Daring Fireball’s John Gruber on Playdate, Arduboy … @gruber @playdate @panic @bateskecom #arduboy


Daring Fireball on Playdate from Panic

“…Playdate, the most amazing and exciting product announcement, for me, since the original iPhone.” – John Gruber

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I’ve read John’s site for years and probably still will, even with this comment to his 371,000 Twitter followers about Kevin’s open-source product, the Arduboy.

I suppose this is one way to get developers (or anyone) interested in Playdate since John is one of the first high-profile, super-vocal promoters of Playdate. Putting this post up here to see what type of game development community emerges from Playdate as it gets closer to shipping, and if it’s going to be welcoming or as the person who tweeted back said, “snooty.”

There’s enough room for all types of hardware in gaming, everyone plays games, just like everyone “makes” something.

We signed up for the Playdate SDK/dev stuff, we’ll be picking one up and trying to make games for it and maybe some hardware accessories too.

Update: 6/18/2019 – John Gruber / Daring Fireball tweeted, that was the right thing to do and say, thanks.


What is Arduboy?

Arduboy is a miniature game system the size of a credit card. Installed with a classic 8-bit game and can be reprogrammed from a library of open source games available online. Arduboy is open source so you can learn to code and create your own games.

Read more. It’s $49, shipping now, games are black and white, there are a lot of things that are like the Playdate, and if you’ve made games for the Arduboy, you might want to check out Playdate too.

Disclosure: Adafruit sells the Arduboy, we also have released multiple gaming devices, including ones with cranks 🙂

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