News and Reviews

Praise for the original edition (153pages):

I got my copy this past Saturday and read half of it (in one sitting).  I'm enjoying the hell out of it!  It reminds me of the good old days!

- Steve Fincham

I got it in the mail Saturday and was done on Sunday (after a few reading sessions) and thoroughly enjoyed it all. It was better than I thought and tremendously interesting to read about someone else's life and experiences with a hobby that I hold so dear.

- Andrew Lattof

It is really good and I'm just about to read it again. Being one of those people who didn't grow up then and wanting to know the history, thanks for all the insightful knowledge.

- dlopez9069, Retrogaming Roundtable

I really like it so far, it's the kind of stories I can definitely relate to. I'm glad there's someone else that has the same totally overwhelming hatred for Bubsy that I do.

- Kurt Kalata

I'd like to say that it was really a thoroughly enjoyable read. Despite having grown up years apart, I felt a real connection between your stories and my personal experiences. There were many moments that made me nostalgic and it was very interesting to get some in-depth insight on the life of a gamer who was playing before my time. Considering I feel similar to the way you do about the current state of gaming, it really makes me wish that I was born ten or so years earlier so I could have gotten in on the golden age.

- Samantha McComb (regarding stories published alongside her own)

Praise for the definitive edition (472 pages):

I'm just over a hundred pages into this,and I'm loving it. I've never read any gaming memoir books before, so I'm not sure how this compared with others, but it's really great reading about your experiences with gaming throughout the years. It's interesting to see everything from a different perspective, and it's well written which is always a plus.

- Dingo, Hardcore Gaming 101 forums

Let me tell ya right now the book is just too awesome. I thought the first one was great but the 2nd one,  me oh my its totally bad ***. I love it. 

 - Sharon S., via Facebook

Wow, I was caught completely off guard by how honest and real you were being with me, the reader. It kind of blindsided me, as most memoirs really tend to put the author on a pedestal. It's definitely not just a memoir about video games, which I hope people don't mistake it for. I see this book is more than stories filled with nostalgia. It's the stories of our lives, man. And how gaming helped us/played a big role in the background of our lives, and gave us some great entertainment/stories to share. Reading your stories and everyone else's reminds me of how cool this hobby is, regardless of what the public mainstream perception is of people who still actively play "old video games."

- Steve, via e-mail

Recently finished your book Rob. LOVED IT! Great job! The only problem is that I wish there were more books like these now. It's like a video game themed Wonder Years.

- Julius Viloria

I'm thoroughly enjoying the book and am honored to have a couple of chapters in there. It's easily one of the slickest self-published books that I've read.

- Brett Weiss

Have to say, it took me back a bit and reminded me of some good times. The writing has a nice even flow to it. Book condition: font is easy on the eyes and makes it very enjoyable to read.

- Marc Tuell

I read through this while on vacation a couple weeks ago. Great book [...]. I love these sorts of stories. It always surprises me how close my gaming experiences mirrored those of others. If you've been sitting on the fence, get on it and order the book already. It's packed with so much content you get more then your money's worth. I couldn't put it down. Buy, buy buy!!

​- aaron "schnuth", famicom World forums

For the original edition (153 pages)

february 18, 2008 The original edition of Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman​ is released!
February 18, 2008 - Short article by Earl of
FEBRUARY 18, 2008Featured on

For the definitive edition (472 pages)

June 5, 2014 - Interview with Rob about the book published on
July 15, 2014 - The definitive edition of Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman is released!
July 16, 2014 - Short article on
July 19, 2014 - Featured on Scrollboss
July 22, 2014 - Featured on
​JULY 23, 2014 - ​Featured on Retro Domination
July 23, 2014 - Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman cover artwork released as a print on Illmosis!
July 25, 2014 - Featured on Retrotime (Hungarian)
July 28, 2014 - Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman e-book is released!
July 30, 2014 - Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman is now available on Amazon!
August 1, 2014 - Featurette in the August 2014 edition of Retro News Roundup! (Video link)
August 2, 2014 - Shout out from Sean over on Famicomblog. Hi Sean!
AUGUST 4, 2014 Memoirs' upcoming appearance at the Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition is
                              mentioned on
August 5, 2014 - Memoirs is now available at Warp Zone - Video Games and Beyond! Stop in, say
                              hello and tell 'em Rob sent you!
August 7, 2014 - Rob participated on Hardcore Gaming 101's GC9x Strider Hiryu livecast. (Video)
August 7, 2014 - Steve of the RVG Fanatic website interviewed Rob about Memoirs. This is
                              probably the most in-depth interview with Rob to date!
August 9, 2014 - Courtesy of Brett Weiss, copies of Memoirs were available at the                                                               Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
                              Fellow contributors Rob O'Hara and Earl Green were also in attendance

                              and available for autographs.

August 9, 2014 - Steve "RVG Fanatic" posted a video review of the book. Until he got his copy,
                              he hadn't seen the stories that were published alongside his own. (Video link)
August 16-17, 2014 - Courtesy of Brett Weiss, copies of Memoirs were available at
                                      Classic Game Fest in Austin, Texas.

​August 19, 2014 ​- Memoirs is featured on Strange Kids Club!
September 19, 2014​ - Multi-media personality Patrick Scott Patterson reviews Memoirs, on both
                              and his personal website.

September 19, 2014​ - Rob was featured on Episode 52 of the Retro Domination Podcast,
                                      "Retro Revival and a Virtual Caveman."

september 20-21, 2014 - Courtesy of Brett Weiss, copies of Memoirs were available at                                                             RetroPalooza in Arlington, Texas.
​September 21, 2014 - Memoirs received a positive review on the blog The Story of Xentrix (as part                                           of a RetroPalooza writeup).
DECEMBER 29, 2014 - Console and peripheral manufacturer Hyperkin mentioned Memoirs on their                                           Facebook page.
JANUARY 2, 2015Memoirs was the subject of a blog post by Brett Weiss.
FEBRUARY 28, 2015 - Memoirs was available at the Eitanya Designs table at Pensacon! Rob and contributors Sam Roberts and Karry Blank were also in attendance and available for autographs. Rob and Sam also co-chaired a panel entitled "Memoirs of the Virtual Cavemen: Fandom from Web 1.0 to Today," which can be viewed here.