The Community Spotlight 2021.02.27

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Hello and welcome to another 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 community creations from the last week. Holy crap! For whatever reason, and I'm not judging, the community wrote up a storm this week! Outside of the Christmas and GOTY themed editions of the Community Spotlight, this might be the most I have ever written for a Spotlight in a long while. But, I love it! Having more community content to share is not a bad problem to have. However, I do want to ask all of you to try seeking out one blog on the Spotlight and taking the time to thank the writer. Some of these blogs are still looking for their first comment of support and that one comment can mean the world to a lot of people. With that in mind, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping!

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Galleria

Vinny's Basement In Animal Crossing (By: @SonofFink)

SonofFink has been trying to make Vinny's basement in the world of Animal Crossing for a while now! Here's what they have managed to create thus far and I think we can all agree it's shockingly spot-on!

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Activities

PSO2 is the game that this community will not let die. That and Destiny 2.
PSO2 is the game that this community will not let die. That and Destiny 2.

PSO2 New Players Thread (By: @bobbykatz)

To celebrate Phantasy Star Online 2 coming to the Epic Games Store, the PC PSO2 community has a NEW player recruitment thread for newcomers! Click the link if you are interested in joining the fun!

Blog

So You Want An Arcade Machine? (By: @aeravon)

Yup... my brain is not capable of handling this!
Yup... my brain is not capable of handling this!

Aeravon is the user that helped Jeff Bakalar with their arcade set-up and now they WANT YOU to know what it takes to have an arcade cabinet in YOUR home! Here's their detailed guide if you are interested!

I Just Got Screwed On An Elusive Target In A Pretty Hilarious Way (By: @atheistpreacher)

AtheistPreacher has completed almost every single Elusive Target in Hitman 3 thus far successfully, but there's one that really stings. Read why and how the current double-target in Sapienza is the "one that got away!"

What's the Greatest Video Game: Hybrid Heaven +

What's the Greatest Video Game: EQQO (By: @imunbeatable80)

Why is Giant Bomb so obsessed with Sewer Shark?
Why is Giant Bomb so obsessed with Sewer Shark?

imunbeatable80 has a couple of goodies for you to enjoy this week! First, for whatever reason, imunbeatable80 played Hybrid Heaven in the year of our Lord, 2021. Second, they checked out the indie puzzle game EQQO from developer Parallel Studio! Read why they think the game feels like a VR title even if you play it on non-VR platforms.

Mega Archive CD: Part IV: From Sewer Shark to Tenbu +

Indie Game of the Week 208: The Inner World (By: @mento)

First, Mento has a new episode of their "Indie Game of the Week" series up for your enjoyment on the site. This week, they review The Inner World by Headup Games and assess its 2D point and click qualities. Finally, their retrospective on the Sega CD has reached Sewer Shark! Use the link to read their exhaustive look at the other December 1992 releases on the platform!

How Should Every Faction Change For Warhammer III? Part 1 (High Elves, Lizardmen, Dark Elves, Skaven, and Vampire Coast) (By: @zombiepie)

Total War: Warhammer II is very good! yes, yes!
Total War: Warhammer II is very good! yes, yes!

Moderator ZombiePie is starting a new series on Giant Bomb where they predict how every Warhammer II faction will change for III! This first episode is all about High Elves, Lizardmen, Dark Elves, Skaven, and Vampire Coast!

Thoughts On The Debut Demo For Project Triangle Strategy (By: @yyninja)

yyninja shares their impressions of the Project Triangle Strategy demo with the Giant Bomb community! Read what they thought of it, and join their conversation using the link!

Game, Pass (By: @asmo917)

Also, many thanks to triznoy's photoshop this week!
Also, many thanks to triznoy's photoshop this week!

asmo917 uses their latest blog on Giant Bomb to share how Game Pass got them back into NBA 2K20 and deep into the game's MyTeam card-based mode.

The Push and Pull of Nintendo (By: @triznoy)

triznoy tries to get to the bottom of the modern day appeal of Nintendo despite their tendency of being one of the more unconscionable video game companies from a consumer's perspective.

Meticulously Mastering Mahjong - You KAN Do It! (By: @daavpuke)

Inspired by Jan's video series, Daavpuke ended up giving Mahjong Soul a shot! Read all about their long quest to get better at mahjong and trying to understand all of its obtuse mechanics.

Steam Game Festival Feb '21 / Games Played + Thoughts (By: @bitbat)

More mahjong, more problems!
More mahjong, more problems!

bitbat made an effort to play several of the biggest titles from the February '21 Steam Game Festival! Use the link below to their write-up on the site about the games they played to see if there are any titles worth playing!

Sly Cooper And The Thievius Raccoonus Is Not A Stealth Game But It Is A Fun Platformer. Who Knew? +

Monster Boy And The Cursed Kingdom Made Me Question The Value Of Finishing Games +

How Does Sly 2: Band Of Thieves On Ps3 Have Better Surround Sound Than Most Modern Games? (By: @bigsocrates)

I'm down for more indie game goodness on the site!
I'm down for more indie game goodness on the site!

As was the case last week, bigsocrates has a trio of blogs worth checking out! First bigsocrates details Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom and shares why they think the game's ambition does not fit its execution. Next, bigsocrates is moving on to Sly Cooper for their PlayStation exclusives retrospective! Check out their blog on Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus and read why they think it is a fun platformer despite its aspirations of being a stealth game! Next, bigsocrates also looked at Sly Cooper with a look at Sly 2: Band of Thieves! However, while playing the game they noticed something. Why does it have better surround sound than most games released today?

Discussion Threads

Anthem NEXT Officially Cancelled By EA (By: @franzlska)

Is Dragon Age 4 going to be enough to
Is Dragon Age 4 going to be enough to "save" BioWare?

Anthem NEXT has officially been cancelled! What do you think this means for BioWare's future? Are there any parts of Anthem you hope to see in other games, especially when it comes to a new Mass Effect?

Giant Beastcast: The Midlife Crisis (Episode 298) (By: @atomicfox)

Vinny's "Midlife Crisis" discussion during the 298 Beastcast inspired a lot of Giant Bomb users to share pictures of their collectible shelfs and organizers! If you have any pictures feel free to share them and here are some pics!

Washing The GB Dad Hat From The Shop (By: @turtlefish)

Hey there Giant Bomb community, we have a user on the forums who is wondering how to wash or clean a Giant Bomb hat! If you have any tips or tricks to share, please share them!

Persona 5 Strikers Discussion Thread (By: @nateandrews)

I'm always down for some shelf pics!
I'm always down for some shelf pics!

How many users are there that have played or checked out Persona 5 Strikers? If so, share your impressions whether they are positive or negative with the community using the link above!

I Actually Enjoyed Knockout City, EA's New PvP Dodgeball Arena Game (By: @sandm0rph22)

EA's new PvP dodgeball arena game has technically come out and the current community sentiment is that it is not all that bad and kind of fun! Share your thoughts with the rest of the community!

Activision Warns Full Call of Duty (Warzone + Modern Warfare + Black Ops) No Longer Fits Standard PS4 Drive (By: @nodima)

video games....
video games....

Activision has started warning consumers that a full Call of Duty game no longer fits the standard PS4 drive. How long until a similar fate presents itself to the PS5 or Xbox Series X/S?

Taskmaster TV Show Discussion Thread (By: @alistercat)

Inspired by Casey Malone 's 2021 GOTY list on Giant Bomb, we have a handful of British users trying to sell non-Brits on the UK gameshow, Taskmaster! Join the discussion about the show.

Sony Is Working On A new VR Headset (By: @bigsocrates)

Sony is working on a new VR headset! Are you excited at the news? Are you concerned the new headset will face the same fate as PS4VR? Share your thoughts with the rest of the community!

Outriders Demo Impressions (By: @slax)

Also, the site could definitely use more screenshots of Persona 5 Strikers.
Also, the site could definitely use more screenshots of Persona 5 Strikers.

Are there any users out there that have checked out the Outriders demo? If you have, join the community discussion about the good and bad parts of the demo using the link!

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 No Longer Developed By Hardsuit Labs, Delayed Until...? (By: @glots)

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is going through a bit of a "rough patch." What do you make about Hardsuit Labs being replaced as the original dev team?

The Reorganization Of Sony's Japan Studio Shows The Fall Of The Japanese Game Market (By: @bigsocrates)

Some of you on this site have a sense of humor I can respect.
Some of you on this site have a sense of humor I can respect.

What is YOUR reaction to the news about the reorganization of Japan Studio? Are you disappointed by the news? Regardless, which games of theirs have you enjoyed the most?

What Are You Excited For From The State Of Play? (By: @rejizzle)

Which games from Sony's most recent State of Play are you most excited to play? Is it one of the many Final fantasy games or one of the smaller titles? To the right, you will find the most anticipated titles the Giant Bomb chat was hoping for when it first started.

Schreier Continues To Dominate The Stadia Schadenfreude Beat. Google Spent Tens Of Millions For Ports. (By: @bigsocrates)

Also, I am not joking about fisk0. They really have been asking BioWare to make a Shattered Steel sequel for decades.
Also, I am not joking about fisk0. They really have been asking BioWare to make a Shattered Steel sequel for decades.

The new news from Schreier about Google spending big wads of money to get third-party titles on Google Stadia sure is something! Does the news surprise you or does it confirm your initial opinions about the platform's management?

Diablo 2 Resurrected Reaction Thread (By: @clarkpete)

How many users are out there that are excited for Diablo II: Resurrected? Are you more excited for it than Diablo IV? Do you like the new 3D visuals and graphics? Join the community discussion NOW!

Game Sequels Only You Would Want (By: @trh5001)

We have a FUN thread on the forums wherein people share the video game sequels that they feel like they are the only ones asking for it. Special shout-out to fisk0 who has been asking BioWare to make Shattered Steel 2 since 1996!

PlayStation Plus Is Absolutely Killing It Right Now (By: @bigsocrates)

Yup, this seems like a solid deal.
Yup, this seems like a solid deal.

A lot of users are enamored by the titles set to grace the PlayStation Plus program in March. What are your thoughts? Is this the best batch of games offered for free to online console users ever?

Lists

My Ranking of Consoles and Handhelds (By: @majormitch)

Many thanks to MajorMitch for another great list on the site!
Many thanks to MajorMitch for another great list on the site!

MajorMitch uses their latest list on the site to review and rank all of the consoles and handhelds they have owned in their lifetime! See which platforms came out on top using the link above!

User Reviews

Is this the best Sackboy has played in years? You decide!
Is this the best Sackboy has played in years? You decide!

Wikis

The Legend of Zelda

Happy Birthday, Zelda!
Happy Birthday, Zelda!

People are still celebrating the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda and for good reason! However, don't forget, Giant Bomb's franchise page for the series is one of the best on the site! Use the link above to give it a gander!

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Yay! My Animal Crossing Vinny screenshots go featured :D

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@zombiepie I couldn't help myself from adding the real Vinny to the Animal Crossing pic.

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Like many things in my life, my State of Play thread started as a joke and turned into an actual discussion. Come hang out y'all.

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Thank you for including my Mahjong journey 🀄

A blessed way to start the new lunar year. As I'm a born Rat and rats are lucky this year, I feel this is fate.

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I mean really, building your own real arcade isn't all that! I was trying to show the different extremes. I don't want to confuse or scare anyone off! I even go into some amount of detail of shortcuts you can take and how to spend way less money!

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Vinny's basement is adorable.