Around the Network

Good evening everyone! Only a few more sleeps until Christmas, though it’s going to be a bit of a strange one for most people this year, I suspect — especially here in the UK where we’re dealing with Mutant Super Virus funtimes.

Anyway, there’s nothing like taking your mind off the killer virus in the air like some good old-fashioned video games, so that’s what I fully intend to continue providing you with over the holiday season. Articles and videos will continue as normal for the most part, though with Christmas itself being on a Friday I may take a break on that day and post the next part of the Atelier MegaFeature on either Thursday or Saturday. We’ll see.

But that is then, and this is now, so let’s see what you might have missed out on from the “then” in the other direction. Join me after the jump!


Xeno Crisis: 16-Bit Mayhem – A real star of the Evercade’s lineup (and the other platforms it released on), Xeno Crisis is a top-notch 16-bit shooter that will challenge your skills to the max — but reward you for putting the effort in.

Warriors Orochi 3: First Steps in a Ruined World – Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate might be my perfect video game. It’s just a feeling I have from my early hours with it, outlined here.

short;Play: Warriors Orochi 2 – Not that I didn’t enjoy my time with Warriors Orochi 2, mind, as outlined in this video!

Waifu Wednesday: Bianca Whitaker – Bianca be a fine wife for a wannabe adventurer, y’know, and she dun’t take no nonsense from them monsters either, like.

Crawlco Block Knockers: Getting Lewd on the Switch – Eastasiasoft’s done it again, with a solid port of the excellent puzzler Crawlco Block Knockers — complete with boobs!

Evercade A to Z: Scrapyard Dog – It’s time to check out the Lynx games on the Evercade, with Scrapyard Dog being the first on the agenda!

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland – The Fight For What’s Important – The Atelier MegaFeature continues with a look at Atelier Lulua’s exploration and combat mechanics, and how they both build on and pay homage to the previous Arland games.

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week we’ve got an all-time classic shoot ’em up for Atari 8-bit, some beautiful texture-mapped 3D on Atari ST (you what?) and a mediocre basketball game for Atari 5200. Oh well, you can’t win ’em all.


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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 usual, let’s wrap up with a wander around the WordPress Reader to see what the community has been up to this week.

Onegai Monster: Bottom Up’s Obscure N64 Romp (Professional Moron) – I’m including this primarily because this week I picked up a copy of Tee Off — one of my all-time favourite Dreamcast games — and was curious about anything else the developer Bottom Up might have produced. Here’s one such piece of peculiarity.

Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina: With all its Joy, and all its Horror (Shallow Dives in Anime) – Dewbond discusses an intriguing recent anime that seems to have proven a bit divisive in certain quarters.

Lynn’s Top 10 Ecchi Anime Elves! (Ecchi Hunter) – Sometimes a post title tells you everything you need to know.

The best games to play at Christmas (Later Levels) – Kim gathers a group of community members to share some favourite games for the festive season — and with things how they are this year, you might want to dive deep into one of these to distract yourself from the zombie death virus that is coming to get us all.

How Doctor Who Helped Me Get Over a Break Up (A Geeky Gal) – Meg shares a personal story about mental health and how the media we love can help us more than you might think at first glance.

And that’s your lot for this week. I hope the run-up to Christmas isn’t too stressful for any of you — get your shopping done online, it’s much easier! — and that none of you run into the UK’s super mutant death virus. I will be doing my best to avoid exposure by staying indoors and playing video games.

Have a good rest-of-weekend, and thank you as always for all your support!

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