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The Community Spotlight 2019.07.28

Still sitting on that screen in Fire Emblem crippled by the choice of what house to join? Well, take a break and check out this week's best from the Giant Bomb community!

I don't have any traditional
I don't have any traditional "clips" this week but I strongly encourage you to check out the Tweet by @anyrentz for a good laugh!

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. The previous week in a lot of ways proved to be eventful by design and chance. As you will see below, a lot has happened the past week. From the dawn of fatherhood to important anniversaries, the staff and community have had a lot to celebrate while trying to survive the sweltering heat. So, without further ado, let's jump into the site related "housekeeping."

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ジャイアントボム - The Animation +

You Are EL DORADO! (By: @jea_rum)

Over on Twitter, jea_rum graced us with not one, but TWO awesome Giant Bomb banners this week. The first envisions the Giant Bomb logo as an anthropomorphic anime logo, and eagle-eyed viewers may be able to find a couple of Dragonball Z characters in the background. The second banner has some fun with what I would call one of Giant Bomb's most underrated videos, "CD-I Don't Know About These Games, Man." Hopefully you enjoy both and don't forget to use the link to show your support of the artist who made these wonderful works.

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God Of Jeff (By: @IdaScarzilla)

With Jeff becoming a father this week, Twitter user IdaScarzilla decided to combine Jeff with everyone's favorite video game dad, Kratos. Hopefully Jeff finds more success in training their child to use a bow and arrow.

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Abby + Margaret (By: @emilyvsart)

Finally, we have Twitter user emilyvsart, and their effort to draw one of their favorite Giant Bomb moments involving Abby.

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Community Activities

Shadowbringers - Giant Bomb Free Company Thread (By: @snakelinksonic)

The excitement surrounding Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is still going strong, so I'm going to include the community activities for the game from last week this week as well. Here's another friendly reminder about Giant Bomb's massive and active free company for the game! Learn how you can join the fun by using the link above!

Tweets Of The Week

Blogs Of The Week

Dark Souls
Dark Souls "replaced" Demon's Souls? Not so fast!

Gaming Memories: Demon's Souls (By: @majormitch)

MajorMitch returns to blogging on Giant Bomb with a sentimental retrospective on Demon's Souls and discusses what makes the game a timeless classic, even in 2019.

You Have Been LIED TO! Hatoful Boyfriend Is The Evangelion Of Video Games You Never Knew You Had! (By: @zombiepie)

In lieu of the 3.0+1.0 trailer and Dan's growing interest in EVA, Giant Bomb moderator ZombiePie uses their latest blog to talk about how Hatoful Boyfriend is secretly the "EVA of video games." Yup, here's a link to a 6,000+ word blog about the game's "Bad Boy Love Ending."

Indie Game of the Week 130: What Remains of Edith Finch +

Hatoful Boyfriend sure does
Hatoful Boyfriend sure does "go places."

Divine Altercation: The Combat of Divinity: Original Sin II (By: @mento)

First, they use their latest "Indie Game of the Week" blog to look at What Remains of Edith Finch and articulates what makes it a "perfect game." Second, are you interested in jumping into Divinity: Original Sin II? Moderator Mento just wrote one of the most comprehensive breakdowns of the game's mechanics! Give it a read and feel empowered to jump into the real thing!

EVO 2019 Games Line up & Preview (August 2nd-4th) (By: @flstyle)

Calling everyone who plans to follow EVO 2019! FLStyle has a preview listing out everything announced for the tournament with time provided! Use one of the links to learn all about EVO 2019!

Why You're (Probably) Never Seeing Jet Set Radio Future Again (By: @pistonhyundai)

PistonHyundai uses their latest blog to talk about Jet Set Radio, and why SEGA is never making a new Jet Set Radio Future ever again even if the market for an "alternate" skating game grows.

Will there ever be a new Jet Set Radio? PistonHyundai sure doesn't think so!
Will there ever be a new Jet Set Radio? PistonHyundai sure doesn't think so!

Rebuild Of ArbitraryWater 1.11: The C Stands For (Computer) Role Playing (By: @arbitrarywater)

Giant Bomb user ArbitraryWater reviews over five years worth of CRPGs to celebrate the ten-anniversary of them blogging on the site! Read all about their experiences with InXile, Obsidian, Larian, and many classic and modern CRPG developers.

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I have to say, I miss some of the features on the original front page.
I have to say, I miss some of the features on the original front page.

Congratulations To The Gerstmanns (By: @beomoose)

I know I included as part of the site housekeeping, but it bears repeating Jeff and his wife conceived a child this week! Wish them the best, and be aware he'll be out on leave for a bit.

Happy 11th Birthday to Giant Bomb! (By: @zombiepie)

As mentioned earlier, Giant Bomb is officially eleven-years-old! Do you remember your first impressions of the site? What are your favorite memories from the past 11 years?

Which Game Has Been The Biggest Bummer For You This Gen? (By: @liquiddragon)

The topic was mentioned during this week's UPF, but what do you consider the "biggest disappointment" of this generation of video games? Use the link to share and discuss your pick!

Who's Your Favorite Reviewer These Days? (By: @liquiddragon)

Do you still follow video game reviewers or editors? Are there any you rely on when making an informed video game purchase? Are reviews an artifact of a bygone era of video game journalism? Join our discussion today!

THRACIA 776 OR BUST! Will the
THRACIA 776 OR BUST! Will the "TRUE" Fire Emblem fans please stand up!

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Discussion Thread (By: @el_tajij)

Fire Emblem: Three Houses has hit store shelves and have you picked a house? Does the game still have the same great Fire Emblem trappings? How is the franchise's anime nonsense at an all-time high?

New Square Enix JRPG Oninaki Now Has An 90 Min Demo Out On Steam, Progress Carries Over (By: @forcen)

Square Enix's Tokyo RPG Factory studio recently released a 90-minute demo for Oninaki! Share your early impressions of what you saw in the demo using the link provided!

What Do You Do When You're Bored With Your Games? (By: @unbelievablepad)

Here's an "intriguing" discussion thread on the forums! When you buy a game and it bores you to tears, how do you react? Will you walk away or finish it out of principle? Do you buy more games or take a break?

There's no denying Thatgamecompany's latest offering is beautiful, but do you enjoy playing it on a phone?
There's no denying Thatgamecompany's latest offering is beautiful, but do you enjoy playing it on a phone?

Tetris Effect ON PC Discussion Thread (By: @jesus_phish)

Have any of you checked out the PC version of Tetris Effect? Has anything been lost in translation in the PC port? Feel free to share your impressions with the Giant Bomb community using the link above!

RIP Geoff 'iNcontroL' Robinson (By: @ben_h)

On a more somber note, here's a link to the Giant Bomb community memorial thread for Geoff 'iNcontroL' Robinson. Whether you enjoyed their active YouTube account, or activities surrounding eSports and StarCraft II, share your favorite memories of the gaming personality.

Sky: Children Of The Light - Thatgamecompany's New Game Out Now On iOS (By: @liquiddragon)

Have any of you checked out Thatgamecompany's latest offering, Sky: Children of Light? Where do you stand on the debate surrounding the flying mechanic? Is it exhilarating fun or endlessly frustrating on a mobile phone?

These new Marvel films will no doubt have some unintended impact on the video game industry.
These new Marvel films will no doubt have some unintended impact on the video game industry.

Marvel Just Announced A Whole Bunch Of Stuff Including A Goddamn Blade Reboot (By: @rorie)

It might not have anything to do with video games at the moment, what are your thoughts about the MANY films and T.V. shows announced for Phase 4 of Marvel's cinematic universe?

Lovable Lists

Where is the Giant Bomb FGC? Are you excited for EVO 2019?
Where is the Giant Bomb FGC? Are you excited for EVO 2019?

Switch: Two Years Down The Drain (By: @zoidberg)

Giant Bomb user Zoidberg uses their latest list to look back on two years of them owning a Switch. Read all about their ups and downs with the platform!

Official EVO 2019 (August 2nd-4th) Line Up (By: @flstyle)

In the "Best of Blogs" you may have seen FLStyle's more comprehensive post covering EVO 2019, but if all you want is a quick rundown of the games set to main the event and when they'll be played, this list is for you.

Useful User Reviews

  • @selphie1999 bought the "Day One Edition" of The Sinking City and shares in their review why they enjoyed the game's Holmes-esque structure but wished there was more "game" to enjoy.
  • @selphie1999 also reviewed Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled and shares why they found it to be an excellent nostalgic trip down memory lane!
  • And finally, @selphie1999 used their review of Judgment to explain how the game being "Yakuza with a twist" was enough to keep them playing.
  • @riostarwind's Timespinner review articulates how the game manages to accomplish everything it sets out to do, but without any attempt at originality.

Wonderful Wikis

Jeff Gerstmann

For the sake of posterity, let's include Jeff's wiki page on this week's Spotlight. Feel free to enjoy the hundreds of one-off jokes that are on the page, which Marino and I have sifted over the years while moderating the wiki. If you have any future wiki page recommendations, feel free to drop a comment.

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Many thanks for including the EVO stuff, I will be watching it all next weekend, I can't wait!

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The RE2 playthrough animation is really awesome.

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Haven't heard from Margaret in some time. I hope she's enjoying the sights!