Hello world, care to join me?

It’s probably about time that I introduced myself, justified the existence for this gaming blog and lay out some plans to ensure that Everything Kills You survives a good deal longer than my last attempt to chronicle a genre. Yes, that’s right, I’ve done this kind of thing before, but I’ve learned a very important lesson since then – honest!

So, let’s start with me: My name is Richie Shoemaker and I’ve been playing games since I was a child, which happened to be at around the same time that the gaming industry was also refusing to eat its vegetables. I got my first TV games system (I’d hesitate to call it a console) when I was seven years old, my first home computer when I was 14 and at the ripe old age of 24, when I figured there was no chance that anyone would port Doom to work on my relic of an Atari ST, I scraped together the funds to buy my first gaming PC,

It wasn’t long after investing in a 486/66 DX2 that I blagged a job writing for gaming magazines, a ride I’ve inexplicably managed to sustain for almost 20 years now. These days of course most of the magazines are long gone and I’m considered a bit of an old dinosaur, thus I only write the occasional article for Eurogamer, Wargamer and whoever else needs my services. I basically do enough to stop my wife from sending me out to find a proper job, though not as much as is required to keep the powder dry – hence the appearance of this blog.

Aside from catching up with a few titles and keeping up with others, I don’t have any grand plans for Everything Kills You. It would be nice to one day be considered among the top survival game blogs, but I’ve been involved in enough gaming websites to realise that it should all start and end with enjoying the journey rather than stressing over a destination. Hopefully I can convince one or two others to join me so we can cover more games and post more often, but if it’s just me surviving in the gaming wilderness then I can live with that.

I have set up a Twitter profile, a Facebook page and soon there’ll be a Steam group too, but things will be quiet across all three for the foreseeable future. In effect the blog and its social media channels are all in a kind of beta / Early access state, while I build up a stock of writing and tweak the look and feel of the place.

Feel free to let me know what you think and don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any concerns or questions.

Be safe out there.

Richie Shoemaker

Richie has been writing about games since 1997, spending five years on the staff of PC Zone and more recently writing for Eurogamer. His greatest claim to fame is that Sid Meier once gave him a lift to the pub.

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