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The Community Spotlight 2022.09.10

Y'all ever heard of this Mickey Mouse guy?

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-created endeavors from the previous week. It was a whirlwind of news and content this week, and I think that is reflected in this edition of the Spotlight. However, let's jump into the newly formatted "News" section of the Spotlight to see what wonderful things the site, staff, and community have been up to recently.


Earlier in the week, Giant Bomb was temporarily read-only to allow the engineers some database migration work. Obviously, the site has reverted back to its original state, but if you notice any technical issues, features, or tools that are inaccessible to you, let out a yelp in the thread announcing the event.

If you are wondering about Arcade Pit not airing an episode during the week of 9/4 to 9/10, the feature took the week off and will be back soon!

For those of you that enjoy VTubers, there was a fun moment when Kson reacted to Jeff Gerstmann, Brad Shoemaker, and Ben Pack talking about Fallout 76. To add context, this was part of reaction stream as they were watching ''The Fall of 76'' by Internet Historian. That said, this image certainly messed with my brain:

This is real. It really happened. Help.
This is real. It really happened. Help.

Finally, for those of you that watch AEW, you might have noticed during All Out that the hard cam featured a person wearing a New Era Giant Bomb t-shirt at ringside. That person was Justin Vachon and he's actually a senior product designer for the site! If you don't follow him on Twitter, you should considering he provides fun updates on what the Red Ventures design team have planned for the site from time to time. Also, mad respect to him for repping the site!

Definitely cool stuff!



Unprofessional “Squid Boys” (By: @jearum)

Jeff Grubb has been injecting a lot of Splatoon 3 content into the site and during the 09/09/2022 UPF you might have enjoyed him, Mike Minotti, and Dan playing the game. Jearum sure did because they made this work of art!

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Dan and Tam 2022! (By: @jearum)

Inspired by the 39th edition of the Voicemail Dump Truck, the idea of Dan and Tam running a political campaign was made and jearum ran with that idea when they made this AMAZING poster!

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"Sekirochoa But It's Siracha?" (By: @kone)

Kone had a go at making a work of art in response to Jeff Grubb asking on Twitter "Sekirochoa but it's Siracha?" Remember how last week I shared jearum's take on the question.

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RIP RIP Queen (By: @DigitalLogjam)

While Dan was becoming increasingly miserable playing Sonic the Hedgehog, a request was made for a certain work of photoshop goodness and over on Twitter, Digital Logjam was the first to oblige.

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The GB Album Club 005 - Sensory Overdrive by Michael Monroe (By: @unclejam23)

Does this album still hold up? YOU DECIDE!
Does this album still hold up? YOU DECIDE!

The latest edition of the community album club is for Sensory Overdrive by Michael Monroe! If you have any thoughts or impressions of this album and would like to join the fun, click the link above!

Midnight Fight Express Is The 17th Selection Of The UUGPGC. Completion Date 9/19/22. Mark All Spoilers! +

As Dusk Falls Is The 16th Selection Of The UUGPGC. Completion Date 9/5/22. Spoilers Open! (By: @bigsocrates)

Midnight Fight Express is the 17th selection of the community Game Pass Game Club! The completion date is 9/19/22, but in the meantime, what are your impressions of its setting, characters, and gameplay? Also, the Game Pass Game Club has opened its discussion for As Dusk Falls to SPOILERS! What choices did you make and how did it impact your ending? Share all of the juicy details!


Giant Bomb - Last Resort (By: @kone)

Ask and you shall receive! Kone has finally posted a YouTube version of their Giant Bomb supercut of the staff singing the chorus of Papa Roach's Last Resort! If you missed it last week, give it a watch and don't forget to send them a supportive comment.


The Kickstarter From The Wild Arms And Shadow Hearts Teams Has A Lot Of Red Flags (By: @zombiepie)

This certain got the internet buzzing.
This certain got the internet buzzing.

Moderator ZombiePie penned a new blog on the site articulating why the new Kickstarter from the Wild Arms and Shadow Hearts developers doesn't have them jumping for joy. Click the link to read about the "Kickstarter Red Flags" they noticed.

All PS1 Games In Order: Part 007 (By: @borgmaster)

Jumping Flash!, Novastorm, and OG Twisted Metal are the subjects of borgmaster's latest retrospective looking at the PS1's catalogue in chronological order! If any of these games jump out to you, give it a read NOW!

64 in 64: Episode 13 + Indie Game of the Week 286: The Pedestrian (By: @mento)

It's no Mario 64, but it'll get the job done!
It's no Mario 64, but it'll get the job done!

Moderator Mento is back with a another retrospective on the N64's catalogue of video games! If want to test your nostalgia for Donkey Kong 64 OR BattleTanx: Global Assault, then click the link below and read their latest blog! Additionally, they have a new edition of their "Indie Game of the Week" and this time they reviewed the puzzle platformer The Pedestrian!

The Tower of Dubious Horror Games 04-06: Blue Stingu for The Ringu (By: @arbitrarywater)

ArbitraryWater's "Tower of Dubious Horror Games" feature makes its triumphant return to Giant Bomb with a look at the video game adaptation of The Ring: Terror's Realm, the Dreamcast "classic" Blue Stinger, and the indie title Daymare: 1998! Give it a read and discover which of the three will go down as one of the worst things they have played this year!

Discussion Threads

Mike Fahey - Rest In Peace (By: @ohverture)

Join the rest of the community in mourning the passing of Mike Fahey.
Join the rest of the community in mourning the passing of Mike Fahey.

For those of you still mourning the passing of Kotaku’s Mike Fahey, here's a link to the Giant Bomb community tribute thread. If you have any favorite memories or would like to pay your respects, feel free to do so over there.

Cyberpunk 2077 DLC Trailer Discussion Thread (By: @rorie)

What is YOUR REACTION to the recently announced DLC/expansion pack for Cyberpunk 2077? Is this and the return of Johnny Silverhand enough to bring you back to the game?

What Is Cyberpunk 2077 Like Now? (By: @sombre)

Is it time to return to the world of Cyberpunk 2077?
Is it time to return to the world of Cyberpunk 2077?

Speaking of which, some members of the community are intrigued by the Cyberpunk 2077 DLC/expansion and are thinking of returning to the game. For those that have played the game recently, how's it like these day? Are the bugs still an issue?

Have You Seen The Credits For Immortality? (Spoilers) (By: @humanity)

Have you seen the credits of Immortality? What are your impressions of the game's story, especially how it concludes? Join the discussion on the forums by clicking the link below and be aware, SPOILERS ARE ALLOWED!

Name A Game That Misrepresents Itself Through Its Difficulty Options And/Or Their Descriptions (By: @nodima)

Did Immortality make an impression on you? Share regardless!
Did Immortality make an impression on you? Share regardless!

Here's a fun discussion thread on the forums! Can you think of any games that misrepresent its overall experience through its difficulty options? Can you think of a game where "Hard" was too easy or "Normal" almost broke you?

DiRT Rally And DiRT 4 Are Both About To Be Delisted From EA Play By October 2022! (By: @gtxforza)

DiRT Rally and DiRT 4 are set to become delisted from EA Play! Join the conversation on the forums about what this means for video game preservation and if either game are worth owning! Do you have fond memories of either?

Looking Forward To More Gradation In Difficulty Levels For The Last of Us Part I (By: @monkeyking1969)

What new features have you enjoyed or benefited from the most?
What new features have you enjoyed or benefited from the most?

Many are sharing how they appreciate the new difficulty options and other accessibility features in The Last of Us Part I, but do you they are enough to justify the game's asking price? Share your thoughts!

Freedom Planet 2 Is Coming Out On PC And Linux Next Week (9/13). Are You Looking Forward To Playing It? (By: @mocbucket62)

Freedom Planet 2 is coming out next week! Are any of you excited to get their hands on the game? What improvements are you hoping for from the first game?

How Much Different Is Nintendo Being Compared To PC, PlayStation & Xbox In Your Experience? (By: @gtxforza)

Here's an interesting discussion thread on the forums. How much do you think Nintendo have differentiated themselves from Sony and Microsoft? Do you think their first party support and hardware carry the load thirty party doesn't?


Made in Britain (By: @melodicvirus)

To clarify, MelodicVirus started work on this list on Monday and its inclusion on this Spotlight is in no way an endorsement or stance regarding current events. Nonetheless, if you can help them with their list of games that were made in the United Kingdom, feel free to share any games you think they missed.

User Reviews

Intergrade certainly goes places.
Intergrade certainly goes places.
  • @allthedinos stands by Jess in their review of Immortality and details why they think gamers and reviewers need to stop giving Sam Barlow a pass or the benefit of the doubt with their video games and the content of their stories.
  • @nateandrews's Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade review talks about why they struggled to handle the game's pacing, but kept with it thanks to its amazing cast of characters.


Arcade N64 Memory Pak Reader

When it comes to the Giant Bomb wiki, the weirder, the better.
When it comes to the Giant Bomb wiki, the weirder, the better.

The Giant Bomb wiki is a place for some really weird things. Some things that are "too cool for Wikipedia." For example, did you know that Midway put N64 Memory Pak readers on NFL Blitz arcade machines? Many thanks to @marino for remembering this weird one-off that is forever preserved in our database.