Around the Network

Late again! Apologies. But I was up until 11.30pm last night editing the newest episode of The MoeGamer Podcast (coming later today!) so hopefully you’ll forgive me.

It was an interesting week last week, for sure! A lot of people were very keen on my article about respecting one another’s tastes, and this was really gratifying and encouraging to see. I know I’m not the only one who’s absolutely sick of low-effort reviews wasting everyone’s time; small-scale, niche-interest titles deserve respect as much as big-budget triple-A stuff — more so in many cases, in my experience — so it’s always depressing to see when a big, usually respectable publication shits out something as distasteful as what we saw this week.

But oh well. We can but try to make the world a better place by being the change we want to see in it. That’s certainly what I strive to do, so please, pull up a chair and check out what you might have missed in the last week!


Super Mario Kart: Defining a Genre – The recent release of SNES games on the Switch has caused a lot of people to revisit some 16-bit classics. How well does Super Mario Kart hold up today?

Let’s Respect Each Other’s Tastes (Or, “This Game Isn’t For You, And That’s Okay) – The title is pretty self-explanatory, but it made a couple of people very angry indeed! However, it made a lot more people very happy, so I’m glad to speak up on this subject. It’s important. And if the idea of respecting others and not being a dick makes you angry, you probably need to take a long, hard look at yourself.

Warriors Wednesday: Filthy Garbage – Cao Pi’s adventures in Warriors Orochi continue as he gets his rebellion well and truly underway. This week, he’s trying to rescue his wife Zhen Ji from servitude to crazy snake guy.

Waifu Wednesday: Homura – A longstanding favourite in the Senran Kagura series, Homura is a wonderful character who has shown considerable depth and development over her long run with the series.

Star Fox: All Ships Check In!! – More SNES funtimes, this time with Argonaut’s polygonal classic — still a great, arcadey experience all these years later.

Final Fantasy Marathon: Mt. Gulg and the Big Rooms of Nothing – The Warriors of Light finally make it to where they were supposed to be last time. Ahead of them lies a significant, fiery challenge — and an equally fiery Marilith just waiting for a chance to pound on them.

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week, we rewire some houses, escape from Jellystone Park and blast everything in sight!


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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, of course, where would we be without the wonderful WordPress community? Here’s some highlights from around my Reader this week. If you know (or run!) a WordPress blog you think I should be following, please let me know!

I Finally Got A Link to the Past Off My Backlog (Adventure Rules) – After many long years, Robert Ian Shepard finally clears out a significant blockage in his backlog: the SNES Zelda.

Irina’s Top 5 Waifus and Matt’s Top 5 Husbandos (I drink and watch anime) – Some very interesting choices in here. Though anyone who has been following Irina for any length of time will not be in any way surprised by her number one pick.

Concerning Remasters and Remakes, Fatigue and Exceptions (The Well-Red Mage) – Red ponders his feelings about remasters and remakes… and considers why his attitude towards such things might not be consistent or concrete.

The Downfall of the Will of Tobirama Senju (FuckBoiOpinions) – I don’t know Naruto at all, but this in-depth analysis by LiteratureFuckBoi is well worth a read. If you’re an anime fan and not following his blog yet, correct that forthwith!

Fighting Anxiety and Self-Loathing Through Celeste (Lethargic Ramblings) – Following on from his excellent post on Majora’s Mask from last week, Leth shares a deeply personal post about his response to critical darling Celeste.

New-old is the new… old? (Kimimi the Game-Eating She-Monster) – Do you like ’90s gaming magazines? Kimimi made a mockup of one that had me hunting for my chequebook and a stamp so I could mail off and subscribe.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and a Tale of Love ( – Matt takes an in-depth look at how sex and relationships are handled in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and comes away wanting rather more than the game provided!

That’s yer lot for this week. New episode of The MoeGamer Podcast coming later today — it’s processing at the time of writing, so shouldn’t be too long — and more Senran Kagura funtimes throughout the week.

Thank you for all your support, a hearty welcome to any new readers I’ve picked up in the last week or so — and I hope you have a great week filled with joyful gaming. Take care!

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