Hello again everyone! It’s the end of another week, and here in the UK the weather has finally switched gears from “blazing hot sunshine” to “torrential downpours”, with no intermediate steps. To be honest, I prefer the latter.
So what’s been going on this week? Lots of things! Before I talk about anything else, I’d just like to mention that I’ve started using Instagram a lot more, primarily to post short clips from my YouTube vids but also to point people in the direction of some of the articles here. I’m also putting most of these posts on Twitter, but Instagram has a different audience so if you’re on there and not on Twitter — or, hell, even if you are — please do give me a follow at @moegamerpete. Thank you!
With that shameless self-promotion over, let us continue with the remainder of the shameless self-promotion and check out what you might have missed this week.
The MoeGamer Podcast: Episode 29 – The Happenings – There’s been so much cool stuff going on recently that Chris and I decided to make our main discussion topic of the show simply… the recent news. Along the way we also find time for some discussion of the games we’ve been playing, including Oninaki, The Messenger, Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal and Super Metroid.
Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal: The Pairing of Sword and Shield – The first of two (probably) articles on Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal, specifically looking at both the game’s mechanics and the Hanzou narrative arc.
Warriors Wednesday: Daddy Dearest – Warriors Orochi #57 – I’ve started numbering these episodes for your convenience (and even gone back and numbered the old ones! Aren’t I nice?) Today, Cao Cao makes a surprise return as Cao Pi attempts to take a strategic stronghold on Mount Tennou.
Waifu Wednesday: Asuka – It would be remiss of me to run a Senran Kagura feature without giving one of the series’ most well-known characters a bit of love, wouldn’t it?
Super Metroid: Grown-Up Nintendo – At the age of 38, I finally played and beat Super Metroid for the first time. It left quite the impression.
Final Fantasy Marathon: Ruler of the Skies – Final Fantasy I #13 – The Warriors of Light have done pretty much everything they are able to in the southern part of the world… but how are they going to get to the northern continents, which lack anywhere to dock a big ol’ ship? Only one way to find out!
Vice: Project Doom – Secret Agent Man – A surprise addition to the Nintendo Switch Online NES app a little while ago was a relatively obscure Sammy-published, Aicom-developed title known as Vice: Project Doom (or Gun-Dec in Japan). It’s one of the most gorgeous games you’ll see on the humble NES, and very much worth your time!
Atari A to Z
This week we’ve got a microscopic shoot ’em up, a shoot ’em up where the ship is much too big, and a previously unreleased 2600 game that got a second chance thanks to the Atari Flashback Classics collection.
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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, as usual, it’s time to turn to the fantastic WordPress community for some highlights from the last week or so. If you know or run a WordPress blog you think I should be following, please let me know — and don’t feel it has to be confined to gaming, either!
Magical Sempai’s Magical Sempai: Shallow, Silly, Sexy, Stupendous (Shallow Dives in Anime) – Dewbond really liked Magical Sempai, and with good reason — it was a charming, deliberately dumb show that just wanted to make the audience smile. And the titular nameless character was a big part of that!
Playing games to enjoy, not to finish (The Late Night Session) – I don’t personally take this approach, but I understand people who do; The Night Owl makes a compelling argument for the way he tends to approach games these days.
In Anime, is Genre the Message? (I drink and watch anime) – Another cracking post from Irina that really got people talking on the subject of “genre” in anime, and whether or not the assumptions we make based on supposed genre can colour our perceptions of particular series.
Getting it right by doing it wrong (Kimimi the Game-Eating She-Monster) – Did you know there was a dual-screen arcade-based real-time strategy game based on the Three Kingdoms era of Chinese history that involved you sliding cards around for great justice? I did not. Kimimi taught me a lot this week.
When Video Games and Anime Collide! (Shoot the Rookie) – Pix1001 takes some time to ponder video games that would make good anime series — and some which have already made the jump to another medium.
Right, that’s your lot! Go have some lunch or something. I’m off to polish off the Hebijo arc in Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal.
Have a lovely weekend and thanks, as always, for your continued support!
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