About this Site

Merriam-Webster defines “retro” as:

“fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned”

…and the “-ish” suffix as:

“2 a : characteristic of”

Further, we have “gaming” as:

“2 b : the playing of video games”

Lastly, we have “critic“:

“1 a : one who expresses a reasoned opinion on any matter especially involving a judgment of its value, truth, righteousness, beauty, or technique”

Roger Ebert, amongst other things, says that a critic’s (of films, but it equally applies to video games, or anything else) job is not to pass judgement on a particular work, but to give the reader an impression as to whether or not they would want to experience it themselves.

And there you have it in a nutshell.  I review games and post thoughts on games, but not modern ones (not truly ancient ones either, though).  I feel I’m qualified as a critic because I take an in-depth look at a work from all angles, to provide something “big name” review sites and the “gamer review” tabs on other sites don’t—unbiased, closely-examined, well thought-out, detailed reviews of games.

The focus, as the name of the blog implies, is on games either semi-recent or not-so-recent at all.  A rule of thumb is that the game can’t be any newer than four years old at the time of the post, and I likely won’t go back farther than the mid-‘Nineties.

The reason for this is that I’m also focused one one aspect of “casual gamers”.  That term has many and varied definitions, from the ones who play little but Flash games on social networking sites, to parents trying to juggle kids, jobs, social lives, and gaming, to the not-totally-awesome players, to players who just want to kick back and play a game without treating it like it’s serious business.  I tend to focus on the “casual gamers” without much time, though by no means will I necessarily leave the other definitions out.

Most professional reviewers only play a game for a week or less.  Myself, I’ll play as long as I can, to try and come up with as detailed a review as I can, so you can decide if it’s worth the purchase.  As such, there won’t be a weekly posting of a review.  Between reviews, I’ll post thoughts about any number of video game-related topics.

I’ll also be making my reviews as broad as possible, since most games, especially in this last decade, have come out on more than one system.  Further, I’ll be mainly focusing on titles for the PSOne, PS2, and X-Box, since those are the more common consoles that gamers would still have, though I might sneak something for the D.S., Dreamcast, or P.C.

Lastly, I’ll be aiming for a five-day “work” week, Monday through Friday.  Posts will usually go up either late in the night before, or early in the hours of that day.

One last note—I don’t believe in brevity in honest criticism.  I feel that to give someone a full, in-depth understanding is better than to give the “gist”.  As such, posts are rather lengthy, even to the point of bloviation, but that’s because I want to give you as much information as possible, whether in reviews or musings.

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