Yesterday was Pi Day, and what better way to celebrate everyone's favourite mathematical constant than by taking a look back at everyone's favourite cheap hobbyist computer, the Raspberry Pi. Since the launch of the Raspberry Pi, I've written an absurd number of guides, blogs and an already outdated book on the variety of projects you can do with it. I've learned a lot it that time.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
The Raspberry Pi is the cheapest and smallest way to emulate the old video games you still love to play. You have a few different ways of going about making your own retro game console, but RetroPie and Recalbox are two of the easiest to use. Let's take a look at their differences, and pick the best one for you.
Windows/Mac/Linux: The Nintendo 3DS is a great little system, but with a maximum resolution of 400 x 240, it's not exactly a looker. Citra is an emulator that's still very early in development, but features a way to upscale 3DS games to 1600 x 900.
One of the first things people did with the Raspberry Pi was make emulators for all their favourite retro games. But now that 3D printing is on the up and up, we're seeing more professional-looking outer cases, too. Not only is this one fantastic, but all the information on how to make one yourself has been included.
iOS/Android: Emulators on smartphones are usually only available on jailbroken or rooted devices. WebNes takes a different approach and skips the app stores in order to put a Nintendo emulator right in your mobile browser. This makes it so you can play Nintendo games on your iPhone or Android device -- no jailbreaking or rooting required.
We know it's possible to power a pretty killer retro game console with a Raspberry Pi. It turns out that if you're looking for something similar on a BeagleBone it's just as easy with BeagleSNES.
If you're not in the mood to build your own emulation machine, you can still enjoy a variety of classic games using just your browser. The Historical Software Archive, part of the Internet Archive, has made available a number of older, quality titles including Karateka, Akalabeth and Choplifter.
Everybody loved the OUYA until it came out, and then they realised it didn't quite live up to its promise of becoming an inexpensive, independent gaming platform that rivals the big consoles. Regardless of what OUYA becomes, it is a great device when approached from the right mindset. Here's how I made the best of my OUYA and came to love it.