Welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to host you as we look back at the best community-created work from the past week.
First, in case you missed it, Rorie left a comment on the current state of Giant Bomb’s bonus. While it doesn’t cover everything, definitely check it out if you haven’t read it yet.
Continuing with site-related cleanup, please those of you who noticed the “Manage Cookies” button at the bottom left of the site, the engineers are aware of the problem and will try to find a solution soon. Feel free to leave a comment in the thread provided at the link above if you continue to experience this issue throughout the week or if it’s making site navigation especially difficult at the moment. With all that in mind, let’s jump into the proper Featured Community!
20 years ago today was the first day of E3 2002.
There are no new consoles, so the focus was online: SOCOM, EA Sports, EverQuest, FF XI, Xbox Live.
And you couldn’t go 10 feet without hearing “ubiquitous bump mapping” or “specular highlights.”
—Brad Lynch (@MarinoV1) May 22, 2022
Artists on Twitter had a FIELD DAY with the latest tips from Voicemail Dump Truck on how to update Calvin’s peeing car decal. Jimprov was one of those who threw his hat into the ring and even went one step further with his second design.
Giant Bomb x Calvin Peeing Recycle Bin Decal (By: @kone)
Kone is back and also had a ton of fun taking Calvin’s sticker ideas from the Voicemail Dump Truck and turning them into a Giant Bomb-themed sticker for local municipalities to use on their recycling bins.
Exo One is the eighth selection of the UUGPGC! May 16 End date. Spoilers are now open! +
Unofficial Game Pass Game Club Voting Thread for Cycle Starting 5/30/2022 (By: @bigsocrates)
The Community Game Pass Game Club has opened their Exo One discussion to spoilers! So far, most of the feedback has been negative about the game, so if you enjoyed it, please consider reviewing it! Speaking of which, it’s time to vote for a new game for the Game Pass Game Club from the unofficial community! Nominees include Telling Lies, Carrion, Paradise Killer, Olija, and Procession to Calvary! Vote for your choice NOW!
I played Metal Gear Rising in 2022 (again) and it’s still a thrill ride (By: @humanity)
Mankind decided to play Metal Gear Rising in 2022 and write on the site why they still consider it an absolute thrill worth seeking out to this day! Whether you agree or disagree, join their discussion about the game here!
Indie Game of the Week 271: Alwa’s Legacy +
Mega May Madness: Tougi-Ou: King Colossus +
Mega May Madness: Popful Mail (By: @mento)
Alwa’s legacy is the topic of Mento’s latest “Indie Game of the Week” blog and you can read what their impressions of their action-adventure platform were. Tougi-Ou: King Colossus is a game that even the most dedicated Genesis/Mega Drive fan would have a hard time remembering, but not Mento! Use the second link to see if this Zelda-style action-adventure RPG is worth checking out today. Finally, do any of you remember Working Designs? Well, if you want to reminisce about old school anime and game translations, might you be interested in Mento’s latest blog on Popful Mail on the Sega CD? It’s a real trip down memory lane!
Resident Evil Top Games Ranking Part 1: Resident Evil (HD Remaster) (By: @brg)
BRG is starting a new series of blogs on the site where they “scientifically” rank every major Resident Evil game from best to worst. They started with the Resident Evil HD Remaster.
What is the best video game: Dishonored? (By: @imunbeatable80)
Time to get a little sneaky with the latest “What’s the Greatest Video Game” from imunbeatable80. blog post! Hit the link to read all of his thoughts on Dishonored and if the first game still holds up!
A trip abroad (By: @justjim89)
justjim89 decided to put a spin on Outward recently and conveys how its single-player and co-op survival elements are maintained! If you want to see what’s been added to the game recently, check out his blog on Giant Bomb by clicking the link above.
My obsession with Amico led me to play and finish Rigid Force Redux. It’s fine, but it shows that Amico couldn’t work. (By: @bigsocrates)
bigsocrates’ fascination with Amico led them to try out Rigid Force Redux, a game that is planned to have an “improved” Amici port. Read why they think the Switch version demonstrates Amico’s madness.
The good, the unexplained and the lazy (By: @atheistpreacher)
AtheistPreacher tried to put a spin on Salt and Sacrifice, and while discussing it on the site, they weren’t too impressed. Use the link to read why the game had trouble holding your interest and why they ended up going back to The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile as a reference to the developer’s previous works.
Invasion on the island of dinosaurs (By: @arbitrarywater)
ArbitraryWater recently played Trespasser as part of their quest to play dodgy FPS games of the past and ended up taking a deep dive into what makes for a compelling failed experiment.
Do you prefer to put points into stats or auto level? (By: @finaldasa)
When you play RPGs, do you like to assign points to stats, or do you prefer the game to automatically level your characters? Can you think of games that have had good flat stat growth?
Licensed video games, were they ever really that bad? (By: @zekedunbar51-11-11)
There is a new discussion thread on the forums titled “Licensed video games, were they ever really that bad?and the answers are some of the best you’ll find on the internet all week!
TV series Willow (By: @monkeyking1969)
How many users grew up with Willow or even remember the original movie? If it applies to you, what’s your reaction to the recently announced Disney+ TV series? Did you like The Dark Crystal on Netflix?
Gran Turismo TV series confirmed (By: @gtxforza)
The community is still trying to figure out how to make a TV series based on the Gran Turismo IP, considering there will be a show in the near future. What do you think they’re going to do? Will it be a clone of Top Gear or a fictional series with a plot?
How good do Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield have to be? (By: @cikame)
Here’s a discussion thread that seems to be getting a lot of responses on the forums: how good does The Elder Scrolls 6 have to be to not be considered a disappointment? What can the next game learn from all the video games that have come out since Skyrim?
What genres have you fallen in love with? (By: @banefirelord)
Now here is a discussion thread almost everyone can relate to: What are some video game genres you’ve fallen in love with as you’ve gotten older?r? Are there games that you can’t play mentally or physically anymore?
Has someone created a true co-op mode for Elden Ring? (By: @rorie)
The Elden Ring mod that adds perfect co-op will have a public beta! How many of you got to check it out? Do you think this is something that will ever be officially added to the game?
Do you ever listen to theme music or soundtracks when reading a book based on a franchise? (By: @spacemanspiff00)
Ask the title asks, have any of you listened to video game music while reading a book? Are you one of those guys that requires absolute silence before they can introduce a book? What are some of the ways you’ve mixed video game music into your non-gaming life?
2022 opinion on virtual reality? (By: @cienciaphysical)
In 2022, what is everyone’s position regarding VR and VR gaming? Have any of you made the leap and purchased a VR headset or setup? Are any of you still completely against it? Join the discussion NOW!
What is the worst game you have played because of Vinnyitus (series completed)? Have you ever stopped a series because of that? (By: @bigsocrates)
bigsocrates has coined the term “Vinnyitus” after Vinny to describe the bad games you’ve played since the end of the series. If you can think of personal examples, feel free to share them in this thread.
RetroAchievements Wish List (By: @daniel_newton)
Like many on the site, Daniel_Newton has started participating in RetroAchievements! So much so that they made a list by jotting down their “wish list” of retro achievements. Give it a read and don’t forget to consider making your own list!
the best alphabet (By: @marino)
You should check out the interesting list Marino made where they noted down their favorite game in their collection starting with each letter of the English alphabet! It’s a fun viewing experience, but think about which games would be on your list!
Wiki page of the week is Satan! Nope, reallycheck out the site’s surprisingly detailed character page for Satan, as there’s a lot to learn about how they’ve been portrayed in video games over the years.