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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: The Diaries- August 12, 2016

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 a… Continue Reading →

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

Well welcome to the month of June. It’s been a 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… Continue Reading →

8-bit Fridays – The Diaries: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Everyone! Oh, and yes welcome to the unofficial start of summer! This may not be the first three day weekend to occur since I’ve been writing these but it is the first that has given me… Continue Reading →

8-bit Fridays – The Diaries: May 20th, 2016

Friday May 20, 2016   Well, its been a long five weeks since I posted last. A combination of long Fridays, and traveling have lead to my game play plans basically taking a backseat. I’ve either just not been around,… Continue Reading →

8-bit Fridays – The Diaries: April 15, 2016

Field Trips and New Obsessions   It’s been a pretty full three weeks since my last entry. On April 1st my 8-bit Friday was be taken up by my visit to Level 257. The Friday following April 8th, we where… Continue Reading →

The Retro Gaming Price Bubble is Nothing New: Comparing Electric Trains and Video Games

Classic Lionel Santa Fe F3 with the NES and SNES When it comes to the classic video game market we’re currently experiencing, I suddenly find myself having déjà vu. I guess this is because I’m in the very unique position of… Continue Reading →

The Return of 8-bit Fridays

There is definitely something about Friday nights and gaming that seems inseparable. To me there was nothing like being a kid and coming home from that last long day of school for the week, with its spelling tests, math tests… Continue Reading →

Trekking Through Games – Part 1: Star Trek and Video Game History

When it comes to video games, Star Trek has been a favorite subject of programmers and gamers for years. The first Star Trek games appeared in the form of text adventures shared between hobby computer enthusiasts as far back as 1971 and since then Star… Continue Reading →

A Gamers New Years Resolutions 2016 Edition

Two years ago I published my New Years resolutions for the upcoming year of 2014. By New Years Eve 2014 I found that I was able to accomplish roughly half of what I set out to do, which you have to… Continue Reading →

Saying Goodbye to my Old Game Room

Having a gameroom of any kind isn’t easy when you have a family, but sometimes you do luck out. In my case it was the a-typical basement that became my mancave or as I preferred to call it my gameroom…. Continue Reading →

Happy 30 NES

Historically, it looks its been a busy year for Nintendo. A few weeks ago we celebrated 25 years of the Game Boy, and today we are celebrating 30 years of the NES in North America. Once again I wish I… Continue Reading →

Defining 8-bit: Part 2 – Memories and Experiences

In the last part of this series I talked about 8-bit’s legacy, how its sometimes misinterpreted, and its evolution between the Atari 2600 and the NES. Of course the 8-bit era would extend back before the Atari 2600, and after… Continue Reading →

Defining 8-bit: Part 1 – A Journey into Nostalgia and Perception

About a two years ago I was having a conversation with a hardcore Atari 2600 fan regarding a particular game we both liked, and that had both an Atari 2600 port and NES port. In the conversation I had made some… Continue Reading →

Pardon Me Nintendo, I think you forgot something!!

So I’m downstairs in my game room, in front of the TV, sitting on the floor and just staring at one of the shelves under the TV with my NES, N64, and Wii in it. My first thought is what… Continue Reading →

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