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The Community Spotlight 2019.02.23

Press the PAC-MAN PAC-MAN button to get in here and see the Community Spotlight. Just don't eat that soccer ball. You don't know where it's been.

Artwork provided by: @Clerkboy
Artwork provided by: @Clerkboy

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host this week! In terms of games, Anthem predictably was the talk of the town. Some members of the community love the game, and others have been disappointed by its initial state. Don't forget, if you have an opinion about the game, use our official discussion thread to share your thoughts about it! Speaking of major talking points on the forums, Apex Legends is still standing strong. For fans of the game feel free to vote on your "main" in this week's community poll! With that, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping!

Tweets Of The Week

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Vegeta x Giant Bomb Logo Oil Painting (By: @Clerkboy)

Here's an absolutely STUNNING work of art! On Twitter, Clerkboy has been busy working on an oil painting that pays homage to the All Systems Goku podcast. I think we can all agree it is AMAZING! But don't forget to send them your best regards on Twitter, and always support artists if you can. A simple like or retweet goes a long ways.

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Alex x Big Bang Theory (By: @jea_rum )

Over on Twitter, jea_rum decided to have fun with Alex's absolute distaste for anything and everything related to the Big Bang Theory. I think we can all agree they did a smash up job with their photoshop!

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Community Activities

ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH!
ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH!

Anthem GB Community Discord Server (By: @hestilllives19)

I'm going to include this link again with he release of Anthem being officially official! If you plan on picking up the game you can use the following link to join our community Discord server.

GB Apex Legends Discord And Online Meetups (By: @brackstone)

Users really seem to be enjoying Apex Legends, and if you are one of them drop a comment in our online sharing thread with your online username and platform of choice! Additionally, join the community Discord server for Apex Legends if you haven't already.

Clips Of The Week

GIANT BOMB'S Revengeance ***BUSINESS DAVE RETURNS*** (By: Kiskey)

Over on YouTube, Kiskey compiled another batch of "Business Dave's" MANY references to Ben and Rorie's upcoming "street fight" from previous week's UPF! Watch and enjoy!

Best Of Blogs

This bugged me. Why reference the single worst episode of Black Mirror?
This bugged me. Why reference the single worst episode of Black Mirror?

Making Plans for Stefan: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and Interactive Narratives (By: @gamer_152)

This week Giant Bomb moderator examines Black Mirror's Bandersnatch and details how it is one of the most disorienting and complex pieces of interactive fiction ever created. However, what does that mean for the video game industry?

The Origins of Visual Novels Video (By: @lentfilms)

This is a MUST SEE for all visual novel fans! Giant Bomb user LentFilms took their blog post about the history of visual novels and made it into an AMAZING FULL-BLOWN documentary!

How The Depressing World Of Dark Souls Is One Of Gaming's Most Beautiful (By: @ghostyfox)

GhostyFox uses their latest blog to discuss why the dark and depressing world of Dark Souls is actually one of the best moderns examples of video game worldbuilding.

PixelPrinny continues to amaze this week with their image creation skills!
PixelPrinny continues to amaze this week with their image creation skills!

My Time at Eorzea, Week Two - Walls (By: @thefakepsychic)

Giant Bomb user TheFakePsychic continues their Let's Play blog series on Final Fantasy XIV - A Realm Reborn! Read about their latest adventures in the massively multiplayer game.

Top 200 Games of All Time - Part Three! (By: @pixelprinny)

PixelPrinny continues their WONDERFUL blog series listing their 200 favorite games of all-time! This episode runs through their #180 to #171 picks and their use of images continues to be as excellent as always.

The Premium 10 Pull - A (bi-weekly/monthly) Look at Gacha Games - Valentines Banner Edition (By: @meestero)

Giant Bomb user MeesterO continues their dark descent into the world of Japanese gacha games with a showcase of several games' "special" Valentine's Day events!

Rainbow Six Siege in 2019? read all about it on nateandrews' blog!
Rainbow Six Siege in 2019? read all about it on nateandrews' blog!

Nintendo Feels Like a Corporate Entity I Can Love & Trust (By: @willherox)

WillHeroX uses their latest blog to talk about Reggie Fils-Aimé's recently announced retirement, why the announcement impacted them emotionally, and why Nintendo is a company they genuinely love.

These Words Available For A Limited Time Only (By: @nateandrews)

nateandrews provides a friendly update on their rotation of multiplayer games. Read all about how and why Rainbow Six Siege and Apex Legends continue to be massive time sinks for them.

Saturday Summaries 2019-02-23: Even More Direct Edition (By: @mento)

Mento continues with their impressions of the games revealed in the latest Nintendo Direct, and also discusses Back to Bed, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, and their most recent work with the wiki's Sega Mega Drive game pages.

Join The Discussion

Talk all about suits of armor and adventures in Anthem using our discussion thread!
Talk all about suits of armor and adventures in Anthem using our discussion thread!

Anthem Impressions Thread (By: @paulmako)

It is the big game of the week, but people appear to be incredibly divided about BioWare's Anthem. Share your early impressions of the game, if you managed to get your hands on it, with the rest of the Giant Bomb community!

Anthem Day One Patch Discussion Thread (By: @rorie)

Calling all Anthem players! Have you noticed any gameplay or performance improvements after downloading the day one patch? Join our discussion about it using the link above!

Who Is Your Go-To Apex Legends Character? [POLL OF THE WEEK!] (By: @beachthunder)

The title of our poll of the week says everything you need to know about it! Who is YOUR go-to Apex Legends character? Vote and discuss your main using the link below, and here are the results thus far!

The community, predictably, is still having a fun time with Apex Legends. So, share your main in the game!
The community, predictably, is still having a fun time with Apex Legends. So, share your main in the game!

What Games Are Tied To A Physical Place For You? (By: @aodhhinsai)

Here's a FUN Giant Bomb community discussion thread! Can you think of any games that are forever tied to places or smells? For me, Advance Wars is permanently connected to my dentist office after playing for five hours there while waiting for my sister's dental surgery to be finished.

Reggie Fils-Aime Is Retiring (By: @therealturk)

Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aime is retiring. Wish the industry legend the best, and share your favorite moments involving Reggie in our discussion thread thanking the gaming icon for their time in the industry!

The B Scenario(s) In Resident Evil 2 Could Have Been Much More (By: @doctordonkey)

Calling all Resident Evil 2 fans! Some members of the Giant Bomb are expressing disappointment and frustration with the game's "B Scenarios," but what are YOUR impressions of the feature? Is it a fun inclusion, or a frustrating artifact of the past?

We have another hotly anticipated sequel announcement in Darkest Dungeon 2!
We have another hotly anticipated sequel announcement in Darkest Dungeon 2!

Darkest Dungeon 2 Announced (By: @cybexx)

Darkest Dungeon 2 was recently announced! Are any of you excited to play the sequel? What fixes and improvements do you hope to see in the next game? Do you have any ideas where the story will go?

A New Short Film and a New Roadmap for Year 4 of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (By: @dochaus)

To any of our community members who may be playing Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, what do you make of the game's recently announced season four road-map?

Did Anyone Try The Xbox Beta For Black Desert Online? (By: @bane)

Calling all Giant Bomb Xbox One owners! Have any of you checked out the Xbox One beta for Black Desert Online? If so, use the link below to join our community discussion about it!

Useful User Reviews

I had no idea what Zamb! was until after I read frontman12's review!
I had no idea what Zamb! was until after I read frontman12's review!
  • On a whim, Giant Bomb user JUNIOR_AIN gave the first Mega Man a shot and uses their review to articulate why it's a "tough sell" for those used to modern-day Mega Man sensibilities.
  • Giant Bomb user @swerb uses their Resident Evil 2 review to underscore how it is the epitome of a well-executed remake.
  • While most people are busy running Far Cry New Dawn through its paces, @nateandrews was off playing Far Cry: Primal. Read why they found it to be a game "without a purpose."
  • @nateandrews uses their review of Resident Evil 2 to highlight why they both love and hate the game the more they play it.
  • @dinoracha finally got around to playing Celeste and reviews why they enjoyed every minute of it and have gone out of their way to recommend it to their friends.
  • @frontman12 uses their review of Zamb! Endless Extermination to share how its a fun and affordable game for anyone looking for a solid co-op action/tower-defense experience.
  • @guip1408's Apex Legends review briefly highlights why they think it is an "amazing" battle royale experience unlike any before.

Wonderful Wikis

PRESS THE PACMAN PACMAN BUTTON!
PRESS THE PACMAN PACMAN BUTTON!

Reggie Fils-Aime

With Reggie's recent retirement, now is as good enough time to remind everyone that our Reggie Fils-Aime wiki page is surprisingly detailed and worth a read!

Noby Noby Boy

As mentioned in the "Tweets of the Week" section, this week marked the ten year anniversary of the Noby Noby Boy Quick Look. It's a classic Quick Look worth checking out for those who joined Giant Bomb later.