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The Community Spotlight 2021.07.10

For the most important meal of the day.

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the latest episode of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight. I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host as we look back at the best community-created efforts from the past week. First, I want to apologize for something that another community member brought up last week. The previous edition of the Spotlight should have mentioned that last weekend marked the 8th year anniversary of Ryan Davis's passing. Ryan was instrumental in the site's founding and a key pillar of its rise. In the Tweets section you will find a handful of tributes and dedications to Ryan. Feel free to use the comments to share any of your favorite Ryan moments. With that in mind, both GrubbSanx and Borne to Run are in full production! If you are a premium member, you can watch the full versions of the first two episodes of GrubbSnax RIGHT NOW! With that in mind, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping!

Screened.com was a fun time.
Screened.com was a fun time.

Tweets

Videos

GrubbSnax Selects Ep. 02: OLED Nintendo Switch and YOUR Questions! (By: Giant Bomb)

So, there are still a handful of users confused about how GrubbSnax and Borne to Run "work" for non-premium users. Below, you will find a video on the Giant Bomb YouTube account that takes the nearly 90 minute long show and whittles it down to 14 minutes. There will be a similar format for Borne to Run, however, the first episodes of both will be free for all users.

Galleria

Giant Bomb x PicoCad (By: @jakeyjake)

It's not every week when you have an activity AND galleria submission all in one package, but this week jakeyjake made this 3D animated Giant Bomb logo using PicoCad! However, if you click the link above you can learn how you can make your own art using the platform!

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Honey Bucket (By: @ucantalas)

Ucantalas decided to take Jeff's Honey Bucket joke in a different, but still hilarious, direction.

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Blogs

What's the Greatest Video Game: Into the Breach +

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

Griftlands certainly has a look.
Griftlands certainly has a look.

imunbeatable80 has two episodes of their "What's the Greatest Video Game" series with the first being about Into the Breach and why they consider it an almost perfect turn based strategy experience. They also checked out Griftlands and share why it has catapulted its way to the top of their 2021 GOTY list.

Thoughts On This Weekend's (July 4, 2021) Alpha For Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt (By: @bladeofcreation)

Is the look of original GameBoy games coming back?
Is the look of original GameBoy games coming back?

BladeOfCreation tried out the open alpha for Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt. If you want to read how the game is shaping up, and how it treats the VtM IP, click the link.

I Played Code Vein So You Don't Have To (By: @humanity)

Humanity played a solid amount of Code Vein to try to determine if it is the anime-esque Souls-like game the world needs. Hint, they don't think so, but you should still take the time to read why they think that.

Indie Game of the Week 227: Tiny Dangerous Dungeons +

The Dredge of Seventeen: June (By: @mento)

The 360/PS3 era was rough for Square-Enix.
The 360/PS3 era was rough for Square-Enix.

Moderator Mento has a new episode of their "Indie Game of the Week" series on Giant Bomb and this episode is all about Tiny Dangerous Dungeons! Read why they respect how it worked with its limits even if they weren't sold on the game as a whole. Additionally, they played a smattering of backlog games from 2017 ranging from Alchemist's Castle to Murder Most Misfortunate to Elex. Use the link below to read which ones they recommend the most!

Doki Doki Literature Club Is More Than Just A Spooky Game (By: @purpleshyguy)

PurpleShyGuy played the "updated" version of Doki Doki Literature Club and explains why it is more than just a spooky game and how this release double downs on its "true message." Warning for spoilers and distressing content.

The Wheel of Dubious RPGs Episode 41-42: The Last Remnant and Underworld Ascendant (By: @arbitrarywater)

Hot Take: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory has a better stories than any Metal Gear game.
Hot Take: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory has a better stories than any Metal Gear game.

ArbitraryWater's latest "Wheel of Dubious RPGs" blog post is all about The Last Remnant and Underworld Ascendant! Use the link below to read how both are examples of too much ambition not being a good thing!

Clones & Memes: How Kojima Uses Repetition To Create A Mythos (By: @eccentrix)

eccentrix talks about Metal Gear and how Kojima uses reputation to create a unifying mythos. If you are a fan of the franchise or Hideo Kojima in general, this blog is a must read.

Miles Morales, Family, and Community. (SPOILERS) (By: @mooseymcman)

MooseyMcMan writes about Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and why its protagonist and surrounding cast of characters, as well as tight gameplay experience, resonated so well for them.

Discussion Threads

Your Most Favorite Spaceships In Gaming? (By: @gtxforza)

Release a Ragnarok model you cowards
Release a Ragnarok model you cowards

We have a community discussion about "favorite spaceships in gaming." Share your picks with the community using the link above. Me? I have a soft spot for the Ragnarok in Final Fantasy VIII.

New Music Thread: 2020 & 2021 "Lockdown" Edition (By: @facelessvixen)

There's a new music thread on the forums! If you want to talk about mixtapes, singles, or albums; this is the thread for you! Maybe one of you has it in you to become the next Anthony Fantano or Robert Christgau.

Your Favorite Fighting Game Character Themes (By: @purpleshyguy)

Guilty Gear -Strive- revived the topic, but what are your favorite fighting game character themes? Do you like light pop beats or thumping heavy metal when you are playing a fighting game?

Best Immersive Sims (By: @jonnythan12)

The genre has had some ups and downs recently, but what are your favorite immersive sims? Is you favorite example of the genre a new game like Prey or an oldie like Deus Ex?

Which Controller Should I Buy? (By: @alistercat)

Oh, Gunther, all you wanted was a soda.
Oh, Gunther, all you wanted was a soda.

With this thread we have a user asking which of the modern console controllers works best on the PC. Would it be better to pick up a console controller from last generation? How do you judge the difference between mini-USB and USB C?

Is Wrestling The Hardest Sport? (By: @elbertwarren)

Some people get up in arms whenever the topic of wrestling being a sport is brought up, but that's not the topic of this thread. As you can guess from the title, does the amount of choreography and "luck" of wrestling make it the "hardest sport?"

Lists

Hypothetical Mortal Kombat 12 Character Roster Predictions/Wish List (By: @jessemb27)

I warned you, they really go for it....
I warned you, they really go for it....

It is most certainly years away, but jessemb27 is already hard at work on a list of characters they want to see in Mortal Kombat 12. I will warn you, they really "go for it" on this list.

User Reviews

  • @vrkobold's Ikenfell review details why it putting queerness center-stage in an unapologetically positive light isn't the only reason to check it out, though, it is the best part of the game.

Wikis

Donkey Kong

Where's Steve Wiebe?
Where's Steve Wiebe?

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Japanese arcade release of Donkey Kong! Here's a link to the amazing wiki page on Giant Bomb we have for the game in case you want to read all about its history!

Nintendo 64DD

It was mentioned during an email for the Bombcast, but if you want to know more about the Nintendo 64DD, you should read our wiki page for the platform! Our page talks about its hardware and likely reasons for failing.

Bandai RX-78

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It's fairly rare at this point that we find new platforms to add to the wiki. I'd say it's even more rare that we find one named after a Gundam. But, here we are. Thanks, Bandai.