Around the Network

Hello everyone! It’s the end of another week, so time for another one of them thar roundup type posts.

I’ve been ill this week, but I’ve been doing what I can to keep things ticking along. I think I’ve mostly mended now; a particularly fiery portion of noodles yesterday and a Chinese takeaway this evening have helped a great deal. Back on the straight and narrow with the diet tomorrow!

All right, enough about me, let’s check out what you might have missed this week.


Delving into Kirby’s Adventure #1 – I thought I’d get back to exploring the Kirby series, and where better to head next than his first NES adventure?

Warriors Wednesday: Just a Quickie – The 58th episode of Warriors Orochi actually goes remarkably smoothly for once, as Cao Pi and friends battle their way through Nan Zhong to scout out some new allies.

Waifu Wednesday: Haruka Senran Kagura has a seemingly bottomless supply of wonderful female characters, and Haruka is a favourite of many.

Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal: Within the Depths of Shadow – We take another look at Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal, this time focusing on the Hebijo campaign and the two DLC scenarios featuring Yumi and Miyabi.

Final Fantasy Marathon: Proof of Courage – The 14th episode of the Final Fantasy Marathon sees us heading into the Citadel of Trials to track down a “proof of courage” that will satisfy his Lordship Bahamut.

Cubixx: White Lines Blowin’ Through My Mind – Like Qix? Fancy playing it in 3D with a throbbing electronic soundtrack? Then check out this great game from Laughing Jacak, new to Switch. An excellent arcade experience to take with you on the go!

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week we have one of my favourite Atari 8-bit games — and one of the progenitors of the action RPG genre — along with a two-player stealth ’em up for ST, and an Intellivision port for Atari 2600.


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Cool Stuff By People Who Aren’t Me

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

And, as always, we close out our recap with a look around some of the stuff I’ve particularly enjoyed in my WordPress Reader this week. Don’t forget, if you have a blog you think I should be following — or know one you think I’d like — you can feel free to let me know about it!

Gaming After Dark: Katawa Shoujo (A Geeky Gal) – Megan’s got a great, sex-positive attitude towards adult games, which is something I’m absolutely 100% all about. And her first “Gaming After Dark” article is on an all-time favourite visual novel of mine, too. Looking forward to more in this series!

Realms of the Haunting (Kimimi the Game-Eating She-Monster) – Kimimi takes a look at a vastly underappreciated title from the FMV/CD-ROM era, which blends first-person shooting with survival horror and story-heavy adventure gaming.

Retro World 2019 Expo Recap (Comma Eight Comma One) – The Deviot shares his experiences from the Retro World expo. One day I might make it to an event like this… or indeed, one of these events might make it somewhere vaguely near where I live!

Waifu of the Week: Saotomi Tachibana (Ecchi Hunter) – Lynn has fine taste in waifus, and Saotomi Tachibana from How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift? is a particularly fine choice as a final farewell to this wonderful series. Sensei daisuki!

Well, this is just ridiculous. (Baud Attitude) – I’ve never really seen the appeal of an “ultrawide” setup — largely because I tend to game on a TV rather than at a PC desk — but Baud here provides a solid argument in favour of them!

That’s your lot! I know it’s been a bit quiet this week, but that can mainly be attributed to my ongoing plague issues. Thankfully that seems to have mostly left me behind now, so I should be on peak form this week, all being well. Expect the final Senran Kagura feature, along with a bunch of other fun times.

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5 thoughts on “Around the Network”

  1. Thanks for the plug! I fear my solid argument boils down to “this is absurd but really cool at the same time” 🙂

    I think I’m going to pull the setup apart after I finish The Division 2, though. I didn’t have any desks big enough, so I had to sacrifice my workbench area to it.

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  2. Thank you for the shoutout! I’m a little surprised to hear you hadn’t been to a show like this one. In any case, RWX is always a blast when I go. I can’t generally afford to go all over the country to see them all. But when I do attend a show I like to do a recap for anyone to check out. If I had limitless funds, and no need to work I’d love to hit up a lot of these shows all over the country. Portland Retro Gaming Expo, ReplayFX, Midwest Gaming Classic, MAGFest, Too Many Games, RetroGameCon, Retropalooza, Power-Con. They’re all on the bucket list.

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    1. We don’t get a lot over here in the UK, sadly — or at least not a lot that get widely publicised. We have a couple of big shows known as Rezzed and EGX, the latter of which I’ve been to a few times, but those are more akin to Gamescom/E3-type events on a slightly smaller scale.

      Most stuff that goes on here in the UK is either in London or Birmingham, our two largest cities, and both of which are a pain (and expensive!) to get to. I am suboptimally situated for pretty much anything cool that goes on here on the South coast 🙂

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  3. Thanks for the shoutout. If only Saotomi knew the attention she was getting. There’s no way she would be single in real life. I’m already missing my weekly fix of Hibiki, Machio and the gals.

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