Hello and welcome to another spooky edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! Once again, I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host this week as we look back on the best creative offerings from the Giant Bomb Community. It was a real interesting week this week. The Halloween theming continues with a new take on the Giant Bomb logo which you can learn more about down in the Galleria section of this Spotlight. Additionally, Giant Bomb's Extra Life effort continues stronger than ever! The team has gained even more team members at the total money raised continues to grow! However, with that out of the way, let's jump into the housekeeping!
- If you missed the pre-order for the Giant Bomb Skateboard Deck, a new batch is available in the store to purchase right now!
- Dan Auer recently took to Twitter to talk about some of the recent stresses they have experienced related working alongside Giant Bomb. Please, check out their Twitter thread and send them your best wishes and thanks for their hard work.
- Be careful about using side-aligned images! The formatting is wonky, especially if you attempt to add a caption to the image! That's why there are no side-aligned images on this edition of the Spotlight!
- Finally, don't forget about the two new shirts available to pre-order in the Giant Bomb Emporium!First we have the Giant Bomb Halloween 2019 T-Shirt design, and then the Giant Bomb Abby T-Shirt design! Pre-orders will close on October 31st, and the shirts should ship on November 14th.
Giant Bomb Galleria
Giant Bomb/GameSpot design lead, Dan Auer, as tried their hand at making a "spooky" version of the Giant Bomb logo. Additionally, they have taken up the monumental task of designing a new Quick Look logo. Check them both out and feel free to use either of the above links to thank Dan for his hard work!
Over on Twitter, pancho4077 joined the "Inktober" movement and had one of their sketches be a humorous take on Ben and Jan's cooking show.
As they say, old habits die hard. After getting a designed approved as an official T-Shirt design, jea_rum continues their Giant Bomb x Junji Ito series with a crossover between the legendary mangaka and Dave Lang.
Tweets Of The Week
i think a lot about how good so much of the "concepts" section of the giant bomb wiki is pic.twitter.com/0NXwM0grvX— radiolesbian fluid (@Faux_Wren) October 18, 2019
Giant Bomb are gracefully allowing me to me crash their Extra Life marathon again this year so I’m throwing caution to the wind and doing an endurance run.— danny (@dannyodwyer) October 19, 2019
24 hours of Simulation Racing
Wheel, Pedals & Cockpit
A Full F1 Season (50% distance)
See you there race fans! (date TBA) pic.twitter.com/biM1YNG6KP
Clips Of The Week
Alright, so this might be one of the coolest news items this week that not a lot of people realized. There are now two OFFICIAL podcast clip accounts on YouTube. One for the Bombcast, and the other for the Beastcast. If you are looking to just enjoy a specific moment from a podcast, then feel free to subscribe to either account.
Giant Bomb's community Warframe clan recently attempted the Zealoid Prelate Assassination mission during Nightwave season 2! Above you will find a link to the clan and below there's a video archive of the clan's fun time!
Best Of Blogs
MooseyMcMan recently got around to playing Control and uses their latest blog to discuss why they think the game has some of the best tone and atmosphere they have seen in a while.
First, Mento's retrospective on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive continues! This week they look at the games that released on the console during Autumn of 1991, and there are some heavy hitters! Finally, Mento continues their "Indie Game of the Week" with a look at the colorful platformer, Hue! Read why they consider its game design "elegant professionalism!"
nateandrews decided to go back and play the original Bioshock and write a blog about it. Here's a link to their post and find out why they think it's a masterclass in storytelling, level design, and gameplay.
Calling all Destiny 2 players! Our community General Information and Leveling Guide has been updated in lieu of the Shadowkeep DLC. Give it a read and learn how to become an expert at the game!
Join The Discussion
Disco Elysium seems to be a big talking point on the Giant Bomb forums and you can join the zeitgeist by clicking the link above and sharing your impressions of the game on our community discussion thread. Is the story-driven role-playing game worth the hype?
Humble Bundle is rebranding Humble Monthly and some subscribers seem to be upset. As it stands, the games you get from the service are no longer hidden, but the consequence is the service is more expensive. Feel free to share where you stand regarding the change!
A trailer for the PC port of Red Dead Redemption II recently hit the internet, and many users cannot stop talking about it! Feel free to join the internet scuttlebutt about the trailer by using the link above!
We currently have a community debate going on regarding Indivisible's platforming and if it adds or takes away from the game. If you love or hate the way the platforming controls, use the link to join the discussion!
This topic always seems to pop up when we get closer to the GOTY season. Nonetheless, it's still worth talking about because it seems like a handful of games get forgotten because people forget to play them to completion. So, which games do you think are the most critical to complete before settling on a GOTY list?
Here's an interesting debate on the forums: Should modern-era Boss Rushes have checkpoints? Is forcing the player to start a boss rush from the beginning, following a death, a design choice from a bygone era?
Here's an interesting poll that might hit home the changing landscape of video game journalism. Do you keep up with games before their release? How often do big games release and you didn't even know about it?
What is the most extreme length you have gone to in order to play a video game? How long did you travel or how much did you pay? Feel free to share your stories, but, as you can see to the right, Giant Bomb user berfunkle might have everyone beat!
Have any of you checked out Concrete Genie, the VR action/adventure game developed by Pixelopus for PS4? If so, feel free to share your impressions of the game with the rest of the community!
What's your favorite overpowered ability, gear, item, weapon, unit, etc.? Current community picks include the pistol in Halo: CE, the Calculator class in FF Tactics, and Half-Life 2's gravity gun.
Do you consider watching a Let's Play or online play-through of a game the same as beating it? If you are going to argue "no" then why is it so common to watch a Let's Play series and then never play the game from the series?
Giant Bomb user AndySoryu is trying to create a complete list of "games that use a 'gibberish' language." Give it a read and see if you can think of any games they may have missed!
Alfred_Vincent_Svent made a list of games they most want to see get the HD Remaster treatment. Give their list a read and think about making one of your own. Admittedly, their #1 pick might prove controversial.
Useful User Reviews
- @mrgarcia uses their review of Mother Russia Bleeds to share why they ended up enjoying the game despite its messy gameplay and overly violent nature.
- @mrgarcia also gave John Wick Hex a shot and shares their "mixed" opinions on why they think the game struggles to deliver on the silky-smooth action from the movies!