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!
- There are STILL plenty of items on clearance in the Giant Bomb merchandise store! See what is on sale and pick up some awesome t-shirts for cheap.
- The Giant Bomb staff and moderation team are aware of a recent glut of spambots hitting the forums. As always, please just flag the spam and walk away from the posts. DO NOT reply to any spambot threads, blogs, reviews, or lists!
- The Noby Noby Boy Quick Look is ten years old.
Tweets Of The Week
Giant Bomb translates to Polish as Gigantyczna Bomba, which is an expression you can use to describe that you’re high on something. This corresponds to your tweet quite well.— Radek Adam Grabowski (@gamebowski) February 20, 2019
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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.
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!
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.
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
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 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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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?
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?
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?
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
- 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.
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!
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.