Around the Network

Morning everyone! Wasn’t feeling too hot this weekend just gone (still not feeling too hot, to be honest) so this kind of slipped my mind, but here we are now!

You may have noticed a few “From the Archives” posts popping up this week. This is due to the recent news that the entire staff of my former place of employment, USgamer, has been laid off, and the future of the site is uncertain. With that in mind, I wanted to ensure that I preserved some of the pieces I wrote during my time there that I was most pleased with — and which are still relevant.

You’ll see more of these in the coming weeks and months, so keep an eye out for them, especially if you missed them first time around! In the meantime, let’s check out what you might have missed in the last week.


Yars’ Revenge: This Game Has Bugs – Continuing our exploration of the Evercade’s complete library of games with an all-time classic for Atari 2600.

The Tower of Druaga: Persevere, Sir Knight – Namco’s genre-defining action RPG may be tough to play today, but it was an important title in the grand scheme of gaming.

short;Play: Inertial Drift – Arcade racing’s back… and it brought a strange new control scheme with it!

Waifu Wednesday: Patricia Wagon – All the way from WayForward’s Mighty Switch Force!, it’s everyone’s favourite leotard-wearing cop/firefighter.

From the Archives: Seeing the Good Within – Novelist John Updike came up with a series of “rules” that are helpful when critically exploring creative works. They work just as well for games as they do for books.

Chew Man Fu: Balls to the Wall – A colourful puzzler for PC Engine sees you rolling coloured balls onto coloured plates in order to rescue the world’s fried rice.

Evercade A to Z: Exploding Fist – This is how the fighting game genre got its start… back in the days before complicated special moves and flashing meters.

From the Archives: It’s Time to Admit Final Fantasy XIII Wasn’t Actually That Bad – The title’s fairly self-explanatory here, I think.

Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland – Royal Responsibilities – A look at Atelier Meruru’s narrative, themes and characterisation — and how the friends she makes during her alchemy studies help Meruru grow into a beloved people’s princess.

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week, we have a game “they” tried to ban, a movie license game for a movie no-one remembers, and my almost total failure to understand what a manual is telling me despite reading it several times.


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!

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, let’s have a quick wander around the WordPress community to see what people have been up to this week.

Hitting the Brick Wall: Confined Within the Sandbox (Comfortably Adventurous) – charlesfwh explores a necessary evil in the open world genre — what to do when you get to the edge of it?

End Game Thoughts: Pokémon Blue (Walk Away from the Sun) – defythemajority provides some final thoughts after a hefty exploration of one of the original Pokémon games.

Brand Disloyalty (Baud Attitude) – Baud cheats on Apple with Google, and finds the experience to be rather pleasant.

It’s a New Beginning (Mel in Anime Land) – Mel’s making a return to blogging, so be sure to go support her!

US copyright law needs to be reformed (feat. Liru) (Everything is bad for you) – REAL LAWYER Explains COPYRIGHT REFORM Using Legendary PORNOGRAPHIC Doujin Game!!! Sorry, I caught YouTube for a moment, there; I’m better now. Read this.

And that’s your lot for this week. Hope you have a pleasant onward week, and keep gaming to keep sane! Now there’s a slogan for your coronavirus campaigns.

Thanks as always for all your support!

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