An Epiphany, an End, and a Beginning.
I'm afraid I've got some bad news for everyone who's visited RetroBlast: after slaving over the site overhaul, sinking money into it, and getting close to opening RetroBlast back up...I realized something: I don't want to re-open RetroBlast — I really, really don't want to.
The site has been such a burden on me since I took over GameRoom magazine a year and a half ago, and I've been so busy running a business that RetroBlast has withered into a mere shell of what it once was.
Sometimes when you find yourself dragging your feet on a major project, it's because your subconsious is trying to tell you something. Sure, I could create the "mega-site" I had planned on...but it's always going to be more work for me, and I'm already doing the work of a full magazine staff right now. My health has deteriorated this past year to the point I'm starting to wonder how much longer I've got...I even had to be rushed to the hospital with chest pains a few months ago. I'm not a type A personality, and the stress is eating me alive...
And I realized something else: in many ways, I'd just be duplicating the effort of others out there who I really respect. John St. Clair, for example, has done a fantastic job with his ArcadeControls.com (BYOAC) site, and newsgroups on RetroBlast would just mean trying to duplicate the online community that he's already created. I'll see if he'd like to archive RetroBlast's reviews and videos on his site, but the days of RetroBlast are now officially over. It's a hard decision to make, but I know it's the right one.
This is a new beginning for me, as I use this opportunity to put 100% of my energies into publishing GameRoom, and creating the best retrogaming magazine I can. I hope that you'll join me, and I want to thank everyone who has visited RetroBlast over the years — it's been a fun ride, and I hope you've enjoyed reading my reviews as much as I enjoyed writing them. Thank you for visiting, and please drop in at GameRoom Magazine's web site from time to time! (www.gameroommagazine.com)
Editor and Publisher, GameRoom Magazine