It’s games week part II — as I get ready to perform with Game Boy musician Bubblyfish (proving to me that it’s difficult to be a musician, VJ and blogger at the same time), Brent’s back with another gaming report. This time, it sounds like the NES could get a new lease on life. Again. Read on. -PK

If you’re planning on taking a trip to San Francisco in late August, you might want to check out the Classic Gaming Expo. The last year has seen a huge resurgence in the popularity of the games and consoles of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, and this year’s expo features a number of celebrity guests that is sure to entertain the uber-geeks among us. Heck, Woz himself will be there!

Attack of the Clone: NES Redux? What does this have to do with music, you might ask? A little company called Messiah will be launching a retro-release of the NES. No word yet on compatibility, but the hope is that it would be compatible with Wayfar’s MIDINES catridge, thereby allowing musicians to have a sleek, new NES to make their 8-bit-beatz – without having to worry about the classic NES screen blips, forcing the user to hold the cartridge down and “wiggle it” to clean the contacts…

There are quite a few other retro-console-mods out there that allow gamers-cum-musicians turn their favorite classic game system into a symphony of noise. Nanoloop, LSDJ or maybe you’ve rolled your own. Hopefully we’ll see more of these as companies continue to keep the hardware alive. Got any favorites? Talk about them here at CDM.