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 community-created works from the previous week! the site's GOTY content officially has a start date! Giant Bomb's guest lists and GOTY podcasts will begin publishing the week of January 24th!
On a related note, the 2021 Community GOTY voting HAS BEGUN! If you experienced issues trying to submit your vote earlier this week, the submission form has been fixed. Feel free to report other technical issues or bugs with the community voting on the official error reporting thread. If you wish to vote for a game released prior to 2021, go ahead and do that! Also, for DLC and grey areas like Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, vote for the original game release and the site will try to figure things out down the road.
Also worth repeating, be aware Giant Bomb announced they will not be returning to the office and Danny O'Dwyer announced on Twitter their Giant Bomb content is on hiatus as they attend to personal matters.
Though they have sold out again, earlier this week the Giant Bomb water bottles were re-stocked. The site is already trying to see if they can get another batch available for people that missed the window. If you check the merchandise store you can find what other stuff has been restored for purchase.
Finally, Rorie hosted a Community Co-Op Corner for Halo Infinite this week! If you have any suggestions for games they should play with the community, share them on Twitter or the Unofficial Giant Bomb Discord.
Pro tip: Do research before sharing ideas. pic.twitter.com/ljAaWjHwFP— Kone (@KoneBomb) January 12, 2022
You see this go down and it changes you. pic.twitter.com/6LhUiXG5pk— Dan (@GolazoDan) January 11, 2022
Question for old Whiskey Media members who engaged with our quest and achievement system:— Sean Coonce (@cooncesean) January 9, 2022
1. How did you feel when that system shut down?
2. If your achievements were still available today - would they hold any meaning for you?
Community-Created GOTY Content!
Author's Note: If you wrote a 2021 GOTY list or blog on the site and you do not see it here, feel free to post it over here on the official community GOTY list sharing thread! I you post anything in the thread after the publishing of this Spotlight, I will try to include your list or blog on the next one.
- GOTY 2021 (By: @wess)
- Mass Effect Legendary Edition Presents: Zackington's Top 5 Games of 2021 (By: @zackington)
- GOTY 2021 (By: @businessisblooming)
- Best Games of 2021 (By: @aleen634)
- Honorable Mentions For Gaming In 2021. (By: @mocbucket62)
- GOTY 2021 (By: @infinitespark)
- My 2021 Games Of The Year (By: @themathlete)
- Top 10 Games I Played In 2021 (By: @apoloimagod)
- Best Of 2021 (By: @enfo)
- Top 10 Games Completed In 2021 (By: @thecoolwall)
- 2021 -- GOTY (By: @turgar)
- Game of the Year 2021 (By: @av_gamer)
- Games Of 2021 (By: @farley_lives)
- GOTY 2021 (By: @jcracken)
- Best of 2021 (By: @gamer4iife)
- GOTY 2021 (By: @digthedoug)
- Best of 2021 (By: @agentoharah)
ArbitraryWater played a LOT of games last year that were not released during 2021. Read over on Giant Bomb about their ten favorite "retro" games they played for the first time!
MajorMitch ranks "the rest" of the games they played in 2021 from best to worst. Read all about their "honorable mentions" as well as their least favorite gaming experiences
MocBucket62 has some real heavy-hitters and indie-gems on their 2021 GOTY list on the site! With each game, their wrote an essay about why it meant so much to them last year!
KnightDehumidifier finally got around to making a 2021 GOTY blog on the site and it is a real delight! To call their list "unorthodox" would be an understatement but it is still a worthwhile read!
frontman12 is primarily a co-op gamer and that's getting harder and harder to be these days. However, you can read what they think were the best 2021 co-op experiences.
Hello community members! Remember, on the 17th the Unsanctioned Unofficial Game Pass Game Club will close their voting for their next game! Here are the choices to vote for if you are interested! The first game will be Gorogoa! If you wish to suggest a game, click the second link.
Daavpuke continues their blog series on Giant Bomb where they look at prominent mobile games, both new and old, with an exhaustive examination of League of Legends: Wild Rift! Even if you aren't a League fan, it is worth a read!
In an age of affordable video games, what is the point of the review? That's the question at the heart of Gamer_152's latest blog and as someone who enjoys writing out their thoughts related to games, they have some opinions to share.
Humanity uses their love of Olija to discuss why they enjoy the game and how it made them recognize "the importance of games that want you to finish them." Read what they mean by
bigsocrates is officially declaring 2022 as "The Year of Amico!" Read why, even as a skeptic, they plan to follow the console's launch as they suspect it will be entertaining regardless of the quality of the platform. Second, they pen a passionate defense for AA Games." Finally, bigsocrates checked out Olija on Game Pass and writes why they couldn't help but feel disappointed with how it controlled and looked.
Mento continues their "Indie Game of the Week" blog series and this episode is all about MagiCat! Read why this game surprised them with its cuteness and fun gameplay! Likewise, Mento continues to look at indie games to determine if they deserve to come up during GOTY discussions. This time they discuss StarBoy and Luck be a Landlord!
It's time for imunbeatable80 to tackle a Mario game for their "What's the Greatest Video Game" blog series on Giant Bomb! So, logically, they played Super Mario Bros. 2, a 100% AUTHENTIC MARIO GAME! Additionally, imunbeatable80 returns to the world of sports games, but this time checked out the original Top Spin. Read why the game was a formative stalwart in their gaming development
A lot of people seem to be excited about GoldenEye coming out to Xbox and (maybe) Switch. However, aren't there some of that worry the game will be difficult to go back to after all of the innovations to the FPS genre?
Under what circumstances would you consider the metaverse a replacement for physical travel? Obviously VR is a great alternatives during a pandemic, but are there any places you can only imagine visiting using VR?
Hardspace: Shipbreaker is getting a full release in Spring 2022! Are there any users that have been following the game and excited to get their hands on it? Join the hype thread using the link.
The topic has come up on the Bombcast in a negative light, but what are your favorite aspects about Marvel movies? Share your positive feelings about the MCU with the Giant Bomb community!
There are a number of "Life Hack" videos going around claiming that electrical contact cleaner like DeoxIT or WD-40 can treat or fix Joy-Con drift. Have any of you tried it?
Have you started to view long games as a negative? If so, when did this change start happening? For those that say "no," as you get older, how do manage longer games with your other obligations?
totalpatoot did something interesting with their latest list on Giant Bomb! They sat down and used the site's list system to see how many games they could remember from memory that they played when they were eighteen or younger.
Hellscream has officially played every game in the The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing series as well as the BioShock franchise! Check out which games they recommend people play on their rankings of the franchise.
- @tvonchair's Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights review talks about how the game both surprised and did not surprise them. Read why they really enjoyed its gameplay and story.
- @dinoracha's Back 4 Blood review shares why they struggled to have a good time with the game as someone who had to rely on strangers or the game's single-player AI.
- @sniffulls' quick Loop Hero review briefly shares why the game's recent speed and quality-of-life improvements have greatly improved the game.
If ever there was a new wiki page to pull LordAndrew from their slumber to update their "Too cool for Wikipedia" list, this is it. It is not often we get wiki concept pages as crazy as this one, but I'm all for it! If you can think of any games that feature "Upside down third-person shooting sequences" please, add them to the page.