The Community Spotlight 2022.08.06

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host as we look back at the best community-created works from the previous week.

Unfortunately, we have to talk about some negative news with this edition of the Spotlight. As many of you are already aware, recent orders for the new t-shirts started hitting homes and many were shocked to discover they were not printed as advertised. The site and managers of the store are aware of the problem and doing everything that they can to refund any and all impacted orders. The affected shirts are mainly the Temple and Tarot shirts, but we have also seen some issues with Cat/Yarn design being printed off-center and the Bomby shirt also looking far more plastic-y than anticipated. If any of these problems describe your shirt order, please email support@giantbomb.com.

You can also use the Giant Bomb Discord to get updates on the issue and reply to the Tweet I linked above to direct contact Rorie. For those of you that would like to avoid using Twitter or Discord, here's a link to Rorie's on-site post about the issue where you can learn about the problem, ask questions, and report specific issues for you impacted orders.

In better news, the staff are trying something different with UPF moving forward. As revealed during Unprofessional Fridays: UPF - 08/05/22, each week the site plans to have a "theme" for UPF and the participating staff will play a game that matches that theme. If you have any interesting ideas for a theme, feel free to drop a comment on the 08/05/22 UPF with an idea! With that out of the way, let's jump into the Spotlight!

Tweets

Galleria

Jeff Jeff Bizarre Stardust Crusaders (By: @jearum)

Jeff Jeff Bizarre Stardust Crusaders is finally happening and many, jearum included, cannot help but get a little excited! Using their ATHF version of Jeff B, they went ahead and got the man in the right spirit for what is ahead.

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Oops! All Cena Giant Bomb Skins (By: @jearum)

I don't know about you, but I thought the Oops, All Cenas?! Playdate is one of the best individual shows to ever be put together by the new staff. It was an absolute blast to watch live and it is still something I enjoy watching. Artist jearum obviously agrees with me, hence, this work of art.

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Helmut Kruger is... Mrs. Fortyseven (By: @jearum)

For those of you that recall the 749th episode of the Bombcast, you might recall each of the staff doing their best Mrs. Doubtfire impression. jearum immediately thought of at least one video game character that likely would have put all of their efforts to shame.

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Game Mess Moanings (By: @kone)

Kone this week decided to have some fun with a joke from Jeff Grubb's Morning Mess show. If anything comes from it, then Jason will be in good company for once.

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Cabbage Bois Fan Art (By: @krimsonkharne)

Krimsonkharne finally watched both seasons of Run for the Hills and decided to make a trading card for the "Cabbage Boi" in honor of Jess and Jan!

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Activities

Fun With crAIyon - AI Based Images - Game Edition (By: @monkeyking1969)

We have a fun exercise on the forums where many applying random nouns, verbs, and adjectives to their favorite video game cover art while using crAIyon. Join the fun by clicking the link below and here are some examples!

Escape Academy Is The 14th Selection Of The UUGPGC! Completion Date Is 8/8/2022! Please Mark All Spoilers! +

Unpacking Is The 13th Game Of The UUGPGC! Finish By July 25, 2022. Spoilers Open! Share Your Opinion! (By: @bigsocrates)

Escape Academy is the 14th selection for the Community Game Pass Game Club! If you have any non-spoiler impressions of the escapist adventure puzzle game, feel free to share them by clicking the first link! Also, the community Game Pass Game Club discussion thread for Unpacking is now OPEN TO SPOILERS! What were your thoughts of the game's story? Did the ending and final level make you feel anything? Join the discussion!

Blogs

All PS1 Games in Order: Part 002 (By: @borgmaster)

This is a username I have not seen in a long while, but it's good to have you back JJ!
This is a username I have not seen in a long while, but it's good to have you back JJ!

borgmaster continues their blog series looking at every single video game to release on the OG PlayStation in chronological order! This week you can read if ESPN Extreme Games or Kileak: The DNA Imperative have held up! (hint: no)

Are We All Gonna Play Fortnite Now? (By: @daavpuke)

There seems to be a bit of a renaissance for Fortnite on Giant Bomb and Daavpuke is here for it! In fact, they took some time off from playing Fortnite to write a little bit about Fortnite and what keeps drawing them into the game.

The Quest For The Worst Adventure Game Puzzles - The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time (Part 2) (By: @zombiepie)

Is it time to just accept that Fortnite is good?
Is it time to just accept that Fortnite is good?

Moderator ZombiePie wraps up their two-part series on The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time and its puzzles this week! If you have any nostalgia for The Journeyman Project or FMV adventure games in general, give it a read.

Game OVA Episode 4: Macross: Do You Remember Love? +

Indie Game of the Week 281: Legends of Amberland: The Forgotten Crown (By: @mento)

Mento continues their journey into the world of video game OVAs, their game tie-ins, and vice versa with a blog about The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?! If you are a Macross fan, then this is a definite worthwhile read! Also, the latest edition of their "Indie Game of the Week" series is all about Legends of Amberland: The Forgotten Crown! Read if this party-based, turn-based western RPG, inspired by the games from the 90s has any legs

The Constant: Genesis Noir and Cosmic Narratives (By: @gamer_152)

Mento has some OVA goodness if you're looking for that!
Mento has some OVA goodness if you're looking for that!

If you have never heard of Genesis Noir, you should consider giving Gamer_152's most recent blog a read. There are some spoilers latter in the blog, but you can learn how the Astronomy Update version of the game has a lot going for it.

Retro Review: C-12: Final Resistance (By: @cikame)

Back when they were younger, cikame bought C-12: Final Resistance because they thought the boxart was "cool." This week they decided to go back to the game to see if their nostalgia has clouded their judgement of the game's real quality.

Discussion Threads

MultiVersus Discussion Thread (By: @undeadpool)

This game seems to be making a lot of noise, but is it fun?
This game seems to be making a lot of noise, but is it fun?

With the site finally warming up to Fortnite, how many of you in the community have played MultiVersus? For those that have, who are your go-to characters? Has the netcode held up in your experience?

What TV Shows Have You Watched Re-Runs The Most? (By: @monkeyking1969)

Here's a fun discussion thread that is open to everyone in the community! What television show do you think you have watched the greatest number of re-runs the most? Is it something recent or your childhood?

Has Anyone Played Returnal Through PS+ Extra? (By: @mellotronrules)

I think this game is perfectly okay!
I think this game is perfectly okay!

Has anyone checked out Returnal through the PlayStation Plus Extra program? Do you think the game is a good fit for PS+ Extra? What games do you hope to see in the future if Returnal is on the table?

Series X Or PS5 For Multiplatform Games? (By: @ravensword)

There's a discussion on the forums debating if ether the Series X or PS5 have an advantage when it comes to multiplatform games. Some give the edge to the Series X for Game Pass and some prefer the DualShock. How about you?

What Is The Most Underrated Sonic Game In Your Opinion (By: @topcyclist)

A lot of people are skeptical about Sonic Frontiers, but what games in the franchise do you consider underappreciated gems? If you ask me, more people should respect Sonic and the Secret Rings.

The State Of Golf Games Discussion (By: @skuski)

I bet some of you forgot about 2K's attempt to revive their golf game series!
I bet some of you forgot about 2K's attempt to revive their golf game series!

To fans of sports games, what do you make of the current state of golf games? Do you think 2K is completely out of the picture? Is LIV Golf going to have ripple effects on EA's gold series?

Super Mario Bros 3 Or Super Mario World? (By: @odysseychaplin)

Now, you might be wondering why a months-old discussion thread and poll is getting some shine in this Spotlight. Well, here's the backstory. After this thread got bumped I decided to link it to each of the new staff so I could see where each of them stood in one of the oldest debates in all of video games. Here's what I found:

Lists

Top 10 Worst Games Of All Time (By: @melodicvirus)

I stand by my belief that Little Britain is the most unwatchable show in BBC history.
I stand by my belief that Little Britain is the most unwatchable show in BBC history.

MelodicVirus had a go at listing the ten worst video games they have ever played and there are some "gems" I totally forgot about until I read their list! Give it a read and don't forget to make your own list on the site!

My Personal Top 10 Games Of 2017 (By: @camitalo)

camitalo continues to go back through the archives and made a 2017 GOTY list on the site after they realized they forgot to five years ago! Give it a read and see if you forgot to create GOTY list for years in the past.

Favorite Game From Every Year (By: @aodhhinsai)

These lists make you reconsider your previous GOTY awards and think about the games you played after the fact.
These lists make you reconsider your previous GOTY awards and think about the games you played after the fact.

aodhhinsai took up the task of trying to list and annotate every single one of their "game of the year" award recipients all the way back to 1988! Check it out and consider making your own list and seeing how far back you can go!

User Reviews

  • @yyninja's The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD review shares how the game is objectively better on the Switch, but better graphics and controls don't change what they consider mediocre and ho-hum dungeon design or gameplay.

Wikis

Functional Toilets, Functional Mirrors, Functional Faucet, and Functional Window

Giant Bomb, the website for all of your video game toilet needs.
Giant Bomb, the website for all of your video game toilet needs.

As you saw in the Tweets section, while watching the Quick Look for The Mortuary Assistant, someone Tweeted out that it reminded them of Giant Bomb's "Functional Toilets" concept page. I'll one them up ever so slightly and counter with THREE MORE of the site's "functional furniture" concept pages. Unfortunately, many of these pages have gone dormant and are in DIRE NEED of recent examples! If you are up for the challenge, click a page and add any examples you noticed are missing!

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Just got my shirts today and .... Yeah that was surprising. Very glad I took a look at them before showing my wife. That would have been embarrassing as hell to show off. Hopefully it gets fixed soon!

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Oh someone brought up Macross, that means someone (me) has to point out that Harmony Gold sucks.

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#3  Edited By antime

Today's horrible misprint is tomorrow's prized collectible.

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Thank you for allowing my story about Fortnite to be here, so that I can talk even more about Fortnite 🙏

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Thanks for the share, Mr. Pie. The amount of adult game pages I visited on Steam to get the screenshots for the background has surprisingly not messed with my discovery queue.

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Some really good and funny art this week. Good job duders!

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#8  Edited By MissAshley

I looked at a sample of one of these bad shirts, and sadly, I'm not surprised. I bought a print-on-demand GBeast shirt a year or so back, and it also sported a badly cropped decal.

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@kone - I did not even notice the background until I took a second look after reading your comment. Oh my. Also, brilliant work once again!

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Rorie as Iggy for JeffJeff poster!

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@kone said:

Thanks for the share, Mr. Pie. The amount of adult game pages I visited on Steam to get the screenshots for the background has surprisingly not messed with my discovery queue.

Steam flagged me as liking anime and it seems like I'm fucked for life, but not in the way I wanted.

I looked at a sample of one of these bad shirts, and sadly, I'm not surprised. I bought a print-on-demand GBeast shirt a year or so back, and it also sported a badly cropped decal.

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Hey, you might not be able to get a refund, but feel free to send an email to support@giantbomb.com so the people in charge of the store are aware that these quality issues might not be a one-time problem.