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Discover how, at an extremely low cost, you can create your own retro games machine and play all your favourite games from years gone by, whatever the game, whatever the platform.
Game emulators have been around for years, but they can be confusing to set up, and often the games you want to play, simply just don’t work!
Dedicated hardware exists to emulate certain game systems. But they emulate just ONE system, usually miss out vital things you need to play your games, and cost FAR more than the Raspberry Pi based system you’ll create yourself by the end of this course.
Where is the fun in buying something that is limited in what it can do, when you can build your own, far more powerful solution at a fraction of the price? And one that does exactly what YOU want.
In this course you will be taken, step-by-step, through exactly what you need to know in order to create your own retro gaming machine. Not only is it tiny and can be permanently connected to your TV, out of site, and ready for whenever you want a quick blast from the past, but you will have access to a huge selection of different games systems and games.
Many people have tried building something like this and end up with over 90% of the games not working – because they don’t have the information that is covered in this course.
Take a look at just some of the systems this course shows you how to emulate...
And this is nowhere near a complete list! There are many more games consoles and microcomputers that you could be playing.
Learn from someone who has built his own machine, has tried all the major options out there, and has cut through the minefield of misinformation, confusion, and problems that trying to do something like this on your own entails. Let me help you build YOUR ideal retro gaming machine so you too can relive the fun and excitement.
Q. Will I need to do any soldering or know any electronics to do this?
A. No. The hardware side of this simply involves clipping things together and plugging in cables.
Q. Do I need to do any programming, know Linux, or edit files?
A. No. I’ve made things as straightforward as possible – no coding of any sort required! This is a Raspberry Pi project that is aimed at Pi newbies and experts alike. If you are a Linux or Raspberry Pi expert then feel free to dive right in though, and customize things even further if you want to.
Q. Do I need to know about the Raspberry Pi before I do this course?
A. No. I take you through everything you need to know, covering what it is and where to get it.
Q. What if I run into problems?
A. It’s unlikely that you will because I’ve made everything as straightforward as possible, but in the unlikely event that you do then I’ll be there in the discussion area, ready to give you help, should you need it.
Q. I’m experienced with the Raspberry Pi, what else can I do with this?
A. A lot! For example, instead of a simple case, why not build a custom arcade cabinet, or house the Raspberry Pi inside a controller, or program genuine arcade sticks to work with it? If you are experienced with hardware projects and coding on the Pi then there are no end of ways you can extend this project.
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|Section 1: Introduction|
What Does Retro Gaming Mean to You?Preview
Where to Get Your Games
|Section 2: Raspberry Pi - What It Is and Why It's Ideal for the Retro Gamer|
About the Raspberry Pi
The Different Models of Raspberry Pi
What the Raspberry Pi Can DoPreview
What Makes It Ideal as Your Retro Games MachinePreview
|Section 3: Building Your Raspberry Pi Games Machine|
Hardware You Will NeedPreview
Memory Cards - Important Information
Raspberry Pi Cases
Where to Buy Your Raspberry Pi
Assembling Your Raspberry PiPreview
Action Point : Hardware
|Section 4: What You Need to Know About MAME|
An Introduction to MAME
Which MAME Should You Use?
Understanding MAME ROMS & Releases
MAME - A Comparison
|Quiz 1||3 questions|
Let's see how much you understand about MAME. If you want to have arcade games that play, then getting to grips with MAME is key.
|Section 5: The Utilities You'll Need to Burn Images|
About the Utilities
SD Card Formatter
Software to Burn Images to Your Card
Action Point : Download the Software
|Section 6: Option 1 - PiPlay|
PiPlay - an Overview
Where to Get PiPlay
How to Install PiPlay
PiPlay First Time Boot
Transferring Games to PiPlay
PiPlay - Upload Problems
How To Fix PiPlay's Upload Problem, and an Alternative Upload Method
Testing Your PiPlay System
Adding BIOS Files to PiPlay
|Section 7: Option 2 - Lakka|
An Overview of Lakka
Where to Get Lakka
Getting Lakka on Your Memory Card
First Time Boot of Lakka
How to Copy Games to Lakka
Testing & Summary of Lakka
|Section 8: Option 3 - Recalbox|
An Overview of Recalbox
Download Recalbox and Setup The Card
First Time Boot With Recalbox
Loading Games to Recalbox
Changing Settings in Recalbox
Testing Your Recalbox System
Loading BIOS Files to Recalbox
Scraping in Recalbox
Playing Arcade Games in Recalbox
|Section 9: Option 4 - RetroPie|
An Overview of RetroPie
Downloading RetroPie and Setting Up Your Card
RetroPie First Time Boot
Transferring Games to RetroPie Using FTP
Testing Your RetroPie Games
Adding a BIOS File to RetroPie
Configure Your Controller With RetroArch
Loading Your MAME Games to RetroPie
Checking Your MAME Games in RetroPie
Configure Your Controller for MAME Games
Adding Additional, Alternative, or Experimental Emulators to RetroPie
How to Choose the Default Emulator in RetroPie
Choosing and Adding Themes in RetroPie
Transfer Games Using a USB Stick
|Section 10: Summary and System Roundup|
So Which One Is Best?
|Section 11: Troubleshooting|
Flickering Screen or No Picture
|Section 12: What's Next?|
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