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The Community Spotlight 2019.06.15

Congratulations on surviving the twelfth round of Giant Bomb vs The Electronic Three. Now that weird blond guy can hopefully get some sleep.

As they say, not all heroes wear capes. (Wallpaper provided by Giant Bomb user kone)
As they say, not all heroes wear capes. (Wallpaper provided by Giant Bomb user kone)

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight, and I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host this week! Well everyone, we did it. We survived E3 2019! Despite my reservations, the site and chat held up well enough and things went relatively smooth throughout the event's many conferences. Likewise, Giant Bomb's yearly slew of vlogs and Nite Shows were a continual source of hilarity and joy. Finally, I want to thank the community members and users who were able to conduct themselves in a kind and respectful manner as we rotated through a diverse assortment of guests and speakers. So, with that out of the way, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping.

  • First, let's give a big round of applause for the Giant Bomb editors, engineers, programmers, designers, and moderators who made E3 2019 work as smoothly as it did this year! Many thanks to everyone for the countless laughs and memories, and here's to next year!
  • As per the announcement of a new Blair Witch, I just thought to give y'all a friendly reminder Patrick's Spookin' With Scoops video series for Blair Witch, Volume I: Rustin Parr is criminally underrated Giant Bomb video content

Important Links About E3 2019

I'm just going to go ahead and say the
I'm just going to go ahead and say the "best" parts of E3 2019 had nothing to do with video games.

E3 2019 Trailers (By: @marino)

Moderator Marino, and the sole member of Giant Bomb "South," uploaded 212 E3 2019 trailers to the site! As he put it, "From Star Wars to catgirl pinball. From Cyberpunk to naked men throwing soup. It's all here!"

The Official XBOX / NINTENDO / SQUARE ENIX / EA PLAY / UBISOFT / BETHESDA Thread (By: @marino)

Here are the links to each of our discussion threads related to the "major" E3 2019 press conferences. If you missed them, or are getting around to the conference late, join our discussions to share your thoughts about who "won" E3 2019!

And then there was this adorable dog.
And then there was this adorable dog.

The 11th Annual E3 Banner Contest (By: @marino)

The 11th annual E3 banner contest is locked and closed, but that doesn't mean you can't go back and enjoy the wonderful works of art the community created for the contest! Also, here is a gallery of the winning banners for each of our "official" press conference discussion threads.

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Winning animated banners (Xbox, Bethesda, Ubisoft, and Square-Enix)
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Winning non-animated banners (Nintendo & EA)

Giant Bomb Galleria

Marvel's Giant Bomb & Brad Goomaker (By: @kone)

kone turned their AWESOME animated banner for our Square-Enix E3 discussion thread into an AMAZING Giant Bomb themed wallpaper! Look at those pecs on Brad! Additionally, they crossed Gooigi with Brad Shoemaker, and the end result is simply horrifying!

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Giant Bomb E3 Portraits (By: @morehandclaps)

After enjoying Giant Bomb's coverage of E3 2019 a great deal, morehandclaps decided to draw some amazing portraits for Jan and Alex!

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Tweets Of The Week

Best Of Blogs

Many thanks to Marino for crowning a
Many thanks to Marino for crowning a "King of E3 2019."

Data Dump: Who Won E3 2019? (By: @marino)

Marino furthers his status as Giant Bomb's unofficial statistician by crunching the numbers for each of the major E3 2019 press conferences to declare who "won" E3 2019 according to the Giant Bomb Community! Give his blog a read and be amazed by his charts and graphs.

E3 2019: Nintendo / Ubisoft / Bethesda / Microsoft / EA Play (By: @gamer_152)

Are you excited about our streaming future?
Are you excited about our streaming future?

As was the case with previous years, moderator Gamer_152 wrote a blog for every major E3 2019 press conference they watched. Read what impressed and disappointed them about each conference, and what they thought were the recurring themes of the event's heavy-hitters.

Mento's Alternative to E3 2019: My Passing Interest in Falcom-ry (By: @mento)

There's an odd amount of syzygy with the community this week about the Ys franchise. We have TWO users talking about the franchise!
There's an odd amount of syzygy with the community this week about the Ys franchise. We have TWO users talking about the franchise!

To commemorate E3 2019 Giant Bomb moderator Mento celebrated the event with a retrospective on the forgotten RPG developer, Nihon Falcom Corp.! This episode they examine the developer's less remembered games!

E3 2019: Nonspecific Corporation Won Videogame Fan Show! (By: @bonbolapti)

bonbolapti provides an incredibly humorous exhibition of their major takeaways from the E3 2019 press conferences! Read what they thought were the good, bad, and ugly moments of E3 2019!

Hidden Eastereggs in Ys: Memories of Celceta (By: @ltsquigs)

Friend of the site, LtSquigs uses their latest blog to review the many Easter eggs and cultural references you may have missed in Ys: Memories of Celceta! Give it a read to find out what the game's "secret" language was trying to tell you all along!

What does someone think of Donkey Kong Country as they play it for the first time in 2019?
What does someone think of Donkey Kong Country as they play it for the first time in 2019?

A Thirteen-Year-Old's Venture into Retro Gaming Part 2: Donkey Kong Country (By: @barthvader25)

Giant Bomb user barthvader25 only recently got into the hobby of video games! This week they talk about their first impressions of Donkey Kong Country in the year 2019!

Join The Discussion

There's a lot to talk about when it comes to E3 2019, so, HAVE AT IT!
There's a lot to talk about when it comes to E3 2019, so, HAVE AT IT!

Are Announcement Leaks Spoilers for You? (By: @deckard)

E3 2019 was plagued by an almost unprecedented number of leaks. Vote and discuss if you think leaks qualify as "spoilers" for those who want to appreicate conferences as they are meant to be consumed.

What Were The "Best" E3 2019 Gameplay Demos? (By: @flatblack)

E3 109 may be over, but that doesn't mean we need to stop talking about it! Here's a link to our community discussion over which game had the "best" public demo featuring real gameplay!

Weird E3 And A Weird Industry (By: @monkeyking1969)

There was a lot of talk about E3 2019 feeling "off," so, here's an interesting thread from the forums debating is E3 2019 can be called "weird" and why that moniker might fit the event.

The vast majority of Marino's trailer decks nailed it this year, and this is one of them!
The vast majority of Marino's trailer decks nailed it this year, and this is one of them!

Do You Have A Data Cap? (By: @nasher27)

Inspired by the slew of gaming streaming services, join our discussion in indicating what your data cap stands at. If you don't have one, who is your service provider and how much are you paying for unlimited data?

Gaming Subscription Services: The Stealth Revolution? (By: @gundato)

Speaking of debates related to our all-digital future, do YOU think the impacts of the "streaming revolution" are all positive? Does the technology risk of rendering thousands of jobs obsolete? Will it make the digital class divide worse?

No Man's Sky Subreddit Buys Thank You Billboard (By: @finaldasa)

What is your reaction to the community funded billboard thanking Hello Games for their hard work on No Man's Sky? Do you think other gaming communities should follow suit?

Fun fact, Dan was on the front page of Cnet during its coverage of E3 2019.
Fun fact, Dan was on the front page of Cnet during its coverage of E3 2019.

A Bunch Of New Backward Compatible Games On The Xbox One And Enhanced On X (By: @ntm)

What are your thoughts about the latest and last batch of games coming out for Xbox One Backwards Compatibility? Is it a strong list? Are you disappointed the program is coming to an end?

Jedi: Fallen Order Gameplay Reveal (By: @nasher27)

Now that we know more about the game, what are your early impressions and takeaways about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order? Are you impressed or disappointed by its E3 showings?

Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind DLC out in the Winter (By: @tepidshark)

Calling all Kingdom Hearts fans! What do you make of the Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind DLC? Did the DLC's earlier teaser trailer make any sense to you? Join our community discussion using the link above?

Lovable Lists

Just going to post this here for no reason in particular.
Just going to post this here for no reason in particular.

My Ranking Of The E3 2019 Conferences (By: @guip1408)

guip1408 "ranked" the major E3 2019 press conferences from best to worst. Give their list a look and think about making your own when you can!

E3 2019 Most Anticipated (By: @elyk247)

Elyk247 annotates the games they most want to play following their demos and presentations at E3 2019! Give their list a review and think about which games would top your own list!

Useful User Reviews

Whether its about space exploration or fighting in a tournament, check out the diverse assortment of reviews we have this week.
Whether its about space exploration or fighting in a tournament, check out the diverse assortment of reviews we have this week.
  • @bhlaab continues their retro gaming reviews with an assessment of Total Overdose! Give their review a read to learn why they think it is a perfect example of everything right and wrong with "b-games" of the past.
  • @humanity's Outer Wilds review extrapolates why it took them some time to finally wrap their mind around the game, but when they did they fell in love with it!
  • @nateandrews uses their review of Vampyr to talk about how it crafts an endlessly memorable experience despite the game's unflinchingly grim tone.
  • @guip1408 was feeling nostalgic this week and decided to play the very first Dead or Alive game. Give their review a read to see if they think the game has aged like wine or milk!

Wonderful Wikis

This. Is. The. Best. PS1. Final. Fantasy. Game.
This. Is. The. Best. PS1. Final. Fantasy. Game.

Final Fantasy VIII

With everyone excited about the upcoming remaster of the best PlayStation One Final Fantasy game, here's a friendly reminder that our wiki page for Final Fantasy VIII is one of the best pages in the database!

(Editor's Note: He's right. -Marino)

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That Thor looks way more like Drew than Alex.

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Isn't it Drew?

Which is a weird inclusion in this picture, honestly.

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"Forgotten RPG developer" puts one more in the mind of like, Microcabin or some such.

Falcom still lives!

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That's absolutely Drew as Thor. I have long thought he looked like a mini-Hemsworth in his final years with GB.

Excellent banner and other artwork, as well as them stats!

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Jeff Gerstmann? Horse*.

* watch Spookin' With Scoops Blair Witch, y'all

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Hey, thanks for the feature. Glad people enjoy my dumb stuff. Here's hoping I get inspired to make more dumb stuff soon.

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Having Drew on there is not right. He's not a current staff member and shouldn't be in the same pic as Abby and Ben.

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Thanks again for picking my banner! Being able to immediately correct my typos in the chat for a little while was the greatest gift of all.

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So, Dan is totally Loki, right?

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Drew looks a lot like the thorman therefore he is a good pick for that pic. I honestly think its a perfect, hilarious fit. Also he's currently constantly travelling between different realms.

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Giant Bomb and pro-wrestling: the peanut butter and chocolate of the internet.

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Why is the GiantBomb/Avengers so accurate lol