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Good afternoon! I spent my weekend frantically playing a game for (paid) review, so didn’t find time to do this then. Also it’s hot. Really hot. And I don’t want to do anything that involves the slightest bit of activity.

Not that sitting on my arse typing some nonsense really counts as “activity”, of course, but you know what I mean. We’ve reached a point here where the heat, humidity and general airlessness is borderline anxiety-inducing; it actually feels like the world is trying to suffocate me at times.

On that cheery note, then, let’s look at what you might have missed in the last week!

MoeGamer

Super Painter: Simpler Times – We continue our exploration of the Evercade’s extensive library of obscurities with this modern NES release from Retro Souls.

The Immortal: How to Kill Your Wizard – Also on Evercade (and Nintendo Switch Online, too!) — The Immortal, one of the hardest, most ridiculously unfair games in existence. Nice graphics, though.

short;Play: Test Drive Unlimited – In this blistering heat, what could possibly be better than driving around the streets of Oahu accompanied by the sounds of the mighty pipe organ?

Waifu Wednesday: Whim – I love maids, you love maids, and apparently Gust loves maids too. We should get together and celebrate them sometime, starting with Whim from Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy.

Nurse Love Addiction: Living in the Here and Nao – The first of several looks at Kogado Studio’s unusual Nurse Love Addiction, yuri visual novel with a variety of unexpected twists and turns.

Final Fantasy Marathon: Aria of Sorrow (Final Fantasy III #9) – The Warriors of the Light make it to the surface world, only to discover it is covered in a seething miasma of darkness. What to do, what to do?

Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy – Life on the Light Side – We round off our look at Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy with an exploration of Raze’s narrative path — and the “extra” scenario which unlocks after clearing both stories.

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week we have the 8-bit return of Yogi Bear, plus intergalactic air hockey and the police not really doing their job.

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.

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 is tradition, let’s pick out a few posts from around the WordPress community for you to go and enjoy. Follow these lovely writers, they’re all working hard to provide you with great reading material — and to celebrate the things they love!

Video games don’t make me love my wife enough (RNG) – Quietschisto ponders on many games’ tendency to expect us to care about a character we don’t really get a chance to know.

Spoiler Etiquette (I drink and watch anime) – Go read this post by Irina, I’m not going to spoil it.

Portable 3rd time lucky (Kimimi the Game-Eating She-Monster) – Kimimi compares and contrasts a classic PSP game with its more modern, more accessible counterpart.

Why I Didn’t Quit Streaming After a Year with 0 Viewers (In Third Person) – Jett reflects on why we do the things we do — and how there are times when you should just say “sod it” to the numbers and do what you want to do.

Eliza: It’s All in the Mind (Later Levels) – Kim explores a fascinating visual novel based on the legendary “electronic therapist” ELIZA.

That’s your lot for this week, then. Expect a celebration of Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy’s music later this week, plus more retro funtimes, maybe some more nurses and doubtless some other bits and pieces too. Have a good week and try not to die in this interminable heat!


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