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The Community Spotlight 2022.07.16

You too can be camper of the day.

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. For those of you that tuned into the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run last weekend, I want to thank you for your support and words of encouragement! Overall, the event managed to raise over $3,000 for the National Network Of Abortion Funds! If you missed the event, don't worry as you can still donate to the team using this link! Special commendations are in store for nickieroonie for playing Cuphead with their feet and managing to get reported by IGN as news!

A few programming and staff notes for this and next week! During the week of July 18th, Jess hopes to get a new Hot Takeouts up on the site before she leaves for vacation. If you don't see her on the site during that week, that is the reason. Also, if you are on Twitter, you might be aware that Jan set up an NGL account where you can ask him anonymous questions. Please be nice, but he's already answered over 100+ questions at this point.

For those of you that enjoyed the Neon White Open, we had TWO great efforts to translate the various runs from the event into an easy-to-use spreadsheet. The first comes from @JFilipowicz and as you can see below, and it translates every participant's best run into an easy to consult image. On the other hand, @SecularStrategy went ahead and created a Google Doc with all of the runs!

Cool stuff from JFilipowicz!
Cool stuff from JFilipowicz!

Tweets

Galleria

One Punch Man Lucha Deer + One Punch Man Giant Bomb Logo (By:@jearum)

While waiting for the next episode of JJBA:OPM Gaiden, jearum decided to add some Giant Bomb flair to the One Punch Man opening. I think we can all agree the end result of both of their works is AMAZING!

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Mumen Bakalarn (By:@jearum)

Speaking of jearum being inspired by Giant Bomb's coverage of One Punch Man, here's their stab at making Jeff Bakalar be a character in the world of OPM!

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Bang and Meow (By: @jearum)

The topic of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater came up during the Bombcast, and as such, jearum decided to have a got at making Tam and Lucy characters in the world of Metal Gear.

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Dan "Technically" Ate A Hat (By: @jearum)

For those of you following the Voice Mail Dump Truck Episode, you know that Dan is the subject to a bet that has him needing to eat a hat. As this t-shirt shows, whether or not he has fulfilled this bet is the subject of many debates.

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Emmy Nominated Giant Bomb (By: @kone)

Jan has been incredibly vocal in the past about wanting to get Giant Bomb an Emmy nomination. So, when the nominees for "Best Variety Talk Series" cam in, kone envisioned a world where Jan's dreams came true.

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Clips

Best Of RiffTrax Streams: Jeff Grubb, Jess O'Brien, Chris Franklin (By: RiffTrax)

As mentioned last week, Jess and Jeff Grubb have been recurring guests on RiffTrax's Twitch streams. Here's a link to a highlight reel of the best moments of their last appearance.

Activities

GB New Yorkers Meetup...? (By: @splodge)

Remember to participate in BOTH Game Pass Game Club discussion threads we have up this week!@
Remember to participate in BOTH Game Pass Game Club discussion threads we have up this week!@

Who's in the New York area? splodge is trying to organize an in-person GB community meetup from Wednesday 20th of July to Sunday the 24th! If you are interested and live in the area, let out a yelp!

Unpacking Is The 13th Game Of The UUGPGC! Finish By July 25, 2022 To Join In The Discussion! Mark All Spoilers! +

Bugsnax Is The 12th Game Of The UUGPGC! Finish By July 11, 2022 To Join In The Discussion! Spoilers Open (By: @bigsocrates)

Unpacking is the 13th game selection for the Community Giant Bomb Game Pass Game Club! If you have any early and non-spoiler impressions or thoughts about the game, feel free to share them after clicking the link above! Likewise, Community Game Pass Game Club discussion for Bugsnax is now OPEN TO SPOILERS! As such, feel free to share your initial reaction to finding out what the deal was with the Bugsnax!

Blogs

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

Sometimes you need FMV in your life!
Sometimes you need FMV in your life!

SuperEpic: The Entertainment War is the subject of imunbeatable80's latest "What's the Greatest Video Game" post on the site! Check out how this MetroidVania game fared on their list with some heavy-hitters of the genre already on their list!

The Quest For The Worst Adventure Game Puzzles - The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time (Part 2) (By: @zombiepie)

If you want some FMV goodness in your life, check out the second part of ZombiePie's retrospective on the puzzles in The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time! For classic adventure game fans, it is a trip down memory lane!

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto, Domo Domo... (By: @pauljeremiah)

A lot of Metroidvania in this edition of the Spotlight.
A lot of Metroidvania in this edition of the Spotlight.

pauljeremiah looks at Mega Man 3 with his latest blog on Giant Bomb and he tries to get to the bottom of why Mega Man 2 is still widely considered to be the peak of the series and not 3 despite the latter having a lot going in its favor.

Gamepass Gambols 9: Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising Is A Fun 2D Metroidvania Action RPG Bursting With Side Content (By: @bigsocrates)

bigsocrates played Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising using Game Pass and shares on the site why they think it is a Metroidvania with RPG mechanics that works, but with a repetition problem.

The Invention of Fire: Discovery in Outer Wilds (By: @gamer_152)

If any of you are up for discussing this 2020 GOTY nominee, check out Mento's blog this week!
If any of you are up for discussing this 2020 GOTY nominee, check out Mento's blog this week!

Outer Wilds is a game that doesn't just depict science, it has everyone who plays it apply its methodology to beautiful effect. This week, moderator Gamer_152 tackles how Outer Wilds builds a sense of discover and encourages the player to think like a scientist.

Indie Game of the Week 278: Spiritfarer (By: @mento)

The latest entry in moderator Mento's "Indie Game of the Week" series is for Spiritfarer! See if this spiritual boat management 2020 GOTY contender ranked well by their strict indie game metrics.

Discussion Threads

Unity Merging With ironSource (A Company Known For Spreading Unwanted Applications) And Everyone Hates John Riccitiello (By: @zombiepie)

This news sure pissed off a lot of people.
This news sure pissed off a lot of people.

What are YOUR THOUGHTS about Unity Games merging with ironSource? What's you feelings about ironSource's past of spreading potentially unwanted program? Also, what are your reactions to the groundswell of anger directed at John Riccitiello?

Sony Officially Close On Acquisition Of Bungie. Welcome To The PlayStation Family! (By: @pauljeremiah)

Sony's acquisition of Bungie has officially closed! What do you think this means for current and future Bungie projects? Can you imagine a version of Destiny 2 coming to the higher PS+ tiers in the future with the DLC and expansion packs also included?

Computer/Video Card Upgrade, Now Or Later? (By: @notsosneakyguy)

At least one of the console-developer buyouts went through this week.
At least one of the console-developer buyouts went through this week.

With prices dropping, would you advise someone to buy a video card right now? How about upgrading a CPU? With the tech industry still in relative chaos, share if you think NOW is a good time to make a PC.

Hitman 3 Is Getting A Free Map On July 29th (By: @el_blarfo)

Hitman 3 is getting a free map on July 29th! What is your early reaction of what IO have shown of the new map and its Elusive Target thus far? What improvements or design changes are on your wishlist for this map?

skate[dot] Gameplay Discussion (By: @jimbot)

The game has yet to come out, and people are already starting to turn on it.
The game has yet to come out, and people are already starting to turn on it.

The community is still processing the recent news surrounding the upcoming Skate game. What is YOUR reaction to the news it will be a live-service free-to-play game? Cross-play/progression is obviously good, right?

Lists

Japanese Fantasy-WWII Turn-Based Strategy Games W/ Permadeath Where Children Fight Fantasy Germany to Avenge Their Home (By: @franzlska)

This might be the most amazing list title I have seen in a long while.
This might be the most amazing list title I have seen in a long while.

For reference, the full title of this list is "Japanese Fantasy-WWII Turn-Based Strategy Games With Permadeath Where Children Fight Fantasy Germany to Avenge Attacks on Their Hometown, with Stories Revolving Around Fantasy Races or Species and People Turning Themselves or Being Turned into Machine-Weapons," and the fact there are more than four games that qualify for inclusion makes me very happy.

Community Reviews

People really enjoy the Shantae series while I have yet to play a single game.
People really enjoy the Shantae series while I have yet to play a single game.
  • @yyninja's Shantae and the Pirate's Curse review on Giant Bomb details why they found it to be a fine MetroidVania experience with odd difficulty spikes that almost caused them to drop the game entirely.

Wiki Page Of The Week

Space Station 13

Giant Bomb is always a place for you to learn about games you possibly never heard of before.
Giant Bomb is always a place for you to learn about games you possibly never heard of before.

This week's "Wiki Page of the Week" is for Space Station 13! If like me, you had never heard of this multiplayer role-playing game until now, give Giant Bomb's exhaustive wiki page a read!