Around the Network

Hello everyone! Sorry this is much later than it usually is (again), but I’ve been keeping myself quite busy!

I’m just starting a week off from the day job, which you think would mean I have lots of time to spare… but I’ve set most of the time aside for getting well ahead of schedule on video series and articles, and as such I’ve spent the majority of today researching material for upcoming Atari A to Z videos!

That doesn’t mean there’s no time for the usual fun and games around here, mind, so let’s have a look at what you might have missed in the last week.

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The MoeGamer Podcast: Episode 28 – Best of Bosses – Was it really only a week ago we recorded and published this? It feels like longer. Anyway, here’s Chris and me waxing lyrical about some of our favourite boss fights from over the years… plus the usual news and “what we’ve been playing” talk.

Pokémon Masters: Friendly Free-to-Play – If you’re someone who gets put off by mobile games constantly being in-your-face about premium currency, energy bars and suchlike… give Pokémon Masters a go. While in gameplay terms it still suffers from long-term repetitiveness just like any other mobile game, the whole thing is a lot more “friendly” than any other mobile game I’ve played in that it never once hassles you. More of that, please.

Warriors Wednesday: Do Not NTR Lu Bu – There are many things you should not do to Lu Bu. I’d argue cucking him is probably right near the top of the list. Cao Pi and friends are lucky to escape with their lives.

Waifu Wednesday: Hikage – A popular waifu from the Senran Kagura series, Hikage may not have any emotions — or so she says, anyway — but she most certainly has a personality, and can rap with the best of ’em. Thank you, baby.

Nintendo Switch: Modern Console, Gateway to Retro – Interested in retro gaming but finding the prospect of collecting old shit prohibitively expensive? Buy a Switch. It’s a great way to start getting to know some all-time classics without breaking the bank… or resorting to methods of questionable morality!

Final Fantasy Marathon: Navigation Issues – Just because they’re the goddamn Warriors of Light doesn’t mean they can’t get lost once in a while, particularly when confronted with a labyrinth of rivers. Cut the poor souls some slack after last week’s ordeal!

Stunt Race FX: A Last Hurrah – The new Super NES app on Nintendo Switch has brought with it the first rerelease of underappreciated Super FX title Stunt Race FX in over a decade. Does it hold up? Erm… yes and no. It’s definitely worth a look, either way!

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week we’ve got a modern shoot ’em up for Atari 8-bit, the official sequel to Tetris by Alexey Pajitnov himself, and the juddering hellscape that is Adventure II, a game that pushes the poor old 2600 just a little harder than it’s comfortable with!

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 YouTube and podcast goodness from several of this lot:

And from around the WordPress reader this week:

My Favourite Anime Protagonists and Why! (Alchemist of Blogging) – Logy is a newcomer to anime blogging, but this post gets her off to a cracking start. Please be kind and welcome her to the community!

Hyper! Burning Rangers, Wow! (Kimimi The Game-Eating She-Monster) – Ahh, Burning Rangers. Kimimi has many words with which to extol the virtues of this strange and wonderful Sega title!

The Legal Grey Zone of Scanlations (I drink and watch anime) – Irina hosts a thought-provoking discussion on scanlations, fansubs, piracy and how the anime-loving community can best support their favourite works under difficult circumstances.

SNES Online vs. Virtual Console: Innovation or Disappointment? (The Well-Red Mage) – Red ponders the new SNES service for Nintendo Switch and considers whether we’re better off with something like this, or with the old way of doing things.

1 vs 100: 10 Years Later and the Void Remains (Game Time) – Fitzy reminisces over good times spent with the online Xbox Live game show 1 vs 100 — a game that was a cracking good time with friends, and dead before its time. (It was probably alive before its time, too, which I guess is where the problem was!)

All right, that’ll do for now. I’ve got videos to make, things to write, dinner to have and cats to pet, so I’ll get on with at least some of those things right now.

Thank you as ever for your support, and don’t forget you can help me out by buying me a coffee or pledging ongoing support via Patreon. I’ve just started experimenting with a new weekly reward for all Patrons; just $1 a month will get you in on that exciting action!

Anyway. Have a lovely week. I certainly will!


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