The Community Spotlight 2023.05.27

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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 creations from the previous week! Well, June is almost here and that means "NOT E3" is right around the corner!

I guess I have forgotten to mention on the Spotlight, but Grubb and Jan have been busy planning things for the site during what would normally be E3. Grubb is already scheduling an in-person gathering event similar to what the site did in years' past. And Jan found the old couch! Over on the Giant Bomb Discord Grubb relayed that he plans to book 50ish people to attend this year's Giant Bomb @ Nite event with groups of four to five. It should be incredibly exciting and expect more details SOON!

The site video player issues are almost resolved. The site engineers are aware there are still some of you that are having issues, but thanks to all of the information you have all shared about the Cookies, they think they know what to do next. That said, the same advice as before still holds for those of you that want a quick fix so you can watch videos on the site.

  1. Clear all cookies
  2. Click on "Show Purposes" OR "Do Not Sell My Personal Information" at the bottom of the site
  3. Enable "Performance Cookies" only.

Right, so classic videos and podcasts. Last week, Dylan/dtoast had a meeting with the site's Engineering Manager. They said they wanted more links and another summarization about what exactly is happening with podcasts. With the issues with the video player almost finished, the message I can relay is that the RSS Feed and podcast downloading issues are priority number two. Continue to report video issues here and podcast downloading problems here.

Speaking of Dylan, I will be having a Discord meeting with him on Tuesday. If you have any concerns or pressing issues with site functions, drop a comment and I will remember to share them during the meeting.

"Not E3" Prep

The Unofficial Not-E3 Summer Games Presentations Calendar (By: @marino)

As he has done for many years, Marino has a time zone chart that will help you figure out when and where to be for every presentation that's coming up in June!

E3 might be dead for real this time, but that doesn't mean things are not going to be interesting in June.

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Activities

Mortal Shell Is The 11th Game Selection Of Year 2 Of The UUGPGC. Finish By June 5, 2023. Mark All Spoilers!+

Immortality Is The 10th Game Of UUGPGC Year 2. Finish By May 22. Spoilers Open! (By: @bigsocrates)

I am willing to go so far as to argue this is one of the greatest albums ever made.
I am willing to go so far as to argue this is one of the greatest albums ever made.

Mortal Shell, the dark fantasy action RPG developed by Cold Symmetry, has been selected as the 11th game of season two of the Giant Bomb Community game Pass game Club! Share NON-SPOILER impressions!

Additionally, the Game Pass Game Club has opened its discussion for Immortality for SPOILERS! If you want to talk about all of the game's twists and turns, and the associated controversies with them, click the second link!

The GB Album Club 033 - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy (Cycle Finale!) (By: @unclejam23)

Album of the Week Club wraps up another successful cycle with It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy! Do you have any thing to say about what many consider the most influential hip-hop album of all time.

Art

Fully Rendered Gollum Penis (By: @buzz_clik)

If you have yet to see the BeLite Club for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, I can just say right now that you are missing out. The video and the quotes therein were so good that they inspired buzz_clik to come out of their Giant Bomb art creation retirement! Just admit it, now you're singing the theme song to "Fully rendered Gollum penis."

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Minotti On The Set Of Return Of The King+

Tears Of The Kingdom x My Kids Are Not Poggers (By: @kone)

During the 69th edition of the Voicemail Dump Truck, Mike Minotti shared he once dressed as Peter Jackson for Return of the King to attends the film's opening night. In response, Kone photoshopped Mike into a cast group photo. Secondly, Kone had some fun merging their favorite Giant Bomb themed sticker with Tears of the Kingdom.

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Mike In The Fellowship of the Ring (By: @jearum)

Kone isn't the only person who had fun seeing Mike Minotti's Peter Jackson cosplay! jearum also played around with the photo and they added Mike into a scene from The Fellowship of the Ring.

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The Giant Bomb Dark Universe (By: @CreakyLegs)

Remember Universal's The Dark Universe? CreakyLegs sure does and they decided to super-impose the heads of the current Giant Bomb staff and recurring guests on to the only real promotional image we have of the planned actors for the Dark Universe.

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Tamoor Wake +

Tamoor Solid Hussain: Pizza Eater (By: @MOHAMMEDFI1)

To round things off this week in the art arena, MOHAMMEDFI1 decided to find creative ways to use Photoshop after watching Tam and Lucy's GameSpot coverage of the PlayStation Showcase.

Blogs

Ranking of Albummers! Final Edition (By: @allthedinos)

ALLTheDinos finally did it! As a final tribute to Two Minutes To Late Night and their Albummer series, they finally listened to every single album discussed and covered during the show's 66 episode span! Which ones were the worst? Read to find out!

The Quest For The Worst Adventure Game Puzzles - MTV: Club Dead [Part 2] (Multimedia Games Sure Went HARD in The 90s!) (By: @zombiepie)

I have a habit of playing games that give you nightmares.
I have a habit of playing games that give you nightmares.

It's time to enter the wacky world of multimedia adventure games with the second and final episode of ZombiePie's retrospective on MTV's Club Dead on Giant Bomb! You know, a video game Kate Walsh and Nick Offerman are probably really proud about being in!

My Amico Obsession Led Me To Buy An Evercade VS Console. My Feelings Are Mixed.+

Intellivision Update! Plus Actual Gameplay Of Shark! Shark! It's Bad! Bad! ETA: GAMES CONFIRMED FOR STEAM+MORE (By: @bigsocrates)

bigsocrates is here to write about why they bought an Evercade VS and why "mixed" is the best word to describe their purchase. Click the link below to read who they think actually needs one and who doesn't.

Also, the Intellivision dream LIVES ON! Their games are coming to Steam and there is footage of Shark! Shark! The Intellivision correspondent, bigsocrates, has all of the latest Intellivision news you could want in one place.

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

And now you are singing the Buck Bumble theme song. You're welcome!
And now you are singing the Buck Bumble theme song. You're welcome!

imunbeatable80 decided to tackle Judgment for their latest "What's the Greatest Video Game" write-up on on the site! Did they enjoy this Yakuza spin-off and smarting its premature end? Click the link above to find out!

64 in 64: Episode 30+

Indie Game of the Week 321: Lorelai (By: @mento)

It's time for an episode of mod Mento's 64 in 64 series on Giant Bomb! This week they cover Buck Bumble and 64 Oozumo 2. How well do both, including the Buck Bumble theme, translate to about sixty minutes of playing? Read to find out! Finally, this week's edition of Mento's "Indie Game of the Week" is for Lorelai! Read all about their impressions of the third game in R. Michalski's Devil Came Through Here trilogy of horror themed adventure games!

Discussion Threads

The Lord Of The Rings Gollum Is Currently Sitting At A Phat 38 On Metacritic (By: @bigsocrates)

Remember how this was the first real PS5 game announced?
Remember how this was the first real PS5 game announced?

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is a video game that people are talking about. What are your impressions of what you have seen? Do you think IBM's Watson could run the game at a stable framerate?

What Sauce Do You Have On Your Burger/Durger? (By: @sombre)

From the get-go, Giant Bomb has been your place to talk about and discuss burger-related questions. This week the community tackles an age-old issue: burger sauce. So, how much, burger sauce do you tend to put or ask for on your burger?

Marathon Is Yet Another Live-Service Shooter... (By: @michaelenger)

This game certainly looks cool! But do you want to play another Tarkov-like?
This game certainly looks cool! But do you want to play another Tarkov-like?

How are you feeling about the recently announced Marathon game? Some are excited and love the artstyle whereas others are disappointed it will be an online-focused extraction shooter. Share your thoughts!

PoP Sands of Time Remake Thread - Delayed Indefinitely? (By: @vaiz)

We have revived the original thread on the site discussing Ubisoft putting the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake on "hiatus" back in 2020 to discuss the most recent announcement that it's still in the "conceptual stages."

Intellivision Has Started Selling The Rights To Its Games, Essentially Putting An End To Even The Pretense Of Amico (By: @bigsocrates)

Intellivision is selling the rights to its games! That basically means the Amico is all but dead, and does this reek of 3DO vibes? At least the 3DO company had Might and Magic; Intellivision has Shark! Shark!

Worst Escape Sequences In Games (By: @tradee9691)

This sure looks like something that would bring the whole family together.
This sure looks like something that would bring the whole family together.

As the title suggests, what do you think is the worst escape sequence you have ever played or experienced in a video game?

Lists

Mortal Kombat 1 Waiting List (By: @justiceleaguecanada)

How do you think the seasons for this game will shape up?
How do you think the seasons for this game will shape up?

justiceleaguecanada is excited for Mortal Kombat 1 and decided to run down some of the most common characters that have appeared in the series and speculate the likelihood they will appear in the future.

User Reviews

The story in this game GOES PLACES!
The story in this game GOES PLACES!

@infantpipoc's Muv-Luv Alternative Steam review continues their coverage of visual novels on the site! Read why they consider it a seminal work in the genre and if the Steam port is worth your time.

Wiki Of The Week

Prince of Persia

Those original Prince of Persia games sure don't get enough credit.
Those original Prince of Persia games sure don't get enough credit.

So, the planned revival and remake for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a bit of a mess. That is a massive understatement, but if there's one consolation I can offer you, it is that the site's Prince of Persia franchise page has everything you could want if you want to learn all there is to learn about the series and its many permutations!

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I genuinely cant believe it's 2023 and we're talking about Prince of Persia. Maybe it's my own perspective but I feel like even in its time it really wasn't that big of a sensation.

Guess they made a damn movie and everything so maybe it's me that's out of touch.

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I still feel bad for those about the current situation of the Intellivision console brand.

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Who is Dylan/dtoast?

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#4  Edited By mach_go_go_go

My kids are also poggers.

Edit: RIP Intellivision.

Again.

Like, stay dead.

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Thanks again for sharing my dumb stuff, zombiepie!

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