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The Community Spotlight 2022.06.18

June 18, 2022 8 min read

Welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host as we look back at the best community-created works from the previous week. Well, it's crazy to think that it has been a week since we last met, but that is indeed the case. To everyone who dropped thoughtful and kind messages last week, I want to thank you for doing so. Giant Bomb as a site is indeed changing, and as I said last week, it's okay to be concerned or angry at first. However, the people who are still here definitely have shown that they care for this site and want to continue with many of its traditions. Likewise, a hearty congratulations to Jeff Gerstmann for whipping up over 6,000 subscribers on Patreon in about a week!

The 16th was Dan's birthday. If you have not yet wished him well in turning a year older, you can send him a silly Tweet.

A lot of Giant Bomb members have been asking about the source of all of the new logo and design work on the site. The main person responsible for these new designs is Justin Vachon and you can thank him on Twitter for all of his hard work. For example, he shared some insights into the Game Mess Mornings logo that are worth checking out if you have not already.

Some of you noted a lack of Run for the Hills content on the site and the reason is not as dramatic as you might fear. Jess decided to use PTO to have a three-day weekend and that has delayed the final episode until the 24th of June.

Finally, this Tweet is important and it sounds like Jan's lawyers are preparing to sue a city in Japan. With all of that in mind, let's jump into the Spotlight!

Tweets

Galleria

Giant Bomb In The Multiverse Madness Poster (By: @mynameisfatmike)

Straight from the Giant Bomb Discord comes this AMAZING work of photoshop genius by MyNameIsFatMike featuring the likes of Jan, Tamoor, Lucy, and Jess! Likewise, remember to join the Discord using this invite link!

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Pride Month Version Of The New Logo (By: @howlingtechie)

Many thanks to HowlingTechie on Discord for making a Pride Month rendition of the new Giant Bomb logo!

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Summer Game Fest with Tamoor and Rorie (By: @kone)

Kone made this AMAZING work of photoshop involving Rorie and Tamoor having "fun" with the Summer Game Fest banner! Catch it on their blog and don't forget to thank them for their great work.

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Jess & Tamoor Tarot Cards (By: @jearum)

jearum cannot wait until Jeff Jeff Bizarre Stardust Crusade starts. So much so, they decided to make Tarot cards in the style of Stardust Crusade of every podcast member. So far, they have done Jess and Tamoor, but plan to make cards for the rest of the podcast members.

Also, can we talk about Tamoor's bulge?

Anime Jess Warmup Sketch (By: @skullmillione)

Over on Twitter, skullmillione decided to use Jess as a reference for a warmup sketch trying out their skills at anime-esque artistry. As you can see below, the result was simply amazing!

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Activities

Giant Bomb Strikers Club (By: @digitalsecurity)

Are people having fun with this?
Are people having fun with this?

How many of y'all are playing Mario Strikers: Battle League? If you are, here's a link to the Community Battle League sharing thread! If you want to hook up with other Bombers, drop a comment over here.

Citizen Sleeper Is The 11th UUGPGC Game (And It's A Great One)! Finish By 6/27 To Participate! Mark All Spoilers! (By: @bigsocrates)

Citizen Sleeper is the latest selection for the community Game Pass Game Club! If you have any non-spoiler first impressions of the game, feel free to click the link above to share them!

The Metal Thread (By: @vordus)

It's time to get some visual novel ACTION in this community!
It's time to get some visual novel ACTION in this community!

In another community effort/activity inspired by Two Minutes To Late Night's content on the site, we now have a "Metal Thread" where everyone can share their appreciations for all things metal both new and old! Here's the link to the thread!

Blogs

Why A Whip? (By: @pauljeremiah)

What's is a whip?
What's is a whip?

pauljeremiah wrote an exhaustive examination on the Castlevania series and how its lynchpin, the whip, has evolved in each game to keep things fresh! If you consider yourself a whip connoisseur, then this is a blog for you!

The Dippening - Buying The Same Games More Than Once (By: @facelessvixen)

Why do we buy the same game more than once? That question is at the heart of FacelessVixen's latest blog! Read what goes through their mind when they even consider re-buying a game the second or third time.

Indie Game of the Week 274: Raji: An Ancient Epic(By: @mento)

The theme for this week's Spotlight seems to be relatable problems.
The theme for this week's Spotlight seems to be relatable problems.

As to be expected, Mento has a continuation of their "Indie Game of the Week" series and this time they decided to the Hindu-focused Raji: An Ancient Epic. Read their blog to find out if they think it sufficiently blends its depiction of Hindu culture with action platforming.

The Tower of Dubious Horror Games 01-03: Boats, Bears, Biohazards (By: @arbitrarywater)

ArbitraryWater is debuting a new series on Giant Bomb titled "The Tower of Dubious Horror Games!" If you have been enjoying Run for the Hills, then definitely give it a read and see what they thought of Cold Fear and Resident Evil: Dead Aim!

What's the Greatest Video Game: Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (By: @imunbeatable80)

Bad ideas get worse.
Bad ideas get worse.

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is the topic of imunbeatable80's latest "What's the Greatest Video Game" blog on the site! Use the link below to read why they enjoyed its mix of murder mystery and adventure gaming!

I Don't Know What The End Goal Is For Geoff Keighley (By: @zombiepie)

Moderator ZombiePie ruminates about Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest this year and why they don't understand what Keighley's end goal is at this point. Chime in with your thoughts about this year's event and what you think Keighley's end goal might be.

Gamepass Gambols 8: TMNT: Shredder's Revenge Is A Breezy, Fun, Throwback Beat 'em Up With More Nostalgia Than Depth. (By: @bigsocrates)

Someone had to have a go at this.
Someone had to have a go at this.

bigsocrates has another episode of their "Gamepass Gambols" series on the site! This episode is all about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge and why they consider it a true "Game Pass game" they would never buy outside of that.

Not E3 2022: Microsoft/Bethesda+

Rearmed: The Past and Future of Giant Bomb (By: @gamer_152)

Is this a perfect Game Pass game? Read bigsocrates' blog to find out!
Is this a perfect Game Pass game? Read bigsocrates' blog to find out!

Moderator Gamer_152 posted something about the painfully AAA Xbox showcase and why noting shared during the event really got them excited. Also, they were ill when they wrote this, so if it's bad, it doesn't count. Additionally, Gamer_152 made an attempt at some honest but compassionate reflections on Giant Bomb's last year and its future.

Are 2D Fighting Mechanics Outdated? (Opinion Piece) (By: @cikame)

Using the excitement over Street Fighter 6 as a segue, cikame explores the game's announced "modern" control scheme and if 2D fighting mechanics need to have a a reckoning if the genre wants to continue to be mainstream.

Ranking of Albummers! Part 3 (By: @allthedinos)

Remember this logo?
Remember this logo?

ALLTheDinos did it again, they managed to listen to all of the albums covered by Two Minutes To Late Night as part of their Albummer series on Giant Bomb! The "new" #1 may or may not surprise you!

Discussion Threads

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Discussion Thread (By: @topcyclist)

I decided against using images of short-hair Sephiroth because I am still too shook.
I decided against using images of short-hair Sephiroth because I am still too shook.

The community is still BUZZING about Final Fantasy VII Rebirth! What is YOUR reaction to what Square-Enix showed yesterday? Are you excited or concerned about the prospects of a very different adventure than the original?

Steam Next Fest - June 2022 - Which Demos Are You Liking? (By: @chaser324)

Have any of you checked out the June 2022 edition of the Steam Next Fest? Which demos have stuck out to you the most? Share your recommendations with the rest of the community by clicking the link above!

Dragon's Dogma II Announced! (By: @rorie)

Any Steam Next Fest titles come to mind?
Any Steam Next Fest titles come to mind?

REJOICE! Dragon's Dogma II has been announced! If you cannot wait to give the pawn system another go, share your excitement in the thread on the forums! Also, what do you hope to see in the game?

PS5 Might Be Getting A New Pro Controller (By: @rorie)

There are rumors that Sony plans to reveal a PlayStation 5 “Pro” Controller. Do you think it is time for a significant revision to the PS5 controller, and if so, what do you think needs to improve?

Excluding AAA games, How Long Will Support For The PS4/XBONE Generation Last? (By: @bigsocrates)

Here's a topic to everyone in the community that owns an Xbox One and/or PlayStation 4, but what are your expectations for the lifespan of these consoles? Do you expect to continue using them three years from now? In the future, do you expect revisions or whole replacements?

What's Your Favorite Game That You've Never Finished? (By: @purpleshyguy)

If you get this deep cut please drop a comment.
If you get this deep cut please drop a comment.

Here's a topic EVERYONE community can relate to: what are your favorite games that you have never completed? Discounting MMOs or games as a service, which games do you adore but have never seen to the end?

Forza Motorsport Trailer Discussion (By: @gtxforza)

Forza Motorsport had a strong presence at the Xbox Bethesda Showcase! What are your thoughts about what has been shown of the latest entry in the mainline franchise? Are you with Dan in calling the mainline series the "boring one?"

Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Update (By: @cikame)

IF YOU ARE NOT PLAYING AS THE FEMALE PROTAG IN PERSONA 3, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
IF YOU ARE NOT PLAYING AS THE FEMALE PROTAG IN PERSONA 3, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition got announced, but are there any of you that have fond memories of the franchise's storied history? Are you excited to fly a Pelican in this update?

Persona 3, 4, 5 Coming To Xbox Game Pass (By: @atheistpreacher)

Persona 3, 4, 5 are coming to Xbox Game Pass! Which one are you most excited to play? Are you excited for a new generation to experience these games? Also to my Persona 3 peeps, how does it feel to be vindicated that the FEMALE PROTAG IS THE TRUE PROTAG!

PS+ Upgraded Tiers And Games Lists Discussion (By: @bigsocrates)

Is this a deal for you?
Is this a deal for you?

The PS+ tier lists and game catalogue for North America are out and some are debating if it is enough to motivate them to buy the highest tier. What say you? Share your stance with the rest of the community!

Lists

My Ranking of From Software Games (By: @majormitch)

YEAH! Let's get SPICY!
YEAH! Let's get SPICY!

MajorMitch decided to have a go at ranking every "modern" FromSoftware, Inc. video game release from best to worst! See which games garnered their top slots by clicking the link.

Community Reviews

Where are my Metabot homies at?
Where are my Metabot homies at?
  • @danryback felt like testing an old mainstay of their childhood and decided to give Medabots: Rokusho on the GBA a shot! Read why they really struggled to find anything redeeming in it.
  • @capt_blakhelm decided to return to No Man's Sky in light of everyone getting excited for Starfield. Check how they think the game compares today in light of all of its improvements and expansions.

Wiki

Jet Grind Radio (Page Overhaul By: @mrsensible)

A game with style, no doubt.
A game with style, no doubt.

It's time to get FUNKY with this week's Wiki Page of the Week! Thanks to a relatively recent full-page overhaul from Giant Bomb from MrSensible, the page is oozing with as much charm as the game it is based on!