Community Spotlight 2022.08.20 – Giant Bombshell


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 past week. We have a lot of site-related chores to discuss, so this week we’re going to jump straight into that.

Recent t-shirts are back and available in the Giant Bomb store! Also, the bumper stickers that were created live are now available for purchase.

In terms of bug reports and updates, we have two important announcements.

In terms of programming updates, the staff ran into an issue regarding their Terminator + 40s Watch Party movie. Right now, they need to figure out a few other things about Twitch before that happens, but rest assured, it happens! Also, if you missed Jess playing Cult of the Lamb on its highest difficulty, the VOD can be viewed here. To finish, tune in on 9/1 after Game Mess Mornings to watch a new series featuring Jeff B as he replays Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem!



Giant Bomb: In The Metaverse (2022), Part 2and Part 3 (By: @jearum)

So Mark Zuckerberg “debuted” a screenshot of Meta’s Metaverse and he was immediately ridiculed by the internet. Apparently he shared a screenshot of an early version of the project instead of a screenshot of the current version. Regardless, jearum had a field day adding the staff to the first screenshot that sent the internet into a frenzy.


Oops all gokû (By: @jearum)

How many of you enjoyed the second Giant Bomb stream involving Fortnite? Also, a lot of people seem to be diving into Fortnite’s version of Goku and after watching the stream, I think I figured out where they’re coming from.

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Dan Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy (By: @jearum)

Tamoor, of all people, had someone create a Dan-themed piece of art, but grafted onto Rykard from Elden Ring, Lord of Blasphemy. As you can see jearum responded to this call excellently.

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“Ahegao” is a forbidden word in the giant bomb chat (By: @Sir5000)

Come to think of it, maybe I was the one who added “ahegao” as a banned term in chat. Maybe we should revisit this one. Oh, how times have changed.

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Tamour & Lucy Portraits (By: @Because Edmund)

You may remember that Baylee Elizabeth was the author of an amazing Giant Bomb hook from last week. This week they went ahead and did some AMAZING sketches featuring Tamoor and Lucy. If you want to keep up to date with their future creative projects, consider following them on Twitch.


Eternal Darkness x Giant Bomb Banner (By: Chroneus)

Many thanks to Chroneus from the Giant Bomb Discord for creating this logo in honor of Jerf’s plans to enter Eternal Darkness.

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Telling Lies is the 15th UUGPGS selection. Completion date 8/22/22. Mark all spoilers! +

Unofficial Game Pass Game Club voting thread for the cycle beginning 08/22/2022 (By: @bigsocrates)

The next choice for Community Game Pass Game Club is for Telling Lies! If you have any NON-SPOILER first impressions or thoughts on the game, feel free to share them using the first link. Likewise, it’s time to vote for the next Game Pass Game Club voting round! Current nominees include: Paradise Killer, Olija, Shredder’s Revenge, As Dusk Falls and Inside! Click on the link below to vote for two!

The GB Album Club 002 – Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters by The Twilight Sad (By: @unclejam23)

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The second edition of the GB Album Club is up and this time it’s Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters from The Twilight Sad! If you have any ideas, feel free to click on the link above!


Which is the best video game: Gauntlet Legends +

What is the best video game: Phantom Doctrine +

Which is the best video game: GearShifters (By: @imunbeatable80)

Ah yes, a real PS1 classic!
Ah yes, a real PS1 classic!

Are Gauntlet Legends, Phantom Doctrine or Gearshifters worth it? Do any of them deserve to be in your collection? Check out imunbeatable80’s latest Giant Bomb blogs for their answer to this question and many other topics related to each game!

All PS1 games in order: Part 004 (By: @borgmaster)

borgmaster continues to watch every game in the PS1 catalog, in chronological order by release date! Topics for these weeks include Rayman, Ridge Racer, Street Fighter: The Movie, and Total Eclipse Turbo!

Game OVA Episode 5: Eien no Filena +

Indie Game of the Week 283: Foregone (By: @mento)

Locating anime is hard, yo.
Locating anime is hard, yo.

Moderator Mento has a new post on Giant Bomb looking at video game based OVAs and anime/manga based games with an article on Eien no Filena! If you enjoyed the deluge of quality animated content on the site, click on the first link! It’s also time for a new edition of Mento’s”Indie Game of the Week!This edition covers Foregone, a combat-focused action platformer from Big Blue Bubble Inc.! Click the second link to see how they think it compares to a crowded field.

Field Report: Halo Infinite Nine Months Later (By: @gamer_152)

Oh, 343, when will you shine?
Oh, 343, when will you shine?

In case you missed it earlier, moderator Gamer_152 wrote a FANTASTIC blog reviewing the good, bad and ugly of Halo Infinite, nine months later! Click the link below to share your thoughts on the game today!


Embracer Group buys Lord of the Rings, more studios and industry talent (By: @zombiepie)

No more studio mergers/purchases!
No more studio mergers/purchases!

The community is still reeling from recent news of Embracer Group grabbing a slew of studios and rights to The Lord of the Rings. What do you think of these purchases? What’s next for the industry?

Announcement of the next edition of Dungeons & Dragons (By: @allthedinos)

Big announcements have been made for Dungeons & Dragons, the most notable of which includes a new edition by 2024! Additionally, the Planescape and Phandelver campaigns are coming in 2023!

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Remake is Still a Mess (By: @zombiepie)

It says a lot about me that I'm more excited about Planescape than a new edition of D&D.
It says a lot about me that I’m more excited about Planescape than a new edition of D&D.

It sure looks like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake is still a mess! What is your reaction to all the recent news and reports surrounding the project? Will we ever see the game released?

Do you like cosplay? Make or wear costumes – do you? (By: @monkeyking1969)

Do we have anyone who cosplays or has done so in the past? Here’s a fun story Dan might enjoy. I played as Waluigi with makeup and even struck up a conversation with Gary Whitta while wearing this costume.

Best place to buy video game inspired/related wall art? (By: @jjweatherman)

Sometimes the Giant Bomb Cat simply delivers.
Sometimes the Giant Bomb Cat simply delivers.

Where do you recommend people look for and buy video game themed wall art or prints? How to avoid getting scammed on Amazon? Is Etsy a good start? Share your tips and recommendations in the thread!

Have fun with crAIyon – AI based images – Game edition (By: @monkeyking1969)

The Giant Bomb community is ALWAYS having fun playing with crAIyon combining video game terms and proper nouns with random shit and seeing what comes out of it. If you haven’t joined the fun yet, give it a try and post what you managed to do in the thread!

THE YEAR OF LUIGI IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!! (By: @propagandapanda)

In case you haven’t already, be sure to thank Propagandapanda (aka Panda) for defeating Dan in a game of Mario Party Superstars and single-handedly restoring the Year of Luigi. If you have no idea what this means, consult the UPF of 08/19/2022.


Halo Games: Ranked Worst to Best (By: @melodicvirus)

Always happy to see someone else respect the ODST name.
Always happy to see someone else respect the ODST name.

MelodicVirus turned to Giant Bomb to rank entries in the Halo franchise from best to worst, but each entry is ranked based on its campaign and online multiplayer longevity!

User reviews

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  • @melodicvirus’ Repression review explains why, as someone who grew up with sandbox games, they still can’t bring themselves to dislike the game, despite its many recorded pitfalls.


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What are the chances of Embracer having a main event scene at E3?
What are the chances of Embracer having a main event scene at E3?

Many thanks to @marino for updating the company wiki page for Embracer Group! You can now see all of the HUNDRED AND THIRTY-TWO studios they currently own on one tidy page!


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