Around the Network

Hello everyone! I hope you’ve had a good weekend. Mine has been pretty quiet and dull.

I’ve been a bit bummed out by some rather negative happenings in the retro gaming community recently; thankfully none of them have involved me, but they do involve a creator I like very much and support on Patreon. You can read more about that elsewhere, though — I might even pen something about it myself next week depending on how things go.

It’s at times like this that a bit of enthusiasm and positivity goes a long way, though, so let’s take a look at some of the things you might have missed this week.


Flicky: The Sound of Birdsong is So Beautiful – Been a while since I looked at a Mega Drive game, so I thought I’d examine an old favourite.

“Anime Avatar” is Not an Argument – I think this probably says it all, but I go into a bit more detail as to why anyone who attempts to get one over on you with this is a big raging stupid.

Warriors Wednesday: Grand Finale – We’ve done it! Warriors Orochi is finally down for the count after 60 episodes. Of course, there’s more I could do, but in the interests of… err… variety, we’ll be moving on to Warriors All-Stars next week.

Waifu Wednesday: Yomi – Apparently a very popular choice, Yomi is one of my favourite characters from the Senran Kagura cast, so let’s take a closer look at what makes her tick.

Shade: A Brief History – We kick off the new Cover Game feature with a look at the fascinating and surprising history of Shade, developer of Gun Gun Pixies and Bullet Girls Phantasia, among other things.

Your Favourite Overlooked and Underappreciated Games – I asked people on Twitter about their favourite games that were not well-regarded by the public or critical consensus. There were some really interesting responses!

Final Fantasy Marathon: Topless Mermaids – There’s two more crystals to go, and the first of them is somewhere deep beneath the waves in the Sunken Shrine. Also there are mermaids!

Atari A to Z

This week, we have a piece of “begware” for Atari 8-bit, an entertaining mouse-pointer shooter for Atari ST… and, err, Asteroids, again. That is probably the last time we’ll see Asteroids for quite some time, though, you’ll be pleased to know!


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Cool Stuff By People Who Aren’t Me

First up, Patreon goodness! Right now, I’m supporting chaotic “old men 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. I also support Octav1us Kitten, but given the trouble she’s dealing with at the moment, her channel is presently offline.

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

And, as always, we finish with some stuff from around the WordPress Reader this week:

Deep Reads #0: Preface (Everything is bad for you) – AK is planning to start doing “deep reads” on some of the things that are important to him, and I’m very excited to see what he has to say. We’re all about the deep reads of things that don’t often get a lot of analysis here on MoeGamer, so I’m delighted to see someone else taking this approach too.

Symphony of the Night vs. BOOKS (Kimimi the Game-Eating She-Monster) – Kimimi’s back with another excellent piece of analysis, this time on how closely Symphony of the Night’s enemies resemble their legendary, mythological or Biblical incarnations.

Delving Into the Catfish’s Maw – The Design of the Dungeon that Almost Killed Me (Adventure Rules) – And another excellent piece of deep analysis — a good week for it, apparently — this time from Robert Ian Shepard, taking a close look at one of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening’s dungeons.

Steam Clock in Gastown, Vancouver (Wretched and Divine) – Some stunning photography from Rose that looks kind of otherworldly. Her featured image looks more like a still from an anime than an actual photograph!

In Defense of Jude Mathis (Alchemist of Blogging) – Logy delves into some of the reasons she finds Jude from Tales of Xillia such a compelling, interesting character. I have a lot of time for anyone who loves Xillia!

And that’s your lot for this week. There’s a bit of the weekend left as I type this, so I hope you spend the rest of your free time (assuming it is free, I know some of you are unlucky enough to have to work weekends) in a suitably pleasant, relaxing manner.

It feels like there’s been a lot of horrible crap happening to a lot of people who really don’t deserve it recently. I sincerely hope that we can move on from these dark and difficult times and find a new age of peace in our hearts.

In the meantime, you’ve always got a nice, quiet, positive and happy place to hang out here, so feel free to drop by any time you want to escape from the crapness of the “real world”. I have anime girls and cookies.

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