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Webmaster of Biggest Splatterhouse Site on Web Steps Down June 25, 2011

Posted by Maniac in Editorials.

The West Mansion has been considered by many to be the biggest Splatterhouse fan site on the web.  It was created ten years ago today by it’s webmaster, Rob, originally on GeoCities (anyone else remember that?), and then moved to GameSpy hosting until it got shut down in ’09.  Over ten years it provided tons of assets both official and unofficial about the game.  Things like artwork, fanfiction, concept art, and it all culminated with news over the highly anticipated Splaterhouse remake which released last year.

Well…we know what happened then, I’ve talked about it in the past.  After playing the new game myself I can assure everyone that the reviews of it were wrong, and while it was not perfect it was quite a fun experience.  This horrible trend of game reviewers not knowing a good game if it bit them on the ass and overrating games that were nothing special is something I don’t hope will continue, but you just have to look at the recent media fallout of Duke Nukem Forever to see the tumblers for that lock continue to fall into place.

After today, The West Mansion will be in read-only mode until further notice.  Rob has posted a retrospective about his experiences hosting the site, and I encourage everyone to read it.  He has also written what he believes to be the definitive history of Splatterhouse’s (the recent one) development, which has been very educational.

It’s always sad when a major staple of the Internet closes down, or fades out.  Even though everything on the internet can theoretically last forever, Rob has devoted ten years of his life to operating that site, which is a feat I cannot fathom!  I’ve only been running for about a year and a half.  It’s one hell of an accomplishment, and I wish you well, Rob.  Take care.



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