Hacking decision... C64 or Fairchild Channel F?
I know... I know... DJ's hacking more game consoles again? Yup! I do love robots as much as you, but I also love distractions. And one of those distractions is playing retro games. The trouble is, the cartridges are expensive! Way more expensive than the respective game consoles. So I end up hacking the console with Raspberry Pi, Arduino and Retro Pi. This means a lot of programming, soldering, reverse engineering old schematics, etc..
Tonight's hack will be a fairchild channel F. Inside will be a raspberry pi running Retro Pie with a few Arduino Micro's emulating the physical hardware (i.e. joystick, keyboard, console buttons, etc).
You can get the source code here: https://github.com/DJSures/FreeChaF
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Haha thanks - I was in such a zone. Didn’t want to stop! Today I organized the cables. Installed retro pie. And configured the emulator.
it’s all working now! Except the emulator doesn’t quite do what I want, so I’m gonna take a look at the source code. I want the buttons on the console to control the emulator. Instead, the emulator has a menu for the buttons instead of using the real buttons. That’s because no one has done what I’ve done. Don’t blame them...
who in their right mind dare tear apart such a piece of history?!
I'll throw my fork of the repo on github with the changes when i get time. But for the time being, it's working really well! I've been playing these games and i have to say, this system is AMAZING! Okay, not in graphics... and not in sound... but what they were able to do with such low memory (2kb) is remarkable. The games are super creative and all multiplayer. Even the space invaders is multiplayer! So playing two player space invaders is gonna be a blast with others. The tank games are a lot of fun to. I think this is my favorite console yet
I really enjoyed the distraction of building this system
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