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A project log for Gamegirl: the retro console done right

The most portable way to play LÖVE, PICO-8, Scratch or your favorite emulated games. Powered by RetroArch!

David PerrenoudDavid Perrenoud 07/17/2016 at 20:065 Comments

If this project has to be remembered, it should be as successful example of open hardware development. Indeed, it is not just the hardware which is open but the whole development process, with discussions and files being exchanged by more than a hundred users on our Discord chat.

As an example of this openness the first working Gamegirl was in the hands of a contributor, [poulsen93] who took the picture above. And as the development advances we hope to provide more and more devices to contributors. You can contribute in a lot of ways, regardless of your experience.

Beginner tasks

Advanced tasks

And more! Ask on our Discord chat. ;)

Bonus video:

-David

Discussions

Craig Hissett wrote 10/11/2016 at 11:32 point

Great project!

I'm really intrigues regarding your plans for USB OTG use on the Pi Zero.

There's been some great work done with using 'Gadget modes', which allow you to configure the Pi Zero to react in different ways when connected to another device. The most common mode is the Ethernet mode, which allows you to SSH into the Zero over USB. It is possible to  configure a Mass Storage mode, which makes the Zero appear as a storage device - this could be great for allowing the user to drag and drop content to the Gamegirl from another device.

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David Perrenoud wrote 10/11/2016 at 22:00 point

Yes, the main idea is to use the USB port to load games or develop games in real time (auto reload) but we could also imagine multiplayer, Wi-Fi, stereo audio and more, if someone has time to test that.

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Craig Hissett wrote 10/11/2016 at 22:34 point

That sounds immense!

The gadget mode would only come into effect when connected to another PC, meaning a wifi dongle would still operate as intended when connected.

I'd love to help if I can!

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David Perrenoud wrote 10/11/2016 at 23:01 point

As always, don't hesitate to pass by on the Discord Chat if you want to help!

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Canoi Gomes wrote 09/19/2016 at 02:02 point

I really liked your project, and I want to help. I'm not a excellent game developer, but i can help making LÖVE games. About PICO-8 games, i have the developer kit, not made anything so far, but i'm trying to learn. I'm a "good" developer with C/C++ too (game developer, to be more exact).

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