My name is Rocco J Carello, and this is my video game blog. I created Red-Grenade.com in May 2012 because I like writing about video games, but my personal blog’s limited audience does not contain a lot of gamers. It is my hope that I will find more people to interact with by pointing my gaming thoughts at the entire world. Likewise, the limited circle of people reading my personal blog won’t have to press the Page Down key quite so often.
As a gamer, I have a lot of experience to draw from. The spark began with early console games on the Atari 2600 and basic computer games for the Apple IIe. Later, the arcade scene pounded home the value of skill-based gameplay and elegant design, and the 8-bit and 16-bit consoles brought grand adventures and feature-complete sports to the living room. The late 90s and early 2000s were spent diving into first-person shooters and strategy games on the PC. I believe these very different environments and experiences will allow me to be objective and insightful.
As a writer, I have been babbling about video games and technology for more than 10 years. Most recent is my personal blog, the relevant contents of which have been reposted here at Red Grenade. Prior to blogging, I wrote a legally questionable series of shareware articles for a now-defunct web publication called Mac OS Journal. Finally, I ran a Heroes of Might and Magic fan site for several years. Please be kind. That was considered a good looking site in 2000.
As a developer, I beta-tested some role-playing games for Spiderweb Software, beta tested a patch for the Mac OS version of Baldur’s Gate II, and wrote a patch for an open-source strategy game called Battle for Wesnoth. Yeah, I said wrote. My name is even in the credits. The patch was tiny, but I’m rather proud of it. I have a Computer Science degree and work full-time as a web developer, but I hope to apply my skills towards some hobby game development real soon. When I do, you’ll be the first to know.
That’s where I’m coming from. I hope I can write something you find entertaining, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts. When I write something you consider incredibly stupid, which is inevitable, don’t be shy about speaking your mind. People I disagree with give me the most food for thought.