The Community Spotlight 2020.01.25

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Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host as we look back at the wonderful works of the Giant Bomb Community from last week! I'm happy to say we have a real diverse showcase of some AWESOME user-created content. Whether it be reviews, blogs, or works of art; we have a little bit of everything represented on this edition of the Spotlight! So, without further ado, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping!

  • Users that were unable to sign in or log in through Facebook should be relieved to know the issue has been resolved! If, however, are still having issues logging into Giant Bomb through Facebook,file a bug report using this link.
  • A LOT of Giant Bomb users have been asking why Rorie's Saturday "surprise" streams are not uploaded to Giant Bomb. The reason is that he archives them on his personal YouTube. Subscribe to their channel to remain up to date on when he archives his streams!

Tweets Of The Week

Clips Of The Week

Magic: The Gathering Arena: Let's Theros (By: Matthew Rorie)

An mentioned earlier, Rorie has been streaming during the weekends more. Last week, he streamed himself playing and creating decks in Magic: The Gathering Arena with fellow moderator ThatPinguino! Here's the archive in case you missed it!

Giant Bomb Galleria

Jeffhachi Webcomic (By: @Odd_Particle)

Odd_Particle has another batch of webcomics from their new Jeffhachi series. Check out the comics and don't forget to thank them for their hard work on Twitter!

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Best Of Blogs

The Road To Tekken 7 (By: @purpleshyguy)

It's time for some HOT FGC content!
It's time for some HOT FGC content!

Giant Bomb user PurpleShyGuy has been following fighting games, and to get into the spirit of EVO Japan, tried out Tekken 7. See how things went, including his attempt to leran the game's complex combo system, using the link above!

How To Speedrun Slowly (By: @mabaseslums)

mabaseslums shares how they've recently made a hobby out of learning Super Mario 64 speed tech! Give their recent blog a gander and learn all about the underbelly of speedrunning Super Mario 64!

Indie Game of the Week 154: Stasis +

Grief Encounter: The Importance of Encounter Design (By: @mento)

Learn about the
Learn about the "art" of speedrunning games "slowly" from mabaseslums!

As always, Mento has a couple of blogs worth reading from the previous week. First, the latest episode of their "Indie Game of the Week" series is all about Stasis! Use the link to read why they found the game to be a mixed bag. Additionally, Mento re-examines Spiderweb Software's Avadon 2: The Corruption and discusses what lessons in encounter design other games could learn from it!

How Have Your Gaming Habits Changed As You Get Older? (By: @sombre)

Sombre wrote an interesting write-up about how their video game habits have evolved as they've grown older. Give it a read and join their discussion with your own stories on how your habits have changed!

January 50% (By: @itzfearz)

Giant Bomb user ItzFearZ is new to blogging and uses their first to discuss their plans to address their backlog throughout 2020! Give it a read and provide them with tips about writing or managing one's backlog!

"Hell" is exactly how I would describe Final Fantasy II.

"Surviving" Final Fantasy II - Part 2: This Is The MOST CURSED Video Game Square Has Ever Made! (By: @zombiepie)

ZombiePie uses their latest blog on Giant Bomb to detail why Final Fantasy II is "The MOST CURSED game Square has ever made!" Read why they think it's more cursed than The Bouncer, Kingdom Hearts, and Chrono Cross combined!

Join The Discussion

NPCs Who Ruined Entire Games For You? (By: @banefirelord)

This asshole....
This asshole....

Here's another fun discussion thread on the Giant Bomb forums: what/who are the NPCs who ruined entire games for you? Popular picks include the Adoring Fan, Navi, and Rico from Killzone! Share your least favorite NPCs now!

All Half-Life Games Are Free To Play Until Alyx Is Released (By: @rorie)

What do you make of all the Half-Life games being made free to play until the release of Half-Life: Alyx? Do you plan to check any of the games out as a result? Does this mean Dave's Half-Life 3 prediction came true?

Godfall First Trailer Discussion Thread (By: @casepb)

Did any of you catch the first trailer for Godfall at the start of the week? Regardless, watch the trailer and join the Giant Bomb Community discussion about what they have shown of the game thus far.

I have not seen gamers this angry at Tetris since Tetris Worlds
I have not seen gamers this angry at Tetris since Tetris Worlds

Have You Ever Been Influenced To Buy Something Or Subscribe To Something Due To A Podcast You Listen Too's Advertisement (By: @topcyclist)

The title really says it all: have you ever been influenced to buy something or subscribe to something due to a podcast advertisement? For me, The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe motivated me to check out The Great Courses.

Tetris Blitz And Tetris Premium Are No Longer Going To Be Playable On iOS After April (By: @bigsocrates)

Many Giant Bomb users are up in arms about EA rendering Tetris Blitz and Tetris Premium inoperable, even their single-player features. Get the details and join the community discussion using the link below!

Drew Got His Pilots License! (By: @cloudforest)

Way to go Drew!
Way to go Drew!

As mentioned before, earlier last week, Drew got his pilots license! Join the rest of the Giant Bomb community in congratulating him, and GIANT BOMB FLIGHT CLUB WILL LIVE FOREVER!

Which Sounds Do You Find Utterly Pleasurable In Games? (By: @liquiddragon)

Sound design in video games usually takes a back seat to music, but which sounds do you find utterly pleasurable in games? Credit to the users who listed the Xbox 360 Achievement pop-up sound effect!

At What Point Do You "Call It" On A Game? (By: @sombre)

It happens to all of us, but when do you "call it" when a massively hyped game doesn't click for you? Will you drop a game after a few hours, or do you give it more of a chance to kick into gear? Join the community discussion!

Is no
Is no "alternate" date a cause for concern?

Dying Light 2 Delay Discussion Thread (By: @glots)

What thoughts or opinions do you have about Dying Light 2's delay announcement? Do you find the lack of an alternative release curious? Is 2020 starting to look slim for game releases? Join the Giant Bomb community discussion now!

Lovable Lists

The 5 Best Horror Games (By: @chlomo)

I'm always in the mood for a good scare.
I'm always in the mood for a good scare.

chlomo isn't the biggest fan of horror games, so, this list of their five favorite games from the genre was incredibly difficult to make. Give it a read and show your support!

Thoughts On Video Games: Winter 2019/2020 (By: @riostarwind)

Moderator riostarwind had/is having an incredibly "active" Winter in terms of gaming! Read all about the games they've played so far using the link above!

Games of the Year, 2012 (By: @frontman12)

frontman12 continues their retrospective GOTY series of the 2010s with a list annotating his favorite games from 2012!

Useful User Reviews

I have no words
I have no words
  • @betabetamax wrote their review of Ape Out in the form of a beat poem! If you need a good laugh today, check it out!
  • @chlomo continues their PlayStation One review retrospective with a look at Excalibur 2555 AD and comments on why they love the game's OST but hate its gameplay!
  • @chlomo also reviewed Populous: The Beginning and discusses why it is an unfairly forgotten game and a respectable sequel to a legendary game!
  • @hooberschmit recently gave Wolfenstein: Youngblood a shot and shares why they couldn't help enjoying the game slightly as a fan of the franchise.

Wonderful Wikis

Jill Valentine

Has someone ever tracked down the original actors for Resident Evil?
Has someone ever tracked down the original actors for Resident Evil?

Jill Valentine was Wikipedia's "featured article" earlier this week, but did you know Giant Bomb's wiki page for the Resident Evil legend is equally impressive? Use the link below to learn everything there is to know about the character!

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I could survive off of eizouken opening memes, so please continue.

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Thanks for the call-out! :).

Also, I'm so stoked for Drew that he got his license, finally!

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Thanks for the DOUBLE shotout this week =D

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What a week. Drew got his license, Abby had a birthday party and Tem Tem combat evolved.

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Well I guess we just have to wait for Vinny to get his Ham Radio License, Abby to perfect her impressions and Alex joins his 30th band then they can finally be A-TEAM 2020.

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Thanks again for the shout-out!

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@merxworx01: Vinny mentioned several beastcasts ago that he had finished getting the ham radio license.

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Man, I recently got into Magic and it's so. DAMN. good.

Makes me happy to see Rory enjoying it too, and I was happily surprised to hear on the podcast that Abby enjoys playing as well.