Around the Network

Hello everyone, and I hope you’re all still surviving during these strange times in the world.

As you’ve seen, I’m just continuing to beaver away on stuff here just as I’ve always done, so it’s business as usual here on MoeGamer. I hope I’m at least providing some entertaining and informative reads and watches to take your mind off things right now!

Let’s check out what you might have missed in the last week or so.


Lonely Mountains: Downhill – Bringing the Outside Inside – This mountain biking game has been out on other platforms for a while now, but it just launched on Switch. And it’s thoroughly lovely.

Ninja Commando: Tiger and Dragon (And Eagle) – How do you follow up a game like Ninja CombatWith a game that’s infinitely better in almost every way, of course.

short;Play: Cyber Protocol – This Switch-exclusive arcade puzzler is addictive, compelling and immensely irritating in roughly equal measure. Check it out in this quick video tour.

Waifu Wednesday: Nell Ellis – Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm has a small playable cast compared to other installments in the series — but that just means we get to know each of them a whole lot better! Here’s Nell, your third party member.

Streets of Rage: Dawn of a Phenomenon – With the recent release of Streets of Rage 4 (and my Limited Run Games copy still being on the way) I thought it was high time we looked back on this classic beat ’em up series. So let’s start from the top.

Final Fantasy Marathon: Soul of Rebirth (Final Fantasy II #19) – After beating Final Fantasy II on PSP, it’s on to the postgame story “Soul of Rebirth”, which was first added in the Game Boy Advance Dawn of Souls version. It is… hard.

Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm – A Dazzling Place I Never Knew – The Atelier MegaFeature continues with a look at Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm’s overall structure, and how its various “Alterworlds” are designed.

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week we have a classic, genre-defining golf sim from Access Software… plus the same game twice, albeit in two rather different levels of quality.

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 always, we wrap up with a look around the WordPress community at some posts that have caught my eye this week. If you’ve written something you’re particularly pleased with and want me to check it out, do feel free to let me know any time!

Peace in Simplicity: Gaming & Social Media (NinjaFox Games & Geekery) – Jeff NinjaFox explores how you can be satisfied with simplicity when it comes to customisable, creative aspects of games — and how social media shouldn’t be how you define your “success” in this regard.

I think, therefore I think. I think. (Kimimi the Game-Eating She-Monster) – Kimimi settles down for some time with Blood Gear on PC Engine Super CD-ROM, a game she tried a few years back and was rather unimpressed with. This time around… well, she doesn’t quite know what to think!

Struggling in Real Time: A Glimpse into Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Shoujo Thoughts: Otaku Ramblings) – Shoujo shares some detailed thoughts and insights into ADHD, a condition I’ve often found myself wondering if I have. Even more so after reading this!

Deep reads #3: Just a little broken (Planetarian) – AK’s “Deep Reads” series continues with an in-depth look at visual novel Planetarian. You won’t find detailed analysis like this on your commercial gaming sites, I tell you what!

My Life With… Snoopy Tennis (Nintendo Game & Watch) (Retro Arcadia) – stvnorman goes back to the ’80s with Nintendo’s original handhelds — and one in particular.

That’s it for now! I hope the rest of your weekend is pleasant and that lockdown continues to be at the very least vaguely tolerable for you all. Me, I’m concentrating on counting the days until my Evercade gets here, because I’m very much looking forward to writing about that device and its enormous lineup of launch titles!

Thanks as always for all your support. Have a good one!

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One thought on “Around the Network”

  1. Hey Pete, thanks for the shout out! I strive to be unlike commercial gaming sites, and not only in the sense that I don’t have sponsors or advertisers, so thanks for the kind words. I’ll probably be reviewing/analyzing more VNs in the near future.

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