There are a lot of online repositories to download video game ROM images. Whether it’s from a website or BitTorrent, you end up with a collection of binary files, each file corresponding to the code stored on a cartridge or an arcade machine’s internal chips, which you can then load into a console or arcade … Continue reading Reading Atari Cartridges with an Arduino
I recently learned about a classic game emulator for the Apple TV called Provenance. I’ve toyed around with emulators attached to the TV before, for instance see my post on the RetroPie. One thing that particularly interested me about Provenance was its ease-of-access. Instead of hooking up the RetroPie, flipping the TV over to its input, waiting for … Continue reading Classic games on the Apple TV with Provenance
In the last blog post, I showed you how to make a Raspberry Pi emulator using the Open Source project RetroPie. In this post, I will share with you some interesting tricks involving keyboard mapping and save states. There are many games that provide some sort of save-game functionality. Maybe that happens through a battery … Continue reading RetroPie Key Remapping
A few weeks ago I put together a RetroPie. A RetroPie is a small — smaller than a pack of cigarettes, smaller than a game controller — gaming system that emulates all of the classic consoles. There are no cartridges, only files on disk. There are disk images of each and every cartridge, with a … Continue reading Building a RetroPie console emulator
The board game Betrayal at House on the Hill uses “3-sided dice.” A friend dropped a reference to a “3-sided coin.” I thought I’d try mathing out the dimensions on my own.
Grep is a tool for Unix-like operating systems that performs searching within files. It’s also a great tool for many word puzzles.
This past weekend was the Portland Afoot game. This was a sort of transit scavenger hunt put on by Portland Afoot, Portland’s 10-minute newsmagazine on buses, bikes, and low-car life. The whole event was themed like a murder mystery (who killed Faire LeSequare — that name being an inside joke for local transit buffs) and involved … Continue reading The Portland Afoot game
ARG Tools, the iPhone app that gives you puzzle-solving tools and reference in your pocket just got a dictionary. You may already know of ARG Tools, but in case you haven’t, it’s an iPhone app that provides a set of tools, reference material, and links for anyone who plays Alternate Reality Games, participates in transmedia storytelling, … Continue reading ARG Tools 2.0, now with more dictionary
Warning, Spoilers Ahead Notice: This blog post is a peek behind the curtain to reveal the design of and thought process behind a Puzzled Pint puzzle. It contains spoilers about said puzzle. This is the second post in this series. If you find it interesting, you may want to look back at “Dissecting puzzle design: Dem Bones.” … Continue reading Dissecting puzzle design: Ballot
Of course, I wrote an iPhone app to keep code sheet references handy, but sometimes I want paper code sheets.