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Midwest Gaming Classics 2022- The Return to Spring and Normalcy

So when the news hit in early February that the event was coming back to Spring, and as the biggest show yet, I was pretty happy. Of course life had different plans and that same weekend was both my oldest son’s Prom, and my youngest Pinewood Derby council level race. So I thought there was a good chance I wouldn’t be able to attend MGC for this show. Luckily, the Prom being a Friday, and the race a Sunday, meant I could sneak in a Saturday trip to MGC, but I had to prepare for a long, and tiring weekend to do it.

8-Bit Friday’s: The NES Conquest – Part 1

To start off I had 33 NES games in my backlog, but on further review of what I had in my backlog “queue” bin, it turned out I had 34 games, as one snuck through being logged into my backlog spreadsheet. My goal for this weekend was to push through a minimum of 10 NES games, or a maximum of about 15 or nearly half the games in the backlog. Surprisingly, I got through 20 games by Sunday afternoon, but it was no easy task

8-Bit Fridays: The NES Conquest 2

I don’t think there’s anything about this game that I can say that hasn’t already been said. Great game, great colorful graphics that look good in HD, and wonderful humor. So many YouTube shows, and podcast have covered this one I don’t know what else I can say, that they haven’t. All I can do is agree this one is an unforgettable classic.

8-Bit Friday’s: The Atari 2600 Conquest

Welcome to another 8-Bit Friday, this time is the 2600 Conquest. Basically, I’m going to try to play 23 Atari 2600 games that have been in my gaming backlog since 2018, as well as using the Retron 77’ my wife… Continue Reading →

8-Bit Friday’s: February 18th, 2022 – A Very Blazing Special

Happy New Year’s, and post Valentine’s Day to you all! Welcome to my first 8-bit Friday of 2022, and a Blazing one it is. Not because it’s hot out, no it’s been a cold weekend, it’s because I bring you… Continue Reading →

Are you not covering game content anymore?

This was a question I got out of the blue on Facebook messenger through Noise From the Basements Facebook page over the weekend. It was from a longtime follower on Facebook, as well as of the blog back when it was on Blogger.com. If you’re reading this you know who you are, thank you for the question and hope this works as a belated answer not only to you but my other readers. 

Midwest Gaming Classics 2021

It’s Monday November 8th, 2021 and I am a tired, tired man. I spent this weekend at Midwest Gaming Classics, and its the 4th time I’ve attended in the last six years. Considering one year was canceled due to COVID… Continue Reading →

2021 Gamers News Years Resolutions

2020 has been the slowest year of gaming for me yet. You’d think with COVID going on gaming would be a way of life, but it’s been slow even on what I’ve bought. If you read my blog you may… Continue Reading →

Alternative Investing: The Collector Paradox

Buying into a hobby or some other material item as an investment, isn’t new to the 80’s with electric trains or now days with retro video games. In the late-90’s and early 2000’s comic books were the investment fad, and that market crashed, and crashed hard, leaving many investors deeply in the red. In the 70’s the big investment trend was antique’s, mostly furniture and knick-knacks.

2020 Gamers News Years Resolutions

Following 2018, 2019 gaming wise has been another slow gaming year, and like 2018 compared to previous years my game purchases and consumption of said games, hasn’t been the highest. I did add a PSP to my collection, as well as a PS Classic, and Atari handheld. Of course last but certainly not least I added a long awaited Moon Patrol arcade machine to my collection without much time to play it.

The 8-bit Friday Diaries – September 27, 2019

A Boy and His Blob (Wii) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- First of all I’m going to say that this is one of the best looking and beautifully well done games I’ve ever seen. The animation is beyond top notch, and plays smoothly while conveying the innocent and wondrous world A Boy and His Blob occurs in.

Minefaire Chicago 19’

It’s hard to believe it’s been 8 years since Minecraft hit the internet and became a true gaming sensation worldwide, especially among young players. Although the game has had its challengers such as Roblox, Fortnite and others, it’s proven its… Continue Reading →

The 8-bit Friday Diaries – September 20th, 2019

Armored Core V: Verdict Day (Xbox 360) ⭐⭐⭐ – I’ve heard a lot about the Armored Core games, and this is my first foray into the franchise.I have to say I’m not impressed overall, other mech games in the same vein like the Front Mission franchise are a lot more engaging in storyline, and even better in gameplay. Know keep in mind I don’t know much else about the Armored Core series, so perhaps I’m passing judgement to early since it seems to be a fan favorite with a cult following.

System Saturdays: Getting to know the PSP

System Saturdays: Getting to know the PSP It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two months since I attended Video Game Summit. Of course looking outside I see the weather getting a little gloomy and the temperatures a little cooler,… Continue Reading →

The 8-bit Friday Diaries – September 13, 2019

Well, another week and more games to be played This Weekends Buys: Otomedius Excellent (360) – The XBox 360 has reached a point in its life when some of the more obscure titles are beginning to surface, leading to some… Continue Reading →

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