It has taken me 8 months to get this short feature researched and published. It covers mainly the ASSEMbler community here, several of its members, plus a few other places here and there.
I’ve debated going with no fewer than 4 different magazines (one of which went bankrupt at the last moment), so it’s been quite a struggle. But finally, it’s freely available for everyone to read at The Escapist:
Special thanks, in no order, must go to:
Frank Cifaldi (aka: TheRedEye)
And of course, ASSEMbler himself for not only answering all my questions, be they via phone, email or MSN, but for also checking my first draft and allowing me to document this community.
Thanks also to everyone else who I don’t directly reference, such as Hawanja, whose quest to document all the FC clones piqued my interest, and also the many buyers and sellers in the sales forum. None of this would be worth talking about without the dedicated people who make up such communities.
Many special thanks to everyone who pledged photos and video footage. While The Escapist doesn’t use imagery, assuming my freelancing continues at the newly launched Retro Gamer, I’m sure I will find a use not only for imagery, but also the massive amount of information that I was unable to include in such a short feature. Hopefully this is just a taster, since I personally love documenting what has previously gone undocumented (RG currently has a policy of appeasing the mainstream, but I intend to twist a few arms).
Best of all though, this feature is free to read online!
Enjoy, and thanks for all the assistance