Hello and welcome to another edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host as we look back and enjoy the best user-created offerings from the previous week. Well, this was certainly a week. There have been mass cancellations of schools and many of us are now living under various states of emergency. I wont go any further in discussing COVID-19 as many of you have enough breaking news-based anxiety, but please keep safe. Wash your hands; don’t touch your face; isolate yourself if you get sick; and don’t forget to tell your friends and family that you love them. On a lighter note, given the circumstances, I think we can all agree the staff absolutely hit it out of the park with their at-home live streams. While I personally missed a majority of the morning streams, I found Jan and Jason’s streams to be especially entertaining. Likewise, Jeff playing Super Mario Bros. Special might be the best new Giant Bomb video series of 2020 yet. With all that out of the way, let’s jump into the site-related housekeeping!
Thanks everyone for joining us for the streams this week. Still adjusting to the new normal but we’ll be back next week with some more stuff.
— Giant Bomb (@giantbomb) March 14, 2020
- Currently, all signs point to Giant Bomb needing to stream video content from home for another week. If there are any changes follow Giant Bomb on Twitter.
- Design lead, Dan Auer, and director of engineering, Will Carle, celebrated their fifth-year anniversary of joining the CBSi family. Use the link to send your thanks for everything they’ve done the past five years.
Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run
It;s that time of the year again! That’s right, it’s time for the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run! For those unaware, the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run is a long-running spring-time charity event hosted by Giant Bomb community members, myself included! Use the link above and donate what you can!
Here’s a link to my personal donation page. If you enjoy the Community Spotlight or my activities with the GB Duders Feed on Twitter, help me reach my goal of $2,500 raised for Pencils of Promise, a charity that builds schools in developing nations like Ghana, Guatemala and Laos! Small amounts are appreciated!
Tweets Of The Week
— CC Kirby (@_cckirby) March 13, 2020
I ate all those pizza rolls and had to lay down on the floor in my living room for a while.
– Jeff Gerstmann, 2010
— Giant Bomb Out of Context (@giantbomb_ooc) March 10, 2020
— Steve Kim (@Fobwashed) March 12, 2020
the giant bomb phoenix down clip is 10 years old today 🎉https://t.co/KzAYc3Sw3S
— Shaun (@shaun_vids) March 9, 2020
If you are interested in playing Call of Duty: Warzone with some fellow users, here’s a link to the announcement thread of a user-run Discord server! Learn how you can join the fun using the link above!
Speaking of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, The community has a new “West Coast” regiment that is accepting new members! If you are interested, here’s the link to sign up!
To any European users interested in playing Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, the EU PC Clan now has spaces! Just use the link below to let out a yelp that you’re interested in joining!
Giant Bomb Galleria
Giant Bomb Inspired Hand Washing Guides (By: various)
Over on Twitter, a lot of Giant Bomb users have taken to https://washyourlyrics.com/ to create hand-washing guides using Giant Bomb quotes or songs the Giant Bomb staff have expressed a liking to. Feel free to have a go at it using the link and feel free to share your creations here for inclusion next week!
Best Of Blogs
Humanity hasn’t played a ton of JRPGs, but that didn’t stop them from checking out Final Fantasy XV. Give their exhaustive blog on what they thought were the good and bad of the game!
barthvader25 decided to take the time to finally strike Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES from their gaming “backlog.” Read their latest blog and discover what parts of the game they wish were still represented in the Persona series.
SquirrelGOD gave the Early Access release of Record of Lodoss War-Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth- a try and shares why they were pleasantly surprised despite the game’s obvious rough edges.
First, Mento wrote a sweeping blog about Xenoblade Chronicles 2 everyone should check out when you have the chance! Read what they though about the game’s inordinate number of systems and mechanics. Second, they have a new “Indie Game of the Week” blog this week this one is all about the 2016 remake of Downfall by Harvester Games! Read why they think the game is an intense and perturbing sequel to The Cat Lady!
PurpleShyGuy felt like blogging about anime and this week discusses why they think “Battle Tendency” is the Also, yes, anime blogs are FAIR GAME for the Community Spotlight!
Haz needed to get their mind off of the coronavirus and uses their latest blog to talk about their impressions of games like Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Yakuza 0, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps!
Join The Discussions
It goes without saying that Giant Bomb has been doing an OUTSTANDING JOB given the circumstances. However, what are some cross-coast staff pairings you’d like to see next week? Do you have any specific game picks?
It’s having an impact on the site, but is Corona (COVID-19) impacting your everyday life? Feel free to share your experiences with the Giant Bomb community, and, remember, talking to friends and family is a recommendation by the CDC and WHO during these trying times.
What is YOUR reaction to the cancellation of E3 2020? Was this the only logical step for the convention? Would you support an entirely “digital” E3 2020 experience? Is this the end of the road for the event entirely?
The wrestling forum board welcomes you to share and discuss your FAVORITE WRESTLING GAME! Is there a game that got you into wrestling in general? If you wanted to know, you can find my pick to the right!
Have any of you played Ori and the Will of the Wisps yet? Is the game a respectable follow-up of the original? In what ways does it improve upon the first Ori? Join the community discussion and share your thoughts RIGHT NOW!
The debate of the century is raging on the Giant Bomb forums: is Tom Nook or Isabelle the bigger threat? Share your two cents’ worth with your fellow Animal Crossing fans.
There’s a new discussion thread on the forums discussing if the guns in Destiny 2 are comparable to Magic: The Gathering. Share if you think your guns and modes should be collectibles or timed exclusives/events.
What do YOU make of the Lego Super Mario announcement? Is this a match made in heaven or a crossover of dubious quality? Join the friendly community discussion using the link above.
What do you make of Reggie Fils-Aime joining Gamestop’s Board of Directors? Do you think the company has a chance to turn its fortunes around? Is it weird to think of Reggie coming out of retirement?
Call of Duty: Warzone has been officially released! What is YOUR gut-reaction to the reveal? Do you plan to check it out in the coming months? Is the F2P model a good fit for something like this?
Here’s an incredibly fun discussion thread for any musically minded users! What are your favorite video game songs or tracks with “unusual” time signatures? Share and discuss your picks with the rest of the community!
Giant Bomb user zorochii also needed to take their mind off the news and as a result, took the time to list their favorite games in a highly entertaining list.
Useful User Reviews
- @moonlightmoth is always down to play a classic CRPG and adventure game, and was thoroughly impressed at how Sunless Skies accomplished being both in the same game!
- @blueholeprod continues to explore the PS3’s exclusive catalog with a look at Resistance 3! Read their review to find out why they found it to be the best game in the series.
- @solarco uses their review of The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan to discuss how the game reminds them of “movie night” but not always for the best.
- @chlomo continues to look at horror games with a review of Slender: The Arrival! Use the link below to read why they think it mucks up everything that made Slender: The Eight Pages appealing.
- @solarco also wrote a review of Control that explains why they think game’s “intent” is more than admirable, but its “performance” is incredibly taxing.
- @rgdraconic loved The Surge when it released in 2017. However, they use their review of The Surge 2 to discuss why they think its sequel was a horrible disappointment.
Yet again, we have Marino to thank for another NIGHTMARISH video game concept page on the Giant Bomb wiki. This concept, “Promotional DLC,” seeks to list the number of times games have forced players to buy physical or digital products outside in order to gain access to the exclusive content.