The Community Spotlight 2020.04.18

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Hello and welcome to an incredibly "charitable" edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host this week as we look back on the best creative endeavors from the community! First off, apologies if this edition of the Spotlight is a bit short than what you are accustomed to nowadays. As many of you may be aware of, I am participating in the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run, and that made making this edition of the Spotlight a bit of a rush. So, apologies for that, and you can expect me to be on my "A-Game" next week! Regardless, let's jump into the site housekeeping!

Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run

Can't stop, won't stop!
Can't stop, won't stop!

Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run X Announcement Thread (By: @thatpinguino)

Depending on when you read this, the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run is either in progress or over! For those unaware, the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run is a long-running spring-time charity event hosted by Giant Bomb community members, myself included! However, the event has changed its charity so the event raises money for COVID-19 relief! Use the announcement thread to get all of the details and learn how you can help even after the event is over!

Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run X - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Extreme Playthrough (By: @danielkempster)

danielkempster is throwing their hat in the Community Endurance Run! Read how they plan to marathon Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater in the name of COVID-19 relief!

I'm Streaming Roller Coasters, Final Fantasy, And Questionable Visual Novels In The Name Of COVID-19 Relief! (By: @zombiepie)

Moderator ZombiePie uses their latest blog on to talk about how they plan to stream OpenRCT2, Final Fantasy X-2, AND Paca Plus (I'm looking at you Drew Scanlon) in the name of COVID-19 from the 17th-19th! Use the link for more info!

ArbitraryWater's GB Community Endurance Run: CRPG IRONMAN IRONMAN (By: @arbitrarywater)

Hey, you! Yes, you right there! Do you like old-school CRPGs or Eurojank games? In honor of Dave Snider, ArbitraryWater is playing Troika’s The Temple of Elemental Evil: A Classic Greyhawk Adventure for the Community Endurance Run!

Rio's PSP Party Stream For The GBCERX (By: @riostarwind)

Moderator RioStarwind is planning on hosting a tribute stream to the PlayStation Portable for their contribution to the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run! If you have any nostalgia for the platform read about how you can support their efforts!

I Shall Endure, Again (By: @electricviking78)

electricviking has a very "ambitious" plan for this year's Community Endurance Run: for every $100 they raise, they will COMPLETE The Bouncer! You heard that right... they plan to start and finish The Bouncer, up to five times, in the name of charity!Learn how you can make the magic happen, using the link above!

Tweets Of The Week

Clips Of The Week

Xavier Woods Reaction Animated .gif (By: @forcen)

In the place of a "normal" video clip, we have this highly entertaining reaction .gif featuring Xavier Woods during one of Giant Bomb's E3 aftershows. If this doesn't start its own meme, then I do not know what will.

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Brad x Mario in a Suit & Tom Nook x Limp Bizkit (By: @jearum)

You can always count on jearum to make some fun works of art that combine the staff with popular gaming icons. This week they went ahead and combined a dapper Brad Shoemaker with Mario and made a "mature" version of Tom Nook based on Jeff and Ben's comments about him on the Bombcast.

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Giant Bomb Staff Coloring Book Attempt (By: @psydyl)

Over on Twitter, user psydyl was the only user to take up the Giant Bomb staff coloring book challenge from Dan Auer! Let's turn that around and get more users attempting to color within the lines!

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Blogs

Roleplaying in a Civilization game? SAY IT AIN'T SO!
Roleplaying in a Civilization game? SAY IT AIN'T SO!

The Art of Roleplaying Civilization VI - Tips, Tricks, and Everything You Need To Know (By: @zombiepie)

Inspired by Alex's coverage of Civilization VI, moderator ZombiePie talks about their love for roleplaying in Civilization VI and the house rules they have developed to make the game more "spicy!"

Mega Archive: Part XVI: From Earnest Evans to Two Crude Dudes (By: @mento)

In a return to form, moderator Mento is back with TWO blogs this week. First, Mento is up to their usual tricks with a look at the games that released on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive! This week they look at the battleground months of January and February back in 1992! Likewise, Mento has a new episode of their "Indie Game of the Week" series and this episode looks at Moonlighter! Give their blog a read to see if they were impressed by the capitalistic dungeon crawler.

Mento seems to have had fun reenacting late-game capitalism.
Mento seems to have had fun reenacting late-game capitalism.

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken And The Joy Of Creation (By: @purpleshyguy)

If you don't mind anime talk, Giant Bomb user PurpleShyGuy blogs about how they have fallen in love with "Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken" almost as much as their favorite video games thus far!

Shoutout To Astroneer (By: @claypax)

Giant Bomb user ClayPax briefly comments on why Astroneer has become one of their most played games during the quarantine and a much needed break from their real-world stress.

Discussions & Threads

I look forward to the return of the
I look forward to the return of the "But can it run Crysis?" jokes!

Crysis Remastered Coming Soon (On PC With Ray Tracing, Xbox One, PS4, As Well As Nintendo Switch) (By: @ntm)

Crysis Remastered is coming soon and it will have ray tracing! Also, what are the chances that Crysis runs reasonably on the Switch, and what graphical fidelity do you expect that port to have?

Two Free PS4 Games Until May 5th: Journey And Uncharted Collection (Or Knack 2 If You're In Germany) (By: @forcen)

Have any of you picked up the two free games Sony is offering for PlayStation 4 owners? Is anyone bummed that Knack II is exclusive to Germany only? Share your impressions of the neat offer with the rest of the community.

All this talk about FF7R's low-res textures reminds me of the internet outcry over The Witcher 3.
All this talk about FF7R's low-res textures reminds me of the internet outcry over The Witcher 3.

La-Mulana 1 & 2 Hidden Treasures Edition Discussion Thread (By: @artiefox)

A lot of users are just now getting around to play La-Mulana 1 & 2, the special edition La-Mulana compilation! If that includes you, which version did you pick up and how has your experience with the game been like so far?

Low-Res Textures Of Final Fantasy VII Remake Discussion Thread (By: @development)

Some users on the forums have expressed issues with some of the "low-res" textures in Final Fantasy VII Remake. Have you noticed this issue while playing the game?

The Wrestling Game Thread - Rumor: 2K21 Cancelled, "Different Kind" Of WWE Game Coming Soon? (By: @shiftygism)

To all of the professional wrestling fans out there, what do you make of the possible cancellation of WWE 2K21? Is a "break" exactly what the WWE 2K franchise needs right about now? What is your dream pick for a "different kind" of WWE game?

XCOM: Chimera Squad Announcement Discussion (By: @avantegardener)

What's your reaction to XCOM: Chimera Squad? Do you find a smaller-scope XCOM game enticing, or is making an endless army of automatons part of the series' appeal? How about the game's aesthetic? Join the community discussion using the link above!

You know Vince and his BIG SWEATY MEN are bound to make a return eventually!
You know Vince and his BIG SWEATY MEN are bound to make a return eventually!

How Did You Get Into The Souls/Souls-likes? (By: @liquiddragon)

Here's an interesting discussion thread on the forums!: how did YOU get into the Souls/Souls-likes genre? Which game served as your introduction? What do you think is the best or most pure representation of the genre?

Persona 5 Royal Impressions Thread (By: @nateandrews)

To all the Giant Bomb users who picked up Persona 5 Royal, what are your impressions of the game? Is this the "definitive" version of Persona 5? What tips and tricks do you have for newcomers?

User Reviews

Sounds like there's a
Sounds like there's a "new" JRPG taking the community by storm!
  • @kalimando uses their review of Final Fantasy VII Remake to detail how the game "breaks the limits of nostalgia" throughout its epic journey with Cloud and company.
  • @sethparmer uses their review of Persona 5 Royal on to discuss why it isn't just a fancy port of Persona 5; it's the definitive version of Persona 5 from here on out!
  • @hansschultz uses their review of Doom Eternal to explain why they think Doom (2016) is one of their favorite games of all-time, as well as, why Eternal does not quite match its predecessor.
  • @yyninja finally got around to playing Hollow Knight and uses their review of the game to explain why they think it is "the best Metroidvania inspired indie game of this generation!"
  • @rgdraconic's Beautiful Desolation review shares why it's one of the most beautiful adventure games they have ever played, and worth a looking for an old-school Fallout-like experience.
  • @capt_blakhelm played Fight'N Rage and shares why its punishing difficulty spoils an otherwise robust beat-em-up experience!
  • @capt_blakhelm decided to give Empty Clip Studios' 2012 music-action game, Symphony, a shot and uses their review to discuss why it is a "pleasant and exciting way to experience your music collection."
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A Xavier Woods reaction gif feat. Blinking White Guy? If that doesn't win the internet, then I give up.

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Thanks for the spoiler image on the dock?

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My Brad Suit Mario is a modern day illusion. Is it a Mario mask or is it a Brad suit?

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@jearum: The tiny tuft of Mario-like hair gives me more of a Mario mask impression. It's a great image no matter what!

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FYI: The link for Fight'N Rage goes to "Beautiful Desolation"



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Weird. Abby's got me blocked on twitter. I've never tweeted at her, hell I tweet about 3 times a year. Maybe she thought I was a bot. Huh, I'm kinda heartbroken.

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@clenchmask: you might be blocked via a blocklist and not a personal blocking.

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@psydyl: Nicely done by all!

I saw another submission in the Community Spotlight from last week or so, so they're slowly coming in. I'll give it a shot some time tomorrow.

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