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Newcomer's Board / Re: Introduction Topic
« on: September 27, 2021, 03:47:47 pm »
My name's Paul aka Mallo. Long-time gamer and writer of the blog I once had a reasonably successful career writing for and editing video games magazines.

I'm fairly old now and was first introduced to gaming in the arcades of the late 1970s. My first home games machine was a ZX Spectrum, but I've owned many home computers and consoles over the years. I still own quite a few of them, and still have a fairly decent (desktop) PC and quite a large library of physical and digital games. I never imagined thirty years ago that rom hacking, or emulation, would be a thing, but I'm glad that it is because it allows us to play games that otherwise we'd struggle with.

I've patched a few roms using's resources over the past few years and am constantly amazed at the dedication people have to translating video games, and sharing their hard work with those of us who're not that technical (I'm not a programmer myself). I've written fairly glowing reports of some of these patches on my blog recently and always link to's site whenever it's relevant to one of my articles. Most recently I've been enjoying the delights of the Megami Tensei series, and also some of the Goemon games that have been recently translated into English. If you look on my blog you'll find detailed write-ups and carefully-selected screenshots of these games.

I play too many video games to be honest, and don't tend to go out much these days. Most of my time is dedicated to creating screenshots and writing for my blog. My favourite type of games are RPGs, but I'll play anything really. Am currently writing articles about Bubble Bobble (all the conversions), the Sharp X68000, and am about to start writing and researching a Sega Game Gear special. I guess you could say I'm a screenshot addict, which is probably a hang-up from my days working in magazines. I still have many of the screenshots I took over twenty years ago, saved and organised into a gigantic library.

Finally I just want to say "thank you" to all the people creating these amazing rom hacks and to for hosting them. Your hard work is appreciated.  :thumbsup:

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