Around the Network

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had a restful holiday season and found yourself with some nice gifts… or at least some nice vouchers or cold, hard cash with which to treat yourselves!

With the world being as it is, we had a pretty quiet Christmas here, but it was still nice. We opened presents, had a nice dinner and then just chilled out for the rest of the day. Exactly what a good Christmas should be, so far as I’m concerned — no stress, no arguments, no rushing around, and lots of Sega Dreamcast.

There’s still been stuff happening on the site and over on YouTube, though, so let’s take a look at what you might have missed this week!


Warriors Orochi 3: One Hundred and Forty-Five Warriors Worth One Hundred and Forty-Five Thousand – Continuing our exploration of Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, this time taking a look at that vast playable cast, and how you can possibly be expected to level them all up.

FireHawk: Lafia Strike – Part of the Oliver Twins Collection for EvercadeFireHawk provides us with some enjoyable tactical helicopter shoot ’em up action!

short;Play: Dead Rising – Capcom’s classic zombie adventure from the early days of the Xbox 360 gets the short;Play treatment this week.

Waifu Wednesday: Nene – Continuing on a Warriors theme, this week we celebrated everyone’s favourite ninja mom, Nene.

Evercade A to Z: Checkered Flag – Building on the solid foundations of games like Pole Position, Checkered Flag brings challenging, high-speed racing to the Atari Lynx. And now the Evercade, courtesy of the Atari Lynx Collection 2 cartridge!

A Very Merry Christmas! 2020 Edition EX Plus Alpha – Looking back on the year we’re about to leave behind — and forward to the future. Here’s hoping 2021 is a better time for all.

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland – Give Me a Reason to Live – We wrap up Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland in the Atelier MegaFeature with a look at its narrative themes, and how the characters Lulua meets on her journey help her learn a variety of lessons that, in turn, allow her to truly define herself.

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week we’ve got a classic top-down shooter, open-world first-person politics, and punching people in the face in glorious 2600-o-vision.


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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, 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, we wrap up with a look around the WordPress reader to see what everyone else has been writing about in the run-up to Christmas — if they’ve had time to do anything, of course!

Teaching in Japan Stories #3 (Umai Yomu Anime Blog) – Yomu shares some stories from the chalkface in Japan.

Japan’s Fried Chicken Christmas Tradition (I drink and watch anime) – Irina delves into one of the most notorious Japanese Christmas traditions.

Uplifting Games to Get You Through the Holidays (Blerdy Otome) – For all the joy that Christmas can bring, it can sometimes be an oddly stressful or even depressing time. Pokeninja90 has some suggestions for games to take your mind off everything over the holidays!

Could This Be My Last Vita Game Ever? ( – There’s always a lot of speculation over what will be the last game “ever” for a particular platform. Krystallina ponders what will likely be one of the last games for Sony’s Vita.

Top 5 Sonic the Hedgehog Cutscenes (Matt Doyle Media) – We love a bit of Sonic around here, we do, so it’s always nice to see other people having fun with the blue blur — even if the absence of “cattywampus” on this list is keenly felt. Arr.

And that’s that! The next Around the Network will be in 2021, so I’d like to take this opportunity to say thanks for all your support in 2020, and I hope the stuff I do has helped take your mind off at least some of the nonsense going on in this cursed year that belched forth from the very depths of Satan’s ringpiece.

There are exciting times ahead in 2021 for all of us, so I hope you’re all getting an opportunity to rest and relax for a day or two at least. Me? I’m off to go play some Sega Dreamcast games and cross my fingers my OG Xbox will arrive tomorrow! Have a lovely holiday season.

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