It's time for this website to end.
The OPCFG ran its course over a decade ago. What revivals I attempted were too little, too late. The Facebook page was an attempt to keep the name alive, but as time has gone on, I haven't been able to make the page work the way I would have liked it to. Even the Facebook pages for my more successful sites have had a hard time gathering followers over the years, and the OPCFG page has been trailing a far distant third for some time. There's no need to drag any of this out any further.
I've also made a conscious decision to focus on my work and not on maintaining a constant social media presence. To continue to even think about running this site when I won't have the time or any real desire to is pointless. However, I am leaving the site up as an archive, much like I did with West Mansion and The Ghoul Realm.
To those that have followed the site and liked the content I've posted, I thank you. If you wish to keep up with me, you can always follow the Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman Facebook page. That one will continue, and will be the place to go for news about my books (Memoirs is still available for purchase, as is the latest book I co-authored, Hardcore Gaming 101 Digest Vol. 3: The Guide to Retro Horror), as well as any retrogaming stuff I want to post.
Again, thank you all. It's been a great twenty years, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
So what about the OPCFG, you may or may not be asking? I'm considering a couple of options for it. The easiest and most accessible one to the (modern) general public may be going to version 3 (or so), a Wordpress blog. I'm still mulling over the possibilities. I've already restructured the main page some, moving most of the links over to the left-hand column, and I've moved all of the "OPCFG Reloaded" v2 stuff into its own archive. I actually have a new review from Tanner White posted there now (gasp!), so go check it out.
That's not to say that the OPCFG is dead. A couple months back, I started an OPCFG Facebook page. While getting nowhere near the likes that the West Mansion Facebook page has, it's got a couple of devoted followers and an assortment of friends and well wishers that like it. I'm also (slowly) working on a revision of my currently out-of-print book Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman, which I've more than once described as "the OPCFG in book form." Every so often I'll pull up the manuscript and tweak it a bit here and there, but I've yet to dive headfirst into it the way I'd planned originally. But it's still on my mind.
But what about the main site? Since the relaunch idea fizzled, I've toyed with the idea of making the site more like the way it used to be, back during its heyday. I don't have a ton of free time these days, so I can't go all out, but all my other websites have been shut down, and a part of me does want to keep this one going (after all, it was my first). But what to talk about? Most of the major classic gaming sites have everything under the sun covered. But I always considered the OPCFG to be my own personal place to talk about games. I've spent the past couple of years getting pretty heavily back into classic gaming, this time focusing heavily on the Famicom and Super Famicom. I could talk about my collections, the obscure little oddities I've discovered. In essence, I could turn the site into yet another gaming blog. But I'm not sure if I want to do that. I could also discuss how I've adjusted to the modern era, what games I have that I play on my Xbox 360 (yes, I do own a 360. Don't act so shocked about it) - that kind of thing. But the OPCFG has always been about classic games. Still, variety is the spice of life, as they say.
Well, I'm out of ideas for now. So I'll pose this question to what readers I still have (if any): what would you like to see the OPCFG become? If you have any suggestions at all, let me know. I'd like to hear them.