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Rewind: 30 projects from 2015 that gamers will love


A look at some gaming-inspired projects that caught our attention over the last 12 months. 


Arduboy

A credit card-sized device that allows you to play, program and share 8-bit games.

TinyArcade

A shrunken-down cabinet that lets you relive the golden age of arcade games.

8-Person NES

A system that transforms 8-bit side-scrolling games into a totally immersive multi-player experience.

Tetris MicroCard

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An ATmega32U4-powered gadget that puts Tetris right in your wallet.

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A hardware anti-cheat solution for online gaming.

MAME Game Machine

A game machine driven by a Cosino Mega 2560 (running the AdvanceMAME) with a 7″ LCD display and an Xbox-compatible joystick.

Grand Theft Auto iPhone App

An Arduino Leonardo, an Ethernet shield and a PC enables your iPhone to be used as a GTA controller.

Auto-Leveling Destiny Robot

A robotic mechanism comprised of a servo motor, an Xbox controller and an Arduino Uno that allows you to level up in Destiny without even lifting a finger.

Arduinocade

A creative way to play classic video games on your TV from an overclocked Arduino Pro Mini.

Gloveone

A glove that lets you sense and interact with virtual objects onscreen and in your VR headset.

KADE miniConsole+

An open source gadget that allows you to play all old-school games with their original controllers.

Impacto

An Arduino-driven band designed to make it feel as though you’re hitting and being struck in VR games.

Bedroom Cockpit

A full-scale Cessna 172 cockpit simulator, complete with everything from pedals that control actual airplane rudders and brakes, to a steering yoke, to an Oculus Rift running Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D software.

Scrapyard Simulator

An actual dashboard for a truck simulator.

Dashboard Simulator

A real dashboard for your car simulator.

Arduino Game Boy

A super-sized Arduboy.

Tetris on an ARM Cortex-M4 MCU

Tetris

A game of Tetris on an Atmel | SMART SAM4S MCU.

KeyChainino

An Arduino-programmable keychain game.

Super Hexagon

An Arduino Nano attached to a fan blade displays Super Hexagon in a more “circular” format.

Claw Machine

A DIY claw machine that’s faster, fairer and more controllable than anything found in yesterday’s arcades.

Storefront Pong

An interactive storefront game played on a giant 6 x 8 pixel grid display comprised of 18.5” bulbs illuminated by ultra-bright NeoPixel rings.

WideRun

A fully-interactive bike trainer specifically designed to deliver engaging fitness sessions through VR headsets and external screens.

Doorstop Game

A one-dimensional dungeon crawler game that uses a doorstop spring as its controller and an LED strip as its display.

Talon

A motion control ring that enables you to play games and control apps with simple gestures.

Pico Cassettes

An old-school gaming cartridge for your smartphone.

TeleBall BreakOut

A retro-style handheld gaming device.

DIY Game Boy

A portable, 3D-printed console embedded with a Raspberry Pi and Teensy 2.0.

Barebones Console

An extremely low-cost, minimalist gaming console that will take you back to a much blockier 8-bit era.

Arcade-Style Puzzle Box

A vintage, arcade-style puzzle box that resembles the ubiquitous wooden audio equipment of the ‘70s.

UFO Escape Keychain Game

A game of UFO Escape on your keychain? Sure, why not?

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An 8-bit instant photo camera masquerading as a toy gun, which consists of an old Game Boy, a camera, a thermal printer and an Arduino.

Play Tetris on this tiny, Arduboy-powered device


Thanks to this awesome little gadget, you can say goodbye to productivity! 


Tetris is arguably one of, if not, the most popular video games of all-time and has been played on pretty much every platform possible, from the NES to graphing calculators to mobile phones. Now there’s another, and much more productivity killing, way to play the iconic game. Introducing the Tetris MicroCard, a fingertip-friendly device that’s no larger than a business card.

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If it looks vaguely familiar, that’s because the aptly name Tetris MicroCard is powered by and shares a resemblance to the wildly popular Arduboy — a wallet-sized 8-bit gaming system for Makers. Once again open source, the tweaked gadget is based on an ATmega32U4 and powered by an internal rechargeable battery that can last for roughly six hours. Like the Arduboy, the Tetris MicroCard features a microUSB port that can be used for refueling as well as for uploading your own open source apps.

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Although it comes equipped with an officially licensed version of Tetris, the tiny console is also fully programmable with Arduino — meaning you can add other games if you’d like. The Tetris MicroCard boasts an OLED display with six control buttons positioned on both sides, as well as a speaker with a mute function, which will surely come in handy when playing in a meeting, in your cubicle or even in class.

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It should be noted, however, that the vertically-oriented device and its screen were specifically designed for optimal Tetris playing, so some of the codes available may not be ideal for the unit’s unique layout. And unlike with its sibling Arduboy, creator Kevin Bates (who we’ve come to know so well) has decided to bypass Kickstarter altogether and make the Tetris MicroCard available for pre-order. With a price tag of $49, it’ll make for a perfect grab bag item, a stocking stuff, or a “just because” purchase! Delivery is expected to get underway sometime this spring.