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Hacking Video Game Consoles: Turn Your Old Videogame Systems Into Awesome New Portables
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Space Invaders and Asteroids are back!
Loved that Atari® when you were a kid? So did Ben Heckendorn — so much, in fact, that he successfully resurrected it as a slim, go-anywhere portable. When Playstation® and Nintendo® aficionados got jealous, he created miniaturized, fully functioning, battery-powered versions of those too. Now it's your turn. Every secret is here — complete instructions, materials lists, tool tips, even advice on finding parts. Just wait 'til they see this at the high school reunion.
Ready? Let's get started
Plans and instructions for building eight handheld, classic video games
Book News Annotation:
According to Heckendorn, with a few tools and a little knowledge you can create portable games on your home workbench. He describes the material and mental tools you will need, including computerized cutting equipment, and the basics of hacking pocket televisions to serve as displays. He then goes through various types of consoles, showing how to rebirth them by hand and also with CNC machinery. His photographs and illustrations literally show the processes step by step, and the results are startlingly professional. He also provides materials and supplies lists complete with vendors, a little bit of thoughtfulness that should be considered by all such manuals.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Benjamin Heckendorn is a graphic artist and independent filmmaker who fell in love with Atari at age five. While waiting for New Year's Eve festivities to begin in 1999, Ben decided that if Y2K did not cause the end of life as we know it, he'd find a way to bring back those beloved games of his childhood — and here it is.
Table of Contents
Part I: So You Want to Make a Portable Video Game System, Eh?
Chapter 1: Choosing a Game Console to Make Portable.
Chapter 2: Knowing Your Tools.
Chapter 3: Learning Basic Electronics for Portables.
Chapter 4: Hacking Pocket Televisions.
Chapter 5: Using Computerized Cutting Equipment.
Part II: Making Portable Game Consoles.
Chapter 6: Making Your Nintendo Entertainment System Portable.
Chapter 7: Building a Portable Nintendo By Name.
Chapter 8: Building a Portable Nintendo Using CNC Machinery.
Chapter 9: Making Your Super Nintendo Entertainment System Portable.
Chapter 10: Building a Portable Super Nintendo By Hand.
Chapter 11: Building a Portable Super Nintendo Using CNC Machinery.
Chapter 12: Making Your Sony PSone Portable.
Chapter 13: Building a Portable Playstation 1 By Hand.
Chapter 14: Making a Portable Playstation 1 Using CNC Machinery.
Chapter 15: Making Your Atari 2600 Portable.
Chapter 16: Building a Portable Atari 2600 By Hand.
Chapter 17: Making a Portable Atari 2600 Using CNC Machinery.
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