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3D Printed PiGRRL - Raspberry Pi Gameboy

Unknown Lamer posted about three weeks ago | from the need-bigger-pockets dept.

Hardware Hacking 49

coop0030 (263345) writes "Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the classic gaming device, Game Boy, by building your own with 3d printing and DIY electronics. This project uses a Raspberry Pi and TFT touch screen to make an epic DIY Game Girl. The 3d printed enclosure houses all of the components and can be printed in your favorite color. It's controlled with SNES gaming controller components, reusing the printed circuit board, buttons and elastomers. The 3D files can be found on Thingiverse, and a video of the finished product is provided as well."

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49 comments

Grrrl (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390117)

Anyone using this term should be stabbed in the face.

Re:Grrrl (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390205)

This will come as a horrible shock to you, but half the population of the planet is female. And that half of the population will use whatever words it wishes to label itself, without checking that it has your blessing first.

Shocking, huh, just shocking.

Re:Grrrl (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390223)

This will come as a horrible shock to you, but half the population of the planet is male. That half of the population will define its sexuality however it wishes to, without checking that it has your blessing first. It does not want to be 'reformed.'

Shocking, huh, just shocking.

The term 'grrl' is about as fucking lowbrow as it gets.

Re: Grrrl (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390261)

Dude, do you feel your sexuality is threatened or somehow "undefined"? by the word grrrl? We just don't get your hostility.

Re: Grrrl (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390273)

Just as 'we' don't get yours.

Re: Grrrl (2)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about three weeks ago | (#47390321)

Epic AC fight here, tickets $5.

Dude are you gonna take that from him?

Re: Grrrl (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47390617)

We aren't dudes, dummy. Just GRRRLs having a few drinks and trolling the internet for fucktard misogynists. We think we found one or two here. PS - we get have the tix sales, okay.

Re: Grrrl (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47390925)

Actually I was trolling for the huge slashdot misandrist crowd, here, the ones that pass themselves off as SJWs.

Re: Grrrl (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47390981)

It doesn't make me a misogynist to think a term is stupid. It's just a coincidence that it's primarily used by women. There are plenty of other self-applied labels that are masculine or gender neutral that I think are fucking terrible abominations on the English language.

Anyway, the label itself comes from a lack of self assuredness and a belief that one has to "prove themselves worthy" to the patriarchy. It's a woman trying to simultaneously "hang with the boys" while simultaneously asserting their femininity. It comes from a place of supreme insecurity. Rather than just be herself, a woman using this term is bending herself to fit into a mold created by men. Plus, it's frequently a use of the diminutive "girl" to refer to adult women.

But I've clearly thought this argument through more than you have. Just because I used the threat of violence as a metaphor for my distaste doesn't mean I haven't carefully considered my opinion, or that I'm not coming at it from a supremely feminist perspective.

Re: Grrrl (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47401421)

Dude, do you feel your sexuality is threatened or somehow "undefined"? by the word grrrl?

No more so than I do about any other "stupid" word. Including, but not limited to:
-Bling
-Selfie

Now, get off my lawn.

Re:Grrrl (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390229)

Fair enough. I will then cancel my childish comment.

Re:Grrrl (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47390963)

Why are you speaking for me? What would possess you to impersonate me?

Re:Grrrl (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47399671)

Well as the other half of the population, males, I'll start calling other males "superior gender". Since I don't need that other half the population's blessing, this will be A OK.

my sister masturbated with a Game Boy (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390135)

It was her favorite game.

This looks interisting..... but wai.... (2)

del_diablo (1747634) | about three weeks ago | (#47390139)

>Game boy
>3D shell for Raspberry Pi to run a emulator
Please don't mix the too together.

gotta shove feminism into everything don't you... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390153)

What a hurlfest. A shitty emulation since the hardware is underpowered, and it comes with a dollop of political correctness on top. Just what the world needs.

gotta shove feminism into everything don't you... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390219)

political correctness + blatant, unthinking piracy = clickbait

Re:gotta shove feminism into everything don't you. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390241)

A criticism is not necessarily a troll.

Re:gotta shove feminism into everything don't you. (3, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about two weeks ago | (#47392149)

Underpowered? The Gameboy had a 4.19MHz Z80-like chip. You could happily emulate it on a 66MHz 486 without taxing the host. The ARM11 in the RPi is massively overpowered for this use! I don't really understand what the feminism you're seeing here is.

Slick, but depends on a good SNES controller (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | about three weeks ago | (#47390163)

There's no shortage of those yet but they're really nice controllers as-is, they have a zillion purposes without being cannibalized. And these days you can buy controller parts for a song, so it would be nice to see the design adapted to use some readily available controller replacement parts instead. It would cost only a few bucks more, even assuming a free SNES controller.

Re:Slick, but depends on a good SNES controller (1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390211)

Looks like a pretty nice drone ground stations, just add a decent radio modem. :)

Re:Slick, but depends on a good SNES controller (1)

ildon (413912) | about two weeks ago | (#47391019)

If you're that worried about it, you can cannibalize one of these: http://www.lukiegames.com/SNES... [lukiegames.com]

They have some pretty decent reviews.

Get clones (1)

HalAtWork (926717) | about two weeks ago | (#47395565)

You can get clone controllers that are made the same, here [stoneagegamer.com] .

Cue DMCA request in 5..4..3..2.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390187)

Wonder how long until the "increasingly out of touch with the internet generation" Nintendo send a take down request for unauthorised use of the Game Boy (TM) likeness and encouraging users to download roms

ROM (3, Informative)

tepples (727027) | about three weeks ago | (#47390237)

Then don't pirate Mario games. Instead, download homebrew ROMs, some of which are free open source software.

Re:ROM (3, Insightful)

Nemyst (1383049) | about two weeks ago | (#47390863)

Not to burst your bubble, but there's a reason people download Mario ROMs and other such popular games: they're actually enjoyable. I've seen the open source stuff and it's between average and miserable.

Re:ROM (1)

tepples (727027) | about two weeks ago | (#47391251)

I'm always looking for ways to improve my work. Could you try my stuff [pineight.com] and offer some constructive criticism?

Re:ROM (1)

brantondaveperson (1023687) | about two weeks ago | (#47391795)

"A hippie guitarist who has visited your small town for years has gone rogue and launched ICBMs toward your town."

10/10 for completely whack game plot :)

Re:ROM (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47391415)

I've had a NES, SNES and GBA emulator on near all my personal computers since highschool. At various times I've tried hundreds of games, most of which for less than an hour.

There's 12 games I have that I play on occasion still, the only ones I ever do now. 4 are mario titles, a zelda, metroid, megaman and other franchises still out today. I _could_ rebuy most of these and be tied to the wii store, but I spent weeks washing cars to get some of those titles originally. The two I didn't own as a child, I even tracked down at pawn stores at some stage.

I don't consider myself a pirate, I'm a technologist that's managed to keep my games alive long after the hardware died. (I seem to be in the minority that managed to actually destroy these, but they joined in much of the rough and tumble with my brothers over the years)

Re:Cue DMCA request in 5..4..3..2.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390275)

Rather than the kids creating something unique, they put their effort to replicate Nintendo brands. It's all free advertising for the company. If I were Nintendo, I would only see this as lucrative for the company's ecosystem and product recognition. Also, when you create your first game, by all means create a Mario clone.

Re:Cue DMCA request in 5..4..3..2.. (1)

tepples (727027) | about three weeks ago | (#47390407)

What elements, in your opinion, make a 2D platformer a "Mario clone"?

Re: Cue DMCA request in 5..4..3..2.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47390843)

A Plummer saving a princess while smashing bricks with his fist?

Generation (x)copy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390319)

To dumb to come up with original ideas.
It makes sense though, it is a whole lot easier to ride the wake of previous success.

Pathetic.

Re:Generation (x)copy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390335)

All the great ideas have been done already. The free and easy availability of information greatly reduces the need to reinvent old ideas.

One purported purpose of copyrights and patents (1)

tepples (727027) | about three weeks ago | (#47390401)

One of the ways that copyrights and patents are intended "to promote the progress of science and useful arts" is by keeping people from getting stuck in a local optimum of ideas. If you make an idea different enough not to infringe, it might just hit a higher local maximum.

Re:One purported purpose of copyrights and patents (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390497)

Oh no the copyright enforcers are right. The Internet is killing culture. We need to get rid of it. The time has come to abolish the Internet, demolish every theater, smash every TV, and burn all the books. We need some new ideas. Destroy the old ideas. All of them.

Re: Generation (x)copy (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47390523)

Ooh. I am terribly sorry then. I had no idea all great ideas were already taken.

On a serious note though. In your reply lies the problem. I would urge you to think about that. But you won't.

Re:Generation (x)copy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47391945)

The reason media costs as much as it does is to extract as much money as possible from *adults*. Meanwhile children, atleast where and when I grew up, are poor as shit, with an almost nothing allowance.
When you have money, artificial scarcity seems like a decent tradeoff to ensure artists get paid. When don't have money, it seems an incredible injustice - why should you be prevented from taking part in culture that it costs society literally zero to provide you?
I don't know a good solution to this, but maybe some form of price discrimination could work.

Safety first (2, Informative)

Misagon (1135) | about three weeks ago | (#47390445)

The tutorial shows cutting a PCB from a SNES controller into three parts.
When cutting PCBs (and other things of fiberglass), it is important not to inhale the dust - in the worst case, fiberglass dust can cause lung cancer.

The tutorial recommends a dust mask, but does not mention how important it is.
I always use a dust mask and a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter running with the nozzle right next to the workpiece when I cut PCBs.
Also, don't do it where you live, and do collect the dust that settles.

Re:Safety first (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47391441)

When cutting PCBs (and other things of fiberglass)>

The board looks to be phenolic and not FR4 fibreglass. Most cheap consumer things like this are made with cheaper boards. So pretty harmless really.

Both neat and a let down (1)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47390631)

The walkthrough with pictures was interesting, but I am a bit let down. I expected it to be a custom homemade GameBoy, not simply a portable game emulation/pirating computer. Also, grrl? Really? That stopped being 'cool' around the time xXSepherothCloudXx stopped being 'cool'.

One of those I did it to show I could things ? (1)

Crashmarik (635988) | about two weeks ago | (#47390841)

$120 + to make something that doesn't play game boy games but looks like a gameboy
when you could buy a much more capable 7 inch tablet

https://www.google.com/search?... [google.com] |7%247,vw:l,p_ord:p&tbm=shop&ei=i6G4U4XNGcedyATo_4GoAg&ved=0CKQEELsNKAI

for as little as $30 ?

Link fix (1)

Crashmarik (635988) | about two weeks ago | (#47390845)

Click it then go to shopping and sort by price low to high

Tablet input (1)

tepples (727027) | about two weeks ago | (#47391527)

That depends on how expensive and how bulky the clip-on Bluetooth game controller is. Not a lot of classic console games work well with just an on-screen gamepad. Or has there been some sort of recent innovation in touch input processing that makes games like Mega Man and Castlevania, which need precision movement, jumping, and attacking controls, practical with just a flat sheet of glass?

Re:One of those I did it to show I could things ? (1)

willaien (2494962) | about two weeks ago | (#47391701)

There's no particular reason why it can't play gameboy games (or any of the older generation games), just needs emulator support for them.

Re:One of those I did it to show I could things ? (1)

Crashmarik (635988) | about two weeks ago | (#47391937)

Yes but then you have the project of getting this project to do that project. Making the whole thing even more curious.

Interestingly enough a little checking hame i running into other projects, that turned Raspberry PIs into gameboy like devices that actually played gameboy games. So aside from the "I can have this and you can't factor" of this project I don't see why it's even a desirable project ?

Are people building these things and things like them to justify their purchase of 3D printers ? Hey honey you see that 2 grand I spent on the printer look what I can do with it !!

Is this just product placement for ADA Fruit ? That seems likely seeing as looking at their page it seems to cater to those that would like to be technically leet and cutting edge but aren't particularly creative on their own.

Re:One of those I did it to show I could things ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47392115)

1) You overestimate the price of 3D printers. A very decent kit which a reasonably trained (code)monkey can assemble costs 500 €.

2) You underestimate the utility of 3D printers if the person actually builds shit. Like "here's the 60-something vertices of a lattice, manufactured to reasonable precision -- which would have driven any operator of a drill press bonking mad before reaching the 15th piece".

3) You overestimate the need to justify equipment costs.

DIY electronics (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about two weeks ago | (#47393935)

Plugging premade boards into premade boards is not DIY electronics, otherwise my entire computer is DIY and yes I soldered a power connector onto one of the fans

Totally doing this! (Also, Slashdot is evil) (1)

Damian J Pound (3635341) | about two weeks ago | (#47397583)

SON OF A BITCH! I had a rather large post and clicked "Options" to see what was in there, I saved, and the page refreshed, way to fucking go Slashdot... Anyway -___-

I'm totally gonna use one of my RPis to make a portable gaming computer, I'll probably even make one for my cousin as a birthday or Christmas present so he can enjoy the old games as well. I haven't seen any of the links yet, but I'll probably include a reader if possible*, find something that can interface with the GBA link cable and wireless adapter, and get a high capacity battery so I can play for at least a week on a charge. I wonder if the RPi can handle N64 or PS1/2 games...
* I'll probably rip most of them so I don't need to carry them, hopefully I can get the saves as well.

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