Hello and welcome to an incredibly "charitable" edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host this week as we look back on the best creative endeavors from the community! First off, apologies if this edition of the Spotlight is a bit short than what you are accustomed to nowadays. As many of you may be aware of, I am participating in the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run, and that made making this edition of the Spotlight a bit of a rush. So, apologies for that, and you can expect me to be on my "A-Game" next week! Regardless, let's jump into the site housekeeping!
Depending on when you read this, the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run is either in progress or over! 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! However, the event has changed its charity so the event raises money for COVID-19 relief! Use the announcement thread to get all of the details and learn how you can help even after the event is over!
danielkempster is throwing their hat in the Community Endurance Run! Read how they plan to marathon Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater in the name of COVID-19 relief!
Moderator ZombiePie uses their latest blog on to talk about how they plan to stream OpenRCT2, Final Fantasy X-2, AND Paca Plus (I'm looking at you Drew Scanlon) in the name of COVID-19 from the 17th-19th! Use the link for more info!
Hey, you! Yes, you right there! Do you like old-school CRPGs or Eurojank games? In honor of Dave Snider, ArbitraryWater is playing Troika’s The Temple of Elemental Evil: A Classic Greyhawk Adventure for the Community Endurance Run!
Moderator RioStarwind is planning on hosting a tribute stream to the PlayStation Portable for their contribution to the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run! If you have any nostalgia for the platform read about how you can support their efforts!
electricviking has a very "ambitious" plan for this year's Community Endurance Run: for every $100 they raise, they will COMPLETE The Bouncer! You heard that right... they plan to start and finish The Bouncer, up to five times, in the name of charity!Learn how you can make the magic happen, using the link above!
Thank you all for donating and joining! We raised almost $13k for @DirectRelief WOW!!! And stick around the rest of the weekend as folks from the GB community will be streaming and continuing to raise money for a good cause! https://t.co/o7QZLdrqQr— abby russell (@ybbaaabby) April 18, 2020
I call this "Surprise". It’s based on a shirt from yesterday’s @GiantBomb charity Jackbox stream! @ybbaabby @PackBenPack @alex_navarro @Janina @RonFunches #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #TeeKO #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/4zOpURpjus— Brian Doyle (@TheMasterDS) April 11, 2020
Humanity's getting wasted, so let's get wasted!— Giant Bomb Out of Context (@giantbomb_ooc) April 15, 2020
- Alex Navarro, 2020
Is Jeff okay? pic.twitter.com/LQn5OD72S2— Cole (socially distanced) Henry (@colehenry19) April 17, 2020
Escape to a deserted island and create your own #Heathcliff adventure! Befriend the #GarbageApe and other beloved villagers - friendly faces will lend their services and happily help you grow your budding community! #AnimalCrossing #GiantBomb #HeathcliffCrossing pic.twitter.com/3jSJhJsxx3— Digital Logjam (@DigitalLogjam) April 14, 2020
In the place of a "normal" video clip, we have this highly entertaining reaction .gif featuring Xavier Woods during one of Giant Bomb's E3 aftershows. If this doesn't start its own meme, then I do not know what will.
You can always count on jearum to make some fun works of art that combine the staff with popular gaming icons. This week they went ahead and combined a dapper Brad Shoemaker with Mario and made a "mature" version of Tom Nook based on Jeff and Ben's comments about him on the Bombcast.
Over on Twitter, user psydyl was the only user to take up the Giant Bomb staff coloring book challenge from Dan Auer! Let's turn that around and get more users attempting to color within the lines!
Inspired by Alex's coverage of Civilization VI, moderator ZombiePie talks about their love for roleplaying in Civilization VI and the house rules they have developed to make the game more "spicy!"
In a return to form, moderator Mento is back with TWO blogs this week. First, Mento is up to their usual tricks with a look at the games that released on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive! This week they look at the battleground months of January and February back in 1992! Likewise, Mento has a new episode of their "Indie Game of the Week" series and this episode looks at Moonlighter! Give their blog a read to see if they were impressed by the capitalistic dungeon crawler.
If you don't mind anime talk, Giant Bomb user PurpleShyGuy blogs about how they have fallen in love with "Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken" almost as much as their favorite video games thus far!
Giant Bomb user ClayPax briefly comments on why Astroneer has become one of their most played games during the quarantine and a much needed break from their real-world stress.
Crysis Remastered is coming soon and it will have ray tracing! Also, what are the chances that Crysis runs reasonably on the Switch, and what graphical fidelity do you expect that port to have?
Have any of you picked up the two free games Sony is offering for PlayStation 4 owners? Is anyone bummed that Knack II is exclusive to Germany only? Share your impressions of the neat offer with the rest of the community.
A lot of users are just now getting around to play La-Mulana 1 & 2, the special edition La-Mulana compilation! If that includes you, which version did you pick up and how has your experience with the game been like so far?
Some users on the forums have expressed issues with some of the "low-res" textures in Final Fantasy VII Remake. Have you noticed this issue while playing the game?
To all of the professional wrestling fans out there, what do you make of the possible cancellation of WWE 2K21? Is a "break" exactly what the WWE 2K franchise needs right about now? What is your dream pick for a "different kind" of WWE game?
What's your reaction to XCOM: Chimera Squad? Do you find a smaller-scope XCOM game enticing, or is making an endless army of automatons part of the series' appeal? How about the game's aesthetic? Join the community discussion using the link above!
Here's an interesting discussion thread on the forums!: how did YOU get into the Souls/Souls-likes genre? Which game served as your introduction? What do you think is the best or most pure representation of the genre?
To all the Giant Bomb users who picked up Persona 5 Royal, what are your impressions of the game? Is this the "definitive" version of Persona 5? What tips and tricks do you have for newcomers?