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 as we look at the best creative offerings from the Giant Bomb community from previous week! With the weather dramatically warming around the world, it's always good to come together and appreciate each other. This week we sure do have an assortment of different works of community creativity through several different mediums. My big takeaway this week is that everyone LOVES Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers! Our Free company for the game is not just active, but it was well represented on the forums when the game came out. If you have even the slightest bit of interest for the game check out of "Community Activities" section! With that in mind, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping!
- Attention Super Mario Makers - do you want to have your level featured on a new Giant Bomb show AND have a chance at winning some free GB Premium? If so, CLICK THIS LINK RIGHT NOW!!!
- Director of Engineering, Will responded to some user request to improve the site API. They will be adding the player type to the API shortly!
- The UPF Giveaway this week is all about "CLASSIC" Giant Bomb and Whiskey Media t-shirts! Use the link below to have a chance at getting these AWESOME out-of-print shirts!
Giant Bomb Galleria
Big ups to Giant Bomb user monkeyman04 taking Brad's recent Bombcast discussions about Dr. Mario World and making this AMAZING work of photoshopped art!
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers got a ton of positive buzz this week, so, here's another friendly reminder about Giant Bomb's massive and active free company for the game! Learn how you can join the fun!
There's been a lot of talk from the staff about Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, and you should know our community company for the game wants more of you to join! As a start, here's a link to our friend code referral thread! If you are looking for a code, or have one to share, this is the link for you!
Clips Of The Week
Seems like people are already join the rebooted VinnyVania. To illustrate, over on Twitter, @drew_type made a hilarious video highlighting their favorite moment from the series' debut.
Tweets Of The Week
Say Hello to the Giant Bomb Heavy INC Vacuum Bots. They are our new Clan Dojo cleaning crew!— Rapid Chronicles (@RapidChronicles) July 19, 2019
Unfortunately Day 1 we had some trouble navigating the dojo's geometry... pic.twitter.com/5f0Ojex6BA
.@jeffgerstmann @giantbomb @PackBenPack @ybbaaabby @alex_navarro— kate // abolish & prosecute ICE (@rose_emoji_deux) July 16, 2019
my husband @EliteMeatAgent has lost like 125 pounds. today I took one of his fave old shirts (a 4XL!) and tailored it down to a L/XL so he can keep repping @giantbeastcast with pride! 🙏💙💣😎 pic.twitter.com/svvNmmNoj3
Best Of Blogs
Director of engineering, Will Carle, wrote about tabs crashing in both FireFox and Chrome especially on PC, on Giant Bomb. Read how they are working on the issue and how YOU can help their investigation!
I mentioned Final Fantasy XIV earlier, but our community guild is also working on a newcomer-friendly FAQ! If you want to help, or ask a question, use the link above!
This originally started out as a forum post, but in between two comments Giant Bomb user BenBelle ended up writing a real interesting and impassioned plea for Giant bomb East to check out Hideo Kojima's non-MGS adventure games. Even if you disagree, check it out and share how you feel.
First, Mento is back and this time with a new episode of their "Indie Game of the Week" series! This episode shares their impressions and experiences with the open-world adventure game. Second, they return to the wonderful world of Warframe and this week talks about exploring Europa as well as the game's "The New Strange" quest!
Join The Discussion
Do you have any reactions to the recent announcements about Google Stadia Pro? How do you feel about the service giving owners "roughly" one free game a month? Is the platform worth the investment?
What are some gameplay mechanics or tropes that always manage to suck you into a game? Is it collecting items? Or how about crafting equipment? Or what about reading in-game books?
108 games are launching with Uplay+! Check out which games those are, and join our friendly community discussion over whether or not the service is worth the money!
The title here really says it all. Have you ever just given up on a game before completing it? When's the last time you said "nah" to a game after playing it for an hour or two?
Here's another fun topic on the Giant Bomb forums! What are games with art styles that lend themselves to "relaxing" experiences or gameplay? Share and discuss your picks using the link above!
Plants Vs. Zombies 3 was announced by EA! What are you hoping for the franchise's third entry? Have you given the pre-alpha on Google Play a try? If you have, how does what you played compare to Plants vs. Zombies or Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time?
With a new VinnyVania for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night in full-swing, what do you consider the game's "default" difficulty? Some members of the Giant Bomb think its the game's harder difficulty setting, but what do you think?
Doom: Annihilation, a movie adaptation of Doom, was announced and has an October 1st release date. Are you excited? Is there any chance it is worse than the last Doom movie?
Warhammer 40K is coming to television! Are you excited? What are you hoping for in the show? Will you give the show a chance when it comes out? Does it have any chance to succeed as every video game franchise with lore is picked for a television series?
Have any of you seen the trailer for Netflix's Witcher TV series? If you have, here's a link to the Giant Bomb community discussion thread about it! Are you as up in arms about Geralt only carrying one sword as some people on the internet seem to be?
Calling all association football fans! What do you make of the recent announcement of Juventus being exclusive to eFootball PES 2020? Is this a blow to FIFA 20? Can we all agree "eFootball PES 2020" is a horrible title?
The term "movielike" gets thrown around a lot when discussing video games, but which games do you think best emulate the grandiose scale of summer blockbusters? Use the link above to join our discussion!
Splitterguy decided to have some fun and rank every console they have owned from best to worst based on their exclusives alone.
For OdysseyRPG's personal rankings of their favorite JRPGs, they limited themselves to just one game per franchise. Give their list a look and see if you can think about which games would top your list!
Useful User Reviews
- @guip1408 went back to Wolfenstein: The Old Blood as most people continue to get excited about Youngblood. Read why they enjoyed the loose recreation of Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
I want to thank Giant Bomb user @takashichea for sending a Wonderful Wiki request on Twitter. They reminded me of our awesome page for Alex Mercer, but the more important point is I'm taking community suggestions for the Wonderful Wiki section of the Spotlight! If you know of any AWESOME wiki pages on the site, both new and old, I'll happily put them on the next Spotlight! Self-promotion is encouraged!
11 years of only the most articulate debates and gentlemanly profanity.