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Game Tapes 12: !!!

August 25, 2019 1 min read

How can I rewind a disc?
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The Not-So-Wonderful Games of Oz

August 25, 2019 2 min read

MGM's The Wizard of Oz should have been a disaster. After the release and subsequent success of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the studio sought its own potential hit film to be adapted from a children's book. In 1938, MGM purchased the film rights to Frank L. Baum's best seller and, over the course of a year, 13 different writers -- most uncredited -- would contribute to the...

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The Community Spotlight 2019.08.24

August 24, 2019 7 min read

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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 this week! It has been an interesting week topped of by a handful of wonderful debuts. Obviously, Giant Bomb East's "Burgle My Bananas" video series started last week and everyone still seems to be trying to figure out the show's rules. It's "Whose Line is it Anyways?" scoring system meets Donkey Kong 64 and I LOVE IT! The chaos and confusion has made it my favorite new video series outside of Crime Crew! Regardless, there's a lot of housekeeping to review this week, all worth reading about by the way, so, let's jump into it!

  • Giant Bomb Premium is on sale for TWO WEEKS! Don't forget, you can use this as an opportunity to re-up your current subscription as well as a chance to gift subscriptions to friends or other users.
  • In case you missed it, there was a new episode of the Giant Devcast. This episode is definitely worth a listen as it reviews all the changes they have made to the site's search system, including the new Advanced Search feature.
  • Abby was a guest on The Polygon Show! The discussions in this podcast range from The Sims to Telling Lies! Give it a listen when you have the chance.
  • Burgle My Bananas unlock on YouTube for FREE! Even if you are not a premium subscriber, watch the first episode and see what the "hype" is all about!
  • Finally, if you have not yet read Vinny's profile on megadads.org, then you are seriously missing out on the most heartwarming Giant Bomb content you will read this year. Seriously, how can you not love this:
Real MVP of Giant Bomb!
Real MVP of Giant Bomb!

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Burgle My Bananas Fanart (By: @AndrewGeorger)

It goes without saying, Twitter user AndrewGeorger managed to capture the facial expressions of everyone participating in Burgle My Bananas perfectly. If you disagree, then you are just plain wrong.

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Giant Bomb Artwork Inspired By Junji Ito (By: @jea_rum)

This week jea_rum decided to mix the Giant Bomb staff with the aesthetics and artsyle of legendary horror mangaka, Junji Ito. The final results are "uncanny" to say the least.

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3D Render Of A Giant Bomb Chess Set (By: @Ajaxobs)

Twitter user Andrew Jacobs overheard someone in the Giant Bomb chat say they'd love to own a Giant Bomb themed chess set, and using their 3D rendering skills, they made it happen!

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Giant Bomb East x Donkey Kong Mashup (By: @monkeyman04)

Monkeyman04 found a way to photoshop Dan and Vinny onto the bodies of Diddy and Donkey Kong respectively. Use the link below and thank them for these amazing works of art.

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Clips Of The Week

Giant Bomb Animated YouTube Playlist (By: andyrentz)

Over on Twitter, andyrentz has been making some HILARIOUS video clips re-imagining classic Giant Bomb moments using a very cute artstyle. If you do not like using Twitter, then you are in luck because they have started to upload their videos to YouTube!

Giant Bomb Crime Crew Crash Compilation (By: Roland T)

Over on YouTube, Roland T compiled every time the Giant Bomb Crime Crew crashed a motorcycle! Relive the endless magic of Crime Crew!

Community Activities

Don't fight horrible beasties without a friend!
Don't fight horrible beasties without a friend!

Looking For Co-op Partners In Remnant: From the Ashes (By: @cobble75)

Are any of you looking for co-op partners for Remnant: From the Ashes? If you are, here's a link to our community online hookup thread! Comment your platform preference and maybe a Giant Bomb user will be able to help you out!

NEW Giant Beast Crew For Gears Pop! (By: @ravage484)

If any of you end up playing Gears Pop!, here's a link to our SECOND community online crew for the game! The first one hit the player cap, but this one is still accepting new users!

Tweets Of The Week

Best Of Blogs

I can tell you from personal experience, the number of Doom 1 total conversion mods is astounding!
I can tell you from personal experience, the number of Doom 1 total conversion mods is astounding!

My Journey Into Hell: A DOOM Retrospective, Part 1 (By: @igort)

Igort is starting a new retrospective blog series about the Doom franchise with the looming release of Doom Eternal. This week, they checked out "ZDoom," a fan-made enhanced port of the Doom engine for modern operating systems!

What Is This Death And Why Is It Stranding? (By: @bonbolapti)

bonbolapti is trying to look forward to Death Stranding but uses their latest blog on Giant Bomb to talk about why the game's marketing needs to "settle down," as it is starting to sour them on another Hideo Kojima experience.

Burgle My Bananas Ep. 1 Data (By: @thebolt90)

thebolt90 compiled every possible stat you want to know about Giant Bomb East's "Burgle My Bananas" first episode! Use the link below to learn how each player reached their current position in the span of a single episode!

Even I have to agree the advertising of Death Stranding is getting a bit too ridiculous for my tastes.
Even I have to agree the advertising of Death Stranding is getting a bit too ridiculous for my tastes.

The Problem With Google's Stadia Connect Presentations (By: @jigglephysx)

JigglePhysx has been following the Google Stadia since its announcement and shares why Google's Connect Presentations continue to rub them the wrong way. Have you been watching any of the presentations? If you have, what are your impressions?

Broken Glass: Stories Untold and Anthologies (By: @gamer_152)

This week, moderator Gamer_152 is looking at anthologies, horror, and the art of the twist in NoCode's latest chilling thriller, Stories Untold. Does a good thriller always need a twist? Give Gamer_152's blog a read to find out.

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If you haven't heard of Stories Untold until now, then Gamer_152's blog is a must read for you!
If you haven't heard of Stories Untold until now, then Gamer_152's blog is a must read for you!

Mega Archive: Part XI: From Raiden Trad to Riddle Wired (By: @mento)

As always, moderator Mento is back with a couple of blogs for you to enjoy this week. First, their latest "Indie Game of the Week" blog looks at The Room Three! Give it a read and see why this fan of the previous two games was disappointed with the franchise's third outing! Second, their latest "Mega Archive" blog looks at the DOZENS of games released on the Genesis/Mega Drive during August of 1991!

Join The Discussion

Are any of you excited to fight VanCleef again?
Are any of you excited to fight VanCleef again?

Shadowbringers Brought Toxic Noobs? (By: @casepb)

Our Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers community currently is debating the good and bad of the recent influx of new users to the game. Have you had any experiences with new users in the game? Have they been positive or negative experiences with new users?

Anyone Jumping Into WoW Classic? (By: @zurv)

Speaking of MMORPGs, are any of you going to give World of Warcraft Classic a shot? Are there any of you who plan to jump back into the game with the launch of Classic?

20 Minutes Of Gameplay Of Marvel's Avengers (By: @rorie)

This is still look...
This is still look... "questionable."

They released 20 minutes of gameplay for Marvel's Avengers! What are your impressions of what they showed? Is the game improving since its E3 2019 debut, or is it about the same?

Kerbal Space Program 2 Reaction Thread (By: @rorie)

The Giant Bomb forums are practically BUZZING about the recent Kerbal Space Program 2 teaser trailer! Join our discussion, and share what you hope to see in the game, using the link above! Do you have your fingers crossed for an eventual Giant Bomb East video series? I SURE AM!

Mortal Kombat 11 DLC Character Discussion Thread (By: @atastyslurpee)

Calling all Mortal Kombat 11 fans! What's your gut reaction to the DLC kharacters announced? Are there any that stick out to you? Are there any you dislike? Use the link below to join our discussion!

Please make a new Giant Bomb East video series for this game.
Please make a new Giant Bomb East video series for this game.

Google Stadia Exclusives, It Has Begun! (By: @casepb)

Google Stadia now has EXCLUSIVE games! Does this change your feelings about the streaming platform? Do you think Stadia exclusives will have an impact on the industry?

Competitive Farm Simulator Exists (By: @brackstone)

Farming Simulator is getting its own e-sports league! Are you excited to watch "pros" to show you their mad krone baler skills? Who do you have taking the harvester competition?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2v2 Alpha Discussion Thread (By: @pezen)

BREAKING NEWS: Mortal Kombat guest characters continue to be ridiculous!
BREAKING NEWS: Mortal Kombat guest characters continue to be ridiculous!

Have any of you played the alpha for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? If you have, here's a link to our community discussion about it. So far, people seem pretty positive about it, but what do you think?

Telling Lies Spoiler/Ending Discussion (By: @drdreezy42)

If there are any of you who have played Telling Lies, the second FMV game by Sam Barlow, and wish to discuss SPOILERS, here's a link to our discussion about the game's ending.

Need for Speed Heat - Looks.. OK? (By: @humanity)

EA recently showed off 9 minutes of gameplay for Need for Speed Heat! Give it a watch and then join our discussion about what has been shown off! Will there finally be a decent Need For Speed game?

Shower Temperature Discussion Thread (By: @nutter)

Rorie being Rorie
Rorie being Rorie

There's currently a poll and discussion thread on the boards debating the "best" shower temperature, and I think we can all agree Mr. Rorie has the best response thus far. Regardless, feel free to join the fun by using the link!

Useful User Review

As I said, this may be one of the best intro paragraphs to a user review I have seen on the site.
As I said, this may be one of the best intro paragraphs to a user review I have seen on the site.
  • @moonlightmoth's review of Age of Wonders: Planetfall has what I can only describe being the "best" opening paragraph in a video game review I have ever seen. Also, it sounds like a good game.
  • @jeffrud wrote a review of HyperZone to argue why they think it is the only "on-rails" shooter for the SNES worth playing today. Forget Star Fox, it's all about HYPERZONE!
  • @bhlaab continues their retro video game reviews with a look at Kao the Kangaroo Round 2! Give it a read and discover why they found it to be a game best left forgotten.
  • @bhlaab recently gave the Unreal-inspired, Hedon, a shot and shares their mixed final impressions of the classicly styled FPS.

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In this episode of Pregame Discharge: Sony is taking full custody of Spidey!

August 24, 2019 1 min read

While Lyle sorts out his own insecurities, here's what's been happening in video games this past week:

  • Sony now owns Insomniac!
  • Everspace 2 was announced at Gamescom!
  • Korn is having a virtual concert in Adventure Quest World and Adventure Quest 3D! And more!

In this episode of Pregame Discharge: Sony is taking full custody of Spidey! screenshot

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What's the 'best' worst game of all time?

August 24, 2019 1 min read

Bad games have been a blight upon the world for as long as video games have been around. Most likely, they always will be. From broken or bland design to poor technical execution, there are many ways a potentially good game can go bad and an equally long list of reasons for why a game might descend into the realm of endless suck.

Whether fun just wasn't in the budget or over-ambition resulted in...

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Seven minutes of Streets of Rage 4 footage isn't enough

August 24, 2019 1 min read

If it wasn't clear enough from my preview at PAX East this year, I'm eagerly anticipating Streets of Rage 4. Every new bit of information we get for the game just makes me want it more. I want to play it so badly that I might actually die from waiting. I suppose I survived long enough for Tool to release a new album, so I can weather this storm.

Anyway, IGN has uploaded a little over seven...

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Microsoft confirms Gears Tactics for Xbox One

August 24, 2019 1 min read

The Gears of War franchise got a lot of love at E3 2018. In addition to confirming the existence of Gears 5 (which no one thought was under debate), we also got the sort of satirical Gears Pop! and Gears Tactics confirmed as spin-offs for the grisly, dudebro series. Both were looking to take the IP in completely different directions to cater to different niches, which is always a good thing. Tacti...

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Gotta Protectors Switch sequel will be coming west

August 24, 2019 1 min read

One of the finest games available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop is one a lot of people slept on. That includes me. After Gotta Protectors released, I didn't even bother with it for a full month as most game review sites skipped over it in favor of more popular fare. Even today on Metacriticis has just four reviews, enough to give it an official score but not enough to truly get the word out about what...

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Best of Giant Bomb: 174 - Heretical Grinder

August 24, 2019 1 min read

Top Ten Bloodstained items that you don’t want to bring on a first date, starting with number ten:
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Book an appointment with Takuto Maruki in Persona 5 Royal, as franchise celebrates 10 million sales worldwide

August 24, 2019 1 min read

Atlus has released a new trailer for its upcoming Persona 5 Royal release, giving us a look at one the expanded RPGs all-new Confidant characters. The latest member of Shujin Academy's morally dubious faculty is part-time counselor Takuto Maruki.

Maruki will appear on the in-game timeline around April, having been brought on board to deal with the aftermath of Kamoshida's disgusting crimes....

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Metro 2033 movie in the works for 2022 release

August 24, 2019 1 min read

Gazprom Media are currently putting together pre-production plans for a movie based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's novel - and subsequent video game series - Metro 2033. As reported by tinseltown mag Variety, the film is expected to begin shooting next year for a 2022 release.

First published in 2002, Metro 2033tells of the aftermath of a apocalyptic nuclear war in Mother Russia, which forces the remaining...

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Whatcha been playing this week, Destructoid?

August 24, 2019 1 min read

Look, I'll level with you. I'm exhausted. I have been for a while, coming off of a gnarly cold that knocked me flat, followed up by a long week covering Gamescom and all of its relative news. It was a pretty good event though, right? I think my favourite bit was the new Streets of Rage 4 trailer, I'm a simple person of simple pleasures.

Because of all the writing and streaming and sleeping, I...

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