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Pardue (OP)

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Arduboy - Card Sized Gaming
« on: May 11, 2015, 08:52:35 pm »
I just backed this Kickstarter project.



I CAN'T WAIT!!! This is by far the shortest amount of time I've had between finding out about a KS project and backing it. I didn't even finish watching the pitch video because early bird specials were running out and I managed to get one.

I remember back when this guy made his playable business card and I always wanted one, so when this went up I had to back it. The expected delivery time is reasonable too. August of this year, but KS projects being KS projects, I'm thinking around November is when they'll ship. Oh well, I'm just happy they're trying to get them out sometime this year.

I love the games they have listed so far:




lemmywinks

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Re: Arduboy - Card Sized Gaming
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2015, 10:58:52 pm »
That actually looks pretty amazing!
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Re: Arduboy - Card Sized Gaming
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2015, 02:07:04 pm »
KS actually says October for shipping. I bet November is the safer bet though. Really neat. I may just need one of these. Wish I had known when the early adopters were still available.

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Re: Arduboy - Card Sized Gaming
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2015, 11:31:00 pm »
thanks for the heads up i'll probably have to pledge now

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one thing i don't hear much people mention and also when i overlooked the fine print (specs), so apparently this device can only hold 1 game at a time?  for a game device i'd use on the go that is a pretty big deal breaker i was assuming it had something like micro sd support.  hmm
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Re: Arduboy - Card Sized Gaming
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2015, 09:32:29 am »
if it would play mp3/ogg/... from microsd - would be a super...

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Re: Arduboy - Card Sized Gaming
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2015, 04:23:20 pm »
thanks for the heads up i'll probably have to pledge now

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one thing i don't hear much people mention and also when i overlooked the fine print (specs), so apparently this device can only hold 1 game at a time?  for a game device i'd use on the go that is a pretty big deal breaker i was assuming it had something like micro sd support.  hmm

Oh crap. I didn't notice that. I don't know if it's true but if it is, I agree it's a serious disadvantage. But not enough for me to remove my pledge. I really want this thing.


if it would play mp3/ogg/... from microsd - would be a super...

Normally I'm all for adding on features to devices, but on this one I'm finding myself rolling my eyes every time I hear people ask for a bigger screen, color screen, more buttons, 16 bit games, wifi... they just don't get it. They never will.

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Re: Arduboy - Card Sized Gaming
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2015, 12:06:59 am »
thanks for the heads up i'll probably have to pledge now

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one thing i don't hear much people mention and also when i overlooked the fine print (specs), so apparently this device can only hold 1 game at a time?  for a game device i'd use on the go that is a pretty big deal breaker i was assuming it had something like micro sd support.  hmm

Oh crap. I didn't notice that. I don't know if it's true but if it is, I agree it's a serious disadvantage. But not enough for me to remove my pledge. I really want this thing.




after looking over the creators posts its apparent this "next version" was planned from the get go.  guess it makes sense from a business stand point- selling more units.  theres just no way it was something that had slipped his mind to include sd card support beforehand and then now saying some bullshit excuse 'if we added this now it would risk the delivery date' lol suuure.  either way i've decided to stick with the pledge its not like it cost an arm and a leg :D

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Re: Arduboy - Card Sized Gaming
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2015, 06:29:50 am »
after looking over the creators posts its apparent this "next version" was planned from the get go.  guess it makes sense from a business stand point- selling more units.  theres just no way it was something that had slipped his mind to include sd card support beforehand and then now saying some bullshit excuse 'if we added this now it would risk the delivery date' lol suuure.  either way i've decided to stick with the pledge its not like it cost an arm and a leg :D

Actually, I do believe him. I remember seeing his first device, which I guess we can now call a prototype, which was just his own personal business card that could play Tetris.



I really wanted that one back then. So when this version appeared on Kickstarter, I was happy he decided to commercialize his idea. Heck, no joke, if he had that simpler business card on the Kickstarter instead of this version, I'd probably still be backing it.

It does suck that they didn't think to add more memory since it seems really obvious when you look at what they're planning to do with it. But his determination to stay focused and not deviating on the design is something a lot of Kickstarters should learn from. I'm hoping that keeps them on schedule with the delivery time. But the day I see a Kickstarter product deliver on time is the day I will eat my own shoe, so I'm not expecting miracles.

And plus, the price for this basic model is so cheap that I do plan to buy the upgraded version when that comes out too... which I must say is rather similar in spirit to another handheld from the 90's...  ;)

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Re: Arduboy - Card Sized Gaming
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2015, 07:04:22 pm »
I got an Arduboy dev kit!

I made a video with my first impressions and a quick start guide:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJjc_ZxWbeo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJjc_ZxWbeo</a>

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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2015, 12:28:38 am »
That's incredibly cool, I was wondering what happened to these!

I would definitely be interested in a model with an SD slot, having just one game makes it much less useful especially as the games are very simple.
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Re: Arduboy - Card Sized Gaming
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2015, 02:26:18 am »
You're all interested in this for the curiosity factor right?

It looks like atari gaming to me...  ::) nothing groundbreaking..
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« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2015, 09:25:25 pm »
Well it is something of a novelty, that doesn't mean it can't deliver quality gaming within the remits of what it was designed for though. I love small simple games, I hammered Motocross Maniacs and Tetris on my old Gameboy more than any other cartridges. In fact many moons ago I had an old Ericsson phone which had a tiny letterbox screen but it had Tetris, Defender and Pacman so I logged hours of gaming on it.

I think something so usable yet so small and cheap is always attractive. I can think of many worse ways to spend 25!
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Re: Arduboy - Card Sized Gaming
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2015, 03:51:27 am »
You're all interested in this for the curiosity factor right?

It looks like atari gaming to me...  ::) nothing groundbreaking..

It's the same fascination that exists when seeing what games people can make for a graphing calculator. If you're looking for the next big leap in handheld tech, it goes without saying that you should look elsewhere.

I'm really excited because they plan to make some tutorials to help beginners learn how to make games for this too.

Also, they'll be selling another model next year as well. This one is pretty much the same but with a different orientation and it comes with an official licensed version of Tetris.


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Re: Arduboy - Card Sized Gaming
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2015, 11:03:04 am »
I hope someone makes a vertical scrolling shooter for that.
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Re: Arduboy - Card Sized Gaming
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2016, 04:48:54 pm »
Received my Arduboy a couple of weeks ago.

Very nice little machine and easy to create your own content. I already created my own simple game, it's much fun.

There are already some nice games available...

http://community.arduboy.com/c/arduboy/games

This is one of my favorites so far...

http://community.arduboy.com/t/squario-the-ultimate-adventure/1257

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