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The Community Spotlight 2020.08.22

FaceApp was a massive mistake.

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host this week as we look back on the best user-created offerings from the last week! For many of you, this was a week wherein you enjoyed the fruits of Summer Games Done Quick 2020, and hopefully the event's digital-only format has left you as impressed as its pre-pandemic format. Speaking of which, the site-related housekeeping has a lot of information about the staff and their plans for the site moving forward. In short, there will be fewer solo streams and more premium content from now on. Likewise, the "Lockdown" title is being dropped as the staff and site adjust to what many would call "the new normal." But with that in mind, let's jump into the housekeeping!

To be honest, I could listen to Vinny talk about .wav files all day long.
To be honest, I could listen to Vinny talk about .wav files all day long.

Tweets

Clips

Giant Bombcast “Historical Gamer” Bit Played On A “Historical” 1975 Zenith B&W TV (By: Aspect Retro)

HOLY CRAP! Over on YouTube, Aspect Retro found a way to output Giant Bomb's "Historical Gamer" segment from the Giant Bombcast on a 1975 Black and White Zenith TV! Bravo to whoever made this possible!

Learning to Fly With Flight Simulators (By: Cloth Map)

This is just a handy video for those that enjoyed Drew's return on the site with the Microsoft Flight Simulator Quick Look. During the QL, Vinny and Drew mention a video involving Drew playing X-Plane. Here's that video in case you were curious.

Art

Alex x Sheppard Face Time Mashup (By: @J_ViperMIA)

Over on Twitter, J_ViperMIA used some technological wizardry to combine Alex's face with Commander Sheppard using the face Time App. If this ends up giving you nightmares, I have no regrets.

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Community Activities

What has been the
What has been the "best" speedrun you have seen so far? Share it with the community!

Summer Games Wiki'd Quick 2020 (By: @mento)

Calling everyone enjoying Summer Games Done Quick 2020! Here's a link to Giant Bomb's official community discussion thread for the event! Share your favorite speedruns thus far and which streams you cannot wait to watch!

Blogs

The end is the beginning is the end....
The end is the beginning is the end....

Might and Magic X - The End (Part 4) (By: @valorianendymion)

Whelp, ValorianEndymion finally did it! They finished their retrospective blog series on Might and Magic! This final episode is all about Might and Magic X and their conflicted feelings about it being the "end note" of the franchise.

LEGO Super Mario (By: @ry_ry)

Ry_Ry bought a unit of LEGO Super Mario! Read their first impressions of the "starter set" on Giant Bomb and find out if they plan on buying more Mario LEGO as they come out!

Marvel's Spiderman in 2020 (By: @theoracleofgame)

I'm always down for more cricket action with DanielKempster!
I'm always down for more cricket action with DanielKempster!

theoracleofgame finally got around to playing Marvel's Spider-Man and shares on their latest blog on how super hero games really need to get away from the "super hero helps to establish a city-wide surveillance system" ASAP.

Trashes to Ashes - Part Three (By: @danielkempster)

danielkempster shares part three of their role-playing journey through the Career mode of Cricket 19 on Giant Bomb! See if they starting to seem like they are ready for the big leagues!

Playing Kingdom Hearts For the First Time in 2020: Why Did I Do This To Myself? (By: @banefirelord)

BaneFireLord decided to play OG Kingdom Hearts for the first time in the year of our Lord, 2020. Read why they deeply regretted the decision but cannot stop thinking about the game.

Also, this photoshop by BaneFirelord is a work of art, and I will hear no arguments to the contrary!
Also, this photoshop by BaneFirelord is a work of art, and I will hear no arguments to the contrary!

Just One More Run... (By: @laughingman)

laughingman uses their latest blog on the site to share the games that always manage to make them say "Just one more run..." Read what they mean by clicking the link above!

Indie Game of the Week 184: Night in the Woods (By: @mento)

First, Mento has a new episode of their "Indie Game of the Week" blog series and this episode looks at Night in the Woods! Read why they understand the game's appeal, but also have little desire to see the game through to its end.

What's the Greatest Video Game: Speed Devils (By: @imunbeatable80)

imunbeatable80 continues their retrospective on the games of their childhood on the site by revisiting Speed Devils! Read where they "scientifically" rank the Dreamcast racing game!

Rapid talking about Warframe is my gaming ASMR.
Rapid talking about Warframe is my gaming ASMR.

Warframe Nightwave Series 3 - The Glass Maker (Guide)[UPDATED FOR PART 4!] (By: @rapid)

Resident Warframe expert, Rapid, posted an update to the Glass Maker guide in response to fourth part of the questline going live recently! Give it a read if you need help in finishing the mission!

Discussion & Threads

Have you been enjoying your time with MFS 2020? Which air routes have you most enjoyed?
Have you been enjoying your time with MFS 2020? Which air routes have you most enjoyed?

Flight Simulator Discussion Thread (By: @fear_the_booboo)

Have any of you given Microsoft Flight Simulator a try? Have you been impressed or disappointed by the game's world map, gameplay, and graphics? For me, I think the game is my current 2020 GOTY front-runner.

Spiritfarer Discussion Thread (By: @ntm)

Spiritfarer from Thunder Lotus Games came out earlier this week and here's a link to the community discussion thread about the game? Have you given the charming indie boat management sim a try?

Sony Announces Ghost Of Tsushima: Legends, Free 4-Player Co-op Multiplayer Add-on Coming This Fall (By: @nodima)

Is this the
Is this the "sleeper hit" of the week? Join the community discussion NOW!

Sony announced a free 4-player co-op multiplayer add-on to Ghost of Tsushima coming this fall. What's your initial reaction to this announcement? The community seems split between excitement and anemia.

Which Games Interested You In Nintendo's Indie Showcase? Or Have You Already Played And Liked? (By: @aktane)

Here's a fun poll on the forums: what from Nintendo's Indie Showcase are you most excited to buy and play? Is it a port of a PC game or an upcoming new game?

Trailmakers: Banjo-Kazooie Nuts N' Bolts-like Now On Game Pass (By: @ak1mbo)

After rediscovering the game through Game Pass, several users are calling Trailmakers on game Pass a great game for people who loved Banjo-Kazooie Nuts N' Bolts! What do you think? Is it a one for one swap, or does the comparison sell either game too short?

It goes without saying, Oculus had a not so great PR week.
It goes without saying, Oculus had a not so great PR week.

Black Myth Wukong Gameplay Trailer Out (By: @rebel_scum)

A new gameplay trailer released for Black Myth: Wu Kong and the community is still talking about it! Give the trailer a view and share your initial impressions of the monkey-based action game.

The Wrestling Game Thread: Battlegrounds' Roster REVEALED! 2K19 Servers Active Until Fall '21! (By: @shiftygism)

The Wrestling Game Community wants YOU to join their discussion about Battlegrounds' recently revealed roster and the news that WWE 2K19 servers remaining active until 2021!

Oculus Will Require An Facebook Account For New Products (By: @onemanarmyy)

It was recently announced Oculus will require a Facebook account for new products! Most of the community seems fairly negative about the announcement, but what are your thoughts? Feel free to share them using the link.

Lists

I fail to find a way for me to disagree with this assessment of Glover.
I fail to find a way for me to disagree with this assessment of Glover.

Ranking of '90s Platforming Mascots (By: @splitterguy)

Splitterguy had a go at "ranking" video game mascots from the 1990s.

Their two grading criteria were:

1. Be as '90s as possible.

2. Be quality.

SIGINT’s Ranking of Metal Gears (By: @sigint)

MGS 2 only being third means that SIGINT's top pick might surprise you!
MGS 2 only being third means that SIGINT's top pick might surprise you!

SIGINT is a newcomer to the Metal Gear Solid franchise, but is quickly coming around to it and Kojima's inherent wackiness. Check out their latest list to see which games from the series have impressed them the most!

User Reviews

Ah yes, I always look forward to escorting children during the zombie apocalypse.
Ah yes, I always look forward to escorting children during the zombie apocalypse.
  • @capt_blakhelm finally got around to playing Resident Evil 2 (2019) and uses their review of the game to share why they consider it a is a "solid" return to survival horror form for the Resident Evil franchise.