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 community offerings from the previous week. First, to any of you being impacted by the United States west coast fires, please stay safe and healthy. Also, be aware some members of the staff have been impacted by this event as well. On a lighter note, the community is still BUZZING about the Xbox Series X/S news! Everyone is still mulling over the two SKUs and if Microsoft's "leasing" program holds any appeal to them. The staff, Jeff in particular, continue to explore streaming games during "off-hours" in hopes of reaching out to different timezones. Unfortunately, these streams very often go unannounced as they are spur of the moment decisions, but be aware they are something to be aware of in the future. However, with all of that in mind, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping!
- Fellow moderator thatpinguino was a guest on the Games and Online Harassment Hotline podcast! If you were ever interested in learning more about how Giant Bomb's moderation process works, give it a listen!
- Abby was a guest on the Live from the PoolHouse podcast! If you are down for in-depth discussions Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, going to the bars, and faking accents, then this is the podcast for you!
- Alex's cat passed away this weekend. If you can, send them your well wishes.
@giantbomb @GBDudersFeed @DanRyckert @ybbaaabby @VinnyCaravella @alex_navarro Reliving my favorite series b/c why not? Wanted to GET IN THERE for the best faces on this cut. pic.twitter.com/hedzOXyvH0— Bizit (@spathsports) September 7, 2020
Bought the shadow box months ago, @Pamsteropolous got tired of it sitting around so she put it together for me. Still need to get some putty to mount the spinner in a spinnable position but it looks good. @giantbomb pic.twitter.com/pd3mSaYlsh— Michael Bataligin (@bigevil1987) September 7, 2020
It was close, but all pumpkin flavored items have now been outlawed by Giant Bomb Chat. pic.twitter.com/b3JO397cqR— Brad Lynch (@MarinoV1) September 8, 2020
When I grow up I want to be a boy who lives in a giant fruit.— Giant Bomb Out of Context (@giantbomb_ooc) September 10, 2020
- Ben Pack, 2020
A wild payoff to a Top 5 Cursed Giant Bomb moment. pic.twitter.com/kMvPn61fOf— Dave (@thedaytodave) September 11, 2020
I don't know who decided to upload this old PAX panel video clip of saying "I'M AN ASTRONAUT!" while putting a plastic bag on this head and then getting murdalized by Patrick, but I needed this.
Here's a blast from the past for all of you Giant Bomb fans! During Bombcast Episode #460 way back in 2016 the staff very quickly dismissed the idea of The Last of Us Part II being a launch title on PS5 and doubting the very notion a PS5 would launch by 2020.
It was a different time.
If there are any users who are playing Marvel's Avengers, here's a link to the community online friends list! Just post a comment indicating which version you are playing and share your username! Recently, the PS4 group put out a call to see if there were any users interested in an online meetup!
Are any of you looking to play Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 online? Don't forget, here's the Giant Bomb community online hookup thread! Just drop a comment with your username and platform of preference!
Whelp, TurboMan is going to attempt the impossible when it comes to BioForge: they are going to speedrun the game using the "Caravella Method." Hopefully they can make Patrick, Vinny, and Danny O proud!
jeremyf returns to blogging on the site with a deep look at Creaks from Amanita Design and how it manages to stand in the crowded indie adventure game field without a radical gameplay "hook."
Pezen takes to Giant Bomb to talk about why they love it when video games provide dialogue choices that allow them to be dishonest to other characters. Discover what they mean by that by using the link!
imunbeatable80 continues to look back at the games of their childhood with a blog about Super Spike V'Ball! See if this game holds up as well as other classic "alternative" sports games like Windjammers or Super Dodge Ball!
Moderator Gamer_152 gave Art Sqool a shot recently and writes about its exploration of automation, the subjectivity of art, and how every air conditioner has a cat in it. That last point is actually the most important one.
Once again, you can always count on Mento to whip up some blogs to entertain the masses. First, Mento's latest "Indie Game of the Week" blog is all about Timespinner! Read what they thought of the time manipulation-based Metroidvania game from Lunar Ray Games! Second, Mento continues their quest to beat the Super Mario 64 Randomizer, created by Andre Meyer! read what wonderful "goodies" graced their recent folly using he link below!
Discussions & Threads
Predictably, the community is still going CRAZY about the price of the Xbox Series S/Series X! Are you surprised by the $299 asking price? Is it enough to sell you on a console? Join the discussion using the link above!
Paradise Killer has turned out to be a bit of a sleep hit, and some members of the community seem to really enjoy it. However, what are your impressions of the first-person open world whodunnit?
We have a discussion thread on the forums debating if Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 should be someone's first impression of the Tony Hawk series. Share what you think about a user introducing themselves to the franchise with this remaster!
Here's an interesting discussion on the forums: is FMV in video games making a comeback? Have games like Contradiction, Late Shift, Control, or Her Story shown the effect can be done correctly? Share your two cents worth now!
What are your favorite YouTube or Patreon gaming documentary channels/accounts? What makes them MUST SEE content providers? Share your favorite picks with the rest of the community
There's an interesting discussion thread on Giant Bomb debating what Sony's response will be to the Xbox Series S/X price tag and monthly fee program. What does your gut tell you?
I am legitimately upset this is even up for debate.
Now that more is known about the two different SKUs, are you leaning more towards the Xbox Series X or S? Here's where the Giant Bomb community currently stands and feel free to vote and discuss your preference!
The reveal trailer for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake has hit the internet! A lot of users on the forums are calling it "rough." What do you think of the trailer? Join the community discussion and share your thoughts!
Do any of you use a tablet to watch and consume the site's video content or streams? Which tablets do you recommend for watching streams? Share and discuss your picks using the link above!
Users have been asking for one for a while, but we finally have a community curated "We Be Truckin'!" music playlist! Check out what the community has thus far and feel free to join the effort to preserve every banger heard!
Alright Giant Bomb community, let's talk about the Shenmue anime! Do you like what you have seen and heard of it so far? Are you feeling its retro anime vibes? Join the discussion and share what you think of the new series!
To everyone playing Crusader Kings III, what are some of the craziest and most interesting storylines or missions you have experienced thus far? Do you have any wild or wacky assassination stories or acts of debauchery to report on?
Episode 376 of the "revived" HotSpot inspired InfiniteSpark to create a list of video games with music that is great to chill out and jam to! Give it a read and here are some of the tracks that made the list!
MooseyMcMan tried their hand at making a list of games with "good wallrunning." She which games they think made the cut and think about which games would be on your list!
Inspired partially by Jeff's Friday stream yesterday, VirtualVolt went ahead and made a list of "obscure games" they desperately want to get their hands on and play! Please consider making a list of your own on the site!
- @nateandrews uses their review of Wasteland 3 to share why they think the game has some of the best character progression they have ever seen and an exemplar choice-driven narrative!
- @danryback's review retrospective on the DragonBall Z 16-bit video games continues with a review of Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden 3! Read why they think it is a disappointing end to a trilogy just starting to find its footing.
- @danryback continues their review retrospective on old-school anime video games with a look at YuYu Hakusho: Makyou Toitsusen on the Genesis. Read why it's a proto-Smash Bros that kind of works!
Attention Giant Bomb community and anyone interested in editing the site's wiki database! The site has decided to "merge" the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S into a single platform page. Feel free to list the differences between the two platforms, but when adding games and releases, treat them as if they are the same platform.