Good afternoon everyone! I hope you’re well. Summer appears to be back here again, which means I’ve got all the fans running and the doors open and it’s still too hot. Oh well. Only two more videos left to record today!
Today’s Around the Network also incorporates a Blogger Recognition Award that AK from Everything is Bad for You kindly nominated me for recently. For the uninitiated, this is an opportunity to engage with the broader online writing community, offer some advice and share some thoughts.
So let’s get started with that — followed, of course, by what you might have missed this week — after the jump!
Blogger Recognition Award
Here are The Rules:
Thank the blogger that nominated you and give a link to their site.
Do a post to show your award.
I’m doing it!
Give a summary of how your blog started.
This is a story I’ve shared quite a few times over the years, but for the benefit of anyone new, here goes.
I used to be a professional games journalist. In the past, I worked on GamePro before it shuttered, and I was one of the founding members of USgamer.net before I was laid off in the name of the site “having an all-American team”. (I am British.)
During my time on USgamer, I helped build a reputation for the site that made it an inviting, friendly place for “otaku gamers”, who were typically ostracised or outright insulted by many other online publications. As a fan of “otaku games” myself, though, I deliberately took these games seriously, spoke to the people who helped bring them West and developed a grateful audience as a result.
USgamer’s editor in chief at the time was not a big fan of many of the games I covered, being the sort of person who thinks fanservice is some great problematic evil that is going to turn all those horrible gamers into rapists or whatever. But I had an audience — an audience who found the dismissive and insulting tone of a freelancer’s review of Hatsune Miku Project Diva F for PlayStation 3 extremely unpleasant, and quite rightly felt betrayed after the hard work I had done.
In response to this, I set up a weekly column on the site called JPgamer, in which I focused on news and reviews of Japanese games and visual novels, particularly those that had been localised for Western release. My audience was enormously grateful for that, since a lot of the games I covered didn’t get any attention from the mainstream press — or if they did, they were wilfully misrepresented. Even despite this proven audience, there were still some titles I was outright forbidden from even mentioning — on of them being Idea Factory and Compile Heart’s Monster Monpiece, the first of the Genkai Tokki series of which Moero Crystal H is the most recent English release.
After I was laid off from USgamer, I wanted to take at least some of my audience with me. So I set up MoeGamer, initially to continue doing pretty much what I’d done with JPgamer. Over time, I’ve figured out the formats I enjoy writing in, and the site has only continued to grow and go from strength to strength since it launched.
Am I still bitter and upset about how I was treated at USgamer? Absolutely. But if I’d stayed there I would never have had the freedom I do now to write about exactly what I want, whever I want.
Give two pieces of advice for any new bloggers.
- Pick something to focus on. This doesn’t have to be your exclusive focus, but the best blogs have something around which they are built for the majority of the time. If no-one has any idea what sort of post to expect from day to day, it’s difficult to build an audience, whereas if you pick a clear subject — “this is a gaming blog” — people who are looking for that particular type of information will drift in. And once you have built that audience and you know they’re there for you, you can perhaps broaden your remit somewhat.
- Never, ever be ashamed or apologetic about the things you specialise in or feel particularly strongly about — even if others aren’t a fan of them. A big part of why MoeGamer has grown so much over the course of the last six years is because I treat games that feature provocative content with respect rather than running away from them screaming or branding their target audience as “perverts”. That target audience is hungry for media that understands and respects them, and making a cheap joke at the expense of other people is never a good way of doing things. Be proud of the things you know, excited to share the things that you love — and happy to engage with an audience that might be under-served by the rest of the media!
Select at least 15 other bloggers for this award.
Oh, God. I never know who has and hasn’t done these so I’m just going to pick a list of people who come up in the WordPress Reader and offer my sincerest apologies if you’ve already done one of these recently.
Click on their names to see what these folks have been up to lately!
Irina explores Fire Force series 2.
Jett continues his Stardew Valley adventures.
Kimimi delves into the X68000 version of Image Fight.
Megan Marie is back from hiatus with a new Sims 4 speed build.
Raistlin continues his “Countdown to Halloween” film reviews.
Dewbond likes all different types of girls.
Mr. Wapojif has helpful advice for you all.
Kim looks back on EGX in a year where it can’t happen.
thedeviot takes us on a tour of Mystik Belle.
Ernst Krogtoft shows us the highlights of his Psygnosis collection.
kresnik258gaming checks out The King of Fighters 97 on Vita.
Krystallina returns to Maison Ikkoku.
Scott asks how to follow up Revolutionary Girl Utena.
The Night Owl shares some retro gaming books with us.
Athena takes a look back at Metal Gear Solid.
All right, that’s all done. Let’s get down to the usual business!
Hololive English: Examining a Worldwide Phenomenon – The English-speaking world has gone vTuber crazy this week as Hololive finally officially goes English!
Earthworm Jim: Shiny, Groovy People – The classic 16-bit platformer is looked back on fondly for its gorgeous visuals and incredible animation — but how well does it play today?
short;Play: The Club – Did you know Bizarre Creations made more than just excellent driving games? Here’s their arcadey third-person shooter, published by Sega.
Waifu Wednesday: Amelia Watson – With it being “Hololive Week”, I couldn’t not do this, really, could I?
Solaris: The 2600’s Finest Hour – One of the best games on Atari 2600 doesn’t get talked about nearly enough. Let’s do something about that!
The Music of Atelier, Vol. 6: Atelier Rorona – The Alchemist of Arland – In this week’s part of the Atelier MegaFeature, we return to Ken Nakagawa’s wonderful soundtracks as we take a look at the first batch of music from the Arland subseries.
Atari A to Z
This week we’ve got a solid type-in listing from ANALOG Magazine for Atari 8-bit, a STOS-powered action adventure on Atari ST, and the Atari 2600’s take on Dave Theurer’s classic Missile Command.
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.
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, and blogger/YouTuber meggsngrits, 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 normally we’d wrap up with a look around the WordPress community but I kind of already did that up top, so I will bid you a fond farewell for now, and invite you to enjoy the rest of your weekend — as well as everything I have in store for you in the coming week!
Thanks as always for all your kind support.
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