Around the Network

Hello everyone! Hope you’re well. I’ve been enjoying the new Lynx collections for the Evercade this weekend — expect some articles and videos about those very soon.

As we head towards December and a potentially confusing holiday season, it’s business as usual here at MoeGamer Towers. I likely won’t be doing a full MoeGamer Awards for the whole month this year, however; with the majority of my attention being heaped on the Atelier series (and a fair amount still left to go!) I don’t want to do a bunch of awards that are nothing but Atelier games. Though I have written about a fair few other bits and pieces over the year, too, so there will be some awards posts along the way — maybe one a week. We’ll see.

Anyway, enough blathering about things that haven’t happened yet — you’re here to find out what you might have missed in the last week. So let’s take a look!

MoeGamer

Warriors Orochi 2: More of the Same? – Kicking off an exploration of Warriors Orochi 2 — is it just a bland clone of the original or is there more to it? Take a guess.

From the Archives: A Life Less Ordinary – Leading a Virtual Life – What is the appeal of the “life sim” and where did the various approaches to this curious type of game come from?

Earthworm Jim 2: See What Sticks – Absolute chaos in video game form — for better or worse!

short;Play: Burnout 2 – Best Burnout. Don’t @ me.

Waifu Wednesday: VShojo – Oh No! More VTubers! This time around, it’s a US-based organisation that promises to put its talent first rather than corporate (or overseas) shenanigans — and some familiar and new faces in the initial lineup.

Old Towers: Up and Down and Side to Side – Another gem from the Mega Cat Studios collection for the Evercade, Old Towers challenges you to get through a series of tricky puzzles using a distinctive control scheme.

Evercade A to Z: Double Dragon – Time to kick some ass on the Evercade, thanks to Technos Japan’s excellent NES version of the classic beat ’em up.

The Music of Atelier, Vol. 8: Atelier Meruru – The Apprentice of Arland Once again, it’s time to celebrate the sterling work of Gust’s incredible sound team with one of their catchiest soundtracks.

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week we’ve got a gratuitous (but public domain) ripoff, a top-down racer that I don’t completely suck at, and a baseball game I had a lot more fun with than I ever thought I would… albeit mostly for the wrong reasons.

Patreon

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. If you’d like to get to know me a bit better, be sure to sign up; just £1 a month (about $1.50) 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. S-Rank (£5+ a month) Patrons also get to play a part in the monthly Q&A video!

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 usual, it’s time to hit up the WordPress community to see what they’ve all been up to this week.

EXP Share: Gaming Escapism Begins (Ace Asunder) – Solarayo shares a heartfelt story about the importance of gaming when dealing with difficult times in one’s life.

#Controversed: Don’t Attack Actors and Voice Actors, Be a Force of Positivity (Mechanical Anime Reviews) – As part of the #Controversed collaborative event, Scott shares a suggestion that we should all be able to get behind.

Introduction to Sims Saturday (MeL Universe) – Mel’s return to blogging continues with a new regular feature. Go help welcome her back to the fold with some support on the first installment of Sims Saturday!

Review: Dusk – Spinning Guns (NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog) – NekoJonez checks out retro-style shooter Dusk and brings us a blood-splattered review for your delectation.

Heart of the Woods Yuri Game Review – A Compelling Modern Day Fantasy (Blerdy Otome) – pokeninja90 checks out one of the more well-regarded English-first visual novels in recent memory and finds it to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I want to try this one for myself in the near future.

And that’s your lot for now. Hope you’ve had a pleasant weekend and that my US-based readers have had the opportunity to stuff themselves with lots of delicious holiday food with at least one special someone — even if your time together had to be spent electronically.

Thanks as always for all your support, and I hope you enjoy what’s coming up in the next week!


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