Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host as we look back at the best community works from the previous week. Well, Extra Life's Game Day came and went and the Giant Bomb Team ended up raising $123,244, which as of the writing of this Spotlight is enough to put the team #4 on Extra Life's overall team rankings. Many thanks to all who participated! Both users and staff allowed this year's Extra Life to go off without a hitch. Also, please be aware, Fundraising Pages (new and old) stay open through December 31! If you were not able to donate or participate during the event, you still can! Also, don't think this is the end of Giant Bomb's Extra Life coverage! We still have some heavy-hitters yet to stream for the event. Finally, if you enjoy the Community Spotlight feature, please consider donating to my Extra Life page.
When it comes to general programming news, there was not a new episode of The Very Online Show this week due to Tamoor experiencing real-life issues. Wish them the best in their struggles on twitter if you can. Also, starting with the new new Limp Bizkit album episode, Albummer will be free for all from this point forward! Finally, Ben will be doing a new premium show called "Giant Bomb Presents: Voicemail Dumptruck!" Check out the full pitch during episode 711 of the Giant Bombcast.
Extra Life 2021 Links!
Giant Bomb's Extra Life Team Page (By: @marino)
Giant Bomb's Individual Donation Page
Giant Bomb Extra Life Spreadsheet
Are You Participating In Extra Life 2021 This Year? If So, Promote Your Donation Page & Stream HERE!
For the first time ever, every team member got at least one donation. Also, the team has raised OVER $100,000! The team goal is to raise $223,566 so Giant Bomb can crest an all-time total of $2,000,000 raised for Extra Life! Giant Bomb proper has a personal goal of $100,000. Don't forget that the Giant Bomb Discord collective will be streaming on 11/20/2021 and Dave Lang has created an Extra Life page with their stream scheduled for "soon."
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! They are also the person to thank for the Extra Life Spreadsheet. Check it out if you are interested in seeing who raised the most and the special highlights of the event.
Will Smith x Welcome to Earth (By: Chroneus)
So, Disney announced a new series on Disney+ starring the actor Will Smith, and like all good corporate Twitter accounts, they linked to Will Smith of Tested fame instead of the actor. As such, the Giant Bomb Discord had a bit of a field day. This work of art comes from Giant Bomb Discord moderator Chroneus.
Voice Mail Dump Truck Logo (By: @GB_Nonsense)
Many thanks to the GB_Nonsense Twitter account for making a logo for the new voicemail dumptruck show that hasn't even aired its first episode yet. You all are way more creative than you give yourselves credit for.
Nextlander x Giant Bomb Extra Life 2021 (By: Nextlander)
This is just a friendly reminder for those of you that missed the Nextlander x Giant Bomb Extra Life stream that you can catch an archive of the event on Nextlander's YouTube account. Also, here's a link to Nextlander's Extra Life page.
10 years ago right about now, @giantbomb locked @kasavin in a room for 12 hours.https://t.co/NxSAQu1U1N— Brad Lynch (@MarinoV1) November 10, 2021
happy birthday to Skyrim the subject of @giantbomb's most popular youtube video https://t.co/7AR2x3n1IS— Cristian Rodriguez (@cristian_rarg) November 11, 2021
Jeff B [flabbergasted]: Look at the size of Jan's water bottle. What the fuck dude? I'm sorry Jason [trying to introduce a game], but I was distracted by the freaking traffic barrier that Jan lifted to his face. #UPFRFS 9/17/21 pic.twitter.com/jnk8PQJ9vq— Giant Bomb Nonsense (@GB_Nonsense) November 10, 2021
Who do I send this to or where do I file this? @giantbomb @Janina pic.twitter.com/tJGnrRvRgO— Bryan Stills (@reellayers) November 9, 2021
Hey @giantbomb Community! #EXTRALIFE #ExtraLife2021 is still taking donations!— GB Duders Feed (@GBDudersFeed) November 9, 2021
Team Donation Page: https://t.co/W04F8khpiS pic.twitter.com/L4qxtAa6rs
Had to make good on an Extra Life donation. Let's try FFXIV again! pic.twitter.com/uYPICLKT18— Jan Ochoa (@_janjerome) November 9, 2021
Jan's got a wonderful newsletter tomorrow morning about friendship and the Golden Girls! Sign up now and receive it in the morning! I love the smell of news and letters in the morning. https://t.co/CQ1bBAnW8S— Giant Bomb (@giantbomb) November 9, 2021
Enjoy some images of newsletters in this tweet. pic.twitter.com/UlROSMWELh
I'm Happy Unpacking Made Me Cry (By: @finaldasa)
Moderator FinalDasa played Unpacking and shares why the game's environmental storytelling ended up having an emotional impact on them. Read why the game making them cry was a positive experience.
What's the Greatest Video Game: Stardew Valley +
What's the Greatest Video Game: Blood will be Spilled (By: @imunbeatable80)
Stardew Valley is a game beloved by many for its meditative and tranquil qualities. imunbeatable80 is one of those people and you can read why it has catapulted to the top of their "Games of All-Time" list. They also played the insectoid westerner, Blood will be Spilled. See how that game stacks up to the heavy-hitters in their series.
Indie Game of the Week 245: Masquerada: Songs and Shadows
Navigating The Nexus (By: @mento)
For their latest "Indie Game of the Week" blog, moderator Mento checks out Masquerada: Songs and Shadows! Check out why the game reminds them of the more story-focused games built in the Infinity Engine (i.e., Planescape). Likewise, Scarlet Nexus is the first game released in 2021 moderator Mento has played thus far! Read what impressed and annoyed them about the game, from the perspective of an old school game player.
Rain On Your Parade: Game Pass Gems #02 (By: @jeremyf)
jeremyf continues their blog series in which they check out indie titles hosted on Xbox Game Pass. This time around, they played Rain on Your Parade and share why its tone may "make-or-break" the game for some people.
On Its First Anniversary The Xbox Series X Feels Like The Xbox One X 2. A Nice But Unspectacular Upgrade. +
On Its First Anniversary The PS5 Feels Like It Has A World Of Potential... But Limited Delivery So Far+
Schlocktober '21 Round-up. A Ranking Of The Games I Played And Some Closing Thoughts. (By: @bigsocrates)
Today marks the one year anniversary of bigsocrates buying an Xbox Series X|S as well as a PlayStation 5. Use the links below to read what they have enjoyed and disliked about each console with a year under their belt. bigsocrates also wrapped up their "Schlocktober '21" series on the site and this week ranks all of the games they played from best to worst!
My History With The Metroid Series (By: @purpleshyguy)
PurpleShyGuy uses Metroid Dread as a segue to detail their relationship with the Metroid franchise from beginning to end. Use the link above to read what they think are the franchise's highs and lows.
Battlefield 2042 Release (By: @inspectorfowler)
Are there any users that have checked out Battlefield 2042? Have you enjoyed its take on the Battlefield formula? Has the version you are playing been mired in bugs or technical glitches?
GTA Remastered Pulled From Sale For PC (By: @rorie)
What do you make of the news that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition has been pulled from sale for PC? Those of you that purchased a console copy, have you experienced any issues?
Speculation And Rumors On The Nvidia RTX 4000 Series (By: @gtxforza)
More information is creeping out about the Nvidia RTX 4000 series, but do you think anyone will be able to get one? Even if supply was stabilized, what price point do you think it would have?
Steam Deck Delayed Until February (By: @diamond_lime)
Are there any Giant Bomb bummed out at the delay announcement for the Steam Deck? Is anyone surprised by the news given everything happening with the global supply chain? What do you make of this news alongside the news about the Playdate?
Unity Acquires Weta Digital For $1.6 Billion (By: @sweep)
Are there any users with thoughts about Unity acquiring Weta Digital for $1.6 billion? Can you think of ways this will immediately impact the games industry? Join the community discussion about the news using the link!
Happy 15th Anniversary Of The PlayStation 3! (By: @gtxforza)
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the PlayStation 3! Have any of you gotten used to calling the PS3 a "classic" video game console? Is this anniversary a friendly reminder of why Sony sunsetting the PS3 and PSP marketplaces is a shitty thing to do?
Your Most Favorite IP Introduced In The Last-Gen Era? (By: @gtxforza)
Here's a fun discussion thread on the forums: what are your favorite new IPs from the last console cycle? Current community picks include Bloodborne, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Control, but can you think of other notable games?
What Does Your Driver Look Like In Forza Horizon? (By: @imhungry)
For those of you that picked up Forza Horizon 5, what does your driver look like? Also, what are your impressions of the driver customization options? Share your potential Monster Factory creation with the rest of the community!
Dungeon Encounters Is Square-Enix's Most Subversive Title (By: @laughingman)
Have any of you checked out Dungeon Encounters from Square Enix? For those that have, did enjoy or dislike its Spartan UI and barebones presentation style? Is this a throwback worth checking out?
How Much Do You Relate To Game Pass Paralysis, Or Emulator Syndrome? (By: @sombre)
The topic of "Game Pass Paralysis" has come up during the Bombcast before, but is it an issue for you? Do you look at the massive catalog of streaming games and struggle to start or finish things?
Speculation On Next Nintendo Platform (Place Holder Name Is Called "20XX") (By: @gtxforza)
What is YOUR reaction to the earlier news about a Next Generation Nintendo console coming out in "20XX?" Is this a big deal or a lot of noise over nothing? Share your thoughts with the rest of the community!
Your Favorite Anime Of 2021? (By: @gtxforza)
Calling all of the anime fans in the Giant Bomb community! What are your top three anime of 2021? Share your favorite shows and what made them memorable with the rest of the anime-watching userbase on the site.
You Gave Me Random Video Game Characters, And I Ranked Them From Best to Worst (By: @dnemitz42)
dnemitz42 is challenging the community to a "social experiment" with their latest list. The list only ranks video game characters you share to them. Right now there are only a handful of characters, but the list will grow depending on what YOU COMMENT!
- @yyninja gave The Final Cut version of Disco Elysium a shot and shares in their review how it does not address their issues with the game's general pacing and technical problems.