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The Community Spotlight 2021.10.09

C'mon in! We're all getting tattoos today!

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 look back at the best creative endeavors from the community!

The first, and probably the most important, bit of housekeeping is related to "Ranking of Evil," which recently published its first episode. The confusion stems from whether or not Ranking of Evil will be free or a premium exclusive after its first episode. As Jan state in the comments of Episode 1, "Ranking of Fighters was a free show, Ranking of Evil will also be a free joint too." Additionally, future episodes will publish on Mondays and the hope is to release a new episode every two weeks.

I also want to give big props to this comment on YouTube. It is most excellent.
I also want to give big props to this comment on YouTube. It is most excellent.

Speaking of which, let's review all of the wonderful programs you may have missed if you blinked for even a moment. Then, let's jump right into the wonderful things the community has created!

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Extra Life 2021 Links

Giant Bomb's Extra Life Team Page (By: @marino)

Giant Bomb's Individual Donation Page

FOR THE KIDS!
FOR THE KIDS!

The site's EXTRA LIFE 2021 donation page is up! YOU, YES YOU, could be the first person to donate to Giant Bomb's Extra Life 2021 page! Also, here's a link to the team page! You can also feel free to join Giant Bomb's team as well as donate! If you can't donate, please spread the word to people who can! The team goal is to raise $223,566 so Giant Bomb can crest $2,000,000 raised for Extra Life! Giant Bomb proper has a personal goal of $100,000.

Marino is the current team captain for Giant Bomb's Extra Life team and if anything is "off" with the page, please let him know! Right now we have 37 team members and as a team is inching closer to $5,000!

Galleria

"Bombcast Moments" For $400 (By: @jearum)

As the work of art from jearum might suggest, Giant Bomb could warrant at least a question on Jeopardy, possibly even its own category. There's a lot of gold to mull over.

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Jan's DELI GANG Tattoo (By: @kone)

As Kone puts it in their blog, in a different timeline, probably one miles better than our own, Jan got the tattoo he joked about in the 706th episode of the Bombcast.

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Tweets

Community Activities

Giant Bomb New World Discord Invite Link

Remember, power in numbers!
Remember, power in numbers!

Giant Bomb super-fan, Cristian, has created a Giant Bomb Community Discord for users that are playing New World. If you are in the game and want to hook up with other community members, this is the link for you.

Blogs

Overlooked Tracks From Famous Game Soundtracks (By: @nuttism)

This is certainly a game I had not heard of until now!
This is certainly a game I had not heard of until now!

Nuttism's latest blog where they look at what they think are the best "overlooked" musical tracks in some of their favorite video game soundtracks! Here's a taste of their write-up and feel free to share your picks!

Indie Game of the Week 240: Symphonia +

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

First, they continue their "Indie Game of the Week" series on the site and this episode is all about Symphonia! Read why they think it is a perfect for anyone who enjoyed Rayman Origins! Second, they did a lot of gaming during September and review what they played and promise it wasn't all about The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd, though, that was the big highlight of their last month!

Deltarune Chapter 2, [[BIG SHOTS]], and Free Will. [SPOILERS / Theory Crafting] (By: @mooseymcman)

The memes already coming out for this game are of no surprise to me.
The memes already coming out for this game are of no surprise to me.

MooseyMcMan wrote up a massive blog about Deltarune Chapter 2 and shares their thoughts and impressions of the game's ending. If you are in the mood for spoilers and want to speculate where tobyfox goes next, this is the blog for you!

What's the Greatest Video Game: River City Girls+

What's the Greatest Video Game: Mutant Football League (By: @imunbeatable80)

imunbeatable80 has a two editions of their "What's the Greatest Video Game" series on Giant Bomb! This week they discuss River City Girls and how it attempts to modernize the beat-em up and if Mutant Football League is worth going back to, especially during the current malaise that has befallen the Madden franchise.

The Wheel of Dubious FPSes Episode 03-04: Strife and Killzone (By: @arbitrarywater)

Remember when all shooters looked like this?
Remember when all shooters looked like this?

ArbitraryWater has a new episode of their "Wheel of Dubious FPSes" blog series on the site! This episode tackles Strife and OG Killzone and you can use the link below to discover which game bored them to tears!

Discussion Thread

Metroid Dread - Reviews & Discussion (By: @glots)

People are saying this is a
People are saying this is a "good time" or at least, that's what I have heard from Jeff Grubb.

Are there any users that have been following the editorial coverage and reviews for Metroid Dread? If not, get a rundown of the early reviews and share if you are excited to pick up the game! So far, the game sound pretty good!

Squid Games - Will Devs Start Making These Knockoff Games And Create A New Battle Royale Trend Of Mini Games With Hyper Violence? (By: @topcyclist)

We have a discussion thread debating how soon it will be before there are a bunch of Squid Game inspired knock-off games and battle royale variants? How quickly will it take for capitalism to misconstrue a notably anti-capitalism show for the sake of raw profit?

Battlefield 2042 Beta Impressions (By: @wardcleaver)

Does this game pull all of its many parts together into a single package?
Does this game pull all of its many parts together into a single package?

What does everyone from the community think about the Battlefield 2042 beta? Are you a fan, or is it not tickling your fancy? Either way, share your impressions with your fellow users using the link above!

The Xbox 20th Anniversary Edition Controller Has Been Leaked (By: @gtxforza)

The 20th anniversary edition Xbox controller has supposedly leaked! What are your thoughts of the designs that are hitting the internet? I feel like where you stand regarding this debate depends on how much you liked the translucent console controllers of yesteryear.

PS3 And Vita Stores Are Removing Debit Cards & PayPal (By: @blergh)

The PS3 and Vita stores just made buying things classic games that much harder. Is this a portent for things to come? Is sunsetting all but an inevitable outcome for the old PSN marketplaces?

Do You Find It Easier To Play Games Away From The Hype? (By: @finaldasa)

I genuinely do miss this game.
I genuinely do miss this game.

Here's another fun topic: when you remove yourself from the hype surrounding a video game, do you tend to enjoy them more or less? Is it even possible to excise yourself from hype? Share your thoughts and ideas with the rest of the community.

What's Your Favorite Game You Can't Play Anymore? (By: @eccentrix)

As the title suggests, what is your favorite game that you cannot play at all anymore? The thread highlights GFWL stuff that is basically dead forever, but can you think of other games that are forever unplayable like Silent Hills or Velvet Sundown?

Diablo 2 Resurrected On Switch/Console (By: @trh5001)

Is this enough to keep people busy before Forza Horizon 5?
Is this enough to keep people busy before Forza Horizon 5?

Has anyone played the Switch version of Diablo 2 Resurrected? Some users are saying the framerate and inventory management UI in that version is especially poor, but feel free to share your experiences!

Hot Wheels Unleashed Discussion Thread (By: @gtxforza)

Are any of you of the opinion if people should give Hot Wheels Unleashed a shot? Are your impressions of the game thus far positive or negative? What additions or improvements would you like to see get added to the game?

Lists

What's Up With Shmups? (By: @durgerburglar)

If you have shump recommendations, durgerburglar is all ears!
If you have shump recommendations, durgerburglar is all ears!

One of the biggest takeaways from Nier: Automata that durgerburglar made was that they need to play more shmups. Here's a list of their progress thus far with the genre and feel free to drop a comment with more suggestions!

Worst Video Game Characters of All-Time (By: @dnemitz42)

dnemitz42 took the time to annotate their least favorite video game characters of all-time and as you will see if you click the link below, there are some real DOOZIES! Give it a read and don't hesitate to make a list of your own!

User Reviews

The low key 2021 GOTY candidate.
The low key 2021 GOTY candidate.

Wiki

Arcturus: The Curse and Loss of Divinity

You learn something every day and this wiki page is a real gem!
You learn something every day and this wiki page is a real gem!

@bowl-of-lentils sunk in a TON of work on the Giant Bomb wiki page for Arcturus: The Curse and Loss of Divinity! Seriously, check it out and learn everything there is to know about the game!