The Community Spotlight – 07/23/2016

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This horrible monstrosity is all buzz_clik's fault.
This horrible monstrosity is all buzz_clik’s fault.

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host this week. The last week marked a number of notable anniversaries in the gaming community with the most notable being Giant Bomb’s eighth birthday! Other games such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Max Payne also celebrated commendable anniversaries the previous week. With all of that as an aside let’s get on with the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight!

  • Dan recently was a guest on Dan Harris’s podcast 10% Happier podcast! Give it a listen if you have any free time.
  • Are you having issues getting Premium versions of the Bombcast appearing on your Podcast App? Rorie recently published a comment explaining what the culprit may be for you to check out.
  • It’s crazy to think that Giant Bomb is now eight years old. Remember when the website used to look like this:
Those were the days my friends....
Those were the days my friends….

Clip(s) of the Week

Best of Giant Bomb’s Persona 4 Endurance Run–10 (Parts 101 to 108) (By: @clagnaught)

clagnaught has another compilation video of the funniest moments from Giant Bomb’s Persona 4 Endurance Run.

Giant Bomb Galleria

Pikachu Meets Ronald McDonald (By: @buzz_clik)

You can always count on perennial Giant Bomb friend, Buzz_clik, to make the nightmarish ideas and talking points of the Bombcast a reality. This week he went ahead and created this amalgam.

GB Drawings (By: @bigfaec)

bigfaec now has an almost complete set of caricatures for the Giant Bomb staff including Austin! Check out the pictures below and share what you’d like to see him draw next.

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Community Activities

Pinball is perfect for all ages!
Pinball is perfect for all ages!

What Day/Night Of The Week Works Best For Multiplayer MHG With The GB Community? (By: @rempresent)

Our Community Guild for Monster Hunter Generations is hosting a poll on which day works best for multiplayer events! Share your input over here.

Wizards Assemble (By: @brackynews)

Do you enjoy virtual and/or real pinball? Well we now have a pinball group called “Giant Bomb Pinball Wizards!

Best of Blogs

Ikpower welcomes you to share how you killed Gary Busey.
Ikpower welcomes you to share how you killed Gary Busey.

MGS2 Caused Me to Quit Gaming (But I’m Back) (By: @fakekisser)

FakeKisser recently professed that Metal Gear Solid 2 caused him to walk away from gaming for an extended period of time. Learn why, and what brought him back to the hobby.

Killing Gary Busey: A Harrowing Hitman Experience (Spoilers for Elusive Target) (By: @lkpower)

Ikpower shares how his attempt to assassinate Gary Busey inHitman went! Discover if it was a success, and feel free to share how you approached the scenario.

Wolfenstein: The New Order Shows That Shooters Can Have Feelings Too (By: @darth_navster)

Darth_Navster’s blog on Wolfenstein: The New Order discusses how its emotional gravitas elevates the entire experience to a near legendary status.

Gears Of War 4 Completely Failing To Attract My Attention (By: @sweep)

Sweep normally would applaud a new Gears of War, but something feels “off” about the fourth entry in the franchise. So he took the time to defend his indifference for Gears of War 4.

This is just one of ZenGaijin's many pictures of his time at EVO 2016!
This is just one of ZenGaijin’s many pictures of his time at EVO 2016!

My First EVO And I Went 3 – 2 (By: @zengaijin)

ZenGaijin was one of the cosplaying Dhalsims from EVO 2016! Check out his pictures from the event, and read all about his wonderful experience at the event.

Arkham Knight Tries My Patience With Its Game Design (By: @akyho)

Akyho explains why Batman: Arkham Knight exhausted his patience and goodwill on his blog detailing his attempts to play the first handful of hours in the game.

I Feel The Need… (By: @ono_sendai)

Ono_Sendai loves open-world racing games, but shares why the 2015 rendition of Need for Speed was an overall off-putting experience.

Metroid and Me, Part 5: In Your Prime (By: @majormitch)

MajorMitch’s latest retrospective on the Metroid series discusses the gameplay mechanics that work to make him excited for every entry.

Rhythm Heaven Megamix Is Solid, Mostly Recycled Fun (By: @dogbox)

dogbox enjoyed his time with Rhythm Heaven Megamix even if there was an unshakable sense of déjà vu when he played it.

Sunday Summaries 17/07/2016: Stardew Valley (By: @mento)

Mento’s back with another round-up of the week’s new releases, his adventures in Stardew Valley and updates to the Giant Bomb wiki.

Join the Discussion

The Wii U is also celebrating its fourth year in North America!
The Wii U is also celebrating its fourth year in North America!

Four Years Later, Do You Think The Wii U Was All Right? (By: @mambogator)

What is your assessment of the status of the Wii U now that it’s been four years since its NA release? Whether it be positive or negative join the community discussion on the platform.

Sonic Mania and Sonic 2017 Discussion Thread (By: @l1ghtn1n)

So what’s your gut reaction to the Sonic Mania and Sonic 2017 announcement? Feel free to share them with perplexed and excited community members.

Recurring Similar Characters In Different Games (By: @pezen)

From Dark Souls to Final Fantasy, can you think of recurring similar characters in different games? Share and discuss your examples over here.

I have a feeling that we are going to be talking about Pokemon Go for a long time...
I have a feeling that we are going to be talking about Pokemon Go for a long time…

How Will The Success Of Pokemon Go Change Nintendo? (By: @isomeri)

How will the success of Pokemon Go change Nintendo? Join our community debate regarding the long-term implications of Pokémon Go’s growing popularity.

Does Pokemon Go Make You Angry? Sad? Frustrated? (By: @golguin)

Does Pokémon Go make you rage more than you are used to with a mobile game? Join our community “venting” thread for the game… it’s okay if you missed out on catching that Arbok.

Max Payne Is Officially 15 Years Old (By: @isomeri)

Everyone’s favorite film noir inspired action shooter turned 15 this week, and you can discuss what memories you have had with the game on our thread commemorating its birthday.

Useful User Reviews

  • @darth_navster’s review of Valkyria Chronicles extrapolates why he found how the game trivialized war and death to be completely off-putting.
  • @riostarwind details why Arslan: The Warriors of Legend‘s anime artstyle can’t prevent it from being a boring Dynasty Warriors clone.
  • @stordoff’s review of Ninja Pizza Girl shares how it has an interesting concept that is plagued by multiple missteps.
  • @impartialgecko shares the ins and outs of The Banner Saga 2 on the PS4 on his review for the game.

Wonderful Wikis

Max Payne

As mentioned in an earlier link, Max Payne is officially 15 years old! Check out our wiki page for the game to see why many still fondly remember it.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog also celebrated a birthday this week with the 25th anniversary of the first game’s release in North America.

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