About 16-Bit Dad

Well, hello there! It seems as though you’ve found your way into my little corner of the vast and infinite web (and yes, that it a Ghost In The Shell reference). And if you’ve come to this page in particular, then you’re probably wondering just what on earth this blog is and why you should be reading it? Correct? Okay then!

Let’s start of with why you should be reading 16-BitDad! This all depends on what you’re here for! This blog covers 2 main topics; Retro Gaming and Parenting. So, let’s break this down the same way.

Now, I’m a first time dad… I have an amazing daughter who is the best thing in my life. But one thing I can say is that adjusting to life as a parent isn’t easy. From knowing what milk to use, to how to budget for all the extra things you need to buy, there’s a lot to get your head around. So, I’ll be sharing anything I learn along the way! Here’s what you can expect to see:

  • Advice for new parents on how to adjust to the change in lifestyle
  • Reviews of products and toys and anything else I think should be reviewed
  • Tips on how to help your child grow
  • Mushy posts about how awesome my daughter is

Basically, it’s you typical Dad Blog section, albeit with a bit more personality and a lot more language… As with everything else, any reviews I do won’t hold back. In fact, this is probably more the case in this section than the others, because getting the right thing for your child is so important!

To start with, I’m a massive retro gaming fan (I’m also a gamer in general). Anything from the Commodore to the PS2! I love the 8, 16 and 32-bit graphic style, and the range and quality of games from the PS2/GameCube/Dreamcast era.

Oh, and I’m currently working on my retro game collection as well.

I’m also a huge movie nut! My other half is also very opinionated when it comes to TV shows, which I’ve sort of picked up too. So, when it comes to retro gaming, modern gaming and media, here’s what you can expect from 16-Bit Dad;

  • Honest reviews of retro games, current gen games, movies, TV shows, gadgets and anything else that fits into this section.
  • Top 5/10/whatever lists, because everyone loves those
  • Opinions and thoughts on major announcements in these industries from an actual fan, not a corporate marketer
  • Gameplay videos and livestreams of classic, retro games

So yeah, expect there to be a lot of ups and downs, as well as brash opinions in these posts. But, the whole point of them is to help you avoid wasting time and money, or to find that next special something!

So, Who Exactly Am I?

Well, that’s always been one of the hardest things for me to ever write or talk about… Knowing where to stay is a real ball-ache! But this will just have to do!

I’m a family man who has now reached level 30 in life, with a wife and daughter who takes up a lot of my time (and I’d have it no other way). I’m a die-hard retro game lover, from the Commodore to SNES to PS2, and I’m a long time fan of punk and rock music.

I lived in 5 different countries, each with their own cultures. I’ve grown up with the Mega Drive, Playstation and various Nintendo consoles. I’ve written and published a Steampunk novel and I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I’m an absolute fanatic about The Walking Dead, having read the comics and watched every episode of both the main and spin off series, plus the webisodes. I’m a life-long fan of the Final Fantasy series, and a huge fan of horror movies and games.

And this has gone on way too long… So, if you want to know more about me, my family life or my hobbies, you should really start reading my posts! And whilst you’re at it, why not subscribe to 16-Bit Dad using the little box at the top of the sidebar? You’ll get my latest updates straight to your inbox! Now, to sign this off, here’s a little collage of some of the things I like in life.

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Hello there! I’m Gareth, the 16-Bit Dad; a retro gaming blogger, Twitch Streamer and Autism Parent. With a focus on great games, a wonderful Stream community and help for other Autism Parents, I review games, play them with the community and share my learnings about Autism!


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