What I’ve Learned From Tinkering With the Raspberry Pi for Five Years

Today is Pi Day and what better way to celebrate everyone’s favorite mathematical constant than by taking a look back at everyone’s favorite $35 hobbyist computer, the Raspberry Pi. Since the launch of the Raspberry Pi, I’ve written an absurd number of guides, blogs, and an already outdated book on the variety of…Read more…

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Adafruit’s Arcade Bonnet Simplifies Making Your Own Raspberry Pi Arcade Machine

It seems like everyone aspires to make their own little retro game console with a Raspberry Pi, but one of the hurdles in doing so is wiring up your own joystick. To fix that, Adafruit created the $15 Arcade Bonnet.Read more…

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How to Build a Raspberry Pi Retro Game Console for $35 

Since its release, the $35 Raspberry Pi mini-computer has been hailed as the perfect all-in-one retro game console. Now, it’s easier to do than ever, and it doesn’t take any Linux knowledge whatsoever. Here’s how to make your own retro game console in under 10 minutes.Read more…

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Build Your Own Mini NES With a Raspberry Pi and This 3D Printed Case

Nintendo’s new Mini NES is a cool, tiny little Nintendo console that’s on its way in November, but you don’t have to wait that long to get one for yourself. With a 3D printed case and a Raspberry Pi, you can easily make your own.Read more…

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Recalbox Is a Dead Simple Game Emulator Operating System for the Raspberry Pi

When it comes to turning a Raspberry Pi into a retro game console, we’ve long recommended RetroPie because it’s relatively simple
to set up, but still packed with a ton of features. If you’re looking for something even simpler to use, Recalbox is worth a look.

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Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: Two Years Later

It’s been nearly two years since the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. With dozens of software updates and a price drop, choosing between the two is much harder than it was in 2013. So, we decided it was high time to compare them now that they’ve hit their stride.

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Exploring abandoned Second Life virtual college campuses

screen-shot-2015-08-12-at-1-59-42-pmOne of the clever bits of invention in Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is the establishment of schools in the virtual reality game world where everybody games. But it turns out this wasn’t entirely an invention, as back in 2007, many colleges established virtual campuses in the Second Life virtual-reality game—and some of them are still around, albeit abandoned. On Fusion.net, Patrick Hogan writes about taking a tour of some of these campuses.

And “abandoned” is the word. Hogan writes:

First, I didn’t see a a single other user during my tour. They are all truly abandoned.

Second, the college islands are bizarre. They mostly are laid out in a way to evoke stereotypes of how college campuses should look, but mixed in is a streak of absurd choices, like classrooms in tree houses and pirate ships. These decisions might have seemed whimsical at the time, but with the dated graphics, they just look weird.

The article is full of interesting screenshots with dated graphics. Judging from the campuses on display, it looks like educators of the day saw the virtual space’s potential but weren’t really sure what to do with it—so what they did do didn’t have any staying power. Hogan did find the campuses’ overall weirdness delightful by comparison to the bland reality of most Internet schools these days. He also wondered who was paying for their upkeep, given that it costs hundreds of dollars per month to maintain a virtual space in Second Life.

I suppose one of the things that’s really missing for virtual schools to be effective is a truly good implementation of virtual reality. The VR schools in Ready Player One are possible largely because they have a form of VR that’s effectively as good as real life. Out here in the real world, we have monitors and keyboards—and there’s no point in trying to make believe you’re in a virtual college campus if the cheesy graphics are just going to be a distraction from the education.

We’ll just have to keep working on that.

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