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 endeavors from the Giant Bomb community! This week we have what I can only describe is the greatest amount of blogs and thread I have seen in a single week! Good work to everyone who shared their impressions of games and current events to the community as it is much appreciated! Also, with the announcement of a new Skate game, I thought it would be "apt" to link to an old video I think has aged as gracefully as you could ask. Anyways, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping!
- Juneteenth recently passed, and many thanks to the community for helping Giant Bomb's Color Of Change charity page to raise over $25K! Keep the donations rolling if you can, spread the word, keep fighting, and Black Lives Matter!
- Alex made a guest appearance on the MinnMax podcast, which, for those unaware, is a new video platform run by former Game Informer employees.
- ATTENTION! If you watch videos primarily on macOS or iOS, a user is testing out a new GB Video Player that might be right up your alley!
- Attention users who use Chrome! TheAdmin made an extension that allows you to add an individual video to your watchlist and view the site in a "Light Mode!"
Tweets Of The Week
WOW! Many thanks to the @giantbomb community for helping GB's @ColorOfChange charity page raise over $25K! Keep the donations rolling if you can, spread the word, keep fighting, and Black Lives Matter!— GB Duders Feed (@GBDudersFeed) June 20, 2020
Donation Link: https://t.co/Fa84iH2uSc
Galleria Of Art
Humanity hit it out of the park with TWO magnificent works of art this week! The first work "updates" a Bloodborne banner they made a few years ago that featured Jeff getting ready to take on Bloodborne. The second image creates a banner for a video series that may not ever return, but who are we to judge?
Clips Of The Week
With the announcement of a new Skate game, I felt that was a good enough excuse to share what I consider one of the best animated Bombcast videos on YouTube. Also, someone took the original video and "edited" it to include the Skate 4 announcement.
It seems like the new Giant Bomb Minecraft Community Server got some much needed attention this week from the staff! Read all about how you can join the fun using the link above and don't forget to spread the word!
Moderator Sweep has started a healthy discussion on the forums assessing if games reviews should acknowledge poor studio conditions in light of new information about the working conditions in Naughty Dog, Inc. coming out following the release of The Last of Us Part II.
This week, moderator Gamer_152 explores Remedy's Control, the concept of the unconscious is vividly represented, and its protagonist must confront her psychological demons. I discuss how in this essay.
bigsocrates was recently playing the first Grandia game and uses their latest blog to talk about how it has one of the darkest plot twists in a JRPG. I'm not joking, it's horrifying.
Wizards and Warriors (not the NES game) is the topic of ArbitraryWater's latest blog series on "dubious" CRPGs of the past! Read why they cannot help but enjoy the game in all its broken glory!
With the world on fire, moderator ZombiePie decided to play Kokonoe Kokoro to see if dating a bug girl would make them feel better about the current state of humanity. It did not.
First, Mento announces a new retrospective blog series on the Sega CD! Give their first post a read to see what you can expect! Second, their latest "Indie Game of the Week" blog is all about Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King! Read why they were impressed by its flower-based combat within two dungeons!
MooseyMcMan reflects on Persona 5 Royal, its new ending, strong themes of rebellion, and its undertones of friendship through strife. It is a highly exhaustive look as always.
nutta27 continues their quest to play every wrestling game ever made and shares why Smackdown Vs Raw 2006 is still a "top five" wrestling game of all-time.
Fruitcocoa shares why they stopped watching Twitch streams and Let's Play videos and how doing so has helped them enjoy video games on their own time more.
imunbeatable80 looks back on Blast Corps and attempts to assess whether or not its explosive gameplay translates well into modern times and if it still has a legacy on modern video games!
MajorMitch just got done with Final Fantasy VII Remake and shares the emotional roller-coaster they are feeling after watching the game's ending. If you have opinions about the game's ending, then, this is the blog for you!
Discussions & Threads
So.... Skate 4 is happening? Or is it? What do you make of EA's announcement of a new Skate game? Are you optimistic or pessimistic? Join the community discussion using the link above!
Many users are using the Steam release of Persona 4 Golden to play the game for the first time! However, many of them are asking for tips and tricks from Persona 4 vets. If you have any use the link to share them!
Cyberpunk 2077 delay was announced last week, and most of the community seems incredibly accepting of the announcement. Can you think of any other games that people should expect to be delayed?
A lot of users picked up the Itch.io Charity Bundle and don't know where to start. Which games from the Charity Bundle do you recommend the most? What are the "buried treasures in the package?"
WB Games appears to be up for sale! Which Warner Brothers IPs do you think have "dream matchups" to a current developer or studio? Share your picks, and discuss the news in general.
With the hardware differences not being a massive gap, how are you assessing the PS5 and Xbox Series X between each other? Which console are you leaning towards so far?
This was, by a country mile, the most commented thread on the site this week and this month. As the title suggests, the Gaint Bomb community is divided about the merits of an actor equating the emotional weight of The Last of Us Part II to Schindler's List.
It appears the community is jumping for joy with the announcement of New Pokémon Snap! Join the community hype by sharing what you are looking forward to the most!
Are you excited for Resident Evil Village? Some members of the community appear disappointed the game will use the first-person perspective, whereas others feel like that makes the game even more appealing!
The developers behind Little Devil Inside are changing character designs based on feedback. Join the community discussion about the heart of the issue using the link above!
Here's a community poll and discussion thread debating the highest possible price people would be willing to pay for a next generation console. Vote and defend your pick, and to the right are the results thus far!
A lot of users are incredibly excited for Star Wars: Squadrons after the trailer released! Feel free to share your early impressions of the game, and hope for how the multiplayer and single-player will pan out.
MoonlightMoth whipped up a list on Giant Bomb I think we can all related to: games that would have made their GOTY had they played the year of their release. Review which games made their list and don't forget to consider making your own list.
Moderator SgtSphynx is making the effort to play every game from the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality! Use the link to see which games they recommend the most!