This, dear readers, is the last issue of 40 bit Gaming.
That’s it. That’s the tweet.
I want to thank everyone who’s been with me over the past almost-year of putting this newsletter out each week. It’s been two tons of fun, and I appreciate the space you made for me in your inbox and in your life.
I don’t want to make this too drawn out, or too mopey (too late!), but when I started 40 Bit, I had a grand vision for creating a vibrant community and resource for older gamers that just don’t have a lot of time to play videogames.
But I couldn’t make that happen, and given work and life and everything, I won’t for awhile. As a result, this newsletter is just not providing enough value. I’m not fulfilling my end of the bargain. You can get dated pop culture references anywhere. You don’t need a newsletter for that.
40 Bit may come back at some point, or I’ve been noodling with the concept of 40 Bit World – a guide to modern life for people over 40 – it’d be like AARP, but for a younger generation… that is also old.
I mean, it’s not firefighter hard. It’s more that what you publicly announce you like today, could wind up being tomorrow’s racist. Or there’s a hidden, awful past to that thing you’ve always liked, and your newsletter reminiscing about it suddenly isn’t aging very well.
This isn’t a screed about cancel culture. That’s just silly. Plenty of old stuff should be canceled.
It’s more of an admission that I want to be careful about whom and what I recommend, especially in print and on the internet (despite the internet being known for restrained reactions).
There’s been a lot of jibber-jabber about non-fungible tokens, or “NFTs” as the cool kids say lately.
Musician Grimes made $5.8 million selling her digital art as NFTs (“NFT” will also presumably be the name of her next child). Rock band Kings of Leon could use somebody to buy its new album, which is being released as a digital NFT along with digital goodies like ticket experiences. And NBA Top Shot, a business built on blockchain-based highlight reels that launched in 2019, has already generated $230 million in sales of its NFTs.
That’s a lot of cheddar for things that don’t actually exist in the real world. But it’s good for you to know about NFTs as they could upend the way we experience videogames.