About Rob

I’ve been actively playing video games since about 1979, when my parents received a Rally IV Pong clone console from my older brother, and I’ve been involved in the online classic gaming community since the mid ’90s. I started the original OPCFG in 1998 with the help of Hardcore Gaming 101‘s Kurt Kalata, then later founded both the Splatterhouse fansite West Mansion: The Splatterhouse Homepage and The Ghoul Realm, a site devoted to Capcom’s Ghosts ‘N Goblins series and its various spinoffs and offshoots. I also started the short-lived website Iron Cavalrymen in Hell, which to my knowledge was the first English-language Metal Slug fansite, and was briefly on staff at the internet’s premier Strider fansite, The Light Sword Cypher Mainframe.

In 2008 I published a book about growing up during the “golden age” of gaming, Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman. This book was later expanded and re-released in 2014, and is currently available on Amazon, along with the book I co-authored for HG101 in 2018, Hardcore Gaming 101 Digest Vol. 3: The Guide to Retro Horror. I’ve also contributed to several books by prominent video game book authors Jeff Wittenhagen and Brett Weiss.

Because of my work on West Mansion, I was asked to be a consultant on gameplay and authenticity by Namco Bandai during the making of Splatterhouse (2010, Xbox 360/PlayStation 3). I’ve also written about the Splatterhouse series for the website Strange Kids Club and the horror magazine HorrorHound.

I’m an avid fan of shooters (aka shmups), run-n-guns, brawlers and action games of all kinds, especially from the 8 and 16 bit eras. Some of my favorite series beyond the ones I’ve already mentioned here include Castlevania, Gradius (as well as Salamander and Parodius), Contra, Shinobi, Space Harrier, OutRun, After Burner and R-Type.