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If you had a Game Boy Classic back in the late 80s or early 90s, it is likely that you will never feel the same way about any other gaming device. It’s not that the modern consoles and portable gaming devices today aren’t way, way better. It’s just that the Game Boy Classic evokes a different sense of affection.
Maybe it’s just nostalgia, but wouldn’t you want to play with your Game Boy Classic in HD? Imagine all the fun that will give you!
Thanks to Zane Amiralis & Joshua de Haan from the Netherlands, you might just be able to dust off your old Game Boy and connect it to your HDTV without the images suffering. You’ll get full HD picture quality, rich color palettes, and even a NES controller!
They’re running a Kickstarter campaign for hdmyboy, which will do all these things and bring you back to your glory days of being the best in the Mario of old. Watch all the details in the video below.
The project has 24 days to go, and they need a lot of help to make hdmyboy a reality. If you have a Game Boy gathering dust, this is your chance! Click on the widget below to chip in.
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There are plenty of things I do to save money that people may consider a bit odd. I cut my own hair, I put a bucket in the shower with me and use the excess water for my plants, and I clip coupons like there’s no tomorrow. Does that qualify me as a money-saving geek? If so, there are certainly worse things to be called. My love for saving money happily extends across a wide range of products and services, and chief among them are electronic gadgets. If you buy a lot of them – and geeks usually do – read on for some advice on how to cut your costs.
1. Track the Price
Just like you might track the price of a plane ticket, you can save money by tracking tech gadget prices, as well. Do it manually by visiting a few retailer websites several times a week, or use the website CamelCamelCamel which, although it’s strictly limited to Amazon inventory, can give you a good idea of when to pull the trigger on a gadget.
2. Double or Even Triple Coupons
Plenty of people out there are too embarrassed to use coupons, although I’m certainly not one of them. In fact, I’ve been known to use two or even three coupons for a single purchase. Several websites and retailers let you “stack” coupons, and Staples is one of the most popular. Sign up for email updates to get online coupons sent straight to your inbox. Use a $100-off coupon for a Windows 8 laptop, add in a coupon for $5 off a $50 purchase, and check online at sites like RetailMeNot for even more coupon codes. Target and Walmart also allow coupon stacking, so be sure to try those options too.
3. Use Mail-In Rebates
Mail-in rebates are another great way to save on tech gadgets, but they mostly apply to laptop computers and PC accessories. If you need one of these items, pay for it online, fill out a form, and mail it in with a UPC code to get your cash back. It’s money-saving geekiness at its finest.
4. Go Old-School
With the PS4 out, maybe you can keep that $600 in your pocket and find yourself a classic, old-school video game system, like a Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, or an original Playstation. You and your geek friends can have hours of fun playing Galaga, Asteroids, and Space Invaders.
5. Swap With Other Geeks
Here’s an idea to cut your costs: Go and buy the PS4 when it comes out, then have one of your geek buddies get the Xbox One when it hits the market. Once you’re both tired of your systems, switch them out and keep on playing. It’s like owning two video game systems for the price of one.
Once you’ve maximized your savings, make sure you use them wisely. If you don’t have an emergency fund, start building one now. You never know when unexpected medical expenses or employment changes may hit. If you’ve got credit card debt, pay that down immediately. If your near-term goals are taken care of, think about starting to save for retirement, or open a 529 college savings fund for your child’s education. Conserving all the money you can is great, but it’s only truly beneficial if you put it to good use.
Can you think of any geeky ways to save money?
Rich Hobbs is a tech writer who focuses on saving money and getting the most bang for your buck.
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The long-rumored successor to the Wii is real, and it’s going to be unveiled at E3 in June. Compiling data from various reports, it sounds as though Nintendo is going well beyond a “Wii HD,” instead trying to revolutionize the industry once again with something unprecedented.
Dubbed “Project Café” by Nintendo, the new console’s existence and planned debut were first reported by Game Informer, citing numerous anonymous inside sources. Corroborating reports stated that Nintendo’s next-gen system will offer HD graphics thanks to system specs on par with the current-gen Xbox 360 (some reports suggest it’s more powerful than both the 360 and the PS3), and a new controller that could be the “next big thing” beyond the Wiimote.
The controller is said to include a 6″ touchscreen, enabling it to work as a tablet of sorts, as well as opening the door to cutting edge new control schemes. An “iPad with buttons,” if you will. Some insiders suggest that the screen will be HD, while others say it will be standard-def.
The controller also includes left and right-side buttons, a standard d-pad, two triggers, and other inputs that have yet to be revealed. The technology behind the Wii’s sensor bar — that little black bar that sits atop your TV, allowing the Wiimote to sense your movements — is being integrated into the controller this time, which means that motion controls will once again be included, but they’ll be more advanced this time. Perhaps strangest of all, the tablet/controller will also have a front-facing camera. (Anybody care to venture a guess on how that might be utilized in-game?)
Nintendo is said to be trying to correct its biggest mistake with the Wii — lack of strong third-party developer support — by having already filled in all of the major developers about Café. Back when the Wii released, Nintendo focused almost entirely on its own game development, leaving third-party developers out in the cold. Five years later, Nintendo is paying the price for this oversight with a console that’s become stagnant and… well, wholly uninteresting. When was the last time a new Wii title was able to generate the same level of excitement among gamers as, say, the latest Call of Duty, Halo, or Assassin’s Creed? It sounds like Nintendo is finally ready to embrace the hardcore gamer again — while not altogether abandoning casual players.
On top of all this, a French gaming site called 01net — which correctly predicted the specs of PlayStation’s next-generation peripheral — says that Café has one other major aspect that no one has yet guessed or revealed. This last ace up the N’s sleeve reportedly has developers all tingly with excitement. “Nintendo’s plans sound unreal,” says one source, who mentioned that “publishers are already planning launch titles and it’s all very exciting.”
What could this last surprise be? Could that controller touchscreen be 3D, using the same technology behind the 3DS? Will the front-facing camera somehow interface with the HD game on your TV in ways never attempted before? Will the controller itself also function as a detachable, handheld gaming device? Or is Nintendo preparing to unleash a completely new technology on the gaming world, just as it was the first to implement motion-sensing controls?
And what about those hardware specs? Even if Café is more powerful than the 360 and PS3, Nintendo could quickly find itself in last place again when it comes to horsepower, when Microsoft and Sony release their next-gen consoles. (Industry rumors suggest that Microsoft has quietly been working on the third-generation Xbox for a while now, though Sony’s in no hurry to pump out the PS4.)
In the meantime, the price of the Wii is expected to drop down to $150 as soon as mid-May, while possibly even being packaged with a copy of the bestselling Mario Kart Wii. This would be an attempt to squeeze the last bits of life out of the Wii before Café is unveiled. Moreover, Café is expected to include backwards compatibility with all Wii games.
Café is expected to be in stores for Christmas 2012, but we should get a look at it much sooner. E3 kicks off in early June, and Nintendo will hold its annual “media briefing” early that same week, where Café will most likely be shown off for the first time.