Announcement: Streaming Starting Soon!

Due to popular demand, I’m happy to announce my intentions to enter the world of livestreaming!

Starting next month, I’ll begin getting my feet wet by streaming some gameplay on Twitch and posting “Let’s Play” videos on YouTube. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for some time, but I didn’t really know where to start or how I wanted to make my entrance.

These days, Twitch streamers are a dime a dozen. Most play eSports related titles like Fortnite, Hearthstone, etc. I knew that if ever started sharing my gameplay with the world, I’d want to do something different. So after much consideration, I’ve decided to approach things from a different angle and stay true to my moniker: retro style gaming.

Now, notice I didn’t say “retro gaming”. Instead, I said “retro style”. These days, the game market is filled with nostalgia. Developers are making 8-bit throwback games in droves. There’s even a number of old school CRPG clones on the scene making a low buzz for all those with their ear to hear it. My plan is to explore the world of these throwback games on my streams. Having just finished my review of the classic Ultima series, one of the first new “old” games I plan to stream is Shroud of The Avatar – Lord British’s spiritual sequel to the Ultima franchise.

Now, this doesn’t mean I’m shifting my focus from written reviews to streaming. Not at all. In fact, I’ll still be making written reviews for every game I’ll be playing. Including those I share on stream. I’m just going to be adding an option to watch me as I explore some of these retro-esque titles.

Another thing I would like to incorporate into my streams is what I call “blind playing”. This means when I start a game, I’ll actually be playing it for the first time. I’m not going to be some expert trying to speedrun my way through things. Instead, I would actually like to seek advice from my viewers and make decisions together. In a nutshell, instead of doing a “watch me play this game”, I want to do a “let’s play this game together”. I hope this will bring a new a refreshing dynamic to those of you who like to watch livestreams.

Over the last month, I’ve been purchasing some new equipment (a second monitor, microphone, etc) and designing graphics and animations for my upcoming stream. I also have my fingers crossed for a change in my work schedule that might allow more time for this new endeavor. Regardless, I’ll be sure to make a more concrete announcement once things are about to start.

Project: Retro Rewind

Now that I’ve completed all the games on my 64-bit Generation playlist, I’m excited to announce a new project. Before I dive into what is, for the lack of a better term, the “128-bit era”, I’m going to take some time to do a bit of a refresher on some of the generations I’ve already covered on this site.

In one of my very first posts, I lamented about my experiences as a child with various arcade games. Having been born in 1978, I grew up in the golden age of video games. The first video game I ever had the pleasure of playing was the arcade version of Centipede. The local Pizza Hut had one and I remember being seduced by the flashing lights and hypnotic sounds. Then, by the time I was in the first or second grade, my parents got tired of all my begging and pleading and finally brought home an Atari 2600 console. And as they say, the rest was history.

As I mentioned above, I briefly touched on this in some of the earliest posts on this site. But instead of discussing the Atari-era at great length, I jumped right into my NES playthroughs. So, what I’m going do is “rewind” the discussion on this site for a bit. I’m going to go back and revisit each of the classic retro consoles. For the systems I didn’t talk about the first time around, I’m going to discuss some of their most iconic titles. This means I’m going to be taking a a closer look at the Atari 2600 and the Sega Genesis, for example. For consoles that I did discuss, I’m going to be digging up some of the more obscure, but still classic titles. I’m going to do the same with some of the classic PC games that neglected to mention.

I’m also going to discuss how players today can best experience these retro classics. I feel that the time is right for this discussion. At the time I started this blog in 2012, retro gaming was still something that only us old grognards seemed to care about. Now, it has reached the mainstream.  Retro console reissues like the NES Classic and the Atari Flashback are flying off the shelves. Collected works like the Mega Man Legacy Collection are seeing the light of day all the time.

I’m going to take a brief pause from the backlog to discuss some of this, before resuming my regular routine. Stay tuned!