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Greetings, internet! I'm Heidi Kemps, intrepid freelancer. You may know me from talking about Sonic 2 ROMs. Or discussing the relative merits and demerits of various Final Fantasy titles. Or waxing at length about Fighting Vipers 2. Maybe you saw me highlighting some fascinating hidden messages in game code, and even looking in-depth at Satellaview game preservation. Or heck, you might even know me from numerous interviews I've done with game industry folks. In other words, I've done a lot of weird and interesting work for a lot of different places over a very, very long period of time.

Well, now that I've got my Troy McClure introductory bit out of the way, let me elaborate on why I'm here. There's a lot to love about being a freelancer - your work appears anywhere and everywhere, you can cover a huge swath of different subjects, you meet all manner of wonderful people, and your hard work gets spread far and wide over the internet. It's pretty great!

However, there are numerous downsides to the freelancing thing. There are some review titles you're not going to be able to do simply because site staff gets first dibs. You can have a pitch you are incredibly excited about writing get rejected by everyone you send it to. And, of course, there are various financial shortfalls that can happen during lean periods when little of immediate note is happening in the industry. Unless you're one of the absolute tippy-top-tier folks in the freelance biz, you're going to have certain periods of time when money becomes extremely tight.

This is where Gaming.moe comes in! This is a new personal site that's run, curated, and completely editorially controlled by me and me alone. It plays host to numerous bits of my writing that just don't really "work" in traditional games media: long and short-form things that set my 68000 heart on fire, so to speak. I want to tap into my burning game-love spirit and deliver wonderful, outside-of-the-mainstream content that will also ignite your gaming passion!

Among the things I've covered and/or eventually plan to cover on Gaming.moe:

  • Reviews and analyses of obscure (but awesome) retrogames
  • Interviews with numerous Japanese gaming personalities, both new stuff and things from my archive that haven't seen publication in English before.
  • All-new interviews with folks involved in some of gaming's interesting subcultures: fan translation, pro players, event organizers, preservationists, writers of gaming-related books, and so on.
  • Essays on trends in gaming and personal editorials on various industry and gaming sphere happenings, big and small.
  • Event reports - from local gaming cons to industry gatherings to huge, crazy, awesome celebrations of fan culture like Comic Market.
  • Reviews of smaller, less visible games and genres: doujin games, otome games, visual novels, fan translated titles, etc.
  • Bonus non-gaming related bits like Japanese figure and anime/manga reviews - I got a .moe domain for a reason, after all!
Gaming.moe has been live since October of 2014, and within that time, I've already published a lot of stuff that I'm extremely proud of:

  • Interviews with people involved in games in many different capacities, including Robert Jerauld (former Enix producer), veteran videogame voice actress and singer Donna Burke, Resident Evil and Final Fantasy scribe Kenichi Iwao, legendary composer OGR, Tsuneki Ikeda of Cave, and others.
  • In-depth looks at a variety of interesting and historically important retrogames.
  • Reviews of books about games and game history. 
  • Featurettes about interesting gaming related tidbits.
  • Highlights of events and visits to arcades and other gaming spaces in places you might not expect.
As happy as I am with the site so far, your contributions will help me afford the time I need to expand Gaming.moe's coverage even further! If you enjoy the site, please consider contributing even a little to aid in the spread of global gaming love!

FAQ

Good god, Heidi, why would you opt to start this NOW?


Because this is something I've wanted to do for a while, and I think there are enough people who enjoy what I write to warrant it. There have been some lovely voices who have, sadly, departed the world of games writing as of late, and rather than let the halls of independent games writing echo silence, I'd like to work so that my voice can fill them with a passion for the games and people I love.

Why a .moe domain?

Moe is an interesting Japanese term that is tough to describe in English. Most people tend to think of it as a genre: specifically, cute anime girls expressly designed to push varied otaku buttons. But moe is more than that, as it's also a descriptor: you'll hear about people who are moe for certain characters and character types - meaning having those things present sets their hearts a-pitter-pattering. But you can be moe for many things: situations, places, things, even concepts.

Me? I'm moe for videogames, especially the extreme nerdy fringes of the hobby. Old 80s Japanese game commercials enthrall me. People hacking into game code and finding interesting unused bits and bobs gets my blood pumping. Talking to other folks who love the same weird old arcade games I do puts me in an excited furor. It's pretty apt that moe is also part of moeru, to burn - because when it comes to weird and interesting gaming stuff, I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you~

What exactly is the "goal" of this site?

The goal is to post words about interesting gaming stuff from time to time. That's really it. One day I could be looking at a clever gameplay or storytelling mechanic, the next I could be talking about my issues with AAA gaming, followed by talk about some obscure Japanese title you've never heard of. But the overall tone is that gaming is awesome!

Who is writing for the site?

Gaming.moe is all me. I may post images, videos, links, etc. that I think are cool but are made by others. Besides that, all content/opinion/words are mine and mine alone.

Will there be comments and discussion on the stuff you post?

Of course! Keep in mind, however, that this is my personal site, and as such, jerks in the comments shall be terminated with extreme prejudice.

Are you going to keep on doing freelance work?

I kinda have to if I want to live and pay the bills, y'know? This is more a place for stuff I want to write (or, in some cases, have already written) that just doesn't really "work" on mainstream game websites. I'm still going to keep doing previews/reviews/interviews/features/etc for bigger outlets, but I also want to write about the more obscure stuff I'm really passionate about on the side.


Tiers
<3
$1 or more per month
Gaming.moe loves you!
Discord Friends
$5 or more per month
Access to the majorly awesome gaming.moe Discord chat! Talk about all your favorite obscure games with other similarly minded folks, and get secret scoops on my upcoming projects!
Includes Discord rewards
Voice your heart!
$10 or more per month
Sempai noticed you! You can come on and co-commentate when I stream! Just let me know beforehand. (I usually post on twitter before I stream, or you can subscribe to Devilrei on Twitch to get notifications.)
Includes Discord rewards
Stream Sempai
$25 or more per month
Suggest a retro game for me to stream each month! Within reason, of course. I mean, I love my kusoge, but we're gonna have a very long talk first if you decide to give me Bubsy 3D or something.
Includes Discord rewards
Burning Gaming Love!
$125 or more per month
Suggest a game for me to cover in an article! Again, within reason, and preferably an obscure retro game. (I'll discuss your pick with you before I go ahead with it.) This is a one-time deal, so feel free to drop this and let somebody else take it once you've pledged it for a month.
Includes Discord rewards
You... you really like me...
$200 or more per month
I love Japanese figures! I love reviewing figures! I rarely get to review figures! But if you pledge this much, I'll be able to afford to buy and review a figure of your choice every month. Hopefully you have good taste and won't stick me with a billion Super Sonico variants, but hey, if that's what you want, I'll be happy to look 'em over!
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
53% complete
I love weird old arcade games, and I want to write about them more! A Year of MAME would see me doing a writeup about a chosen MAME game each week for an entire year (though I may need to skip some weeks if I'm busy). And I'd be happy to take your suggestions, too!
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Greetings, internet! I'm Heidi Kemps, intrepid freelancer. You may know me from talking about Sonic 2 ROMs. Or discussing the relative merits and demerits of various Final Fantasy titles. Or waxing at length about Fighting Vipers 2. Maybe you saw me highlighting some fascinating hidden messages in game code, and even looking in-depth at Satellaview game preservation. Or heck, you might even know me from numerous interviews I've done with game industry folks. In other words, I've done a lot of weird and interesting work for a lot of different places over a very, very long period of time.

Well, now that I've got my Troy McClure introductory bit out of the way, let me elaborate on why I'm here. There's a lot to love about being a freelancer - your work appears anywhere and everywhere, you can cover a huge swath of different subjects, you meet all manner of wonderful people, and your hard work gets spread far and wide over the internet. It's pretty great!

However, there are numerous downsides to the freelancing thing. There are some review titles you're not going to be able to do simply because site staff gets first dibs. You can have a pitch you are incredibly excited about writing get rejected by everyone you send it to. And, of course, there are various financial shortfalls that can happen during lean periods when little of immediate note is happening in the industry. Unless you're one of the absolute tippy-top-tier folks in the freelance biz, you're going to have certain periods of time when money becomes extremely tight.

This is where Gaming.moe comes in! This is a new personal site that's run, curated, and completely editorially controlled by me and me alone. It plays host to numerous bits of my writing that just don't really "work" in traditional games media: long and short-form things that set my 68000 heart on fire, so to speak. I want to tap into my burning game-love spirit and deliver wonderful, outside-of-the-mainstream content that will also ignite your gaming passion!

Among the things I've covered and/or eventually plan to cover on Gaming.moe:

  • Reviews and analyses of obscure (but awesome) retrogames
  • Interviews with numerous Japanese gaming personalities, both new stuff and things from my archive that haven't seen publication in English before.
  • All-new interviews with folks involved in some of gaming's interesting subcultures: fan translation, pro players, event organizers, preservationists, writers of gaming-related books, and so on.
  • Essays on trends in gaming and personal editorials on various industry and gaming sphere happenings, big and small.
  • Event reports - from local gaming cons to industry gatherings to huge, crazy, awesome celebrations of fan culture like Comic Market.
  • Reviews of smaller, less visible games and genres: doujin games, otome games, visual novels, fan translated titles, etc.
  • Bonus non-gaming related bits like Japanese figure and anime/manga reviews - I got a .moe domain for a reason, after all!
Gaming.moe has been live since October of 2014, and within that time, I've already published a lot of stuff that I'm extremely proud of:

  • Interviews with people involved in games in many different capacities, including Robert Jerauld (former Enix producer), veteran videogame voice actress and singer Donna Burke, Resident Evil and Final Fantasy scribe Kenichi Iwao, legendary composer OGR, Tsuneki Ikeda of Cave, and others.
  • In-depth looks at a variety of interesting and historically important retrogames.
  • Reviews of books about games and game history. 
  • Featurettes about interesting gaming related tidbits.
  • Highlights of events and visits to arcades and other gaming spaces in places you might not expect.
As happy as I am with the site so far, your contributions will help me afford the time I need to expand Gaming.moe's coverage even further! If you enjoy the site, please consider contributing even a little to aid in the spread of global gaming love!

FAQ

Good god, Heidi, why would you opt to start this NOW?


Because this is something I've wanted to do for a while, and I think there are enough people who enjoy what I write to warrant it. There have been some lovely voices who have, sadly, departed the world of games writing as of late, and rather than let the halls of independent games writing echo silence, I'd like to work so that my voice can fill them with a passion for the games and people I love.

Why a .moe domain?

Moe is an interesting Japanese term that is tough to describe in English. Most people tend to think of it as a genre: specifically, cute anime girls expressly designed to push varied otaku buttons. But moe is more than that, as it's also a descriptor: you'll hear about people who are moe for certain characters and character types - meaning having those things present sets their hearts a-pitter-pattering. But you can be moe for many things: situations, places, things, even concepts.

Me? I'm moe for videogames, especially the extreme nerdy fringes of the hobby. Old 80s Japanese game commercials enthrall me. People hacking into game code and finding interesting unused bits and bobs gets my blood pumping. Talking to other folks who love the same weird old arcade games I do puts me in an excited furor. It's pretty apt that moe is also part of moeru, to burn - because when it comes to weird and interesting gaming stuff, I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you~

What exactly is the "goal" of this site?

The goal is to post words about interesting gaming stuff from time to time. That's really it. One day I could be looking at a clever gameplay or storytelling mechanic, the next I could be talking about my issues with AAA gaming, followed by talk about some obscure Japanese title you've never heard of. But the overall tone is that gaming is awesome!

Who is writing for the site?

Gaming.moe is all me. I may post images, videos, links, etc. that I think are cool but are made by others. Besides that, all content/opinion/words are mine and mine alone.

Will there be comments and discussion on the stuff you post?

Of course! Keep in mind, however, that this is my personal site, and as such, jerks in the comments shall be terminated with extreme prejudice.

Are you going to keep on doing freelance work?

I kinda have to if I want to live and pay the bills, y'know? This is more a place for stuff I want to write (or, in some cases, have already written) that just doesn't really "work" on mainstream game websites. I'm still going to keep doing previews/reviews/interviews/features/etc for bigger outlets, but I also want to write about the more obscure stuff I'm really passionate about on the side.


Recent posts by Heidi Kemps

Tiers
<3
$1 or more per month
Gaming.moe loves you!
Discord Friends
$5 or more per month
Access to the majorly awesome gaming.moe Discord chat! Talk about all your favorite obscure games with other similarly minded folks, and get secret scoops on my upcoming projects!
Includes Discord rewards
Voice your heart!
$10 or more per month
Sempai noticed you! You can come on and co-commentate when I stream! Just let me know beforehand. (I usually post on twitter before I stream, or you can subscribe to Devilrei on Twitch to get notifications.)
Includes Discord rewards
Stream Sempai
$25 or more per month
Suggest a retro game for me to stream each month! Within reason, of course. I mean, I love my kusoge, but we're gonna have a very long talk first if you decide to give me Bubsy 3D or something.
Includes Discord rewards
Burning Gaming Love!
$125 or more per month
Suggest a game for me to cover in an article! Again, within reason, and preferably an obscure retro game. (I'll discuss your pick with you before I go ahead with it.) This is a one-time deal, so feel free to drop this and let somebody else take it once you've pledged it for a month.
Includes Discord rewards
You... you really like me...
$200 or more per month
I love Japanese figures! I love reviewing figures! I rarely get to review figures! But if you pledge this much, I'll be able to afford to buy and review a figure of your choice every month. Hopefully you have good taste and won't stick me with a billion Super Sonico variants, but hey, if that's what you want, I'll be happy to look 'em over!
Includes Discord rewards