The Community Spotlight 2022.11.19


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 previous week. It’s not every day that we see the pending doom of a social media network, but hey, it’s been a year! Regardless, the community was pretty vocal about me keeping the Tweets section of the Community Spotlight. So, it will remain until Twitter ceases to exist. However, as you will see, the theme with this edition of the Tweets section involves the other social media platforms staff use on a semi-daily basis. All current staff are still on Twitter and while some have created accounts on Mastodon and IG, that is not universal. But more on that in a little bit! For now, let’s review some site-related news!


You can now relive this event in all its glory!

With the main events of Extra Life 2022 behind us, it’s time to thank everyone who participated and donated! Across Giant Bomb’s 88 participants, the team managed to raise $156,776 which is enough to place Team Giant Bomb at #3 on Extra Life’s highest fundraising teams!

GextraLife with Jess and company managed to raise OVER $30K and the Community Discord Team smashed their fundraising goal of $3,000 as well! If you were not able to donate during the main events, don’t worry, you have until December 31st to donate to the current pages before Extra Life wipes everything clean for 2023.

If you are wondering about the VODs or archives of the Extra Life streams, the Mario Party stream is on the site and the 24-hour uncut SF Studio Stream is available on YouTube in a single video! For the other streams, here’s what I was able to find scouring Twitch:

Finally, I mentioned last week how Danny O’Dwyer had to cancel his stream plans after two critical pieces of his streaming set-up broke. There’s still no update on when he will be able to do this stream, but I will try to keep you updated as best I can!



Friends x Giant Bomb (By: @fobwashed)

Friend of the site, Fobwashed went back to some of the photos taken of the staff after their big live studio event in New York and decided to draw a comparison to a certain highly popular show from the 90s.

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Mike Minotti Started A Meme With Him In A Kayak (By: @kone, Derachi, @CreakyLegs, @ahn_Gags, and @kylekehler)

As the state of Twitter swirls around in a techbro-induced vortex, Mike Minotti is here to remind us what good the social media platform can provide us to brighten our days: memes. Recently Mike posted an image of him using a kayak and latter asked the internet to have a field day. The greater Giant Bomb community happily answered the call. Sorry, not sorry, for possible Final Fantasy VII spoilers.

Also, don’t forget to check out any of the authors that created this images and send them your thanks.



The GB Album Club 015 – The Black Halo by Kamelot (By: @unclejam23)

It's time to enjoy some metal!
It’s time to enjoy some metal!

Calling all music fans in the Giant Bomb community! The next edition of the community Album Club is for The Black Halo by Kamelot! If you have anything to say about this critically acclaimed power metal album, use the link above!

Metal Hellsinger Is The 22nd Selection Of The UUGPGC! Completion Date Is 11/28/2022. Mark All Spoilers! +

Scorn Is The 20th Selection Of The UUGPGC! Completion Date Is 10/31/2022. Spoilers Open(By: @bigsocrates)

And even MORE METAL!
And even MORE METAL!

Metal: Hellsinger is the 22nd selection of the Giant Bomb Community Game Pass Game Club! If you have any non-spoiler early impressions of the game, click the link and share them with the community! This is also a FINAL CALL for members of the community to share their thoughts about Scorn for the Game Pass game Club!


The Quest For The Worst Adventure Game Puzzles – The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate [Part 1] (By: @zombiepie)

Hands are capable of doing a lot of things.
Hands are capable of doing a lot of things.

It’s time to check another classic adventure game with Moderator ZombiePie! This time, they checked out The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate and assesses its use of red herrings and potions! Give it a read NOW!

All Saturn Games in Order: Summer 1995 (By: @borgmaster)

borgmaster has a new episode of their retrospective of the first year of the Sega Saturn’s catalogue! Give it a read on Giant Bomb and get ready to read about Bug!, Myst, Astal, Robotica and Street Fighter: The Movie.

2 Years After Launch The PS5 Still Feels Unfamiliar To Me, But Is Really Starting To Hit Its Stride (By: @bigsocrates)

borgmaster again doing the Lord's work this week.
borgmaster again doing the Lord’s work this week.

bigsocrates has had a PlayStation 5 since launch and relays in their latest blog on Giant Bomb why they think, after two years, the console is finally starting to hit its stride and started to develop an identity.

64 in 64: Episode 23 +

Indie Game Of The Week 296: Wintermoor Tactics Club (By: @mento)

For this edition of their “64 in 64” blog series on Giant Bomb, moderator Mento looked at Milo’s Astro Lanes and International Superstar Soccer ’98! Are either games buried treasures on the platform or are they just crap? Read to find out! Second, Mento also has a new edition of their “Indie Game of the Week” feature on the site and this one is all about Wintermoor Tactics Club! Does this indie tactics game do anything to set itself apart in a crowded field?

Realms Of Arkania: Blade of Destiny (By: @valorianendymion)

If you are in the mood for some classic CRPG goodness, Giant Bomb has you covered this week!
If you are in the mood for some classic CRPG goodness, Giant Bomb has you covered this week!

After reviewing Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi on the site, ValorianEndymion was in the mood for something retro in the world of CRPGs. So, they decided to give Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny a shot! Read and think about which classic RPGs you want to play this year!

Discussion Threads

God of War: Ragnarök Discussion Thread (By: @nodima)


How has God of War Ragnarök been treating the community? Do you think this game improves on the previous in any notable regards? Where do you stand with the puzzle sequences? Join the community discussion and feel free to share your thoughts about the game, but

What Was The Best Opening Hour Or Ending Hour To A Game You’ve Ever Played? (By: @topcyclist)

Which game do you think has the best opening hour? How about the game with the best final hour? Share your favorite starts and finishes in video game history in the thread linked above.

Who Is Better Tam Or Mitch? [Community Poll] (By: @propagandapanda)

You can always trust Giant Bomb to provide you with polls that get you thinking!
You can always trust Giant Bomb to provide you with polls that get you thinking!

Well, thanks to the latest Game Mess Mornings with Jeff Grubb, we have a community poll titled “Who is better Tam or Mitch?” If you want to take a side in this war, feel free to vote and share your thoughts in the thread!

Happy Or Sad Endings In Video Games? (By: @topcyclist)

When does a sad ending cross into the realm of “cheesy” and when does a happy ending cross into the realm of “groan-inducing?” Share good and bad examples on the forums and which one you prefer overall.

Games That Made You Cry? (By: @edens_heel)

Sometimes I just love this community.
Sometimes I just love this community.

This is a topic that comes up occasionally, but it’s a topic worth revisiting. Which games, both new and old, have managed to make you cry? Share the first game to cause you to shed tears the first time.

This Game (Pentiment) Should Have A Different Name (By: @excitable_misunderstood_genius)

Also, did we all just allow Sid Meier retire without a proper sendoff?
Also, did we all just allow Sid Meier retire without a proper sendoff?

There’s a fun thread on the site where community members are attempting to rename Obsidian’s Pentiment to be as literal as possible. So far, the best comments are a delight and if you have anything to add to the fun, drop a comment as well!

Civ VI Adds New “Leader Pass”, And I Don’t Know How to Feel (By: @allthedinos)

Civilization VI is getting a new “Leader Pass” and the community is split on if this is a good or bad thing. Some want to see one last hurray before Civilization VII and others think the last batch of DLC should have been that.

Have You Ever Got A Game Before Release??? (By: @bodger0ne)

Could you ever imagine this on the Switch?
Could you ever imagine this on the Switch?

Have you ever accidentally gotten a game before its official release date? Has Amazon, Best Buy, or GameStop ever sent you a package when they shouldn’t have? Share in the thread!

Why Isn’t Vampire Survivors On Switch? (By: @jagerxbomb)

Do you think a Vampire Survivors Switch port is possible? Do you think the game has too much going on to make it possible or do you think its simple art style keeps things open?

User Reviews

Is this the robot tactics game you are looking for?
Is this the robot tactics game you are looking for?

Wiki Of The Week

Balan Wonderworld

This certainly is a video game that happened and it cannot unhappen.
This certainly is a video game that happened and it cannot unhappen.

In light of recent news, various members of the Giant Bomb community updated the site’s wiki page for Balan Wonderworld! Given the news surrounding Yuji Naka‘s run-in with the law, it’s certainly “topical” to remind ourselves of this video game that is definitely a video game.

Wiki Page Of The Week Recommendations

Hey, everyone! I’m starting to have a hard time finding new or recently updated wiki pages on the site that deserve some love and attention. As such, I’d like to do two things. First, I’d like to remind everyone that I take suggestions in the thread above. Second, I want to start using this portion of the spotlight to direct people to pages that desperately need more love and attention.

Editor’s Note (Marino) – Don’t make me start putting EverQuest pages on here every week.

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