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 week that was on and around Giant Bomb. First, I want to share a big "thank you" to the outpour of support the last episode of the Spotlight got. It was truly heartwarming to see users both new and old come out of the woodwork to share their lover for the site and their feelings about Vinny, Alex, and Brad. In the days that followed their final appearance as staff, it has really set-in that the site no longer has them. It's different. The site is different. Yes, things were bound to be different, but it's so difficult to express the mixture of excitement and concern about the uncharted waters Giant Bomb is about to explore without sounding like an inconsiderate jerk or total buzzkill.
I speak for myself and my fellow moderators that it is appreciated to all of you who have expressed this bundle of conflicting emotions in a way that has avoided rumor mongering, speculation, or "fantasy booking." This sort of commentary does not help anyone, especially those who you would like to see join the site. With that in mind, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping.
- Due to recent events, Giant Bomb Premium for existing premium members will be extended for a month. That means May is basically free for you!
- On last week's Spotlight I incorrectly linked to Brad's Tech podcast with Will Smith that had Vinny as a special guest.
- Patrick recently did an interview where they chronicled their career from 1Up and Giant Bomb to where they are now.
- Jeff Baklar is officially a permanent member of the Giant Bombcast!
OK, I finally put up the files for that GBE piece!— Lizzy Dawson (@morehandclaps) May 14, 2021
- includes my original PSD + 4 final images at 4"x6" (both web and print versions)
- all proceeds between now and June 1st will be donated to Direct Relief's Covid-19 response
Thanks so much! <3https://t.co/W78qQaviTR
Got my Giant Bomb shirt (and hoodie) whee pic.twitter.com/Y4WJWqnB4n— Moosadee ~ Rachel/Wil (@Moosader) May 14, 2021
More @giantbomb swag! The print on demand store is great! Glad I got the 2016 Member's shirt before it was pulled for some reason! Great shirts, same quality as the regular store shirts! pic.twitter.com/7a18AnHlUX— Joseph Gilligan 📎 The_ADHDGamer (@therealtaaltos) May 14, 2021
We had a loooooooooooooooot of people who tried their hand at re-designing the Giant Bomb logo to mimic the recent changes in staffing. The first, by mynameisfatmike over on Twitter, welcomes Jeff Bakalar and Danny O'Dwyer to "NüBomb"
The second new logo design comes from Seaan Murphy, again on Twitter, and this one takes note of all of the Giant Bomb staff members whose name starts with "J."
Finally, Timowi tried their hand at redesigning the Luchadeer logo. They have two illustrations of their interpretation of the legendary Giant Bomb icon.
Beastcast Minecraft Server Tribute (By: various)
Here's a MASSIVE but amazing tribute to the Giant Beastcast from the Giant Bomb Minecraft server. If this is the kind of ridiculous fun you want to be a part of, click the link to read how you can join!
As always, many thanks to the Giant Bomb Unarchived account for preserving the pre-shows to any and all Giant Bomb livestreams! This felt especially necessary for the final Giant Beastcast as well as the pre-show for Brad, Vinny, and Alex's farewell.
imunbeatable80 committed to blogging every day on the site, and they got it done. Due to the wide-breadth of their content, I am going to limit it to three of their best blogs from the week. Nonetheless, click the link to their user page to check out some of their other amazing blogs on the site!
LapsarianGiraff uses their latest blog on Giant Bomb to discuss why they think the popularity and critical acclaim surrounding Resident Evil Village proves that the experiments taken in 7 were well worth the risk.
nadavis1 takes to the forums to share why the recent events related to the site reminded them of the importance of having coping mechanisms related to loss and unexpected change.
nateandrews shares on Giant Bomb the exhaustive efforts they made to have a "satisfactory" time playing Satisfactory. Read all about which parts of the game they loved and hated over here!
bigsocrates has been invested in the current batch of consoles for about six months now and details on the site why SSDs and backward compatibility are the two big positives they have taken from it. Additionally, bigsocrates continues their retrospective on the Assassin's Creed franchise with a look at Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia! Read why a recurring series of events reminded them of one of their least favorite stealth game tropes Finally, bigsocrates properly restarts their retrospective on the Assassin's Creed franchise with a look at Assassin's Creed Unity! Read why playing the game today reveals a mostly enjoyable action-adventure time.
Gamer_152 first wrote a little about where Giant Bomb's been and where it's going, and did their best at giving a heartfelt goodbye to the old site. Furthermore, they also took the time to get to the bottom of Waluigi and what his deal is.
Moderator ZombiePie wraps up their series on how the factions of Warhammer II should change in prep for Warhammer III. This week they take up the daunting task of "fixing" Bretonnia, Warriors of Chaos, and Beastmen!
qreedence got the itch to return to World of Warcraft and uses their latest blog on the site to talk about their recent attempt to complete a raid in Shadowlands and what they learned through it.
First, their latest "Indie Game of the Week" is all about the sci-fi narrative-drive cab driving game, Neo Cab! Use the link above to read why they think it has a lot going for it. Also, why would anyone play 2002's Enclave in the year of our Lord, 2021? Well, moderator Mento explains their mindset in tackling the dark and moody fantasy RPG. Finally, they wrapped up their retrospective on Tales of Graces F! Use the link above to read why they think it is one of the easier to recommend Tales of games in recent memory.
As mentioned earlier, Jeff Bakalar is now a permanent member of the Giant Bombcast! Wish them well and share your favorite Bakalar moments with the rest of the community using the link above!
Here's a new discussion thread bound to make all of you older users feeling nostalgic! Remember the Whiskey Media Happy Hour? Share and discuss your favorite moments from the former recurring segment!
Calling all Hitman 3 players in the community! Have any of you had any luck with The Iconoclast Elusive Target? Share your tips and tricks as well as your experiences with the rest of the community!
In sadder news, for those of you that have followed Jeff and company since the GameSpot days, Tor Thorsen, former Gamespot Editor has passed away. Share your condolences and fond memories of the editor with the rest of the community.
The more we learn about the format of E3 2021, the more the event sounds like a complete mess. However, many Giant Bomb users are just excited for a new video game conference regardless of the format. How do you feel?
It appears that someone is attempting to reboot Master of Magic with new DLC! What do you make of the news and all of the gameplay "changes" that have been revealed?
We have a new discussion thread on the Giant Bomb forums debating why many gaming publications struggle to cover sports games and their accompanying electronic sports leagues.
Here's a fun discussion! Have you ever dropped a game entirely because you never got good at playing it? Here's my example: I have never finished Legend Of Grimrock 2.
Have any of you tried the mercenaries mode in Resident Evil Village? Some Giant Bomb users love it, while others outright hate it. Use the link above to share your impressions with the rest of the community.
frontman12 finally played all of the games from 2020 they wanted to and as a result, updated their 2020 GOTY list accordingly. Check out which games they NOW think were the best from the year!
- For purely "scientific" purposes, @danryback went back and played The King of Fighters '94. Read why they think it is a rough game to go back to after all these years.
- @colonelsanders21 uses their review of the original Portal on the site to discuss why it doesn't hold up as well as you'd think, especially in a world where Portal 2 exists.
I forgot to mention this last week, but it is worth noting that Brad, Alex, and Vinny all have wiki pages due to credits they have received in actual video games. For Alex, their time with Harmonix is the obvious reason, but check out Brad and Vinny's pages to find out why they are in the wiki!