Posts Tagged ‘Awesome’

I’ve never found it difficult to convey exactly how an experience has affected me before. It’s almost always the same key elements that are quite easy to describe in a manner of just a few words. The events of the last few days however have left me in awe and really have opened my eyes to the potential that so many like minds have to offer. So much that I can’t describe exactly what I got out of it other than I have been enlightened to a variety of new experiences that were just plain awesome!

On top of that, the bonds that have been made with just a few days of real life contact are one of the most valuable experiences to leave with and I think we’re all going to be holding on to that for a very long time now and I can’t wait to see where this leads us all in the future!

So, over the next few days, I’ll be making some posts of the accomplishments that were made while we were all together. We’ll all be posting either finished or in-progress threads on the forums and I’ll be doing a short write-up of each one after they get posted on their respective sites.

Some new big things coming up soon as well, including a glimpse of my secret project that I’ve been working on for over 8 months now! Stay tuned for some exciting news shortly!

Meetuppic

That’s right! On April 11th, an unprecedented meeting of some of the best modders in the country will be happening, right here, in Downing’s Basement! The culmination of over 7 months worth of planning is all actually happening and if you told me a year ago I’d have this kind of company in my house/workshop, I wouldn’t have believed it!

Let’s put this into perspective a bit. There are 6 people coming to this event from April 11th to the 15th. I live in the capital city of New Hampshire. The guest list brings people from the states of PA, CT, SC, GA and CA! Yes, I’ve pretty much got the entire Eastern seaboard headed north and one from as far west as you can go, Hollywood California. Can you see what I’m starting to get excited?!

The only thing that makes the fact these guys are traveling so far for this is “who” is traveling so far for this. Those who follow console modding at all know that there are a few out there who rise above in most cases and those few are the ones making the trip. Here’s a quick list.

From NY, we have Beta and Aux, two students at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Aux is also a Moderator on the Mod Retro forums and Beta is in line for potential work opportunities at Oculus, the new virtual reality headset that has taken the nation by storm. I look forward to their knowledge and meeting them in person.

From PA, The Game Cube Master himself, Ashen. He went to a meet-up in TN a year ago and we got a good chance to see what he’s made of. His work on Game Cube innovation has been amazing.

From GA, the very man that got me into this hobby to begin with, none other than the maker of the Darth64 and dozens of other amazing mod, Hailrazer! Yeah, I know right! Look him up if you don’t know!

From CA, making the longest trip and is also a Moderator on the Mod Retro Forums, Tchay! Tchay is the maker of the Envision which was another amazing portable Game Cube and has since become a hot seller of his.

And last but not least, from SC, the legendary old pal, Shock Slayer! If you don’t know who his is, it won’t take long to figure it out. Former Admin of the Mod Retro forums and now running his own site, SS is probably one of the most notorious modders in the hobby.

So anyway, we’ll have more update for you soon enough but you can see that I’m quite excited and for good reason. We’ll be doing a live stream of the even on Friday the 12th, so we’ll get you more info on where and when that will be happening! All in all, I’m very excited for this! Stay tuned for more!

Though  I still do not know how to use it properly (and this pic doesn’t even have the axis motors on it yet) you can be rest assured that tomorrow I’ll be playing with this for some time, making sure everything is in its place. There will be a learning curve like anything else and even though it’s a small starter unit, I’ll get the basics of this and the software down before getting into anything bigger. So stay tuned for the next couple of weeks as cool things will be happening soon enough.

So I did a commission for a forum member called [FarmerDwight] who was looking for a unique controller used for his emulated NES games on his PC. Though I’ve never been a fan of emulation for many reasons, after finding out his wants I really couldn’t pass up the chance to make this for him. Basically he wanted a controller for his emulated NES games with a USB input. Thats really not that difficult to find as the vast majority of PC controllers are USB anyway. The trick was to get that controller to work while using the original buttons in the Game Boy itself.

Now this really wasn’t much different in theory to many of the other controllers that I’ve built. You have two contacts, one signal, one ground and a tact switch (or PCB pad) that once pressed completes the circuit and registers as a button press for the duration you hold it down. However there was one key difference to what I’ve done in the past and that was the fact that the PCB pads in this case were already integrated with the mother board of the Game Boy.

To make a long story short, that doesn’t work so hot when you have two separate devices trying to function off of the same ground lines. I was getting all kinds of screwy actions when I first powered it on, not to mention the Emulator controller provided went against everything I knew about how PCB pads worked.  This project took me over 10 hours. 2 of which were basic labor and putting together and 8 hours of “WTF is wrong with this thing” troubleshooting.

In the end though, all came out well and though the Game Boy will never work again as a Game Boy, he can still play all the NES, Atari and whatever other emulated consoles out there with 8 buttons or less, including Game Boy.

More info and pics on the MBB forums. But I’m happy with it, and so is the customer which is all that matters! Now I just have to figure out how I’m going to sleep tonight knowing that my router will be arriving in the afternoon tomorrow! Expect a few more cool updates when I break that package open!

Wow, been a busy day and at the end of it all is a nice, sleek looking portable! This certainly turned into a project that was a bit more involved than I was hoping for, but nevertheless, I’m 100 times happier with the outcome of this one than the first version.

Everything from internal layout and external handling has been altered and for the better. You can check out the full work log here over at MBB or you can watch the video at the end of the post to get a feel for how this all came together.

So, with that out of the way, I redid this so I could sell and not feel morally guilty about it! It’s still not perfect, but it is something I’m proud of. Let me know what you think of you’re interested in this! $225 shipped is what I’m asking which considering there’s about $180 worth of parts alone and 25 hours in just this version, that’s not a very steep price. hehe.

Well, have many other projects to attend to! Hope you enjoy!

Original GeneBoy Video

As my 3 week vacation is quickly coming to an end, the modding time has intensified. Spending close to 5 hours straight in my basement today alone, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m either obsessed the extraordinary, or bored with the ordinary, can’t figure out which…

Anyway, that really doesn’t matter.

In a combined effort from yesterday and today, I completed several tasks that have made the controller almost ready for testing. This was quite a post over on the MBB forums so for the fine details and more photos, I’ll again send you in that direction. But a quick list of what was completed since Friday;

  1. Vacuum-Formed the back half of the controller
  2. Cut slots for N64 Memory Card holder and VGA cable out which will be used to connect the controller to the systems.
  3. Mounted and wired N64 Controller
  4. Completed mounting of all controller buttons
  5. Added header junction for the controller’s interface
  6. Wired the D-pad and Start/Select buttons to the header.

Still lots to do but this project is drawing close to completion after nearly a year and a half in the making. More updates of course when I get more done.