Good evening everyone! I’ve spent the day editing a monster podcast that should be with you tomorrow, so I’m only just getting to this. Better late than never and all that.
Got some great new stuff coming up for you all in the coming weeks thanks to the arrival of both my PC Engine CoreGrafx Mini and my Evercade, both of which are absolutely packed with games that I’m super-keen to talk about. Depending on how feisty I’m feeling, there may be more than one “main” article a day for a while until I’ve covered everything to my satisfaction… but we’ll see how that goes!
Anyway. That’s all talk of the future, and we’re here to look back on the week that was. Hit the jump to find out what you might have missed.
51 Worldwide Games: The Good Old Days – One of my most hotly anticipated Nintendo titles for a long time, 51 Worldwide Games brings a huge selection of classic board, card, parlour, pub and toy games in reach of everyone.
PC Engine CoreGrafx Mini: First Impressions – I finally got my hands on one of these lovely little devices — and you’ll hear much more about it in the upcoming podcast! For now, here are my first impressions shortly after firing it up for the first couple of times.
short;Play: The Incredible Machine – One of my favourite MS-DOS puzzle games, Dynamix’s The Incredible Machine is a digital adaptation of the classic Heath Robinson/Rube Goldberg “machines” that made simple tasks into maddeningly complicated works of art.
A Warm Welcome to the Evercade – A first look at Blaze’s new retro gaming handheld and what it has to offer.
Final Fantasy Marathon: A New Adventure (Final Fantasy III #1) – It’s time to start a new game at last, after the ordeal that was Final Fantasy II’s postgame.
Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis – A Learning Experience – The PS2-era Atelier games were all quite experimental in various ways; Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis chooses to get a bit weird with its progression mechanics.
Atari A to Z
This week we’ve got 8-bit line-drawing fun, 16-bit door-flipping action that might look a bit familiar, and the Atari 2600 ruining a good walk.
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 as always, it’s time for a quick run around the WordPress Reader to see what people have been writing about this week. Do feel free to give me a poke if you’ve written or read something particularly cool — I’d love to see it!
Evidence that the new “Star Wars Squadrons” game will be an excellent game and beloved by all (Baud Attitude) – You can’t argue with science.
A review of Ame no Marginal (Everything is bad for you) – AK takes a look at visual novel Ame no Marginal, from the creators of the famously pensive and melancholy Narcissu.
Homebound: My Top Ten Atari 2600 Games (The Late Night Session) – The Night Owl makes me sad that early ’80s Activision doesn’t exist any more.
The Devaluing of Puzzle Games (In Third Person) – Jett shares some thoughts on how puzzle games have come to be perceived differently as the years have gone by.
Simple pleasures (Kimimi the Game-Eating She-Monster) – Kimimi shares the different ways she enjoys classic shoot ’em up Batsugun, and how “more” isn’t always “better”.
And that’s that for another week. Look out for the podcast tomorrow, and I’ll see you in the week! Thank you as always for your support!
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