The Community Spotlight 2020.10.24


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 some of the best user-created works from around the web. First, I want to thank all of your who heard out the personal request from the staff and moderation team regarding the recent news surrounding Abby leaving the site. If you missed it, yes, Abby will be leaving Giant Bomb at the end of November, but about possible hires and additional lay-offs or site leavings. As I said last week, these are stressful and confusing times and you can avoid adding to that stress by keeping all of what I have written about in mind. With that out of the way, it is worth noting we have a ton of positive news about the future! In fact, let’s jump into it right now!



Threat (By: @jearum)

To get in the spook spirit of Halloween, jearum whipped up this this Junji Ito inspired poster design. If you enjoy it. don’t forget to use the link to show your support. As always, remember to support artists with credit however you can!


SpeedTree | Giant Bomb | GDC 2010 (By: VinnCo Archive)

Here’s another blast from the past from the VinnCo Archive YouTube account! Remember that time when Ryan earnestly interviewed a demo person for SpeedTree at GDC? If you haven’t seen this one, it’s a true delight!

Community Activities

GB’s Folding@Home Team – Join Us To Help COVID-19 Research! (By: @forcen)

I have no idea what any of this means, but I'm told it is
I have no idea what any of this means, but I’m told it is “GOOD NEWS!”

The Giant Bomb community Folding@Home team continues to help the program’s COVID-19 research despite a drop in active users! Learn how you can join the team and help fight COVID-19!

Genshin Impact Friend Exchange (By: @meatsofevil)

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!


The Super Legit End-Of-The-Generation Awards (By: @purpleshyguy)

PurpleShyGuy's blog is definitely for those of you who need a good laugh!
PurpleShyGuy’s blog is definitely for those of you who need a good laugh!

PurpleShyGuy had fun with their “End of the Generation Awards” this week! Use the link below to read which games from the 2010s still stick out to them. And so you have a better sense of their humor, here’s one of the award recipients.

How Bad Is The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII Actually? Part 2: OH MY GOD, There So Many FFVII Mobile Games! (By: @zombiepie)

Moderator ZombiePie returns to their retrospective on the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII! This week they share how their effort to play EVERY Final Fantasy VII mobile game ever made went! (hint: it was a bad time)

Indie Game of the Week 193: Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince +

Mega Archive: Part XXI: From Galahad to Alien³ (By: @mento)

Mistakes were made....
Mistakes were made….

First, Moderator Mento has a new episode of their “Indie Game of the Week” series on the site! This week they look at Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince and you can read why they thought it was mostly a bounce back from the missteps of Trine 3. Second, Mento continues their retrospective on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive has a little bit of everything represented! Give it a read to learn more about all of the games that came out for the platform in September 1992!

Slipstream: What It’s Like To Play An Arcade Racing Throwback With None Of The Drawbacks (By: @mightywarcanoe)

MightyWarCanoe tried their hands at blogging and this week talks about Slipstream and how it captures the spirit of 90s era racing games without any of the “downsides” of the genre’s past.

The Wheel of Dubious RPGs Episode 022-023: Septerra Core and Drakensang (By: @arbitrarywater)

Do any of you remember when Septerra Core was hot shit for like a solid week and then became a game you pick up at Blockbuster for cheap?
Do any of you remember when Septerra Core was hot shit for like a solid week and then became a game you pick up at Blockbuster for cheap?

The penultimate episode of ArbitraryWater’s “Wheel of Dubious RPGs” blog features Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator and Drakensang: The Dark Eye! Give it a read and see how they rank on their “Dubiosity” scale!

Gaming Memories: Knights of the Old Republic (By: @majormitch)

MajorMitch wrote another one of their “Gaming Memories blogs on the site and this episode is all about Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic! Learn how the game served as a catalyst for their love of D&D!

Markers II: Where Are All the Dead Space UIs? (By: @gamer_152)

This week, Gamer_152 shares why they think Dead Space has one of the most elegant and popular interfaces in gaming. However, they also ask why haven’t more titles used it. The answer they discovered, as it turns out, is complicated.

Warframe – Update 29: Heart of Deimos (By: @rapid)

rapid, the leader of Giant Bomb’s Warframe Alliance, wants to remind everyone that the Nights of Naberus event ends on November 8, 2020! Read why they think the event is more than an opportunity to get Halloween themed stuff!

Before Genshin Impact I Never Knew That “Gacha” Games Were A Genre Unto Themselves (By: @bigsocrates)


Before Genshin Impact, Giant Bomb user bigsocrates had never played or interacted with a gacha game. Check out their latest blog on what they liked and disliked about the gacha core of Genshin Impact!

Wasteland 3 Is Good Light Fare For The Hardcore Soul (By: @toughshed)

ToughShed takes to blogging to talk about Wasteland 3 and how it provides a fun “light fare” experience despite some hard core PC gaming trappings. Give their blog a read and discover why they think the game strikes an incredible balancing act.

Discussion Threads & Forums

News Story On Democrats Leveraging Video Games (By: @paul_tillich)

I'm always down for more Doom Eternal.
I’m always down for more Doom Eternal.

It’s a bit of a hot-button topic, but here’s a link to the Giant Bomb community discussion thread about the recent trend of politicians and political figures taking to Twitch. Share your impressions and thoughts about what works and does not work.

GOTY Game Preparation (By: @theadmin)

Are there any BIG 2020 games you plan to get to in preparation of 2020 GOTY discussions? Whether it be Doom Eternal, Hades, Ghost of Tsushima, or Final Fantasy VII Remake, share the big title you feel you need to get back to before GOTY season swings into full action!

Doom Eternal DLC Discussion Thread (By: @rorie)

Remember when Amnesia and Outlast were considered the
Remember when Amnesia and Outlast were considered the “next big thing” for horror games? Man… how time flies.

Have any of you checked out the DLC for Doom Eternal? A lot of users are reporting it is significantly harder than the base-game, but what do you think? Also, did you catch the Korone reference before the internet put that on blast?

What Do People Think Of Amnesia Rebirth So Far? Initial Amnesia Rebirth Thoughts (By: @theoracleofgame)

Have any of you checked out Amnesia: Rebirth? Does it feature the same narrative twists and turns as the previous games? Join the community discussion about the game and share your thoughts and experiences! Also, SPOILER WARNING as story talk is permitted!

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War PC Beta Discussion Thread (By: @cikame)

Board game talk on Giant Bomb?! SAY IT AIN'T SO!!!!
Board game talk on Giant Bomb?! SAY IT AIN’T SO!!!!

Have any of you checked out the Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War beta? Are your first impressions of the game positive or negative? Do you like the era/theme of the game? Join the community discussion using the link above!

September/October Game Impression Roundup (By: @bisonhero)

Which games did you play during September and October? Did you play any of the heavy-hitters or was it mostly low-key indie games? Join the monthly community game impression sharing thread!

Board Game Suggestions For Video Game Fans (By: @therealturk)

Inspired by recent discussion on the Beastcast, what are some board games that you can easily recommend to someone who has only played video games and never dabbled with the wonderful world of high-grade cardboard?


The Wheel Of Dubious RPGs Volume 1: Ranked (By: @arbitrarywater)

If you want to read all about truly
If you want to read all about truly “dubious” RPGs… ArbitraryWater has you covered!

ArbitraryWater has been running their “Wheel of Dubious RPGs” blog series on the site for almost half a year and finally got around to compiling all of their “ratings” for their feature on a single list! See which games got “high marks!”

Games of the Year, 2000 + 2001 (By: @frontman12)

frontman12 continues their GOTY retrospective series in which they look back at every year they have been gaming and making a GOTY list for each year. This time, they go back to the turn of a new century: 2000 & 2001!

Puzzle Quest Series I’ve Finished & Played (By: @hellscream)

It's good to have frontman12 up to their old tricks on the site.
It’s good to have frontman12 up to their old tricks on the site.

Hellscream has played every game in the Puzzle Quest franchise and ranks every one from best to worst by their standards! Give it a read using the link above!

User Reviews

Ah, yes, 2019, I remember it like it was yesterday.
Ah, yes, 2019, I remember it like it was yesterday.
  • @yyninja‘s Outer Wilds review briefly shares what they love and hated about the game. Give it a read to discover why they found it to be space exploration at its finest!

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