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There’s few things more heartbreaking to gamers than an Atari 2600 whose original components have given up the ghost. UK craftsman Peter Morris must not want all that faux wood to go to waste, as he recently converted two broken 2600 systems into speaker docks for the iPad and iPhone. Both include digital amps to improve the tunes, a line-in jack and both on-device as well as remote controls. We’d love to have either of them providing the soundtrack to our Pong sessions, although pure logistics may work against us: the iPad and iPhone docks are unique examples that ship from Morris’ UK homeland at respective prices of £180 ($ 269) and £150 ($ 224). As such, there will likely be just a few Brits who’ll get to mix modern sound with their childhood Combat memories.
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This is a video of Jeremy ‘Balloon Man’ Telford recreating a corner of Bilbo Baggin’s hobbit hole Bag End out of 2,600 balloons over the span of three days. He does a good job. Sure if I had been involved it would have been way more detailed, but I wasn’t invited to participate. You swallow ONE too many balloons and have to go to the hospital to get your stomach pumped and all of a sudden you’re a liability. Just be thankful I don’t have a balloon sword right now, mister.
Hit the jump for a time-lapse of the build.
So after your brain harms a bit and you’re tired of discovering pc science on the Raspberry Pi, you may wish to unwind with a bit of nostalgia and exercise your thumbs with some retro games. Want to revisit your childhood memories of Pong? Ping away. Maybe your children have been hounding you for a computer game console but you don’t have the $ 300 to spring for a PS3. The Pi can help you with this and assist instruct your children something, to boot. After some small software setups and a hardware purchase or 2, you could relive the days of the almighty Atari 2600. Catch us after the break and we’ll reveal you ways to get your Pi to play all your entirely legal cartridge backups.
: Desktops, GamingHow to set up your Raspberry Pi to play Atari 2600 games initially appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink|| E-mail this|Opinions
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If you’re going to rock out, you might as well do so with a video game console from the ’70s as the core of your guitar. In fact, this is precisely what modder cTrix has done with his gATARI2600. In his configuration, he’s able to write and play new music through an Atari 2600 by using an EPROM programmer (a software application he wrote) and daughterboards to feed the new music back through the instrument. The gATARI also features equalizer and flange pedals, a track selector, and whammy bars that allow the player to switch tracks and make changes on the fly. No details have been posted as to how to make your own just yet, but click past the break to watch cTrix jam both thoroughly and effectively at Blip Fest 2011 in Japan.
One thing most 30-something people in tech have in common is video gaming nostalgia. Generation X (and Generation i) can go on for hours discussing the merits of our favorite Nintendo games, our programming experience in school, and of course our beloved Ataris. Sure there were C64s and Amigas and such, but Atari’s 2600 and its successors were truly groundbreaking in the gaming world.
You can still find a few here and there, working even, but to be honest the machine is a little more humble-looking than my memory has it. But Urchin Associates had the brilliant idea to preserve this piece of computing history forever… in 24-karat gold.
Look at it. Is it not beautiful? Now, whether it works or not, I’m not prepared to say. That gold-plated cartridge (I wonder what game it is?) looks removable, and I doubt they plated over the I/O ports, so unless the system they used was bricked to begin with, it probably works just fine. The controllers, however, may have lost a little functionality in the gilding process.
The whereabouts of this art project are unknown, and no, I don’t think you can buy one. But it’s nice to know that it’s out there somewhere — like Eldorado, or Bigfoot.
iFixit, is no device safe from the scars of your screwdriver? These eyes have been scarred, forced to witness the destruction of yet another childhood icon. Previously it was the RCA Studio II and the Magnavox Odyssey 100 before that. Now it’s the rather more memorable Atari 2600 going under the scalpel, four simple screws removed to reveal an eight-bit, 1.19MHz processor featuring 128 bytes of RAM (yes, a massive 1,024 bits) and a graphics adapter capable of 192 x 160 resolution with 128 colors — though only four could be used on any given line. Through these humble beginnings the cartridge-based console was born… and now here it rests.
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