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 endeavors from the Giant Bomb community! This week was certainly “interesting.” For a variety of reasons, we have a record breaking number of discussion threads for you to scan over and partake in if you have not already. Major talking points include the PlayStation 5, especially the teardown video, and Genshin Impact. Though, Baldur’s Gate 3 soft-launch and Crucible‘s shit-canning have also spurned massive speculation and discussions from the community. However, I do wish to mention something that has come up. As I will share in a little bit, some former CBSi sites have been hit by layoffs. As is the case whenever the topic of layoffs arise, please be respectful of those who have been impacted. Likewise, speculation on hiring’s and possible “pick ups” by Giant Bomb are both unhelpful and not appreciated. It goes without saying this year has been rough for all staff members and this is one small thing we can all do to avoid making things worse. With that aside, let’s jump into the site-related housekeeping.
- As mentioned earlier, a round of layoffs have impacted some former CBSi websites. Please join the rest of the community in wishing all who have been impacted the best in the future endeavors. Also,
- Abby is getting massive coverage by various music-based publications over her crossover Fortnite video with St. Vincent and it is THE BEST! Rolling Stone, NME, and Stereogum just to list a few!
- Alex finally finished Mass Effect 3 and put a close to Mass Alex for a while. While they have not ruled out playing Mass Effect: Andromeda, they have said they want to take a break from the series for a while.
- In case you missed it, Vinny posted an update in the “Official Thread About Site Goings-On” Thread! Read all about the staff went through to make all of the recent Quick Looks and features on the site possible!
Watch St. Vincent Play ‘Fortnite’ With YouTuber Abby Russell https://t.co/8EzoG0iLYh
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) October 6, 2020
Okay. Which one of you did this? pic.twitter.com/7nJgLTDphF
— Brad Lynch (@MarinoV1) October 5, 2020
And that’s the Mass Effect trilogy in the books! Thanks to everyone who took that journey with me. It was a fun one. pic.twitter.com/wexhRLC0P7
— The Daniel Jonestown Massacre (@alex_navarro) October 9, 2020
Turns out Mario’s dad was a war criminal!
– Ryan Davis, 2013
— Giant Bomb Out of Context (@giantbomb_ooc) October 6, 2020
I would also like to remind @alex_navarro that there’s another part of the Mass Effect franchise he must consider experiencing which is exclusive to the far off land of “California’s Great America.”
Why yes, there’s a Mass Effect 4D Motion Simulator! pic.twitter.com/XloFh4k7vs
— GB Duders Feed (@GBDudersFeed) October 10, 2020
Once again, I thought it was time to promote the OFFICIAL Giant Bombcast and Beastcast Clips YouTube accounts! If you want bite-sized YouTube postings of the best and funniest Giant Bombcast or Beastcast moments, these are the accounts to follow!
As you can see, a handful of Twitter users really enjoyed the latest Beastcast, and in response to some Jeff Bakalar ribbing, they made these HILARIOUS posters!
Calling all Genshin Impact players! We now have a community friend exchange thread and it is platform agnostic! Just post your info using the link and hookup with some other users!
In light of Marvel’s Avengers’ post-launch roadmap being up in the air, the PS4 online group has posted an update! Read what their plans are for community events in the game using the link!
ArbitraryWater has another episode of their Wheel of Dubious RPGs series on the site! For this episode, they played Ultima IX and Dungeon Lords… and even lived to tell the tale! It is a must read to say the least!
ValorianEndymion continues their coverage of Granado Espada on Giant Bomb with a new blog! Read all about the Korean fantasy MMORPG’s character and world design as well as it music using the link above!
haz takes to the site to blog about why they find the upcoming console generation between Sony, Microsoft, and others to be “exciting” because it seems decidedly more competitive than last generation.
First, Mento has a new episode of their “Indie Game of the Week” blog series! This week they share their impressions of Reventure from developer Pixelatto! Second, they returned to their Sega Mega Drive/Genesis retrospective! This week they look at all of the games that released on the platform in the second half of 1992! Use the link above for a Sega-induced trip down memory lane!
Discussion Threads & Forums
Amazon Game’s Crucible has been cancelled. Join the rest of the community in discussing the news and what this could possibly mean for the rest of Amazon’s game development branch.
Sony has posted more details about their PS4 backward compatibility plans for the PS5. Read how things will work, and share your impressions with other prospective PS5 owners.
Is Sony betting on streamers with the improved camera on the PS5? Could the console become a popular streaming platform? How much of that is dependent on improving the UI for streaming?
The recent PS5 teardown video is still making the rounds on the internet and become a bit of a meme generator, however, you can share your impressions of the video and what has been shown of the PS5 using the link above.
Here’s a forum thread that hopefully puts a smile on Jan’s ‘s face! There’s a Giant Bomb user wondering if they can get their seven-year-old into Pokémon Sword/Shield. Comment if you think the game is a good starting point!
Reports are coming out that the update roadmap for Marvel’s Avengers is either on hiatus or in purgatory. Get the details and join the rest of the community in discussing the game’s future.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! has gone gold! Are you excited to get your hands on the game on October 14th? Will you be getting it on PC, PS4, XBOX1, Switch, or Mac?
Alex has publicly discussed their love and admiration for it, but have any of you given the new Neil Cicierega album, Mouth Dreams a listen? If you have, here’s a link to the community discussion thread for the album where you can share your impressions.
Are there any users out there they have played around with the Early Access release of Baldur’s Gate 3? If so, share your early impressions of the game’s soft-launch, including your thoughts about the gameplay and storytelling, using the link above!
What do you make of Genshin Impact censoring out any reference to Taiwan or Hong Kong? Does this impact your perception of the game? Is this just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Chinese developed video games?
With October starting, are there any games you hope to see covered in Six Crazy Frights 2020? Can you think of any games that should have been played last year that missed the cut? Share and discuss your picks with the rest of the community.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is getting a remaster! A majority of the community appears surprised EA remembered the game existed. However, share your level of excitement with your fellow users!
Here’s a fun discussion thread on the Giant Bomb forums! What are your favorite examples of fake endings and fakeout credits in video games? Share and discuss your picks, and, obviously,
Chad_Pitt tried to get into the October spirit with their latest list on Giant Bomb which annotates who they think are the “Scariest Enemies” in video game history!
- After avoiding the game for years, @vaiz finally got around to playing Batman: Arkham City. Read why they think the game sets the “gold standard” for comic book-based video games.
- @eduardopaulo‘s Super Mario 3D All-Stars review details why they found the package deeply disappointing even if the games in and of themselves are fine if not great.
In honor of the release of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, let’s take a look at the “Bandicooting” page. Sure, we had to rename it at some point to something more “understandable” or “proper” or “not as good”, but it will always be the Bandicooting page to us.