Category Archives: Gaming

Did You Hear About That Nutter Who Dropped $4K on No Man’s Sky?!

People who know me both online and IRL know that I’m a pretty big fan of Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky. Actually, that’s something of an understatement. I’m about 330 hours in so far (405 planets across 128 systems). I’ve … Continue reading

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Procedural Planetary Exploration Across the Decades

Regular readers are surely aware that I’m rather addicted to the space exploration game No Man’s Sky by Hello Games. I recently detailed my love for the title and gave an account of the high-end gaming PC I built specifically to … Continue reading

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The Year that ‘Starglider’ and the Atari ST Saved Halloween

(The U.S. presidential election took place yesterday, and today I am greatly in need of some serious distraction, so I thought I’d write a post about a particular computing memory from decades past that’s been on my mind lately, but is not … Continue reading

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My Skylake Gaming PC Build [Updated]

A month ago I shared my feelings about Hello Games’ space exploration game No Man’s Sky. (Spoiler: I loved it — and still do, about 150 hours in.) In the post I mentioned that parts were in the mail for … Continue reading

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A Few Words About the Best Game I’ve Ever Played: No Man’s Sky [Updated]

[ I want to note that this post was written prior to the major Foundation 1.1 update released by Hello Games in November 2016 ] This is one of my very occasional Byte Cellar posts not pertaining to vintage computing, … Continue reading

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We See Farther: A Tribute to the EA that Once Was

Some of my most treasured items in the basement computer room or “The Byte Cellar” (cue my daughter rolling her eyes) are on the wall. The room is full of system setups from the ’80s and ’90s, and I love … Continue reading

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A Look at VM Labs’ NUON — A Modern Retrospective

As regular readers are aware, my own basement “Byte Cellar” is host not only to many different home computers that span the decades but to game consoles of varying vintage, as well. Among these, my most unique and treasured is without question … Continue reading

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Handheld Gaming on a Snowy Day

The recent winter storm in the D.C. area left us snowed in for a couple of days last week, and when I wasn’t romping around in the white stuff with my daughter or otherwise enjoying the family, I spent some … Continue reading

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It Was More Fun When Stores Had Arcade Games

I don’t mean arcades, I’m talking about retail stores like grocery stores, drug stores, 7-11 and other mini-marts. Yea, back in the ’80s they basically all hosted a couple of arcade cabinets. As a kid being dragged around from store … Continue reading

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I Reached for the Nuon for “PONG Week” Over at /r/RetroBattlestations

The project / competition fun continues over at /r/RetroBattlestations. We’ve now had BASIC Week, Spooky Week, Logo Week, and most recently PONG Week at the retro computing subreddit, and each one has been a blast. PONG Week challenged participants to … Continue reading

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