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Retronerd Chic

Ok, this is pretty sweet.

A while ago, I picked up an Hauppauge HVR-950 and got it all set up and working. It’s a truly remarkable little piece of hardware, I should tell you; both standard- and hi-def TV, IR control, over-the-air (including OTA-HD!) as well as cable reception, it’s basically all for the good. But I was missing what turned out to be a pretty key piece, the A/V cable accessory that is, naturally, sold separately. It provides RCA and S-Video-in that works right out of the box, a rare treat in Linuxland. (Well, not entirely out of the box. It’s not 1997 anymore, ALSA! Come on!)

So just for kicks I pulled out my GameCube, which has a Gameboy Player attached to the bottom, and I tell you this: when the nostalgia seizes you, the GBP is an excellent way to get your old-school Nintendo retrogaming freak on. There is a very distinct frisson, for which even the crafty Germans do not yet have a long word, that comes seeing those old three-inch-square games writ large on a modern screen. A WaveBird completes the experience, an experience that is, if I do say so, quite fine.

So if you’ll excuse me, I believe it might be the nineties, and that there is therefore time for Klax.

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  1. Quotation

    You need: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C64_Direct-to-TV

  2. Gnomon

    For extra credit, hook up an actual GBA to the ‘Cube the Gameboy Player will let you use it as a controller. I believe the technical term for this particular setup – GBA → ‘Cube+Gameboy Player → S-Video cable → Hauppauge TV tuner → USB port → Linux system → screen – is “a chain of unspeakable hacks”.