Around the Network

Hello friends, and welcome to another week of battling off the Deadly Virus by sitting around at home playing video games.

I’m a little late on this again, I know, but I had a busy weekend — Saturday was taken up with socialisation (well, to a mild degree — my wife had some friends over and I occasionally slipped out to say hello and eat barbecue between Castlevania sessions) and Sunday was all video-making. It’s all done and dusted now, though, leaving me free to 1) finish Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy and 2) write!

So, with that in mind, let’s take a moment to see what you might have missed in the last week or so.

Bokuten – Why I Became an Angel


The MoeGamer Podcast: Episode 41 – Inti Creates, We Play – Chris and I settle down for some time to chat about one of our all-time favourite developers.

Warpman: Another Lost Namco Treasure – Got an Evercade? Then jump on those Namco Museum Collection cartridges to find some real hidden gems that you probably haven’t played before. Warpman is a great example.

short;Play: 51 Worldwide Games – I love this game. So let’s play it a bit!

Steam’s Inconsistency is Hurting Visual Novels – How We Can Help – Steam sucks for VNs, VN developers, VN publishers and VN localisers. This week’s happenings are just the latest of many instances of bullshit from Valve’s platform. Buy your games elsewhere if you can!

The Brainies: Furry Balls – This unusual puzzler from Titus will keep your brain chugging along for a hundred levels… or at least until you get completely infuriated by the tight time limits!

Final Fantasy Marathon: Barrier Shift (Final Fantasy III #8) – It’s time to wrap up the game’s first real “chapter” as we finish off the Floating Continent and take on Hein. His weak point shifts, don’t you know.

Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy – Doing New Game Plus Right – Not sure if you want to play a 40-50 hour RPG again just to get the full story? Look at Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy for a great example of why you might just want to jump on board with the New Game Plus fun.

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week we have an illuminating puzzler, a sorcerous frog, and the beautiful game extended to the very limits of human tolerance.

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 Paul “Mr Biffo” Rose’s creative endeavours on the Digitiser YouTube channel, 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, let’s take a look around the WordPress Reader to see what the community have been up to this week. As always, do please let me know if there’s something you’re written or read that you think I might find interesting — I’m always up for new distractions from the daily grind!

The Great JRPG Character Face-Off! (Shoot the Rookie) – While we don’t use the word “JRPG” around here, I’m not one to enforce my weird standards on others. And anyway, this is a super-fun project from pix1001 and Winst0lf! Check out pix1001’s favourite RPG characters in this post, then get involved and share your own favourites too!

Mario’s Crafted World – Exploring the Design and Mechanics of Origami King’s Overworld (Adventure Rules) – Those who have been following Robert Ian Shepard’s work for a while will know he does a fine job of analysing the games he’s been playing in depth — and this post on the new Paper Mario game is no exception!

Friends who would be video game heroes (Later Levels) – International Friendship Day may have come and gone, but Kim’s post here will provide you with some great new writers to follow as well as giving a fine example of being a good friend. Be more like Kim.

Female-Led Games Do Just Fine: More Female Protagonists Than You Even Knew Existed (The Well-Red Mage) – Self-explanatory. I schooled Red on the long lineage of female Atelier protagonists to include in this monster celebration of our favourite heroines from over the years.

Bovril: Yeast Extract Legend That Competes With Marmite (Professional Moron) – Mr. Wapojif regrettably misspelled “Beats the Pants Off” as “Competes With” — an easy mistake to make, to be sure — but aside from that this is a fine celebration of the world’s favourite high-protein, yeast-centric beef paste.

And that’s your lot. I’m off to either play some more Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy or Nurse Love Addiction, depending on how strong my mental fortitude feels in approximately five minutes’ time. More on the latter very soon — there’s a lot to talk about there, to be sure.

In the meantime, thank you all for your continued support, and I hope you have as lovely a week as is possible to have under the current circumstances. Take care!

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