Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The 4-1-1: Unsealed Continues, Twitch Begins, and... a Retirement Ends?

There's been a lot going on outside of the website over the last few months-- aside from that virus thing, of course-- but it's time to catch you up on what's happening. 

For starters, the Unsealed show on YouTube is still continuing... and it's approaching its 150th episode! I've opened up some interesting games, including new copies of Tobal No. 1, Zone of the Enders, NBA JAM: Tournament Edition, and more. The show will complete its third and likely final regular season by the end of the year, but may continue with a few spot episodes if I am able to get more sealed games. It's been a fantastic run, and easily my most consistent project ever. I thank those of you who have been checking out episodes of the show, and hope that you will continue to do so. 

Next up is Twitch. I recently moved over to Twitch from YouTube for PS4 streaming. I primarily run arcade games, with some other retro stuff and a sports game here and there. It's a fun way to share experiences and memories from my younger days and maybe set a few personal bests along the way. I'm working on trying to set a regular schedule of 2-3 streams a week, usually Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights at 11pm Eastern. Drop in and say hello, if you'd like! 

I will also soon be starting a new contributor role for an upcoming video game guidebook. This project will be a lot like the Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the SNES Library project that I worked on, but covering a different console. I'm anticipating that I'll be covering a fair number of sports video games again, but a lot fewer than the 80+ that I reviewed for the last book. I honestly didn't think that I'd be doing this again, but the project manager is hard to say "no" to. Work will begin this summer and last for about a year. Once the book info goes public, I'll talk about it more here. 

Finally, speaking of sports video games... I'm going to try bringing The Retro Referee out of retirement. This time, the project will look a bit different than I originally thought it would, as it will primarily be driven by social media and entries here on this website. I may make a few YouTube videos to go with it, but that's a bit further down the road. Retro sports games are a definite passion of mine, and I've often thought about giving this idea another chance. I think it's time to see how it goes. 

It's good to stay busy, especially with everything in the outside world that's currently going on... and I'm looking forward to doing as much as I can. 






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