Around the Network

Hello everyone! I hope you’re doing well.

The wife and I have been having a troublesome few months. Our hob went, our roof leaked, our cats had fleas and yesterday our washing machine broke. Thankfully all but the latter of these have now been resolved (at varying levels of expense) but as I type this, the wife is in search of a suitable replacement washing machine to go in our awkwardly shaped gap.

But you don’t need to know all that, really. You’re here to find out what you might have missed in the last week or so, right? Read on, then…


nail’d: Look Out Below – Want a ridiculous racer that doesn’t take itself at all seriously? Techland’s offroad title nail’d is a ton of fun, featuring insane jumps and eye-melting speed.

Ichidant-R: Minigame Mayhem – The latest Sega Ages release for Switch brings back the Bonanza Bros. spinoff in both its arcade and Japanese Mega Drive incarnations. It’s a delight.

Warriors Wednesday: Starting Life in a New World – We kick off a new series of Warriors Wednesday with our first look at Warriors All-Stars for PlayStation 4. We’re in for a wild ride!

Waifu Wednesday: Bee-Tan – Having played a lot of Gun Gun Pixies over the last few weeks, I’ve developed a significant soft spot for Bee-tan, one of the two leading ladies.

Columns II: The Most Passive-Aggressive Puzzle Game Ever – Reckon yourself at Columns? Well, Columns II might have a thing or two to say about your skills, and now you can really put your money where your mouth is now that it’s part of the Sega Ages collection on Nintendo Switch.

Final Fantasy Marathon: To the Heavens – There’s just one more crystal to go on the Warriors of Light’s grand quest… but how to get to it?

Gun Gun Pixies: Tiny Girls, Huge Hearts – Our Shade-centric Cover Game feature continues with a look at Gun Gun Pixies, a game about the pursuit of happiness, empathy and compassion. Something we could all do with more of in this day and age!

Atari A to Z

This week our journeys through the world of retro include a bouncy-bouncy software toy, an incredible 16-bit open-world 3D adventure and an Intellivision port that I only realised the addictive qualities of after I finished recording and saw my timestamp read over 40 minutes…


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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, and thankfully her copyright woes have been resolved, so her videos are back online. She’ll be back making videos after some much-needed rest!

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

And as always, here’s a selection of things from around the WordPress Reader this week.

The 10 best DLC packs on Vita (kresnik258gaming) – DLC is a subject that tends to get ignored in a lot of writing about games, but there are some great examples of additional content for beloved games. Kresnik trawls through the PlayStation Store to find some of the best for Sony’s underappreciated handheld.

The pursuit of classic systems is an expensive business (The Late Night Session) – The Night Owl explores how collecting retro systems is becoming a somewhat pricey affair, depending on how “into” the hobby you want to get.

The mystery of Atlantis (Kimimi the Game-Eating She-Monster) – Did you remember that Tomb Raider got really fucking weird at the end? I didn’t. Kimimi provides us with a helpful, fleshy reminder.

Bring Mobility Back to Mobile Games (DJMMTs Gaming & More Blog) – djmmtgamechangerdoc bemoans the fact that most “mobile” games these days are dependent on constant Internet connections — which you can’t necessarily rely on when you’re out on the go!

Hype Soundtracks: Relaxing Lunch Break (Love Live!) (Chase the Light! Reflections) – New Patron Kikoman589 explores one of his favourite incidental tracks from the Love Live! soundtrack.

That’s your lot for now! Now I’ve got a podcast to edit, so please look forward to it!

Thank you as always for your ongoing support: here, on social media and on Patreon. It means a lot — especially in cases such as my Gun Gun Pixies article I wrote this week, which several people personally and privately reached out to me and thanked me for after the whole debacle over mainstream reviews of it a while back. That’s always a cool feeling.

Anyway. Have a good what’s left of your weekend, and I’ll see you soon.

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Thanks for reading; I hope you enjoyed this article. I’ve been writing about games in one form or another since the days of the old Atari computers, with work published in Page 6/New Atari User, PC Zone, the UK Official Nintendo Magazine, GamePro, IGN, USgamer, Glixel and more over the years, and I love what I do.

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