*promo image by @fobwashed
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 offerings from the Giant Bomb community! And we are officially in the midst of GOTY content production! For those who may have noticed, there were not a ton of Giant Bomb streams or Quick Looks this week. The reason is pretty simple. The staff have been busy recording and producing 2019's GOTY #content. As such, please be patient as the staff work on providing you hours upon hours of hilarity and joy. With that slight disclaimer out of the way, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping!
- As many of you already know, a new site update launched last week. This update changed items to be centered on the desktop instead of flowing with the size of the viewport.
- Have you enjoyed Rorie's "surprise" live-streams featuring Magic: The Gathering Arena, Spelunky, and Phoenix Point? Well, here's a link to a thread with the archives in case you missed or want to watch them again.
- Some users have reported unaffordable prices when trying to ship Giant Bomb merchandise overseas. If that applies to you, Rorie is soliciting input and advice on how to best rectify the issue.
- If you are a mobile or iOS user having issues pressing and selecting the navigation features on Giant Bomb after the site update, don't worry, a fix is UNDERWAY!
Giant Bomb Galleria
Not everyone enjoys heavy metal, but I think EVERYONE can enjoy this heavy metal inspired design from Hamst3r imagining Giant Bomb as a metal band!
Giant Bomb and GameSpot design lead, Dan Auer, whipped up another batch of doodles related to the Giant Bomb staff I hope you all can enjoy.
Earlier in the week, Rorie posted a funny image of Vinny and Alex on the Giant Bomb Twitter account. Predictably, a handful of Giant Bomb users photoshopped the image within minutes and here are a few for you to enjoy!
IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN! Giant Bomb users everywhere are donning Santa hats to their avatars and if you need help photoshopping one to yours, here's a link to our "Official Santa Hat Extravaganza!"
Tweets Of The Week
The @giantbomb Extra Life team has surpassed $1.5 million USD raised #ForTheKids! Thanks for the nearly decade-long support of Extra Life and the kids treated at @CMNHospitals. 🥳 https://t.co/PboX2uEo9S pic.twitter.com/QUUNg8ci3j— Extra Life (@ExtraLife4Kids) December 5, 2019
Best Of Blogs
Giant Bomb user Nodima uses their latest blog to examine the games the prefer playing on harder difficulties and the games they outright refuse to play above "normal." Se where their gaming difficulty tolerance stands, and feel free to share your two cents' worth!
MajorMitch has a lot of fond memories playing Super Mario Galaxy and uses their latest blog to look back at the game. If you are in the same boat, use the link to share your personal memories of the game.
bonbolapti decided to try out THREE phone/mobile games based on Nintendo properties or produced by the legendary company. See which ones they loved and hated using the link above!
MooseyMcMan shares their full impressions of Death Stranding, first its gameplay and mechanics and second its story and ending. Be warned, their second blog is a highly SPOILER-filled blog post about the game's narrative! If you want to join a spoiler-related discussion about the game, then that is the blog for you!
Moderator Mento is trying to tackle a bunch of games from 2019 before the deluge of GOTY discussions!First, they share if Baba is You has any hope of cracking their end of the year list! Second, Mento put Paul Helman & Sean Scaplehorn's Horace under the microscope! Is it worthy of being on their 2019 GOTY list? Use the link to find out! Finally, they played the colorful platformer, Pikuniku to see if it really is everything people say it is.
We still have some time before 2019 officially ends, but Giant Bomb user JasonR86 does not anticipate any of the games set to release between now and January to wow them as much as the games on their 2019 GOTY blog. Give it a read and discover which games they enjoyed the most this year!
Friend of the site, LtSquigs, went ahead and used their five favorite games from 2019 to detail why the year was a far stronger year for games than most are giving it credit for!
Join The Discussion
A LOT of Giant Bomb users have said they are having issues with the PC port of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Some continue to experience inconsistent matchmaking and others have found the music and audio "off." If that includes you, feel free to join this thread and report your issues.
Here's a fun discussion thread on the Giant Bomb forums! Can you think of any "modern" games with programmable AI or movement? Can you think of a video game on par mechanically with the board game RoboRally?
Which games do you think had the "best" boss fights? Are there specific encounters or battles that spring to mind? Share and discuss your picks using the link above!
What do you make of In the Valley of Gods being "put on hold?" Do you think this is the end, or does the game have any hope later down the line? Were you excited to play it when it was first announced?
The Game Awards are this week and that usually means new game reveals! What games do YOU think will be announced at the 2019 Game Awards? Current top suggestions include Batman, Metroid Prime 4, and Bluepoint's Demon's Souls remake.
It turns out there's going to be a new RTS based on the Starship Troopers franchise. Are any of you excited? Regardless, share your hopes and/or concerns about the game with the rest of the community.
Giant Bomb has always had an active Mario Maker community. If that includes you, what is YOUR REACTION to the new update for Super Mario Maker 2? Can you already imagine the levels you'll create with the new tools?
Drachmalius has enjoyed their fair share of "ports" on their Nintendo Switch. Thus, they made this list annotating their favorite Switch ports of all-time.
If you are in need of a good laugh, check out this humorous list by Giant Bomb user Rejizzle titled "List of things Koji Igarashi should do now that Bloodstained is done."
Giant Bomb user GrindSpark is still mulling over their 2019 GOTY list, but that did not stop them from making a list of their favorite games in the past decade.
Useful User Reviews
- @moonlightmoth played the dark fantasy action-adventure game, Blasphemous, on a whim and uses their review to share how the game's wonderful grotesqueries are largely spoiled due to the needlessly complicated gameplay.
- @slowram's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review shares how they think the game has a "soul" but not much else in terms of providing a long-lasting experience.
- @riostarwind enjoyed their time with Luigi's Mansion 3, but largely because the game is exactly the sum of its parts.