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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 this week. HOT DAMN, there's a ton of site related news to unpack today! So rather than listen to me ramble on about community observations no one reads in the first place, let's just jump right into it!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am honored to once again be your host this week. It was a relatively calm week outside of the influx of Korean speaking robots that seem to be hitting Giant Bomb. As you can read in my housekeeping notes, the influx of spam is a known issue and the engineering team is working on it. Regardless, the weather seems to be improving in the Northern Hemisphere and I have all of my limbs still attached to my body. So, without further ado, let's jump right into the housekeeping!

Community Activities

Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run VIII (By: @thatpinguino)

The 8th Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run is ONLY ONE WEEK AWAY! For those who do not know what that is, it's the spring-time Giant Bomb community charity effort for "Pencils of Promise." Here's

Hey, do you like science? If so, this new Ranking of Fighters shirt from the store might be just up your alley. Here's a description:

Everyone knows that the staff members of Giant Bomb are lovers, not fighters, but everyone also knows that what we love is to research fighting. It’s all very complex to the uninitiated, and involves quite a bit of peer-reviewed research published in leading scientific journals that you probably haven’t heard of (so please don’t ask about them). Luckily, our studies have been distilled into a series of instructional videos available on the internet for those of you who wish to learn more about fighting games and how they’re ranked. And luckily again, those videos have now been distilled into this fancy t-shirt bearing the logo of the Ranking of Fighters.

This dojo-worthy shirt will ensure that everyone you meet knows you’re the one to ask when it comes time to decide between spending the afternoon playing Power Moves or Star Wars: Masters of Teres Kasi. When you live the way of the Ranking of Fighters, you too will be able to say: “It’s not an opinion...it’s a fact!”

This shirt is available in both men's and women's sizes. Also on the docket today is this fine Giant Bomb Interlocking Logo New Era Snapback Cap. One size fits all!...

Did you know that we're approaching Giant Bomb's ten-year anniversary? Whether you're a longtime fan of the site or have some gaps in your knowledge of the Giant Bomb of days past, you'll be sure to enjoy Giant Bomb TV, which just launched right...over...here. Giant Bomb TV will pull from almost every video on our YouTube channel and play one for everyone in chat to watch at the same time. When the video's almost up, you'll be able to vote for one of a half-dozen or so videos to appear next! Or if you want, you can just full-screen the video and let GB run in the background all day long!

For now, this feature's is fresh out of the Giant Bomb labs and should be considered a bit of a beta, and the chat will only be available to Premium users. We're also limiting this to YouTube videos at the moment, so there won't be any Premium videos appearing, but we'll continue to work on it and we'll see how things evolve! EDIT: Hey I guess Premium videos are included in this! My bad!

If you want to check out GBTV, it will (hopefully) always be live over at giantbomb.com/tv.

Hey, good news: there's a new shirt in the store! This Gerstfield tee-shirt is available for pre-order (here's the women's sizes!) for two weeks. When April 13 rolls around, we'll print 'em up and ship 'em out at the end of April! There'll be some more in the store after the pre-orders ship if you miss it!

There's also some bad news! We originally expected to ship the hockey jerseys around the end of March, but it now appears that they will be shipping sometime in mid-April. We're very aware that this might impact your shipment plans, so if you placed an order for a hockey jersey, keep an eye out on the email you placed the order with. Our warehouse partners will be emailing everyone who placed an order; if you need to change your shipping address or otherwise need to make a change of address, our warehouse partners will hook you up. Apologies on the delay; hopefully this won't impact many of you! If you have any issues with your order, please email our warehouse partners at orders@socialimprints.com and they'll get back to you shortly. Sorry for the trouble!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am honored to once again be your host this week. The big games of the previous two weeks are still going strong. Monster Hunter: World and Dragon Ball FighterZ still have a tight grip on the Giant Bomb community, but recent releases have still created their own sort of buzz as well. Celeste and Kingdom Come: Deliverance were big talking points, and many more are excited about new details for Kingdom Hearts III! With all this in mind, let's jump into the site related housekeeping, because there's quite a bit to review:

Clips Of The Week

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. This week sure was an amalgam. There were so many video series this week I didn't know where to start! As the Northern Hemisphere begins to shirk away the doldrums of Winter, both branches of Giant Bomb have been outputting some AWESOME content. The same certainly applies to the Giant Bomb Community, and with that, let's jump into the site housekeeping and "news."

Clips Of The Week

Giant...

The opportunity to procure your very own Giant Bomb Hockey Jersey is finally here! Whether you exhibit the lithe grace of a Dino Ciccarelli or the board-pounding muscle of a Dale Hunter, you'll be sure to fit right into your local hockey rink's hijinks with this sweet piece of gear. It might not be as classy as a jean jacket, but it'll still be a fine piece of apparel for a night of ice fishing or smashing some Labatts down behind the Tim Hortons or waiting two hours in the cold for Sidney Crosby's autograph. It features a custom Giant Bomb logo on the front and your choice of name and number on the back! Click here to order!

That's right: you can choose whatever name and number you want to throw on the back of this bad boy! Memorialize your first pet (Gandalf!), or the object of your first crush (Gandalf?), or maybe your favorite literary character (Gandalf!) Or, you know, if you want to be quotidian, you could always just throw the name of your favorite hockey player (Gandalf!) on the back, or maybe even your own name (....Gandalf?). It's up to you!

(Fine Print: You can choose any name you like for the back of the jersey, but...

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. There's a lot to marvel over from the Giant Bomb community. The video editors among us had a blast with Abby's new "Thirteen Deadly Sims" series. In terms of games, the community is still buzzing about Monster Hunter: World and Dragon Ball FighterZ. Speaking of Dragon Ball Z, have you given the "All Systems Goku" podcast a try? With all this in mind, let's review the few bits of Giant Bomb housekeeping I have for you this week.

Clips Of The Week

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! Giant Bomb is over ten years old! How crazy is that? In the decade we have been together it has been nothing but a pleasure and an honor. The site has seen many revisions and several new faces, but as a community we are still here.

Clips of The Week

Every Time They Break Something in Bartender VR (By: @jeremym)

JeremyM (a.k.a. JeremyMedina) created another hilarious compilation video, but this one compiles every time Ben broke something in Bartender VR.

This Wasn't the Run, Until it Was (By: @dr_mel)

Giant Bomb user Dr_Mel compiled Vinny and Dan's many failures and false finishes in This Is the Run: Contra on this hilarious compilation video.

Sim Brad Knew.... (By: @stordoff)

stordoff noticed something from an old Hitman video that was a portent of Brad's death in...

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! Word of warning for this edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight. This is an incredibly abbreviated edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight. Shortly after the publishing of the previous version of the Spotlight I suffered a car accident which I will not go into the details of here. I mention this because I was out for about five days, and probably missed plenty of community goodies this week. If you could all do me a favor, please, link me anything I missed or cool stuff published this week. These links make my life easier when time comes around to making the next Spotlight. Anyway, enough about me, let's talk about the big "feature" everyone is talking about this week!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am honored to once again be your host this week. The new releases have started to trickle. Luckily the Giant bomb community is as active as always. We have activities and discussion threads for games both new and old this week. The big surprise talking point was Metal Gear Survive and its nefarious micro-transactions, but I digress. Let's review the couple of housekeeping items I have:

Clips Of The Week

Giant Bomb FGC Tekken Tournament #10 - The King of Giant Bomb (By: VectorSpecter)

The Giant Bomb Tekken 7: Fated Retribution community has an archive of their most recent tournament! See who came out on top this week.

Jupi Plays Indie Games: ALL THE GAMES [Giant ROM 3] [Part 1] (By: Jupiter_Hadley)

Over on YouTube, Jupiter_Hadley started a Let's Play video...

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host this week! It seems everyone has finally acclimated to 2018. While the year has certainly had a "rocky" start, I hope we can all come together an support each other in our endeavors. We have a brief, but jam-packed edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight this week, so let's jump right into the two items of housekeeping I have for you!

Clips Of The Week

Giant Bomb FGC Tekken Tournament #8 (By: tracecomplete)

Here's the archive of the eighth Giant Bomb Community FGC Tekken 7: Fated Retribution tournament! Check out to see who came out on top, and remember, you can always join the fun.

Giant Bomb Galleria

Banner - Abby...

Hey everyone, it's that time of the year again! A good 5,563 of you decided to submit your top ten lists for Community GOTY voting this year, for a total of 46823 votes (not everyone put in ten games, and that's alright!) on 1008 different games.

Everyone seems to like Zelda a bunch! It was the #2 game on the Editor's list, but manages to take the #1 spot on both of the Community lists. (The two lists are separated by weighted voting, in which a #1 spot would be weighted more heavily than a #2 vote, and a list of pure votes without any weighting!)

Most of the games below should be pretty self-explanatory; games that were released in earlier years in other countries but hit the U.S. in 2017 were valid. A lot of people liked the most recent expansion for XCOM 2, which is why you might see it on the lists below as well.

What a year for games! Thanks to everyone who voted this year, and let's hope 2018 is as good a year for games as 2017 was.

Weighted list! (1st place votes count more than 2nd place, and so on)

GameWeighted Votes1.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild21152.NieR:Automata15493.Super Mario Odyssey13204.Persona 510345.Horizon Zero Dawn8686.PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds7227.Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus5938.Yakuza 05009.

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am honored to once again be your host! We did it! We survived 2017 and the onslaught of GOTY content! Just a friendly reminder, I will be taking any and all GOTY lists and blogs next week. After that, they are getting a hard "pass." Also, remember the comments for the Community Spotlight are moderated and are not an unmonitored playground. With that in mind, let's talk about the one housekeeping item I have to share.

2017 GOTY User Created ContentUser GOTY Lists

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! Holy crap, there's so much to talk about this week, that's I'm cutting out my ramblings about my feelings about recent events on the site so we can just jump straight into the "good stuff."

2017 GOTY User Created Content

Author's Note: I most certainly missed something. If I missed your GOTY blog and/or list I sincerely apologize, but drop a link on this edition of the Spotlight and I promise it will not happen again.

User GOTY Lists

Okay, I did not just track down dozens...

Mike Drucker is a Giant Bomb contributor, comedian, and television writer. He's written for The President Show, Adam Ruins Everything, Bill Nye Saves the World, The Tonight Show, Late Night, The Onion, and Nintendo. His podcast, “How To Be a Person” can be found on iTunes. You can follow him on Twitter @mikedrucker and watch him on Twitch under the surprising name "MikeDrucker."

What's up, everybody? It's time for video games! Keep it locked here for news, previews, interviews, postmortems, premortems, regrets, deep thoughts, ruminations, sparks of panic when contemplating our place in the world, a fear it won't get better, nostalgia for her smile, never to shine on you again, and reviews!

It's customary to say what a great year 2017 was for games. And it was! Or, 2017 was so awful for everything else that we finally realized, “Video games! Not bad!”

I wanted to do something a little different for my list this year. I figure everyone is going to pick the same 15-20 games for their “Best of the Year” lists. Those games are good and worth all the attention they get, but there are a lot of other games that are just under GOTY, but still worth your time.

That said, here are my actual Top Ten Games of the Year:

Colin Spacetwinks works for nobody, but posts a lot online, which has inevitably lead to knowing and talking to a lot of other people who post online, some of whom work at respectable outlets or in the games industry itself. Occasionally, when not bogged down too much with depression and ADHD, they make things in the twine engine, ranging from analytical essays about the comics industry, to interactive fiction about a horse robbing a bank, mildly interactive fiction about depression and anime, and not at all interactive fiction about using comedy to hide from the world.

Okay, few things. First off, being honest, most of these games aren’t from 2017. In fact, off the top of my head, I think only one of them is. Limitations of money, or just not having the right console or equipment (also a limitation of money), means I’ve been playing a hell of a lot of games that were in my backlog, or just old stuff I’ve already liked for a long time instead. If I had a PS4, you can be almost certain a Yakuza game would be on here. But, nothing doing. So it goes.

Secondly, I’m a sucker for context, and thoroughly explaining myself. Anyone who’s read my other stuff can attest to this--I can’t shut...

Felix is an independent producer in indie games. They run Polytron with Phil Fish, and work on numerous other projects, including TUNIC and an unannounced cool thing that you’ll definitely hear about early next year. Follow them at @legobutts on Twitter.

Normally I talk about how a year zoomed by, but 2017 dragged out way too long. I’ll try to keep this short. In no particular order, here are the games I played this year and loved:

Shadowhand

I know I spoke about Regency Solitaire the year it came out, and now I’m back on that solitaire kick with Shadowhand, the latest game from Grey Alien. Shadowhand is like regular solitaire, except that I’m battling pirates and thieves, levelling my character’s stats, equipping gear that I buy in a marketplace, AND stacking cards that are incrementally higher or lower than the card under them. Yeah. Go try it.

Picross S

I don’t try to pretend I’m good at this game, but I can say it makes 16-hour long...

Phil Fish is Président À Vie at POLYTRON.

Reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated.

2017 has been an absolute fucking nightmare of a year!

Here are some videogames I liked!

In no particular order, except for Zelda. Zelda is the best game ever, maybe?

Yakuza 0

It’s a game! It’s a movie! It’s a real estate management sim! It’s a dancing game! It’s got classic Sega arcade games, phone sex, sexy wrestling, slot car racing, karaoke, fishing, baseball, fighting, drinking, like 4 different types of cutscenes and WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE, it’s 200 hours long and I'm nowhere near finishing it.

Goro Majima’s introduction is probably the greatest introduction to a character anywhere, ever.

When you punch people, money flies out of them. 10/10.

Opus Magnum

Buy this game for your dad, sit back, and just watch the GIFs roll in.

Look at this fucking thing:

Hours of fun.

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