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The Community Spotlight 2023.01.14

Milk is in butter.

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 content from the previous week.

With GOTY now fully in the rearview mirror, which I hope all of you use on a regular basis when driving, the site is getting back into the swing of things. Dan is back after a bad bout of COVID and that means Grubb's torturous journey into the world of Bubsy 3D has returned! There was plenty of news to mull over thanks to Ubisoft, WWE, and Wizards of the Coast, but I am getting ahead of myself, so, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping.


Earlier this week several people have reported issues with the site's video player. As seen in the thread, the issue should be largely resolved, but some are still saying there's a little bit of jank when using the video player. For example, one person is saying they still have to *middle-click* (open in new tab) before the normal video will play. If that or any other issues are plaguing your experience on the site, please click the link and file a report.

As mentioned last week, if you are a part of the Giant Bomb Discord and are a premium member, find the comment from Bakalar about Fandom looking to conduct interviews by "Giant Bomb Superfans." Fandom wants YOU to tell them what you'd like to see on the site and why you still enjoy what's going on here.

Community GOTY

Community GOTY 2022 Lists

I'm always a fan when less than traditional games appear on GOTY lists.
I'm always a fan when less than traditional games appear on GOTY lists.

Community GOTY Blogs

Yo, maybe 2022 was a good year for video games. Crazy, I know.
Yo, maybe 2022 was a good year for video games. Crazy, I know.

2022: Ranking the Rest (By: @majormitch)

There were a lot of 2022 games that MajorMitch enjoyed that did not quite make their 2022 GOTY Top Ten list. Learn more about those games, and what caused them to miss the by clicking the link above!

2022 GotY, Reflection, And Sign-off (By: @franzlska)

FRANZlSKA penned a 2022 GOTY blog and uses it to reflect on the year as a whole. They also will be stepping away from blogging in the foreseeable future. Read over their favorite games and thank them for their writing over the years.

Best Games Of 2022 (By: @aleen634)

AleeN634 simply struggled to limit this list to ten games, so instead, they made a top-fifteen 2022 GOTY list on the site! Give it a read by clicking the link above and don't think it's "too late" to write your blog on the site!



Some real heavy-hitters on this list!
Some real heavy-hitters on this list!

Signalis Is The 1st Game Of The UUGPGC Year 2! Finish By 1/16/2023! Mark All Spoilers!+

UUGPGC Voting Thread For Cycle Starting January 16 2023! All Are Welcome (By: @bigsocrates)

The Community Game Pass Game Club is starting 2023 off with a SHOWSTOPPER by going with Signalis as the first game to kick-off the group's 2023 efforts! Additionally, it is time for another round of voting for the Community Game Pass Game Club! Here are the nominees for this round of voting and you have until January 16th to vote for TWO games you'd like the group to play.


Paper Tamoorio (By: @MOHAMMEDFI10)

Over on Twitter, MOHAMMEDFI10 felt like there wasn't enough fan art for Tamoor, so, they decided to fix that by combining Tamoor with one of their favorite video game franchises, Paper Mario!

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Emily Bombcast Photoshop + Are You Winning Grubb?(By: @permanentsigh)

permanentsigh is often the source of many of the funnier emotes on the Giant Bomb Discord, but they also like to make photoshops of Giant Bomb staff when funnier moments happen. This week was no different.

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Grubb x Night Trap (By: @CreakyLegs )

The topic has been broached multiple times before, but what should Grubb play after Bubsy 3D? As you can see here, @CreakyLegs asks why not Night Trap?

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I had no idea this even existed until this week.
I had no idea this even existed until this week.

A Strange Case Of Wanting A Book Based On A Game Turned Into Another Game (By: @infantpipoc)

Did you know that there's a book adaptation of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater? After trying to track down a copy for years, infantpipoc finally found it and reviews why its story would make even Dan and Drew blush.

Field Report II: Halo Infinite Thirteen Months In (By: @gamer_152)

When moderator Gamer_152 last updated the site on Halo Infinite, they called the game "a youthful and energizing FPS sandbox but a neglected wreck of a live-service game." Now, they explain why 343 have squandered the game's potential and why their promises of a better future aren't worth anything.

Indie Game of the Week 302: Opus: Echo of Starsong +

The Gex content simply will not stop nor should it stop.
The Gex content simply will not stop nor should it stop.

Go! Go! GOTY! 2022: Nobody Saves the World +

Mega Archive: Part XXIX: From Jeopardy! to Bulls vs. Blazers and the NBA Playoffs (By: @mento)

First, Mento has a new edition of their "Indie Game of the Week" and this one is all about Opus: Echo of Starsong! Are you unfamiliar with the Opus franchise? Well, check out this blog on its spin on a survival RPG!

Second, Nobody Saves the World was on the shortlist and honorable mention sections of a lot of 2022 GOTY lists and write-ups, so they wanted to get to the bottom of if it deserved such recognition or attention.

Finally, they revived their Mega Archive feature on the site and if you want to see how February '93 was for the Genesis, give that a read.

High, Mid, Low: January’s Backlog Battle (By: @jeremyf)

jeremyf set a 2023 resolution to make a dent on their video game backlog and they start things off with the original Mirror's Edge, Half-Life: Blue Shift, and Hitman: Codename 47! See if any game has withstood the test of time.

What's The Greatest Video Game: Kirby And The Forgotten Land (By: @imunbeatable80)

Kirby and the Forgotten Land got a lot of buzz and love during 2022 GOTY talks and discussions, but how does it rank in imunbeatable80's ranking of every video game ever made?

All Saturn Games in Order: December 1995 (By: @borgmaster)

In a move that will please Jess, borgmaster's retrospective on every game to release in the Sega Saturn's first year of existence has led them to Gex! Read how that and other gems panned out for them.

Discussion Threads

Will this game ever come out? You tell me!
Will this game ever come out? You tell me!

Skull And Bones Delayed...Again...Again...Again (By: @rorie)

What do you make of all of the delays and game cancellations that were announced at Ubisoft? Is this a sign of further cuts? Also, are you surprised to hear Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope "underperformed?"

Ubisoft... You Are Beating A Dead Horse With Skull & Bones (By: @monkeyking1969)

Speaking of Skull & Bones, is Ubisoft simply better off cancelling the game instead of constantly working to keep it compatible and relevant to the present? Remember how the game, when first announced, used Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag's tech and engine?

An MMORPG producer talking yang about PC gaming wasn't on my 2023 bingo card.
An MMORPG producer talking yang about PC gaming wasn't on my 2023 bingo card.

FFXVI Producer Says PC Gamers Should "Buy A PS5" (By: @rorie)

What do those of you following Final Fantasy XVI make of Yoshi-P laugh off the idea of a PC port of the game? Does it fall in line with previous Square-Enix PC ports not being the best?

Mike Brown (Forza Horizon's Creative Director) Has Left Playground Games (By: @gtxforza)

Mike Brown (Forza Horizon's creative director) has left Playground Games. You can read the breaking news and join the community discussion about what this means for Forza Horizon and Playground Games' Fable project!

I Ordered An SSD From Amazon And They Sent Me An Empty Black Box (They Said They Would Send A Replacement) (By: @bigsocrates)

by far, the funniest image posted on Giant Bomb this week.
by far, the funniest image posted on Giant Bomb this week.

Here's a thread where bigsocrates details their experience ordering an SSD and getting an empty box. Have you experienced fraud or tech-based mishaps while trying to order tech goods on Amazon? Share your Amazon stories over here!

Rick And Morty Co-Creator Justin Roiland Faces Felony Domestic Violence Charges (By: @el_blarfo)

The news surrounding Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland is awful and a lot to take in, but what do you think are the correct or responsible steps for fans of Rick and Morty or High on Life to take moving forward?

Report: Vince Sells WWE to Saudi Investment Fund (Or Maybe Not?) (By: @himsteveo)

The news surrounding WWE's rumored sale have been a complete mess with reports changing multiple time over the course of the last week. How do you think we got here and what does it say about the state of wrestling reporting?

Which Game Comes To Mind When You Think Half-Life? (By: @propagandapanda)

Inspired by the "Mount Rushmore of FPS Games" video Jeff Grubb and Mike's recorded earlier last week, we have a discussion thread debating which game comes to mind when someone says "Half-Life."


Wait, Marino likes EverQuest?
Wait, Marino likes EverQuest?

GOTY Of The Years (By: @marino)

Moderator Marino took the GOTY list concept to the next level! Starting with 1987, he's naming his top 3 games of every year he's played games. Each entry includes a short reason and where it falls on his Top 100. Give it a read and see if you're up for a similar challenge.

Black Hair, Black Heart (By: @captainofthestars)

captainofthestars was thinking of their favorite female villains and noticed a majority of them, especially in video games, have black hair. So, now they are working on a list of examples of this trope and you can help them out by clicking the link above.

User Reviews

Some neat reviews to mull over this week!
Some neat reviews to mull over this week!
  • @yyninja's Children of Morta review praises the game's style and modern dungeon crawling rogue-like gameplay but cannot help but wonder if other similar titles have since passed it.
  • @mrcropes's The Callisto Protocol review shares why they cannot help but judge the game unfavorably to the highest highs achieved by the Dead Space franchise.
  • @tenshin's review of Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos briefly discusses why the found it to be one of the better Zelda clones they have played played and is a total blast if you get it running in co-op.

Wiki Of The Week

Will there ever be a game that replaces Duke Nukem Forever as the embodiment of Development Hell?
Will there ever be a game that replaces Duke Nukem Forever as the embodiment of Development Hell?

Development Hell

In light of the delay of Skull & Bones for the sixth time, the Wiki Page of the Week is the Development Hell concept page. If you want an almost definitive list of every game that has fallen into production issues or delay mishaps, give this page a read!