LYesterday we talked about Kuhai’s FC game console. That game console has hundreds of pixel-style games that we played when we were young, such as Tank Wars, Contra, Shadow Legend, etc. It is not so much a game console as it is It is a kind of memory that only existed after the 1980s and 1990s.
The Arduboy (to buy) we are going to talk about today is a handheld game console that looks simpler but not simple.
The original idea of Arduboy came from Kevin Bates, a wind turbine engineer in Portland, USA. At first, it was just a small project that Kevin Bates used his spare time to do, but later it became very popular on Maker Faire SF, and with the help of HAX, Kevin Bates In the end, I quit my job and chose to go to Shenzhen to develop Arduboy full-time.
Arduboy is a handheld game console similar to the Nintendo Game Boy, which is very similar in shape. But compared to the Game Boy, the Arduboy lacks two function buttons, start and select, and the resolution of the OLED screen is only 128 × 64, which is lower than the 160 × 144 of the Game Boy, and the color rendering capability is only black and white, which is not as good as the Game Boy. The Boy’s 4-segment gray scale is rich, but the Arduboy’s screen is very bright, and the game screen can be clearly displayed even in sunlight without worrying about reflections.
Arduboy is only the size of a bank card, with a thickness of 0.5 cm. It has an acrylic shell on the front and a metal back cover on the back. It weighs only 14 grams. It is not only very light and easy to carry, but also the metal material increases the structural strength of the entire game machine. Arduboy’s processor uses ATmega32u4 processor, equipped with 2.5KB RAM, 32KB flash memory and 1KB EEPROM, built-in 180mAh lithium polymer rechargeable battery, which can provide 8 hours of battery life.
However, the above is not the point. The reason why many people are obsessed with Arduboy is not its shape and performance, but Arduboy allows players to make their own games to play. In addition to the product itself, Arduboy also has an open platform – the Arduboy Arcade forum. Programmers can use their creativity to design various games and share their works on the Arduboy Arcade forum. Players who do not know how to write programs can borrow Taking this as an opportunity to start learning programming, you can also choose to download games for free on the Arduboy Arcade forum. At present, hundreds of classic games for red and white machines, such as Maze, Snake, and Super Mario, are available for download.
In terms of programming languages, players can use Arduino IDE, Codebender, GCC, AVRDude and other languages and compilers to develop games. The development tutorial is also provided on the official website, and novices can learn how to write games step by step, but the website is in English.
On the other hand, the source code provided by the games on Arduboy Arcade, players can use it as a reference, or modify it on the basis of the source code, create new maps or levels, and even modify the attributes of characters to experience different game effects . If you want to download the game directly, you can click the following article, which introduces several websites that provide game download collections.
But because Arduboy only has 32KB flash memory, players can only install one game for Arduboy at a time, and to install the game, you must use a computer software called Arduino, and follow the instructions on the webpage to install it. Therefore, it is not recommended for computer novice to buy.
The FC game console of Cool Kids we talked about yesterday is more about feelings, and today we introduce Arduboy, although it is also full of feelings, but it is more suitable for geeks. Of course, it can also be given to children as a toy to cultivate their interest in programming, or as an ingenious gift for a programmer boyfriend.