Around the Network

Good afternoon. I am ill. I am not happy about this, particularly as I’m just at the start of a week off from the day job… but such is life, I guess.

Hopefully I’ll shake it off before too long — I’m getting plenty of rest this weekend rather than trying to cram my time full of recording videos and whatnot. I have all of the coming week to do that, after all!

Anyway, enough moaning about my physical wellbeing; you’re hopefully here to find out what you might have missed this week. So let’s check it out!


Saboteur II: Avenging Angel – Dropping the “J” – After taking a look at the modern reimagining of Clive Townsend’s Spectrum classic Saboteurit’s only fair that we also examine the sequel too, innit?

Fairune 2: It’s Exactly What it Looks Like – Fairune 2 provides more of the same as its predecessor. Much, much more. It’s a wonderful puzzle adventure that is well, well worth your time, but read on if you need more convincing!

Waifu Wednesday: Arnice – With Arnice from Nights of Azure back in the spotlight for Warriors Wednesday, it’s high time we gave her a bit of love for Waifu Wednesday. So here we go!

Warriors Wednesday: Let’s Meow Meow (Warriors All-Stars #12) – In the twelfth week of fighting for the strange other world, we make some bizarre new allies…

Fairune Origin and Blast: Beginning and End – Fairune and its sequel are complemented in the Fairune Collection by Fairune Origin and Fairune Blast, two very different games that bookend the series rather nicely. Let’s take a closer look.

Final Fantasy Marathon: Slot 4 is Cursed (Final Fantasy II #2) – If you’re new to Final Fantasy II, you’d better get used to the fact that the fourth slot in the party list is not a place you want to be, for reasons that will become apparent in this episode.

LAMUNATION!: Introduction – We kick off the first Cover Game feature of 2020 by chatting with Meru and Blick from localiser-publisher Love Lab about their latest project LAMUNATION! — a game about sun, sea, sex, sand and soda.

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week, we return to the realms of Apshai for further adventures — though of a slightly different type — before failing miserably to save everyone’s favourite green-haired rodents from certain death and popping down the bottom of the garden for a bit of bug-blasting action.


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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, gaming and gaming culture commentator Liana Kerzner, 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:

Before we dive into the WordPress reader at large, I’d also like to give a hearty shout-out to Patron Matt from Normal Happenings, who is getting underway with his ambitious The Characters That Define Us collaborative blogging project. I’ve got a contribution for this coming up later in the year — no-one but Matt knows when yet! — but for now, Megan from A Geeky Gal has written a wonderful piece about Yuna from Final Fantasy X that I encourage you to head over and read.

Right. Into the depths of the WordPress Reader for some other stuff from around the network this week then…

Anime confessions (I drink and watch anime) – Irina ponders the concept of different people’s tastes in anime, and provides some honest thoughts on popular shows that she bounced off… and less-popular shows that she loved.

Please, Disney: I want to be a pirate (Later Levels) – Kim wants to see Monkey Island return… preferably by Rob Gilbert getting the rights to it back rather than by Disney doing something unfortunate with it.

5 Lessons from Therapy (A Geeky Gal) – Megan shares some of the things she’s learned from a couple of years in therapy. Hopefully some of you will find them helpful too!

Did You Miss These Hidden Gems on the Nintendo eShop? (In Third Person) – Jett shares some of his favourite games that you can find buried in the depths of the eShop on the Switch, surrounded by dodgy mobile ports. If those gold coins have been burning a hole in your virtual pocket… here are some good uses for them!

Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #39 (Blerdy Otome) – Pokeninja90 has been sharing the best of free of super-cheap games and visual novels for a while now, and is now branching out beyond just otome games into a broader range of gaming genres. If the purse-strings are a bit tight after the holiday season, check out some of these games!

Right. That’s your lot for this week! As always, thank you so much for your support, be it through reading, sharing, liking, commenting and all that good stuff — or if you’ve taken that next step and supported the site directly through Patreon, Ko-Fi or PayPal. It really means a lot.

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Anyway. Have a lovely week, and I hope you don’t catch the plague like I have. Ta-ta.

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