The Community Spotlight 2020.09.05

September 05, 2020 7 min read

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 community offerings from the previous week. It's crazy to think, but we are officially in September! As fall creeps in, high profile video games are starting to come out. The big releases this week, by far, were Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 and Marvel's Avengers and you will find the expected assortment of discussion and online meetup threads for both games. Likewise, the PC community is enjoying the release of Crusader Kings III and all of its expected tomfoolery. With that all aside, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping!

  • Multiple users reported the RSS Feed was missing key videos and stream archives. The issue appears to be fixed, but if you notice any missing videos report them over here!
  • The user-run Apple TV Giant Bomb app just got a handful of important updates last week! Read what they are using the link and feel free to suggest new features and general app improvements!
  • Vinny was on vacation and will return on 09/07/2020.
  • With the release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2, I thought it was high time to re-introduce this animated .gif to the Giant Bomb Community!
good times....
good times....



Jeff Gerstmann's Strangest Week Ever +Eating Vaseline? (By Giant Bombcast Clips)

It has been a while since I last promoted the Giant Bombcast Clips YouTube account and so, I decided to fix that. In the first clip you'll find Jeff talking about how the last couple of weeks have been like for him. It's a friendly reminder that the staff are going through the Pandemic and events of 2020 just like the rest of the world and we should all be understanding of their needs. The second video is a "fun" discussion about vaseline and its nutritional qualities.

Community Activities

Justice League Assemble?
Justice League Assemble?

Marvel's Avengers Online Co-Op Community (By: @bearhardt)

If there are any users who are playing Marvel's Avengers, here's a link to the community online friends list! Just post a comment indicating which version you are playing and share your username!

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 Online Meetup Thread (By: @irishfriar212)

Are any of you looking to play Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 online? If so, here's the Giant Bomb community online hookup thread! Just drop a comment with your username and platform of preference!


Fantasy Football English Premier League 2020/21 Thread (By: @flstyle)

The community 2020/2021 Premier League Fantasy Football thread is LIVE! Drop a comment using the link below if you are interested in playing fantasy association football with other Giant Bomb users!


Does Wasteland 3 get its politics and satire right? Read Raven10's blog and join our discussion!
Does Wasteland 3 get its politics and satire right? Read Raven10's blog and join our discussion!

The Most Political AAA Game Ever? My Thoughts And Short Review (By: @raven10)

Raven10 takes to Giant Bomb to share why they think Wasteland 3 is a fantastic satire of American politics right now, despite its narrative and storytelling missteps and rough edges.

How Bad Is The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII Actually? Part 1: The OVAs, Light Novel, and Advent Children (By: @zombiepie)

Before they jump into Final Fantasy VII Remake, moderator ZombiePie decided to play and watch EVERY PART of the "Compilation of Final Fantasy VII." This week they talk about the OVAs, light novel, and of course, Advent Children!

Indie Game of the Week 186: Headliner: NoviNews +

Conquering the Unconquerable Year of 2017 (By: @mento)

First, their latest "Indie Game of the Week" blog looks at Headliner: NoviNews, the second game in the Headliner series from Unbound Creations! Read why they enjoyed the impactful adventure game! Next, they share how the new game releases of 2017 represent their big "white whale." Read why the year got away from them and what they plan to do to fix the gap in their gaming knowledge.

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

Marvel's Avengers Early Access Impressions Day 1/2 (?) (a.k.a. Resurrecting This Disused Blog Because Of The Sickness) (By: @bearhardt)

Bearhardt takes to Giant Bomb to share why they were pleasantly surprised by the Marvel's Avengers Early Access event and found themselves enjoying the game's slow grind.

Discussions & Threads

Have you been enjoying your time with Marvel's Avenger's?
Have you been enjoying your time with Marvel's Avenger's?

Marvel's Avengers Impressions Sharing Thread (By: @sustenance)

So, it is the big release of the week, but what are YOUR impressions of Marvel's Avengers? Whether they be positive or negative, share your experiences with it and join the discussion on where the game can go next.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars Discussion Thread (By: @doctordonkey)

Are you excited for Super Mario 3D All-Stars? Is this a day one purchase? Which game are you most looking forward to playing? Is there anything about the package you wished was changed or improved? The decision to make it a limited-time release sure seems stupid.

We have some
We have some "SPICY" Super Mario discussion threads for you this week!

Nintendo Delisting Multiple Wii U Mario Games (By: @forcen)

What do you make of Nintendo's decision to delist multiple Mario titles on the Wii U's eShop? Does this pose a moral hazard for video game preservation or consumer choice? Join the community discussion NOW!

Is It Good Or Bad You can Only Complete Goals In A Single Campaign Once? (By: @phoenix654)

There's a pretty "spicy" discussion/debate on the Giant Bomb forums on if only being able to complete goals in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 is a good or bad thing. Share your two cents worth using the link above!

Crusader Kings III Discussion Thread (By: @atheistpreacher)

Crusader Kings III came out this week and you can share your impressions with other Giant Bomb users playing the game! Have you discovered any CRAZY storylines in the game? Do you think this version of the game is viable or should people wait for more improvements?

The Witcher 3 Is Coming To Xbox Series X And PS5 (Updated On PC As Well). Are You Interested? (By: @ntm)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to Xbox Series X and PS5! There's even going to be an update for those who already have it on PC! Does any of this news motivate you to go back to the game? Share why or why not using the link!

Streamed Concerts During COVID (By: @himsteveo)

Have any of you watched a streamed concert during the pandemic? What did you think of the experience and audio quality? How much would you pay to watch a concert via streaming?

Thank you for the memories Vlambeer!
Thank you for the memories Vlambeer!

Today Is The 10th Anniversary Of Vlambeer And The Final Day For The Studio (By: @nateandrews)

Vlambeer is disbanding and you can join the rest of the community in discussing your favorite games from them! Whether it be Ridiculous Fishing, Luftrausers, or Nuclear Throne, share the game of theirs you'll most remember!

Wasteland 3 Discussion Thread (By: @rorie)

Have any of you put Wasteland 3 through its paces? What are your impressions thus far? Do you have a positive or negative outlook on the game? Is it an improvement over Wasteland 2? Have you found any "fun" experiences in the game?

New GPUs From NVIDIA Discussion Thread(By: @sanity)

What do you make of these new GPUs revealed by Nvidia? Are you a potential day one adopter of the RTX 30 Series cards? Do you have concerns about supported features? Do these cards bode poorly for AMD?

Jensen Huang rocking a black leather jacket yet again!
Jensen Huang rocking a black leather jacket yet again!

Parsce Discussion Thread (By: @csl316)

It has been mentioned during the podcasts from time to time, but do any of YOU have experience using Parsec? How does it compare to other desktop capturing applications whether they are paid for or freemium?


There are some real
There are some real "bangers" in Splitterguy's list.

Worst of the 2000s (By: @splitterguy)

Splitterguy used their latest list on to list what they think are the WORST GAMES from the 2000s! Use the link below to see which whoppers made the cut! fun fact, Alex gave Big Mutha Truckers a 6.2 on GameSpot.

SIGINT’s Favorite Dota Underlords Heroes (Season 1) (By: @sigint)

SIGINT is trying to turn the hundreds, if not thousands, of hours they spent on DOTA 2 into something cathartic. Thus, they are starting a new list series on the site where they "rank" their favorite heroes season by season!

Sprite-based First Person Shooters (By: @plamzdoom)

Hello darkness my old friend....
Hello darkness my old friend....

PlamzDooM is trying to make a list annotating every "sprite-based FPS" ever made! Here's what they have so far, and feel free to comment with any missing games!

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Series I've Finished +

Titan Quest Series I've Finished (By: @hellscream)

Hellscream has played their fair share of the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six franchise, and as a result, they have created a list in which they rank the games they have played from best to worst! Also, the Titan Quest franchise is a guilty pleasure game series for them and they took the time to rank every game in the series, including expansion packs, from best to worst.

User Reviews

Is grotesque the right word to describe Carrion?
Is grotesque the right word to describe Carrion?
  • @yyninja uses their review of Carrion to discuss why they think it is a game that fulfills a monster power fantasy with clever puzzles and grotesque design, but lacks "staying power."
  • @danryback uses their retro review of Advanced V.G. 2 to discuss why they think it's an unfortunately forgotten example of a fighting game sequel making major improvements over the original.
  • @danryback also continued their user review retrospective on the 16-bit era of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z games! This week they looked at Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden 2 AND Dragon Ball Z: Shin Butoden!


Wasteland 3

It is sometimes hard to come by a modern video game having a filled out wiki page, but Wasteland 3's page is a decent showing. That said, if any of you find wiki pages that you think deserve a shout out on Twitter or here, post a comment! As always, self-promotion is ENCOURAGED!