Around the Network

Good evening! Hope you’re all doing well and have survived another week cooped up at home with all those video games you haven’t beaten yet.

I’ve been getting in some good gaming time; I beat Final Fantasy VII Remake, am making good progress on Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm for the MegaFeature, and have found some time to tinker with Level-5’s excellent Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl Gold too. There’ll be more on the latter when I’ve delved a little deeper into it for sure!

For now, though, let’s take a look at what you might have missed in the last week!


Waifu Uncovered: Return of the Strip ’em Up – If you enjoy shoot ’em ups featuring naked ladies, this one will certainly scratch that particular itch — and it’s actually a great deal of fun, too.

Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary: The Remake Treatment – With Final Fantasy VII Remake now on shelves, I thought I’d take a look at an installment in the series that Square Enix has remade several times at this point.

Waifu Wednesday: Aerith Gainsborough – And continuing with the Final Fantasy VII Remake theme, I thought it was high time we showed Aerith some love — as well as acknowledging that Final Fantasy VII Remake has well and truly put the Aeris/Aerith debate to bed.

Final Fantasy VII Remake: The Future is a Blank Page – Final Fantasy VII Remake is a fascinating, ambitious and ballsy project. I pen some spoileriffic thoughts about some of its more controversial aspects.

Final Fantasy Marathon: The Arcane Labyrinth, Part 2 (Final Fantasy II #16) – And to wrap up what ended up being an unintentional week of Final Fantasy, here’s the latest episode of the Final Fantasy Marathon, in which we clear the second of the three Arcane Labyrinth dungeons in pursuit of Firion’s ultimate weapon.

The Music of Atelier, Vol. 2: Atelier Iris 2 – The Azoth of Destiny – We close out the week with another celebration of Gust’s awesome sound team and their sterling work on Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny’s soundtrack.

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week we had a very diverse lineup! Music education, casino gambling and a pre-Pac-Man dot eater! Let’s dive in!

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 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 usual, let’s take a quick trip around the WordPress Reader to see what other people in the community have been up to this week! As always, do feel free to give me a shout any time if you’ve written something that you think I might find interesting!

Can a Foreign Fan Ever Enjoy Anime to the Fullest? (I drink and watch anime) – Irina raises an interesting question that is also relevant to those of us who enjoy games made by our friends in the East.

6 Ways I’m Coping with Self-Isolation (A Geeky Gal) – Megan always has lots of great advice about mental health and wellbeing, so if you’re starting to feel the walls close in on you a bit, be sure to check this post out.

More games should handle difficulty like Slay the Spire (Frostilyte Writes) – Frostilyte provides some thoughts on difficulty in games, and some elegant solutions that it might be nice to see a bit more often.

Welcome to the devil’s kaleidoscope (Kimimi the Game-Eating She-Monster) – Kimimi jumps head-first into Square’s iS: internal section and tries not to have a bad trip.

13 Binge-Worthy TV Shows that Help Me Escape Quarantine – Hulu Edition (BiblioNyan) – Yon Nyan shares some shows that have been helping them stay sane amid the chaos of the world right now. If you have a Hulu account — or an alternative means of watching some of these shows — set aside a bit of time and binge away! It’s not as if you’re going anywhere, is it?

And there we go. I’m going to wrap up my weekend with some multiplayer Snack World — assuming it works properly, of course — and then it’s onwards to another week behind closed doors.

Stay safe, stay sane and stay home!

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