, so vote and discuss your pick using the link above!

Worst Video Game Companion Of All Time? (By: @fireburger)

Calling all Giant Bomb users in need of a fun discussion thread! There's a thread on the board debating the "worst video game companion." If you can think of any characters, feel free to join our discussion!

More competition is always a good thing, but do you think The Division 2's online community will be impacted?
More competition is always a good thing, but do you think The Division 2's online community will be impacted?

Division 2 Not Coming To Steam, Exclusive To Epic Store And Uplay (By: @deckard)

The Division 2 is not coming to Steam! What do you make of this announcement, and will this deter you from picking up the game? Does it hurt your online multiplayer friends group?

Music Thread v.2019 (By: @hadoken101)

Calling all audiophiles! What music are you listening to in 2019? What albums or concerts are you excited about for the year? Share your best Anthony Fantano impressions in our community music discussion thread!

The Eternal Castle [Remastered] - A Little Too Far? (By: @humanity)

Have any of you tried out The Eternal Castle [Remastered]? What do you make of the game's aesthetic? Are its claims of remastering a lost 1987 DOS game dishonest?

Does The Eternal Castle push artistic minimalism too far?
Does The Eternal Castle push artistic minimalism too far?

Dragon's Dogma Coming To Switch On April 23rd (By: @puchiko)

Dragon's Dogma is coming to Nintendo Switch! Do you think the platform is an appropriate fit for the game? Will you pick it up on April 23rd? Should the pawn system remain untouched in the port?

Randy Pitchford Being Sued For Embezzlement And Other Weird Stuff (By: @soulcake)

I do not know how to write the bio for this one. You seriously cannot make this shit up! Randy Pitchford and Gearbox Software LLC in general are a mess right now and you can join our discussion about the recent news using the link above.

Lovable Lists

One of these lists included this indie game on their lists! Find out which one!
One of these lists included this indie game on their lists! Find out which one!

Co-op Games of the Year, 2018 (By: @frontman12)

Giant Bomb user frontman12 felt inspired to create a different type of GOTY list. Their list reviews the ten best co-op games from 2018!

Most Anticipated Games for 2019 (By: @dominatehate)

Giant Bomb user DominateHate is excited about several 2019 video game releases, and shares which games especially have them hyped on their latest list!

Best of 2018 (By: @xater)

xater has a nice mix of a little bit of everything in their 2018 GOTY list! Give it a read using the link!

Useful User Reviews

Here's more anime! You can thank me for serving you your weekly allowance in a single post!
Here's more anime! You can thank me for serving you your weekly allowance in a single post!
  • @bonbonetti gave MotoGP 18 a shot during the holidays and details why their experience was unfortunately marred by several technical issues.
  • Giant Bomb user @osiris uses their review of Skater XL to discuss how it is a fun stopgap until a big-budget skating game comes out!
  • @bhlaab recently went back to 007: Everything or Nothing, and uses their review to talk about how it is a childhood memory they think is best left forgotten.
  • @riostarwind's Ghost in the Shell review highlights how fast-paced mech action is all a game needs to have for it to be fun for them.