Hello and welcome to 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 creative offerings from the Giant Bomb Community. I'm going to be honest with you, I have written these motivational introductions for over five years, and this one may be the hardest I have ever written. Last week was rough for millions of people around the world. For those of you fighting to dismantle centuries worth of systemic oppression and brutality, I applaud your efforts. For those of you who are not able to join protests, I'll borrow Jan's piece of advice from last week's Bombcast, use your privilege or platform for good. Below, I'll link to several donation opportunities that will assist various efforts to make the world a better place. If you are not able to donate yourself, please consider amplifying these voices.
- Abby's Color Of Change Charity Stream raised over $20,000! If you missed the livestream here's a link to the archive, and if you are still able to donate, here's a link to the donation page.
- Speaking of the charity stream, if you ended up enjoying the guests as much as I did, here are their Twitter handles: @godsewa, @Whittico, @funkemcfly, @RianaTweetsNow, and @TravisLFoster!
- GameSpot's Play For All charity event has already started and here's a link to their article which also has handy donation links to help support their cause!
- Jan made another appearance on The New Entertainment System Podcast! The podcast is also raising money for The Kansas City Bail Fund Project. Check it out and donate if you can!
Tweets Of The Week
At 9PM EST I will be going LIVE with another kickass charity stream! With a bunch of kickass guests including @godsewa, @Whittico, @funkemcfly, @RianaTweetsNow, and @TravisLFoster! All in support of @ColorOfChange. Wahoo! Hope to see you there! https://t.co/2prUnXEMLl— abby russell (@ybbaaabby) June 5, 2020
Hi, I decided to donate money to Black Lives Matter today. Because Black Lives Matter. I hope you will consider doing something similar. My employer matched the donation, which is pretty cool. Please stay safe.— Jeff Gerstmann (@jeffgerstmann) June 2, 2020
Say Hello to Austin Walker, Giant Bomb's New News Editor (Jun 01, 2015, 5 years ago) https://t.co/kSTBpTCWHG— Giant Bomb History (@ThisDayInGB) June 1, 2020
"I'm your big wet drumboy, and it's only gonna get...moister." - @alex_navarro, 2020— 🐢 Ｓｉｒ５０００ ＠ 🏝️ Ｋａｍｕｒｏｃｈｏ 🍊 (@Sir5000) June 4, 2020
Galleria Of Art
It seems so long ago when everyone was enamored with Brad's hair. This Brad x Brady Bunch photoshop work by jearum is a hilarious look at the evolution of Brad's facial hair over the years.
The Giant Bomb Minecraft server had a fun time with Tamoor Hussain from GameSpot during their COVID and Black Lives Matter charity drive. here are pictures of some of the wonderful things they created since the server started.
Clips Of The Week
Here's your weekly reminder to follow the official Giant Bombcast Clips account on YouTube! This week, here's the "funniest" debate from last week's Bombcast. Also, I'm with Brad, I mix the jelly and peanut butter on a single slice before putting the two slices together.
If you are interested in playing Valorant with other GB users, here's the thread with a link to the unofficial community Valorant Discord. If the invite is "expired" post a comment asking for a new one!
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!
Giant Bomb user LinksOcarina returns to blogging to discuss Mafia III and how it deserves recognition for having a story that will always remain timeless and important to experience.
The second part of moderator ZombiePie's retrospective on Final Fantasy V is up and in it they talk about jobs, side quests, and magical tree wizards! And before you ask, OF COURSE they used Level 5 Death in the Objet d'Art dungeon!
Moderator Sweep returns to blogging on the site and this time around talks about why not impressed by Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's notion of freedom of movement.
If you are in the mood for some anime, PurpleShyGuy recently got around to watching Kill la Kill and uses their blog to discuss why they thoroughly enjoyed the show.
Giant Bomb user Alias recently bought Descenders on Steam and shares in an exhaustive review why it reminds them of the old "B-Games" of yesteryear, for better and worse.
First, Mento wraps up their retrospective on the "classic" CRPG Titan Quest. Fans of Titan Quest should use the link below to discover where they stand regarding the game! Finally, their latest "Indie Game of the Week" blog is all about Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark! Read why they think the game largely scratches the same itch as Final Fantasy Tactics!
xanadu is in the middle of a Metal Gear Solid retrospective and wrote an incredibly interesting post on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and why "replaying" the game is virtually impossible.
Discussions & Threads
Have any of you tried out Command and Conquer Remastered? Does it faithfully adapt the originals? Share your impressions of the quality of the remaster with the Giant Bomb Community!
Sega recently announced the Game Gear Micro, and it's really small! Seriously, that thing looks tiny! Do you plan on picking up the rebooted handheld? Do you have fond memories of the original?
Speaking of Sega, "Fog Gaming" is a thing and several members of the community are still trying to figure out how it would work. Join the community discussion about Sega's plans to use Japanese arcades as streaming data centers!
Have any of you tried out the Playnite video game library manager launcher? How user-friendly is the launcher compared to other alternatives? Share your tips and overall impressions of the tool using the link!
We now have a community Ron Funches Gettin’ Better Podcast Appreciation Thread! Show your love and support and/or learn all about the podcast using the link above!
Have any of you checked out Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition? Is it a quality Switch port? Some users on the forums are saying they have experienced performance issues. Have you had any similar experiences?
Star Trek 25th Anniversary recently went on sale on GOG and many users are discovering the game for the first time! Whether your are familiar or new to the game, join the community discussion about this classic adventure game.
The staff starting a videos series on Minecraft has inspired some users to check the game out for the first time! However, a lot of newcomers are wondering where and how to "start" the game! Share your tips and tricks!
Here's a discussion thread I know I need, but what are your "gaming comfort foods?" Which games can either help you relax or get in a better mood? Share your picks using the link!
SimRefinery has been found! Learn how you can play a dumped copy of the game and join the community discussion about its value as a game and how it compares to other Maxis games of this era.
Hellscream created a list annotating all of the shooter campaigns they have finished in their lifetime. Read which ones they recommend and which ones they think should be avoided!
- @reverendhunt uses their review of Schwarzerblitz to talk about why the 32-bit throwback is much more than a trip down memory lane!
- @blueholeprod decided to go back to their gaming roots and recently re-played The Legend of Zelda! Read why they think it is a timeless classic that still holds up.
I normally do not do this, but with SimRefinery, I'm going to make an exception. We recently added this game to the database and considering its INSANE backstory, it would be great if someone took the time to submit the game's development history to our wiki page. Just remember, do not copy and paste text from another source and follow our wiki rules.