With the new device, gaining popularity on Kickstarter, you will be able to easily create and play your own games. The talk is about Arduboy, created by Oregon developer, Kevin Bates. The business card that looks like a Game Boy and is capable not only to display your resume
With the new device, gaining popularity on Kickstarter, you will be able to easily create and play your own games.
The talk is about Arduboy, created by Oregon developer, Kevin Bates. The business card that looks like a Game Boy and is capable not only to display your resume, but has a built-in Tetris game and a replaceable battery that lasts 9 hours. The first version of Arduboy was shown to the public last year. Recently, Bates presented the latest version of Arduboy that will allow users to play 8-bit games or even create their own ones. The goal is set at the $25,000 and if the project gathers enough money, the first Arduboys will be sent to users in October and the price is set at $29 for the first 1,000 people and $39 for the others.
There are a lot of games already, but creating them is another question. Nowadays, most people aren’t familiar with programming, for example, Barack Obama, the president of the US wrote his first line of code last year. And there are many organizations that help people to get familiar with programming. According to Code.org, popular education program of schools doesn’t offer programming courses and as a result, fewer students are choosing computer science at the universities.
To be honest, Arduboy isn’t the solution to these problems, but Kevin hopes that it will be a bit easier for newcomers to start programming with Arduboy. There will be a few pre-installed open-source games on the device and the step-by-step instruction on how to create your own game. And the fact that Arduboy was created on the popular Arduino platform is making the process of games’ creation even easier.
If you get hooked up with creating the game, who knows, maybe one day you’ll create your own app
– said Bates.
The project has already raised 8,000 since Monday and it still has 29 days to gather the needed sum of $25,000.