The Community Spotlight – 04/02/2016

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Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host. I see that we have all luckily survived the desolation of VR gaming. While some of us may not be back for the better, here we are once again excited to see what the best parts of the Giant Bomb Community has to offer. Now before we dive into that let’s first review some site related housekeeping:

  • Giant Bomb (via CBSi) is looking to hire a new Software Engineer! Get the details on how to apply and what the position entails.
  • Our sister site ComicVine has a new wiki system currently in beta! Read all about what that means for Giant Bomb and YOU.
  • @marino, @mracoon, and myself celebrate our sixth year anniversary as moderators on Giant Bomb.

Clip(s) of the Week

Giant Bomb HD Remix – Endurance Run: Persona 4 – Part 05 & Jenks Learns Of The Midnight Channel (By: @stordoff)

Part 5 of stordoff’s effort to convert the Giant Bomb Persona 4: Endurance Run to HD video is available NOW! stordoff also imagined Detective Jenks inquiring about the fabled “Midnight Channel” on a hilarious mash-up video.

The Giant Bomb Level 3: Doable! (World Record) (By: @supergary)

SuperGary defeated “The Giant Bomb Level 3: Doable!” in one minute and fourteen seconds! Check out how he managed to accomplish this by watching the video below.

Giant VS Bomb Vol 2 (By: @wallofbricks)

wallofbricks compiled some HILARIOUS Giant Bomb staff/community moments with his latest multiplayer related compilation video.

Giant Bomb Galleria

Banner – Occulus Rift “ART PARTY” (By: @cosmicbacon)

Get all of your Giant Bomb x Oculus Rift fan-art needs fulfilled on CosmicBaconArt’s blog.

Giant Bomb: The Video Game Website (By: @graboids)

Inspired by Giant Bomb’s foray into VR gaming, graboids has created this AWESOME VR x Giant Bomb Banner!

Community Activities

SFV Giant Bomb Community Tournament (By: @l1ghtn1n)

I apologize for my Miitomo pun.

There’s going to be a SFV Giant Bomb Community Tournament on April 9th! Learn how you can register for the event by clicking the link above!

Miitomo Giant Bomb Friend Networking Thread (By: @justkamtoo)

Tomo-arigato! Hook up with other other Giant Bomb users in Miitomo by sharing your Mii over here!

Giant Bomb Dirt Rally CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION! (By: @iron1c)

There’s going to be a MONTH LONG Giant Bomb Racing League Dirt Rally Championship through all of April! Get the details by clicking the link above.

Filling Out Your Trackmania Turbo Leaderboard (By: @danforth)

Could you use some friends on your Trackmania Turbo leaderboard? Comment here to invite GB users to join yours

Best of Blogs

Many of our community members this week were buzzing about the Oculus Rift!

Into the Rift: Thoughts on the Current VR Discussion & Over the Shoulder: A Look at Self-Contradictions Among “Anti-SJWs” (By: @gamer_152)

Gamer_152 welcomes you to join him in discussing the potential and issues of VR gaming on his first blog. Gamer_152 also offers a rebuttal to the most common arguments made by “anti-SJWs” on his second blog.

MLB The Show 16 and an Excuse to Talk Baseball & The Great Journey Makes a Final Stand – Halo: Reach (By: @darth_navster)

Darth_Navster is talking baseball on his blog detailing his experiences with MLB The Show 16 and why baseball continues to draw him in. Darth_Navster also continued his retrospective of the Halo franchise and this entry extrapolates upon his impressions of Halo: Reach.

Tools of the Trade: The Witcher 3 & Combat (By: @mento)

Moderator Mento comments on the riveting ins, and needlessly complex outs, of The Witcher 3’s combat system on his extensive blog post about the game. Mento also has updates for the Giant Bomb wiki and the games he played this week, including Indie platformer Where is My Heart?.

The Beauty of GTA V – The Simulation of Reality (By: @armaan80142)

armaan8014 comments on why he is still enamored by GTA V’s simulation of real life on his blog breaking down the game.

A Personal Video Game Retrospective (1986-2015) 2000 (By: @riostarwind)

We were also incredibly nostalgic this week. azuresama is just one example.

RioStarwind’s retrospective of the years of gaming he has lived through continues with the dawn of a new millennium, and new video game consoles.

Virtual Reality Is Here But It’s Not Ready To Be Judged (By: @brotherbran)

BrotherBran has some major reservations about judging and reviewing VR games and platforms, and shares why on his blog.

Weekly Update #18 – March 29, 2016 (By: @qreedence)

Stack and Clash Royale checkered qreedence’s week in gaming, and you should read all about his impressions of both of those games when you get the chance.

Adventure Afterlife – A Journey Through 20 Years of Adventure Games [Part 1] (By: @azuresama)

azuresama is planning on going through a twenty year journey through adventure games. Part one examines Monkey Island and Broken Age.

Join the Discussion

Next Time on Metal Gear Scanlon! (By: @dukemcfrenzy)

More content in SFV was greatly appreciated by the Giant Bomb Community this week.

Is it time for Metal Gear Scanlon to be retired, or should it cover the “other” entries in the franchise? Vote and discuss in this thread.

Street Fighter V Community Trial Help Thread (By: @elyhaym)

Is there a specific trial in Street Fighter V that has you flummoxed? Let out a yelp, or help out users, in the above discussion thread.

Killer Instinct Season 3 Discussion Thread (By: @mrcraggle)

Killer Instinct Season 3 is available now! Share your early impressions of the package with other members of the Giant Bomb community that are playing the game!

Do You Even WANT a PlayStation 4.5? (By: @spaceinsomniac)

What is your desire level for a “PlayStation 4.5?” Whether it be high or low we have a poll and discussion thread about this very topic!

Heroes of the Storm Latest Patch Discussion Thread (By: @themasterds)

Hopefully your reaction to the FFXV demo was similar to Brad’s

Huge changes are coming to Heroes of the Storm, and you should join the rest of the community that are excited and/or concerned about those changes on this discussion topic.

Hyper Light Drifter Discussion Thread (By: @d_w)

Hyper Light Drifter is finally out! Feel free to share your early and final impressions of the game on our community discussion thread for the game.

Final Fantasy XV Platinum Demo Impressions Thread (By: @xanadu)

What are your early impressions of the Platinum Demo for Final Fantasy XV? Feel free to share them with other users that have played it.

Useful User Reviews

  • @cairnsythebeard reviewed Remedy’s first Woo/Matrix inspired, action packed, third-person shooter, Max Payne, on this detailed review.
  • @dinoracha shares why the original Katamari Damacy is a charmingly colorful experience still worth playing on his review for the game.
  • @slaps2 decided to revisit the original Medal of Honor game, and reviewed how it has held up and what its legacy is.

Lovable Lists

Mento went dark this week with a list about the Apocalypse, so check out the other lists if you need a morale booster.

Game Bosses Its Okay to Wreck (By: @monkeyking1969)

There are some bad guys where it’s entirely socially acceptable to blow them up into millions of bloody bits, and MonkeyKing1969 annotates who and what those are on this list.

The Black Wind Howls (By: @mento)

Many games have you avert in the Apocalypse, or live in its aftermath, but only a few really give you a sense of how uncomfortably close the end of the world is. Here’s a few that use their music and presentations to hammer that home.

Games Worth Your Time That Are 4 Hours (And Change) Or Less (By: @fakekisser)

FakeKisser is working on a list of games that are great, but can be completed in four hours or less. Check it out, and feel free to recommend more examples for the list!

Wonderful Wikis

Quantum Break

It’s the multimedia extravaganza that also happens to be Remedy Entertainment Ltd.’s latest outing! Read all about the game and its development cycle on our wiki page for it.

Makeruna! Makendo 2

We all love SNES curio Makeruna! Makendo, a.k.a. Kendo Rage, but did you know that it has a sequel for the Super Famicom and Sony PlayStation? And that it’s a one-on-one fighting game that features a ballerina, a soccer player and a zombie ukelele performer in its roster? Well now you do.

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