Around the Network

Good morning and REMAIN INDOORS! Not that I’m sure that will be a problem for a lot of us, but regardless… stay safe, everyone.

As many people are discovering, a global pandemic is a fine time to hole up in your place of residence with lots of snack foods and a large stack of video games, and enjoy them to your heart’s content. I’ve been doing just that — not that it’s a big change from my usual existence — and coping all right. Just remember to say hi to your nearest and dearest now and again

And of course, you can always come and hang out on your favourite site about overlooked and underappreciated games from around the world and through the ages. So with that in mind, let’s check out what you might have missed in the last week.

MoeGamer

Dead or School: A Passion Project Pays Off – Dead or School is an excellent platform action RPG with an interesting story behind it, and I sincerely hope it becomes a cult hit.

Zero Gunner 2-: Making a Classic Affordable The Nintendo Switch continues to come through as an ideal platform for retro gaming enthusiasts, as one of the most expensive Dreamcast shooters becomes much more accessible to the common man.

Warriors Wednesday: To the Future (Warriors All-Stars #22) – We contemplate the future a little while attempting to once again recruit Darius to our cause.

Waifu Wednesday: Leila – Final Fantasy II’s badass pirate girl is under the spotlight this week — and it turns out she was actually pretty influential on a number of later installments in the series.

Samurai Aces: A Strong Debut – It’s right back to the start with our exploration of Psikyo’s back catalogue: Samurai Aces was the company’s debut title, and it’s a shoot ’em up with a very appealing simplicity about it.

Final Fantasy Marathon: A Complete Waste of Time (Final Fantasy II #12) – Firion and company go the wrong way. For nearly an hour. I’m sorry. Mostly.

Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny – Alchemy Evolution – The Atelier MegaFeature continues as we take a look at how Atelier Iris 2 expands on what its experimental predecessor did.

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week we’ve got a port that… kind of evolved a little bit beyond its original remit, a STOS-powered strategic shooter and a surprisingly solid 2600 port of an arcade classic.

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.

Find out more and sign up to Patreon here!

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.

Find out more and sign up to SubscribeStar here!

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:

With everything that’s going on, I haven’t had as much time to catch up on everything around the WordPress Reader as much as I might like, but here are some highlights I did manage to catch:

Final Fantasy I: A Must-Play Classic (Lethargic Ramblings) – Leth found some writing inspiration thanks to the excellent GBA version of the first Final Fantasy game — a game whose age and relative primitiveness actually benefits it in some ways.

Self-Care Sunday: Dealing with the Mind-Fuck Boredom of Self-Quarantine (BiblioNyan) – Yon Nyan provides us all with some helpful advice for these trying times.

Philosophiraga: Episode Seven – World of Warcraft’s Corrupted Blood Incident (The Well-Red Mage) – Chris Durston’s fascinating “games and philosophy” podcast continues with one of World of Warcraft’s most interesting moments.

Getting Started in Animal Crossing: Earning Your First 5000 Miles (Adventure Rules) – For those who have chosen to lock themselves up with Nintendo’s latest, Robert Ian Shepard’s got you covered with some helpful tips.

Let it Out: Coping Through Streaming (In Third Person) – If this current situation had happened 20 years ago, we might not be in such a good position to stay in touch with one another via various means. Jett explores how streaming has helped him cope.

And that’s that for another week. I should have another review going up on Nintendo Life this week, so keep an eye on my Twitter for when that happens — much like with Dead or School, I’ll be complementing that review with a longer piece here on MoeGamer too, so if it piques your interest, check back here to find out more!

Take good care of yourselves, everyone; things may suck right now but this won’t last forever. And we’ll all come out of it stronger. And perhaps paler. Anyway. Remember the healing power of video games, and I hope your week is as good as it can be under the circumstances!


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