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! Well, I hate to break it to everyone, but I strongly suspect we have officially hit the "Summer Game Drought!" With prominent new releases coming out at a trickle, it's almost fitting Steam's Summer Sale launched this week. Speaking of which, hopefully Steam's Summer Sale didn't break your wallet as it is apt to do. Regardless, we only have a couple of housekeeping items this week, so, let's jump right into them!
- Mr. Rorie is hosting another UPF Giveaway! This time, you can win a couple of autographed memorabilia signed by Giant Bomb staff and the official novelization of the Catwoman movie!
- The engineer team fixed a year-old bug where Twitch clips automatically played on Giant Bomb. Feel free to include Twitch clips or videos in your forum posts again!
Giant Bomb Galleria
Wow, what can I can say about this drawing from Twitter user maotsethong? Foremost, it does an incredible job of conveying the emotions and general feel of each of the member of Giant Bomb East! As always, don't forget to use the links in the Spotlight to show your support of artists however you can!
I think I speak for everyone when I say this week's episode of "Crime Crew" is a work of art! It's a nightmarish and messy work of art, but art nonetheless. As such, I'm glad jearum made a banner for Crime Crew that fits the style of the series perfectly.
And yet again, Twitter DELIVERED some amazing drawings this week! This doodle by Twitter user andyrentz attempts to match each member of Giant Bomb East with a "personality type" as if they are a character from Inside Out.
Have you made any levels in Super Mario Maker 2 you'd like for other Giant Bomb users to test or play? Here's a link to our OFFICIAL community level sharing thread!
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! You may recall earlier in the month Giant Bomb's Woodworking Club started a community project to build birdhouses. Well, user RalphMoustaccio made one and a real bird is living in it! If you didn't join the effort this month, don't worry, feel free to read over for tips when you have the time!
Calling all Harry Potter: Wizards Unite players! If you need friend, here's a link to our Giant Bomb community friends code sharing thread so you aren't alone in the wizarding world of Harry Potter!
Clips Of The Week
We've all heard of The A-Team, so, user reaveybeach decided to make a trailer for the Crime Crew starring Vinny, Abby, Dan, and Alex as "The B-Team!
Are you in dire need of a good laugh? Then, I strongly recommend you watch this animated clip of Dan asking Alex, Jeff Bakalar, and Austin a question about the origin of life.
If you enjoyed jearum's Giant Bomb Luchadeer x Broly drawing from last week, here's an AWESOME timelapse video of them making the drawing!
Tweets Of The Week
I'm excited for the new Mario Maker because this means we're going to get more "@patrickklepek In Hell" moments, courtesy of @DanRyckert— Ar!o!, Plastiq Combatánt (@manilaburning) June 28, 2019
(wonderful editing of these clips by @HeyDerekStone, full compilation here: https://t.co/kRboFCiERG) pic.twitter.com/Zi5lTweUnZ
Best Of Blogs
At the behest of several of their friends, Giant Bomb user barthvader25 finally got around to playing Persona 3 FES. Check out their latest blog to read all about their impressions of the game.
Mento's quest to watch every single E3 2019 trailer uploaded to Giant Bomb continues! Get another update on how this fool's errand of a trailer-based series is impacting their mental fortitude. Next, if you enjoyed the games featured in this year's Summer Games Done Quick, then you should give Mento's latest Wiki Project blog a read! Finally, the latest entry of their "Indie Game of the Week" blog looks at Golf Story
danielkempster returns to blogging on Giant Bomb and uses their latest post to detail why they have left Microsoft's console ecosystem after eleven years of support.
Join The Discussion
Attention Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night players! What are your favorite shards in the game? Have you found any "game breaking" combos? Use the link below to join our conversation!
Where are all of my Hitman 2 fans at right now? What are your impressions of the new Bank map set in New York? Are you enjoying the level's smaller scale, or do you wish it was a more traditional Hitman map?
This community discussion thread and poll doesn't beat around the bush: Are you ready for next-gen consoles? Judging by the poll results thus far, our community seems pretty evenly split, so join the conversation NOW!
Calling everyone who finished or are playing Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda! How do you "gauge" the game's accessibility to people who have never played Crypt of the NecroDancer?
Is the internet scuttlebutt surrounding Death Stranding "genuine?" Do you think Kojima is going to use the game to convey a deep and compelling story? Share your thoughts using the link below!
Star Wars fans rejoice! A new half-hour gameplay clip for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has gone up on YouTube! Give it a watch, and join our conversation, about it using the link above!
Watch out comic book fans, there's a new MCU on the block: the Myst Cinematic Universe! Read all about the early details about the Myst movie adaptation and share your thoughts.
Speaking of live-action adaptations of video games, it sounds like they are making a live-action television adaptation of Final Fantasy XIV! Are you excited? Do you think the show will get past the production stage?
Have any of you picked up The Sinking City from the developer Frogwares? Are any of you in the mood for another Lovecraftian game? A lot of people are complaining about the "janky" controls, but how do YOU feel?
User Sombre is in need of video game recommendations for a 7-year-old that primarily plays games on the PS4! Help them out with appropriate example using the link above!
jessemb27 imagined a hypothetical "Sega All-Stars" fighting game and whipped up a list of characters they think should be in it! Give it a read and see if you can think of any characters they forgot!
Useful User Reviews
- @yyninja's Wargroove review shares how the game being an "Advanced War clone" shouldn't be held against it.
- @guip1408 spent a significant amount of time this month playing Tom Clancy's The Division 2. Check out their review to find out why they strongly recommend it!
- @kierkegaard's review of Marvel's Spider-Man discusses why the game's problematic depiction of crime, policing, and justice hampered their enjoyment.
- @vert_vermillion finally got around to playing Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth and shares their tempered disappointment in their review.
Wiki Of The Week
The game was recently delisted from Steam, but if you didn't know anything about Matt Rorie's Alpha Protocol you should check out our MASSIVE wiki page for the game! Learn all about the game's mechanics and story!