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The Fuzebox – open source DIY games console, we don’ need no stinkin’ wii


The Fuzebox is a bare bones basic, 8 bit DIY games console. You can hurry along and buy a complete kit for $100.00 which you then assemble on the kitchen table. Make sure it’s the kitchen table because part of the gaming fun is making the other half as mad as a badger.


Once you’ve assembled your little grey box, take it somewhere damp, cold and preferably subterranean and start the second part of the challenge. Yep, you’ve got to create your own video games. This challenge will see you retreating from humanity completely as you slave and sweat over annoying sprites, gnarly C code and bad lighting, all the while fending off increasingly angry overtures from your family to ‘get a life’.

Having fought off the Boss on Level Two several times, you will emerge victorious to find the whole house empty, your dinner in the dog and a note explaining something about a Salsa dancer who has more sensitivity in their little finger than you have brains. At this point you’ll probably want to reboot.

 The Fuzebox is a fully open-source, DIY 8-bit game console. It is designed specifically for people who know a little bit of programming to expand into designing and creating their own video games and demos. A full-featured core runs in the background and does all the video and audio processing so that your code stays clean and easy to understand.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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