Hello and welcome to yet another 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 user-created offerings from the last week. Well, as we will talk about soon, it was a highly successful week in terms of raising money for charity. The Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run CRUSHED its fundraising goal this year and Abby hosted another successful campaign as well! To everyone who has tuned in and donated, you have my thanks! However, as people start to near the end of their ability to donate, don't forget to spread the word of any fundraisers to family and friends when they happen. Sometimes you would be surprised to see how charity the members of your family can be when it comes to the people who put a smile on your face. With that out of the way, let's jump into the latest edition of the site-related housekeeping!
- I want to share a big THANKS to @thatpinguino for hosting another successful edition of the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run! This time the event raised OVER $20,000! Many thanks to everyone who streamed, donated, and/or chilled out in chat while it happened!
- Abby's most recent charity stream raised over $8,000 for International Rescue Committee! If you missed the stream and are still interested in donating, the page is still up!
- Congratulations to Giant Bomb user @drfidget for winning Jan's recent Pokemonday Tournament! Go to the Community Activities tab if you are interested in joining the fun next time!
Tweets Of The Week
It took me a bit to get fully caught up on @alex_navarro's Lockdown drum streams. It may not be Extra Life time, but I've still got stats over here anyway.https://t.co/IlvdARmyj6 pic.twitter.com/190XdegI9p— Brad Lynch 🍐 (@MarinoV1) April 24, 2020
We raised over $8k!! Thank you all so much for donating and watching! And thanks so much to our guests for joining and being good sports every time I kicked their asses in Mario Kart!!! https://t.co/jXijspLjPx— abby russell (@ybbaaabby) April 25, 2020
Major congrats to @Dr_Fidget for winning the first GIANT BOMB POKÉMON CUP!— Jan Ochoa (@_janjerome) April 23, 2020
Also major thanks for the folks that rolled through and competed. We’ll have more in the near future! https://t.co/QhkiK6PoQI
Just like I always wanted, it's a yiff party!— Giant Bomb Out of Context (@giantbomb_ooc) April 20, 2020
- Jeff Gerstmann, 2012
Clips Of The Week
Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run Archive Stream (By: various)
In case you missed it, here are a handful of archives of the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run. Don't forget, if you missed the event you can still donate using the link above! Also,
Giant Bomb Galleria
Giant Bomb Coloring Page Attempts (By: various)
Last week I put out a call for more community attempts at Dan Auer's Giant Bomb coloring booking sketch. Thanks to psydyl for pointing out a handful of Giant Bomb users have done so!
Giant Bomb's Pokemon Gynasium (By: Jan)
As mentioned earlier, Jan is hosting a community PokeMonday Tournament! If you are interested in joining, or just want to hang out with other Giant Bomb users and talk about Pokemon, then the link above is just for you!
Inspired by Alex's coverage, there's a new community-run VTC for American Truck Simulator! I'm not even going to pretend to say I understand what any of that means, but you can use the link above to learn how you can join the fun!
notnert427 has written an exhaustive and entertaining blog on why Bugbear's Wreckfest reminds them of the "glory days" of the B-tier driving/racing game from the previous decade.
Sombre comments on how post-release DLC and "Games as a Service" have really impacted their ability to play the amount of games they have become accustomed to over the years.
MooseyMcMan uses their latest blog on Giant Bomb to look at Doom Eternal and its struggles to convey a sense of world building through copious amounts of lore, especially datalogs.
Lazyaza gave Black Mesa a try and talks about why they did not like playing the game from beginning to end and why nostalgia couldn't even help them to enjoy the HD graphics.
infantpipoc writes about why they think Resident Evil 3 is a half-step forward for the Resident Evil reboot series, how the reboot series can find its footing, and their overall impressions of the Resident Evil franchise on their latest blog.
hughjassman has been playing a lot of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) during the quarantine decided to keep a record of which maps got voted on the most. Here are the results and use the link below to try and explain why that might be the case.
As always, Mento has a couple of blogs for you to enjoy this week! First, Mento continues their retrospective on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis with a look at such heavy-hitters as Desert Strike, Kid Chameleon, and Shining Force! Second, their latest "Indie Game of the Week" blog is all about Whispers of a Machine from Faravid Interactive! Give it a read and discover why they highly recommend it to any Gabriel Knight fans!
Discussions & Threads
Here's a fun discussion thread: what do you HOPE the PS5 looks like? Everyone's seen the supposed "leaked" images of the console's design, but what would you like the platform to do or have?
Calling Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord owners! What are your impressions of the Early Access version of the game thus far? Has the game been glitchy for you? How do you think it compares to the original?
Calling all Animal Crossing: New Horizons owners! What are your thoughts about the features "leaked" from the dataminer? Are there any features you are most looking forward to? Join the community discussion in debating the good and bad of the leak.
Here's a new discussion thread on the forums inspired by Jan: how do you rank the "Soulsborne" games? Do Sekiro and Bloodborne compare favorably to the Dark Souls series? Join the discussion using the link above!
Have you read up about the "FINAL" Splatfest for Splatoon 2 from May 22-24? It's a repeat of the first competition, but many users are excited at the news nonetheless!
Battlefield V's next update will be its last. What is your reaction to this news? Can you think of ways for the game to extend its lifespan? Would the game have been better had it not tried to emulate the "games as a service" model?
Alright Giant Bomb community! What's your favorite Lockdown content so far? Are there any Lockdown streams/videos you hope become recurring series on Giant Bomb?
Speaking of which, has the Lockdown coverage of Astroneer inspired you to pick and give the game a try? Have you tried playing the game with a partner, or are you solo only?
- @infinitespark wrote a review for Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] and I'm going to be frank, I had to triple check that was the correct title.
- @capt_blakhelm finally got around to playing Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and uses their review to discuss why they think it rivals the modern batch of Mario Kart games.
- @rgdraconic's Alt-Frequencies review discusses why they think the audio mystery game has its moments but ends before it capitalizes on its potential.
- @yyninja was up for a cinematic adventure game, and ended up playing The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan recently. Read why they consider the game a major regression from Until Dawn.
- @the_atomic_dumpling Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince shares why it takes the bad taste of Trine 3 out of their mouth and optimistic about the series' next steps.
Many thanks to Bowl-of-Lentils for updating our company page for Hirameki International Group Inc.! Read why the defunct visual novel developer is one of the most influential Japanese game studios you've never heard of before!
Partly inspired by Alex's Lockdown coverage of Truck Simulators, we now have a "Fuel Management" concept page! Give it a read and add any games that made you worry about fuel while driving things!