Around the Network

Greetings, humans, I hope you are well, and I hope you’ve had a pleasant week; I’ve actually had a rather good one, which is nice.

Christmas is fast approaching, so I hope you’re all stocked up on presents and aren’t having to brave the plague-ridden high streets to get the important people in your life some sort of tat they don’t need but which you thought they “might like”. If you’re struggling for ideas, consider an Evercade; they’re eminently affordable and there’s a massive library of retro classics to play on it now! Nonspon, or whatever the kids say; I just really like that thing.

Anyway, that aside, let’s check out what you might have missed in the last week! Join me after the jump.

MoeGamer

The MoeGamer Podcast: Episode 45 – One Hell of a Year – Chris and I wrap up 2020 the best way we know how: by chatting about games and picking obscure nonsense for our Game of the Year choices.

Super Double Dragon: An Unfinished Symphony – While this Super NES title (now available on Evercade) may not be the best Double Dragon game, it’s got some interesting historical context behind it — and it is at least still fun.

short;Play: TimeSplitters 2 – My favourite first-person shooter, bar none.

Waifu Wednesday: Takahashi Kiara – Hololive English’s resident phoenix had a momentary death earlier this week, but, being a phoenix, she, of course, rose from the ashes stronger than ever before. A fine excuse to celebrate our favourite trilingual kusotori, I say.

Quantum Theory: Tower Toppler – Ever wondered what a third-person shooter made by the Project Zero folks might look like? Wonder no longer!

Evercade A to Z: Super Robin Hood – While the Oliver Twins are best known for their Dizzy games, they put out a number of other fun titles over the years. Here’s one of them!

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland – Fourth-Generation Alchemy – The Atelier MegaFeature continues with a look at how Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland handles its take on the series’ heart: alchemy.

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week we’ve got the first ever RPG from renowned CRPG specialists SSI, plus the worst Atari ST game ever and an unreleased prototype for Atari 2600. Quite a selection!

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 always, let’s wrap up today’s round-up with a fresh selection of bits and pieces from around the WordPress community.

TWRM Taking a Rest (The Well-Red Mage) – Red reflects on the strange happenings of the last year, how it’s beaten us all down way more than we thought it ever would — and where to go from here.

Looking back: 30 Games Tag (Later Levels) – As part of a community “tag” effort, Kim picks 30 games from a variety of different categories and shares some brief thoughts on each of them. More fun than The Game Awards, for sure!

Testing the Features Within Nvidia Broadcast, Including Noise Removal, Background Removal and More (In Third Person) – Jett checks out some of the fancy streaming-centric features in Nvidia’s new graphics cards. If you’re interested in getting into streaming and considering a PC upgrade, this is worth a read.

Yomu’s Top 10 Ecchi Anime Swimsuits (Ecchi Hunter) – Just in time for the coldest time of the year, it’s girls in swimsuits. Thank you, Yomu.

Densha de Go! 64: Do You Like Trains On Your N64?! (Professional Moron) – The inimitable Mr Wapojif explores the cutting edge of train simulation, circa 1999.

The shark says a: Exploring the Appeal of VTubers (Everything is bad for you) – AK has well and fallen down the rabbit-hole; why don’t you join us down here? It is a happy place. a

And that’s your lot for now. Have a pleasant remainder of your weekend, and stay safe in the run-up to Christmas. Thank you as always for all your support!


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