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The Community Spotlight 2021.10.30

October 30, 2021 7 min read

Hello, everyone! Welcome to an incredibly SPOOKY edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight. As always, I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host! Obviously, the big news from the last week involves the OFFICIAL HIRING OF JESS AS A STAFF MEMBER! If you have not done so already, please drop a congratulatory comment in the previously linked article.

If you enjoy following Giant Bomb and GameSpot staff as guests on other shows, then consider watching the episode of the Out Of Our League podcast Tamoor was on recently.

Due to high demand, Giant Bomb finally has an updated FAQ! Use the link below to read answers to some of your burning questions and if you can think of questions you'd like to see answered, drop a comment in the article! Finally, don't forget that you can review a comprehensive list of the ENTIRE programming plan for the site using the link below! Read all about the exciting features and shows coming up this week!

Extra Life 2021 Links

Giant Bomb's Extra Life Team Page (By: @marino)

Giant Bomb's Individual Donation Page

ONE WEEK!
ONE WEEK!

THERE'S ONE WEEK LEFT until EXTRA LIFE 2021! Don't forget to join Giant Bomb's team if you can and if you can spare some change, consider donating to a team member at $0. So far, the team has raised $11,107! The team goal is to raise $223,566 so Giant Bomb can crest an all-time total of $2,000,000 raised for Extra Life! Giant Bomb proper has a personal goal of $100,000.

Marino is the current team captain for Giant Bomb's Extra Life team and if anything is "off" with the page, please let him know!

Galleria

Jan x Jess Sketch (By: @morehandclaps)

morehandclaps was feeling rusty so she celebrated the hiring of Jess by doing this amazing warmup sketch! If this is there warmup, I wonder what a full-fledged work looks like.

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TWINS(By: @Lizzie_Mueller)

With Abby and Jess both getting hired in the same week, Twitter user Lizzie_Mueller decided to have a go at depicting the two as "twins."

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Jiant Bomb (By: @DigitalLogjam)

With the hiring of Jess, the letter "J" is even better represented on the site. Therefore, DigitalLogjam had a field day merging Jeff B. with the Facebook rebrand.

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Draw Me Like One Of Your French Rories +

Rorie Is "Meta" (By: @kone)

Kone had a lot of fun making Rorie fanart, and in particular, playing around with photoshop with the many images of Rorie posing in the Giant Bomb footy pajamas.

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French Pug x Rorie (By: @cikame)

This Rorie fanart from user cikame and has a different interpretation of the words "I want you to draw me like one of your French girls."

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Nothing On Earth Could Come Between Them (By: @monkeyking1969)

monkeyking1969 also had a go at combining Titanic with Rorie posing in the new Giant Bomb footy pajamas.

Tweets

Blogs

Ranking of Albummers! (By: @allthedinos)

It sounds like this blog was pure pain.
It sounds like this blog was pure pain.

ALLTheDinos is a huge fan of 2M2LN's Albummer show on the site. Therefore, they did the unthinkable and listened to every album featured on the show from start to finish. See which ones they thought were the worst as you enjoy their pain.

There's A New Star Ocean And tri-Ace Refuses To Own Up To Its Biggest Mistake (i.e., Till the End of Time's Plot Twist)

Remember How About Twenty Minutes From Jacob's Ladder Inspired A Generation of Horror Games? (By: @zombiepie)

This fucking guy....
This fucking guy....

In rare form, ZombiePie provided TWO blogs in one week. First, they use the recently announced Star Ocean: The Divine Force to talk about their current anemia with the series and how how tri-Ace fucked up their own universe on Giant Bomb (i.e., Let's talk about Till the End of Time's plot twist). Second, ZombiePie looked at the unusual legacy of Jacob's Ladder and notes how less than thirty minutes of the film influenced a generation of Japanese horror games.

The Wheel of Dubious FPSes Episode 07-08: Rise of the Triad (2013), WH40K Fire Warrior, and The Wheel of Time (By: @arbitrarywater)

Why is there a techno rave in The Wheel of Time.
Why is there a techno rave in The Wheel of Time.

ArbitraryWater has a new episode of their "Wheel of Dubious FPSes" series and this episode tackles three games! Read what they thought of Rise of the Triad (2013), Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior, and The Wheel of Time!

Schlocktober '21: Bioshock Has Aged But You Can Still See The Beauty Underneath The Rust +

Schlocktober '21: Alice: Madness Returns Is A Macabre Cult Classic That's Still Worth Your Time During Spooky Season (By: @bigsocrates)

bigsocrates nears the end of their "Schlocktober" feature with a look at the original BioShock and Alice: Madness Returns! Read why they think Bioshock has not aged as badly as they thought it would and why they consider Madness Returns a "cult classic."

What's the Greatest Video Game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (By: @imunbeatable80)

it's time....
it's time....

It's time. It's time for imunbeatable80 to tackle The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for their "What's the Greatest Video Game" blog series on the site! See if they consider it the greatest game ever made, like many on the internet claim.

Indie Game of the Week 243: Creepy Tale +

VN-ese Waltz: October - The Letter(By: @mento)

Mento's latest "Indie Game of the Week" they played a spooky game with Creepy Tale! Use the link to read why they consider it a "less terrifying alternative to all the Phasmophobias, Devours, and Outlasts." Additionally, they have a new episode of their series looking at less reported and covered visual novels with a deep look at The Letter! Read why they found it to be a compelling companion piece to Doki Doki Literature Club.

Discussion Threads

Mario Party Drinking Games? (By: @sweep)

It sounds like Sweep wants to have
It sounds like Sweep wants to have "a good time."

Here's a discussion thread featuring Jeff's favorite topic: Mario Party! Regardless, can you think of ways to turn the latest Mario party game into a fun drinking game?

Halo Infinite Campaign Overview Trailer Discussion Thread (By: @gtxforza)

Have any of you watched the new campaign trailer for Halo Infinite? What are your early impressions? For those not interested in the multiplayer, is this enough to sell you on the game?

Far Cry 6 Emails You As If The Villain Is Taunting You. Is This Too Much? (By: @topcyclist)

Did any of you get the taunting email from Far Cry 6? Even if you didn't what's your reaction to the game taunting players for not playing it more? Do you think there are privacy concerns worth addressing?

Tim Rogers' Cyberpunk 2077 Review (By: @tartyron)

Did this trailer convert any skeptics?
Did this trailer convert any skeptics?

Have any of you watched Tim Rogers' long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077 review? For those that have seen it, do you think it brings up any good points about the game? Join the Giant Bomb discussion about the exhaustive review!

Save Feature Added To Returnal(By: @glots)

About six months after release, Returnal finally added an option to save your game mid-run. Do you think this feature is a long-time coming or do you side with the developer holding out in adding it?

GTA San Andreas Being Ported To VR By Facebook?? I Mean 'Meta'?? (By: @carpe_dmt)

I would not have predicted this would be the first GTA in VR.
I would not have predicted this would be the first GTA in VR.

Did you all catch the announcement that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is coming to VR as a Oculus Quest 2 exclusive? Do you ever imagine yourself buying this version of the game? Is this too "meta?"

What Do You Want In The New Splinter Cell That's In Development? (By: @topcyclist)

Are there any users that have been following the rumors about the new Splinter Cell? Are you concerned about the game ever coming out? How will the attempts to modernize the series work?

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint Is Getting A New Singleplayer Campaign (By: @rorie)

Will this be the first
Will this be the first "true" exclusive title for the Series X?

Speaking of Ubisoft properties, apparently Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint is getting a new singleplayer campaign! Will you check it out when it comes out? Are you surprised to see Ubisoft continue to support the game?

How Long Do You Think It'll Be Before They Start Developing Exclusively For This Gen, And Not The Previous One? (By: @sombre)

We have an active discussion on the forums debating how long it'll be before Microsoft starts developing exclusively for this gen, and not the previous one. Make your predictions of the first "real" Xbox Series X|S exclusive title!

Lists

Top 10 Final Fantasy Characters (By: @daavpuke)

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Daavpuke took the time to create a list of their favorite Final Fantasy protagonists on the site! Give it a read using the link below and be prepared for some fun surprises! Also, consider making a list of your own if you have the time!

User Reviews

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  • @rorie posted a review of Far Cry 6 on the site, but as a user review! If you enjoy reading the thoughts of a staff member in written text, then give it a read and show your support!
  • @yyninja's Aragami review is a lot more negative than most of the reviews you will find for the game. Read why they did not enjoy their time with the game at all.

Wiki Pages

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WIKI PAGE OF THE WEEK -Hamburger

One of the neatest features for the wiki recently debuted! "Wiki Page of the Week!" will look at one AMAZING wiki page on the site every week! The first page is not surprising!