"I never could have imagined that the publishing of what Jason Scott referred to as "the world's first BBS Memoir" would have inspired other people to share their own stories, but I'm so very glad it did. One such email came to me from Rob Strangman, author of Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman..." Excerpt
Rob relates tales of the games, people and experiences that made him into the "Virtual Caveman" that he is today. From his first experiences with gaming, the lifelong friends he made, his first experience with the game that made him "internet famous" in some corners of the 'net, and much, much more, here are Rob's tales from the virtual cave.
The Futility of War
Never Judge a Game by its Screenshots
Friendship Through Contra
My World Would Never Be The Same
One Little Victory Free Sample Chapter!
Gradius And Me
Now, There Are No Limits
Meeting Mr. Taylor Free Sample Chapter!
The Kid Who Stole Mega Man III
Gradius III And Me Free Sample Chapter!
The Dark Side
The Compulsive Peripheral Destroyer
Gradius II And Me
Rediscovering The NES Free Sample Chapter!
The Mod Chip Free Sample Chapter!
"The Box" and Other Tales
Religion and Gaming
Let The Buyer Beware
The Great Crash
The Return of Mr. Taylor
My Girls, Future Gamers?
Arcade and video games pervaded life in the 70's, 80's and beyond. The world, while it didn't revolve around games, was certainly shaped by them and Rob is far from the only "Virtual Caveman" in existence. Rob's fellow "Virtual Cavemen" (and Cave-women!) share their stories and experiences in the Dispatches from the Game Cave section. Enjoy their contributions and see other perspectives on growing up in the world of gaming.
SHING! by Sam Roberts
The Ghosts of Arcades Past by Rob O'Hara Free Sample Chapter!
How I Gave Up Collecting To Take Up Playing by Earl Green
Shooting Quarters with Bigfoot by Cat DeSpira Free Sample Chapter!
The Legend of Zeliard by Rondal Scott III Free Sample Chapter!
The Day The Pirates Invaded Montreal by Sarah Szefer
More Than Just Games by Kenny Winder
The Battle for the Atari by Rick Kelsey
The First Step by Jared Bottorff
Why I Felt Like a Jerk on the Best Day of My Life by Rob Budrick
Boys, BBSes and Batteries by Karry Blank
The Tragic Clown of Happiness by Karry Blank
Bitterness and Bombs by David Bird
Waiting For Marty by David Bird
Asteroids and Me by Brett Weiss
Gotta Get Me a Colecovision by Brett Weiss
Mega Memories by Samantha McComb
Videogames and Family Bonds by Samantha McComb
Mega Man and the Mystery Machine by Ian "Yan" Hook
When Dreams Become Reality by Ian "Yan" Hook
My Super Nintendo Genesis by Steven "RVG Fanatic"
King of the Karts by Steven "RVG Fanatic"
The Summer of Imports by Steven "RVG Fanatic" Free Sample Chapter!
My Sega Saturn Saga by Steven "RVG Fanatic"
Super NES Resurrection by Steven "RVG Fanatic"
Genie Gaiden by Mike Plasket
That Scary Green Guy by Mike Plasket
Give Me Sega or Give Me Death by Mike Plasket
That Was Now, This Is Then by Mike Plasket Free Sample Chapter!
The Greatest Five by Mike Plasket
Ain't What It Used To Be by Mike Plasket
Thirty Games in Thirty Days by William Cassidy
Over the years, Rob has been able to interview several notable figures in the video game industry, as well as pioneers in the video game journalism field. Those interviews, along with several other articles that don't fall into the other two sections of the book, have been archived in Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman.
Fake Geek Girls Aren't As Annoying As You Are by Haleigh Yonish
A Visit With The Game Doctor
The OPCFG Interview with Yuzo Koshiro
The OPCFG Interview with David Crane Free Sample excerpt!
The OPCFG Interview with Howard Scott Warshaw
The OPCFG Interview with Martin Alessi Free Sample excerpt!
The OPCFG Interview with Jay Moon
The OPCFG Interview with David Siller Free Sample excerpt!
The West Mansion Interviews with Dave Wilkins and Dan Tovar
The West Mansion Interview with Caitlin Oliver
The LSCM Interview with Kouichi "Isuke" Yotsui
The LSCM Interview with Allan Findlay
Better Than The Arcade by Sam Roberts
The paperback is 472 pages packed cover to cover with stories, photographs and interviews. The e-book has the same content formatted in flowing plain text that is easily handled by most e-book readers. Autographed copies are available on a limited basis, please drop us a line to inquire about availability and ship time.
Whether you lived during this golden age or just wish you did, it's time to take a trip down memory lane and come back home to the wonderful world of retro-gaming!