So you’ve found my website, and I suppose it would be polite to give you a little bit of a background to me Simon Drake, and this website. Don’t worry though I’ll keep it short so as not to bore you. I am a lifelong video game, Nintendo, and all things Japanese fanatic, so much so that the basis of my masters thesis investigated the relationship between Nintendo and Japan’s video game industry. I’ve also worked extensively within the industry for the likes of Electronic Arts, Imagine Publishing and Pocket Gamer, whilst also working alongside companies such as Square-Enix and Warner Bros.
I’m also a die hard child of the 90s, and as such the 8 and 16-bit eras of video games is my childhood. From Sonic to Mario, Pokemon to Donkey Kong, and everything in between, I literally couldn’t, and still can’t get enough. Sadly though, a lot less is written about the good old days of the console wars of old following the North American Video Game Crash of 1983, especially when compared to what is written about all the excellent new games we see on modern platforms.
I’ve also always wanted to write about video games. In fact, when most children dreamed of being sportsmen, I dreamed of doing exactly this, and doing this website seemed like a good way to fulfil this within my spare time. This is an ambition I started within my employment at Electronic Arts as a part of the 100% Indie initiative, where I wrote for our website and continued by writing freelance in the industry.
As such, during my free time I will be writing about the games I grew up with, primarily focusing on the 8 & 16-bit eras. Hopefully taking critical look at these games through modern eyes and seeing how many have stood the test of time, whilst also discovering some hidden facts about classic games from the past. As this is a hobby though please don’t judge me too harshly, but if you enjoy it then that’s awesome, and comments and shares on social media will be greatly appreciated. I’ll also be joined my my younger brother from time to time who is a die hard video gamer too, and he will share some of his views and knowledge.
Thanks, and hope you enjoy.