Noise From The Basement

Retro Video Games, Vinyl Records, and Other Nostalgia

80’s Talk: Summoning Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons, is one of those pop culture characters that screams 1980’s. He was highly energetic, eccentric, colorful, made his own music videos, and had a talk show, all the qualifications for being an 80’s icon. On top of that he was a staple of 80’s talk and game shows, and was known to drive Johnny Carson and David Letterman nuts with his manic personality. Last but not least of course, to be completely 80’s, he had his own exercise videos on par with Jane Fonda and her very 80’s aerobic videos.

2019 Gamers News Years Resolutions

2018 gaming wise hasn’t been one of my finest years, and compared to previous years my game purchases and consumption of said games, hasn’t been the highest. I did add an Intellivision, Colecovision, CD-i, and Odyssey 2 to my collection,… Continue Reading →

  Solo despite being a relatively good Star Wars film had been bogged down in controversy, long before it even hit theaters. This controversy, and Disney’s unwillingness to drop the advertising money on the film it truly deserved, gave potential… Continue Reading →

Death of a Retro-Gaming Store

It was June 2nd, 2018, and I jumped out of my car to get a photo of the TNT Games marquee on the run-down strip malls street sign. It’s all that’s left of the store, since they seemed to go… Continue Reading →

System Saturday’s: Intellivision – Is it Really Better than the Atari 2600?

There is an old adage “History is Written by the Victors!”. It’s meant to imply that history, and how things are generally remembered, may be swayed by those who came out on top. That is unless, you dig a little… Continue Reading →

Midwest Gaming Classics 2018 – Attack of the New Venue

It’s Monday April 16th, it’s 8:30 at night and it’s been 27.5 hours since MGC 2018 ended. I was lucky enough to stay all the way till it’s official end at 5PM yesterday, but only thanks in part to an… Continue Reading →

Top Ten Star Wars Toys We’d Like to See Made

As Christmas draws near it’s not unusual for memories of toys past to creep into our minds. They may be good memories of toys we loved, bad memories of toys we didn’t want, and some are…well let’s just say not… Continue Reading →

Trekking Through Games: Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator

Star Trek has received at least one title on many video game consoles for last 40 years now. It’s a testament to the shows enduring legacy, as well as its fan base. These are fans who let the shows originality… Continue Reading →

8-bit Friday’s: The Diaries – June 2nd, 2017

Occasionally gameplay over my weekend feels like it has to be chiseled out of small crevices, and taken in bite size portions similar to a Snickers Fun Size you get on Halloween. This was one such weekend as graduations parties,… Continue Reading →

YouTube Channel Previews

With the new website on the way I’m also slowly but surely coming out with YouTube content as well. Be sure to check out my quick look at Elgato Video Capture being used for GameCubes Super Mario Sunshine.  

System Saturday’s: Vintage Computing – A Collectors Overview

When I was about 6 or 7 years old my Mom decided to go back to school. I was in school Monday thru Friday all day by this point, so she had time to attend classes and study during the… Continue Reading →

Return of the Speccy – The ZX Spectrum Next

So here we are May 24th, 2017 and the ZX Spectrum Next program has been fully funded on Kickstarter. That may not sound like much to an outsider, but it’s actually kind of a big deal to ZX Spectrum fans… Continue Reading →

8-bit Friday’s: The Diaries – May 19th, 2017

Well, it’s been one of the weeks where it’s been hard to get out of bed in the mornings for work, and even harder to stay awake through the morning hours. To say the least this weekend has been a… Continue Reading →

Gamer Reads: Player One Ready

Sometimes you hear so much about a book, you realize that you have to read it. The only problem for me is that there isn’t always time to sit down and read. Getting through my earlier Gamer Reads: Starship Troopers… Continue Reading →

8-bit Fridays: The Diaries – The Weekend of May, 5, 2017

Well, another week survived! This one went quick and without a lot of annoyances, which makes me nervous about what this next week may bring. But hey, I got a few beers in on the long train ride home, and… Continue Reading →

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