Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host as we look back at the best community offerings from the previous week. Goodness, this was certainly a week. I will avoid repeating what has already been said by the staff. However, please be aware that the staff and moderation team endeavor to listen, reflect, and get better as a result of what has come to light. You have our most sincere promise to continue to make this site a safe place worth coming back to years upon end. With that in mind, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping.
- Jeff's statement on recent events.
- Abby will be taking the week off and when they return they will log off from social media entirely. Please respect their decision to do so on the site.
- If you are one of the many users still drooling over Cyberpunk 2077, then you should check out the video Jeff Bakalar recorded with the GameSpot crew detailing his impressions of what he played of the game.
Tweets Of The Week
Author's Note: So..... it appears Jeff saying "BIGGER" has become a meme, and most of the people creating videos like the last two you will find have no idea Giant Bomb is even the source. Don't you love the internet?
Did you see what Sheikh Zanzibar did? That guy is fucking crazy!— Giant Bomb Out of Context (@giantbomb_ooc) June 22, 2020
- Jeff Gerstmann, 2016
Galleria Of Art
Over on Twitter, Digital Logjam decided to whip up a work of photoshop genius. However, I will give special commendations to anyone who can @me with the origin of this reference.
Clips Of The Week
Some of you may recall Alex mentionining he was on a music podcast last week, and here's a link and clip to get you interested in case you were not able to find the podcast!
It seems like the new Giant Bomb Minecraft Community Server got some much needed attention this week from the staff! Read all about how you can join the fun using the link above and don't forget to spread the word!
Moderator ZombiePie takes to Giant Bomb to talk about why PogChamps is "the best thing to happen to chess in decades" and why more people should be playing and consuming competitive chess.
imunbeatable80 shares on their latest blog why Super Dodgeball is a game with a lot of pizzazz, but is lacking on a lot of features you want out of an "alternate sports" game title.
Gundato is not a huge fan of online shooters, but shares their attempts to jump into a variety of online FPS games recently on their latest blog! Use the link below to see which online community proved to be the most welcoming.
Moderator Mento is starting a new series where they look at the games from Itch.io's recent Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality! Give it a read and see if they have any early recommendations! Next, their "Indie Game of the Week" series continues with a look at Tangrams Deluxe! Check out their blog to see why they wanted to enjoy the puzzler more than they did.
Giant Bomb Humanity shares why Huntdown from Easy Trigger Games ended up being a nostalgic trip they really enjoyed.
crunchyflies blogged about The Last of Us Part II and why they appreciated the game as a character study on lying and forgiveness.
bigsocrates uses their latest blog to discuss why they think the mechanical trappings and hallmarks of The Last of Us Part II pose a significant ludonarrative dissonance issue. Also, bigsocrates played Days Gone, and humorous wonders if it is the "jankiest" PS4 exclusive made thus far.
Moderator Gamer_152 didn't let the cancellation of E3 stop them from talking about the state of game consoles and reveal events that showed of the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
SuperJoe checked out the 2020 Steam Game Festival demo scene on their latest blog on Giant Bomb! Read all about the games that impressed them the most and which games they advise you to avoid.
Discussions & Threads
If you want to discuss The Last of Us Part II spoilers, including the ending, feel free to comment in the thread below. Be aware, this official spoiler discussion thread is the only place where unmarked spoilers about the game should be posted!
Many community members are still excited for Cyberpunk 2077, but what system do you plan on playing Cyberpunk 2077 on first? Vote for your platform of choice and share why.
Hey, Giant Bomb Community, are you there? Why is there a thread asking Vinny to play Castlevania 64?
Don't hurt Vinny like that.
Here's a "FUN" discussion thread on the site for anyone with a PS4: do you ever look at the screenshots the PS4 takes when you earn a trophy? Seriously, do you actually use or look at those screenshots at all?
In the age of Steam and many other digital marketplaces, what was the game that rekindled or started your love for PC gaming? Share which game or marketplace convinced you to invest in PC gaming.
Here's a discussion the has the community divided: are AAA games starting to get too long? Share and discuss your stance using the link and here are the poll options to vote for!
A lot of Giant Bomb community members are still in shock at the recently announced shutdown of Mixer. Join the discussion about the announcement and share how you feel using the link above!
There was a demo for Baldur's Gate 3 during D&D Live 2020! Give it a watch and join the community discussion thread about the good and bad of the direction Larian Studios is taking with the game!
Here's a link to the community discussion about the level of violence depicted in The Last of Us Part II. Did the violence make you feel uncomfortable? Share your thoughts regardless of what they may be.
If you are in need of a good laugh, then check out MooseyMcMan's list on Giant Bomb ranking the best video game characters whose first name is "Goro!"
Hellscream reviews and ranks all of the Resident Evil games they have played. See which games topped their list, and think about making a list of your own!
LCom approached their 2020 GOTY list a little differently than most: they had their list be a joint-agreement with their partner. Give it a read and check out the 3+ hour deliberation they recorded.
- @willin shares in their review of The Last of Us Part II to detail why they found the game to be physically and emotionally exhausting in a way that they did not enjoy even the slightest.
- @riostarwind details why they think Children Of Morta is one of those rogue-lite games that puts all the different pieces together in a fun way.
As seen in the Tweets section, this is the 6,969th page @marino has created on the site and I think we can all agree that it is... NICE!