Sunday evening, and the living is eas– wait, that’s not how that goes.
I’m sleepy! I haven’t had a particularly busy weekend but I did have a fairly packed working week, and thus it’s been nice to just have a fairly laid-back weekend where I didn’t need to worry about anything in particular. So I didn’t. We had a nice Chinese takeaway, I played some Atelier and Final Fantasy, and life is good.
So with a comfy air of satisfied tiredness about me, let’s look back over what you might have missed in the last week.
Q&A: January 2021 – I really enjoy making these videos and they seem to do oddly well on YouTube! Here’s the latest, anyway.
Dig Dug: Diggin’ Dirty – A look at the Famicom version of Namco’s classic Dig Dug, as seen on the Evercade.
short;Play: Heretic – Doom clone or something more? Bit of both, but heavier on the latter.
Waifu Wednesday: Bubbles – I covered Food Girls over at Rice Digital this week (link below!) but thought I’d celebrate the girl I paid most attention to in my playthrough over here.
Tasomachi: Behind the Twilight – The Joy of Exploration – A very promising-looking game from the Steam Game Festival is Tasomachi, a lovely 3D platformer with a strong emphasis on exploring some lovingly crafted environments.
Evercade A to Z: Pac-Attack – In a video that made rabid Pac-Attack fan Chris very uncomfortable due to my ineptitude, I explore Namco’s peculiar puzzler for SNES… via the Evercade.
The Music of Atelier, Vol. 10: Atelier Ayesha – The Alchemist of Dusk – We wrap up our time with Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk with a celebration of its spectacular soundtrack.
5 fantastic Asia-English import games for PS4 – Looking to add to your PS4 collection? Here’s some prime picks from Lilia that you can’t get over here.
VShojo VTuber Hime Hajime debuts, banned for “bomb ass tits” – I believe the title says almost everything you need to know.
Triple trouble: 3 of the most amazing anime villains – Conor breaks down his all-time favourite anime villains.
Switch sales are strong because the platform gives the people what they want – Nintendo reported strong hardware and software figures for the Switch this week. I ponder exactly how and why that happened.
The surprisingly emotional core of Witchblade’s ecchi anime adaptation – Lilia breaks down the Witchblade anime and highlights how it’s much more than an excuse for some fanservice.
Why we love relationship building mechanics in video games – Lilia considers exactly what it is that keeps us coming back for more virtual relationships.
Food Girls and its precious cinnamon rolls – A Taiwanese visual novel/management sim hybrid about the ailing fortunes of a street market sounds like a good time, right? Of course it does. And it is!
Waifu Wednesday: Ryza (Atelier Ryza) – With a new Atelier Ryza game now in everyone’s hands, what better time to celebrate the series’ most popular waifu to date? Conor reports.
Hump Day Husbandos: The 5 greatest Harvest Moon bachelors – Lilia breaks down the best Harvest Moon hunks of all time.
7 amazing Inti Creates games to play while you wait for Gal*Gun Returns – Self-explanatory, hopefully.
Balan Wonderworld is Balan’s Nightmare: Demo thoughts – Lilia came away distinctly unimpressed from the Balan Wonderworld demo, and opinion across the Internet has been mixed at best. What did you reckon?
The ultimate Quintessential Quintuplets girl guide – The clue’s in the name. If you’ve been looking to get into this popular series, let Trent get you up to speed!
5 of the most impressive picks from the Steam Game Festival – There’s some great stuff in the Steam Game Festival this year, so be sure to spend some time browsing. Here are my highlights.
The History of Lewd: Casual Romance Club – I look back on an interesting moment in eroge history: the time a company released a game specifically for both the Japanese and western markets at the same time.
The 5 hottest visual novels to grab in MangaGamer’s Valentine sale – MangaGamer is running a Valentine’s Day sale right now, so it’s a great time to stock up on reading material. Here’s five picks from me.
Otome archetypes: those dependable oji-san love interests – Lilia ponders the enduring appeal of the older gentleman.
The Returner: In defence of Final Fantasy XIV’s 2.0 content – I love A Realm Reborn, however much the player community whines about it. And here’s why.
Remembering Gal*Gun Double Peace’s 6 sexiest bits – With Gal*Gun Returns just around the corner, I thought it would probably be sensible to spend some quality time thinking about Shinobu stuck in the window, among other things.
Everything we know about Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker so far – The new Final Fantasy XIV expansion has been announced, and Isaac’s got a solid guide to everything that’s been talked about so far.
Atari A to Z
This week we have a technically proficient reinterpretation of a 2600 classic, a baffling and brutal adventure game, and yet more RealSports action.
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!
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:
I must confess, I have made very little time for myself to trawl the WordPress community, but in the interests of consistency I will pick out some posts from the last week that jump out at me right now! Be right back.
Shoot from the Hip – Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water (Shoot the Rookie) – Always happy to see someone enjoying Project Zero, so here’s pix1001 taking a quick look at the underappreciated, oft-overlooked Wii U installment.
Would you rather an anime with bad characters but an amazing plot, or an anime with a bad plot but amazing characters? (Umai Yomu Anime Blog) – Yomu’s back with more writing prompts, this time concerning whether narrative or characterisation is more important — if indeed either of them are!
Deep reads #5.3: Getting personal with Persona (Everything is bad for you) – This post has been a real labour of love for AK, so you should read it, love it, enjoy it!
Key in Transition – Kanon (2006) Review & Discussion (Jon Spencer Reviews) – Jon’s got an interesting piece here on the peculiarities and idiosyncracies of Kanon’s anime adaptations.
#LoveYourBacklog Month 2021 (Later Levels) – If you’re drowning in games you’ve bought but not played… read this and don’t panic!
There. All done! I’m off to bed. Have a lovely rest-of-weekend and I’ll see you all in the week — here, on YouTube, and over at Rice Digital!
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