Pi in the sky

I had decided the Pi Zero this web sever is running on was not suitable for its original use as a controller/monitor for the 3d printer I had originally attached it to.

I then bought a Pi 3B+ to attach to the printer and an adaptor to convert the pi Zero camera to the Pi 3 B+ board.

The 3d printer is currently partially disassembled waiting for me to complete the build of a heat chamber and printer stand. I will buy a new pi for it when the rest is built.

In the mean time I had avoided setting the pi as a SNES emulator or retro game machine as that seemed common enough and I have played with a lot of Linux and windows based emulators in the past.

That was until a few weeks ago when a friend of mine completed a project we had talked about that had pricked my interest in the pi as a games machine. I played his and I am hooked!

The total immersion of standing at a full size arcade style machine, with proper old style joysticks and sound bombarding you as you peer into the screen as you play a game from your past is just amazing!

My project begins…

The fist step was to flash a version of “retropie” to my pi 3 b+. As I type the Pi 4 in now available with up to 4gb of on board ram. I am not sure how mach improvement upgrading to one of them holds, and the Pi 3 B+ seemed to run fine for the games I was most interested in playing. So for now at least my project will be using that.

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