Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host as we look back at the best creative endeavors from the Giant Bomb community! This week we have a diverse assortment of blogs, lists, reviews, and thread, but more on that latter. If there is one request I could make for all of you it would be to seek out the top blog of the week. After reading my commentary, I think you will all agree it's one of the most heart-warming things this year. Regardless, we have a lot of site-related housekeeping, so, let's jump right into it!
- Two new Giant Bomb shirts will soon be available to pre-order! If you want a hint of one of the two designs, it's jea_rum's Alex Navarro's Junji Ito design from a while back. The second shirt is still a mystery and will likely be announced when pre-ordering becomes available.
- Speaking of Giant Bomb merchandise, the Giant Bomb skateboard decks are shipping RIGHT NOW! If you pre-ordered a skateboard deck, you should expect to see it soon, and if not, feel free to contact Rorie on Twitter (@frailgesture).
- For those who missed out on the skateboard decks the first time around, there should be a second opportunity to buy one coming soon!
- Last week, I noted the engineering staff trying to locate the source of the freezing and skipping issues for Apple TV users during live streams. The update this week is Will and the engineer working on iOS did a test stream last week to try and figure this out. Expect more updates soon!
- If any of you are running into issues using the site's Embiggen mode, please file a bug report with your screen resolution using this link! Be aware, the issue is being worked on.
- Jan turned 28 last week. Use the link to wish him a belated "Happy Birthday" on Twitter.
Giant Bomb Galleria
jea_rum is back and this time as strong as ever! Check out the two pieces of artwork they have made and don't forget to support artists however you can.
Tweets Of The Week
What is going on with the frame rate in this motherfucking video game?— Giant Bomb Out of Context (@giantbomb_ooc) October 8, 2019
- Jeff Gerstmann, 2014
Giant Bomb Community Activities
Giant Bomb's personal Extra Life 2019 page has raised $8,450! The Giant Bomb team has raised over $19,000 and currently features ! Donate and/or join the fun using the links above!
Some major changes are coming to clans in Destiny 2 with the release of the Shadowkeep update. Read what those changes include, and debate how you feel about them on our community Destiny 2 Clans and Grouping Utilities thread!
Clip Of The Week
Who doesn't like the soundtrack from DOOM? Well, Giant Bomb user Hamst3r made a couple of DOOM music remixes that are definitely worth a listen! The two remixes they made this week combine surf rock with DOOM's throbbing death metal.
Best Of Blogs
Alright, so this is going to require a bit of storytelling on my part. About three years ago a Giant Bomb user by the name of Gyratyne accepted a job designing NPCs for Indivisible. They created a thread on the site when they got the job soliciting suggestions on possible Giant Bomb staff cameos. With the release of the game this week, it appears the character design proposed by the community for Vinny made the cut and you can encounter a character named "Vebaum Karravelli" in the final version of the game.
WillHeroX recently gave Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs a shot and details why they consider the original Pokémon Ranger one of the best Pokémon off-shoots out there.
Humanity finally got around to playing Devil May Cry 5 and uses their latest blog to extrapolate why they don't buy into the hype surrounding the game. Give it a read and discover why the game didn't "click" with them.
First, Mento admits to being a "lapse" Kingdom Hearts fan and uses their latest blog to share how they got themselves up to date with the franchise before jumping into Kingdom Hearts III! Second, Oknytt for their latest "Indie Game of the Week" blog! Give it a read, and I promise this one doesn't have too many puns, and discover why they enjoyed the cute little adventure game! Finally, Mento reviews everything they played and watched the month prior.
Moderator Gamer_152 continues their retrospective on Titanfall 2 and how it is always providing players another tactical option and constantly shifting the gears of play. This week, they explore the design that makes it great.
Join The Discussions
The issue of reviews always seems to whip up the Giant Bomb community into a frenzy. However, with the site's recent review format change winding down, what are your impressions of where reviews on the site go from here?
What is your preferred listening method for Giant Bomb's Film and 40's feature? Do you treat it like a podcast or do you watch the movie along with the staffers?
With the end of the year drawing nigh, which game or games are your 2019 GOTY front-runners? Common Giant Bomb community picks include Sekiro, Fire Emblem, and Control.
Star Citizen Alpha 3.7 has launched, and if you want to discuss the additions and improvements with Giant Bomb users, here's the link to our community discussion thread!
Recently, Google Stadia's VP of engineering has made promises about the Stadia's use of "negative latency" will rectify any possible issues with lag. Do you buy this promise?
Do any of you prefer the top-down Legend of Zelda games to the open-world or 3D games? Which top-down Zelda games do you enjoy the most? Which handheld do you think had the "best" traditional Zelda game?
With the announcement of the PlayStation 5, which games do you think will launch with the new console as well as the next Xbox console? Share your predictions using the link above!
What is everyone's reaction to the Washington Post's new e-sports website, Launcher? Do any of you plan to use the site to follow e-sports and major gaming events?
Here's a fun, off-topic forum topic worth taking part in! Do you still use a phone case in the year of our lord, 2019? If you do, what material is your case made of? What style of kickstand, if any, does it feature?
Do you have any reactions to the recent controversy surrounding Blizzard and China? What do you make of Blizzard's statement after the fact? Which side of the issue do you err towards?
What is YOUR reaction to the recently announced delay of Doom Eternal? The majority of Giant Bomb users are saying they would rather wait and have the game be better, but what do you think?
Shenmue III is out in about ONE MONTH! Are there any Giant Bomb users out there who are waiting to play the game with bated breath? Use the link below to join our community "anticipation" thread.
soupbones spent some time talking to their 11-year-old son and asked them to make a list of their all-time favorite video games. Here's what they ended up making!