Hello everyone! Hope you’re all having as pleasant a weekend as can be expected under the current circumstances.
It’s gone warm and summery here, but to be honest this is my least favourite kind of weather because I do not deal well with being too hot. It’s time to get all the windows open and get the fans blowing, I guess.
Anyway, enough of that very British babbling on about the weather; let’s take a look at what you might have missed in the last week.
The Characters That Define Us
A while back, Matthew from Normal Happenings invited a bunch of us WordPressers to contribute to an ambitious collaborative project he had in mind: The Characters That Define Us. The pieces are now being published over on Normal Happenings and there are some great reads to enjoy.
This week, my article on Nepgear went up. It’s a long and personal read that is about more than just Nepgear, but it meant a lot to write and to have the opportunity to share it with the community thanks to Matthew’s hard work.
The MoeGamer Podcast: Episode 38 – ATTACK MAGIC ITEM BURST – Chris and I settle down to talk about some of our favourite battle systems from over the years, taking in everything from Valkyrie Profile to, of course, Atelier Iris.
Evercade: The Cast for Curated Retro Gaming – At the time of writing, I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of my Evercade handheld — a new device from Blaze that plays specially curated, officially licensed cartridges that are full of classic games from the 8- and 16-bit eras. Here’s a primer for those who are unfamiliar.
Waifu Wednesday: Blaze Fielding – As I’ve been playing a fair bit of Streets of Rage recently, I thought it only fitting to spend a bit of time giving some love to the wonderful Blaze Fielding, an early ass-kicking heroine.
A Hat in Time: Hat the Nipper – A Hat in Time is a joyful exploration of childishness — and a loving homage to the classic N64 era of collectathon platformers. A true delight.
Final Fantasy Marathon: High-Intensity Stat Training (Final Fantasy II #21) – Our Soul of Rebirth party sucks. So there’s only one thing for it: grind. And how.
The Music of Atelier, Vol. 3: Atelier Iris 3 – Grand Phantasm – Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm marked a turning point for Ken Nakagawa, Gust’s sound team and the overall “sound of Atelier” as a whole. Pump up the volume and let’s listen!
Atari A to Z
This week we’ve got a port of the first arcade game where you could score more than a billion points, the most infuriating platform game I think I’ve ever played, and a sports game that I actually don’t hate despite it being… rather aged.
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, alternative fountain of retro computer gaming knowledge Kim Justice, 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 with that, it’s time to dive into the depths of the WordPress Reader and pick out some things that have caught my eye this week! As always, if you know of any cool blogs you think I should be following, be sure to let me know!
Star Trek: The Adventure – London, UK 2002 (Comfortably Adventurous) – charlesfwh shares some great photos and memories of this impressive-looking exhibition from the turn of the century. If we can’t go out right now, we may as well enjoy stuff like this vicariously, huh?
Translation is Hard: 5 Obstacles to a Good Translation (The Moyatorium) – moyatori shares some insights from the world of translating — and some classic “TN” memes.
Reflecting On My First Livestream: The Value of Overwhelming Support (Adventure Rules) – Robert Ian Shepard took his first steps into livestreaming this week, and was surprised to discover how much he enjoyed the experience thanks to the warm support of others.
Blogging in Quarantine Times (I drink and watch anime) – Irina reflects on how her blog has helped her remember to have a life during these strange, working-from-home times.
Using Discord – Without Being Overwhelmed (Time to Loot) – Naithin takes some time out from looting to offer some helpful tips on how to get the best out of Discord; it can be a valuable tool for staying in touch with people, but it can also feel very much like it’s trying to take over if you don’t take control of your experience.
And that’s your lot for this week. I’m off to go and play some Mana Khemia now; first article on this will be up in the next week — and all being well my Evercade will arrive some time soon, too, so expect some detailed thoughts on that and its games when that comes along!
Have a good week and take care of yourselves in these difficult times.
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