Around the Network

Good morning! And welcome to another week of quarantine. I hope you’re all holding up okay and have plenty of video games to keep you occupied. Heaven knows I do. I’ve been preparing for this my whole life!

As you might expect, being cooped up in the house hasn’t slowed me down one bit, as MoeGamer and Atari A to Z are both still going stronger than ever. The Atelier MegaFeature is progressing well, too — I should actually beat Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny this evening, so I can actually be slightly ahead of schedule, too! Wahoo, as Mario would say.

Anyway. Let’s catch up on what you might have missed in the last week. You have plenty of time to sit and read right now, after all!

MoeGamer

Tengai: The Return of the Samurai Aces – We continue our exploration of the Psikyo Shooting Stars collections with a look at the second of the Samurai Aces/Sengoku Ace games — and the birthplace of Miko’s Boobs.

Samurai Aces Episode III: Sengoku Cannon – Blasting GoodbyeWe bid a fond farewell to the Samurai Aces series with its less than well-regarded third installment, originally released as a PSP exclusive.

Warriors Wednesday: Return of the Hungry Caterpillar (Warriors All-Stars #23) – The gang encounter the very hungry Horo, who is ready to fight for her right to eat everything in sight.

Waifu Wednesday: Isabelle – With everyone having a lovely time with Animal Crossing right now, I figured it high time we gave some love to everyone’s favourite secretary.

SeaBed: What You Leave Behind – A thoroughly engaging, emotional yuri visual novel, SeaBed is just the sort of long read that will keep you occupied during these trying times.

Final Fantasy Marathon: For The Emperor (Final Fantasy II #13) – Have Firion and company finally reached the end of their quest? It certainly seems that way, but fate has a way of throwing a spanner in the works, particularly when it comes to RPG narratives…

Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny – The Fight for Eden – Atelier Iris 2’s combat and progression mechanics are a bit of a contrast from its predecessor, making for a fun, interesting and quite combat-centric game.

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week we’ve got an offensively-named 10-line Turbo Basic XL game, an EA classic (yes, they do exist) and another Intellivision port from Mattel’s M Network label.

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:

And, as always, we conclude with a merry ride around the WordPress Reader to see what’s been happening among the many wonderful bloggers I follow. As always, if you don’t think I’m following you or you know someone you think I’d enjoy, please feel free to let me know — I’m always up for more reading material!

Nekopara vol. 1: Pussy(cats) After Dark (Shallow Dives in Anime) – I apparently convinced Dewbond to explore the wonderful world of Nekoparaso he’s dutifully provided some thoughts on his experiences so far!

Games to Beat in 5 Hours or Less (gamergal.exe) – Now is the perfect time to delve into some long games, of course, but sometimes you just want a nice palate-cleanser. Skylar-Mei’s got you covered with some great recommendations.

The law of diminishing returns in the console arms race (The Late Night Session) – The Night Owl ponders how and why we still have fanboy rage and console wars in an age where gaming platforms are creeping ever closer to photorealism.

Lost. In. SPAAAAAAAACCCCEEEEEEEE! (Kimimi the Game-Eating She-Monster) – Kimimi digs out Tori no Hoshi, yet another game you almost certainly haven’t heard of, and explains why it’s such a fascinating experience.

The Art of the Helpless Antagonist (I drink and watch anime) – Irina shares some of her favourite examples of unusual, cuddly, mascot-style antagonists.

And that’s that for now. Hope you have a good week and don’t go too stir crazy; remember, even if you can’t go outside, there are myriad weird and wonderful worlds to explore, courtesy of all your gaming platforms — why not spend some time checking out that game you’ve been “meaning to get to for ages”?


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