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Hacking Video Game Consoles: Turn your old video game systems into awesome new portables

ISBN: 978-0-7645-7806-9
574 pages
February 2005
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Space Invaders and Asteroids are back!

Loved that Atari(r) when you were a kid? So did Ben Heckendorn - so much, in fact, that he successfully resurrected it as a slim, go-anywhere portable. When Playstation(r) and Nintendo(r) aficionados got jealous, he created miniaturized, fully functioning, battery-powered versions of those too. Now it's your turn. Every secret is here - complete instructions, materials lists, tool tips, even advice on finding parts. Just wait 'til they see this at the high school reunion.

Ready? Let's get started

Plans and instructions for building eight handheld, classic video games
* Choosing a game system - Atari(r), Nintendo(r), Super Nintendo(r), or Playstation(r)1
* What you'll spend
* Electronics and soldering 101
* Hacking portable TVs for their screens
* Building the case - CNC or freehand?
* Yank the cord, install the batteries
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Introduction.

Part I: So You Want to Make a Portable Video Game System, Eh?

Chapter 1: Choosing a Game Console to Make Portable.

Chapter 2: Knowing Your Tools.

Chapter 3: Learning Basic Electronics for Portables.

Chapter 4: Hacking Pocket Televisions.

Chapter 5: Using Computerized Cutting Equipment.

Part II: Making Portable Game Consoles.

Chapter 6: Making Your Nintendo Entertainment System Portable.

Chapter 7: Building a Portable Nintendo By Name.

Chapter 8: Building a Portable Nintendo Using CNC Machinery.

Chapter 9: Making Your Super Nintendo Entertainment System Portable.

Chapter 10: Building a Portable Super Nintendo By Hand.

Chapter 11: Building a Portable Super Nintendo Using CNC Machinery.

Chapter 12: Making Your Sony PSone Portable.

Chapter 13: Building a Portable Playstation 1 By Hand.

Chapter 14: Making a Portable Playstation 1 Using CNC Machinery.

Chapter 15: Making Your Atari 2600 Portable.

Chapter 16: Building a Portable Atari 2600 By Hand.

Chapter 17: Making a Portable Atari 2600 Using CNC Machinery.

Index.

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Benjamin Heckendorn is a graphic artist and independent filmmaker who fell in love with Atari at age five. While waiting for New Year's Eve festivities to begin in 1999, Ben decided that if Y2K did not cause the end of life as we know it, he'd find a way to bring back those beloved games of his childhood — and here it is.
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