Giant Bomb News

10 Comments

The Community Spotlight 2021.08.28

A VHS tape that you could watch every single day.

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host as we go back and check out the best community created content from the last week!

I hate to start things off with a bug report, but this is important. There have been multiple reports from users saying that premium videos have stopped working on FireFox. However, Rorie needs YOUR HELP in replicating the issue!

As mentioned last week, friend of the site, Michael Higham has left GameSpot. The good news is that they have announced they are not leaving the games press and will be joining Fanbyte's FFXIV coverage team.

Your dedicated premium features this week are:

Due to the timeliness of the episode, this week's episode of The Very Online Show, which covered OnlyFans' original plan to ban pornographic content, will be made free for everyone.

Giant Bomb is starting a new feature in which "classic" podcast moments get animated. If you are interested in following the animator in charge of the feature, Duncan Hatch, here's a link to their Twitter profile. As I always say, please support artists however you can. With that, let's jump into the Spotlight!

Galleria

Jan Dirt (By: @jearum)

You know, sometimes I have a lot to say about the fan art that gets created for members of the Giant Bomb staff. This time, however, I'm just without any words.

No Caption Provided

Videos

Jeff Grubb On Breaking Video Game News, GamesBeat And Giant Bomb (By: Overlode)

Jeff Grubb recently did a wonderful interview in which they talk about their career and experiences reporting on game news for GamesBeat and Giant Bomb. If you want to learn more about their origins as well as how they ended up on Giant Bomb, give it a watch!

E3 To Be Downsized, Attendance Will Be Limited | The Hotspot | 8/01/2006 (By: VinnCo Archive)

Here's a blast from the past for GameSpot and Giant Bomb fans! Over on YouTube, the VinnCo Archive account found and archived @cgouskos' original HotSpot report on the "downsizing of E3" as a trade show... from 2006.

Tweets

Blogs

Splitgate Really Is Just Halo But With Portals (By: @purpleshyguy)

You got portals in my Halo!
You got portals in my Halo!

PurpleShyGuy has played a good amount of Splitgate and comments on Giant Bomb why it is totally okay in their books that it wears its Halo-inspired roots proudly.

Indie Game of the Week 234: Weird and Unfortunate Things are Happening +

VN-ese Waltz: August - Raging Loop (By: @mento)

First, for their latest "Indie Game of the Week," they checked out Weird and Unfortunate Things Are Happening. Use the link to read why they think it provides a more than admirable indie Mother/EarthBound experience. Likewise, they continued their blog series about visual novels with a look at Raging Loop, a horror-themed survival story from Kemco! Use the link below to see if they enjoyed its mix of horror and humor!

Recompile Is A Cool Tron-like Metroidvania-lite (By: @humanity)

Bless Mento for not having high standards for their VN series.
Bless Mento for not having high standards for their VN series.

Humanity takes to the site to talk about Recompile! Use the link below to read why they really enjoyed the game and its mix of Tron-like visuals with Metroidvania-lite gameplay!

What's the Greatest Video Game: Super Mega Baseball 2 (By: @imunbeatable80)

It's time for BASEBALL with imunbeatable80's latest "What's the Greatest Video Game" blog! This episode is all about Super Mega Baseball 2 and it gets to the bottom of whether or not its arcade gameplay holds up.

PSN Account Being Held For Ransom - Any Experience? (By: @sketchaetch)

I had not heard of Recompile until I checked out Humanity's blog and if you are in the same boat, give it a read!
I had not heard of Recompile until I checked out Humanity's blog and if you are in the same boat, give it a read!

Giant Bomb user SketchAEtch shares the grueling tale of what it is like to get your PSN Account held for ransom. Use the link to learn why Sony Customer Service wasn't the solution and don't forget to check out their subsequent posts as they are truly harrowing.

Gaming Memories: Oblivion (By: @majormitch)

MajorMitch revives their blog series on Giant Bomb where they re-play the games from their childhood and teenage years. Join their conversation on why they think The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion proved formative in refining their palette for open-world games.

Weekly Update #36 - August 22, 2021 (By: @qreedence)

A lot has been said about the current state of World of Warcraft. User qreedence sunk in over 500+ hours on patch 9.1 of World of Warcraft the past two months and shares the good and bad of what they experienced.

Beasts of Steel: Horizon: Zero Dawn and Environmentalism (By: @gamer_152)

One of the absolute most gut-wrenching things you will read all week.
One of the absolute most gut-wrenching things you will read all week.

Gamer_152 writes how reconnecting with the environment alone cannot preserve the planet, neither can the companies claiming they're our saviors and that is what Horizon Zero Dawn has to say about environmentalism.

Discussion Threads

Psychonauts 2 - Reviews & Discussion (By: @glots)

Is this a trip down memory lane worth playing?
Is this a trip down memory lane worth playing?

Psychonauts 2 is here! For those that have played it, was it worth the nigh fifteen-year wait? In what ways does it improve upon the original? Are there any individual levels or environments that stick out to you?

Marvel's Midnight Suns Announcement Discussion Thread (By: @constantk)

What is YOUR reaction to the Marvel's Midnight Suns announcement? Are you excited to check out a dark Marvel-themed tactics game from Firaxis and 2K Games? Is this a good use of the Marvel IP as well as a good use of Fraxis's time?

Halo: Infinite Launches December 8th (By: @rorie)

Is this the Firaxis game you were hoping for?
Is this the Firaxis game you were hoping for?

Halo Infinite launches December 8th! Are you surprised by the announcement? Is the lack of features like campaign co-op with this release still a disappointment and a reason to avoid the game barring positive reviews?

Is It More Fun To Not Have A Game Backlog? (By: @topcyclist)

Here's an interesting poll and discussion thread on the forums! Is it more or less fun to have a video game backlog? Do you generally have more fun playing missed titles from a few years ago or recent releases?

Tales of Arise Demo Discussion Thread (By: @dochaus)

Is it time to get excited about Halo again?
Is it time to get excited about Halo again?

Are there any Giant Bomb users out there that checked out the demo for Tales of Arise? What are your impressions of its artstyle and gameplay? What improvements would you like to see before release?

Sounds Of Tokyo-to Future, 2Mellow's Jet Set Radio-inspired Follow-up, Releases (By: @the_nubster)

Are there any Giant Bomb users out there that have given 2 Mello's latest album, Sounds of Tokyo-To Future, a listen? Have you enjoyed its Jet Set Radio-inspired tracks?

When You Do, Why Do You Play Bad Games Even When You Know There Bad And You Don't Like Them? (By: @topcyclist)

Low-poly Myst is the only Myst I know of.
Low-poly Myst is the only Myst I know of.

When you play a game you know is bad what is motivating you? Is it the same motivation for watching bad movies like Trolls 2 or The Room? In general, why do you personally seek about bad games?

Your Favorite Limited Edition Console Bundles From 2010s? (By: @gtxforza)

The Halo Infinite Xbox Series X console has inspired the Giant Bomb community to look back and think about all of the limited edition console bundles from 2010s! Did you ever buy any game-specific 360/Xbox One, PS3/PS4, or Wii Us?

HD Remaster Of Myst Discussion Thread (By: @rorie)

Does this make you nostalgic?
Does this make you nostalgic?

A new remaster of Myst is coming out with ray-tracing... SOON! What do you think about playing a version of Myst that isn't still images? Does this mean Riven: The Sequel to Myst should get a remaster at some point?

Fraud In The Reto Game Market Discussion Thread (By: @ludovicoheard)

Karl Jobst recently wrote an article exposing what they suspect is driving the price of retro games at auction. What do you think of their report and supporting evidence claiming fraud between multiple parties?

PlayStation 1 Collector's Edition 'White Label' Games Sharing Thread (By: @lcompx)

Any PS1 fans out there that remember the "White Label" PlayStation Collectors' Editions? We have a new thread where users are sharing their nostalgia for the reverse font color. We also have a concept page documenting them all: PlayStation Collectors' Editions

User Reviews

Read why this game might not be the Civilization hold-over you are looking for.
Read why this game might not be the Civilization hold-over you are looking for.