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Have you played with video game hardware?

Posted 07 September 2013 - 11:29 AM

I was scouring the Internet for any XNA related news, which is few and far between as you can imagine right now, and looking at Channel9, when I came across the following:

http://channel9.msdn...aders-like-game

Looks like Netduino is a programmable micro-controller and some people are using it to make simple games.

I remember that Game Institute has a course on building game consoles that always looked kind of interesting to me.

I was wondering if anyone has ever tried to play around with game programming hardware and the electronics side of things? Have you given any thought to trying it?

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Re: Have you played with video game hardware?

Posted 07 September 2013 - 12:24 PM

You mean - like this?

http://www.xgamestation.com/
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Posted 07 September 2013 - 02:37 PM

Yes! That's pretty cool! Have you tried it?
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Re: Have you played with video game hardware?

Posted 08 September 2013 - 10:45 AM

Naw - I haven't had to the capital to spend on that sort of lark, but I've read folks who have a positive outcome with it!
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Re: Have you played with video game hardware?

Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:43 AM

I've always found electronics fascinating, and even more fascinating when they are Game Consoles. I have a lot of Ideas to put into a simple console, but have no funds, nor the skill set to do so. I once opened up a Xbox(First XBox) and got zapped by the heatsink, so I kinda kept to leaving things alone... I was 10 by the way.
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Posted 09 September 2013 - 11:21 AM

I'm thinking about taking that Game Institute class. I've been thinking about taking it for years, but I think maybe its time.

The whole thing kind of fascinates me. Seems like you could learn a lot by working directly with the hardware. But I'm afraid with a lot of those options it would not necessarily apply to a graphics card; it seems like the GI class is focused on the actual graphics hardware and has some instruction, as opposed to just playing around with it randomly.

Me and some friends built a working AM radio pretty much from scratch several years ago. The thing didn't even have a battery in it (nothing powering it except radio waves) and we picked up a local football game being broadcast. But I've never done any digital electronics.
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Posted 09 September 2013 - 11:28 AM

The value would be what you think you would be getting out of it. Plenty of info with that link, arduinos, etc that you can pick up and monkey will with customization and what not, but you need to set some acceptable boundaries on how far you are willing to let 'prefab' parts be a part and where they are not.
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Re: Have you played with video game hardware?

Posted 09 September 2013 - 11:44 AM

Well, it would mostly be a learning exercise. I know what a register is conceptually, but I've never held one in my hand (maybe that's a bad example since they're probably nano-scopic, but I'm sure you get what I'm saying). So, it would be mostly an exercise in getting a deeper understanding of the graphics hardware, more than just tinkering with electronics. (I mean, I have a certain interest in tinkering with electronics, but I'm too busy to just tinker without purpose right now. )

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 11:46 AM

How time consuming is learning all of this? I really wonder.
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Re: Have you played with video game hardware?

Posted 09 September 2013 - 11:46 AM

I'm sure that it's more time consuming than I have time. :-) Although, I waste a whole lot of time. :-)
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