The Genesis Temple was my first website, originally created in 1996 – both in Italian and English – dedicated to… game reviews and interviews, along with history of old consoles. Well, not much has changed, has it? The only difference is that… I was a kid!
Despite my young age, I was already in full nostalgia mode by that time and was glad to take part into the “emulation” scene. I had contacts with several people who worked on emulators and games and, as weird as it is when I think about it now, I ended up interviewing people like Steve Snake and Sam Pettus. I even collaborated on The Sega Genesis Guide (G3), which I’m sure was the first stepping stone for Sam’s book on Sega.
In its original form, The Genesis Temple would last until 1999, when I moved unto other projects. Years later, I became main editor for a website dedicated to all 16 bit consoles (called, quite inventively, “16bit”) that mostly published other people’s contents, along with some of my own articles and reviews. I also created my own “opinion” column, where I rambled about games, complained about shops and explained my doubts about “gaming as a digital media”. At the same time, I was collaborating with several other Italian gaming websites, participating at press conferences by Sony and Nintendo. By 2007, I gave up on writing about games altogether and dedicated myself fully to my other passion: music. By then I had also been a music critic for quite some time, and would remain one for 15 long years.