The past 12 months have included a lot of game playing, a lot more research, two new pieces of furniture, two game conferences and six arcades. But who’s counting? Well, I am, because I keep track of these things (and then write about it here for about four people). I’ve made new friends, built up my eBay rating, and had nourishing amounts of fun. Of course, I’ve had plenty of game-guilt too; has gaming eaten into time that could’ve gone towards more creative outlets? Eh, probably. But I try not to worry too much about that and let things balance themselves out.
I’m not going to recap this year — that’s what this site’s for! Instead, let’s look at what’s coming up over the next few months. After obsessing over RGB, rich Dreamcast sprites and Xbox shmups, I’m tugged back to the Game Boy with Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Country 2, Super Mario Land 2 and 3, Wario Land 2, 3, and 4, and Kid Dracula (and damn, why is Shantae so expensive?!). Japanese Saturn control pads are waiting to be picked up at the Post Office. I’m anxious for the fall release of SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works. Hopefully I’ll be shipping the Duo-R out to be RGB modded in a month (Rondo of Blood has needs!). I’ll look at my first computer gaming experiences with the Commodore 64. We’ll see if there are any arcades left in Hawaii.
And thanks for reading! Sharing game memories and obsessions is the other half of this resurrected hobbyhorse.