What’s this? Who are you? How did you get in here?

My name’s Ash, and I’m addicted to video games.

A couple of years ago, I started a blog for my ranting after my wife got sick of listening to me go off the deep end about shit that pissed me off. Over the last year, I noticed that it’s become more and more about video games, so I figured it was time to try something new. I considered a YouTube channel about video games, but honestly, putting a lot of work into editing videos isn’t something I want to do. So I thought to myself, “What makes the game I play interesting?”

A post in a Facebook group made me realize that I own tons of systems and games, but I choose to emulate most of what I play. In fact, I have exactly one console hooked up to my TV: my Xbox 360. Space is at a premium in my apartment because I have two small kids. It’s easier to hook my PC up and keep a box of USB controllers on the shelf than to switch consoles all the time, especially since my TV only has one composite hook up. Most of my systems are older, and HDMI is almost never an option with my non-Microsoft consoles.

I’m planning to go in-depth about the emulators, controllers, plug-ins and settings I use for each game, as well as the games themselves and how long each game took me. I even have an account on howlongtobeat. Look for westzx3. I’m also constantly looking for recommendations for new games, and I think a “retro game of the week” is a neat idea. That’s a feature I do in the Facebook group I mentioned above. Hacks, mods and fan translations will find homes here as well.

So rather than flooding my rant blog about video games, I’d like to get that blog back to the true basics of ranting, and I’m choosing to move my video game scribbles over here. This blog is about its very title: The Shit I Emulate.

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