Building an arcade machine with a Raspberry Pi

Now what’s this? An arcade machine? A tabletop standup cabinet arcade machine – a gaming device – built from components I’ve scraped together. More of a prototype than a finished product, but fully usable. And fun! Why would you build something like this? Arcade games are cool, aren’t they? I’ve always imagined having a proper cabinet at … 

 

Rom hacking: an ancient document on hacking and translating

Rom hacking? Ians ago we did some rom hacking and translating in MHHG. We were so engrossed in the thing that for months we spent most of our waking hours thinking about which games to attempt next; how to redraw graphics and find character sets hidden in the assembled code, and so on. Many attempts … 

 

Rom hacking: mention in academic paper

Back at the turn of the millennium me and a friend translated and hacked old video game ROMs for fun. We called ourselves the Metalhead Hacking Group (MHHG). Ten years later somone goes and publishes an academic paper about the scene that we were part of, and the enthusiasts driving it. Quite fun to be … 

 

Binary Clock Prototype

Building a binary clock Background A couple of years ago I wanted to try out some iot-related stuff. I bought a couple of Arduino-boards and some random components and started fiddling around. At first I started out by trying some experiments such as temperature controlled LED lights and blinking stuff that reacted to sound. After this … 

 

Before Mario

Before Mario? I just ordered the new book called Before Mario (the author can be found here) and I am very much looking forward to receiving my copy! Why this book? My love for all things Nintendo (well, all retro video games actually, but especially Nintendo) is an undisputed fact. I have a rather solid collection … 

 

On social media and their effects on writing

Background I think it’s wonderful to have all my friends an acquaintances easily reachable online, all the time, anywhere. Social media and internet services in general are excellent for this purpose. Google Contacts is truly a revolution compared to what copying contacts on SIM-cards used to be like – names got mangled, contacts got lost, numbers disappeared … 

 

Back in the saddle

It’s about time I started writing again! I have been on and off the writing train for so long now, through personal home pages in the -90s; MySpace, weblogs, communities and blogs in the previous decade; and now back to blogs again. It’s not that I don’t have that much to say, or at least I …