The Community Spotlight 2022.04.30 – Giant Bomb

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!

When it comes to important announcements and fun facts, we have a few to review this week. First, there’s going to be a new feature on the site that is similar to “Best of Giant Bomb,” but this one will be titled “Dear Giant Bomb”. It will compile the best/worst emails and calls that the site gets for the Bombcast or Voicemail Dump Truck. If you enjoy this feature, consider following its editor, sebmal, on Twitter!

If this has been driving you crazy, give a yelp to Mr. Rorie.

In terms of fun facts, Drew’s trip to North Korea is now ten-years old! If you have never seen the two-hour discussion about what it was like touring North Korea, definitely give it a watch as it is absolutely fascinating stuff!

Finally, here’s a friendly reminder to all members of the Giant Bomb community! Mr. Rorie wrote a pretty detailed post on the site for everyone that is still reporting encoder/video issues. If you want to know what is up, or report an issue, this is the post for you!



Ryan Hates Helicopters! | Giant Bombcast (By: VinnCo Archive)

Over on YouTube, the VinnCo Archive account went back to the 2009-2010 Bombcasts and created a compilation video documenting every time a staff member expressed an anti-helicopter opinion. It’s a real trip down memory lane. As you can see from the title, things started off with Ryan.


The Giant Bomb Office (By: @kone)

Earlier this week you may recall Kone making an AMAZING The Office x Giant Bomb crossover artwork! Well, they published it on the site and you should thank them for their hard work if you haven’t already done so on the site!

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Raji: An Ancient Epic Is The 7th Selection Of The UUGPGC! Finish By May 2 To Participate. Mark All Spoilers! +

Unsanctioned Unofficial Game Pass Game Club Voting Thread For Cycle Starting 5/2/2022 (By: @bigsocrates)

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Raji: An Ancient Epic is the 7th selection for Giant Bomb’s Unsanctioned Unofficial Game Pass Game Club! If you have any NON-SPOILER thoughts about the game, or want to know how you can join the fun, click the first link. Also, it’s time to send in your ballot for the next game for the Giant Bomb Game Pass Game Club! We have some real heavy-hitters this time with Exo One, Paradise Killer, and Carrion being on the ballot!


Putting The “Lite” In “Roguelite” (By: @atheistpreacher)

That sure is a lot of upgrades!
That sure is a lot of upgrades!

Rogue Legacy 2 is out of Early Access and AtheistPreacher is on the forums with a good overview of what to expect from the full game! As you can see in the image to the right, the game has a lot of upgrades.

Save Yo’ Drama for Yokohama: What to Do in Yakuza 7 Besides the Story +

64 in 64: Episode 12 + Indie Game of the Week 267: The Turing Test (By: @mento)

Ah, yes, mini-games! Everyone's favorite part of the Yakuza franchise.
Ah, yes, mini-games! Everyone’s favorite part of the Yakuza franchise.

How do the side quests and mini games in Yakuza: Like a Dragon stack up to the ones in the previous games? Moderator Mento discusses this very topic and assess the best and worst non-story content in the game! If you have your own thoughts about the game, feel free to share them! Likewise, they talked about another duo of N64 games as part of their “64 in 64” series! This time, they checked out Hybrid Heaven and Blues Brothers 2000! Use the second link to see if they recommended either game! Finally, Mento also published a new episode in their “Indie Game of the Week” series and this one is all about The Turing Test!

The Quest For The Worst Adventure Game Puzzles – Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (Part 2: Team Path & Act III) (By: @zombiepie)

Is it time for some archaeological sleuthing?
Is it time for some archaeological sleuthing?

Moderator ZombiePie wraps up their two-part mini-series on Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis with a systematic ranking of every puzzle in the game’s Team Path and Atlantis level! Read what gave them a hard time by clicking the link above!

What’s the Greatest Video Game: Hand of Fate (By: @imunbeatable80)

imunbeatable80’s latest blog on Giant Bomb is all about Hand of Fate and how its card-based combat and gameplay stacks up to a crowded field! Read all about their impressions by giving their blog a read!

That’s Good, That’s Bad: Guilty Gear Strive (By: @purpleshyguy)

This image sure is messing with my brain.
This image sure is messing with my brain.

PurpleShyGuy takes to the site to write the second edition of their “That’s Good, That’s Bad” blog series! This episode is about Guilty Gear -Strive- and their effort to learn the mechanics particular to the Guilty Gear franchise!

Final Fantasy T-Edition Travelogue (Pt 14) (By: @doublecakes)

How much worse is the Cultists Tower in a Romhacked version of Final Fantasy VI? Well, check out DoubleCakes’ latest blog on Giant Bomb to learn all there is to possibly know about this exact topic!

The Wheel of Ukraineous Video Games 05-06: ATOM RPG and Metro 2033 Redux (By: @arbitrarywater)

ArbitraryWater has a new episode of their “Wheel of Ukraineous Video Games” on the site and this one is all about ATOM RPG: Post-apocalyptic indie game and Metro Redux! Use the link above to discover which game they enjoyed the most!

Hack Writing: Wordle and Code-Cracking Games(By: @gamer_152)

It's like a euro-jank Papers, Please!
It’s like a euro-jank Papers, Please!

As someone writing about video games, Gamer_152 considers it their mission to highlight the smaller titles no one talks about. In that spirit, here’s something on Wordle and code-cracking puzzles!

Discussion Threads

It Has Been Ten Years Since Drew Scanlon Returned From North Korea (By: RETRIS)

If you look at this image and immediately think it has been photoshopped, I wouldn't blame you.
If you look at this image and immediately think it has been photoshopped, I wouldn’t blame you.

Ten years ago, Drew Scanlon went to North Korea and came back to host a lecture about their experience. It was wildly fascinating stuff and if you have never seen the video, you should definitely give it a watch.

Twitter Agrees To Sell Itself To Elon Musk For Roughly $44 Billion (By: @zombiepie)

It’s the breaking news that everyone is talking about, but here’s a link to the community discussion thread about Elon Musk buying Twitter. Whether you support the purchase or plan to walk away from Twitter, feel free to share your thoughts.

Yuji Naka Says He Was Pulled Off Balan Wonderworld, The Game Was Unfinished, Filed A Lawsuit Against Square-Enix (By: @brian_)

What is everyone’s reaction to the news surrounding Yuji Naka and their claims that they were prematurely pulled from Balan Wonderworld? Do you think Square-Enix is to blame for how the game released? Join the discussion on the site!

Xbox & Bethesda To Host A Joint “Games Showcase” On June 12th (By: @zombiepie)

Are there any users excited for the “Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase” on Jun 12th? Do you think Starfield will be a big focal point? What other titles or developers do you hope to see at the event? Share your thoughts NOW!

What Will It Take To Convince You Starfield Is Good? (By: @monkeyking1969)

I sure was not expecting this game to return to the headlines again.
I sure was not expecting this game to return to the headlines again.

Starfield is gonna be at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase in June, right? A lot of users are saying their interest in the game is waning due to how little of it has been shown and Bethesda’s track record, but what say you?

Now That Elden Ring On PC Has A Easy Mode Mod On Nexus… Anyone Not Playing Will You Try It Now? (By: @topcyclist)

Have any of you checked out the Elden Ring “Easy Mode” mod on PC? Did you notice a difference from the pre-mod game? For those that avoided the game, is this enough to move the needle?

Skull & Bones… Maybe It Should Have Stayed Dead? (By: @monkeyking1969)

Maybe we can convince Marino to host a banner contest for this.
Maybe we can convince Marino to host a banner contest for this.

Saying that Ubisoft’s Skull & Bones is in “development Hell” seems like an understatement, but footage of the game recently leaked. What’s your reaction to the footage and are you still interested in the game?

About Nvidia Control Panel Settings… (By: @tempa777)

It’s not known for being the most user-friendly program, especially for newcomers, but what are your tips and tricks for using the Nvidia Control Panel? Share the hidden features you think more should know about on the site.

OLED Still State Of The Art? (By: @phoenix654)

To those users with a gaming and/or multimedia room, did you go with an OLED, QLED, or LED monitor? What recommendations do you have for people trying the make their own movie and game set-up? Join the discussion NOW!


Devil May Cry Series I’ve Finished (By: @hellscream)

Their number one may surprise you!
Their number one may surprise you!

Hellscream has played their fair share of Devil May Cry games and took the time to list and annotate his favorite and least favorite games in the series!

User Review

Are you ready for some wrestling content in your life this week?!
Are you ready for some wrestling content in your life this week?!


It's time to learn some weird fighting game history!
It’s time to learn some weird fighting game history!

The Baz

What’s up with so many Kickstarter games using a character named “The Baz” as a reward goal? Why do so many people on Kickstarter suggest The Baz as a character? If these questions have been preventing you from going to sleep, don’t worry. The wiki has you covered!

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