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Newz You Can Uze

It isn’t too often that you stumble across a DIY game console, but that’s pretty much exactly what the Uzebox is:

The Uzebox is a retro-minimalist open source game console. It is based on an AVR 8-bit general purpose microcontroller made by Atmel. The particularity of the system is that it uses an interrupt driven kernel and has no frame buffer. Functions such as video sync generation, tile rendering and music mixing is done realtime by a background task so games can easily be developed in C. The design goal was to be as simple as possible yet have good enough sound and graphics while leaving enough resources to implement interesting games. Emphasis was put on making it easy and fun to assemble and program for any hobbyists. The final design contains only two chips: an ATmega644 and an AD725 RGB-to-NTSC converter.

The games are all in the ballpark of the NES, graphically (Hell, there’s even an unofficial port of The Adventures of Lolo), and you can get one of these–fully assembled–for $35 right here.

You can also grab an emulator here and ROMs here.

As for me, I’m interested but not really interested enough to be bothered with the actual box you hook up to your TV (though I admire the homebrew nature of the project itself) as it would, invariably, become another victim of 90 seconds of use followed by a lifetime in cold storage1:

ECM’s superfluous gaming gear overflow facility.

1 If you look closely, back in the left corner, you can spy a SuperGrafx, an M2 dev kit and my pride.

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