Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 & Tool Assisted Speed Runs
Early next week the annual Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) video game speed run charity event will be taking place and streaming live on twitch.tv. One really cool crossover between the speed running community and the maker community is with tool assisted speed runs (TAS), where a video game is played with inputs that were painstakingly programmed ahead of time to produce amazing game playing results.
Check out the video above for a great overview and demonstration of TAS at last year’s AGDQ. You can see a Raspberry Pi and controller input buffer board are used to play back inputs for NES and Nintendo 64 games.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.