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This 164-page book shows you how to set up a Raspberry Pi to play classic games, and a whole lot more. Build your own portable console, full-size arcade cabinet, and pinball machine with our step-by-step guides. And learn how to program your own games, using Python and Pygame Zero.

  • Set up your Raspberry Pi for retro gaming
  • Emulate classic computers and consoles
  • Learn to program retro-style games
  • Build a portable console, arcade cabinet, and pinball machine
  • And much, much more!
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Sounds like it must deal with some illegal copyrighted material.
Not that it's not commonly done by people.
Walgeon10/02/2020 23:15

Sounds like it must deal with some illegal copyrighted material.Not that …Sounds like it must deal with some illegal copyrighted material.Not that it's not commonly done by people.


Most resources in relation to RPi retro gaming never talk about how to get the game ROMs. Everyone's usually very careful around that.
sav2510/02/2020 23:59

Most resources in relation to RPi retro gaming never talk about how to get …Most resources in relation to RPi retro gaming never talk about how to get the game ROMs. Everyone's usually very careful around that.


I'm sure they're careful. The fact they have to be tells you all that you need to know.
helmet13711/02/2020 00:03

You can download the PDF for free here if you …You can download the PDF for free here if you preferhttps://magpi.raspberrypi.org/books/retro-gaming/pdf


Nice one.
Anybody now a ball park figure how much it costs to make one ? Compared to buying one ?
daz4011/02/2020 07:57

Anybody now a ball park figure how much it costs to make one ? Compared to …Anybody now a ball park figure how much it costs to make one ? Compared to buying one ?


an arcade cabinet? It will depend on whether you've got all the tools necessary, add those in and it'll bring the prices closer. From what I've seen on the RetroPie FB group though, the materials are usually well under half of the overall price for pre-built units.
daz4011/02/2020 07:57

Anybody now a ball park figure how much it costs to make one ? Compared to …Anybody now a ball park figure how much it costs to make one ? Compared to buying one ?


What type? Desktop mini, full sized multiplayer cabinet? Also depends what you have available to hand. Probably between £100-300 depending on what you want.
_sion11/02/2020 08:51

What type? Desktop mini, full sized multiplayer cabinet? Also depends …What type? Desktop mini, full sized multiplayer cabinet? Also depends what you have available to hand. Probably between £100-300 depending on what you want.


Ha, yes that sounds about right..
It can get out of hand.
If you want some good stuff and UK
I usually buy my controls etc here
arcadeworlduk.com/

But if your prepared to wait there's some great packages on aliexpress
goto youtube etaprime
daz4011/02/2020 07:57

Anybody now a ball park figure how much it costs to make one ? Compared to …Anybody now a ball park figure how much it costs to make one ? Compared to buying one ?


Cost me about £30 for a pi3 with 2 basic USB pads, bought a case off aliexpress for about £8 and put all the software and roms myself on a spare micro sd card I had hanging around.
Edited by: "grilli" 11th Feb
grilli11/02/2020 10:03

Cost me about £30 for a pi3 with 2 basic USB pads, bought a case off …Cost me about £30 for a pi3 with 2 basic USB pads, bought a case off aliexpress for about £8 and put all the software and roms myself on a spare micro sd card I had hanging around.


Brilliant
Walgeon10/02/2020 23:15

Sounds like it must deal with some illegal copyrighted material.Not that …Sounds like it must deal with some illegal copyrighted material.Not that it's not commonly done by people.


It is surprisingly easy to legally back up or extract ROMS from commercial re-releases now. There are many cheap and easy ways to dump classic carts, you can generally rip 90s era CD games with an unmodified DVD-ROM and there's usually nothing to stop you extracting files from the SNES/NES Classic Mini consoles or multitude of classic game collections with only a little Googling.

You needn't go to shady ROM sites anymore, just go and buy one of the many official sources of the ROMs, put in a little elbow grease and bingo. No laws broken and the copyright holders are compensated.
JerryJacksonsGhost11/02/2020 10:59

It is surprisingly easy to legally back up or extract ROMS from commercial …It is surprisingly easy to legally back up or extract ROMS from commercial re-releases now. There are many cheap and easy ways to dump classic carts, you can generally rip 90s era CD games with an unmodified DVD-ROM and there's usually nothing to stop you extracting files from the SNES/NES Classic Mini consoles or multitude of classic game collections with only a little Googling.You needn't go to shady ROM sites anymore, just go and buy one of the many official sources of the ROMs, put in a little elbow grease and bingo. No laws broken and the copyright holders are compensated.


Making your own copy that you own might be fine in law, but what would you play it on? Emulators in UK go against TPMs IP laws.
helmet13711/02/2020 00:03

You can download the PDF for free here if you …You can download the PDF for free here if you preferhttps://magpi.raspberrypi.org/books/retro-gaming/pdf


thankyou
BTW, if people want the best system to emulate on then use a Nvidia shield TV. It will do things that a raspberry pi can only dream of. You also get a great entertainment system for online TV and Geforce Now among many other things.
sav2510/02/2020 23:59

Most resources in relation to RPi retro gaming never talk about how to get …Most resources in relation to RPi retro gaming never talk about how to get the game ROMs.


This resource does tell you how to get free legal ROMs:
magpi.raspberrypi.org/art…kka

As JerryJacksonsGhost says, there are also sources of legal non-free ROMs. The Amiga section of the book also links to amigaforever.com/, for example.

There are also, no doubt, sources of pirated ROMs, but this book isn't endorsing them.
JerryJacksonsGhost11/02/2020 10:59

It is surprisingly easy to legally back up or extract ROMS from commercial …It is surprisingly easy to legally back up or extract ROMS from commercial re-releases now. There are many cheap and easy ways to dump classic carts, you can generally rip 90s era CD games with an unmodified DVD-ROM and there's usually nothing to stop you extracting files from the SNES/NES Classic Mini consoles or multitude of classic game collections with only a little Googling.You needn't go to shady ROM sites anymore, just go and buy one of the many official sources of the ROMs, put in a little elbow grease and bingo. No laws broken and the copyright holders are compensated.


Problem is it technically isn't actually legal to even dump roms for games you own and play them on an emulator despite most ppl assuming it is ok, great video on the subject here: youtube.com/wat…RiE

Even if it was legal though, the library of games on classic consoles are very small and typically fail to represent rare titles and oddities at all, which are some of the most rewarding kinds of games to revisit. As to buying the actual games e.g. on eBay, it has become so expensive it is a pursuit left only to the very rich unless you are happy with the common games, which are probably already on the classic consoles.

Ultimately, the law around the whole thing is intentionally incredibly confusing and there is actually VERY little you can do in terms of emulating games that IS legal. I'm pretty sure this is deliberately done to scare the average consumer away from emulation and towards the overpriced extremely miserly offerings from 'official' channels like Nintendo

It's a really sad state of affairs IMHO, emulation and roms are vilified so much now especially since greedy Nintendo stuck their oar in by closing down many popular sites, yet ppl are fast to forget they are essential for videogame preservation! Most of the work in this area isn't done by the big companies, but by hard working individuals, often just for the love of the hobby or respect of their peers. If preservation were left up to the industry itself like fat cats such as Nintendo want, would result in most retro games becoming extinct, outside the big ones regurgitated every console generation. It says something that many so-called official collections actually have to borrow games from rom sites and such as the originals are often missing!

What do I recommend? Download the emulators and the roms wherever you can and enjoy videogame history in it's fullest sense, sample all the consoles of yesteryear (I don't advocate it for current systems of course, where games are still widely available) and all the wonderful games including rarities, unreleased titles and fan translations and screw the legality! The law is so deliberately complex and confusing in this area, you will probably still be breaking it if you try to do everything right
Edited by: "ST3123" 11th Feb
I'm actually starting my own build based on this

raspberrypi-spy.co.uk/201…le/

Got the monitor from ebay, and have a few Raspberry Pi knocking about. Unfortunately the arcade controllers and zero delay boards I ordered from AliExpress have taken an AGE to ship due to Chinese new year
Walgeon11/02/2020 11:19

Making your own copy that you own might be fine in law, but what would you …Making your own copy that you own might be fine in law, but what would you play it on? Emulators in UK go against TPMs IP laws.


[Citation required]
ST312311/02/2020 11:37

Problem is it technically isn't actually legal to even dump roms for games …Problem is it technically isn't actually legal to even dump roms for games you own and play them on an emulator despite most ppl assuming it is ok, great video on the subject here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj9Gk84jRiEEven if it was legal though, the library of games on classic consoles are very small and typically fail to represent rare titles and oddities at all, which are some of the most rewarding kinds of games to revisit. As to buying the actual games e.g. on eBay, it has become so expensive it is a pursuit left only to the very rich unless you are happy with the common games, which are probably already on the classic consoles. Ultimately, the law around the whole thing is intentionally incredibly confusing and there is actually VERY little you can do in terms of emulating games that IS legal. I'm pretty sure this is deliberately done to scare the average consumer away from emulation and towards the overpriced extremely miserly offerings from 'official' channels like Nintendo It's a really sad state of affairs IMHO, emulation and roms are vilified so much now especially since greedy Nintendo stuck their oar in by closing down many popular sites, yet ppl are fast to forget they are essential for videogame preservation! Most of the work in this area isn't done by the big companies, but by hard working individuals, often just for the love of the hobby or respect of their peers. If preservation were left up to the industry itself like fat cats such as Nintendo want, would result in most retro games becoming extinct, outside the big ones regurgitated every console generation. It says something that many so-called official collections actually have to borrow games from rom sites and such as the originals are often missing!What do I recommend? Download the emulators and the roms wherever you can and enjoy videogame history in it's fullest sense, sample all the consoles of yesteryear (I don't advocate it for current systems of course, where games are still widely available) and all the wonderful games including rarities, unreleased titles and fan translations and screw the legality! The law is so deliberately complex and confusing in this area, you will probably still be breaking it if you try to do everything right


I agree. I had a big collection from when I was young and ended up selling it all 5ish years ago because it was selling for so much. Its insane how much it all sells for now. N64 games are shooting up in price. I got a great amount for my Mega drive and Snes but looking at prices for the N64 games I lost out (still good though).

I hope archive sites are around and Nintendo leave them alone... But I doubt it. It's all being killed and torrent sites are all that's available really.

My Nvidia Shield TV can play everything up to Gamecube/Dreamcast/Saturn/PSP and I have almost everything. I still collect but go for newer ones now.
It's more of a hobby now I can get everything I wanted as a kid / teenager.
daz4011/02/2020 07:57

Anybody now a ball park figure how much it costs to make one ? Compared to …Anybody now a ball park figure how much it costs to make one ? Compared to buying one ?


Check out Pimoroni. They have everything from complete DIY parts through to ready-made cabinet based setups and everything in between.
shop.pimoroni.com/col…ade
I should have added in the description that, as the Raspberry Pi Foundation is an education charity, all the profits from this book go to charity
mvnorwood11/02/2020 22:47

Check out Pimoroni. They have everything from complete DIY parts through …Check out Pimoroni. They have everything from complete DIY parts through to ready-made cabinet based setups and everything in between.https://shop.pimoroni.com/collections/picade-and-arcade


Thank you 👌
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