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The Community Spotlight 2021.07.24

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2008 was a long time ago....
2008 was a long time ago….

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host as we look back at the best community-created works from the past week!

First, July 21st marked Giant Bomb’s 13th anniversary! It’s crazy to think, but Jeff has been helming this ship for thirteen years! I know many of you joined after the site launched or maybe even joined recently, and that’s okay! However you may have come to the site, we thank you for being here!

A theme you will notice in a little bit is how more premium is coming our way very soon! Regardless, feel free to share or comment what brought you to the site, and the first piece of Giant Bomb content that really leaped out to you. With that in mind, let’s talk about the housekeeping items I have for this week.

Tweets

Author’s Note: This Tweet just sent me into an existential crisis. I sent this tweet to three users I have known for at least ten years. And none of them “got it.” If you understand the reference to Jeff Grubb’s Tweet, please let me know in the comments so I don’t feel old.

Please, help.

Videos

Jan Ochoa vs Pulse | AEW Elite GM Invitational Tournament | Round 1 (Day 2) (By: AEW Games)

Jan recently participated in a tournament hosted by AEW’s game division. Real talk, I think I have watched this video twice and still do not understand what this game involves. If you can help me, feel free to drop a comment!

The Bombcast Discuss What Really Goes On In The Olympics Village (By: thepunishert)

Happy Olympics everyone! Here’s a classic Giant Bombcast discussion about the Olympic Village from 2012 I thought everyone would enjoy.

Blogs

E3 2021: EA (By: @gamer_152)

E3 2021 has been over for a while, but Gamer_152 is not done talking about it!
E3 2021 has been over for a while, but Gamer_152 is not done talking about it!

From a game by DICE to a game about dice, let’s look at some beautiful electronic art! After a brief hiatus, Gamer_152 returns with a look at EA’s E3 2021 presentation!

Indie Game of the Week 229: UnderRail +

VN-ese Waltz: July – The House in Fata Morgana (By: @mento)

I'm always down for more visual novel content on Giant Bomb!
I’m always down for more visual novel content on Giant Bomb!

Moderator Mento gave Underrail a shot and discusses why they enjoyed its throwback gameplay and world even if its difficulty curve made them want to pull their hair out. Likewise, Mento is starting a new series on visual novels and starts things off with the critically acclaimed The House in Fata Morgana! Read all about why they thought its story and production values were exceptional!

The Wheel of Dubious RPGs episode 43-44: Beyond Divinity and Shadows Awakening (By: @arbitrarywater)

With this edition of their “Wheel of Dubious RPGs” ArbitraryWater checked out Beyond Divinity and Shadows: Awakening! Use the link to find out which of these they enjoyed the most!

Get Chrono Crossed: Part #2: This Game Might Be The Weirdest Sequel To A Beloved Video Game Ever Made (By: @zombiepie)

Oddly enough, Square-Enix has been well represented on the site the past three weeks.
Oddly enough, Square-Enix has been well represented on the site the past three weeks.

Moderator ZombiePie revives their retrospective on Chrono Cross on the site after a long hiatus! Today they really explore why it should possible go down as the “weirdest sequel to a beloved video game” ever made.

My Thoughts on Final Fantasy X – 10 Hours In (By: @eccentrix)

If you need a good laugh at any point this week, this hilarious post by eccentrix in which they muse about their first time playing Final Fantasy X is definitely up your alley.

Ten After Ten: 7/10/21-7/19/21 (By: @brg)

BRG looks back at the previous week and summarizes what they think were the ten biggest takeaways or moments. Give it a read and feel free to share any other events you think should have made the cut.

Discussion Threads

Happy 13th Anniversary Giant Bomb! (By: @zombiepie)

The site has certain changed over the years.
The site has certain changed over the years.

Last week marked Giant Bomb’s 13th anniversary! Here’s a link to the community discussion thread where users are posting screencaps of the old versions of the site and sharing their early memories of Giant Bomb’s launch!

Guilty Treasures Waiting Room (By: @azuregale)

We now have a “Guilty Treasures Waiting Room” for everyone who is excited to watch the latest series by Danny on the site! What do you think Jeff’s game will be and what are you most excited to see?

Blizzard Being Sued By California (By: @viralrain)

Was this teaser enough to get you excited?
Was this teaser enough to get you excited?

The Giant Bomb community continues to discuss the horrible news surrounding California’s lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. Feel free to join the conversation using the link below but please be considerate of victims of abuse.

Last Stop Discussion Thread (By: @tartyron)

Are there any users out there that have checked out Last Stop? Did you enjoy the game’s three characters? What about its supernatural story? Join our discussion using the link above!

Dead Space Remake Has A Teaser (By: @rorie)

What do you think about a Forge Mode in Battlefield?
What do you think about a Forge Mode in Battlefield?

Today’s EA Play stream ended with a teaser trailer for the Dead Space Remake. Some community members were disappointed by how little was shown, but others are happy to know it is official! Share how you with the rest of the community!

Battlefield 2042 Portal Reveal Trailer (By: @zombiepie)

Calling all Battlefield fans in the Giant Bomb community! What do you make of Battlefield 2042 Portal? Does an anachronistic Battlefield “Forge Mode” sound appealing to you?

If Cyberpunk 2077 Let You Down, Try Deus Ex Mankind Divided (By: @jagerxbomb)

Are you ready to make choices during a disaster?
Are you ready to make choices during a disaster?

Here’s an interesting discussion thread on the forums. Would people disappointed by Cyberpunk 2077 be better off playing the Deus Ex reboot games? If you want my advice, maybe I could interest you in Prey?

Have You Ever Suffered Through A Game For The Sake Of Friends? (By: @purpleshyguy)

As the title asks, have you ever suffered through a game for the sake of friends? Have you ever played a game extensively just because members of your social network liked it?

TennoLive 2021 Announcements Summary (By: @rapid)

Giant Bomb’s Warframe community welcomes you to join their discussion about TennoLive 2021! Learn more about what was announced at the event and share what you think was great or needed to be improved with other active Warframe players!

Game Pass Games Availability Length (By: @cubbielover)

Is this the game Cyberpunk should have been?
Is this the game Cyberpunk should have been?

Here’s a link to an extensive community discussion debating Game Pass game availability and if knowing games can disappear at any moment hurts one’s ability to get invested with the service.

You Got Gundam In An Overwatch?! New Gundam e-sports Title Gundam Evolution (PC) (By: @eribuster)

The Giant Bomb Gunpla community is pretty excited about GUNDAM EVOLUTION! Are there any Gundam fans out there with early impressions or thoughts about the game?

Which Nickelodeon Characters Would You Like To See Added To The All-Star Brawl Roster? (By: @noboners)

Can you feel the nostalgia?
Can you feel the nostalgia?

Various members of the community are still speculating about unannounced and wishlist characters they’d like to see in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. If you can think of a character from your childhood you’d love to see make a comeback, share them!

Lists

Top 10 RPGs Of All Time (By: @lazyaza)

Lazyaza has a little bit of everything represented in their All-Time RPG list. Why not have a go yourself?
Lazyaza has a little bit of everything represented in their All-Time RPG list. Why not have a go yourself?

Lazyaza returns to list making on the site with an updated list of their favorite RPGs of all time. Use the link below to check it out and consider making your own when you have time!

StealthRUSH’s Top 50 Favorite TurboGrafx-16 Shoot’em up Games (By: @stealthrush)

The TurboGrafx-16 is well known for its shoot’em up games and StealthRUSH has tried their best to make a list of what they think are the fifty best! If you notice any missing games, feel free to drop a comment.

User Reviews

Again, more visual novel content is not a bad thing.
Again, more visual novel content is not a bad thing.
  • @infantpipoc enjoyed their time with the Highway Blossoms, a kinetic visual novel from AlienWorks! Check out their review to read why they loved the game’s characters even if they have some qualms about the format of kinetic visual novels!
  • @dinoracha reviews Paper Mario: The Origami King and shares why they think the puzzle-combat is a fun, they can’t help but wish the series went back to its roots.

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