A Retro Gaming Blog’s Focus

Today’s post is going to be a bit of a change, but I wanted to take some time and give a little update on the 16-Bit Dad blog, what I have planned for it and how it connects with the other forms of content creation that I am or will be doing.

So, let’s get to it, shall we!?

A Focus For The Blog

For the past 3 years, I’ve been covering a huge variety of retro gaming topics. With everything from the history of specific genres to lists of forgotten games, I’ve basically tried to cover every aspect of retro gaming on the blog. And that’s where the problem lies.

Chrono Trigger is an excellent JRPG

Retro gaming as a category is huge! I mean, the PS2 alone has over 3,000 games on it. When you then add all of the other consoles that are classed as “retro”, plus the fact that each year other games move into the category, you can see how huge that task is. It’s actually very daunting and that makes it hard for me to actually create content. There are so many options that I don’t know where to start with the next post.

So, in an effort to add more focus to the blog and be able to actually create decent content for you all to enjoy, I’m adding a “filter” onto the list of games I will cover.

I have always adored Valkrie Profile

Moving forward, there will be a much more structured level of content creation. When looking at my Twitch streams, the fact that I have them structured by which day it is actually makes my life easier, meaning I can provide better content on Twitch. I want to do the same here.

With that in mind, this retro gaming blog will focus on the following subject matter moving forward;

  • Weekly posts on Japanese Role Play Games (JRPGs)
    • The JRPG genre is my favourite and there is a tonne of content that can be created around the genre.
  • Weekly Retro Showcase Reviews
    • We will continue to review a variety of games on the blog after playing them on the Weekly Retro Showcase streams.
  • Retro gaming events that I plan to and do visit.
    • As I will continue to go to various retro gaming events and markets, I will continue to document these.

Video Content Supplements

Since I moved my livestreams over to Twitch, I have largely ignored my YouTube channel. It’s like a museum at the moment, holding a few recordings of the streams that I exported from Twitch. I think it is time to change that.

As such, I’m currently putting together a plan for the channel that will be based around JRPGs.

Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete is one of my favourite J-RPGs

Specifically, rather than trying to churn out weekly videos alongside my Twitch stream and working on this blog, I needed to find a more manageable structure for the YouTube channel. I think I found it.

In short, I’m planning to create 1 video per month, looking at the JRPG genre in terms of my history with it, rare games and games that you probably haven’t played. This will then work in tandem with the rest of the blog’s content.

Retro Gaming Twitch Streams

For the last year, I’ve been working on a very specific schedule for my Twitch streams;

  • Fridays – Retro Game Playthroughs
    • We played through the likes of Final Fantasy VIII, Legend of Dragoon and Koudelka.
  • Saturdays – Modern Game Playthroughs
    • This has pretty much been limited to Persona 5
  • Sundays – The Weekly Retro Showcase
    • On these streams, we play a different and randomly selected game from any genre, as long as it is 10 years old or older.

As you can see from that list and the games I have been playing on Twitch, they are mostly JRPGs. So I’m sure you can get where I am going with this; the Twitch streams will largely focus on JRPGs.

Final Fantasy VI features a surprisingly dark storyline!

With that in mind, plus the fact that I want to offer more content, we will now have an extra day of streams each week. The reason for this is so that we can have two Retro Game Playthrough days. On Thursdays, we are currently playing through the Shadow Hearts series, whilst on Fridays, we will be going through all of the Final Fantasy games.

So, funnily enough, I’ve sort of pushed my Twitch streams into the same focus that I want for the blog as well. And that was without even trying.

Twitter and Instagram Content

I am currently working through a weekly countdown series of tweets covering my top 50 RPGs of all time. That is a great example of how my Twitter is also moving towards a focus on JRPGs as well. But at the same time, the actual number of content tweets that I put out is still rather low.

So, whilst I haven’t completely determined what content I want to put out on Twitter and Instagram, it will be largely focused on J-RPGs.

And That’s All Folks

Are you a big fan of J-RPGs like myself? Is there a specific type of content that you want to see? Let me know in the comments below!