The Community Spotlight 2020.10.31

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Happy Halloween everyone! And, if you are reading this after Halloween, then much merriment and good wishes to whatever you are doing. That said, we have a lot to talk about this week! First, Giant Bomb has published an article announcing its plans for Extra Life 2020. You will find a link to the announcement article below. Be aware, the Extra Life team is open for people to join RIGHT NOW! The team captain position is in the process of being switched, and I will keep you posted when the transition happens. Also, in terms of the Spotlight this week, HOLY SHIT, we have a TON of artwork to review and share! So, with that in mind, let’s jump into it!

Tweets

Art

Warren V-Tuber (By: @Brinty_)

Brinty_ is the user responsible for the Warren V-Tuber video clip and also the author of this animated .gif that I can only imagine will haunt your dreams for the rest of your life.

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I Made A Spooky Abby! (By: @relentlessrolento)

RelentlessRolento (or @WolfOfVictoria on Twitter) made a spooky Abby picture and you can use the link above to thank them for their work of art! It’s just as amazing as their earlier Jeff drawing.

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Jan Adventure Game (By: @unfulphilled)

This animated .gif by user ulfulphilled based on Jan’s studio teardown video is AMAZING STUFF! Many thanks to them making it!

“Days of Duders’ Past” (By: @jearum)

jearum this week combined comic books and Giant Bomb in this mashup work of art! This poster compiles all of the former staff and site-friends of the past throughout Giant Bomb’s history!

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Video

Giant Bomb Extra Life 2020. Play Games, Heal Kids! (By: @hamst3r)

Once again, many thanks to Hamst3r for making another AMAZING promotional video for Giant Bomb’s 2020 Extra Life effort! It’s amazing how great they are at capturing the 80s/90s VHS aesthetic.

Community Activities

New GB Sea of Thieves Discord Server Announcement Thread + Discord Invite Link (By: @bad_dudes)

Arrrr you up for some swashbuckling action this week?
Arrrr you up for some swashbuckling action this week?

Due to new interest, there’s a new Giant Bomb Community Discord for Sea of Thieves! Here’s the invite link and announcement thread for anyone who is interested in joining!

Genshin Impact Adventurers Assemble Community Thread (By: @doctordonkey)

Calling all Genshin Impact fans! There is currently a month long refer-a-friend program going on where anyone above rank AR15 can get a code to send to friends or anyone below AR7! Here’s the Giant Bomb community networking thread for that event!

Blogs

The Itchy, Tasty Spooktathlon + Indie Game of the Week 194: Milkmaid of the Milky Way (By: @mento)

Not all of mento's blog subjects are created equal this week in terms of spookiness.
Not all of mento’s blog subjects are created equal this week in terms of spookiness.

Mento brought back a spooky rendition of their blog series on the Halloween appropriate games from the Itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. Give it a read and see which horror and horror-comedy games from the package they recommend! Also, Mento didn’t let his Halloween series stop them from their usual tricks. This week they look at the lo-fi adventure game, Milkmaid of the Milky Way for their “Indie Game of the Week” blog series!

Living As A Vampire Amongst The Spanish Flu In 2020 (By: @nodima)

To call Vampyr
To call Vampyr “uncanny” is a horrible understatement.

Nodima uses their latest blog on Giant Bomb to talk about Vampyr and how its attempt to re-create the 1918 ‘Spanish flu’ pandemic in London feel uncanny right now. Read all about how its notion of a pandemic ripping through a community is downright frightening.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition: Future Connected Is A Mouthful And A Weird And Unnecessary Epilogue (By: @bigsocrates)

bigsocrates takes to the site to discuss Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition and details why they think its “Future Connected” addition is an unnecessary epilogue to an already messy JRPG story.

The Wheel of Dubious RPGs Episode 026-027: NWN 2 Storm of Zehir and Might and Magic IX (SEASON FINALE) +

The Wheel of Dubious RPGs Episode 024-025: Thunderscape and Game of Thrones (By: @arbitrarywater)

All good things....
All good things….

THEY DID IT! Giant Bomb user ArbitraryWater completed the first season of their “Wheel of Dubious RPGs” series with a look at Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir (paging Mr. Rorie) and Might and Magic IX! One of these almost made their computer explode! Also, they published an earlier episode about Thunderscape and that Game of Thrones game no one remembers! Read all about their folly into mediocrity

Discussion Threads & Forums

Have you been having fun with the new Watch Dogs and its combination of hacking meets roguelike?
Have you been having fun with the new Watch Dogs and its combination of hacking meets roguelike?

Watch Dogs: Legion Discussion Thread (By: @humanity)

Are you excited to get your hands on Watch Dogs: Legion? If so, join the Giant Bomb community discussion about the game and share what you have seen or experienced! Also, have you been enjoying the game’s rouge-like trappings?

Cyberpunk 2077 December 10th Delay Discussion Thread (By: @frytup)

Cyberpunk 2077’s delay is a huge talking point on the forums and you can join the “fun” using the link below. What is your reaction to reports of crunch at CD Projekt RED? What does the game going gold before the delay mean?

How Is Everyone Planning To Play Cyberpunk 2077? (Hardware) (By: @gugagomes7)

This was the obvious big talking point on the Giant Bomb forums, but what do you have to say?
This was the obvious big talking point on the Giant Bomb forums, but what do you have to say?

Despite the delay, what platform or hardware are you considering playing Cyberpunk 2077 on? Check out the community poll and feel free to chime in with your plan or preference.

New Video Card Poll & Discussion Thread (By: @rorie)

Hey, are any of you eyeing the new video cards announced by Nvidia, AMD, or Intel? Which one are you most considering buying? Vote for and discuss your pick with the rest of the Giant Bomb community!

No Man’s Sky Next Generation Announced (By: @vincentvendetta)

No Man’s Sky Next Generation has been announced! Get the details on what has improved and changed, and feel free to join the community discussion about the announcement, using the link!

Is this the No Man's Sky we have been waiting for?
Is this the No Man’s Sky we have been waiting for?

Ghostrunner Discussion Thread (By: @theht)

Ghostrunner, a first person platformer set in a cyberpunk world from developer One More Level comes out SOON! Do you plan on picking the game up? Does any individual part of it jump out to you?

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Mobile Port Discussion Thread (By: @bigsocrates)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is coming to iOS and Android! How do you think the game will translate onto a mobile platform? Are you excited to give the game another shot?

Steam Halloween Sale (By: @dcraig814)

Have any of you taken advantage of the Steam Halloween sale? If so, which games do you think are an absolute steal? Join the Giant Bomb community discussion using the link above!

Has A Game Ever Made You Go Wow? (By: @kronixi)

Remember when Steam sales used to mean something?
Remember when Steam sales used to mean something?

Here’s a fun discussion thread on the forums: what was the first and last game to make you say “WOW!” Here are my picks: Myst and Titanfall 2. Let’s just say that both are two completely different types of “WOWs.”

Lists

Billiard Sports Games I’ve Played (By: @hellscream)

One of Hellscream’s video game “guilty pleasures” are billiards games. Here’s a list of their favorite and least favorite pool-themed video games that they have played!

User Reviews

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  • @ak1mbo‘s Shadow Point review shares why the story-driven Virtual Reality adventure for the Oculus Quest took their breath away unlike any game they have played this year!
  • @riostarwind‘s WHAT THE GOLF? review shares why it might be the most fun they have had with a game all year long.
  • @senorsucks2suck uses their review of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 to detail why the game’s lack of a distinctly SoCal sense of identity, as was the case with the original games, bothered them.
  • @yyninja‘s Devil May Cry 5 review briefly talks about why they were not a fan of how you need to play it multiple times to get the full value of the game.
  • @blubba818 uses their review of Pokémon Sword/Shield to look at the game as a whole package, DLC included, and shares why they think the game missed the mark in a few regards.



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