The Community Spotlight 2021.01.16

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Hello everyone 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 last week. Goodness, I hope first impressions are not everything, because already I am starting to have my doubts about 2021. As many of you already are aware, Ben has announced Friday January 22nd will be his last week working at Giant Bomb. Below, you will find a link to an appreciation thread where you can thank Ben for all he has done on the site and the many memories he has provided. However, as is the case whenever a staff member leaves the site, please keep all of your comments civil and respectful. This is not the time to share your disagreements or grievances with Ben nor is it a time for rampant speculation. This includes commenting who you would like to see be hired in Ben's position. With all of that in mind, let's jump into the site related housekeeping.

GOTY 2020

Author's Note: After a long delay, I finally got around to reviewing and compiling some, but obviously not all of the user-created lists on the site. If I missed your list or blog, PLEASE drop a link to it using the comments section and I will happily showcase it next time! That said, the next edition will likely be the last time the Spotlight has a dedicated section for user-made GOTY content.

Was Cloudpunk the cyberpunk game we should have been excited about in 2020? A lot of users sure think so!
Was Cloudpunk the cyberpunk game we should have been excited about in 2020? A lot of users sure think so!

User-Created GOTY Lists

GOTY Blogs

Does Bugsnax get a spot on your GOTY list, or do bigger titles eke it out?
Does Bugsnax get a spot on your GOTY list, or do bigger titles eke it out?

BladeOfCreation's Games of 2020 (By: @bladeofcreation)

BladeOfCreation reviews every game they played in 2020, both new and old, and discusses what they liked and disliked from the year! Definitely give it a read if you need some game recommendations.

ArbitraryWater's Favorite Games Of 2020 (That Didn't Come Out In 2020) (By: @arbitrarywater)

ArbitraryWater uses their latest blog on Giant Bomb to talk about their favorite 2020 gaming experiences involving games that did not come out in 2020! Give it a read and be amazed at all of the video game fun they got up to last year!

Top Ten 2020-The Hell Year (By: @brotherbran)

How much credit do you want to give Fall Guys during the 2020 GOTY discussions?
How much credit do you want to give Fall Guys during the 2020 GOTY discussions?

As the title suggest, 2020 was a "hell year" for BrotherBran as it was for the rest of us. Luckily, the video games they played last year were a heck of a lot of fun and you can read all about what they think are the best games from the year by using the link above!

2020: Ranking the Rest (By: @majormitch)

MajorMitch already published a GOTY list on the site, so for this week they went ahead and reviewed the games that missed their top ten list! Read all of the games that did not survive the cutting room floor!

Jordan Hass' Top 10 Games of 2020 List (By: @jordha)

Like many other users on the site, jordha used games to get through the year that was 2020, one day at a time. Click the link above to learn all about the games they think were the best.

Is Murder By Numbers a
Is Murder By Numbers a "sleeper hit" deserving of some love during GOTY?

Top Games Of The Year 2020 That I Spent Time With And Other Words About Stuff (By: @pezen)

Pezen played a lot of games in 2020 and not all of them were good and many of them were not released in 2020. Give this blog a read to discover the games they most enjoyed playing last year.

Tweets

Author's Note: There's a fun Giant Bomb "cameo" in the first Tweet. If you watch the entire video, you'll find it when you least expect it!

Clips

Jeff Plays SmackDown vs. Raw | Giant Bombcast | 11/11/2008 (By: VinnCo Archive)

Many thanks to VinnCo Archive on YouTube for another GREAT blast from the past this week! Here's a clip from 2008 where Jeff earnestly attempts to explain WWE's "brand split" and the state of wrestling booking during that time.

Galleria

Once Again Science Has Gone Too Far (By: @zephyer)

Zephyer has been playing around with ArtBreeder and decided to take jea_rum's Junji Ito drawing of Alex and ran it through the program. This was the result!

SORRY/NOT SORRY FOR THE NIGHTMARES

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Junji Ito Alex Via Toonme (By: @lilnatureboyx)

Sometimes sequels are better than the original, but I don't know about this case! Here, user LilNatureBoyX ran Zephyer's Alex image through the "Toonme!" application!

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Blue Giant Bomb Logo (By: @Sting423)

Over on Twitter, Steve Chavez decided to palette swap the colors on the Giant Bomb logo like it was a Mortal Kombat character!

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Blogs

Mega Archive: Part XXV: From Ecco the Dolphin to Streets of Rage 2 +

Indie Game of the Week 202: Operencia: The Stolen Sun (By: @mento)

Are you ready to party like it's 1999?
Are you ready to party like it's 1999?

First, Mento continues their retrospective on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis! This week they look at the games that released on the platform in December 1992! To be expected, there are some heavy-hitters! Second, for this week's edition of Mento's "Indie Game of the Week," they checked out Operencia: The Stolen Sun! Give their write-up a read to see if it is right up your alley!

Determined To Get My Cyberpunk Fix, I Finally Played Detroit: Become Human, And... (Spoilers) (By: @nodima)

Nodima wanted to play a cyberpunk game so they ended up playing Detroit: Become Human. Read all about their long descent into exploring David Cage's sci-fi "epic."

What's The Greatest Video Game: 99 Vidas (By: @imunbeatable80)

I had never heard of the game "99Vidas" until I gave imunbeatable80's blog about the game a read! Check it out and see if they recommend you check the game out on your own time!

Discussion Threads

No Time Like The Present To Announce That All PC Players Will Have To Pay To Import Hitman 1 And 2 Levels On Epic (By: @bwheeeler)

Does this count as a broken promise? Do you understand why the situation on PC is so fucked?
Does this count as a broken promise? Do you understand why the situation on PC is so fucked?

Calling all Hitman fans! What do you make of the news that PC users will need to pay a fee to transfer their Hitman 1 and 2 levels to Hitman 3 on Epic? Do you think there are bigger implications?

What Controllers Are People Using For PC Gaming These Days? (By: @sparky_buzzsaw)

What controllers are you using on the PC these days? Are you rocking an Xbox or PlayStation controller? Maybe a third party option? Are you a proud TEAM WASD FOR LIFE member? Join the community discussion by sharing your pick?

How Is The Next-gen Console Stock Where You Are? (By: @ramone)

Hey everyone, how is the next generation console stock where you live? Are you having an easier or harder time getting a next gen console? Join the community conversation using the link above!

Tetris Champion Jonas Neubauer Passed Away (By: @obeast)

I had no idea what Twin Mirror even was until I checked out the discussion thread for it.
I had no idea what Twin Mirror even was until I checked out the discussion thread for it.

In honor of their recent passing, there is a Giant Bomb tribute thread to Tetris champion Jonas Neubauer. Join the community in sharing your memories of the gaming legend and mourning their tragic passing.

Anybody Play Twin Mirror? (By: @bisonhero)

Are any of you playing or have played Twin Mirror from DONTNOD Entertainment? If you have, or are just interested to learn more about it, here's the official community discussion thread for the game!

What Is The Etiquette For Doing A Raid Through The Guided Games Feature? (By: @xdeser2)

Here's an interesting discussion thread for all of you Destiny 2 players out there! What is the etiquette for doing a raid through the guided games feature? What do you do to use the feature effectively without seemingly like a dick?

User Reviews

  • @retrogimp decided to play the original Rayman on the PlayStation One for the first time. Read why they were not impressed by the game's brutal difficulty.

Wiki Pages

Obviously, this will be a top contender for
Obviously, this will be a top contender for "Quick Look of the Year" in 2021.

Wrestling Empire

It warms my heart to inform the site, especially Alex and Jeff, that MDickie's latest wrestling video game "creation" has been added to the Giant Bomb wiki. I look forward to the eventual quick look.

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The Taco Bell video is fun but I definitely dipped out when nutritional info started getting talked about. I know it’s bad, I just don’t want to know how bad. Ignorance is bliss!

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Might as well drop a link to my list before I miss the season!

Aodhhinsai's 2020 GOTY

For such a mess of a year I feel like I've got a pretty strong list of games. It's funny how heavily certain games can imprint themselves on your life when you're in the middle of dealing with something heavy. Several games on my list this year will stick with me simply because of what they meant in the context of 2020.

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That is indeed not the Giantbomb cameo you would expect in a Taco Bell video

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Hi Rorie, here's my GOTY list. Keep up the great work you do and congrats on getting married. (not sure if you remember but I had the pleasure of meeting both of you in 2018. I was from Pittsburgh and we got really really drunk. I don't remember much else about that night). Anyway, here's my list. Peace! Top 11ish Games of 2020 (giantbomb.com)

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Thanks for featuring my GOTY 2020 list ZombiePie and thanks to anyone who read and thumped up my list!

Those Alex art pictures though... nightmare fuel.

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I apologize for being late to the party, but I finally made my list and I hope everyone could give it an opportunity.

https://www.giantbomb.com/profile/knightdehumidifier/blog/knight-dehumidifiers-top-10-things-that-distracted/251850/

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Congrats everyone!