Community Spotlight 2022.06.25 – Giant Bombshell

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, are once again honored to be your host as we look back on the best creative efforts of the Giant Bomb community! Well, I’m not beating around the bush this week, the overturning of Roe v. Wade set back fifty years for women’s reproductive health and rights in the United States. With signs that this Supreme Court decision could signal the detachment from marriage equality, birth control use, etc., it’s understandable that the staff and community of this site are pissed. We all should be. I want to thank the hundreds of you who commented in the community thread for this topic who remained non-insulting and proactive about what to do next. If, however, you were one of the half-dozen assholes who criticized Jan and Jess’s decision to delay Run for the Hills until next weekso, as Jan said, you can leave.

If you attended Friday’s Game Mess Mornings, you might know that site staff work with the ActBlue Abortion Fund to help provide women with healthcare and abortion resources. If you have even a small amount to give, consider doing so. On GameSpot, the site has an even more comprehensive and in-depth article on what everyone can do to fight for reproductive rights in the USA.

In terms of site-related housekeeping, Rorie posted a MASSIVE update on technical site issues, new products and bounty status in the Fire Bomb Chat feed. I forgot to put the link before, but if you haven’t looked yet Dan’s MinnMax interview on his WWE experience and why he’s coming back to Giant Bomb, absolutely listen to it. With all that in mind, let’s move on to the latest edition of the Community Spotlight!

Tweets

Gallery

Giant Bomb Games Ranking People (By: @jearum)

I’ll let you all know right now, jearum was on a roll this week. This week they’ve whipped up more fantastic artwork than I’ve ever seen a single person do in a week. With that, they decided to mix the new group of staff with the old review faces from GamePro magazine.

Cowabunga! (By: @jearum)

It seems that a certain group of juvenile monster martial artists are at a new zenith of popularity! And in true form, jea_rum decided to have some fun with a staff member as a result.

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Jan & Jess x Junji Ito (By: @jearum)

What better way to celebrate the upcoming end of the second season of Run for the Hills than by mixing Jess and Jan with the art of Junji Ito?

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Lucy Queen & John King Tarot Cards (By: @jearum)

As you may remember from last week’s Spotlight, jea_rum created art-themed tarot cards from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. This week they have a card for John (ie, EyePatch Wolf) and Lucy!

Gallery

Giant Bomb Anime Podcast Banner (By: @fobwashed)

Site friend Fobwashed enjoyed the direction of Giant Bomb’s animated podcast so much that he decided to make it an anime-themed banner!

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I jerk off too (By: @kone)

In response to the 06/17/22 UPFKone took the Giant Bomb logo and decided to create something very special for Rorie, Jeff Grubb, Jason and Jan. I don’t think we’ll see that on a t-shirt anytime soon.

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Activities

Continuation of the classification of the neon white giant bomb (By: @slax)

How many of you play Neon White? If so, here’s a link to the official community leaderboard! Post your Nintendo ID or Steam account and add others who also have it in the thread above!

Unofficial Game Pass Game Club voting thread for the cycle beginning 06/27/2022 (By: @bigsocrates)

Hey Giant Bomb community, it’s time to vote for the next Unofficial Game Pass Game Club topic! Telling Lies, Carrion, Paradise Killer, Olija, and Bugsnax are all voteable options this time around!

Citizen Sleeper is the 11th UUGPGC game (and it’s a great game)! Finish before 6/27 to participate! Mark all spoilers! (By: @bigsocrates)

Speaking of Community Game Pass Game Club, remember that Citizen Sleeper is the current game choice! If you have any ideas about the game, feel free to share them by clicking on the link!

Blogs

Game OVA Episode 1: City Hunter +

Indie Game of the Week 275: La-Mulana 2 (By: @mento)

It was certainly a pleasure to read!
It was certainly a pleasure to read!

I know what the community is itching for is the video game AND anime coverage on the site! Well, Moderator Mento has you covered with a preview of the City Hunter OVA AND PC Engine side-scrolling action-adventure game! Also, for this week’s edition of their “Indie Game of the Week”, Mento discovered La-Mulana 2! Read why they’re addicted even though they suspect they haven’t seen the “true“The Mulana 2!

Finishing Final Fantasy VI – Episode 1: Is This The Greatest Video Game Intro? (Also a VI Pixel Remaster review) (By: @zombiepie)

To kick off the summer, moderator ZombiePie throws a retrospective of Final Fantasy VI and the highs and lows of one of the greatest video games ever made. Also, if you want to read a review of the FF6 Pixel Remaster, this is for you!

Not E3 2022: Opening of the Summer Game Fest, PC Gaming Show (By: @gamer_152)

I can confirm, Kefka does not say the line.
I can confirm, Kefka does not say the line.

There’s more anti-E3 to mop up, and this time Moderator Gamer_152 watches the Summer Game Fest opener and PC Gaming Show. Now with 20% more contempt!

Peace out, Duders (By: @haychew21)

After last week’s Spotlight, I was asked privately if the Spotlight would avoid featuring blogs or threads in which community members say goodbye to the site. To their surprise, I said “no” and this blog to me is a perfect example of why. It’s normal to see the change on this site and say “I wish you all the best, but I want to move onwithout attacking new staff or others who disagree. This is, for many, a natural reaction to recent events, and you will always have the opportunity to say the same on this site. simply that the door is wide open for you to come back and chat with old friends.

Threads

Steam Summer Sale 2022 Discussion (By: @zombiepie)

How is your portfolio doing?
How is your portfolio doing?

Steam Summer Sale 2022 is here! So what has everyone in the community bought so far? Are there any discounted games that you highly recommend? Share and discuss your purchases or recommendations.

So what do we think of this year’s Steam sales gimmick? (By: @el_blarfo)

Speaking of the Steam Summer sale, what are everyone’s impressions of the Steam Summer 2022 gadget/game? Did any of you end up looking for answers or clues? Did this year’s game motivate you to buy games?

Neon White General Discussion and Level Support Thread (By: @zombiepie)

Unless you like Steam profile stuff, this seems like a waste of time.
Unless you like Steam profile stuff, this seems like a waste of time.

We now have a general discussion and level support line for Neon White on the site! If you have thoughts about the game or if you are stuck on a level, this thread is for you! Also, expertise is appreciated!

Botchamania 455! (By: @slapghost)

Very well, GOOD! Let’s talk about Dan “cameo” on Botchamania! Did you catch it? Where you surprised by the appearance? Join the discussion with the rest of the Giant Bomb wrestling community.

Thoughts on the Hot Wheels expansion trailer (By: @gtxforza)

What is your most impressive period in this game?
What is your most impressive period in this game?

There is an active discussion on the site about the recently announced Hot Wheels expansion for Forza Horizon 5. What would you like to see as an improvement over previous HW expansions? Also, what do you think this means for Playground?

Which third-person survival horror game are you most excited about? (By: @gameofadam)

The recent mush of conferences has brought a handful of third-person horror games to the fore. What game are you most looking forward to playing? Vote and discuss your choice!

The best PC indies of the last 10 years? (By: @dark)

Who would have thought that Hot Wheels would be a big talking point on the site?
Who would have thought that Hot Wheels would be a big talking point on the site?

With the “Summer Game Drought” almost here, what are the little titles and games you plan to discover in the coming months? What are the best indie games released on PC in the last ten years?

What kind of game products are currently in the dark ages? (By: @gtxforza)

Here’s a fun thread on the forums! Which franchises, IP addresses or genres do you think entered a “dark period“Lately? Many of you have been talking about the state of RTS and dreaming about the return of Ridge Racer!

Lists

Games where the final boss is the Pope (By: @mooseymcman)

More examples are obviously appreciated!
More examples are obviously appreciated!

Site friend MooseyMcMan is working on a list that chronicles every game where the final boss is the Pope or a Pope-like figure! If you can think of examples, they would greatly appreciate it!

my console (By: @marino)

This is an old job, but it has regained relevance thanks to a recent Voicemail Dumptruck. If you’re unfamiliar with the Eiffel 65 “My Console” that Jason talked about, check out this list Marino put together a few years ago to help you out.

Community reviews

This game seems to excite people.
This game seems to excite people.

Wiki page of the week

Capers with Castro

A really interesting game if you've never heard of it before.
A really interesting game if you’ve never heard of it before.

In honor of Pride Month, this week’s Wiki page is dedicated to Caper in the Castro, a 1989 point-and-click mystery about the gay community designed to draw attention to the AIDS epidemic. If you’ve never heard of this game, click the link above for an illuminating history lesson!

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