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 last week! I know this is something many do not want to hear, but as Rorie mentioned during the last two co-op community corners, all signs point to the staff not going back to the office before the end of summer. I know for many, watching the staff return to their normal routine with studio-quality videos is something people have been asking for, but these are extraordinary times. Please, be kind and polite to the staff as they try new things and attempt to make the best of the incredible situation they are in right now. Also, let's not forget, the amount of content that is being posted to the site has increased dramatically since the lockdown, and that's worth remarking upon as a community. Regardless, let's jump into the site housekeeping!
- The Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise Quick Look was pulled due to audio issues.
- The user-created simultaneous video player was updated to include the most recent Minecraft stream!
- The "Caravella Method" in Bioforge specifically refers to picking up a particular two items at once and saving 2 minutes and does NOT involve backflipping.
Tweets Of The Week
@ybbaaabby My 5 year old son loves Minecraft and adores your Minecraft videos on GB. He’s currently making a book of pictures called “Abby’s Minecraft adventures” bc he says he’s your biggest fan. pic.twitter.com/44XhYLbFVH— Kate Sizemore (@sizemore_kate) July 9, 2020
Dear men what's stopping you from looking like this? pic.twitter.com/fcj1i9ldI4— Adam Davis (@nadavis47) July 11, 2020
Clips Of The Week
I think I have reached the point of this pandemic where Alex's drumming streams are what I look forward to the most.
Here's your weekly reminder to follow the Giant Bombcast Clips YouTube account to get bite-sized clips of the most significant Bombcast discussions and topics! This week, the account snipped the discussion of Microsoft potentially buying WB Games!
Jeff mentioned the Texican Whopper during the July 8th 2020 Giant Bombcast Aftermath, but long-time Giant Bomb fans will recall the 2009 discussion he had detailing the burger in greater detail!
Galleria Of Art
Have you made any cool car skins in Trackmania 2020? Here's a link to the community skin sharing thread and some user-created designs thus far! We have some real BANGERS from the community this week!
BinaryDragon has a TON of screencaps from the Giant Bomb Community Minecraft server! Give them a look and feel free to post pictures you've taken while playing with your fellow GB users!
We officially have a community-run Trackmania 2020 server! Get the details on how to join it by using the link above!
To those who may be interested, there's an effort to start a community guild for the international release of SINoALICE, the Yoko Taro directed mobile game! If you are interested, use the link above!
TheAdmin wrote an open letter thanking the Giant Bomb staff for their efforts during the pandemic, and other user have taken suit! Give their letter a read and feel free to share your thanks using the link!
Moderator ZombiePie invested over 100 hours into a gacha game, in this case Mobius Final Fantasy, that is now DEAD FOREVER. Check out their blog to read how they feel, what got them addicted, and why they think mobile game preservation is in a sorry state of affairs.
imunbeatable80 continues their effort to scientifically rank every video game from their childhood on the site! This week they take a look at WCW vs. nWo: World Tour and see how the science treats a WCW video game!
First, Mento tried another batch of games from Itch.io's Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality! Give it to read to find out if there are any indie gems they strongly recommend! Next, for their latest "Indie Game of the Week" blog post, Mento took a look at the hand-drawn adventure game, The Little Acre! Read why they were charmed by the game's wholesome fairy tale adventure!
If you are in the mood for some CRPG goodness, you should check out the first episode of ValorianEndymion's retrospective on Might and Magic X and the pros/cons of Ubisoft's tenure with the Might and Magic IP.
Giant Bomb user fantasticasm89 responds positively to comments by Vinny from a few Beastcasts ago that "art should be free" with an essay on Andrei Tarkovsky!
Observer by Bloober Team uses experiential horror for a harsh exploration of poverty, isolation, and conflict. This week, moderator Gamer_152 write about all that, and then some, on their latest blog on Giant Bomb.
clagnaught recently finished The Last of Us Part II and shares their lasting impressions of the game's ending and final handful of story pivots. There are MAJOR SPOILERS in this blog! You have been warned!
Discussions & Threads
The topic came up during the most recent edition of The Hostpot, but would you be interested in Mass Alex checking out Mass Effect: Andromeda? Here's a link to the community discussion thread and poll!
If you have thoughts related to Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise, here's a link to the community discussion thread for the game! Share your positive or negative impressions, and please, be nice to each other!
Here's an interesting discussion thread on the forums! Now that the hype has settled, where do you think Breath of the Wild will rank with the Legend of Zelda franchise as well as single-player campaigns overall?
This was the most "active" discussion thread on the site last week. I kid you not! And you know what? I'm not even going to correct the typos in the thread title! Just remember, Giant Bomb is a website about video games!
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 apparently released today and it caught many Bloodstained fans by surprise. Have you checked it out yet? What are your impressions? Feel free to share them with the Giant Bomb community!
User vodkablast converted the theme from Inca People and Lockdown into tabbed music notation for a five-stringed bass! Check out both links if you are interested in playing those hot jams!
In a bit of unfortunate news, former staff member, Drew, announced they were shutting down their documentary project, Cloth Map. Join the rest of the community in wishing the "Blinking White Guy" the best in their future endeavors!
MooseyMcMan is working on a list compiling every game with a fishing game with information on who does the fishing and where! Check out what they have thus far and don't forget to send your input!
- @yyninja continues with their retro game review feature with a look at Halo 2! Read why they found the game's main campaign to be a bitter disappointment.
- @snipe91594 finally had the time to knock The Witness from their backlog and uses their review to briefly comment on why they think it is more than a "good puzzle game."
- @fourthline uses their review of Red Dead Redemption II to share why introducing game mechanics past the 30+ hour mark of a game is one of their big design pet peeves.
- @nateandrews' The Last of Us Part II review positively highlights how the game successfully examines "the human condition" and other societal pitfalls.