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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 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 →

Gamer Reads: Starship Troopers

When you think of video games it’s doubtful you think of books, especially novels, at the same time. Video games after all are “the enemy of books and therefore their exact opposite” or so those of us of a certain… Continue Reading →

8-Bit Friday's: Out Into the Late Night Rift – Part 2: The Insomniac Abyss & 1993

When it’s not Friday a.k.a. Delving into the Insomniacs Abyss For NBC the territory of 12:35 to 1:05 AM is somewhat unchallenged territory. Of course as previously mentioned this was once the home to Friday Night Videos on Fridays, but… Continue Reading →

Trekking Through Games: Starfleet Command

I’m aware its been sometime since I wrote something for my Trekking series. It’s not that I had fallen out of love for the idea or that my Trek phase had ended, but more or less I just haven’t had… Continue Reading →

8-Bit Friday’s: Out Into the Late Night Rift – Part1: Friday Night Videos

About two weeks ago my wife and I started out a Friday evening watching a repeat of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and ended up staying up long enough to finish Late Night with Seth Meyer, and briefly into… Continue Reading →

No Mans Sky Meets Gamings Falling Skies of Behavior

About three weeks ago we first started hearing rumors that No Mans Sky may be delayed by a few months. As someone who pre-ordered the game I just said “cool!” and went about my daily life, I mean sure I’d love to… Continue Reading →

8-bit Friday's – The Diaries: June 3, 2016

Well welcome to the month of June. It’s been pretty hot one here in Northern Illinois, which to me is a good sign we’ll have a real summer. Anyway, it’s been a long week even if it has been only… Continue Reading →

iCade: One More Go

I seek to answer the question is it an iCade or just iCandy?  On a hot summer day in 2014 my family and I set out for the Underground Retrocade in West Dundee, IL. It had been years since I… Continue Reading →

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