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About West Mansion


West Mansion first went live on June 25, 2001. It was originally on Geocities, until Classicgaming agreed to host it. On July 24, 2001 the new West Mansion (version 2.0, if you will) went live. On August 8, 2009 West Mansion left its longtime home at Clasicgaming, due to the IGN Hosted Sites shutdown and landed on KonTek.net, where it still is as of this writing (October 2010).

Why did Rob choose Splatterhouse to make a site about? you might be asking yourself. It's not my favorite game series of all time, or even my second favorite. What with the various Castlevania, Gradius and Strider sites floating around the net (most notably Kurt Kalata's Castlevania Dungeon, Sam Roberts' The Light Sword Cypher Mainframe and the Gradius Homeworld), all of my first choices were taken. Why waste time trying to redo what had already been done - and done extremely well to boot - when I could make a site devoted to another one of my favorite series of all time (and one with an almost nonexistant online presence)?

After Castlevania, Gradius and Strider is my next favorite game series of all time - Splatterhouse. Ever since I first went online in 1998, I've been searching in vain for a Splatterhouse site. I originally wanted to start West Mansion after my first site, the OPCFG, got off the ground, but I lacked the necessary things to create it (like steady net access, for one). I tried unsuccesfully several times between '98 and '01 to collaborate with friends of mine on West Mansion, but those plans always got derailed.

Early in 2001, I felt I had the necessary experience (not to mention steady net access) to create West Mansion, so I built the first version of it on Geocities. When I approached Classicgaming about hosting the site and they agreed, I decided to revamp the look for its unveiling. However, I needed help. I asked an old friend of mine (who's probably my oldest friend in the world), Len, to help out with the redesign (I've seen his sites, and they look great. That's what I was looking for in a design). He agreed, and we worked on it together until late 2005.

Due to technical issues, West Mansion went without a single update during 2006. In 2007, I was finally able to get back in control of the site, and I've been updating it sporadically ever since. In early 2008, Namco Bandai announced that Splatterhouse was coming back on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. They contacted me then to help promote the game... and with that, here we are. Remember, any help or info that you may want to contribute to us is always welcome! Enjoy the site!

- Rob