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The Community Spotlight 2022.04.23

If you're surprised that World of Warcraft is still getting expansions, wait 'til I tell you about EverQuest.

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!

Things were a little more chill on the site this week, but that doesn't mean the community wasn't up to great stuff. This week marked the return of Reel Layers with a video essay on the horror implications of The Santa Clause (1994).

For those of you asking about Arcade Pit, the show will return in a few weeks. If you do not think that is soon enough to get your Arcade Pit fix consider following them on Twitter and be aware a new non-Giant Bomb episode airs every Sunday at 8pm EST/5pm PST.

Friendly reminder to the Giant bomb community! Mr. Rorie wrote a pretty detailed post on the site for everyone that is still reporting encoder/video issues. If you want to know what is up or report an issue, this is the post for you! The good news is that the issues with Adblock and the site player should be resolved! With all of that in mind, let's jump into the latest edition of the Community Spotlight!



A Chat With George Ziets About Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer (By: Giant Bomb)

Here's a video that hit the proper site that I do not think got its due. During the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run, Rorie decided to try out the "Party of One" format for the event. However, as they say, go big or go home! For their stream they interviewed CRPG legend, George Ziets!


Spider-Jan (By: @kone)

Jan is a man of many styles. That much is not up for debate. However, Kone noticed a sweater Jan was wearing recently and decided to play around with it in the best way possible!

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Giant Bomb T-Shirt Design Concept (By: @morehandclaps)

A while ago morehandclaps was asked to design a t-shirt for the site, but it never got past the concept stage. Luckily, they decided to post the draft of their design on Twitter.

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Raji: An Ancient Epic Is The 7th Selection Of The UUGPGC! Finish By May 2 To Participate. Mark All Spoilers! +

Game Pass Game Suggestion Thread (By:@bigsocrates)

Do any of you have thoughts about this game?
Do any of you have thoughts about this game?

Raji: An Ancient Epic is the 7th selection for Giant Bomb's Unsanctioned Unofficial Game Pass Game Club! If you have any NON-SPOILER thoughts about the game, or want to know how you can join the fun, click the first link. For the second link, as mentioned last week, the Giant Bomb Game Pass Game Club is in DIRE NEED of game suggestions and future picks! If you have any ideas for short indie titles on Game Pass, use the link and share them!


Indie Game of the Week 266: Songbird Symphony + 64 in 64: Episode 11 (By: @mento)

Oh... the nostalgia
Oh... the nostalgia

First, Mento checked out Songbird Symphony as part of their latest "Indie Game of the Week" blog post on the site! Read why they were not entirely impressed by the rhythm platformer! Likewise, Mento also provided another "64 in 64" blog on the site! This week they played an hour of Pokémon Snap and Monster Truck Madness 64! Read why Snap's scoring system drove them crazy and why monster trucks aren't their jam!

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

imunbeatable80 checked out Pathway this week and discusses on why its tactical and turn-based gameplay gelled with them despite being in a crowded market of indie tactics games.

It's Months Away, But Let's Speculate About The 35th Anniversary Event For Final Fantasy +

The Quest For The Worst Adventure Game Puzzles - Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (Part 1: Act I & Wits Path) (By: ZOMBIEPIE)

One of the greatest adventure games ever made?
One of the greatest adventure games ever made?

The official event is months away, but leaks for Square Enix's 35th Final Fantasy Anniversary Event have been coming out. Therefore, moderator ZombiePie wrote out what they hope the company has up their sleeve for the series! Also, after a hiatus, ZombiePie's blog series ranking the puzzles of classic adventure games returns with an entry about Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis! Read all about how they felt about Act I and the Wits Path!

Final Fantasy T-Edition Travelogue (Pt 10) (By: @doublecakes)

What's the World of Ruin like in the Final Fantasy T-Edition romhack? If you like Final Fantasy VI, check out DoubleCakes' latest blog to find out what it's like trying to complete Relm's side quest and the Phoenix Cave in that version!

Moosey's Elden Ring Lore Ramblings [SPOILERS] (By: @mooseymcman)

It's time to get CRAZY with Romhacks this week!
It's time to get CRAZY with Romhacks this week!

MooseyMcMan takes to Giant Bomb to discuss their thoughts about Elden Ring's story, characters, and lore! If you want to engage in a spoiler-based discussion about the game, then this the blog for you!

Games, Steam, and Speed: Tension in Ticket to Ride (By: @gamer_152)

What can a board game about taking train journeys teach us about a sci-fi strategy video game? Well, this week Gamer_152 takes to the site to discuss how Ticket to Ride creates a sense of tension even on an abstract game board.

The Very Best, Like No One Ever Was - Phase Two (By: @danielkempster)

Part Two of danielkempster's "The Very Best, Like No One Ever Was" series is up on Giant Bomb! Read to find out how they fared against the trials of Mt. Moon and the Cerulean City Gym across all three versions of Gen 1!

Discussion Threads

Thoughts On PlayStation 5's Selected 1st Parties' PC Ports Being Leaked? (By: @gtxforza)

Are you excited to get your hands on Splatoon 3?
Are you excited to get your hands on Splatoon 3?

There are rumblings that more PlayStation 5 exclusive titles will be coming to PC. Do you believe what is being reported? Are there any titles that you'd like to see on Epic or Steam?

Splatoon 3 Release Date Revealed: September 9th (By: @zombiepie)

What's YOUR REACTION to Splatoon 3's release date being moved to September 2022? Are it and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 a nice one-two punch to take away the sting of the Breath of the Wild 2 delay?

I Will Admit, E3 Not Being There Leaves A Hole (By: @monkeyking1969)

Anyone else still bummed?
Anyone else still bummed?

A handful of users on the forums are sharing how they are starting to feel like the cancellation of E3 2022 has left a void on the year for gaming. How do you feel? Join the conversation over here!

Long Ass Video Game Retrospective/Documentaries Do You Recommend? (By: @tempa777)

Here's a link to a discussion where users are sharing their favorite long-form video game essayists and video documentarians! Feel free to join the conversation by sharing your picks in the thread.

Why Is Elden Ring So Popular? (By: @mindbullet)

Calling the Elden Ring community! We have a handful of people who don't enjoy Souls games asking what makes Elden Ring popular and if it is accessible to newcomers! Share your thoughts and opinions using the link above!


As to be expected with anything by Marino, there are charts!
As to be expected with anything by Marino, there are charts!

Marino's Top 100 Games of All Time (By: @marino)

Fellow moderator Marino took up the monumental task of creating a personal "Top 100 Games of All Time" list, but in true form he also has charts and graphs! Also, if you know a thing or two about him, his #1 shouldn't be a surprise. But, there's some wild picks in there too.

Games Of My Year 2021 (By: @jeffrud)

It's a bit belated, but user jeffrud finally got around to writing a list annotating their favorite video game experiences, with a focus on retro games, during 2021!

Games That I Really Want To See Happen (By: @alfred_vincent_svent)

If you are looking for some retro game suggestions, Jeffrud is your guy!
If you are looking for some retro game suggestions, Jeffrud is your guy!

Alfred_Vincent_Svent decided to work on a list of games and IPs they want to either get a reboot or another go but with a different developer. Read all about it on Giant Bomb!

Most Complex Economic & Business Strategy Games (By: @abramabe)

"Economic Games" rarely get a lot of buzz in the gaming community and press and user abramabe tried to fix that by creating a list of the "most complex economic and business games" ever made! Learn what they mean by clicking the link


Disorientation Zone

These are the types of concept pages I love to see on the site!
These are the types of concept pages I love to see on the site!

Your Wiki Page of the Week is: Disorientation Zone! It's one of those fun pages that you won't find on Wikipedia!

We define it as "A location that prevents the player from progressing, unless they follow a specific path or perform certain actions."