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@zombiepie: While we’re talking about that Dead Island trailer, I’ll also make the argument that Walking Dead Season 1 very much made good on the sort of heartfelt tragic-parent-child-bond-in-zombie-apocalypse thing that was in that trailer.

I still find it fucking hilarious that somehow the Dead Island studio green lit this emotional prerendered cutscene to debut their fuck-around co-op loot zombie game where you can target a zombie‘s right arm with your electro-spiked baseball bat. Just absolutely nothing about the tone of that trailer has anything to do with the game. I know sometimes it is marketing’s job to be deceitful to make a game seem appealing to as wide a potential audience as possible (angry Kirby eyebrows on North America game boxes, etc.), but that trailer is such a step beyond nearly everything else I can think of in misrepresenting the game.

I was never a fan of Telltale's The Walking Dead, but I can see where you are coming from with that comparison. In terms of the trailer in question "misrepresenting" the game, I do not have a lot of good counters. I agree the trailer in no way represents what the final game was either mechanically or narratively, and even mention as much on this blog. Nonetheless, the trailer sparked a huge discussion when it first launched and that simply cannot go ignored. I hate to repeat my line from the blog, but seriously how many video game trailers can you think of which justifiably warrant their own dedicated Wikipedia page. The trailer was also hotly viral and spawned an endless deluge of reaction videos when the concept was relatively novel.

In terms of storytelling, the trailer by far manages to convey a complete story all in the span of three minutes, and that's a monumental accomplishment regardless of what medium you are working with.

@rohsiph said:

Lightning reluctantly saying "meow meow choco chow" is the best* thing Final Fantasy did last decade. Its 'terrible'...ly absurd.

(*have not tried FF14 expansions yet)

The scene the above user is talking about is indeed a real thing. Trust me, they are not lying:

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The one funny think I will say about this "mechanic," if you can even call it that, is that slowly, but surely, Lightning becomes increasingly more comfortable about saying "meow meow choco chow."

And while we are talking about the Final Fantasy XIII sequels, and I have no idea if the man even checks the forums anymore, but I owe @ltsquigs a formal apology.

Ian, if you are still out there, you were right about Final Fantasy XIII-2. That game is HOT NONSENSE and it's one of the wildest and most enjoyable rides I have had in a good long time. I never should have doubted you.

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Hitmanagent47 was a STAPLE of old GB

SOMEONE GOT IT!
SOMEONE GOT IT!

Also, it looks like a site redesign basically "killed" 90% of those HitmanAgent47 meme pictures.

If you have any, feel free to post them.

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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 at the best user-created offerings from the previous week! During the 02/21/2020 UPF the other moderators and myself had a fun chat about how far this site has come. The fact that startles me the most is how the CBSi "era" of Giant Bomb has long since exceeded the Whiskey Media days. And I don't mention any of this to slander the site or its staff members, but it's something I've never really accepted as fact. If you wanted to know, whenever us moderators reminisce about the "old days" HitmanAgent47 comes up. Jeez, I'd be surprised to see how many of you remember HitmanAgent47... use the comments below to show if you have any idea what I'm talking about! Anyways, here's the site-related housekeeping!

Tweets Of The Week

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Things Jeff Hachi Has Held 02/18/2020 (By: ODDPARTICLE)

We have another HILARIOUS edition of OddParticle's Jeff Hachi webcomic series! It is another reminder that the VRodeo is a video series we all need back in our lives.

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Community Activities

Always happy to help duders be more successful playing games online!
Always happy to help duders be more successful playing games online!

Unofficial Giant Bomb Regiment For Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (By: DR1NKURMLKSHAKE)

Calling all Call of Duty fans! There's a newly revived online community regiment for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare! If you are up for networking with other Giant Bomb users playing the game, then this is the thread for you! Get the details on how to join it using the link above!

Clips Of The Week

Giant Bombcast 620 Animated: Blue Chew (By: Jackson Sax)

Over on YouTube, someone decided to "animate" the Blue Chew ad during the free version of Giant Bombcast #620, and it really is "something." Then again, aren't all podcast ads?

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Best Of Blogs

From the sounds of it, Wolcen sounds like a bad time.
From the sounds of it, Wolcen sounds like a bad time.

Do Not Buy This Game, Or If You Already Have, Return It [Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem] (By: BICYCLEHAM)

bicycleham bought Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem, despite hearing warnings from Rorie to the contrary, and blogs about his constant struggles to finish the game despite its glitches, bugs, and relatively unfinished story.

Ubisoft Is Looking To Redefine Rainbow Six Siege As It Enters Its Fifth Year (By: NATEANDREWS)

nateandrews is highly intrigued by the direction Ubisoft is taking with Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. Read why they are excited about the company's "five-year plan" for the game using the link above!

ZombiePie's Games Of The Decade Superlatives - Part I (By: ZOMBIEPIE)

Moderator ZombiePie took a different approach with their "Best of the 2010s" blog. On it, they hand out decade superlatives like "Best Dark Middle Chapter," "Most Fabulous Prank" and "Single Worst Story Arc!" Give it a read and discover which games took their humorous awards!

Is Ubisoft
Is Ubisoft "changing the game" in how they make and support games?

A Look Back - Experiences And Thoughts Of Gaming Through The 2010 Decade (By: INFINITESPARK)

Giant Bomb user InfiniteSpark published an exhaustive retrospective on their gaming highs and lows from the 2010s! Read all about what they loved and hated from the decade!

This Is A Good Darksiders Game [Darksiders Genesis] (By: BAKOOMERANG)

bakoomerang finally got around to playing Darksiders Genesis and blogs about why they found it to be a thoroughly fun romp and why they think the game deserves more credit than what it got last year!

Celeste: The Hardest Game Anyone Can Beat (By: PURPLESHYGUY)

PurpleShyGuy LOVES Celeste and uses their latest blog on Giant Bomb to discuss why they think it is "the hardest game anyone can beat." Gice it a read and discover what they mean!

Celeste is always a game I'm happy to read other people's impressions about. PurpleShyGuy's blog this week is no different!
Celeste is always a game I'm happy to read other people's impressions about. PurpleShyGuy's blog this week is no different!

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Indie Game of the Week 158: Princess Remedy (By: MENTO)

First, Mento continues their blog series for The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC and this week looks at the game's use of jobs and classes to lend more storytelling to its cast of characters. Finally, they have another AMAZING episode of their Indie Game of the Week blog series with episode discussing Princess Remedy by developer Ludosity Interactive!

I Feel My Interest In Games Has Almost Entirely Faded Into My 30's (By: SOMBRE)

Sombre talks about turning thirty and gaming taking a backseat in their work-life-balance. Give it a read and share your own experiences with gaming and growing older. It's a feeling I'm all too familiar with, but have no solutions to that I can think of.

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As someone pointed out on Twitter, the Nier games have overtaken Drakengard.
As someone pointed out on Twitter, the Nier games have overtaken Drakengard.

(Best) Video Game Spin-Offs? (By: FINALDASA)

As the title suggests, what are the most FAMOUS and well-known video game spin-offs? Can you think of any video game examples of spin-offs overtaking the series they are based on?

The Sonic Movie Is A Huge Hit So How Is There No Tie In? (By: BIGSOCRATES)

BigSocrates wonders aloud why SEGA hasn't done more to promote and advertise the Sonic movie. For example, where's the tie-in game? If you have a hunch as to why that's the case, feel free to share it.

Satisfactory Is Coming (Back) To Steam Because Of Course It Is (By: ZEG)

Satisfactory is coming to Steam after some time as an Epic Store exclusive. Are there any of you who will finally check out the game? Join our discussion thread about the news using the link above!

Are you up for more Dreams coverage on Giant Bomb?
Are you up for more Dreams coverage on Giant Bomb?

Would/Should Be Anime Games? (By: PANBURGERPARTNER)

Video games based on animes sometimes get a bad rap, but what are some well-known anime franchises you'd like to see get adapted? And before you ask, gacha games do not count.

Would You Watch A Dreams Series Hosted By Vinny? (By: THEADMIN)

Obviously, the title says "Vinny," but the question applies to the rest of the Giant Bomb crew. Would you like to see Dreams receive additional coverage much like how the site covered OG Super Mario Maker?

My Seven Year Old Mind In 1985 Saw Super Mario Bros. For The First Time... (By: JARP12)

Here's a thread that welcomes you to share the games that blew your mind when you were younger, but today make you say "what was I thinking?" For me, my game is Call of Duty: Finest Hour. I played it a ton as a kid, but DAMN has it aged like milk.

Lovable Lists

Favourite Xbox Game Pass Titles (By: DURGERBURGLAR)

Over a decade of being a moderator has ruined my brain. I was not able to read this without laughing uncontrollably.
Over a decade of being a moderator has ruined my brain. I was not able to read this without laughing uncontrollably.

durgerburglar has fallen in love with Xbox Game Pass and uses their latest list on the site to annotate the games they think make the serve worth the price of entry!

Games of the Year, 2007 (By: FRONTMAN12)

frontman12 is almost done with their "Best of the 2000s" series and this week looks back at the best games of 2007! BioShock, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Portal, and Peggle all fight for the top spot!

Useful User Reviews

It's not every day you see a PS2 game get a dissertation length review, but ScottyHawkeye made it happen!
It's not every day you see a PS2 game get a dissertation length review, but ScottyHawkeye made it happen!
  • SCOTTYHAWKEYE went on a nigh year-long adventure to find the "best Batman game Pre-Arkham," and settled on Ubisoft's Batman: Vengeance! Read their review on why they think it is a special game worth going back to even today!
  • MOONLIGHTMOTH uses their review of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint to discuss why they struggled to get through its story and overwwhelming jingoism.
  • RIOSTARWIND has always been a fan of the Ace Attorney franchise and this week assesses the worth of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, the sixth entry in the series, with a critical lens!
  • FRONTMAN12 wrote a quick review for Fortix and shares why they think this Qix-style arcade game from developer Nemesys Games deserves more love, especially for the price of $.99!
  • CAPT_BLAKHELM wrote a review for Death Ray Manta and uses it to explain why they enjoyed the deceptively brutal and psychedelic Robotron clone.

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@rapid: Naw, man, this post was fucking awesome! In fact, I strongly encourage you to consider compiling all of this into a single blog post! It's full of interesting information and I would love to see you extrapolate other parts of this incredibly interesting puzzle.

Seriously, this might be one of the most fascinating replies to a blog I have written I have ever seen.

Wow, what a great idea and what fantastic list of superlatives!

I have to talk about Best Trailer - Dead Island. You hit the nail on the head, that video was of a type of gameplay or "gravatas" that peopel wanted in 2011.

I played Dead Island, and ist was a very "uninspiring game". Moreover, it wasn't because they didn't have teh tools. Keep in mind Uncharted 2: Among Thieves came out in 2009, Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption out in 2010, and by 2001 Uncharted 3, La Noir, and Portal 2 were coming out. The types of gameplay, quality of story, and writing shown in the trailer was achievable. So the possibility of seeing that trailer as a game seem like it was possible; which of course made the final game all teh more depressing.

I believe, The Last of Us, fulfilled the full meaning and full possibilities expressed by what the Dead Island trailer showed. So no only did Deep Silver not do it; but Naughty Dog PROVED it could have been attempted. If you want to see tha video in a more coherent fashion, look for "Dead Island: Official Trailer in Reverse Order (Chronological)" on YouTube.

Holy crap, I hadn't thought about this at first, but you are totally right! The Last of Us is basically everything the original Dead Island promised! Wow, that game not only matches the trailer's content and tone, but it delivers on all of the same emotional highs as well!

Good catch!

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@devise22 said:

This was a fun way to structure a list, especially an of the decade list. So much of the of the decade top 10 stuff feels like splitting hairs and trying to determine what each person values more or thinks was more meaningful on the decade.

One of the more interesting things to note is how many games in your categories you have to drop a line about them "finding their way" or "getting there" years later. Even for some of the games that are influences. The ability to present games as an ongoing service and update them might have been the best/worst trend of this generation. Either that or the overuse of open world games and RPG mechanics?

Lastly, I had no idea Velvet Sundown was shut down and was no longer playable. Pour one out for that no doubt. Anyway, good read!

Hey, thank you so much for the positive feedback! It means a lot to me to have some input if a blog outside of my repertoire worked out or not. I have to say I agree and disagree with you about games as an ongoing service, however. While I agree there are a handful of games that have used the model to financially exploit consumers, there have been other games like Warframe that have used the model to support active communities for years after the release of the official game. Just ask @rapid for more details on how the "ongoing service model" has kept that game alive far longer than it would have one or two generations ago. I think for that reason alone I'm far more positive about the model than others, and in fact, wish more games would use it. Goodness, how long have sports fans begged 2K or EA to support their yearly releases with roster updates rather than full-priced game releases?

Also, yes, Velvet Sundown is dead and it breaks my greasy heart. The text to speech stopped working a month or so after the original developer was purchased. Now, the game exists on Steam, but if you try to load the game up, it just displays an error and returns you to the Steam frontpage.

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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 offerings from the Giant Bomb userbase! With temperatures slowly rising for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it appears as if we have thoroughly shrugged off the burden of Winter. Hopefully, and fingers crossed on this one, this was not our last winter season. Regardless, we have an incredibly diverse Spotlight yet again filled to the brim with great works from the community! But, first, let us jump into the site housekeeping!

  • Giant Bomb East's Thursday livestream was canceled due to "questionable odors" seeping into the recording studio. If you want a full explanation of the situation from Vinny, then here you go!
  • For anyone using the API, the engineering and design team are looking working on higher resolutions of the Giant Bomb logo and icons for RSS feeds.
  • As mentioned at the end of the 02/14/2020 UPF, Jeff will be out during the week of 02/17-21/2020 attending to a medical surgery on his child.

Tweets Of The Week

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Updated Pro Moves Icon (By: MONKEYMAN04)

monkeyman04 thought it was high time to "update" Brad's "Pro Moves" graphic for their premium video series on The Lost Levels!

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The Shenmue Project Banner (By: JEARUM)

The YouTube banner for the Giant Beastcast Clips video for "The Shenmue Project" was actually done by a Giant Bomb user! The user in question was jearum and you should check out their Twitter account if you want even more Giant Bomb fan-art goodness!

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Things JeffHachi Has Held Webcomic (By: @Odd_Particle)

Here's another hilarious edition of the JeffHachi webcomic! Don't forget to follow on Twitter to stay up to date on future episodes!

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Community Activities

How did this game shape up since its foray into Early Access?
How did this game shape up since its foray into Early Access?

The Giant Bomb Dream Team (By: TURBOMAN)

CALLING ALL Giant Bomb users! Now that Dreams has officially released don't forget, we have an unofficial community for the group where you can get tips and share levels! Just use the link above!

Clips Of The Week

Nintendo's Ridiculous Power Glove Is As Annoying As We Remember (By: CNET)

Beastcast's own, Jeff Bakalar, has a new video all about the infamous Nintendo Power Glove. And it may or may not feature a few familiar Giant Bomb faces from days past and present. Give it a watch regardless.

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Best Of Blogs

michaeltransactions' blog is required reading for any would-be video game historians!
michaeltransactions' blog is required reading for any would-be video game historians!

The Design Schizophrenia Of Nioh And My Hopes For Nioh 2 (By: ATHEISTPREACHER)

AtheistPreacher ended up playing the original Nioh for 640 hours and 34 minutes and even they couldn't tell you how exactly the late-game equipment grind was supposed to work!

30 Years Of Game Boy: How I Persevered Through The 90s With Nintendo's Brick At My Side! (By: GRUEL)

Gruel continues their wonderful retrospective on the consoles and handhelds of their childhood with a look at the original Game Boy and why the little brick was an important part of their upbringing!

2001 Jeff Gerstmann's Thoughts on the Console Wars and a Sega Genesis Retrospective (By: MICHAELTRANSACTIONS)

michaeltransactions was doing some housekeeping and ended up finding a "Videogame Yearbook" from dating back to 2001! Use the link below to find some interesting articles by about the legacy of the Genesis and the state of the 2000s console wars!

This week, Mento needs to get something off his chest.
This week, Mento needs to get something off his chest.

My Experience Finishing The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners (By: CLINTLANDON)

clintlandon completed The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners and want you to join them in discussing the game's story, spoilers and all on their latest blog!

Unpopular Opinion: Luigi's Mansion 3 Is A Bad Co-op Game! (By: BAKOOMERANG)

Giant Bomb user bakoomerang gave the co-op for Luigi's Mansion 3 a shot and discusses on their latest blog why they found it to be a huge disappointment and logistical nightmare.

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The Giant Bomb community appears divided about Luigi's Mansion 3's co-op mode! Join the discussion if you have any opinions!
The Giant Bomb community appears divided about Luigi's Mansion 3's co-op mode! Join the discussion if you have any opinions!

Indie Game of the Week 157: Donut County (By: MENTO)

As to be expected, moderator Mento is back with a handful of blogs worth checking out! First, Mento needs to get something off their chest, they spent the last week playing The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC and want to talk about the treasure chests with optional dialogue and side quests! Finally, the latest episode of their "Indie Game of the Week" series is all about Donut Country! Give their blog a read and discover why they found it to be a delightful breath of fresh air.

Join The Discussion

The future of E3 gets bleaker my the minute.
The future of E3 gets bleaker my the minute.

Nintendo Might Not Be On The E3 Floor And Geoff Keighley Definitely Won't Be There (By: RORIE)

The news/reports surrounding E3 2020 have been wild today! Here's a thread by Rorie compiling all that is known so far! Also, feel free to join the Giant Bomb community about the viability of E3 after 2020!

Never Played An Animal Crossing Before... What Can I Expect? (By: MIGHTYDUCK)

Multiple users have mentioned Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be their FIRST Animal Crossing game! If you are a long time fan of the series, use the link below to share what they can expect!

Goodbye, my sweet summer fling.
Goodbye, my sweet summer fling.

HQ Trivia Is Dead (By: ZOMBIEPIE)

HQ Trivia is dead. Join the rest of the community in reflecting over the app's rise and fall and share any memories you might have interacting with the viral trivia game.

BioWare Is Hitting The Reset Button On Anthem (By: RORIE)

What do you make of the recent BioWare hitting the reset button on Anthem? Does the game have any hope of revitalizing itself, or is the game doomed at this point?

What do you think are the odds Anthem can pull off a Final Fantasy XIV?
What do you think are the odds Anthem can pull off a Final Fantasy XIV?

System Shock 3 May Not Be Happening After All... (By: AHIFI)

All signs currently point to System Shock 3's future being beyond grim. Read why that's the case and share if you have any remaining hope of the sequel coming out using the link above!

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Announced A Shift To A Seasonal Model (By: RORIE)

It was recently announced Tom Clancy's The Division 2 would shift to a season format rather than relying on full-fledged sequels! Here's a link to the Giant Bomb discussion debating if this is an exciting change of course for the game!

This thing has been incredibly stupid, but kind of in a good way. Do you disagree?
This thing has been incredibly stupid, but kind of in a good way. Do you disagree?

Criterion Games Will Be Making Need For Speed Again (By: JSMITH79327)

Reports are saying Criterion Games will have another go at the Need for Speed franchise! Does the idea of another Need for Speed from the makers of Burnout get you excited?

First JRPG To Have Individual Town And Dungeon Themes? (By: AZHP)

Calling all would be video game historians! We have a bit of a "Video Game History Project" that needs YOUR HELP! There's a community effort to pin down the first CRPG and JRPG to have "individual town and dungeon themes!" Comment with your hunches!

Sweets always seem to draw battle lines with the Giant Bomb community.
Sweets always seem to draw battle lines with the Giant Bomb community.

How Do You Eat Your Oreos? (By: SWEEP)

Apropos of nothing, here's a poll and discussion thread debating the "CORRECT" way to eat an Oreo cookie! Use the link to share your two cents' worth on this incredibly pressing matter of the utmost importance.

XFL Discussion Thread (By: WMOYER83)

As a result of popular demand, there's an "XFL Discussion Thread" on the Giant Bomb forums! Use the link below to join the community discussion about the league's first couple of weeks and if it has a viable future based on what you've seen.

Lovable Lists

Yet again, the community is ON POINT when it comes to Untitled Goose Game.
Yet again, the community is ON POINT when it comes to Untitled Goose Game.

Video Game Book Club (By: TOTALPATOOT)

totalpatoot is using a list to start a "video game book club." On it, they briefly jot down their summative feelings about games they are currently playing! Give it a read and think about starting a list of your own!

Best of 2019 (By: AGGROCRAIG)

After several delays, Giant Bomb user AggroCraig finally got around to making a 2019 GOTY list! As you can hopefully see, they have a little bit of everything represented on it!

Game of the Year 2019: We Back At It (By: THDEMN)

thdemn might be late to the party, but they finally published their 2019 GOTY list! Give it a read and read their highly entertaining write-ups for each of the games on it!

Useful User Reviews

This game has way more charm than it has any right to have.
This game has way more charm than it has any right to have.
  • JEREMYF gave the Switch version of Kentucky Route Zero a shot and discusses what they liked and disliked about the port on this handy review!
  • CAPT_BLAKHELM uses their review of Indivisible to discuss why they loved the game's Metroidvania trappings but disliked its writing and world design.
  • CAPT_BLAKHELM also wrote a review for SnakeyBus and shares why they think the game loses its luster quicker than they' like.
  • ALIMATOORI16 wrote a review for Journey to the Savage Planet and discussed why they were impressed by the game's visual style, but not its mechanics and gameplay.
  • ASTROPHYLE finally got around to playing Quantum Break, and even though they found the combat mediocre and checkpoints frustrating, they discuss why they fell in love with it in the end.
  • COUNT_ZERO's Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order review details the many pitfalls of the Switch port as well as who the game might best appeal to!
  • INFANTPIPOC recently gave the Switch port of Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE a try and discusses why they were overall impressed by its gameplay and cast of characters!

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Article: https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/14/21138408/hq-trivia-shutting-down-employee-layoffs-app-game

After one of the most meteoric rises in mobile App history, HQ Trivia is shutting down after 902 days of service. The trivia game peaked in popularity in 2018 when it hosted 2.4 million concurrent users. Unfortunately, the app was beset by a series of controversies and unfortunate tragedies. As many of you may recall, the CEO of the company in charge of HQ Trivia threatened to fire one of its hosts if The Daily Beast published an interview. Then, in 2018, one of the co-founders of HQ Trivia died of a drug overdose.

One final episode of HQ After Dark following the announcement of HQ's shuttering. This event was hosted by Matt Richards and Anna Roisman and the final prize was $5, which Matt paid for out of his own pocket. In case you missed it, the event was something truly "special."

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Image by Giant Bomb user DecoyOctopusX!
Image by Giant Bomb user DecoyOctopusX!

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 at the best creative offerings from the Giant Bomb Community! We have a real diverse assortment of Ginat Bomb community creations this week! With most people transitioning from Winter to Spring, it's good to see the community take the time to work on things both creative and inquisitive. Nonetheless, these were some interesting highlights this week, including Canadians fighting over pizza, but more on that later. So, without further ado, let's jump into the site housekeeping!

  • Jan gets asked the same question in the Giant Bomb chat repeatedly, so much so, they felt inspired to post a "Top 3 Answers" reference guide on the forums. Whether you wanted to know what he uses to style his hair or his favorite Filipino food, give it a read when you have the time.
  • The results for the 2019 Giant Bomb Community GOTY are in, and the top game might surprise you! Let's just say that the game that won didn't mimic the staff's GOTY.

Tweets Of The Week

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Brad Shoemaker Playing Super Mario Bros. 2 Fanart (By: DECOYOCTOPUSX)

DecoyOctopusX finally got around to watching the latest video of Brad attempting to beat Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels, and while watching felt inspired to make these two works of "art!"

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Breaking Brad - Born to Die (By: @jimprov)

Over on Twitter, jimprov made this funny image in reply to an earlier Tweet by Fobwashed.

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Clips Of The Week

Giant Bomb Stories YouTube Account

I may have mentioned it before, but there's an "unofficial" YouTube account archiving Giant Bomb's video Instagram video content. This account has the thumbs up from the staff in part because the content they are hosting is free! So, feel free to subscribe to "Giant Bomb Stories" if you have any aversions to Instagram!

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Best Of Blogs

Gruel gets nostalgic about the TurboGrafx-16 this week, and it's definitely worth reading!
Gruel gets nostalgic about the TurboGrafx-16 this week, and it's definitely worth reading!

30 Years of TurboGrafX-16 & 25 Years of 32X - A Lethal Flashback Special! (By: GRUEL)

Gruel published an AMAZING blog where they celebrate the 30th anniversary of the TurboGrafx-16 and write extensively on their love for the platform and its games! Seriously, give this blog a read if you haven't already!

Sekiro’s Marquee Feature Just Doesn’t Cut It (By: PURPLESHYGUY)

Using their latest blog, Giant Bomb user PurpleShyGuy discusses why Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's Resurrection power isn't just meddlesome, but also blow major anachronisms in the game's worldbuilding.

Outpost 2 Is The RTS Game You Didn't Play But Should Have (By: LIONSY)

Lionsy harbors a ton of nostalgia for Outpost 2: Divided Destiny! Read why they think the game hasn't just aged gracefully, but is also worth playing today, using the link ABOVE

Master HITMAN (And Revelations Therein) (By: NOTNERT427)

ArbitraryWater is a man of refined tastes. Yes, yes.
ArbitraryWater is a man of refined tastes. Yes, yes.

Last month, Giant Bomb user notnert427 set out to beat every mission in Hitman 2 on its "Master" difficulty setting. Read how things went, and which levels they had an especially hard beating, on their latest blog!

Gaming Memories: Chrono Cross (By: MAJORMITCH)

MajorMitch's latest Gaming Memories blog is all about Chrono Cross and why it definitely deserves far more respect and attention than it gets, especially when it comes to its soundtrack!

Ranking of Factions: Total War Warhammer II (part 3) (By: ARBITRARYWATER)

ArbitraryWater completes their ranking of the playable factions in Total War: Warhammer II with the best of the best! And before you ask, they are of "refined tastes" and picked the correct faction for their #1 spot.

Mento's Month: January '20+

Meto's experience with Kentucky Route Zero wasn't as positive as everyone else's and you can read why!
Meto's experience with Kentucky Route Zero wasn't as positive as everyone else's and you can read why!

Indie Game of the Week 156: Kentucky Route Zero (By: MENTO)

Last month, moderator Mento had a myriad of blog posts, each with a different theme and topic! If you missed any of them, use the first link to check out their monthly review of what they played. Additionally, as part of their "Indie Game of the Week" blog series, Mento looked every episode of Kentucky Route Zero. With that, read why their overall impressions of the game are not as positive as everyone else's!

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I never thought I would live to see the day, but there's a Canadian pizza war on the forums right now!
I never thought I would live to see the day, but there's a Canadian pizza war on the forums right now!

What Makes A User Review Useful To You? (By: LAUGHINGMAN)

Here's an important discussion on the forums that could use more input: what can make a user review useful to everyone else? What can user reviews on the site start including to make you more interested in reading them?

Pizza Pizza Is Good Pizza (By: DJGHOSTMARE)

Whelp, it was bound to happen sooner or later... after the latest Bombcast a war has erupted between the Canadian community if Pizza Pizza is any good. If you have any skin in this fight, use the link below to join the debate.

Its 9 P.M. You Are Driving Through A Small Town Anywhere, Over A Mile You See These Signs For Food- Where Do You Stop? (By: MONKEYKING1969)

Does Blizzard's refund policy change anything? Join our discussion!
Does Blizzard's refund policy change anything? Join our discussion!

Here's an "interesting" poll on the forums. As the title suggests, if you are driving a car late at night, and get hungry in the middle of nowhere, what cuisine would you go for to satiate your hunger?

You Can Now Get A Refund For Warcraft III: Reforged No Matter How Long You Played Or When You Bought It (By: RORIE)

Blizzard is now offering refunds for Warcraft III: Reforged, regardless of how long players have owned the game. What's your reaction to this news, and your overall feelings about how this situation played out?

Have You Ever Had To Quit Playing A Game Because It Was Too Good? (By: REDWING42)

Here's an interesting thread on the forums: have you ever had to quit playing a game because it was TOO good? In particular, have you ever skipped a game that tapped could have led to potentially harmful behavior?

Only monsters cut down the fruit trees of their friends.
Only monsters cut down the fruit trees of their friends.

How Are You Gonna Play The New Animal Crossing? (By: REJIZZLE)

Calling all Switch owners! How do you plan on playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Is this a game you plan to play on the go or something you envision you will only jump into in front of a T.V. screen?

Dan Houser Is Leaving Rockstar (Which He Co-founded) (By: RORIE)

It has recently been announced Dan Houser is leaving Rockstar, the studio they co-founded. What do you think this says about the state of Rockstar as a studio? Share your reactions with the rest of the community!

The Wonderful 101: Remastered Kickstarter Discussion Thread (By: CASEPB)

The developer behind The Wonderful 101 recently held a highly successful Kickstarter to remaster the formerly Wii U exclusive for the Switch, PC, and PS4! Are you excited to play the game on those platforms? How do you think they will handle the Wii U controls in the remaster?

People are excited about The Wonderful 101 again!
People are excited about The Wonderful 101 again!

Fast 9 Is Drifting Back Into Theaters This Summer (By: HUMANITY)

Battle lines have officially been drawn! Do you side with Jeff or Ben regarding the Fast 9 trailer and movie in general? Has the franchise "jumped the shark," or is it still action-oriented fun anyone can get behind?

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Thank Wii U, Next (By: MENTO)

Also joking aside, how many Wii U exclusives do you see staying that way?
Also joking aside, how many Wii U exclusives do you see staying that way?

With the recent successful The Wonderful 101 Kickstarter campaign, Mento went back and reviewed every "exclusive" Wii U game during the console's lifespan, and sees what their status is today.

Games of the Year, 2008 (By: FRONTMAN12)

Giant Bomb user frontman12 realized they never made a GOTY list for 2008! Here's a link to the ranking of their favorite games from that year!

Six Degrees of Freedom (6DOF) Shooters (By: CAPT_BLAKHELM)

Capt_Blakhelm has a lot of nostalgia for the Descent series and as a result, is working on a list of every game that had "six degrees of freedom." Check out their list so far, and help them think of more examples!

Useful User Reviews

"There is no heavier burden than an unfulfilled potential"
  • CAPT_BLAKHELM took the time to write a review for Realm of the Mad God. Use the link to read why they thought the game was repetitious to a fault despite its impressive presentation.
  • D_W wrote a user review for The Pedestrian worth checking out! Read why they think the game has some cool ideas, but it doesn't meet its potential!
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Hello and welcome to yet another edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, ZombiePie, am once again happy to be your host this week as we look back at the best creative endeavors from the community! It's been a slow week as we hit the dregs of the post-Christmas "Winter Game Drought." I have to say, as someone who has been following games for as long as I could remember, this drought, as well as the "Summer Game Drought," has been an industry-wide issue since the dawn of time. Which is why I personally have to dismiss politely any notions that Giant Bomb's content is slowing down. THERE JUST AREN'T ANY NEW GAMES COMING OUT! That aside, the community has been as active as ever, and before we jump into that, let's address the handful of site-related items worth mentioning.

  • As some of you have noticed, Giant Bomb will not be present at PAX East this year. That should not stop you from having fun at the convention or thinking the amount of content coming from the site will be slowing down any time soon!
  • The bug some users encountered earlier this week related to the horizontal scroll being too wide on the front page has been resolved. If you are still encountering issues, please report it using this link.
  • Fobwashed created a fun application for anyone who frequents Giant Bomb Infinite: SaltyBomb! As they explained on Twitter, it allows you to bet on stuff in Giant Bomb Infinite. It's still being tested, but if you follow them on Twitter, you can be on top of updates and the next time they plan to host betting events!

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I Set Doom Eternal Footage To The Animal Crossing Trailer (By: BUTTEREDNOODLES)

butterednoodles, a user, set recent Doom Eternal footage to the Animal Crossing trailer music and the results are AMAZING! Seriously, it's uncanny how well this actually works!

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A little game that does it all? learn more from stantongrouse!
A little game that does it all? learn more from stantongrouse!

Back on the Digital Farm: Part 1 Littlewood (By: STANTONGROUSE)

In case you missed it, definitely check out user stantongrouse's blog on the "peaceful" indie RPG, Littlewood! It explains exactly why they think more people should check it out!

Ranking of Factions: Total War Warhammer II (part 1) +

Ranking of Factions: Total War Warhammer II (part 2) (By: ARBITRARYWATER)

ArbitraryWater continues their highly "scientific" rankings of the playable factions in Total War: Warhammer II! Check out to see why they think the Warriors of Chaos are definitely the worst faction as well as which nations rose above the bottom-tier but didn't quite manage to make the top!

ArbitraryWater is saving the best for last! Yes, yes!
ArbitraryWater is saving the best for last! Yes, yes!

Most Metal Game Ever (That Isn't Doom) Kingdom Under Fire: Crusaders Is Getting A PC Port This Year (By: BRACKSTONE)

Kingdom Under Fire Crusaders is coming to PC later this year and user Brackstone blogs about how the game is one of the most gloriously "metal" video games ever made!

I Went to NieR: Orchestra Concert re:12018: A Report From the Scene (By: CLAGNAUGHT)

Clagnaught recently had the pleasure of attending to a concert that played the music from the NieR franchise. Read all about it and how this particular concert went above and beyond the norm in making itself feel like a part of the NieR franchise.

This game is indeed
This game is indeed "metal."

My List of Games That You Should Probably Check Out (By: MYLIFEFORAIUR)

mylifeforAiur celebrates their 28th birthday with a blog detailing their favorite video game "buried treasures!" Give it a read and feel free to share your own video game picks!

Assassin's Creed Revelations Feels Cobbled Together And Unnecessary, Though It's Still An Okay Game (By: BIGSOCRATES)

BigSocrates continues heir retrospective on the Assassin's Creed franchise with a look at Assassin's Creed Revelations! Give their blog a read and see why they found it to be decent, albeit, a cobbled-together mess.

I Have Too Many Games And I Don't Know What To Play! (By: SOMBRE)

But where does this concert stand on the Drakengard/NieR timeline?
But where does this concert stand on the Drakengard/NieR timeline?

Sombre uses their latest blog to talk about being overwhelmed by the number of games in their backlog and how they plan to address the issue.

Indie Game of the Week 155: Vaporum(By: MENTO)

Mento continues with tradition with a new "Indie Game of the Week" blog and this one is all about Vaporum from Fatbot Games! Giveitg a read and discover why they think the game is definitely worth checking out!

Hot Damn, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Multiplayer) Is Really Fun (By: LIBRARIANGMR)

librariangmr uses their latest blog to discuss why Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the most fun they have had with online multiplayer is a good long time!

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New Trailer Of Final Fantasy VII Remake On The 23 Year Anniversary Of The Original's Release (By: JIMBOT)

Don Corneo sure looks like someone from the Yakuza games.
Don Corneo sure looks like someone from the Yakuza games.

A new trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake has hit! Use the link to join the community discussion about it! Share your impressions of the graphics, voice acting, Cloud's crossdressing, and Don Corneo!

Wizards Of The Coast Is Launching A Games Studio From Ex-BioWare Folks (By: RORIE)

Wizards of the Coast is launching a games studio and it will even have Ex-BioWare folks! Does this announcement make you excited or concerned? Wizards of the COast's previous attempts at entering the world of gaming have been "mixed" to say the least.

Has Ring Fit Adventure Helped You Get In Shape? (By: SWEEP)

Calling all Ring Fit Adventure owners! Do you think the game has helped you get legitimately fit or healthier? Share your health and wellness hot takes about the game and its ability to generate sweat.

Just a friendly reminder most
Just a friendly reminder most "wellness programs" are pseudo-science!

Cook, Serve, Delicious 3?! has entered Early Access on Steam! How Are Y'all Liking It? (By: MOCBUCKET62)

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! has launched on Steam Early Access, and you can join our community discussion about how it plays using the link above! Do you enjoy the food truck direction this game has taken?

Which Dormant Capcom IP Would You Like To See Get A AAA Revival? (By: LIQUIDDRAGON)

Here's a fun poll/discussion thread on the Giant Bomb forums: Which dormant Capcom IP would you like to see get a AAA revival? Vote for and discuss your pick using the link! The winner gets their game made!

E3 2020: A Sneak Peek at the Year Ahead (By: THEADMIN)

The ESA has put out a long statement regarding E3 2020! Give it a read and join the Giant Bomb community discussion about what this means for the event's future and if it nothing but hot air!

I look forward to the four game simulating the life of a food chain magnet.
I look forward to the four game simulating the life of a food chain magnet.

Do You Still Buy Movies On DVD? (By: CIKAME)

As the title of this thread suggests, are you still buying movies on DVDs? Are you buying physical copies of movies at all? Vote for and discuss your current stance using the link above!

Torchlight III Announced (Kind Of) (By: RORIE)

Torchlight III has been announced and if you are excited about it, feel free to join the Giant Bomb community discussion about it! Don't forget to share your hopes and wishlist for the next game!

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Discussion Thread (By: THEPARTISANSPY)

All lot of users have strong feelings about Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot! Feel free to join them by using the link to access our community discussion thread about the game and if it is a good representation of the Dragon Ball Z IP!

Point and Click Adventure Games From Back in the Day You Could Still Recommend Today? (By: LIQUIDDRAGON)

Which point and click adventure games do you think pass the test of time? Share your game picks and don't forget to articulate what you think allows the game(s) to remain timeless.

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Games of the Year, 2010 +

Good laughs all around!
Good laughs all around!

Games of the Year, 2011(By: FRONTMAN12)

frontman12 finishes off their GOTY 2010s retrospective with a look at their favorite games from 2010, ! Give each of them a look and congratulate them on finishing their list project!

My Favorite Walking Simulators (By: SHAMI_SANSI)

I needed a good laugh today and Giant Bomb user Shami_Sansi's list of their "Favourite Walking Simulators" delivered! Here's a taste of what you can expect.

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I might even argue this is Peter Molyneux's best game.
I might even argue this is Peter Molyneux's best game.
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  • CHLOMO continues with their retro video game reviews with a look at Bullfrog's Theme Hospital! Check out their review to see if they think the game passes the test of time!
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One way of looking at this is that it’s nothing but uphill from here, right? Even the XIII sequels are at least messy in a fun way.

Real talk, and I know this will upset @jeffrud and @thatpinguino, but I think XIII-2 is the direction they should have taken with the 13 franchise and if that was the game they started with, people's perception with FF13 would be largely positive.

Of the games we have left there are two that really concern me. The first being III, which for all intents and purposes is a rough-ass video game that hates the fact you have a life and do not want to play it for fifty-plus hours. The other game I am dread is 11. How I play that game, or even create an account for it is beyond my comprehension. And the fact I would likely be one of the first "new" accounts that would be entering whatever/whichever legacy server is still running the damn thing in the last five years, has me worried.

As for Japanese gamers? They are, and especially were in the NES era, much more tolerant of bullshit than western gamers. So many Japanese games are intentionally obscure or weird or broken. I am not sure why this difference exists, and obviously the greatest console games of the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s were made in Japan (As was my current favorite game of all time, Breath of the Wild), but there's just a tolerance for bullshit over there that I don't personally get.

I have always imagined this scenario where there's a Japanese gamer who is super into the Xbox and thinks Western-styled FPS and CRPGs are better than what is readily available in Japan. There have to be people in Japan who are bragging about their Raspberry Pis like they are a status symbol or even sub-groups of people bragging about how 16 GBs of RAM is the only way to truly appreciate PC games.

Tropes, idioms, and colloquialisms are deeply cultural. A lot of what defines the Final Fantasy franchise throughout the years very obviously taps into the cultural zeitgeists in Japan at the times of their releases. The initial antagonist of Final Fantasy VII being an evil monolithic corporation? That sure sounds like the Japanese Zaibatsus of yesteryear! Needing to travel the world of Final Fantasy VIII by train? Yeah, trains are popular with young boys in Japan. Yuna being a Shrine Maiden in Final Fantasy X? That was a metaphor for the cultural shift Japan was facing in the late 1990s to early 2000s.

Wow. FF2. You must be really scraping the barrel. Huh?

To quote Roger Ebert's review of Freddy Got Fingered:

This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't below the bottom of the barrel. This movie doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels.

And to borrow another sentence from that review; there may come a day when Final Fantasy II is seen as a critique of Japanese work cultural, but there will never come a day when Final Fantasy II is seen as "fun."

May I ask what's next on tap (after they let you out of the padded room, of course)? Are you ever going to let yourself play one of the good classic Final Fantasies like IV or VI?

The plan is for @thatpinguino, @jeffrud, and myself to play OG Final Fantasy V. The guiding theme of the blog series, after I finish the game that is, will likely be me continually wondering why Final Fantasy V doesn't get the credit it deserves in moving the series forward.

If you have not played Final Fantasy V, do yourself a favor and play that game. It's fun.

This game sounds truly awful. I bet you could write a fun plot in which the ancient power everyone is hunting for ends up not being all that impressive compared to modern tech, but that's something you actually need to handle within the game. Not in an interview after people have been frustrated with that aspect. Just comes across as them trying to spin a bad thing into something that should be celebrated.

I think the only game from the Final Fantasy series that took longer was 13. In the case of 13, that game overstays its welcome and is the same shit over and over again. Final Fantasy II's problem is that it does not work. Should you play it, and I hope I have made the case you shouldn't, you are constantly at war with the game. Everything that should be even remotely appealing about the game does not work and is in constant conflict with other mechanics.

In other words, the game is a dumpster fire.