Around the Network

Good evening folks! I slept in until lunchtime and then spent the rest of the day editing a new podcast episode, which will be making its way into your ears and eyes tomorrow. It’s a good ‘un!

While that renders — and while I decide whether or not I want to eat the Rustlers burger in my fridge having consumed a sufficient quantity of Starburst to make me feel a little queasy — I figured it was as good a time as any to do the weekly roundup.

So here is the weekly roundup! Join me after the jump and we’ll check out what you might have missed this week.


198X: Retro Games as Art – 198X is an absolutely beautiful pixel-art movie featuring interactive arcade game sequences that pay homage to the classics of the golden age. It’s a deeply affecting, emotional experience that is well worth your time.

Check Out My Prison Princess Review! – In something of a pleasant surprise, Damien McFerran of Nintendo Life reached out to me to cover Prison Princess, a point-and-click adventure by qureate for Nintendo Switch. They paid me and everything. It’d be wonderful if you could show your support both for my work and for Nintendo Life making an effort to repair a relationship with fans of Japanese games.

Interspecies Reviewers, Vol. 2: Falling Well Within Our Standards – With the recent cancellation of the hot new anime from both Funimation’s streaming service and the Tokyo MX TV channel in Japan, I thought now would be a perfect time to continue looking at the source material.

Waifu Wednesday: Alis Landale – The heroine of the original Phantasy Star is an inspiration to us all! Let’s celebrate her majesty together.

Warriors Wednesday: Beautiful Flowers (Warriors All-Stars #16) – Setsuna’s forces take some time to gradually conquer a little more of the map and inch their way towards a new Dramatic Battle, pitting the prettiest ladies of the Warriors world against seemingly overwhelming odds!

Fantasy Zone: Intergalactic Monetary Fund – An all-time classic from Sega hit the Nintendo eShop recently — how well does it hold up in our own troubled economic times?

Final Fantasy Marathon: The Liberation of Fynn (Final Fantasy II #6) – “This’ll be a short episode”, he says, before launching into over two hours of adventure. Once again, pack a lunch.

The Atelier MegaFeature: Prelude – And finally, it’s time to kick off the Atelier MegaFeature, which will likely be taking up a significant proportion of this year! Find out more in this article.

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week sees us rescuing Hanna Barbera’s extended cast, infiltrating an evil futuristic corporation — is there any other kind? — and cracking some less-than-fiendish codes.

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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, fountain of retro computer gaming knowledge Rob “Hellfire64” Caporetto and blogger/YouTuber Megan Marie, 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 always, let’s delve into the cool, crystal-clear waters of the WordPress Reader and extract some delicious, juicy blog posts for us to enjoy this fine evening!

Claire “Lightning” Farron: The Character That Defines Livid Lightning (Normal Happenings) – Ellen has mostly retreated from online social activities, including blogging, but you should definitely take a moment to read this heartfelt piece about why Final Fantasy XIII’s protagonist is such an important character to her. This is part of Normal Happenings’ ambitious, year-long “The Characters That Define Us” project that I’m a part of!

John Romero’s Sigil: Iconic or Demonic (Hundstrasse) – Luke explores the unofficial “Episode 5” of the original Doom, recently added for free to the console ports.

My journey with walking simulators (Later Levels) – Once a term of derision, today the term “walking simulator” is actually quite a helpful descriptor. Kim explores some of these games that she’s enjoyed over the years — and some she bounced off.

Why I Procrastinated on Playing The Witcher Series (In Third Person) – We all have our reasons for never getting around to things; Jett takes a moment to contemplate why he’s put off The Witcher for so long.

“We’ll show you the best events!” (Kimimi the Game-Eating She-Monster) – As always, we can count on Kimimi to show us something weird and wonderful. This time around it’s a delightfully creative and unusual take on the multi-discipline sports game!

All righty, that’s your lot for now. As always, thank you very much for your support on social media, on Patreon — and, this week, over in the Nintendo Life comments section. I was delighted to see how many supportive comments there were for my Prison Princess review, and I can only hope that this marks the start of a shift in how mainstream commercial sites examine and treat niche-interest games. A sincere thanks to Damien for the opportunity.

Have a wonderful week, and please look forward to tomorrow’s podcast!

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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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