40 Bit Back Issues

The Last of This

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 andContinue reading “The Last of This”

Rhythm is a Technomancer

Recommending things is hard. 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 cancelContinue reading “Rhythm is a Technomancer”


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 beingContinue reading “NFT FTW?”


I’ve been thinking about LAN parties lately. You all should be old enough to remember these. You bring a bunch of computers over to someone’s house. Connect them all together and play videogames with/against your friends. Alcohol was typically involved. Anyway. I’ve been thinking a lot about LAN Parties because I miss that friendly competitionContinue reading “Be-Leaguered”

Synth Stab

Look. I’m gonna level with you. The whole reason for this section of the newsletter is so I can type out loud: MORTAL KOMBAT! And then have imaginary synths jump in as we all think about (and dance to(?)) the theme song to the very not-great 90s feature film Mortal Kombat, which, I actually sawContinue reading “Synth Stab”

Enjoy the Violence?

It’s a bit unnerving to hear my ten year old describe in detail how he headshotted someone with a sniper rifle in Fortnite. Or how he spawns “Evokers” in Minecraft for the sole purpose of dropping them into a campfire. Or when he asks me what my favorite shotgun is, mostly just so he canContinue reading “Enjoy the Violence?”

Not Cool, Bro

There was a story floating around in the late 70s that when Fonzie got his library card on the show Happy Days, U.S. libraries saw a 500 percent increase in the number of real life kids getting their own library cards. Turns out the story is apocryphal, but it was totally believable because Fonzie wasContinue reading “Not Cool, Bro”

Gamed Stock

Back in the mid-aughts, before there was Spotify, I was in a “tape club.” There were ten people in the group and each month, one member would burn a mixed CD and mail a copy out to each person, that way you got a new CD of music each month. (FWIW, my mix was “SongsContinue reading “Gamed Stock”

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