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 on the best creative endeavors of the Giant Bomb community! Sorry for the delay in what was meant to be a "return to normalcy" for the Community Spotlight, but as they say, shit happens. Anyways, it was a busy news week for the site, and we have a lot to review before jumping into the wonderful things the community has been up to recently. So, let's jump right into it!
- For those users struggling to keep up with all of the streaming content during Lockdown 2020, user TigerDX made a terminal application for grabbing the latest videos on the site!
- The French Abby parody account on Twitter is a complete delight. If you are not following it right now, then you should fix that immediately.
- Moderator @finaldasa celebrated their birthday last week! Feel free to wish they a "Happy Birthday" if you have not already done so.
- Ben started a huge debate on Twitter if the Mario in the Paper Mario franchise is canonically the Mario in the mainline series or some alternate timeline bullshit.
On this day in 2008 (can that possibly be right?), there was a website about...video games. pic.twitter.com/m1q1ZDmiYQ— Giant Bomb (@giantbomb) July 29, 2020
This feels like Twilight Princess all over again. https://t.co/N0F4N3tFXT— I'll Be Right Ben (@bvigeant) July 28, 2020
Two years ago, on this very day, it was proven undeniably that you absolutely cannot beat 35%.— Tony (@Boots_33) August 1, 2020
Happy 2-Year Anniversary, Exquisite Corps.
So, long story short on this one: GameSpot's Cinematech episodes where brought up during a HotSpot a few weeks ago. What some people maybe do not know, is until this week the episodes were considered "lost media" with the shuttering of G4 and GameSpot unable to re-acquire the episodes. However, this week, a user took to the forums to post live recordings of the episodes.
This week site design lead Dan Auer shared a Luchadeer design they have been working on that combines the Icon of Sin with the proverbial Giant Bomb mascot, Luchadeer.
The community Path of Exile community guild, Path of Duders, just got updated! Read what has changed and how you can join the fun using the link above!
TheBadGamer takes to the site to talk about why multiplayer experiences are what they seek out the most, and how online multiplayer have helped them build their confidence over the years.
ActuallyDeevees writes about Xbox Game Pass and how Microsoft are creating the "deal of the generation" for gamers, but why that is still not enough to convince them to buy and Xbox Series X.
Igort responds to the recent news of Netflix making a Beyond Good & Evil film by writing about why they think Ubisoft doesn't care about Beyond Good & Evil as a video game franchise anymore.
colourful_hippie shares where they stand regarding the upcoming batch of video game consoles, where they stand, and what could cause them to switch. Give it a read and feel free to share your thoughts.
PurpleShyGuy uses their latest blog on Giant Bomb to discuss why Halo 3 represents the end of an era, and the last time they truly "loved" a Halo video game both from a single-player and multiplayer perspective.
First, Mento looks at Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and reviews the innovations it brings to the Yakuza formula, including an exhaustive look at the minigames! Finally, their "Indie Game of the Week" is all about "The Lost Art of Innkeeping!" Give their latest blog a read to discover why they enjoyed the adventure life-sim despite its budgety shortcomings!
Discussions & Threads
Here's a discussion thread on the forums that has a lot of users thinking deeply: do you worry how Xbox Game Pass will influence game design? Are we already seeing a change in game design with games as a service?
Have any of you checked out Grounded yet? Are your initial impressions of the game positive or negative? What would you change about the gameplay or structure of the game?
Splinter Cell is back! But as an anime helmed by one of the writers of John Wick? Say WHAAAAAAAAT?! Read all about it and join the community discussion about the rather surprising news!
If AAA games jump to $70, do your expectations of what the games provide and do (i.e., single-player and multiplayer) change or grow? Vote and discuss the matter using the link, and here's what the community thinks thus far!
It sounds like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is getting a BIG PATCH in October and you can read all about it and join the discussion about what this update means for the future of the game!
What do you make of Eiyuden Chronicle's resounding success on Kickstarter? Have you backed the project yourself? What are you hoping for in the final game? Does this remind any of you of Unsung Kingdom?
Here's a fun thread that has drawn some really creative comments from the community! As one might expect, some of the community suggestions are downright SPICY and hopefully you feel inspired to get in on this action!
Here's a fun forum topic for the community: Make one change to your favorite game to ruin it! Here's my contribution: have the jump from LittleBigPlanet in Super Mario World! Share your game mishmashes using the link!
Here's a more introspective discussion thread on the forums: when was the last time you went out of your gaming "comfort zone?" When was the last time you played a game from a franchise or genre you normally avoid?
In news that took the internet by storm, Konami is making HIGH-END GAMING PCs! No, seriously, this is NOT a joke! Read all about it and marvel over this turn of events.
The title says it all: What are the best licensed soundtracks of the 8th generation? Common community picks include Red Dead Redemption 2, Forza Horizon 3, Life is Strange, and GTA V! Share your pick using the link above!
chlomo drafted a list of the 21 GREAT horror games they recommend for people who do not normally enjoy horror games! Give it a read and possibly pick up some spooky recommendations!
ChieArale traces the linage of Human Entertainment to several modern-day game studios that are still pumping out video games!
If you are in need of a good laugh, check out jeffrud's latest "NamCompendium" list in which he "scientifically" ranks the Namco games that launched on the Atari Lynx!
totalpatoot's latest list on Giant Bomb annotates their favorite indie games on the Nintendo Switch! Give their list a read and feel free to share your own picks.
- @darnocris is reviewing every game in the Castlevania Anniversary Collection on Steam and this week looks at Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse! Read if they think this game is worth returning to today!
- @thebadgamer shares in their review of Marvel's Spider-Man why they think the game is a perfect example of how to do a super hero game and story without an "origin story."
- @junior_ain took the time to strike Deus Ex: Human Revolution from their gaming backlog! Check out their review to read why they think it is a fully realized cyberpunk immersive sim!
- @junior_ain uses their review to explain why they love the narrative of Tomb Raider (2013), but feel like it suffers from excessive "hand-holding."