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. Well, it appears that we have all survived the stupor that is PAX West 2016, or at least I hope so. With the ridiculous shenanigans of the Giant Bomb staff behind us there certainly was a smattering of gaming news that had the community practically at arms every minute. From the various PlayStation 4 announcements to a newfound battle regarding The Legend of Zelda franchise the community has plenty to offer this week. With that in mind, let’s first review a few bits of “housekeeping” before the fun starts:
- Giant Bomb Premium memberships are ON SALE! Renew your ongoing subscription for $34.99, or try out a premium membership for the first time for the low price of $29.99! If you renewed shortly before the sale started, contact Mr. Rorie via support (at) giantbomb.com and he’ll set you right.
- While many of you may have enjoyed the “mini” 404ing It panel during the Giant Bomb panel; the proper 404ing It: Breaking (Down) the Internet PAX West 2016 panel is available for your visual enjoyment. This panel features none other than Brad Shoemaker as a guest panelist, as well as friends of the site Aaron Trites and Felix “The Gooch” Kramer.
- PAX West 2016: PAX RUMBLE IV. I’m just going to put this here without any context… because I have no words to describe it.
Clip(s) of the Week
Giant Bomb Animation Project… Unofficial Classic (By: @graboids)
Giant Bomb user graboids has created an animated video the introduces all of the members of the Giant Bomb staff, as well as their character quirks, in what can only be described to be an AMAZING WORK OF ART!
Shenmue Endurance Run: Fire Boylt (By: @dorkymohr)
Over on YouTube, user DorkyMohr (a.k.a. Dan Hassan) has created a brilliant video mashing-up The Simpsons with what I think is one of the most hilarious moments from the Shenmue Endurance Run yet!
Drew Scanlon and Dota 2 (By: @mixedupzombies)
You may ask yourself, how do you mix Drew Scanlon with The Talking Heads? And mixedupzombies would say “MY GOD! What have I done?“
Best of Giant Bomb’s Persona 4 Endurance Run–12 (Parts 116 to 122) (By: @clagnaught)
Give clagnaught a big “THANKS” for creating another great video that compiles the best moments of the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 Endurance Run.
The Giant Bomb Pokemon League Is Returning! Let’s Collab On The Details (By: @goranp)
The Giant Bomb Pokemon League is returning for Pokémon Sun/Moon! Read how you can help plan for the community effort RIGHT NOW!
PC Halo 5: Forge Clan (By: @downloaded)
Have any of you tried out Halo 5: Forge on PC? Well we now have a community PC Forge Clan that you can join and play around with.
Giant Bomb Galleria
BANNER – Caravella – The Movie (By: @johnymyko)
In lieu of PAX West 2016 JohnyMyko created this movie poster featuring Vinny in his very own bio-pic movie.
Giant Bombcast Warm-up Sketches(By: @morehandclaps)
morehandclaps is back this week with a “warm-up” sketch inspired by last week’s Bombcast.
Professor Killa’s Aliases (By: @ozone)
Over on Twitter, The_Ozone took the time to list the many aliases of Austin Walker, or I should say “Professor Killa!”
The People’s Champion (By: iTunaTX)
The Giant Bomb Staff, But Suave (By: @houevil)
From “Good Posture Gamer Drew,” to “Suave Slick Hair Brad,” Giant Bomb user HouEvil has a batch of sketches featuring slick versions of the Giant Bomb staff.
Best of Blogs
Meta Misconceptions – How To Better Understand The Overwatch Meta (By: @cav829)
Cav829 comments on Overwatch’s oftentimes overlooked meta game, and how you can get better at taking advantage of it during your matches.
Thoughts on Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire (By: @brackstone)
Brackstone has been thoroughly enjoying his time with Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire! Read why the game gets such a strong recommendation from him.
Sequels To Reboots (And Other Great Uses Of Time And Money) (By: @arbitrarywater)
XCOM 2 and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided divided up a majority of ArbitraryWater’s recent gaming time. Read all about his final impressions with both games on his blog.
Some Divided Thoughts on Mankind Divided (By: @mooseymcman)
MooseyMcMan left Deus Ex: Mankind Divided with some conflicted final impressions. Read why that’s the case on this incredibly in-depth write up about the game.
Dragon Age’s Past, Present, and Future: Thoughts on Inquisition’s DLC (By: @darth_navster)
While examining Dragon Age: Inquisition’s DLC, Darth_Navster decided to look back on the franchise’s overall record regarding downloadable content.
Sunday Summaries 04/09/2016: Metal Gear Solid V & Divinity: Original Sin (By: @mento)
After the deluge last week, Mento took a break and wrote about (temporarily) saying goodbye to Metal Gear Solid V and hello to Divinity: Original Sin in his ongoing Sunday Summaries feature.
Join the Discussion
Ranking of Zeldas (By: @redhotchilimist)
It is without a doubt the discussion that has set the entire community into a tizzy. So, if you were to conduct your own “Ranking of Zeldas,” which game would take the top spot on your list?
PS4 Pro: Were You Sold? [Poll and Discussion Thread] (By: @renaldo_berkley)
Now we have the next major talking point of the week! Are you sold on the PS4 Pro? Vote and discuss your stance regarding the console with the rest of the Giant Bomb community.
Attack on Titan Discussion Thread (By: @fitzgerald)
Have any of you wrapped your hands around the video game version of Attack on Titan? How have you been dealing with that game’s giant naked dude problem?
Nintendo Direct September 1 2016 Discussion Thread (By: @hassun)
How do you feel about the latest Nintendo Direct? Whether it’s about Mario Maker 3DS not having online level sharing or the pending release of a new Mario Party game feel free to share your two cents.
Best Non Competitive, Multiplayer Games Discussion Thread (By: @isaacthemaverick)
What do you think are the best noncompetitive multiplayer games? Discuss what you think is a great online game that brings the entire family together…or maybe not.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice Discussion Thread (By: @l1ghtn1n)
Woo-hoo! This week marked the belated release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice! If you have tinkered around with the game feel free to share your thoughts on it here.
Want to Complete (By: @ladyhobbit)
There are more than a few games that LadyHobbit started, but never finished. Check out the most notable, and most shameful, of those games over here.
Games I’ve Completed (’94-’15) (By: @flaminghobo)
flaminghobo took the time to exhaustively list every game he has completed, both good and bad, from the years 1995 to 2015.
Many thanks are in store for sconuk for filling out our wiki page for the relatively forgotten PC game, Daimonin.
Here’s another great wiki submission that happened this week, and this time it came from DenubisX for the space simulator Defect!