For me the original “Noise From the Basement” wasn’t video games but electric trains. In the late 80’s, yes the era of the NES and all its contemporaries and predecessors, I had a train layout in my basement. I know that seems more like something from 1958 than 1988, but it’s true. Of course it was an old Victorian house, and the basement was creepy, and filled with spiders and bugs, and humidity that rusted the tubular Lionel track. To me it was like a haven for my imagination, and dreams of what I could someday add to my layout. Even though my layout only had two scale sized people on it, I used my imagination to make up stories about them, and about the residents of the houses and workers at the factories in my layout town.