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Got an old videogame console floating around? An original PlayStation, maybe? A “Super” or not-so-super Nintendo? Or, if you’re of a certain age, even an Atari 2600? Don’t just resurrect it: Take it on the road. Hey, everyone’s got a GameBoy, but you’ll be the only one on your block with one of these.
Benjamin Heckendorn is the world’s No. 1 expert on “portabilizing” old consoles; he’s actually built a business selling them. In Hacking Video Game Consoles, he presents the level of step-by-step detail you need to really do this. (Who else is going to tell you that male Molex connector prongs fit inside the Sony Infolithium battery holes splendidly? Or how to pry open a SuperNintendo case, step by step, without a “Nintendo screwdriver”? It ain’t easy. Or pretty.)
For each platform, Heckendorn offers two projects: a basic one you can build by hand and a super-duper, extra-spiffy unit you can build if you can get access to computerized cutting equipment. Where are you going to get the screen? From a portable LCD TV, of course. Heckendorn walks you through disassembling his favorite, the Casio EV-680.
Along the way, you’ll learn how to wield everything from soldering irons and glue guns to wire strippers. You’ll learn the basics of electronics: not just how to keep from electrocuting yourself but how to choose the right wires and switches, how to work with resistors, potentiometers, and LEDs. (Even how to get the best price on professional routing and laser work.) You just never know when this information’s going to come in handy, now, do you? Bill Camarda, from the May 2005 Read Only