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The Community Spotlight - 2022.09.24

We're not gonna make you eat an apple before reading this, but you probably should.

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. It's crazy to think, but this week marks the one-year anniversary of Jess/Voidburger first appearing on the site as a guest! I think we can all agree that Jess has been a hugely positive addition to the site and as one of the main fixtures today, her energy and enthusiasm is greatly appreciated. So, if you have not done so already thank her for the past year and all she has done for the site since.

News

We have a major but disappointing update from Rorie about the state of the Giant Bomb store and what is going on with the latest batch of t-shirts as well as the print on demand service. As you can see below, production of the shirts and the store as a whole is on hiatus. For those that still have not received their goods, you should expect an email from Social Imprints on how to get a full refund.

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In better news, we already have 24 people signed up to Giant Bomb's Extra Life team roster! Also, the team has managed to raise over $2,000 even with over a month to go before the official start of the event! If you are interested in joining the fun, click this link! Even if you can only stream for a few hours, every little bit helps!

Also, speaking of charity drives, Smight, one of the figureheads behind Arcade Pit, has a charity page up and running for survivors.org! If you have enjoyed their Arcade Pit feature, please consider chipping in whatever you can!

Rorie will be doing a stream with a developer of Mr. Shifty, which is one of Rorie's favorite games in recent memory. If you can think of any questions you would like them to ask, feel free to drop a comment.

Tweets

Galleria

Gotta Go Tase! (By: @jearum)

The Voicemail Dump Truck, Hyrule Hustle, and Dan playing Sonic 06 was a pretty solid trio of streams and somehow jearum managed to capture all of them with this work of art. I mean... just look at dat ass.

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Eternal Darkness of the Simple Mind: Meet me At Taco Bell (By: @kone)

The dynamic between Jeff B., Dan, and Jeff Grubb is really something special and I think we can all agree that Kone perfectly capture that with this hilarious mock movie poster.

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Activities

As long as your eyes can handle it, there's a new community leaderboard to join!
As long as your eyes can handle it, there's a new community leaderboard to join!

Hyper Demon GB Leaderboard? (By: @stanleytree)

Hey community are any of you playing Hyper Demon? If you have, here's a link to the community run leaderboard! If you are interested in populating your leaderboard with your fellow GB community members, let out a yelp!

The GB Album Club 007 - Arthur Verocai by Arthur Verocai (By: @unclejam23)

Don't forget that the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Album Club is for Arthur Verocai by Arthur Verocai! If you want to join the discussion or suggest an album, here's the link!

TMNT: Shredder's Revenge Is The 18th Selection Of The UUGPGC. Completion Date 10/3/22. Mark All Spoilers! +

It's time for something fun!
It's time for something fun!

Midnight Fight Express Is The 17th Selection Of The UUGPGC. Completion Date 9/19/22. SPOILERS ARE OPEN! (By: @bigsocrates)

In a move that will definitely please Jason, the next edition of the Giant Bomb Game Pass Game Club is tackling Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge! If you have early thought and impressions about the game feel free to share them. Don't forget that the Game Pass Game Club is also discussing Midnight Fight Express and the discussion is now OPEN TO SPOILERS! Do you have any story-related impressions of the motion-capture-heavy brawler?

Blogs

Is this the Pikmin sequel you have been looking for?
Is this the Pikmin sequel you have been looking for?

Being Watched II: Surveillance in Telling Lies (By: @gamer_152)

Moderator Gamer_152 continues their in-depth analysis of Telling Lies and this week examine how Telling Lies reflects real law enforcement's sad legacy of spying, destruction, and betrayal.

Tinykin: Game Pass Gems #04 (By: @jeremyf)

jeremyf is back to blogging on the site and this time around discusses Tinykin! Click the link to read why they thought the 3D platformer was a "true Game Pass Gem" worth playing when you have the time.

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

I'd call this gimmick infringement, but I'm not playing the PS1 version of Discworld.
I'd call this gimmick infringement, but I'm not playing the PS1 version of Discworld.

imunbeatable80 looks at The Wardrobe and assess if C.I.N.I.C. Games' attempts at a modernized adventure game has any legs. Read if they enjoyed their time with the game and share what you'd like to see them play next.

All PS1 Games in Order: Part 009 (By: @borgmaster)

borgmaster looks at Criticom, Discworld, Destruction Derby, and Doom on the PS1 in the latest episode of their retrospective series on the site looking at the PS1's catalogue of games in chronological release date order.

Indie Game of the Week 288: Grapple Force Rena +

64 in 64: Episode 15 (By: @mento)

The latest episode of moderator Mento's "Indie Game of the Week" feature is up and it is all about Grapple Force Rena! Read if there's more to this game than its grapple hook mechanic! Mento also reviewed Harvest Moon 64 and Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero as part of their retrospective on the Nintendo 64! If you have any fond memories or vicious nightmares of either game, feel free to share them!

Is there more to this than meets the eye? Read Mento's blog to find out!
Is there more to this than meets the eye? Read Mento's blog to find out!

Xbox's Automatic Cloud Saves Just Killed My Floppy Knights Data (By: @brian_)

brian_ relays a short story of how Xbox Cloud Gaming erased all of their save data for Floppy Knights on Game Pass. If have had similar run-in with xCloud, feel free to join their discussion

Discussion Threads

Not a great week for Rockstar.
Not a great week for Rockstar.

There Was (Apparently) A Big GTA VI Leak (By: @rorie)

So... let's talk about the GTA VI leak. What do YOU make of the leak and subsequent news surrounding it? What was your reaction to the hacker attempting to blackmail Rockstar and then their eventual arrest in the UK?

Is Cyperpunk: Edgerunners What Cyperpunk 2077 Should Have Been? (By: @topcyclist)

A lot of people have been enjoying Cyperpunk: Edgerunners, including those that did not enjoy Cyberpunk 2077. Do you think the show depicts a version of Cyberpunk that 2077 should have been at launch?

New NVIDIA Cards Will Cost $900/$1600 (By: @rorie)

The RTX 4090 and both versions of the RTX 4080 now have technical specifications and price points! Anyone ready to make the leap right now? Are any of you considering a new build that uses either?

Who releases a handheld device in 2022 that is Wi-Fi only?
Who releases a handheld device in 2022 that is Wi-Fi only?

The GTR Racing Game Series IS Getting A Revival! (By: @gtxforza)

The GTR racing game series is getting a revival! Is anyone excited? Are there any Giant Bomb members with fond memories of previous entries in the franchise? Join the discussion on Giant Bomb NOW!

Barbarian (2022 Film) Discussion Thread (By: @cubbielover)

If you have seen Barbarian, what were thoughts about the movie? Whether you enjoyed it or not, here's a link to the community discussion thread about the film! Remember to mark spoilers!

Ted Lasso Being Added To FIFA 23 (By: @abs_b)

A criminally underrated comment about the Ted Lasso news.
A criminally underrated comment about the Ted Lasso news.

So, Ted Lasso is being added to FIFA 23! Does this restore some goodwill you have to a game still bearing the name of one of the most corrupt sports organizations in the world?

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Demo Discussion Thread (By: @atheistpreacher)

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty recently got a demo and some people are calling it Dynasty Warriors meets Nioh! Are there any other Giant Bomb users out there that Team Ninja's latest joint?

Have any of you check this demo out?
Have any of you check this demo out?

Logitech G Cloud Handheld Revealed - New Steamdeck Competitor? (By: @rorie)

It appears Logitech is planning to make a competitor to the Steam Deck! Learn all about the Logitech G Cloud on the forums. Who in the world makes a WiFi-only handheld gaming device in the year of our Lord, 2022?

Your Personal Favorite Open-world Maps In Video Games Of All Time? (By: @gtxforza)

What are your favorite open-world video game worlds? Are there open-world maps you love? Skyrim, Red Dead II, and Breath of the Wild are all popular picks right now, but can you think of other open-world maps that get you excited?

What are your favorite open-world maps?
What are your favorite open-world maps?

Lists

For anyone still interested in the NES Mini, this is a definite read!
For anyone still interested in the NES Mini, this is a definite read!

Every Nintendo Classic Mini Game RANKED (By: @daavpuke)

Don't ask why, but daavpuke went ahead and ranked every game in the Nintendo Classic Mini from best to worst. If you have been wondering if the device has enough good games, then give this list a look!

Xbox Champions Roster (By: @melodicvirus)

MelodicVirus had a go at drafting ways for Xbox and Microsoft-exclusive characters to make appearances in MultiVersus. Check out what they have in mind thus far by clicking the link above!

User Reviews

One of the best reviews for a game just dropped and that's not an exaggeration
One of the best reviews for a game just dropped and that's not an exaggeration
  • @valorianendymion's Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi review is one of the most comprehensive write-ups about the game you will find on the internet and relays why it is a riveting dungeon-crawling RPG worth every minute.
  • @yyninja had an absolute BLAST playing Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and shares as much in their review of the game. Read the many reasons why the game's world, story, and gameplay all resonated with them.
  • @thenoscollector uses their review of Madden NFL 23 to discuss why this year's entry isn't a franchise low-point, and that's why they fear fans will allow the series' constant regression in equality to go without protest this year.
  • @infantpipoc finally got around to playing the OG Fate/stay night visual novel after enjoying Melty Blood: Type Lumina and the Fate/stay anime.
  • @infantpipoc was promised that the Fate/hollow visual novels get better over time and they confirm as much in their review of Fate/hollow ataraxia!
These games still not getting official localizations is a crime.
These games still not getting official localizations is a crime.

Wiki Page Of The Week

WE NEED MORE EXAMPLES!
WE NEED MORE EXAMPLES!

Snakes with Legs

It's one of those concept pages that defined Giant Bomb when it first announced it was going to have a wiki, but going back to it, our concept page for "Snakes with legs" still only has Jungler listed as an example. As hilarious as that might seem, I think we can do better than that!

Inappropriate Attacks

On a somewhat related note, we also have this page for creatures that use attacks that make no sense for what they are. A moss snake has kicked you for 2 points!