The Community Spotlight – 09/3/2019

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Image provided by @Fobwashed
Image provided by @Fobwashed

Note that I completely dropped the ball on posting this this weekend due to mostly being out of the house! Apologies! -rorie

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, ZombiePie, am once again honored to be your host this week as we look at a collection of the best creative offerings from the Giant Bomb Community!It is also PAX West this weekend meaning a good portion of teh Giant Bomb staff are away “on assignment.” Down below in the housekeeping items I have a list of panels and streams you might want to consider watching live or waiting for an archive after the fact. Please be aware, League of Heels Presents and 404ing It will NOT be streamed live, though an archive will go up after PAX West has settled down. With that out of the way, let’s jump into the site-related housekeeping!

Giant Bomb Galleria

Banner – Duders Only (By: FOBWASHED)

You can always count on Fobwashed to make you laugh using Giant Bomb themed fan-art. Though, this one might prove tricky if you do not pass Giant Bomb History 101.

Dan Has A Lot Of BIG Questions (@JohnWilinski)

Over on Twitter, everyone seems to be gravitating towards the image of Dan holding an incredibly large pencil during the last episode of Burgle My Bananas. John Wilinski is no different, but they went the happy and cute route with their artwork!

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Monkeys And Apes (By: SUPERDOMINO)

Giant Bomb user superdomino works at a zoo and created this infographic after watching the first episode of Giant Bomb East’s “Burgle my Bananas!” Thanks to them, you can now learn how to distinguish a “Monkey” from a “Great Ape,” or a “Lesser Ape.”

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Clips Of The Week

PC – Giant Bomb Alliance (By: RAPID)

Down below, you can see Giant Bomb’s PC Warframe company is up to its usual nonsense! This week Rapid and company want to point out Saint of Altra makes Warframe a real “Lute” Shooter! Don’t forget to use the link above to join the company in its future events.

Community Activities

That's a lot of Mario's!
That’s a lot of Mario’s!

Super Mario Maker 2 – Get On My Level (By: @benpack)

The community-level sharing thread for Ben and Dan’s “Get On My Level!” video feature has now exceeded 400 suggestions! Keep up the excellent work and use the link above to share more nefarious creations you manage to create!

Tweets Of The Week

When all else fails, just wander into the fucking woods.
– Alex Navarro, 2015

— Giant Bomb Out of Context (@giantbomb_ooc) August 28, 2019

Oh hi! Turns out on I’m 5 panels at #PAXWest2019 including @giantbomb ‘s Variety Hour with @ybbaaabby and @_janjerome Gonna be a fun one! pic.twitter.com/G3du0SJBdR

— Pat Baer is PAXWest (@patbaer) August 27, 2019

Best Of Blogs

Also, forget the haters! Dr. Cid is the best character in Final Fantasy XII!
Also, forget the haters! Dr. Cid is the best character in Final Fantasy XII!

Fighting Final Fantasy XII – Part 5: How Do You Judge A Game You Don’t Like Until Hour Thirty? (By: ZOMBIEPIE)

Moderator ZombiePie’s latest blog uses Final Fantasy XII to discuss the merits and demerits of “slow burn” video game stories. Can you think of a game YOU love that doesn’t get good until hour twenty or thirty? Share your games using the link!

Mega Archive: Part XII: From Jewel Master to Medal City +

Indie Game of the Week 135: Heroes of the Monkey Tavern (By: MENTO)

First, Mento’s latest Mega Archive blog reviews every game that launched on the Genesis/Mega Drive during the summer of 1991! Use the link below to enjoy a trip down memory lane! Secondly, their latest Indie Game of the week blog is all about “Heroes of the Monkey Tavern!” Read why this marriage between monkey business and Dungeon Master doesn’t entirely “work.”

Dungeons seem like a HORRIBLE place to store bananas.
Dungeons seem like a HORRIBLE place to store bananas.

Interview: Peter Curry, Co-Creator of Mini Metro (By: GAMER_152)

Dinosaur Polo Club‘s Peter Curry was kind enough to speak to moderator Gamer_152 about making Mini Metro, and turning veteran-level industry experience into indie wisdom.

Setting Up A Raspberry Pi As An Emulation Box? (By: SOMBRE)

I have to give credit where credit is due, after Giant Bomb user Sombre legitimately asked how to use a Raspberry Pi as an emulation box, dozens of y’all came out the woodwork to help them out. Therefore, if you need help in making a classic or modern emulation device, this is the blog for you!

Do Video Games Still Exist? (By: HOWARDIAN)

This seems like an odd topic to include, but this blog debating the state of video games and the direction they are going in today was the most discussed blog topic this week. Give it a read and see what all the fuss is about!

Not ever game needs to be silky smooth, or do they?
Not ever game needs to be silky smooth, or do they?

Why Does The Combat Of Witcher 3 Get A Lot Of Flak? (By: REDCREAM)

Here’s another atypical blog post that whipped up a lot of emotions on the forums. Giant Bomb user redcream discusses why they like the slow and deliberative combat of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Is there a place for “realistic clunkiness” in video games? Join the discussion using the link!

Join The Discussion

This seems like some anime nonsense right up my alley!
This seems like some anime nonsense right up my alley!

What Do You Tell Folks When They Ask What Giant Bomb Is? (By: NICKSGREEN)

Here’s a fun discussion thread worth joining! What do you tell folks when they ask what Giant Bomb is all about? At this point, can you still say it’s a “video game website?” How do you introduce family members to Dan?

Astral Chain – Reviews & Impressions (By: GLOTS)

Have any of you checked out Astral Chain from PlatinumGames? For those that have, what do you make of its gameplay and pacing? Which platform did you go with? Join our Giant Bomb community discussion RIGHT NOW!

Yakuza 7 Is Coming In 2020 (By: CHASER324)

Ryū ga Gotoku 7 (aka Yakuza 7) was announced and the community appears divided about the game’s “changes” to the Yakuza formula! How do you feel about the move to turn-based combat? Does the change in scenery interest you?

Hot Take: I think the move to turn-based combat in Yakuza 7 is bummer.
Hot Take: I think the move to turn-based combat in Yakuza 7 is bummer.

Wilmot’s Warehouse Discussion Thread (By: FEAR_THE_BOOBOO)

Wilmot’s Warehouse finally released on a smattering of platforms! Have any of you played the interesting puzzle game from Hollow Ponds? Did you play it when it was only available via Humble Bundle? How does this version size up?

This NBA 2K20 Lootbox Trailer Is… Amazing. And Bad. (By: RORIE)

NBA 2K20’s recently released a trailer advertising its loot boxes and many on the Giant Bomb forums cannot stop talking about it. Join our conversation using the link above and share if you feel its an egregious misstep.

Are EGS Exclusives The “Netflix Original Films” Of Video Games? (By: DECKARD)

We have an exciting community discussion on the Giant Bomb forums debating if Epic Games Storeexclusives are like the “Netflix Original Films” of video games. Share your two cents’ worth using the link above!

NBA 2K20 got a big
NBA 2K20 got a big “woof” this week from the gaming community.

Here’s Like Half An Hour Of Gameplay From E3 (By: RORIE)

Techland has released the thirty-minute E3 2019 demo for Dying Light 2 to the public. Give the footage a watch, and join our discussion over the gameplay shown during the demo. Right now, the community sentiment seems a bit “tepid,” but if you do not agree, feel free to share why!

Control – Reviews & Impressions (By: GLOTS)

Have any of you checked out Control by Remedy Entertainment? How does it compare to Remedy’s previous titles? Is the combat as silky smooth as Max Payne, or is it as clunky as Quantum Break? Join our discussion and share your hottest of hot takes!

Retroactively Stop A Franchise (By: NUTTER)

Are the comparisons between EGS and Netflix uncanny or unfounded? Join our discussion NOW!
Are the comparisons between EGS and Netflix uncanny or unfounded? Join our discussion NOW!

The title says it all: Retroactively Stop a Franchise. So, what do you think? Is there any series you feel has overstayed its welcome? Why do you think the franchise will never be able to be revived?

Flawed Game Or Games That Could Benefit The Most From A Sequel? (By: CASTIEL)

Can you think of any “flawed” games or game series that deserve a new reboot this generation? I’ll share mine: I think it is time for a Fortune Street/Boom Street 2 on the Switch! That said, what’s your pick?

New Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer (By: BOOZAK)

There’s a new 15-minute Cyberpunk 2077 trailer floating around on the internet! Does this trailer show the game is shaping up nicely, or are you noticing issues with the hotly anticipated sci-fi RPG?

PSA: GB’s Eve Online Corp Is Dead (By: AVAREN)

I'm not going to lie, I totally forgot Remedy had a game coming out this year.
I’m not going to lie, I totally forgot Remedy had a game coming out this year.

I regret to inform you that Kite Co. Space Trucking, our long-time EVE Online community company has died. Read all about it, and no one tell Dave Snider or Drew.

Lovable Lists

I hadn't honestly thought about it until now, but birds with teeth are really messing me up.
I hadn’t honestly thought about it until now, but birds with teeth are really messing me up.

Birds With Teeth (By: SANDBALL)

sandball is working on a list and needs YOUR HELP! Right now, they are trying to create a comprehensive list of “Birds With Teeth” in video games! Come on Giant Bomb! We should be the definitive place for all your avian molar needs!

Favorite Games (PC) (By: MYLIST)

Giant Bomb user mylist made their debut on the site by creating a smattering of lists sharing their favorite games on a family of consoles and platforms. This week I thought I’d share their list of their favorite PC games.

Sound Check 02 – Character Select (By: INFINITESPARK)

I wish more non-fighting games had character select music.
I wish more non-fighting games had character select music.

InfiniteSpark improved and edited their list on the site annotating the video games with the BEST character select menu music! And they even included non-fighting game examples!

Jessemb27’s Wishlist For Future Guest Characters In The Soulcalibur Series (By: JESSEMB27)

Jessemb27 really wants to get their hands on a new Soulcalibur game. So much so, they went ahead and created a “wishlist” for guest characters they hope to see in the next game.

Useful User Reviews

  • Going back to a launch day PS1 game isn’t for everyone. But for RioStarwind, and possibly fans of 3D platformers, Jumping Flash holds up a lot better than you might think.
  • bonbonetti was in the mood for a racing game, and as such, bought Dirt Rally 2.0. Check out their review and discover why they were disappointed by the total package or lack thereof.

Wonderful Wikis

And for those going, please stay safe and healthy.
And for those going, please stay safe and healthy.

PAX West 2019

As always, we have a wiki page for PAX West 2019. Currently the page has a lot of times and date worth referring to if you don’t know when to tune into your favorite panels or streams! Also, when the event is over, you can fully expect Marino to upload a thousand images from the event to the page.

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