Built a retro TV games system
μGame is a spin back in time to around 1980, when TV games systems first began to appear. This little build is something i’ve wanted to do for many years, probably since 1981 when owning a Sinclair ZX81.
The ‘μ’ is the symbol for ‘micro’ as in microamps in electronics.
A $3.50 Arduino Pro-Mini is usually used to blink LED’s in a sequence or run stepper motors and similar, but with the help of a TV output library it can also do this. Works on flat screens of course, just more retro with the tube TV shown.
Games are uploaded using the Arduino IDE on a PC (Linux, Windows, Mac).
Games are loaded into onboard EPROM and the High Scores are saved forever in EEPROM.
The controls came from an old telephone answering machine.
The μGame logo was created in Gimp, then converted using a .bmp to .c freeware program.
TVout – https://code.google.com/p/arduino-tvout/
(Includes connections diagram to get Composite TV signals)
Hackvision – http://nootropicdesign.com/hackvision/
Image converter – https://code.google.com/p/lcd-image-converter/