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 on the best user-created works from the Giant Bomb community! Whelp, that was a month! It's crazy to think the month of April is officially behind us, but that is indeed the case. With everything that is going on in the world, I did not think my sense of time would be this thoroughly messed up. Hopefully the rest of you have been doing well enough. We have a handful of housekeeping items that I think you will enjoy, so, without further ado, let;s jump into it!
- Giant Bomb is hosting a premium membership sale! The sale will go until the end of May, and any new subscribers will help keep the flow of awesome content from the Giant Bomb staff during Lockdown 2020!
- Abby's Monopoly stream ended up raising almost $8,000 for the United Nations Foundation! If you haven't donated and can, get on that! They streamed four hours of Monopoly-based madness for your entertainment!
- Jan was a guest on the "99 Questions" podcast and if you wanted to know more about them, including journey to Giant Bomb, give it a listen!
- As detailed during the latest Devcast, which you should listen to regardless, the engineers want to explore the site's video player options in the coming weeks. So, be aware that not every Lockdown 2020 stream will be hosted on Twitch.
Tweets Of The Week
Giant Bomb Premium is on sale...now! And through the end of May (happy May btw)! https://t.co/YEJDiejhko— Giant Bomb (@giantbomb) May 1, 2020
Night 6 of @alex_navarro's Lockdown drum streams is done.— Brad Lynch 🍐 (@MarinoV1) May 1, 2020
A whole lotta hitchin'.
Country land mines.
A 4-song FC streak.
Some SummerSlam 1998.
A narrow defeat from DragonForce.
Apparently I need to find some saxophones?
And don't touch the Yngwie.
Stats: https://t.co/IlvdARmyj6 pic.twitter.com/OzGEKqdg2S
Anything can happen in this piece of garbage masquerading as a video game!— Giant Bomb Out of Context (@giantbomb_ooc) April 29, 2020
- Jeff Gerstmann, 2014
Clips Of The Week
Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run Stream Archives (By: various)
I know the event is now two weeks old, but video archives for Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run are still coming in HOT! Rorie's streams are on the Giant Bomb Unarchived Twitter account in case you were wondering! but don't let that discourage you from checking out the user archives! We've me playing bad animed dating games and thatpinguino putting their body on the line for charity!
Giant Bomb Galleria
Resident Giant Bomb artist, jearum, finally got the time to color Dan Auer's 2019 Giant Bomb GotY sketch! I think we can all agree it's an amazing work of art, and don't forget to try your own coloring attempt!
Blinking White Guy Meme In Animal Crossing (By: r/AnimalCrossing)
Whelp, it was bound to happen sooner or later, but someone had a go at making Drew's Blinking White Guy meme in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! The image is titled "When Blathers tells you that your painting is fake after you spent thirty minutes analyzing it."
Inspired by the recent batch of coverage from the staff, the Giant Bomb Community Sea of Thieves Xbox Club & Discord Server want you to know they are still happily accepting NEW MEMBERS! Just drop a comment asking for a new invite to the Discord.
Giant Bomb's Pokemon Gynasium (By: Jan)
As mentioned last week, 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!
DocHaus has been watching a decent amount of anime during the pandemic and reviews their favorites and not so favorites from Spring 2020. Also, do not adjust your screens, I 100% did indeed put an anime blog on the top of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! Bite me!
Giant Bomb user PurpleShyGuy finally got around to playing Breath of the Wild and shares why they think Nintendo could have done so much more with the game than what they did. Also, they made the cursed image you are seeing to the right.
ArbitraryWater shares the details for their next blog series on Giant Bomb:"" Read all about the highly questionable CRPGs they could be playing for your entertainment! More people should be following this series and sharing suggestions for the wheel!
Let's give Mento a standing ovation for managing to write THREE blog this week! First, Mento continues their retrospective on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis with a look at the games that released on the platform from April '92 to June '92! Second, Mento's latest "Indie Game of the Week" series is all about Ms. Splosion Man! Give it a read and discover why they think it is a worthwhile game replete with fun extras! Lastly, Mento recently got around to playing Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura and discusses why they think it is a brilliant concept plagued by technical "weirdness."
danielkempster returns to blogging on Giant Bomb with a write-up about OG Portal and how GLaDOS is a far more fully developed character than people give her credit for. danielkempster continues to knock off games from their backlog by playing Marvel's Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4! Read all about their impressions of the game and what they think could have improved it.
Discussions & Threads
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise has a release date and a new trailer! Give it a watch and join the rest of the community in trying to figure out where the game is possibly going with this sequel.
What do you make of the recent controversy surrounding The Last of Us Part II leaks? Have you been able to avoid the spoilers? For those who haven't, if the leaks pan out, where would you stand with its story?
Have any of you been following the reviews and coverage of Gears Tactics? Are there any Giant Bomb users who are excited to pick up the game? For those who have tried the game, do you enjoy the marriage between Gear of War and XCOM?
Speaking of which, calling all Giant Bomb users playing Gears Tactics! What are some of your go-to builds/combos? Do you have any tips or tricks? Feel free to share them with the rest of the community using the link above!
We've got another fun discussion thread on the forums for everyone to enjoy: Which series were you late to the party for but now really enjoy? Share a series that is near and dear to you, but you didn't discover until now.
The month of April is behind us and some major video game releases are as well! As such, has your 2020 GOTY list changed in any way? Has a game from April supplanted your previous #1 spot for the year?
To users playing Streets of Rage 4, who are your favorite characters? Current internet scuttlebutt is that Cherry is OP, but do you have any personal favorites in the game? Use the link to join the community discussion!
A new batch of users recently picked up Freedom Finger after Aesop Rock produced some music for the game! Learn more about the game and share your impressions with the community.
The topic is a brought up whenever the Giant Bomb staff whenever they want to make a music joke, but what are you favorite nu metal bands and albums? Nu metal gets made fun of a lot by the Giant Bomb staff, but do you have any fond memories of the genre?
It recently broke that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive achieved the highest player count of a CS game in over twenty years. Does this news surprise you? Have you revisited the game during the quarantine.
- @sethparmer uses their review of Final Fantasy VII Remake on the site to discuss why they don't just view the game as a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
In response to Abby's Monopoly stream, I (ZombiePie) would like to take the time to remind everyone Monopoly Tycoon was a very good game even if it had nothing to do with the Monopoly board game.