VirtuaVerse

I’m really looking forward to play this game. This retro pixelated cyberpunk point and click adventure has everything to success. I only wish the script is as good as it seems. You can buy it here.

What is Next?

I’m not a big fan of modern AAA or hype games, neither an owner of the last state-of-art console. But things are going to change.

Recently, I discovered No Man’s Sky, a survival game ambiented in space. There is a massive number of reviews over the Internet, mostly bad, so I’m not going to go deep on what the game darks or shines.

Maybe is a repetitive game, slightly stubborn or too centered in small details. But I think that it deserves being played, just for the sake of the exploration. Just for the sake that it transports you to the cover of an sci-fi book as no other thing has ever done.

I don’t know. Maybe in a couple of hours of gameplay I’ll throw the gamepad away or maybe I’ll be rushing for carbon for hours…

Let’s see…

Nesduino

Several months ago, in my spare time and as a gift to a friend, I started a mod to a NES gamepad. Last week, finally, I wrapped it up.

The Nesduino ( yes, a very original name 😉 ) includes four main functionalities:

  • A clock visualizer with four modes
  • Three configurable alarms with different tunes to choose (Mario Bros, Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Legend Of Zelda)
  • Five games (Snake, Flappy Bird, Cat&Mice, Simon and Dice)
  • Ten background animations

The electronics consist in a Wemos D1 Mini, a small speaker, a red 8×8 dotted led matrix and the original NES pcb. Besides, the device is powered by USB. If you want to take a look to the code, here it is.

It’s been a very enjoyable project and also I’ve learned a lot along the way, specially about game development. I only miss the possibility to use the gamepad with the computer via HID , but as far as I know,  the Wemos D1 doesn’t support it.

And if you’re a retro lover like me, all this modifications worth just to save an old gamepad and give it a whole new life.

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