Around the Network

Good morning everyone! Apologies this is a day later than it usually is, but I spent most of yesterday travelling so just wanted to relax and unwind a bit when I got home.

As I type this, I’m enjoying the last day of my holiday, so it’s back to work tomorrow. I’ll be making the most of the day, for sure; I’ve got articles and videos planned, so I’m pretty sure I’ll fill most of the day even before Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Maker 2 enter the picture!

Later in the week, we’ll be kicking off a new Cover Game feature, too, but in the meantime let’s check out what you might have missed from my holiday week!


The Zelda Diaries Part 1: A New Beginning – I’ve been wanting to cover Breath of the Wild in one form or another for a while, but with it being such a sprawling game I wasn’t sure of the best way to handle it. I’ve settled for a more long-term feature where I post some impressions and thoughts as I play, similar to my Delving Into… features. Here’s the first part.

Delving Into Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse #1 And speaking of Delving Into… features, here’s my first look at Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, a game I’ve been looking forward to playing for a very long time.

Warriors Wednesday: Shu Warriors vs Orochi – The Shu gang finally come face to face with their final opponent! Will Zhao Yun finally be reunited with Liu Bei, or will things all go disastrously, horribly wrong? I think you probably know the answer, but please consider watching this anyway!

Waifu Wednesday: Paya – And, with me playing Breath of the Wild finally, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge at least some of the wonderful female characters in this monstrous game. So far Paya is probably the one who has left the most significant impression on me — despite being a relatively minor character in the grand scheme of things!

Another Eden: First Look – I wasn’t going to engage with any more timesink mobile games… but Another Eden is a bit different. Not only that, it has some amazing talent behind it, including the writer and composer of the legendary Chrono Trigger, so I thought it would probably be worth a look. I was right!

Atari A to Z

This week, we take on Satan himself, a seemingly invincible witch (somehow a more formidable opponent than the aforementioned lord of Hell) and some trippy vector-graphics… things. An all-time favourite, a game I wish I could like more than I do, and a brand new favourite respectively!

Cool Stuff By People Who Aren’t Me

I am a proud Patron of Paul “Mr Biffo” Rose, the Cheap Show podcast and The Game Chasers, because all of them put out great content that is worth your support. The Game Chasers are working on a movie, too; be sure to check out their Kickstarter if you’re a fan.

Check out some examples of what these fine folks have been up to here:

I’m also a Patron of fellow blogger and consistent ray of positivity Matt over at Normal Happenings, and I’m pleased to remind you all that I’m going to be part of his latest collaborative project: The Characters That Define Us. This will be unfolding throughout the entire year of 2020, and will consist of 52 bloggers from the community highlighting 52 amazing characters from the world of video games.

Check out Matt’s Twitter for the full details of who’s doing what, and further details will follow soon!

Now then! Having been away I haven’t had quite as much time to check the WordPress Reader as I’d like, but I still found time to pick out a few highlights from the last week, so here you go!

Blogging Negativity – Is My Anger Holding Me Back? (Later Levels) – Kim’s never struck me as a particularly angry person, but boy, did I ever relate to a lot of the things she describes in this post. She argues that it’s time we tried to set aside the overwhelming sense of negativity and cynicism that permeates much of the user-generated media online today — and I agree entirely.

A Question for the Readers #15: A Quest for Knowledge (Extra Life) – Red Metal contemplates all the things he’s learned from animation and video games, and poses a question to the readers on the topic. Some interesting discussion in the comments, too — be sure to check them out!

Resident Evil Director’s Cut: What’s the Deal with That? (Hundstrasse) – Indeed, what is the deal with that? Hundstrasse, one of the most reliable and well-informed sources of Resident Evil-related trivia on the Internet, investigates!

A Sister is All You Need (This is my place.) – Fred has become someone I greatly admire for his lack of shame in discussing topics that some people like to shy away from or tiptoe around, and this article is a great example, contemplating the titular anime and broader topics of filial love and incestuous relationships.

Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher!? Seventh Period (Ecchi Hunter) – I introduced Ecchi Hunter a few weeks back, and Lynn and Yomu have been doing a great job of understanding the appeal of provocative, sexy Japanese media. This piece is just one of numerous examples you can find on the site!

As always, if you enjoy the work these folks do, please consider at the very least leaving them a Like or a comment, or supporting them via Ko-Fi or Patreon where they have suitable options available if you’re feeling particularly generous. Blogging regularly is a tireless and sometimes thankless task, and the people in this community really do deserve acknowledgement and/or compensation for their work — particularly if you’ve ever found yourself gnashing your teeth at the state of mainstream journalism and criticism.

Right. I’m off to get cracking on today’s jobs for the site and channel; I hope you have a lovely week and aren’t suffocating too much in this supposedly “Saharan heatwave” we’re… “enjoying” right now. Mata, as they say, ne.

The MoeGamer Compendium, Volume 1 is now available! Grab a copy today for a beautiful physical edition of the Cover Game features originally published in 2016.

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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