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The Community Spotlight 2022.02.12

It's very warm in here.

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 user-created works from the previous week! Well, I think we can officially say the site is moving on from GOTY. If you want to see how every single game ranked during Giant Bomb's Community 2021 GOTY voting, Rorie has you covered with an exhaustive write-up on how every single vote broke down! Also, I want to personally thank the one Giant Bomb user that voted for Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage!!

However, the big site-related news from the last week is that ArcadePit is coming to Giant Bomb each and every week, starting Wed. Feb. 16! If you don't know why this is exciting news, Arcade Pit is a weekly 2v2 retro game show that has teams compete in thousands of gaming challenges, as well as trivia, drawing, music and screenshot identification and more. Here's a link to their YouTube playlist of previous shows they have done.

As mentioned last week, Red Ventures is still hiring for a mobile gaming editor for GameSpot! If you feel like you are equipped to review and cover mobile games, give it a shot. Speaking of our sister site, Tamoor guested on The Nuclear Fridge podcast and discussed which games got them to fall into love with the works of FromSoft.

Tweets

Galleria

Run For The Hills Fan Logo (By: @permanentsigh)

Over on Twitter, permanentsigh completed not one, but TWO fan logos for Run For The Hills! The first is a straightforward logo and the second get in on the Kirby memes that seem to be running wild on the internet.

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Giant Bomb x Guardians of the Galaxy (By: @kone)

After giving Jan's passionate defense for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy during the GOTY podcasts, Kone decided to mash the site's staff with the intrepid galactic explorers with this work of art.

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Activities

Unsanctioned Unofficial Game Pass Game Club Voting Thread For Cycle Starting 2/14/2022 +

Deedlit In Wonder Labyrinth Is The 3rd UUGPGC Selection! Finish By 2/14/2022 And Join The Discussion! Mark All Spoilers! (By: @bigsocrates)

Some real heavy-hitters to vote for this time around.
Some real heavy-hitters to vote for this time around.

Voting is up for the next edition of the Giant Bomb Community Unofficial Game Pass Game Club! Here are your choices to pick from for anyone interested in voting for this cycle! Also, don't forget that the SPOILER discussion for Record of Lodoss War-Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth- is still up for those that have anything to say about the game!

Community Co-Op Corner For Dying Light 2: Stay Human (By: @rorie)

Anyone want to kill zombies with Rorie?
Anyone want to kill zombies with Rorie?

Are there any Giant Bomb users interested in joining a Co-Op Community for Dying Light 2: Stay Human? Get the details on how you can join Mr. Rrorie in an online session with the game by clicking the link above!

Blogs

64 In 64: Episode 1 + SoundTreks: Ys IX: Monstrum Nox +

Indie Game of the Week 256: Highway Blossoms (By: @mento)

You can always trust Mento to come up with some highly creative ideas for blogs.
You can always trust Mento to come up with some highly creative ideas for blogs.

Moderator Mento is starting a new blog series titled "64 in 64!" I f you have been asking for better N64 representation on the site, then this blog might be right up your alley! Moderator Mento feels like Ys IX: Monstrum Nox got robbed during 2021's GOTY season and penned why they think it at least deserved to win some "Best Music" commendations. Finally, it's time to enjoy some kinetic visual novel goodness as part of their latest "Indie Game of the Week blog with an examination of Highway Blossoms.

Mobile Game of the Week: Clicker Royale (By: @daavpuke)

Some say this game didn't get its fair shake, and Humanity is one of them!
Some say this game didn't get its fair shake, and Humanity is one of them!

For their latest Mobile Game of the Week on the site, Daavpuke decided to switch it up and highlight a small-ish indie game. So, they wrote a blog about Clicker Royale, a thing you can complete in about ten minutes.

Late To The Party: Death's Door Post-Mortem (By: @humanity)

Humanity is late to the party, but after sinking in a significant amount of time into Death's Door, they discuss on the site why it's a game they strongly recommend more people check out and why they think it went underreported last year!

Deep Dive: Silent Hill Revelation 3D Featuring VoidBurger (By: @thatpinguino)

This sure is a movie....
This sure is a movie....

Jess was recently on a podcast hosted by Giant Bomb moderator thatpinguino wherein she had a roundtable discussion about Silent Hill Revelation 3D, a movie that by any stretch of the word is bad. However, you can hear her pitch as to why it's still a fun time.

What's The Greatest Video Game: Agatha Christie's - Hercule Poirot: The First Cases +

What's the Greatest Video Game: Harvest Moon: Magical Melody (By: @imunbeatable80)

It's time for some good mystery and farm simulator hotness and on the latest episodes of imunbeatable80's "What's The Greatest Video Game" blog series on Giant Bomb with looks at Agatha Christie - Hercule Poirot: The First Cases and Harvest Moon: Magical Melody!

My 2021 In Gaming (By: @gangway)

It's a game that fans of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre can get behind!
It's a game that fans of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre can get behind!

Gangway finally got around to blogging about their gaming highlights from 2021 on the site. Read why in general they can't help but view 2021 as a "disappointment" for video games and the gaming industry.

Discussion Threads

Nintendo Direct February 9th, 2022 Discussion Thread (By: @gtxforza)

All Kirby games are vore. Think about it.
All Kirby games are vore. Think about it.

Well, Nintendo's latest Direct event certainly was jam-packed with game announcements and reveals. But it wasn't exactly an "even" experience all things considered. Fire Emblem fans are bummed and Kirby fans are still jumping for joy. The fan translation community is certainly happy. However, you can share your two cents' worth by clicking the link above!

This Feels Like Progress - Blackbird Interactive Moves Studio To A 4-Day Work Week (By: @monkeyking1969)

Blackbird Interactive is moving to a four-day work week. Do you think more game studios will adopt this practice? What do you think this means for attempts to unionize in the industry?

Ubisoft's Support Is Full On CRAZY (By: @charongreed)

Again, it's the gift that keeps on giving.
Again, it's the gift that keeps on giving.

For those users that have played Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction, what are your impressions of the game's support? How does it compare to Ubisoft's other games as a service titles? Also, some Giant Bomb users are saying they have had negative interactions with Ubisoft's Customer Service.

Have An Amico Week: Tallarico Out As CEO; New Crowdfunding Campaign Launched; An Sec Document Paints A Grim Picture (By: @remy)

This week has already been JAM-PACKED for the Intellivision Amico! Join the community discussion about Tommy Tallarico stepping down as CEO and the additional Kickstarter campaigns to keep the company afloat.

Dying Light 2 Impressions (By: @killem_dafoe)

How many Giant Bomb users are out there that have played Dying Light 2: Stay Human? What are your impressions of its story? Have you encountered any game breaking bugs like many people? Join the discussion NOW!

Kirby And The Forgotten Land Hype Thread (By: @gtxforza)

Share where you stand when it comes to Dying Light 2!
Share where you stand when it comes to Dying Light 2!

Are there any users excited to get their hands on Kirby and the Forgotten Land next month? What do you think of the Kirby memes that came out after this week's Nintendo Direct? If you are excited for the next Kirby game, join the community HYPE THREAD!

Where Do You Purchase Older Consoles Nowadays? (By: @pimpslappp)

To the retro-gamers community, how and where are you purchasing old game consoles or physical copies of old games? How are you avoiding some of the crazier prices for old games and game consoles online?

What Is Your Favorite JRPG Battle System? (By: @jpegking)

More games should have copied Grandia's combat system.
More games should have copied Grandia's combat system.

Here's a link to a fun discussion about the "best" JRPG combat systems. Current community picks include Resonance of Fate and Grandia II! If you can think of other combat systems that buck the genre's trends, share them!

Have We Started Reaching Diminishing Returns In Game Design? (By: @pezen)

It's a topic that comes up from time to time, but are we reaching the point of diminishing returns on technical graphics? Are you becoming less and less impressed by realistic looking video games?

Instruments of Destruction Hype Thread (By: @rorie)

Instruments of Destruction is coming to Steam Early Access on March 2nd! Watch the game's new trailer and share your early impressions of what they have shown of the game thus far.

Microsoft Wants Call of Duty On Nintendo Switch (By: @wardcleaver)

This sure looks like a fun time!
This sure looks like a fun time!

Our sister site, GameSpot is reporting that Microsoft wants Call of Duty games to come to Switch. Do you think this is surprising news? As one Giant Bomb user put it "Software company announces desire to sell software," and you can join the conversation as well!

Lists

Games That Used To Be My Little Pony Fangames (By: @franzlska)

Also, if you can think of more examples, then send FRANZISKA a comment!
Also, if you can think of more examples, then send FRANZISKA a comment!

I had no idea that there were enough games to justify a list like this, but FRANZlSKA proved me wrong. Check out their list and read all about the storied and trouble history of people trying to make My Little Pony fangames.

2021 Best Old Game (By: @shami_sansi)

Shami_Sansi had a ton of fun playing old games in 2021 and they decided to whip up a list of their ten favorite games they played in 2021, that did not come out in 2021!

Game Of The Year 2021 (By: @moonlightmoth)

Anyone else have a fun time with old games last year?
Anyone else have a fun time with old games last year?

MoonlightMoth finally felt comfortable about writing their 2021 GOTY list and you can read all about the games they enjoyed playing the most last year by clicking the link!

Games of the Year: 2021 (By: @takashichea)

takashichea only felt comfortable putting four games on their 2021 GOTY list, but it's still a good read. For one thing, you'll learn they are a Pokémon fan.

User Reviews

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  • @vookatos decided to re-visit Metal Gear Solid 4 as part of the Metal Gear Solid 25th Anniversary Edition and they articulate why they think the game has aged like milk. As you can see in the screencap to the right, they really go hard in this review!
  • @yyninja's Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country review articulates why they think it "usurps the main game in almost every aspect" while also repeating the original game's many faults verbatim.
  • @yyninja's Yakuza 5 Remastered review makes the case for why they think it is one of the weaker entries in the Yakuza franchise. Read why they did not enjoy the game's attempts to overhaul the series' style and mechanics
  • @riostarwind decided to pen a review of Call of Duty 3 to make the case on why it's one of the most stagnant and mediocre entries in the series!
  • @moonlightmoth's The Last of Us Part II review discusses what they feel is the game's "voice" and why they respect the game speaking to the player with a whisper, rather than a yell.
  • @tvonchair hasn't seen a lot of coverage of Tails of Iron on Giant Bomb or anywhere on the big games press sites and decided to change that by writing a highly positive user review for the game!

Wikis

Virus Installed with Game

Right now this page only has two games, but there are obviously more examples.
Right now this page only has two games, but there are obviously more examples.

Here's a FANATSTIC concept page in Giant Bomb's wiki that needs more input! We recently added "Virus Installed with Game" as a concept page and want YOU to help us with thinking about more examples!