Around the Network

It’s been a great week for the site this week! If you’re a new reader, thank you for your support and a hearty welcome; if you’ve been around, hello again!

It’s late and I’ve been podcast editing all day, but I’ll do my best to be vaguely coherent before I pass out. Lots of things to go through and lots of things to look forward to in the coming weeks!

Let’s get right into the things you might have missed in the last week, then…

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The Zelda Diaries: Part 6 – A Beast of a Time – I continue my ongoing look at Breath of the Wild with an exploration of the Divine Beasts, the four major “dungeons” of the game.

Custom Order Maid 3D 2: The Reluctant Idol and the Photoshoot – We visit the Empire Club once again to see what the maids are up to… and spend some time with Custom Order Maid 3D 2’s excellent photo mode.

Warriors Wednesday: Stoking the Fires of Rebellion – Cao Pi comes face to face with his former allies Xiahou Dun and Xiahou Yuan. Can he convince them to join his upcoming rebellion against Orochi?

Waifu Wednesday: Ikaruga – The next Cover Game feature relates to the Senran Kagura series, as you’ve probably noticed by now! We kick off with a Waifu Wednesday on one of my favourite girls from the series, the Asami Imai-voiced Ikaruga from Hanzou Academy.

LOVE³ -Love Cube-: Can’t Escape from Crossing Fates – This gorgeous visual novel from Neko Work H, featuring art by prolific doujinshi artist Ishikei and animation by Nekopara’s Sayori, is well worth your time if you need a little pick-me-up. It’s sweet, sexy, funny and incredible to look at.

Final Fantasy Marathon: Vampire Hunter F(F) – The Warriors of Light finally reach the Cavern of Earth and decide to try and save the already-ruined town of Melmond from further shenanigans.

Senran Kagura: Introduction – Senran Kagura Estival Versus was the first ever Cover Game feature here on MoeGamer, but since then I’ve got very behind on this all-time favourite series! So I’m going to correct that in an extensive feature taking in Bon Appetit, Peach Beach Splash, Burst Re;Newal and Peach Ball. But we begin with an overview of where the series came from — and how a vitriolic, offensive blog post brought it a ton of positive attention here in the West.

Atari A to Z

The 8-bit series finally reaches Z for the second time with an oft-overlooked classic from Activision, we hit the links on the Atari ST courtesy of Sega and Elite, and we get smashy smashy with the Warlords in the arcades.

Cool Stuff By People Who Aren’t Me

First up, Patreon goodness! Right now, I’m supporting chaotic “old men (and Octav1us Kitten, who I also support) attempt to talk about games, usually fail” collective Digitiser 2000, the ever-grumpy (and always hilarious) Cheap Show Podcast, the wonderfully supportive Normal Happenings, independent games writing collective The Well-Red Mage and fountain of retro computer gaming knowledge Rob “Hellfire64” Caporetto, all of whom you can find out a bit more about by clicking through to their profiles.

Here’s a selection of recent YouTube and podcast goodness from several of this lot:

And from the bottomless well of delights that is my WordPress Reader this week…

Throwback Thursday… How Did I Start Watching Anime? (KAWAIIPAPERPANDAS) – Anyone who has experienced Katawa Shoujo will know what a wonderful experience it is. bodellyt explains how it played a key role in getting them into anime.

How Important is Relatability in Anime? (I drink and watch anime) – Irina kicks off another great chin-stroking discussion, this time over the concept of “relatability” and what it might actually mean.

Resident Evil 2: The Boardgame (Raistlin0903) – Raistlin may have left his video gaming days behind him, but that doesn’t mean he can’t enjoy some tabletop fun based on some old favourites! Here’s a look at a cool-looking cardboard-and-miniatures adaptation of Capcom’s classic.

Enter the Cringe (Enter the Anime Documentary Review) (A Nerdy Perspective) – A lot of people didn’t think much of this recent release by Netflix. Sam takes the time to put her thoughts after sitting through the whole thing into words.

The return to blogging (Later Levels) – Phil posts some thoughts on the value of blogging, how he’s come back to it after several years away, and what he’s discovered in the process.

All right, that’s your lot for now! Please look forward to a new MoeGamer Podcast tomorrow (perhaps even tonight if the upload finishes soon) — keep an eye on YouTube and/or Soundcloud to check it out — and, as always, thank you very much for your continued support!

Good night!


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