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The Community Spotlight 2020.05.30

Y'all got your new hairstyles ready for June yet? Well, get in here and we'll figure it out.

It's fan art like this that makes me realize I'm getting older. Cher was right, I wish I could turn back time.
It's fan art like this that makes me realize I'm getting older. Cher was right, I wish I could turn back time.

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 user-created offerings from the previous week! Whelp, that's another month down the drain! I feel like I say this every week, but seriously, stay safe everyone. In case you wanted an update on the state of the Giant Bomb offices, all signs point to the work at home order extending well into the Summer. However, as many of you noticed during the Beastcast, the staff are looking at making things interesting on the podcasts. Also, I would like to apologize to Abby and company for "disturbing" them while they were playing Deadspace. But enough about me, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping!

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Sketching! (By: @spncrbghmn)

Giant Bomb user spncrbghmn decided to do a "Giant Bomb Through the Ages" sketch! From Drew to Ben or Austin to Patrick, they have almost everyone covered so far! Here's a link so you can compliment their work!

Tweets Of The Week

Clips Of The Week

E3 2020 is (Still) Cancelled! & Turns Out We've Collectively Seen a Lot of Documentaries (By: Giant Beastcast Clips & Giant Bombcast Clips)

Before we end the month, here's another friendly reminder to follow and subscribe to the official Giant Bombcast and Beastcast Clips Youtube accounts! On each account you'll find bite-sized chunks of the most memorable moments from every Giant Bomb podcast!

Community Activities

If the main guild is full here's a link to the newly revived East Coast Guild!
If the main guild is full here's a link to the newly revived East Coast Guild!

New Giant Bomb Community Minecraft Server (By: @nickydubz)

Ask and you shall receive! There's a new Giant Bomb Minecraft Community Server you can join! Read all about how you can join the fun using the link above and don't forget to spread the word!

Unofficial Giant Bomb DOTA 2 Guild (By: @totallygeeky)

Brad joked about returning to DOTA 2, but the Giant Bomb community has started a NEW unofficial DOTA 2 Guild! Use the link below to get the details on how to join the fun!

Blogs

Is Minecraft back and better than ever? You decide!
Is Minecraft back and better than ever? You decide!

Ten Games I'd Like To Play This Year (2020 Edition) (By: @danielkempster)

danielkempster is setting a personal goal of playing at least ten more games from beginning to end! Find out which games they are and what attracted them to them in the first place!

A Better Aesthetics (By: @gamer_152)

The term "aesthetic" gets thrown around a lot in the video game community and Gamer_152 tries to nail down what the word means and which games are the best examples of having an "aesthetic."

Giant Bomb App Directory (By: @conmulligan)

Many hanks to user conmulligan creating a recent post on the site that compiles all of the extensions, websites, and apps that make watching videos a much more enjoyable experience! Here's the link and feel free to share any missing QOL apps!

Like the rest of the community, I too was impressed by Brad's hair.
Like the rest of the community, I too was impressed by Brad's hair.

I Am Already Done With Minecraft Dungeons - A Mini Review (By: @kcdinc)

KCDinc details on their latest blog on why Minecraft Dungeons "does not have a length problem, it has a power curve problem." Read all about why they bounced off the game in record time.

Dealing With Lockdown, And Being Nostalgic (By: @sombre)

Sombre is still not used to their schedule and routine during a pandemic. However, check out their latest blog on how they are using games to adjust to the passage of time.

May Millennials 8: Titan Quest (Intro) +

A lot of talk about
A lot of talk about "aesthetics" on the site!

Indie Game of the Week 172: Mutazione (By: @mento)

First, Mento is starting a new retrospective for all of you CRPG fans out their! The game this time is Titan Quest, a game many remember fondly but rarely comes up in anyone's top ten lists. Second, this time their "Indie Game of the Week" blog is all about Mutazione from developer Die Gute Fabrik! Read why they enjoyed the game's aesthetic and leisurely pace!

Discussions & Threads

SMM2 Community Level Codes (By: @barnetronuk)

The community is always here for more Mario Maker madness!
The community is always here for more Mario Maker madness!

Giant Bomb's Super Mario Maker 2 community recent broke the 500 shared levels mark! Don't forget to scan the level sharing thread for new and old levels! Also, feel free to post your own levels!

Should All Games On Ranking Of Fighters Have Everything Unlocked For Fair Assessment Of Games At Their Best (By: @topcyclist)

Here's a forum for all of you FGC fans! In order to conduct proper SCIENCE should all games on Ranking of Fighters have everything unlocked? Are there times when unlockable content makes a fighting game way better?

Future Lockdown Features/Series You'd Want (By: @captain_insano)

Are there any games you can think of you wish became recurring video series during the Lockdown? Pitch your game pick and cast of Giant Bomb staff for the game you'd most like to see get a video close reading during the pandemic.

Don't call it a comeback?
Don't call it a comeback?

New Driving Game For Alex? (By: @fledeye)

Here's a fun discussion thread for every Giant Bomb user to share their opinions about: are there any simulation games, and not just truck driving games, that you want Alex to play in the future? I have my fingers crossed for Forklift Simulator 2019!

Street Fighter V New Season Discussion Thread (By: @jesus_phish)

What do you make of Capcom announcing a new season of content for Street Fighter V? The community seems split about five new characters and Capcom retconning their previous statement the previous season would be its last!

To my surprise, there was plenty of talk about fighting games and their inherent SCIENCE this week!
To my surprise, there was plenty of talk about fighting games and their inherent SCIENCE this week!

How Often Do You Change Your Controller? (By: @berfunkle)

Here's an interesting discussion thread on the forums: how often do you replace your console or PC controllers? When do you "retire" rather than fix an older controller?

RIP Zac Bertschy of Anime News Network (By: @mgb)

This week the anime community mourned the loss of one of the most prolific English editors on Anime News Network. If you respected the works of Zac Bertschy, join the rest of the community in paying respects to the man and their work.

Lists

Science being applied to Sonic? SAY WHAT?!?!?!?!
Science being applied to Sonic? SAY WHAT?!?!?!?!

Igort's Sonic The Hedgehog Series Review Extravaganza (By: @igort)

Igort has been following the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise for over a decade and uses their latest list on the site to review every game in the series they have played.

RATED: The Essential Sonic Game List (By: @blazehedgehog)

Inspired by Igort's list, resident Sonic expert BlazeHedgehog updated their "essential" list of Sonic games!

Video Game Auteurs (By: @wallflower501)

Wallflower501 whipped up a new list of the game directors and designers they think deserve the status of "auteur." Give it a read and propose figures you think should also be included!

User Reviews

Ah, yes, S-Ranked Frieza!
Ah, yes, S-Ranked Frieza!
  • @localdude098 has sunk countless hours into Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot and shares in their review why the game left them feeling empty inside.
  • @riostarwind's review of Rune Factory 4 details how the game is a multitaskers' dream come true and how that's what will either make or break the game for you.
  • @yyninja finally got around to playing Supergiant Games' Pyre and shes in their review why they did not enjoy the game's mix of basketball and visual novel mechanics.
  • @bonbonetti shares their positive impressions of Corruption 2029 on their review and explains why they think it does a better job of tapping into the promise of Mutant Year Zero.
  • @y2jbone briefly reviews why Strikey Sisters' brick breaking and monster killing gameplay is both its best attribute and its greatest flaw.

Wiki Pages

Switzerland layin' the SMAK down with 1970s gaming computers.
Switzerland layin' the SMAK down with 1970s gaming computers.

Credit goes to Giant Bomb users like @nes and @reverendhunt for helping us get these obscure platforms added to the database recently. Not all heroes wear capes. If you know of some other weird platforms that should be listed, let us know in the Wiki Forum.