Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. It’s another bank holiday here in the UK, so I have yet another three-day weekend, which is exciting. I’m also going on holiday next month, which is even more exciting!
In the meantime, though, it’s business as usual around here as always, with the usual mix of modern and retro games with a hint, just a whiff, of sexy. And possibly gorilla.
Delving into Castlevania #1 – With the recent release of Konami’s Castlevania Anniversary Collection, I’ve been jumping into this series I’ve always liked but never really explored in great detail. Where better to start than right at the beginning?
NES Essentials: Donkey Kong Jr. – A recent addition to the Nintendo Switch Online’s NES app, Donkey Kong Jr. is an interesting single-screen platformer with a stiff challenge and some unusual mechanics. I’ve always liked it a lot.
Sorry, no Warriors Wednesday this week, I just didn’t find the time to record it!
Waifu Wednesday: Asano Hayase – Current Cover Game Our World is Ended is full of fascinating characters, and one of my favourites is Asano Hayase. Spoilers herein!
Bluemoonpark: The Most Precious Wings – A cool-looking, Kickstarter-funded project from a Korean developer looking to break into both the West and the PC markets. Go give it a look!
New Game Plus: Truth and Acceptance – Rorona gets busy on some miscellaneous tasks before her 10th deadline, and we get to the bottom of the truth about Lionela.
Our World is Ended: Worlds Apart – A look at how current Cover Game Our World is Ended explores the idea of self-perception and distorting reality to our own purposes — both literally and metaphorically.
Atari A to Z
This week we have some 8-bit neccromancy, some 16-bit Rambo impersonations and a super-fun top-down racer from the arcades.
Cool Stuff By People Who Aren’t Me
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Check out some examples of what these fine folks have been up to here:
And as always, let’s wrap up with some highlights from around my WordPress Reader this week.
In defense of Insane Clown Posse and the Juggalo subculture (Lethargic Ramblings) – Lethargic is one of several bloggers I know who enjoy defending the “indefensible” (which more often than not, as their posts show, are things that are eminently defensible) and here’s the latest. I know nothing about ICP, but after reading this I want to know more!
Kickstarting to feel old (Later Levels) – Kickstarter is ten years old! Kim reflects on some of the campaigns she’s backed over the years, and their various successes and failures.
Minty’s Airbag (Black & Yellow Otaku Gamers) – As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, piecesofminty shares a variety of tracks that are important to her. If you ever wanted a primer on K-pop, this is a good place to start!
World of Warcraft Classic: The hype is real (geeksleeprinserepeat) – rosstpope explores the upcoming World of Warcraft Classic, an unprecedented move for an MMO where they deliberately ditch everything they’ve done over the game’s lifetime to provide an authentic “vanilla” experience.
How I Stay an Otaku as an Office Guy (Lumi Reviews Things) – Lumi explores the ways in which one can keep up with a nerdy hobby when working in a distinctly “normie” environment.
And that’s that for another week. Hope you all have a good bank holiday (or, as they call it elsewhere, Monday) and I’ll see you again soon!
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