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History

TRC has been a long time in the making. It all started around 1998 when I first discovered emulators on a (forgive my snickering) CD Software Collection. Said emulator was Nesticle. From the point at which I realized what was actually happening on my screen I was hooked. Instantly. I sat there the rest of the day trying everything I could - and finally utilizing the internet to find out if there were more of these cool programs floating around the net. Boy was I in for a surprise... The rest - as they say - is history. I was hooked on emulation. Every system I had played at some point I had to retry - especially arcade systems. Being an arcade deprived person (by my own definition) they had the most appeal to me. All of this led to...

The birth of NRC

NRC or Neogeo Review Center as it was called, was my very first public website of interest. Interest in the way that it was my interest, and that it was actually interesting. On the 25th of Febuary 1999 I had the first presentable version of NRC on my harddrive. As I recall it had taken me several weeks to get things going. It was green, it was framed, but at least it was alive. Approximately 3 months later, on the 6th of May 1999 NRC made its grand oppening on the public VossNet webserver hosted by my ISP. Vossnet has now gone belly up for reasons unknown to me, but even though I was only a member for half a year, they kept my account and webpages stay online for the following 2 years which still puzzles me. I consider NRC to have been a huge success. Granted - I didn't review as much as I wanted to - and I wasn't able to please all my visitors with guest reviews - but I was happy. Within the week I had had over 6000 visitors and already changes was on the horizon. Thanks to Atila of retrogames.com I transferred the site and all its content on to emulationworld.com's server. NRC continued to develop through the end of 1999 and moved into the year 2000. Updates started to become erratic at best and things weren't going as smoothly as they used to. Something had to change. Even if I couldn't keep up with my site - I had to do something to make sure it could keep up by itself...

Neogeo Review Center
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On a side Note...
New Layout for Neogeo Review Center
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I can't exactly explain what I was thinking at that period of my life concerning NRC. I knew I wanted to allow people to write their own reviews but I had hardly any knowledge to execute any plan to allow this. Nevertheless I was certain I had to do something. So I started development on a (as I now know - crazy) layout & design for the new website. I remember having alot of problems with this design. Especially when I started to make it NS 4.xx compatible. Alot of people helped me at that point trying to even out all its problems. Too bad it never got put to use...

The winds of change...

Shortly before summer 2000 I had landed in a rut. The site didn't seem as appealing as it once did - but I feld I couldn't give up. I had to do something. The one topic I had gotten most e-mails about was guest reviews. Turning people away from a site that desperately needed more updates and maintenance is not a good strategy. But as things looked back then - allowing people to write reviews would have made it necessary for me to go over each submission and I was already more lazy than ever. I wasn't capable of building a system to do all these things for me. That's when I decided to temporarily pull the plug. On the 14th of April 2000 I removed the site and put up a cryptic page along with a poll for the next site name. Obviously my largly bloated ego awaited mails and news posts about this horrid event and what the text could mean... But nothing... This didn't bother me much though - I knew I was small time - but I can't help but wonder if anyone ever figured out what I had written. Nevertheless, the result of the vote was "The Review Center" which of course clearly became the next step in this sites evolution...

R.I.P Neogeo Review Center
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