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The Community Spotlight 2021.03.27

Some things should be left in the panopticon.

by @andyrentz on Twitter
by @andyrentz on Twitter

Hello and welcome to the latest edition to 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 works from the Giant Bomb community around the web! Well, that was certainly a week! With the pandemic-induced game drought starting to settle in, the community and staff of Giant Bomb still found ways to keep things exciting!

We have a trio of community activities for people to join and a ton of discussion threads about topics both new and old. Also, we are only two weeks away from the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run, the Spring user-run charity drive! Speaking of which, I want to thank the two people who donated to my GBCER charity page! If you have enjoyed the Spotlights over the many years I have authored them, please consider donating to my page! Obviously, don't break the bank and small donations are greatly appreciated! With that in mind, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping!

Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run

Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run XI Announcement Thread (By: @thatpinguino)

Giant Bomb Team Donation Page

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It's that time of the year again! It is time to get excited about the Giant Bomb spring-time community charity effort, the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run! This year, the event is returning to its previous charity, Pencils of Promise! Pencils of Promise is an educational charity that works to promote literacy and access to clean water in Ghana, Guatemala, Laos and Nicaragua. You can read more about the event and how you can join or donate using the link above!

Tweets

Videos

Warframe's Space Ship Combat & Railjack Rework Update (By: @rapid)

Rapid and Thouddin of the Giant Bomb Warframe PC Clan checked out the Warframe update to the game's space ship (Railjack) combat. Watch the video to see what has been improved and feel free to join the fun using this link!

Activities

Monster Hunter Rise Friend Code Sharing Thread (By: @zurv)

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How many users out there that are playing Monster Hunter Rise on Switch? If you are, here's a link to the community friend code sharing thread! Post your Friend Code to hook up with other users in the game!

Dedicated Valheim Community Server (By: @orlandodoom)

A handful of users have set up a dedicated server for Valheim! If you are interested in joining the fun, feel free to use the link below to get all of the details on how you can join

Giant Bomb Community Low-Stakes Magic Arena Tournament (By: @rorie)

Mr. Rorie is STILL trying to organize a community tournament for Magic: The Gathering Arena! It's a low-stakes tournament that welcomes all comers and skill levels! Get the details on how to join the fun using the link above!

Blogs

I Couldn't Play X So I Played Y Instead - Valheim Edition (By: @stantongrouse)

What other games give the Viking feel of Valheim? Read stanongrouse's latest blog!
What other games give the Viking feel of Valheim? Read stanongrouse's latest blog!

stantongrouse wants to get into Valheim but worries that their preference to play games alone would hurt their enjoyment. Here is their blog on the site about the games they played to scratch a similar itch.

The Sony/PlayStation Support Is Terrible. My PS5 Horror Story - Maybe Help A Duder Out. (By: @sessh)

Sessh recently had issues with their PS5 and shares on Giant Bomb why they would describe Sony Customer Support as one of the worst he has dealt with in the video game industry.

The Wheel of Dubious RPGs Episode 29-30: FromSoftware DOUBLE SPECIAL (By: @arbitrarywater)

It's not every day when the Giant Bomb forums remind me of 360 exclusive JRPGs!
It's not every day when the Giant Bomb forums remind me of 360 exclusive JRPGs!

ArbitraryWater "Wheel of Dubious RPGs" blog series is back! Season two starts with looks at Enchanted Arms and King's Field: The Ancient City! Remember when From made non-Souls games?

Indie Game of the Week 212: Jenny LeClue: DetectivĆŗ (By: MENTO)

Mento has a new episode of their "Indie Game of the Week" blog series! This episode is all about Jenny LeClue: Detectivu and you can read why they were pleasantly surprised by the game

Ys: Memories Of Celceta Shows Just How Good Ys VIII Really Is, But Is Still A Decent Time In Its Own Right +

I Failed At Ma[PSV]rch, But VR Also Failed To Fit Into My Life. I Don't Think It's The Future Of Gaming +

What If Microsoft Abandoned The Console Wars And Nobody Seemed To Notice? (By: @bigsocrates)

First, bigsocrates playedYs: Memories of Celceta after avoiding it for years and shares on the forums why they think it is tough to go back to in a world where Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana exists. Second, bigsocrates you may recall set out to use PSVR every day in March, but they opine why they were not able to accomplish their goal and why they think VR is not for them. Finally, they share their thoughts about Microsoft no longer valuing the console wars as they did in the past.

What's the Greatest Video Game: Empire of Sin (By: @imunbeatable80)

Ys is a good time and if you have not played one, you are missing out.
Ys is a good time and if you have not played one, you are missing out.

imunbeatable80 decided to tackle Empire of Sin for their latest What's the Greatest Video Game blog post! Give it a read on using the link above to see if they recommend the tactical strategy game!

Discussion Threads

Loop Hero Variability And Build Discussion Thread (By: @thataintfalco)

How viable do YOU think the various build paths are in Loop Hero?
How viable do YOU think the various build paths are in Loop Hero?

To everyone in the community playing Loop Hero, how do you gauge the game's variability? Do you think its gameplay truly values different build paths and playstyles? Join the discussion using the link!

What Was The Best GOTY Debate For #1 vs #2 Slot? (By: @topcyclist)

Here's an interesting discussion thread that seems to have struck a cord with the Giant Bomb community. When you think about all of Giant Bomb's GOTY coverage, which GOTY #1 versus #2 debate sticks out the most?

Sony Possibly Closing PS3/Vita/PSP Shops By End Of Summer (By: @kemuri07)

Well... this is a possible bummer.
Well... this is a possible bummer.

Community members still can't stop talking about the announced closure of the PS3, Vita, and PSP digital marketplaces. Join the conversation using the link! Are you angry? What does this mean for game preservation?

What Are Your Favorite Hotspot/Relaxed Friday Moments? (By: @rorie)

Our very own Mr. Rorie is trying to make a clip show of the funniest and best moments from the revived HotSpot or Relaxed Friday Streams! If you can think of any gags or jokes that made you laugh, suggest them over here!

It Takes Two Discussion Thread (By: @rahulricky)

Are Viking games making a comeback thanks to Valheim?
Are Viking games making a comeback thanks to Valheim?

Have any of you checked out the co-op platformer, It Takes Two? What do you make of its mix of co-operative gameplay and storytelling? Does the game marry its high concept perfectly?

Snyder Cut Discussion Thread (By: @darksouls1988)

A lot of users have now seen the Snyder Cut of The Justice League. You can join the rest of them discussing what you thought about it... all four hours of it... with the rest of the community. For one thing, are you watching it in chunks or in a single sitting?

Doom Eternal's The Ancient Gods ā€” Part Two DLC Difficulty Discussion Thread (By: @rorie)

A LOT of people have been calling Doom Eternal's The Ancient Gods ā€” Part Two DLC "hard," but what has been YOUR impression of its difficulty thus far? If you think it is hard, do you think that's okay for a DLC expansion?

Are Fighting Games A Dying Genre Post 2021? (By: @topcyclist)

Are you as impressed with this game as brad and Vinny?
Are you as impressed with this game as brad and Vinny?

Here's an interesting discussion thread. What do you make of the current state of fighting games? Do you think the genre is improving, declining, or in a holding pattern?

Looking For An Entry Point Into The Total War Games (By: @gloveslipper)

Attention Total War fans! We have a user asking for advice on the best "entry point" in the Total War franchise? Should they go the fantasy route or historical route to learn the franchise's mechanics? What about A Total War Saga: Troy?

Lists

Advancing in Years (By: @mento)

What are your GBA memories?
What are your GBA memories?

It's the Game Boy Advance's 20th anniversary! CRAZY, RIGHT?! Well moderator Mento celebrates the momentous occasion with a list looking at their favorite games on the handheld.

User Reviews

animeezy fo' sheezy
animeezy fo' sheezy
  • @yyninja's Tokyo Dark review shares how it provides the same ups as a modern Telltale game, but unfortunately with the same downsides.

Wiki Page

Game Boy Advance + E3 2001

Getting old sucks.
Getting old sucks.

This week the Game Boy Advance celebrated its 20th anniversary! If you want to take a deep dive into the handheld's interesting lifespan and hardware, then check out Giant Bomb's official wiki page for the platform!

Likewise, check out all of the pictures @marino took of E3 2001, which is where the GBA was first shown in North America!