Can I contact you?

You can hit me up at play.select.start at gmail.com.

What is this blog all about?

Here’s where I put a few wandering observations on the games I’ve played as well as a few other random odds and ends. Mostly, though, it’s also a place where I stick my thoughts as an observer of gaming’s history and try to explore the links between its past and present. One other thing you should know: Deadly Towers is not that bad a game. There, I said it.

What was your first game?

As far as I can remember, it would have had to have been the Temple of Apshai for the Apple //c. Ever since playing that game, I could never get the worlds “though art frugal” out of my head. Thanks a lot, Epyx.

Where else do I write?

Most of the older reviews, such as those under the general topic categories, can be found on Shacknews from awhile back as SixDemonBag — which explains the link to the Wing Kong on the side. I also don’t have every review that I’ve done for others listed here as a few were solicited for use and are the property of other sites, but I’ve tried to include as many of my fan based reviews as I could to try and consolidate everything in one place.

I’ve also written for Allgames.com, Worthplaying, Tech-Out, and have submitted a few articles to Bitmob now Gamesbeat. Mostly I love digging into RPGs and I probably have CRPGs like the Bard’s Tale to thank for that.

In moving some of my fan reviews here, a few have also been cleaned up a bit for better clarity (i.e. grammar mistakes), or have been updated with new information that I may have found out after the fact (such as the fact that Valkyrie Profile for the PS1 has been re-released for the PSP, although I had no idea that it would be at the time I wrote the piece), partly in an effort to spark items that may be of interest to gamers that would like to know more than simply what my experience was like.

Odds are, though, I’ve missed a few things even though I try to throw as much research into my pieces as possible before posting a review, but I’m only human and will correct anything pointed out. Please let me know!

What do you prefer to play?

I like to play anything that I think might be fun, although I have a soft spot for RPGs. Near the top of the list are action and adventure titles, shooters, and the occasional RTS. Simulator-type titles like Star Wars: Tie Fighter or Freespace are also among my favorites, and there’s always the oddball title or two including some really good titles from independent devs/fans that simply love crafting their own games whether it be from Japan’s shmup scene or the Dreamcast homebrew crowd.

Les Miserables, aka, "Arm Joe"...the fighting game from Japan. How awesome is that?!

Les Miserables, aka,”Arm Joe” from Japan. How awesome is that?!

Console or PC?

In a perfect universe, both would resurrect titles, past and present, to fight it out in a final battle that would determine the fate of gaming for all time.

Sonic would battle Kampfgruppe panzers, Mass Effect’s Shepherd would pit the Normandy against Starflight’s Spemin, and Cloud would become trapped by Mama Fratelli in the Goonies. It would be awesome. It would be beyond imagination. It would be silly as hell, and I’d love every minute of it because the gamers would still win in playing all of it.

Hey! Where are the scores?

For now, though, no scores, just the facts. It also avoids having to explain why one game is .5 better than another title. I hate ratings in general, but I can see the practical uses of a system especially when other sites use them as a ranking method at aggregate sites. If you simply want to know what I thought about a title, you can skip to the end and read my summary. The details are there if you want to scan over them.

2 responses to “About

  1. I played a game in the 80’s, and I’m trying to remember the name of it. it was a small craft was on a countdown from a boss that would “build itself” . the boss kind of looked like skeletor. your ship would shoot into certain type of asteroid and little glowing balls would which would feed some type of weapon you could use to destroy the boss…came out around the same time as Tron..Ring a bell? thanks.

    • Ah! It sounds a lot like Sinistar. The main boss was Sinistar who was the “Skeletor” that you’re talking about. Little red minions would slowly build his face up in space and you had to shoot up asteroids to mine crystals (the glowing things you remember) to make sinibombs to destroy him. It also had voice (Sinistar would taunt you), great special effects, and was a fun challenge. Good times!

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