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

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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Recalbox is an open source operating system built with the same basic backbone as RetroPie, but with a simplified interface and setup process. At a glance, the general usage is a little easier than RetroPie, with four-player controller support a little more obvious, and an easier update system that keeps your emulators up to date. The media center software, Kodi is also packed in from the start with no additional set up required. We’ll have to dig in deeper to see how it compares overall to RetroPie, but it’s worth a look if you’ve been frustrated with RetroPie for whatever reason.

Recalbox

AppGameKit Is a Free Game Creation Toolset for the Raspberry Pi

AppGameKit Is a Free Game Creation Toolset for the Raspberry Pi

One of the best uses for the Raspberry Pi is to teach kids (and adults) basic programming skills. AppGameKit’s a bit of free software that does just that.

The software isn’t exactly the simplest game creation software out there, but it does pack in some useful stuff for the Pi specifically, like access to the GPIO pins so you can code in physical inputs/outputs. Plus, anything you make can be deployed to just about every platform out there, including the Raspberry Pi itself. If you’re looking to mess around with making games on the Pi, AppGameKit seems like a step up from the built-in Scratch software, but still manages to be simple enough for beginners.

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AppGameKit | via RaspiHub

Everything You Need to Install To Get Raspberry Pi Emulators Working on a Portable Display

Everything You Need to Install To Get Raspberry Pi Emulators Working on a Portable Display

Turning a Raspberry Pi into a retro game station is easily one of the most popular Raspberry Pi projects around. If you want to make that project portable, you’ll need a screen but the most common one, the Adafruit PiTFT, requires a little effort to get it working for more advanced games.

When you connect the Adafruit TFT (or any other display for that matter) to the GPIO, it bypasses the Pi’s video hardware. This means that any games that depend heavily on the GPU or OpenGL get screwed up. The good news is that Adafruit’s worked out a solution. First things first, you’ll start by getting RetroPie up and running. From there, you’ll need to install a bunch of different software, tweak a few settings, and dig into a variety of configuration files. Once you’re all done, your display will finally work properly, with some performance gains. We’ve covered a few different portable Raspberry Pi retro game stations before, and with Adafruit’s guide you should get the performance boost you need to play some more advanced games.

Running OpenGL-based Games and Emulators on Adafruit PiTFT | Adafruit

Add a Working Cartridge to Your Raspberry Pi Powered Game Boy Console

Modding a Game Boy to add a retro game console is nothing new. However, one modder took it to the next level with a working cartridge and removable battery pack.

As you can see in the video above, modder wermy opened up a classic Game Boy cartridge and added a microSD-to-SD card adapter. He then soldered the contacts from the adapter to the old cartridge contacts directly. Inside the Game Boy, he also soldered the cartridge reader contacts to the Raspberry Pi. The result is that the cartridge became a removable adapter for a microSD card, which should be super handy for changing out games.

The mod also includes other nice additions like a removable lithium ion battery pack inside the battery compartment (naturally), as well as L and R buttons in the place where the middle screw holes used to be. You can check out the full build at the source below to see how he did it.

Game Boy Zero | Imgur via Engadget

This Browser Game Shows How Dangerous Texting While Driving Actually Is

This Browser Game Shows How Dangerous Texting While Driving Actually Is

You’ve been told over and over that texting while driving is incredibly dangerous (not to mention illegal), but this fun and simple browser game shows you exactly why.

Sometimes the reality of how dangerous something is doesn’t set in until you’ve actually experienced it. This simple game, Gauging Your Distraction, from The New York Times has you moving at high speeds, changing lanes, and trying to answer text messages at the same time. The game makes you change lanes with the number keys (1 through 6), and answer texts using your mouse to simulate typing one letter at a time on a phone’s keyboard. Even though you only have to answer the texts with one word answers, you see pretty quickly how difficult it is to do everything at once.

This game isn’t new (it’s actually fairly old), but it still does a great job of showing how bad we are at multitasking—especially at high speeds. There are plenty of features now that help us communicate safely while we drive, but texting while driving is still an issue. So, show this game to your teenagers that are learning to drive, and give it a go yourself. You can play it at the link below.

http://lifehacker.com/5868102/how-to…

Gauging Your Distraction | The New York Times via Free Technology for Teachers

This Browser Game Shows How Dangerous Texting While Driving Actually Is

This Browser Game Shows How Dangerous Texting While Driving Actually Is

You’ve been told over and over that texting while driving is incredibly dangerous (not to mention illegal), but this fun and simple browser game shows you exactly why.

Sometimes the reality of how dangerous something is doesn’t set in until you’ve actually experienced it. This simple game, Gauging Your Distraction, from The New York Times has you moving at high speeds, changing lanes, and trying to answer text messages at the same time. The game makes you change lanes with the number keys (1 through 6), and answer texts using your mouse to simulate typing one letter at a time on a phone’s keyboard. Even though you only have to answer the texts with one word answers, you see pretty quickly how difficult it is to do everything at once.

This game isn’t new (it’s actually fairly old), but it still does a great job of showing how bad we are at multitasking—especially at high speeds. There are plenty of features now that help us communicate safely while we drive, but texting while driving is still an issue. So, show this game to your teenagers that are learning to drive, and give it a go yourself. You can play it at the link below.

http://lifehacker.com/5868102/how-to…

Gauging Your Distraction | The New York Times via Free Technology for Teachers

This Browser Game Shows How Dangerous Texting While Driving Actually Is

This Browser Game Shows How Dangerous Texting While Driving Actually Is

You’ve been told over and over that texting while driving is incredibly dangerous (not to mention illegal), but this fun and simple browser game shows you exactly why.

Sometimes the reality of how dangerous something is doesn’t set in until you’ve actually experienced it. This simple game, Gauging Your Distraction, from The New York Times has you moving at high speeds, changing lanes, and trying to answer text messages at the same time. The game makes you change lanes with the number keys (1 through 6), and answer texts using your mouse to simulate typing one letter at a time on a phone’s keyboard. Even though you only have to answer the texts with one word answers, you see pretty quickly how difficult it is to do everything at once.

This game isn’t new (it’s actually fairly old), but it still does a great job of showing how bad we are at multitasking—especially at high speeds. There are plenty of features now that help us communicate safely while we drive, but texting while driving is still an issue. So, show this game to your teenagers that are learning to drive, and give it a go yourself. You can play it at the link below.

http://lifehacker.com/5868102/how-to…

Gauging Your Distraction | The New York Times via Free Technology for Teachers

This Browser Game Shows How Dangerous Texting While Driving Actually Is

This Browser Game Shows How Dangerous Texting While Driving Actually Is

You’ve been told over and over that texting while driving is incredibly dangerous (not to mention illegal), but this fun and simple browser game shows you exactly why.

Sometimes the reality of how dangerous something is doesn’t set in until you’ve actually experienced it. This simple game, Gauging Your Distraction, from The New York Times has you moving at high speeds, changing lanes, and trying to answer text messages at the same time. The game makes you change lanes with the number keys (1 through 6), and answer texts using your mouse to simulate typing one letter at a time on a phone’s keyboard. Even though you only have to answer the texts with one word answers, you see pretty quickly how difficult it is to do everything at once.

This game isn’t new (it’s actually fairly old), but it still does a great job of showing how bad we are at multitasking—especially at high speeds. There are plenty of features now that help us communicate safely while we drive, but texting while driving is still an issue. So, show this game to your teenagers that are learning to drive, and give it a go yourself. You can play it at the link below.

http://lifehacker.com/5868102/how-to…

Gauging Your Distraction | The New York Times via Free Technology for Teachers

This Browser Game Shows How Dangerous Texting While Driving Actually Is

This Browser Game Shows How Dangerous Texting While Driving Actually Is

You’ve been told over and over that texting while driving is incredibly dangerous (not to mention illegal), but this fun and simple browser game shows you exactly why.

Sometimes the reality of how dangerous something is doesn’t set in until you’ve actually experienced it. This simple game, Gauging Your Distraction, from The New York Times has you moving at high speeds, changing lanes, and trying to answer text messages at the same time. The game makes you change lanes with the number keys (1 through 6), and answer texts using your mouse to simulate typing one letter at a time on a phone’s keyboard. Even though you only have to answer the texts with one word answers, you see pretty quickly how difficult it is to do everything at once.

This game isn’t new (it’s actually fairly old), but it still does a great job of showing how bad we are at multitasking—especially at high speeds. There are plenty of features now that help us communicate safely while we drive, but texting while driving is still an issue. So, show this game to your teenagers that are learning to drive, and give it a go yourself. You can play it at the link below.

http://lifehacker.com/5868102/how-to…

Gauging Your Distraction | The New York Times via Free Technology for Teachers

This Browser Game Shows How Dangerous Texting While Driving Actually Is

This Browser Game Shows How Dangerous Texting While Driving Actually Is

You’ve been told over and over that texting while driving is incredibly dangerous (not to mention illegal), but this fun and simple browser game shows you exactly why.

Sometimes the reality of how dangerous something is doesn’t set in until you’ve actually experienced it. This simple game, Gauging Your Distraction, from The New York Times has you moving at high speeds, changing lanes, and trying to answer text messages at the same time. The game makes you change lanes with the number keys (1 through 6), and answer texts using your mouse to simulate typing one letter at a time on a phone’s keyboard. Even though you only have to answer the texts with one word answers, you see pretty quickly how difficult it is to do everything at once.

This game isn’t new (it’s actually fairly old), but it still does a great job of showing how bad we are at multitasking—especially at high speeds. There are plenty of features now that help us communicate safely while we drive, but texting while driving is still an issue. So, show this game to your teenagers that are learning to drive, and give it a go yourself. You can play it at the link below.

http://lifehacker.com/5868102/how-to…

Gauging Your Distraction | The New York Times via Free Technology for Teachers