Around the Network

Happy weekend, everyone! Hope you’ve all had a fine time. I’m just coming off a week off from the day job so I’ve got lots of things I actually want to do done, which is a nice feeling. Back to the daily grind tomorrow, though… boo.

There’s been some interesting stories this week, probably the most notable of which is the sordid history behind the Golden Axed prototype Sega put up on Steam for a limited period. But let’s also not forget the guy from the Google Stadia team who thought telling Twitter that streamers should pay licensing fees for the games they stream would be in any way a good idea. He’s been very quiet ever since.

Anyway, that aside, let’s check out what you might have missed in the last week!


Golden Axed: A Prototype with a Dark Past – What could have been a cool insight into a lost game left a bit of a sour taste in a few people’s mouths when the truth behind its development came out.

Petal Crash: Like the Game Boy Colour Never Left – You like puzzles? Big pixels? Art with not very many colours? You’ll be in heaven with this new one from Galaxy Trail.

short;Play: Fuel – Following on from our arcade racers podcast, I thought I’d spend a bit more time with Asobo Studio’s Fuel, and bring you along for the ride. Hold tight!

Waifu Wednesday: Merurulince Rede Arls – With our Atelier Totori time coming to a close, it’s time to admire the next Atelier protagonist on the list!

Tanglewood: Outfoxed at Every Turn – Cartridges 11 and 12 for the Evercade retro gaming platform are out now, and there are some real treats among them. Like Tanglewood, a gorgeous platform puzzler.

Evercade A to Z: Solaris – See the 2600’s finest hour in action!

The Music of Atelier, Vol. 7: Atelier Totori – The Adventurer of Arland – Before we leave Totori’s adventure behind, it’s time to celebrate the distinctive soundtrack her game has.

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week we’ve got confusing dig-dig action, the second game ever to use the Freescape engine, and the original deathmatch. Quite a mix!


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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, blogger/YouTuber meggsngrits and TangoPunk, the newest zine on the block, 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, a quick turn around the WordPress Reader to see what’s been going on in the community!

Killing Hype: How to Increase Joy Through Destroying Expectations (The Well-Red Mage) – Bill Tucker writes an excellent essay that describes pretty much my entire philosophy towards entertainment for the past ten years.

Homebound: New gems for the Atari 8-bit collection (The Late Night Session) – The Night Owl’s been shopping. Look ye upon his acquisitions and be mildly envious!

Retrospective: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Everything is bad for you) – AK explores the second 3D Grand Theft Auto and ponders whether or not it holds up today — and why it might have proven so popular back in its own time.

First Impression: Accident ~ Let us Learn About Saving Lives (NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog) – NekoJonez takes us on a tour of an unusual game that aims to teach its players about the best way to handle things should they be the first on the scene to an accident.

The Song of Saya – A Continued Look at Gen Urobuchi’s Earlier Work (Jon Spencer Reviews) – Jon Spencer looks at one of the most notorious visual novels of all time — a longstanding favourite of mine.

And that’ll be all for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and try not to let too much of your soul get sucked out during the working week. Remember your games and your waifus will always be good to you!

Thanks as always for all your support.

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2 thoughts on “Around the Network”

  1. Glad to hear you’ve had some time off work. I have a week off myself in two weeks (wow, that’s a weird sentence lol😂) so I definitely hope to relax and do some stuff myself as well at that time. Good luck at work again tomorrow!😀

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