The Community Spotlight 2020.02.08

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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 creative offerings from the Giant Bomb Community! We have a real diverse assortment of Giant 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!

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!

Join The Discussion

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?

Lovable Lists

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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