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Welcome to Noise From The Basement

It doesn’t look like much yet, but you are looking at the future home of The Grand Emperors Retro Video Game Blog and Diary of an Amateur Vinyl Record Collector, together and under their new name.  Look for some of… Continue Reading →

8-Bit Friday's: The Backlogs IV – Overwhelmingly Atari

So as promised at the end of Backlogs III, this weekend is the land of the Atari 2600 and 7800. Actually all of the games are going to be played on the 7800 since it’s backward compatible with 2600 games,… Continue Reading →

I Played it Before it Was Cool!

I’ve heard the number one sign you may be a hipster is when you say you were into something before it was “cool”. I really don’t say that about much, but there are a few things that I can say… Continue Reading →

Trekking Through Games: Celebrating the 25th on the 50th

Star Trek’s 25th Anniversary, 25 years later on its 50th Anniversary As we celebrate Star Treks 50th anniversary today I want to take you back in gaming 25 (well actually 24) years ago to celebrate a milestone in video gaming, and Star… Continue Reading →

8-bit Fridays: The Backlogs III – Labor Day Weekend 2016

Going from the SNES and SMS to the XBox 360 last weekend was actually a huge system shock for me. It’s easy when playing NES, SNES, and SMS games to forget just how much games have evolved in the past… Continue Reading →

8-bit Fridays: The Backlogs II – August 26, 2016

It’s been a disturbingly quiet week for me, but hopefully that means the weekend will be quiet too. With that said I was surprised to get about an hour and a half of play in shortly after getting home from… Continue Reading →

The SNES at 25

The date was August 23, 1991, and that year the 23rd fell on a Friday. Don’t ask me to remember the day, or if I remember it having any significance because I can’t. To many gamers though it was a… Continue Reading →

Trekking Through Games: Celebrating Treks 50th in Two Games

About a year ago my wife came to me in a frantic state, she had a client meeting on a Saturday morning and the dress she wanted to wear was dirty, and on top of that she needed to get… Continue Reading →

8-bit Fridays: The Backlogs – August 19, 2016

In my 8-Bit Friday Diary entries,  I often talk about my Friday purchases. Of course I don’t only buy on Friday’s especially if I run across a great deal, or if it’s an auction closing during the week. I’ve also… Continue Reading →

8-bit Fridays: Out Into the Late Night Rift – Part 5: A View From the Couch

A View from the Couch It’s Friday night, the TV’s on and the lights are off. Its after 10:30 PM so there’s no guilt about being a couch potato, and also being Friday there is no guilt about having to… Continue Reading →

Trekking Through Games: The Away Missions – Star Trek: The MotionPicture

The year was 1979, and Sci-fi space dramas on the big screen where coming back into fashion after Twentieth-Century Fox’s huge success with Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. So Paramount Studios looking to claim a genre success of… Continue Reading →

8-bit Fridays: The Diaries- August 12, 2016

I’m Of course if you’ve been following my blog you’ll know 8-bit Friday’s has been somewhat usurped by my “Out into the Latenight Rift” articles covering late night TV. I know that may seem like an unusual direction to take… Continue Reading →

8-bit Fridays: Out Into the Late Night Rift – Part 4: Changes for CBS, Late Late Success, and Elsewhere in the Dark

CBS’s change of guard For CBS, Letterman had been slowly but surely losing viewers, a situation made worse by Jimmy Kimmel, and only further exaggerated by Jimmy Fallon taking over The Tonight Show. One CBS executive was heard to have… Continue Reading →

Trekking Through Games: Star Trek: New Worlds

I’m I was thinking about writing this weeks piece on Star Trek: New Worlds, after I had sent some feelers out about it on social media a weeks ago. But, to be honest I didn’t get many responses except one… Continue Reading →

8-bit Fridays: Out Into the Late Night Rift – Part 3: ABC & NBC 2009

ABC Throws its Hat in the Ring For ABC late night pretty much meant and still means Nightline. Nightline started in 1980 after the Iran Hostage Crisis, and pretty much gained a footing from there as a news based talk… Continue Reading →

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