Merry holidays, friends! I hope you and your loved ones are enjoying the effects of global warming this warm and frosty winter.
The end of 2016 is upon us and with that comes reflection. In terms of both views and visitors, Sega Does had its best year ever. 2016 alone saw over 70,000 views and upwards of 20,000 visitors. Not bad for a niche Sega blog! In 2017, as I get deeper into the vast Genesis library, crack open the rich acidic innards of the Game Gear, and maybe dip my toe into the Sega CD, I’m sure interest will increase. Thanks to all of you loyal readers for making this happen. As always, if you ever have any constructive criticism or positive feedback about the site or my reviews, leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail.
In April, I was honored to be a part of the Retronauts panel at Midwest Gaming Classic, alongside Jeremy Parish, Bob Mackey, and Greg Sewart. To say that this was a thrill is an understatement. It was the friggin’ bees knees, and I don’t bust that phrase out lightly. Jeremy and Bob were awesome and generous hosts, and Greg was a fantastic hotel roommate who has since become a friend. One of the year’s best memories, no question.
Awesome art from an awesome show (thanks to Retronauts for the image).
In July, suddenly and unexpectedly, my podcasting partner and friend, Sam, disappeared. We had what I considered a small quibble about one of the episodes, but rather than discuss it further, he stopped talking to me and took the podcast offline. I’ve reached out to him several times since, but to no avail. This is, of course, my version of the events. Perhaps he sees it differently. I hope he’ll get in touch with me someday, and we can work out and rekindle our friendship.
Out of respect for Sam, I didn’t want to restart the podcast too early. It was three months after our initial tiff before I reached out to Jeff Rud. For those who don’t know, Jeff is one of the hosts of the HG101 Top 47k Games Podcast and the SegaDoes Podcast’s current co-host. Without Jeff’s interest and willingness to help, Sega Does Podcast V. 2.0 would not be a reality.
And speaking of which, episode 2 is coming soon! We had a technical snafu with our last recording, but we will be meeting again soon. Expect the episode in January!
Don’t worry, the podcast will always be Sonic Boom-free.
The Patreon page has seen some minor updates, as well. My overview, rewards, and goals have all changed to better reflect my current attitude, schedule and abilities. If you’re interested in donating or even if you’re not, go check it out and let me have some feedback! I’m always open to making the Patreon page more inviting.
And finally, this update will be the last Sega Does post for 2016. I’ll be taking a much-needed break from Dec. 25th through January 1st and will return with new posts on the 2nd.
The goal for 2017 will be, as always, 2-3 reviews a week. Whether I hit this consistently or not is in God’s hands, but this is the ideal. I would also like to start producing books in 2017. My only limitation is money. I don’t have the finances available to pay my graphic designer what he requires, thus book production will be on hold until then. Could I design the books myself? With a few tutorials, I’m sure I could whip something together, but I’d prefer the books not be of amateur quality. If you’re interested in seeing books sooner than later, please head on over to the Patreon! When I reach $300/month, book production will begin in earnest.
Off-model Sonic cries out for more Sega-branded literature!
Most importantly, thanks to all of you for reading and sticking with me, lo these past three years. If nobody was interested, I’d be hard-pressed to continue. As it stands, I’m continuously flattered and humbled that anyone cares about my grandiose chrono-blog. Forget Sonic, Tails, Alex Kidd, Ecco: you guys are the real Sega superstars. Take care, and I’ll see you (Lord willing and the world doesn’t collapse) in 2017!