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The Community Spotlight 2019.04.27

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This animated .gif was provided by Giant Bomb user Stamp!
This animated .gif was provided by Giant Bomb user Stamp!

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! While many would have assumed this week would be quieter than previous ones, the opposite was true. With the launch of Mortal Kombat 11 and a steady supply of video content, the community was as busy as if we were in the middle of the Winter gaming onslaught! Hopefully the forums and wiki this week were as fun for you as they were for me! So, without further ado, let's jump into the site related housekeeping!

Clips Of The Week

Author's Note: This week we are doing things slightly different with the video section of the Spotlight. This week, I'll be showcasing some of the archives and highlights from the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run from three weeks ago. If you were a participant in this event and I somehow missed you, feel free to drop a comment with a link to your archive and I will happily include it next week. For those who are still interested in donating, here's a link to the team page.

Tweets Of The Week

Community Activities

Am I weird for saying the community activity I am most excited about is having community members teach me about woodworking?
Am I weird for saying the community activity I am most excited about is having community members teach me about woodworking?

MK11 Week 1 PS4 Tourney - 4/27 2PM Pacific (By: @l1ghtn1n)

Calling all Giant Bomb users who picked up a copy of Mortal Kombat 11! The Giant Bomb FGC has already set up a weekly fighting tournament for the PS4 version! Learn how you can join the fun using the link above!

The Giant Bomb Dream Team (By: @turboman)

The staff seem to be having a fun time with Media Molecule's Dreams, and we now have a Giant Bomb Community Group for the game! Learn all about it using the link below!

Official Giant Bomb Woodworking Club (By: @yothatlimp)

Here's a really fun community group I hope more people can join: the Giant Bomb Community Woodworking Club! Even if you are a total newcomer, get some tips on how to start by joining the group RIGHT NOW!

Best Of Blogs

BigSocrates' blog about God of War II, and how it could have sent the franchise down a dark path is a must read this week!
BigSocrates' blog about God of War II, and how it could have sent the franchise down a dark path is a must read this week!

God Of War II In 2019 Is Still Fun But No Longer Feels Special (By: @bigsocrates)

After playing the 2018 reboot and original for a bit, BigSocrates decided to play God of War II and uses their latest blog to contemplate where the series could have gone.

Indie Game of the Week 117: Dex & The Secret Lives of Funko Fantasy (Part 2) (By: @mento)

Mento has two blogs this week. The first is another fun edition of their "Indie Game of the Week" series and this episode examines cyberpunk RPG Dex. Additionally, part two of their series on World of Final Fantasy is available for your reading pleasure! Read all about how their interactions with Squall and Vivi treated them in the game!

Google Stadia: Adapt and Survive (By: @basicallyolly)

basicallyolly continues their retrospective on the history of video game consoles with a look at the modern-day rebirth of consoles and how streaming and Google's Stadia could change the video game industry.

Any blog with Vivi is bound to get the stamp of approval from me!
Any blog with Vivi is bound to get the stamp of approval from me!

Dragon's Dogma Provides A Better Sense Of "Adventuring" Than Almost Any Game I Have Ever Played (By: @changethel1ghts)

ChangeTheL1ghts finally got around to playing Dragon's Dogma and uses one of their first blogs on the site to discuss how it provides the best sense of adventure of any modern-era game they have played.

I Played 30+ Hours Of Video Games For Charity, Here's What I Learned! (By: @zombiepie)

Moderator ZombiePie looks back on their efforts during the ninth edition of the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run and reviews what they learned from the event and the three games they played during the event.

Join The Discussion

Obviously, Mortal Kombat 11 is the big discussion point on the forums.
Obviously, Mortal Kombat 11 is the big discussion point on the forums.

Mortal Kombat 11 General Gameplay Discussion Thread (By: @ichthy)

As mentioned earlier, Mortal Kombat 11 is the big video game release of the week. Therefore, what are your impressions of its gameplay changes? Have you enjoyed the new customization options? What have been your experiences with the netcode? Does it compare favorably or negative to Mortal Kombat X or Mortal Kombat?

MK11 Fixes - System Still Broken (By: @kevinwalsh)

Speaking of Mortal Kombat 11, what are your impressions of NetherRealm Studios' promises to "fix" complaints about the in-game economy? What do you think are the most significant issues with the game?

Did Ed Boon Lie About Lootboxes? (By: @immortalsaiyan)

Honestly, how many in-game currencies can a single game have?
Honestly, how many in-game currencies can a single game have?

We have an interesting forum thread debating if the contents in Mortal Kombat 11's Krypt count as "lootboxes." What do you think? Share your stance in our community thread using the link below!

Avengers Endgame Discussion (Full Spoilers) (By: @deathstriker)

Okay everyone, this is a disclaimer every Giant Bomb user needs to be aware of from this point forward. If you absolutely want to talk about Endgame spoilers, here's a link to our community spoiler discussion thread. If you post spoilers anywhere else, your comments and account will face moderation.

"Epic Store Will Stop Exclusives If Steam Changes Revenue Split, CEO Says" (By: @rorie)

Here's our community discussion debating the challenge Epic's Tim Sweeney directed at Steam. The driving question is if this an example of "healthy competition," or the dawn of a new "platform wars."

What Is The JRPG To Get On The Switch? (By: @liquiddragon)

What ancient culture hasn't gotten the cyberpunk treatment? Sumerian?
What ancient culture hasn't gotten the cyberpunk treatment? Sumerian?

Here's a fun poll for anyone who owns a Nintendo Switch! What are the go-to JRPGs for the platform? Here are the options on the survey, and feel free to discuss your pick.

Fortnite Success Has Led To Perma-Crunch At Epic Games (By: @tds418)

Did any of you read Polygon's report on Epic Games' use of "perma-crunch" following the success of Fortnite? What's your reaction to the news? Is this news another rallying cry for unionization in game development?

Katana Zero Discussion Thread (By: @cannonballbam)

Have any of you picked up Katana Zero? If you did, are you playing the Switch or PC release? Have you enjoyed playing the neon-drenched samurai action game from Askiisoft?

Will the reports of Epic's crunch stick this time around?
Will the reports of Epic's crunch stick this time around?

How Do YOU React When Console Ports Swap The Purpose Of Their Face Buttons? (By: @casepb)

Here's a problem I know everyone has experienced, but probably not thought about all that much. How do you handle different console ports having completely different button layouts for the same gameplay inputs? The example provided by the first post involve Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! but there are many more examples of this modern gaming annoyance.

Lovable Lists

"I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

My 15 Favorite Games (By: @jonathantrojan)

Giant Bomb user JonathanTrojan makes their user-created list debut with a fun annotation of their all-time fifteen favorite games. Give it a read and think about which games would top your list!

Top 10 Most Impressive Graphics from the 4th Gen (By: @guip1408)

guip1408 uses one of their lists this week to highlight what they think are the ten best uses of technical graphics from the fourth generation of consoles (i.e., SNES, Genesis, ect).

Useful User Reviews

  • I had no idea what Pikuniku was until I read RioStarwind's review!
    I had no idea what Pikuniku was until I read RioStarwind's review!
    @riostarwind returns to video game reviews after exhausting themselves during the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run with a review of

    Pikuniku, a game they feel does 100% of what it sets out to do.

  • @jeffrud uses their review of Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan to judge if the game deserves its "bought this on my trip to Japan!!!" cult status.
  • @guip1408's brief review of Iron Fisticle details how it provides a wonderful "throwback" experience with fulfilling co-op trappings!
  • @faith12 uses their review of Crackdown 3 to describe why they had a fun time with the game throughout a single weekend, but does not plan on playing it any time soon.

Wonderful Wikis

I look at the Anno franchise as being the video game equivalent of the
I look at the Anno franchise as being the video game equivalent of the "pick up and deliver" genre of board games.

Mortal Kombat 11

To no one's surprise, the tradition of Giant Bomb's database having in-depth wiki coverage of Mortal Kombat games continues with Mortal Kombat 11! This page talks about many of the changes from 10 to 11 and reviews every playable and story significant character.

Anno 1800

Giant Bomb user Daavpuke announced their return to the wiki last week and here we have a testament of their hard work. After sinking in 300+ points on the Anno 1800 wiki page, it's looking vastly better than it originally did.