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Hello everyone and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host as we look back on the best user-generated offerings the past week. First, I just want to thank everyone for the warm response last week! The “final” GOTY Spotlights are always a pain to make and seeing people come out to show their appreciation means a lot to me. Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. That said, we are returning to the “normal” format of the Spotlight. If you end up making a belated GOTY list or blog, I will still happily showcase it, but within the usual categories. With all of that in mind, let’s jump into the site-related housekeeping.


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I Made A GB GOTY Infographic (By: @wightnnerdy)

Join me in giving a HUGE round of applause to WightnNerdy for reviewing every GOTY season Giant Bomb has had since its founding and creating infographics for each year! It’s amazing work and they deserve more recognition for their work!

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Twitch Plays FF7 Part 14: Chasing Dragons and Crawling in Tunnels (By: @kerikxi)

kerikxi's series on Twitch Plays FF7 is definitely worth reading if you missed it.kerikxi’s series on Twitch Plays FF7 is definitely worth reading if you missed it.

kerikxi’s latest retrospective about Twitch Plays Final Fantasy VII on Giant Bomb looks at how the Twitch chat dealt with the final events on disc two and what pitfalls they encountered! Also, you may have noticed they have been writing at a breakneck speed, so, if you missed a blog just click the link above for their directory.

My Predictions About What Square-Enix Is Doing Or Announcing In 2021 (By: @zombiepie)

Moderator and Giant Bomb’s resident Final Fantasy “expert” ZombiePie thinks 2021 and 2022 will be “exciting years” for Square Enix and use their latest blog to try and “predict what they might announce in the newt few years!

Indie Game of the Week 205: Earthlock (By: @mento)

As discussed during GB's Friday stream: is this so bad it is As discussed during GB’s Friday stream: is this so bad it is “good?”

Right on cue, Giant Bomb moderator Mento’s latest “Indie Game of the Week” is all about Earthlock! Give it a read and see if they recommend the throwback indie RPG on the site!

The Balan Wonderworld Demo Is Weird But Not In The Ways I Anticipated (Or Necessarily Wanted) +

What Will The Legacy Of Astro’s Playroom Be? (By: @bigsocrates)

bigsocrates loved and hated what they played of the Balan Wonderworld demo Read all about where they hope the game goes next and join their discussion about the game’s first playable demo! Additionally, bigsocrates was a huge fan of Astro’s Playroom last year but uses their other blog to question if the game will have a long-term impact on future nostalgia-based projects by Sony and other console manufacturers!

Massive Fallout New Vegas Mod, The Frontier, Crashes And Burns (By: @nateandrews)

Ys is back! How many of you are excited about Ys?Ys is back! How many of you are excited about Ys?

nateandrews attempts to chronicle the rise and fall of the now notorious Fallout New Vegas: The Frontier mod. If you are interested in learning about what drove initial interest in the project as well as its downfall, give it a read!

I Played a Few Hours of Ys IX (By: @bowl-of-lentils)

Bowl-of-Lentils played a few hours of Ys IX: Monstrum Nox and share their early impressions of the game on their latest blog! If you are wondering how the ninth Ys game turned out give it a read using the link.

Sonic The Hedgehog: Looks Like Sega Is Gearing Up For Another Soft-Reboot (By: @igort)

Igort takes to Giant Bomb to talk about the prospects of a soft-reboot for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and what Sega needs to do to make people care about 3D Sonic games.

Run, Hide, Die. What is the Future of Horror Games Without Combat? (By: @thehideousshrew)

How should horror games handle combat? Check out thehideousshrew's blog if you have thoughts!How should horror games handle combat? Check out thehideousshrew’s blog if you have thoughts!

thehideousshrew has been playing The Medium this week and shares why it reminded them how modern horror games need to have a discussion about whether or not to include combat.

What’s the Greatest Video Game: Shaun White Skateboarding (By: @imunbeatable80)

imunbeatable80 has a new episode of their recurring blog series on the site and this episode is all about Shaun White Skateboarding! Use the link below to see if they think the game’s anti-establishment skateboarding action still holds up!

Busted Out My PS2 To Try The Original Gungrave, Before I Re-Watch The Anime (By: @gla55jaw)

It has been a loooooooooooooong time since I last thought about Gungrave.It has been a loooooooooooooong time since I last thought about Gungrave.

Don’t ask why but user gla55jAw decided they wanted to go back to the Gungrave anime and video game! This week, they talk about which parts of the game hold up and which parts have aged like milk!

The Entertainment (Thoughts) (By: @shirayuri)

Shirayuri finally got around to playing Kentucky Route Zero after hearing a lot of positive things about it during GOTY discussions last year. Read why Act II’s “The Entertainment” chapter floored them.

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Total War: Warhammer III Reveal Trailer Discussion Thread (By: @rorie)


Total War: Warhammer III has been announced! THE CHAOS GODS ARE COMING TO TOTAL WAR! BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GODS! AHAHAHAHA! Oh… also Kislev and Cathy are coming to the game.

Embracer Group To Acquire Gearbox For Up To $1.3 Billion (By: @brian_)

Gearbox has been sold! Embracer Group, the parent company of THQ Nordic, continues their trend of buying up smaller developers! Do you think Gearbox was worth the hefty price?

Hitman 3 Ending Discussion (By: @dareitus)

Calling all Hitman 3 fans and owners! What are your impressions of the game’s story and ending? If you are itching to talk about SPOILERS here’s a link to the community story discussion for the game!

Mass Effect Remaster Trailer Discussion Thread (By: @rorie)

There’s a new trailer for the Mass Effect Remaster! What do you think about what has been shown? Also, what do you make of the recent news that camera angles and cutscenes will be re-shot? If you comment about that second topic, just remember: don’t be a jerk.

Stadia Is Shutting Down Internal Game Development And Jade Raymond Has Left The Company (By: @bigsocrates)

The community is BUZZING about the Google Stadia news! If you missed it, Stadia is shutting down internal game development and Jade Raymond has left the company. Get updated and join the discussion using the link below!

Doomed from the start or another sad page in the Doomed from the start or another sad page in the “What Could Have Been” book in the video game industry?

Which Features You Wanted For Gran Turismo 7 And Forza Motorsport Reboot? (By: @gtxforza)

If they made a new Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport, what sorts of features of quality-of-life things would you want to see in it? Some community suggestions include car modification/upgrading and brightness settings!

How Is Last Gen Era’s Line Up Of Racing Games So Far? (By: @gtxforza)

If you enjoyed the last racing discussion thread, here’s another one for you! As the title says, did racing games become a “niche” genre during the 8th generation of consoles? Has the genre lost its “pull” in recent years?

Stubbs The Zombie Returns In March… As A Port! (By: @glots)

Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse is getting a port to current consoles! Are you interested to give the game a second shot? For those that remember the game, do you recommend the game?

What Are People’s Initial Impressions Of Destruction Allstars? (By: @bigsocrates)

Random thought, but remember when Bugbear made a Ridge Racer game?Random thought, but remember when Bugbear made a Ridge Racer game?

Are there any users out there that have checked out Destruction Allstars? Join our community discussion of the game using the link below and share your positive or negative impressions of the game!

PoP Sands of Time Remake Thread – Delayed Indefinitely? (By: @vaiz)

What is your reaction to the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake being placed in “indefinite hiatus?” Do you think there will be a modern Prince of Persia game to release this generation?

What Major Title Would You Most Like To See From Nintendo This Year? (By: @finaldasa)

Here’s a fun discussion thread on the forums: What major title would you most like to see from Nintendo this year? With Pokémon Snap coming soon, what other franchises or spin-offs need a revival? Or, do you want to see a new IP?

Related topic, but have any of you gone to a digital conference or trade show?Related topic, but have any of you gone to a digital conference or trade show?

Anyone Checking Out The Steam Game Festival? Any Recommendations? (By: @sandm0rph22)

Have any of you checked out the latest edition of the Steam Game Festival? For those that have, do you have any recommendations? If so, share your picks with the rest of the community using the link above!

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Discussion Thread (By: @rorie)

To all of the Pathfinder players in the community, what are your thoughts about the recently announced Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous? Do you support it still using the Pathfinder 1E rules?


Best Non-2020 Games I Played In 2020 (By: @bigevil1987)

It's not every day you see Ocarina of Time and Bloodborne in the same list, but here you go!It’s not every day you see Ocarina of Time and Bloodborne in the same list, but here you go!

bigevil1987 wanted to give a shout out to all of the non-2020 video game releases they enjoyed last year. Read all about the older releases and classic games they loved the most using the link.

SIGINT’s Favorite Games (By: @sigint)

SIGINT decided to “update” their list of their all-time favorite games! Use the link below to check out the new and old games they are happy to play no matter what!

User ReviewsI plan to do a closed reading of the Trails series in 20XX.I plan to do a closed reading of the Trails series in 20XX.


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    Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl: Release Date, Trailer, News, and More

    Nickelodeon All-Stars Brawl is a Super Smash Bros. clone bringing all of your favorite Nickelodeon characters together to fight it out. Here’s what we know.



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    Ever wonder which one of your favorite Nickelodeon characters would come out on top in a fight? Nickelodeon just announced a new Super Smash Bros-like fighting game, Nickelodeon All-Stars Brawl, which will give you a chance to see which cartoons are the ultimate fighters.

    While the idea of a Nickelodeon-themed fighter is a little silly, players in the fighting game community are keeping an open mind and believe the new title could be a legitimate competitive experience. The Super Smash Bros. series has been wildly successful after all. Is there really much of a difference between Isabelle from Animal Crossing: New Horizons and the Wii Fit Trainer squaring up in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and a showdown between Spongebob Squarepants and Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Not really! Of course, the popularity of the game will ultimately come down to the quality of the game — balanced characters, serious mechanics, and a robust player base.

    All of that will be figured out post-launch. Until then, here’s everything we know about Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

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    Release dateCharacters fighting in Nickelodeon All-Stars Brawl.

    Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl will be released sometime in fall 2021. We haven’t been given an official release date, but the pre-order information at Target lists the release date as October 5 right now.

    PlatformsMichelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

    Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl will be released for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. It’s great to hear that the title will be available on all major consoles, including both current- and last-gen consoles — you’ll be able to beat up some old-school cartoons no matter your platform preference.


    The Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl trailer gives us a montage of the game’s premier characters, as well as a bit of gameplay footage. It also teases “many more surprises,” so who knows what we’ll get when the game actually launches.

    It’s being developed by Ludosity and Fair Play Labs, and published by GameMill Entertainment.

    GameplayNickelodeon characters fight on a ghost ship in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

    From what we get in the announcement trailer, it looks like gameplay in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl will look really similar to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Four characters at a time will duke it out in arenas themed after Nickelodeon’s various shows until someone comes out on top. Each character will certainly have their own custom moveset that is true to their on-screen adventures. (We’re totally expecting Spongebob to have an OP bubble-blowing ranged attack.) According to reports, some additional moves can be unlocked for each character, although it’s unclear how that mechanic will work at this time.

    The game will include 20 Nickelodeon-themed fighting stages at launch.

    What characters are in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl?Patrick Star and Sandy Cheeks fight in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

    Obviously, you want to know if your favorite Nickelodeon character made the cut. Here’s a list of confirmed launch-day characters and what Nickelodeon series they’re from:

    • Michelangelo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
    • Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
    • Nigel Thornberry (The Wild Thornberrys)
    • Powdered Toast Man (Ren & Stimpy)
    • SpongeBob SquarePants (SpongeBob SquarePants)
    • Sandy Cheeks (SpongeBob SquarePants)
    • Patrick Star (SpongeBob SquarePants)
    • Oblina (Aaahh!!! Real Monsters)
    • Lucy Loud (The Loud House)
    • Lincoln Loud (The Loud House)
    • Helga (Hey Arnold!)
    • Reptar (Rugrats)
    • Zim (Invader Zim)
    • Danny Phantom (Danny Phantom)

    MultiplayerNickelodeon characters fight on a floating village map in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

    Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl will be playable in single-player or multiplayer, both local and online. Like any fighting title, multiplayer is going to be the focus, and the player base is going to be key to the game’s success. There’s no word on what online matchmaking will look like or if there will be any sort of ranking system at this point.

    Is Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl cross-platform?Nickelodeon characters fight on an Asian temple themed map in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

    No word yet on whether or not Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl will be cross-platform. We’re hesitantly optimistic that the game being released on all major platforms means that crossplay between them all might be worked out, but there’s been no official mention of it so far.

    DLCOne of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fighting with Helga Pataki in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

    If Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl follows the same path as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there will likely be DLC characters and stages available down the road. Although we’ve got quite a list of fighters so far, there are definitely other Nickelodeon characters we’d love to see make an appearance.


    While the game doesn’t have an exact release date yet, a pre-order option has popped up at Target and lists the release date as October 5, 2021. We expect to see pre-orders at Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop soon.

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    Netflix, Shonda Rhimes Extend Deal to Include Feature Films, Gaming and Virtual Reality Content

    Under the terms of the expanded deal, Netflix and Shondaland will produce feature films in addition to potential gaming and VR content.



    Netflix and Shonda Rhimes are extending their creative relationship, inked in 2017, beyond television to feature films and gaming.

    Under the terms of the expanded deal, which encompasses Rhimes’ Shondaland Media and her longtime producing partner Betsy Beers, Netflix and Shondaland will exclusively produce, stream and distribute feature films in addition to potential gaming and virtual reality content.

    “When Ted and I decided to break the traditional network TV business model to move Shondaland to Netflix, we were both taking a leap into the unknown,” said Rhimes in a statement. “Today, Shondaland at Netflix is creatively thriving, profitable as an asset and engaging audiences around the world with stories that fearlessly challenge viewers and keep them highly entertained all at once. Ted, Bela and the entire team at Netflix have been tremendous partners during every step of the process, supporting my creative vision and showing a continued dedication to the innovation that has made Netflix such a powerhouse. The Shondaland team and I are thrilled and excited to be expanding our relationship with our content partners at Netflix.”

    Additionally, Netflix will invest in and offer the “financial and technical infrastructure to support Shondaland’s mission to create DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility) programs that can increase industry workplace representation for underrepresented groups both domestically and in the UK,” per the streamer.

    The renewed, expanded deal comes on the heels of the global popularity of Shondaland’s Regency-era romance “Bridgerton,” which Netflix says was viewed by 82 million member households in the series’ first 28 days on the service. The series, based on the novels by Julia Quinn, is currently in production on Season 2 and has already been renewed for a third and fourth season. A Queen Charlotte origin-story limited series is also in the works, which will feature the stories of a young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury. Rhimes is writing and exec producing alongside Beers and Tom Verica.

    Also on tap from Shondaland are the limited series “Inventing Anna,” set for 2022, and Debbie Allen documentary “Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.”

    “Shonda makes shows that get the world talking, and we’ve seen the power of her creative vision to translate in any language,” said Netflix’s head of global TV Bela Bajaria. “Shonda’s a brilliant businesswoman and a terrific partner and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with her for years to come. On a personal note, I’m especially invested in the mentorship and pipeline programs we will support, as I’ve seen firsthand how the power of mentorship can transform careers and lives — and I’m excited by the possibility of what that can look like in Shonda’s hands.”

    Rhimes and Shondaland are repped by ICM Partners and the law firm Gendler and Kelly.

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    Mohegan Gaming, FanDuel announce sports-betting, online gaming partnership

    Retail sportsbook to open in temporary Mohegan Sun location in September with permanent casino location set for winter.



    Mohegan — Partners Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and FanDuel Group announced Wednesday they’re poised to roll out retail and online sports betting, online gaming and daily fantasy sports in Connecticut this fall, “pending all licensing and regulatory approvals.”

    The partnership will enable bettors throughout the state to place wagers on professional football, basketball, baseball, hockey and other sports via FanDuel, which also will provide online casino gaming under the Mohegan Sun brand and operate daily fantasy sports in Connecticut.

    “We’re excited to work with FanDuel, one of the leading sports-tech entertainment companies in the U.S., to bring the brand’s innovative sports betting and iGaming solutions to Mohegan Sun Connecticut,” Ray Pineault, MGE’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Our partnership is a priority for Mohegan Digital, as we look to grow and enhance our casino, sportsbook and online operations in Connecticut — and beyond.”

    Mohegan Sun and FanDuel expect to open a temporary sportsbook location at the casino in September and anticipate opening a permanent sportsbook there this winter. The temporary location will feature four live betting windows and 16 self-service betting terminals.

    The sportsbook at Mohegan Sun has the potential to become the largest FanDuel sportsbook in the United States, according to Amy Howe, president of FanDuel Group.

    “When we combine the retail sports betting experience with the opportunity for online sports betting and iGaming, Connecticut is going to be a key state for us as we look towards the start of football season,” Howe said.

    Sports betting, online gaming and daily fantasy sports were authorized in Connecticut by legislation Gov. Ned Lamont signed into law in May. The law granted the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes the right to offer the new gaming options at their respective gaming facilities — Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino — as well as online. It also allows the Connecticut Lottery Corp. to provide in-person and online sports betting and fantasy sports as well as online keno and online sale of draw-games tickets.

    The tribes and the lottery cannot introduce the new gaming options until the state’s amended gaming agreements with the tribes are approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior, which has jurisdiction over tribal gaming. State and tribal officials have said they hope to have sports betting in place for the Sept. 9 start of the NFL season, a target that may prove overly optimistic.

    Foxwoods announced a partnership with gaming operator DraftKings last December in anticipation of legislative approval of sports betting, online gaming and fantasy sports. The Mashantuckets are opening a new casino sportsbook, DraftKings at Foxwoods, in an area formerly occupied by a casino brewpub.

    The lottery has yet to announce a sports-betting and online gaming vendor.

    MGE, which recently announced the formation of Mohegan Digital, a new division overseeing the new gaming offerings, has restructured an agreement with Kambi, a European operator MGE previously had hired to launch MGE’s sports-betting operations in Connecticut. The restructuring enabled MGE to partner with FanDuel, according to Mohegan tribal officials.

    FanDuel Group, which bills itself as “the premier gaming destination in the United States,” has a portfolio of brands involved in gaming, sports betting, daily fantasy sports, advance-deposit wagering and TV/media, including FanDuel, Stardust and TVG. Based in New York, it has a presence in all 50 states, and offices in California, New Jersey, Florida, Oregon, Georgia and Scotland.


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