Hello and 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 content on the site!
Well… STUFF IS HAPPENING! This week saw the debut of Guilty Treasures, a video series where Danny researches an obscure game that a Giant Bomb staff member loves and learns as much about it as possible. Here’s a link to Episode #1: Target Earth!
The site also announced another show for Giant Bomb! Two Minutes To Late Night, a video game cover musical group, is cooking up a new show for Giant Bomb, and it’s coming real soon! Speaking of which, we got the first hint of the series Jeff B will be doing with Lucy James, and Tamoor Hussain. With all of this in mind, let’s jump into the site-related housekeeping because there’s a lot to review!
- Remember, Bourne to Run publishes on the site for three weeks then Guilty Treasures airs on the site. Bourne to Run will return shortly.
- Polls have been non-functional in chat and this has had an impact on different parts of the site. Depending on engineering time, the hope is to get them working by next week.
- Giant Bomb staff are aware that a large portion of the “We Be Drummin'” streams on YouTube have been hit with copyright claims. For a statement by Rorie, click this link.
- If you live in Sweden, it looks like Swedbank is refusing to process payments for Giant Bomb and some other gaming sites as of recently. If you are affected by this, reach out to [email protected] and Rorie will assist in trying to get you an alternate method of payment.
— Two Minutes To Late Night (@2M2LN) July 29, 2021
— Jeff Gerstmann (@jeffgerstmann) July 31, 2021
— GB Duders Feed (@GBDudersFeed) July 27, 2021
All Chromecasts are haunted by the ghost of Google Stadia.
– Jeff Gerstmann, 2019
— Giant Bomb Out of Context (@giantbomb_ooc) July 24, 2021
— Anthony Barnaby (@TonyBlue87) July 29, 2021
Love this! Thank you @dannyodwyer and @jeffgerstmann for bringing this up right away on this series. Played so much CYBERNATOR (ASSAULT SUITS VALKEN) on the SNES when I was young and was always baffled why no one talked about this series. Excited to see what everyone else picks. https://t.co/Da6RkAHgaw pic.twitter.com/XTYEISHnY1
— Christopher Cross (@HammerkopCross) July 26, 2021
Here’s a fun Twitter aside that I wanted to include but need to explain. The Giant Bomb Twitter community helped out another user figure out the game of origin for this arcade panel. If you want to read up on a video game investigative effort, this Tweet thread is a trip.
I picked up a barn find arcade cab as a casual refurbish project, and in stripping it down this was hidden under the vinyl.@jeffgerstmann @GBDudersFeed any help recognizing this? I’m really curious what it was before it was converted to the Ninja Gaiden it is now. pic.twitter.com/nFFZ9ZOSbh
— Nick⭐️K (@MastaLCom) July 26, 2021
Jan has officially sold Pokémon Unite to some members of the community as we now have an online hookup thread! Use the link above to see if you can play with other Giant Bomb users!
Here’s another reminder to follow thee Giant Bomb YouTube account to get highlights of major podcast discussions and highlights of premium shows like GrubbSnax.
There are a lot of myths about difficulty in games and few titles that train us to overcome the most fearsome of challenges. This week, moderator Gamer_152 starts the first of a three-part look at how video games do and don’t develop our skills.
First, Mento has a new episode of their “Indie Game of the Week” blog and this one is all about Dry Drowning! Use the link below to read why they enjoyed its cyberpunk noir themes with several caveats. Second, it’s never too late for a mid-year review and that’s exactly what Mento has done! Read their summation of the gaming they have accomplished in 2021 for games both new and old!
imunbeatable80 has two new episodes of their “What’s the Greatest Video Game” blog series on the site! The first is all about Grand Guilds! Discover why they were none too pleased by the game’s mechanics and story. Next, they decided to play a Mario Party game. Read all about what they think of Super Mario Party.
ArbitraryWater has a new episode of their “Wheel of Dubious RPGs” series on Giant Bomb and this one is all about Legend of the North: Konung and King’s Quest: Mask of Eternity! Check out why both games maxed out their Dubiosity scale!
eccentrix is now 25 hours deep into their first playthrough of Final Fantasy X! Get their thoughts of what they think of it thus far over on Giant Bomb!
Inspired by the first episode of Danny’s Guilty Treasure series, there’s an active discussion thread on the forums about which game everyone would pick if they were the subject of an episode! Share your game using the link above! However, I just want to say,
Forza Motorsport 7 is shifting to End of Life Status on September 15. Are you surprised by this news? How do you gauge how the game was supported over the years? Share your thoughts with the rest of the community.
Were any of you able to snag a pre-order for a Playdate? If you did, what about the device sold you on it? For those that didn’t pick it up, what’s holding you back?
Speaking of which, it appears that the Playdate is selling well and pre-orders reached the cap in record time! Did you see this coming? Does the device’s limited supply hurt your interest?
Stray – Cat Game From Annapurna Interactive (By: MONKEYKING1969)
Does anyone here have thoughts about Annapurna’s latest project, Stray? Are any of you excited to control a stray cat in a cyberpunk city? What do you make of the concept from what they have shown so far?
The sci-fi MMO, Starbase, entered Early Access this week! Have any of you checked out this sci-fi starbase exploration trading game? What has impressed you about the game and where do you think it needs to go next?
M.2 SSD is coming to PS5 with the latest software update! Do you have any SSD buying recommendations for PS5 owners? Is this an announcement that has you excited?
A new trailer dropped for Hot Wheels Unleashed and it showed the full roster cars for the game! Are there any Hot Wheels enthusiasts out there that noticed some noticeable car designs in the game?
There’s a fun discussion thread on the forums analyzing and debating Wikipedia’s “List of video games considered the best” page. take a look at the page and share any notable omissions you noticed.
Inspired by the Tokyo Olympics, there’s a discussion thread on the forums debating everyone’s favorite types of sports for entertainment. Join the discussion using the link above!
genericusername has been getting invested in iOS gaming the past few months and shares the games they enjoyed playing the most with this list! If you want some iOS recommendations, this is the list for you!
- @brg gave the Switch port of Cannon Brawl a shot and you can read their review of it to see if that is the definitive version of the game to play.
We all know games get cancelled from time to time, but did you know that consoles get cancelled as well? We now have a wiki page to tell the sad tale of how the 3DO‘s successor almost went head-to-head with the PlayStation, but instead… became a coffee vending machine. This is the M2.