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Hello! It’s nearly Christmas!

Yes, that most wonderful (and/or stressful, and/or depressing, depending on your own personal life situation) time of the year is just around the corner, many of you reading this will have broken up from work or school, and there’s just a general air of anticipation in the… um… air.

I’ll be taking a brief break from MoeGamer on Monday and Tuesday to enjoy the festivities, but will be back with the rest of the MoeGamer Awards from Wednesday onwards. In the meantime, hit the jump to see what you might have missed this week.

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This week The MoeGamer Awards 2018 continued apace, punctuated by the usual video features that I introduced this year. Let’s dive in!

Sunday Driving: Don’t Lose Your Girlfriend! – Our OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast adventure continues with Flagman’s next tier of objectives, in which an interpersonal romantic relationship is apparently at stake.

The MoeGamer Awards 2018: Character I Learned to Love – In which I explore a character from a game I covered in the last year who might seem to be objectionable for all manner of reasons… but who was fascinating and surprisingly sympathetic despite this. And no, it’s not Rance. Rance was last year.

The MoeGamer Awards 2018: Best Lightning and Storm Effects – Weather effects still thrill and delight me when done well, and since my favourite “real-world” weather is a nice rainstorm (particularly if it’s on the other side of a window to me), it’s always a pleasure to step out into a virtual downpour. But which game did that particularly well this year?

Warriors Wednesday: If There Are No Biscuits, There Shall Be Only Death – The Wu campaign continues as Sun Ce and friends attempt to rescue their beleaguered supply lines from Mitsuhide Akechi and his comrades.

The MoeGamer Awards 2018: The Traffic Magnet – Much like last year with Deep Space Waifu, this year saw one title in particular bring more people to this site than anything else. What could it be?

The MoeGamer Awwards 2018: Best Romantic Comedy – I love it when you’re able to talk about games with reference to their thematic rather than mechanical genres. And one game in particular stood out as an excellent romantic comedy this year.

The MoeGamer Podcast Episode 15 – Mario and Sonic Got Nothing on These Guys – A little later than originally intended due to various schedule conflicts and commitments, we wanted to bash out an episode about 3D mascot platformers before the end of the year. So here it is! Enjoy. Don’t forget to subscribe — see the post for details on various ways to do that.

New Game Plus: I Hate It When They Run Away – My struggles with Project Zero’s postgame continue as I encounter a ghost who really doesn’t want to be caught.

The MoeGamer Awards 2018: Best H-Scene – This emphatically NSFW award celebrates the best use of sexytime in a game I covered this year. Featuring demon summoning, girlcock and lesbians. Winner.

Atari A to Z

This week’s delving into the classics (and not-so-classics) of the Atari 8- and 16-bit computers saw us emerge with an unusual isometric adventure and an arcade port I didn’t know existed until this week.

#oneaday

For those who are kind enough to support my work on Patreon with a donation of $1 or more a month, you get access to my daily personal blog. Here’s what you might have missed in that regard this week. Find out more here.

The Manor of Sleep, Part 3 – The third and final installment of my attempt to make sense of a house I seem to keep returning to in my dreams.

I Miss Her – I miss Ruby. Every day I wish I could see her again. This post was an attempt to get some of those pent-up feelings off my chest.

The Longest Week of the Year – The last week of work or school before you “break up” for the holidays is always the longest and most tedious. This week did not disappoint in this regard.

Approval Ratings – A personal post in which I ponder the wisdom of seeking the “approval” of people you already know dislike you… particularly with my recent professional background in mind.

Seeing the Light – I finally got The Guy Who Doesn’t Like Super Smash Bros to enjoy Super Smash Bros. Here are my reflections on a very entertaining evening.

Cringe Factor – Has the Internet ruined my sense of humour? I wonder sometimes. That’s what this post is all about.

Last Day of Term – Obligatory excitement over the “end of term” and the beginning of the Christmas break.

Videopac Games

Will be back in the new year, I promise! I’m going to try and pick up some new games and really hammer this out over the course of 2019. In the meantime, check out my progress so far.

Cool Stuff By People Who Aren’t Me

Just as a reminder, I’m a Patron of both Paul “Mr Biffo” Roseand Cheap Show, so here are both their latest respective episodes for your entertainment. They are both, as always, a cracking and chaotic good time.

Digitiser: The Show’s main “run” has come to an end, but Biffo and co are keen to keep short-form video content running on the channel, so be sure to subscribe and see what they’re up to.

Meanwhile, here are some cool things from around the WordPress community over the course of the last week:

The Twelve Days of Ecchmas (Anime Q and A) – If you’re a colossal pervert (and if not, I suggest trying it, it’s much more fun) you should very much take some time to enjoy CactusMatt’s excellent series of themed anime gifs in celebration of the festive season. This link is the eighth Day; be sure to check out the others for maximum joyous boob and butt action. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Old Soldiers Never Die (Baud Attitude) – Reflections on how some pieces of computer hardware stay with you through thick and thin… and how that can, at times, make things a little inconvenient!

Well How About That (Rebekah Lang) – Rebekah brings us some thoughts on what Destiny and its sequel have meant to her over the last few years — things that will be well familiar to anyone who has involved themselves with any sort of community-centric online multiplayer game.

It’s Okay – Finding Comfort in Series and Games (Black & Yellow Otaku Gamers) – Mindy from BAYOG shares a personal story with us about how various webtoons, drama series and games helped pull her back from the brink of some dark places.

Why can’t writing be more selfish? (SpasticSurgeon) – Some thought-provoking reflections on how and why you might find yourself end up writing — and whether you should concentrate on entertaining yourself or that ever-amorphous concept of “the audience”.

Thanks again for your continued support. I hope you have a pleasant weekend, and a very restful, enjoyable Christmas period. Take the time to play some games and give your waifu plenty of headpats!


Thanks for reading; I hope you enjoyed this article. I’ve been writing about games in one form or another since the days of the old Atari computers, with work published in Page 6/New Atari User, PC Zone, the UK Official Nintendo Magazine, GamePro, IGN, USgamer, Glixel and more over the years, and I love what I do.

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