Your Pet Eye – a retro video game #retro #Gaming #Arduino @MLE_online

Emily Velasco is a staple of the making community with her compelling projects. The latest is just as compelling if not off the beaten path: Your Pet Eye. It started with a simple idea: What if a video game was really bad?

Well, no, that’s not entirely accurate. It started when I got an Adafruit Hallowing in my swag bag at the 2018 Hackaday Superconference. If you’re not familiar with the Hallowing, it’s a little skull-shaped dev board with a small LCD screen that, when loaded with the stock software, displays an eye that looks around and blinks. We’ll come back to that bad video game idea later.

Around that same time, I was learning about TVout, an Arduino library that, with the help of an extremely simple digital-to-analog converter consisting of two resistors, outputs a composite video signal good enough to be displayed on most displays with composite input. Since it’s running on an Arduino, it’s a crude signal, only capable of showing black or white

my concept for this project was that it should be like a really bad video game. There was a time—it seems like—in the history of the video-game industry where everyone was trying to publish video games, whether they had the experience and skills or not.

See the details on the blog post here and a “commercial” video of the project below.


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