We’ve got a heartbeat!

Damn, it’s been almost two years since the last time I updated. Here I thought I’d take a break for a couple months, then post something. Guess that didn’t happen.

Anyway, rather than focusing on all the stuff I said I was going to two years ago, I’d decided that this is just going to be my megaphone for shouting whatever’s on my mind about gaming. Don’t expect me to say much about modern gaming (when do I ever, really?), but I’ve been discovering all sorts of new ways to play my classics. Game collecting is something that I just don’t do anymore. Not only can I not afford it anymore, for the most part, but at this point I’d mainly be repurchasing games I already owned at one point or another, and I don’t see a reason to do that.

There are exceptions, of course. Over the past few years, I’ve really gotten into the Atari 2600 and Atari 7800 homebrew scene, and am able to buy the occasional cartridge from atariage.com, which is nice. I’m more in it for the 7800 games, to be honest, because that console had such a small library to begin with, and homebrews are released so infrequently that it’s easy to save up for a new one. So there is that.

I also finally got into Everdrives. Those original carts aren’t getting any younger, so it’s nice to have an entire library available without having to expose original carts to more wear and tear. Plus there’s the added bonus of being able to add homebrew games, hacks, translations and all sorts of cool stuff like that.

Anyway, that’s it for now. One other thing I want to mention, though: I recently reopened my long-closed website West Mansion: The Splatterhouse Homepage – splatterhouse.kontek.net – and the response on social media has been so positive. I’m thrilled to see that so many people are happy I’ve reopened the site, and I hope I can continue to supply them with the same top-notch Splatterhouse coverage that I did for a decade.

I also released a new book, but more about that later.