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(Guardian)   In honor of the Game Boy's 25th anniversary, here 25 things you didn't know about, like how the Game Boy Camera/Printer was really pointless   (theguardian.com) divider line 37
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2014-04-22 12:17:09 AM  
Nah, man. Nah. The Game Boy Camera has a nice step sequencer in it, which makes it decent for laying down some chiptune tracks. Further unlicensed cartridges would push those little pulse wave generators to their limits. But for the time, it was fun hooking my Game Boy's sound output to my four-track recorder to make some interesting backing tracks.
 
2014-04-22 01:10:48 AM  
Does this make anyone else feel old?

/had an original and a color
 
2014-04-22 03:40:46 AM  
I still have my original gameboy and about 20 carts. Still works. Sometimes I'll break it out when I'm on the shiatter. That or the WiiU gamepad, which works as far away as the closest bathroom. So that's nice.
 
2014-04-22 04:15:49 AM  

ArkAngel: Does this make anyone else feel old?

/had an original and a color


No... but I've a sudden urge to ebay myself a GB and a copy of Tetris.
 
2014-04-22 04:58:23 AM  
Tetris

Just mention the name and already the song is stuck in my head.
 
2014-04-22 05:25:14 AM  

Ishkur: Tetris

Just mention the name and already the song is stuck in my head.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmCCQxVBfyM

/Was tempted to link the 10hr loop...
//Just not that cruel.
 
2014-04-22 05:55:31 AM  
Who are you running from?
 
2014-04-22 07:03:06 AM  
What about those stupid lines you would get from playing in the sun?
 
2014-04-22 07:20:49 AM  
I remember how bulletproof that system was. Dropped mine in a swimming pool. After letting it dry out completely and trying it again all I got for my troubles was the screen would go completely black when the scrolling logo came down on startup. Other than that it worked fine.
 
2014-04-22 07:29:50 AM  
People joke about the old Nokia phones being tough but the Game Boy put it to shame. You could not break the thing. Dropped mine in the tub and in the pool, dropped it off a third floor balcony, left it out in the rain. No problem. Still working to this day.
 
2014-04-22 07:41:14 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

GameBoy torched in Gulf War.  Still works.  On display at Nintendo a World Store in NYC.

http://gizmodo.com/225690/torched-gulf-war-game-boy-still-works
 
2014-04-22 07:54:14 AM  

Doc Daneeka: [upload.wikimedia.org image 850x1137]

GameBoy torched in Gulf War.  Still works.  On display at Nintendo a World Store in NYC.

http://gizmodo.com/225690/torched-gulf-war-game-boy-still-works


I remember shortly after that happened, the soldier wrote Nintendo to tell them the story.  They published it in Nintendo Power (somewhere around issue 34 or so?), with a picture of it working.

The fact that it still works 25 years later is a testament to how robust Nintendo's hardware is (I'll give them a pass on that stupid farking spring in the NES deck, because that later top-loading model was just fine).  Hell, my SNES from 1992 still works, which is more than I can say for my first two PS2s or my first Xbox 360.
 
2014-04-22 07:56:22 AM  
Can't solely credit Yokoi's decision to use the dated and inexpensive Z80 CPU design for its success -- Sega's Game Gear was also Z80-based.
 
2014-04-22 08:18:50 AM  

UNC_Samurai: Doc Daneeka: [upload.wikimedia.org image 850x1137]

GameBoy torched in Gulf War.  Still works.  On display at Nintendo a World Store in NYC.

http://gizmodo.com/225690/torched-gulf-war-game-boy-still-works

I remember shortly after that happened, the soldier wrote Nintendo to tell them the story.  They published it in Nintendo Power (somewhere around issue 34 or so?), with a picture of it working.

The fact that it still works 25 years later is a testament to how robust Nintendo's hardware is (I'll give them a pass on that stupid farking spring in the NES deck, because that later top-loading model was just fine).  Hell, my SNES from 1992 still works, which is more than I can say for my first two PS2s or my first Xbox 360.


All those old systems were basically solid state, with the games on ROM chips and the main system a relatively simple board with no need for heat sinks in the chips or active cooling. Outside of faulty PSUs or bad wiring connections, there really wasn't anything that COULD break.
 
2014-04-22 08:23:50 AM  

ArkAngel: Does this make anyone else feel old?

/had an original and a color


I still have 4 original, with link cables and all the games my sisters and I had growing up. I strategically claimed all the video games and consoles from our childhood as they got older.

/I also own an original unused Nintendo in its box. My grandparents bought it for me to use at their house but they never showed it to me. Found it when cleaning out the house when we moved my grandmother into a nursing home.
 
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2014-04-22 08:54:28 AM  
I still have my Gameboy Camera and associated printer, and they still work. I even used it to take some photos at my brother-in-law's wedding about a year ago just for laughs. Printed them out right there at the reception.
 
2014-04-22 09:45:33 AM  
I still have the Game Boy my father sent me from Japan back in 1989.  He was assigned on an unaccompanied tour to South Korea for a year in from 1988-1989, and the Army had sent him to Japan for a month in April of 1989.  He saw one at a shop he was walking past and bought it, mailing it to me.  The customs slip said "Nintendo controller", because the guy on duty at the mail room didn't know what the hell it was, any more than my dad did.  He thought it would connect somehow to the NES I already had, so he didn't buy me any extra games, I just got the Super Mario Land it came with.
 
2014-04-22 09:46:42 AM  
I just came here to say that the gb was awesome, but the mortal kombat port is one of the worst games of all time.
 
2014-04-22 10:06:47 AM  
My Iphone case

farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2014-04-22 10:22:23 AM  
I used to love the GB. Only hada handful of games, but played the hell out of them.

Every now and then I'll still pull Metroid 2 up in an emulator and play it through.
 
2014-04-22 10:32:23 AM  

fang06554: I used to love the GB. Only hada handful of games, but played the hell out of them.

Every now and then I'll still pull Metroid 2 up in an emulator and play it through.


I went ahead and bought it on the 3ds' virtual console. Still love that game to this day. One of the more linear metroid titles, but definitely underrated.
 
2014-04-22 11:12:32 AM  
My favorite Zelda game is still links Awakening for the gameboy and my favorite Metroid is Metroid Fusion for the GBA.

That says an awful lot when you consider my complete distaste for mobile gaming in general.
 
2014-04-22 11:16:29 AM  

Mad_Radhu: UNC_Samurai: Doc Daneeka: [upload.wikimedia.org image 850x1137]

GameBoy torched in Gulf War.  Still works.  On display at Nintendo a World Store in NYC.

http://gizmodo.com/225690/torched-gulf-war-game-boy-still-works

I remember shortly after that happened, the soldier wrote Nintendo to tell them the story.  They published it in Nintendo Power (somewhere around issue 34 or so?), with a picture of it working.

The fact that it still works 25 years later is a testament to how robust Nintendo's hardware is (I'll give them a pass on that stupid farking spring in the NES deck, because that later top-loading model was just fine).  Hell, my SNES from 1992 still works, which is more than I can say for my first two PS2s or my first Xbox 360.

All those old systems were basically solid state, with the games on ROM chips and the main system a relatively simple board with no need for heat sinks in the chips or active cooling. Outside of faulty PSUs or bad wiring connections, there really wasn't anything that COULD break.


The only thing I've seen bad about GB's of this vintage (which I see a fair amount at yard sales and the
like) is that  while the electronics are fine, the LCDs have generally faded into invisibility.
 
2014-04-22 11:58:16 AM  
I've still got my old Game Boy around somewhere and it works. These days, though, if I want to play those old games I'll fire up my GBA and "colorize" those games. (I was always impressed with how the GBA knew just the right color palette for each game.) A lot of them still hold up, and games like Link's Awakening are well worth playing today if you've never done so.

I even have my old adapter that let you play Game Boy games on the SNES. It also let you colorize the games, and a few GBA games came with custom colors and borders. Good times.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to rant about kids these days and their 3DS systems. Just as soon as I put an onion on my belt and yell at this cloud. (And get myself a 3DS because it is a pretty sweet system.)
 
2014-04-22 12:14:32 PM  
 Final Fantasy Adventure

operationrainfall.com

Loved that game.
 
2014-04-22 12:29:47 PM  

Shelbyville: People joke about the old Nokia phones being tough but the Game Boy put it to shame. You could not break the thing. Dropped mine in the tub and in the pool, dropped it off a third floor balcony, left it out in the rain. No problem. Still working to this day.


I managed to kill mine by way of an encounter with a carpet-over-concrete floor... I've since learned to not play games when I'm stressed at exam time.  That GB died after its 3rd or 4th high-velocity trip to the floor.
 
2014-04-22 12:35:04 PM  

Egoy3k: My favorite Zelda game is still links Awakening for the gameboy and my favorite Metroid is Metroid Fusion for the GBA.

That says an awful lot when you consider my complete distaste for mobile gaming in general.


Do those really count as mobile? Because they aren't mobile in the same way we consider mobile games today. Both those games are closer to console than mobile, and even put a lot of console games to shame.
 
2014-04-22 12:43:54 PM  

Teambaylagoon: My Iphone case


No shiat! Dude I have the exact same one!

*internet high five*
 
2014-04-22 01:24:44 PM  

soporific: Egoy3k: My favorite Zelda game is still links Awakening for the gameboy and my favorite Metroid is Metroid Fusion for the GBA.

That says an awful lot when you consider my complete distaste for mobile gaming in general.

Do those really count as mobile? Because they aren't mobile in the same way we consider mobile games today. Both those games are closer to console than mobile, and even put a lot of console games to shame.


Well they are handheld games which is similar.  It's purely a personal bias though. I feel pretty much the same about them as I do mobile titles. My preferred method for gaming is a top of the line PC running everything at max settings with mods to further push the envelope if available.
 
2014-04-22 04:35:59 PM  

Doc Daneeka: [upload.wikimedia.org image 850x1137]

GameBoy torched in Gulf War.  Still works.  On display at Nintendo a World Store in NYC.

http://gizmodo.com/225690/torched-gulf-war-game-boy-still-works


I have my doubts. The entire thing is melted EXCEPT the screen? How does that happen?
 
2014-04-22 04:37:03 PM  

Nix Nightbird: Doc Daneeka: [upload.wikimedia.org image 850x1137]

GameBoy torched in Gulf War.  Still works.  On display at Nintendo a World Store in NYC.

http://gizmodo.com/225690/torched-gulf-war-game-boy-still-works

I have my doubts. The entire thing is melted EXCEPT the screen? How does that happen?


Oh, I see... They replaced the screen. That makes it a different story, then, doesn't it?
 
2014-04-22 05:32:41 PM  

Nix Nightbird: Nix Nightbird: Doc Daneeka: [upload.wikimedia.org image 850x1137]

GameBoy torched in Gulf War.  Still works.  On display at Nintendo a World Store in NYC.

http://gizmodo.com/225690/torched-gulf-war-game-boy-still-works

I have my doubts. The entire thing is melted EXCEPT the screen? How does that happen?

Oh, I see... They replaced the screen. That makes it a different story, then, doesn't it?


the screen is glass. higher melting point and all ;) the cystals are liable to be trashed however.. but considering the rest works fine, I would presume just a lot of cosmetic damage to the case.
 
2014-04-22 06:04:26 PM  

Nix Nightbird: Nix Nightbird: Doc Daneeka: [upload.wikimedia.org image 850x1137]

GameBoy torched in Gulf War.  Still works.  On display at Nintendo a World Store in NYC.

http://gizmodo.com/225690/torched-gulf-war-game-boy-still-works

I have my doubts. The entire thing is melted EXCEPT the screen? How does that happen?

Oh, I see... They replaced the screen. That makes it a different story, then, doesn't it?


I would bet money that a PSP exposed to a similar experience would be un-salvageable. That first gen was a fragile POS. One two foot drop on a carpet over concrete floor and I had crack across the screen combined with the sound of marbles in a garbage disposal when it played. I dropped my original ds (the big fat one with no screen brightness controls) from the third rack on a carrier repeatedly in a drunken haze and then it proceeded to last through two kids years later.

Say what you will about Nintendo, but they make some sturdy handheld devices.
 
2014-04-22 06:49:53 PM  

GreenAdder: Nah, man. Nah. The Game Boy Camera has a nice step sequencer in it, which makes it decent for laying down some chiptune tracks. Further unlicensed cartridges would push those little pulse wave generators to their limits. But for the time, it was fun hooking my Game Boy's sound output to my four-track recorder to make some interesting backing tracks.


I wish I could favorite you twice.
 
2014-04-22 09:13:23 PM  

fang06554: I used to love the GB. Only hada handful of games, but played the hell out of them.

Every now and then I'll still pull Metroid 2 up in an emulator and play it through.


Bought Metroid 2 the week it came out.  Every summer when I relax at the cottage on the lake I see if I can still beat it under 2 hours while laying in a hammock.

Can't find another person locally who has FF Tactics.  I need a black thread to finally finish.  After 140 hours logged over the past 5 years 80 hours into it, I've just decided to play dress up with my 8 core dudes until they get all of their skills mastered.
 
2014-04-23 08:52:52 AM  

chozo13: Nix Nightbird: Nix Nightbird: Doc Daneeka: [upload.wikimedia.org image 850x1137]

GameBoy torched in Gulf War.  Still works.  On display at Nintendo a World Store in NYC.

http://gizmodo.com/225690/torched-gulf-war-game-boy-still-works

I have my doubts. The entire thing is melted EXCEPT the screen? How does that happen?

Oh, I see... They replaced the screen. That makes it a different story, then, doesn't it?

I would bet money that a PSP exposed to a similar experience would be un-salvageable. That first gen was a fragile POS. One two foot drop on a carpet over concrete floor and I had crack across the screen combined with the sound of marbles in a garbage disposal when it played. I dropped my original ds (the big fat one with no screen brightness controls) from the third rack on a carrier repeatedly in a drunken haze and then it proceeded to last through two kids years later.

Say what you will about Nintendo, but they make some sturdy handheld devices.


probably, but the comparison is akin to a Zack Morris phone Vs a 3gs. different specs, different materials, different capabilities.
 
2014-04-23 09:10:37 AM  

olapbill: probably, but the comparison is akin to a Zack Morris phone Vs a 3gs. different specs, different materials, different capabilities.


Oh, I am not ragging on the capabilities of the PSP, there were several really good games for that system that were absolutely beautiful. IMO it had a lot of untapped potential. From a portable, "rugged", throw in my bag for a long detachment standpoint the PSP was horrible.
 
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