Hello everyone, and welcome to the conclusion of another week. I hope you don’t have the zombie plague, and that if you have found yourself self-isolated, you have plenty of things to keep yourself occupied!
My day job wants “as many people as possible” to work from home, but unfortunately has only provided half of my team with the facility to do so, so I still have to go into work tomorrow. Still, I feel like it’s going to be fairly quiet there for a little while!
Anyway. Enough talk of infectious diseases; let’s look at what you might have missed this week.
I’ve had two articles published over on Nintendo Life this week — be sure to check them out and leave a comment, because that helps the site see that there’s a market for specialist writers covering Japanese games and visual novels in a sensible manner without branding them “creepy” or whatever. The articles have already had a good response, so please give them a look if you haven’t already!
Dead or School: Mutant Slaying with a Sense of Style – An awesome new platform action RPG that I’ll be writing about in more detail here on MoeGamer next week.
NinNinDays: A Short but Sweet Visual Novel with Some Rough Edges – A fun visual novel from Prison Princess creators qureate that doesn’t quite live up to its potential.
The MoeGamer Podcast, Episode 35: New Age of Beatdowns – Chris and I continue our discussion of beat ’em ups by looking at more modern examples of the genre, from the Dreamcast era onwards.
Bonus Listening: OCP Multitap Podcast – Gun Gun Pixies – Ben “Oculin” Yoder of One Controller Port was kind enough to invite me along to talk about Gun Gun Pixies. So I did!
Madoris R: The House That Switch Built – A simple but thoroughly compelling puzzler based around the concept of arranging floor plans.
Warriors Wednesday: The Young Dragon (Warriors All-Stars #21) – Sophie gets herself into trouble, but the gang ends up with a new ally in the process.
Teki & Nick’s Mixtape Quest Adventure: A Journey Through Classic Music – Diggin’ in the Carts curator Nick Dwyer reached out to tell me about his new project… and it’s pretty sweet! Listen along with me in this piece.
Dragon Blaze: Strikers 1495 – More Psikyo shoot ’em up goodness as we leave the military hardware behind and take up arms atop a fearsome dragon!
The Music of Atelier, Vol. 1: Atelier Iris – Eternal Mana – Gust’s sound team is one of the best in the biz, so let’s celebrate their work throughout the Atelier series, beginning with the Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana soundtrack.
Final Fantasy Marathon: Ultimania (Final Fantasy II #11) – Firion and company track down the Ultima spell at last, and someone dies. Again.
Atari A to Z
This week, we’ve got a modern Atari 8-bit port of a ZX Spectrum classic, the most ’90s shoot ’em up of all time (AH YEAH) and a tactical shooter for Atari 5200 with dodgy POKEY emulation.
Patreon and SubscribeStar
Don’t forget that over on Patreon I post a daily behind-the scenes personal blog that is, effectively, a resurrection of my old #oneaday blog I used to host over at angryjedi.wordpress.com. At the present time, this also includes exclusive patrons-only weekly vlogs and Let’s Plays at the weekends! If you’d like to get to know me a bit better, be sure to sign up; just $1 a month (about 80p) can get you in the club, and it also provides you with access to the MoeGamer Discord as well as helping to fund and support the things I do here on the site.
I’m also in the process of getting SubscribeStar rolling for those who don’t wish to or aren’t able to use Patreon for whatever reason — I’ve had a few requests for this, so I thought I’d actually get it done. Once that’s up and running and some people have signed up, I’ll offer all the same benefits there for the same price as Patreon.
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, of course, we conclude with some highlights from around the WordPress Reader this week. Go support these excellent writers with likes and comments!
In defense of offensive content (Everything is bad for you) – AK posts an in-depth exploration of the value of “offensive” content, and why we should value creators having the opportunity to express themselves however they see fit.
My First Impressions of SCOUT – and Also the Rest of Murder By Numbers (Adventure Rules) – Robert Ian Shepard gives us a look at the new “Picross and crimebusting” game for Switch, Murder By Numbers.
Can a Blog Be an Island (I drink and watch anime) – Irina contemplates different approaches to engaging with the community — or not!
Black Like Me (Playing Watch Dogs 2 and Other Games Online) (DJMMT’s Gaming (& More) Blog – djmmtgamechangerdoc posts probably the most sensible, level-headed thing I’ve ever read about “diversity” — including how it’s valuable, but how it shouldn’t be tokenistic.
Are Genre Enthusiasts in Decline Within the World of Video Games? (In Third Person) – Jett ponders whether the rise of the never-ending “lifestyle game as a service” has hampered players’ ability to engage with a genre as a whole.
And that’s your lot for this week. Now I’m off to bury myself in a visual novel for the rest of the day, because I once again have a deadline!
Have a pleasant Sunday, and thank you as always for all your support!
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