Atelier Meruru Delayed One Week

The newest Atelier game, which was supposed to hit American shores on the 22nd, is now due to be shipped on the 29th.  In the press release it is interesting to see the phrasing, “shipped to retailers” because that pretty much means that it will be in stores on the 30th of this month.  Most of the people who read the site probably aren’t too phased by this, but this is just another week for me to try and find the cash to buy the game, because those games are just crazy amazing good.

Meruru is the third of a trilogy of games set in the kingdom of Arland.  The series follows a series of teacher/pupil relationships, as the alchemy student from the previous game is the teacher of the new student for the next game in the series.  Interestingly enough the Atelier titles proper seem to go through phases of either being directly tied to another game in the series or having almost nothing to do with them, and are closely related to other games from the same publisher that even those could almost oddly be considered to be in the series.  I am sure that this is probably only interesting to like two other people out there, both of which designed these games.

Spoony Bard Podcast: Episode 30: Screw You Charter Communications

We are late with this newest addition to the ever growing family of dysfunctional pods that keep getting produced.  This week Stark has decided that it is entirely his job to inform people that we don’t fact check, but in all honesty I was kind of hoping that people already knew that from 30 seconds of us talking.  We start off really well this week, and instead of even making an attempt to talk about the game find a way to complain about people getting married or inviting us to parties.  We do discuss the topic, Katamari, with a great amount of love–even though we don’t give it the time needed– and find ways to talk about so much else.  E3, complaining about Family Guy (again), current games we are playing, and FPS’ are just small taste of the devotion that we show for staying on topic.