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. It is finally here my friends. The onslaught that is E3 2019 is now before us, beckoning we glue our faces to our computer screens for honors upon end. Nonetheless, the event should be exciting as usual with big game announcements and reveals, as well as plenty of Giant Bomb content to toot. Certainly, I think it will be a fun time for all to have! With that in mind, let's jump into the housekeeping!
- You have about one more week to pre-order the second batch of Giant Bomb - Beastcast Mugs! Be aware, this pre-order will run until June 14th and the site expects all orders to ship sometime around the first week of August.
- Alex is hearing reports of someone trying to scam developers of games codes by claiming to be a PR rep. If you get an email from firstname.lastname@example.org, ignore it.
If you ever wanted to have every possible source of Giant Bomb related E3 information at your fingertips, look no further than Marino's handy E3 survival guide. This handbook will help you navigate the countless live streams and waves of forum topics with relative ease.
The 11th annual E3 banner contest is officially CLOSED, but that does not mean you should check it out to marvel at some of the AMAZING submissions from the community. As with last week, I'll compile some of the animated and non-animated highlights! As with last week, many thanks to the users who contributed to the contest this year!
Clips Of The Week
After a short break JeremyM is back and better than ever! This week they compiled every time the staff bailed during the "Jeff Gerstmann's Pro Skater Advance" video. This time around, they really show off their awesome editing skills!
Tweets Of The Week
In 1 week, the legendary @giantbomb @ Nite shows will resume.— Brad Lynch (@MarinoV1) June 4, 2019
5-Timers Club Members: 14
Yes, this spreadsheet exists.
Yes, a surprisingly number of people seem to care.
No, @johntdrake showing up multiple times a year doesn't beat @amboyes.
Full List: https://t.co/hDMHjLgsNR pic.twitter.com/QYnNBTr7ZA
Project #2 of the Unofficial Giant Bomb Woodworking Club is active! This project tasks community members to make a birdhouse! Use the link below to learn how you can join the fun!
Best Of Blogs
First, they provide an AMAZING exploration of the many flavors and types of adventure games! Whether it be a classic text adventure or walking simulators, they have EVERYTHING covered! Next, they share a new episode of their "Indie Game of the Week" blog series and this episode looks at Figment a brief, but clever action-puzzle.
While they maintain a relatively sour perspective about the event in general, Giant Bomb moderator ZombiePie felt inspired to be incredibly "bold" about their E3 2019 predictions.
aiomon uses their latest blog to talk about their recent struggles balancing work, school, and video games. Read how their efforts to find a "balance" have gone so far, and feel free to share your own experiences.
sparky_buzzsaw usually makes off-the-cuff predictions about what they hope to see at E3, and this year is no different. That said, I think their predictions for Devolver Digital and Greg Miller are on point.
Giant Bomb user datarez was a day-one Oculus Rift supporter and uses their latest blog to share their updated thoughts about the VR headset, latest batch of updates, and new direction of the company in 2019.
Jaqen_HGhar briefly comments on Outer Wilds, a space-exploration game, and discusses why its "optimistic melancholy" is what sticks out to them the most after they played the game to completion.
Join The Discussion
With Giant Bomb gearing up for E3 2019, feel free to join and vote in our fun community poll about which piece of Giant Bomb E3 content you are most looking forward to next week!
The title really says it all, but what is your favorite paid mobile game? It's always important to support developers when you can, regardless of the platform, so, are there any paid mobile games that stick out to you?
Nintendo recently announced a new 2DS XL model on the eve of E3 2019! How viable do you think the handheld will be in this current era of mobile games? Should Nintendo have save this announcement for E3?
What do you make of DICE's recent attempts to "revitalize" Battlefield V? Are you excited about the roadmap for chapter four? Or, have you joined the negative fervor about the recently removed multiplayer match types?
Some skeptics on the Giant Bomb forums are comparing the Google Stadia to Google Glass. Do you feel the comparison is apt? Vote in our community poll and join our discussion using the link above!
Speaking of the Google Stadia, the platform seems to have spurned another discussion about the viability of video game streaming in a world where internet access is often plagued by data caps. So, share your download speed, cost, and possible datacap with the rest of the community.
Here's an interesting discussion I hope more users join! When is it time to say goodbye to old consoles and video games? Is there a better way to prevent old games from creating clutter?
THQ Nordic is remaking SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom! Do you have any memories of the original game? Feel free to share them and your hopes for the remaster with other Giant Bomb community members!
What are your impressions of the 06/05/2019 Nintendo Direct and the newly revealed information about Pokémon Sword/Shield? Are you more or less excited about the game? Join our Giant Bomb community discussion using the link!
Giant Bomb user Velvet made a list of "TOP 100 DOGGOS IN GAMING" as well as a "TOP 100 CATS IN GAMING" list, and I'm honestly struggling to argue against their picks. Some may disagree with their decision to rank Garfieldbelow Big the Cat, but other than that their lists are solid!
Giant Bomb user OdysseyRPG is a HUGE fan of massively multiplayer games and annotates their all-time favorite multiplayer games using the list below!
Useful User Reviews
- @riostarwind's Cytus II review shares how it has quickly become their most played rhythm game since Elite Beat Agents.
- @swerb reviews how they came around to CrossCode, despite some early misgivings, and ended up loving the game's systems and characters. Read why in their review!
- @guip1408 ended up playing OG Guilty Gear on the PlayStation One. Check out their overall findings on what the game's "true" legacy is on their review!
- @bhlaab got around to playing Project Warlock and shares in their review how it's a "well-considered" FPS game for those looking for a trip down memory lane!
- @yellownumber5's Outer Wilds review discusses how the space-exploration game crafts a compelling sense of mystery without any combat.