Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Planet Cool Stuff - My Full Segment on Rob McCallum's New TV Show!

I recently had the incredible opportunity to appear on Rob McCallum's TV series, Planet Cool Stuff. The show features the lives of pop culture collectors and enthusiasts, highlighting their passions and the fascinating stories behind their collections. I’m excited to share that I’m featured in Season 1, Episode 2, where I discuss my long-standing interest in video games, my writing career, and some of the books I've authored.

In the episode, I delve into how my love for video games began and how it has influenced my professional journey. From playing classic arcade games beginning in 1975 to collecting since 1982 (late ’70s if you count handheld electronic games), video games have long been a significant part of my life. This passion, combined with my enjoyment of reading, naturally transitioned into writing about video games, allowing me to combine my love for gaming with my talent for storytelling and research.

During the show, I talk about my Classic Home Video Games series, which offers comprehensive guides to video game consoles and their games from the 1970s through the 1990s. These books are a labor of love, meticulously documenting every US release for each console. I also discuss my other works, such as The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987 and The NES Omnibus: The Nintendo Entertainment Systemand Its Games, Volume 1 (A–L), featuring a foreword by The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg. I’m very proud of these full-color hardcover books, which I hope are as fun to read as they were research and write.

I also discuss my enjoyment of doing video game conventions, where I sell and autograph books and pose for photos with fans. For those interested in seeing my segment on Planet Cool Stuff, I’ve uploaded the entire segment to my YouTube channel, with Rob’s permission. For those not in the know, Rob also directed Nintendo Quest, and I will be in his next movie, Nintendo 64 Quest.

Being a part of Planet Cool Stuff was an amazing experience. It’s wonderful to see a show that celebrates the geeky hobbies and passions that people have. Whether you’re a video game enthusiast, action figure collector, comic book reader, cartoon buff, Universal Monsters fan, or just curious about different collections, I highly recommend checking out the series. Rob McCallum does a fantastic job of showcasing the stories and dedication behind these fascinating pursuits, making it a must-watch for anyone interested in the world of popular culture.

Thank you for joining me on this journey, and I hope you enjoy the episode as much as I enjoyed being a part of it. Keep gaming, and keep exploring your passions!

And, as always, thanks for reading!

No comments: